Mötley Crüe & Alice Cooper Perform At Hollywood Bowl

By Andrew Bansal

July 21st 2014, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood CA: Los Angeles glam metal veterans Motley Crue announced their retirement earlier this year, and embarked on an extensive farewell North American tour with support act Alice Cooper this month. ‘The Final Tour’ arrived in Los Angeles for a gig at a nearly sold-out Hollywood Bowl last night, as 18000 fans awaited the Crue’s final hometown show. ‘All bad things must come to an end’ is the catchphrase being associated with this tour, and ironically enough, the Crue performance we were about to witness would befit the statement to perfection. Continue reading

Wolves In The Throne Room Headline The Echoplex

Review by Andrew Bansal
[Video by Matt Nielson]

July 20th 2014, The Echoplex, Los Angeles CA: Purveyors of the ambient black metal sound for over a decade, Olympia WA-based Wolves In The Throne Room released their fifth studio album ‘Celestite’, an instrumental, soundscape-oriented and synthesizer-driven adaptation of the previous effort ‘Celestial Lineage’ that takes them into a whole another realm in terms of musical style and scope. But they embarked on a short US West Coast run with support act Nommo Ogo immediately following the album’s release to deliver shows filled with the kind of music their fans have known them for. The final show of the tour was at the Echoplex in Los Angeles last night, and the band was greeted with a very healthy turnout at the venue. Continue reading

Summer Slaughter Tour Brings Extreme Metal Marathon To Los Angeles

By Andrew Bansal

July 19th 2014, House Of Blues Sunset Strip, West Hollywood CA: The 2014 edition of the annual Summer Slaughter Tour started off in San Francisco on July 17th, and following a visit to the Observatory in Orange County the night after, the caravan arrived in West Hollywood for a gig at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip which was sold out 24 hours in advance. Ironically for us LA folks, it was a cold, cloudy, gloomy and windy day, and was the exact opposite to what’s typically known to us as summer. But indoors, this 10-band package was ready to turn up the heat. Continue reading

Harassor, Wayfarer, Dreadnought & The Love Below Play At Complex

By Andrew Bansal

July 17th 2014, Complex, Glendale CA: Los Angeles’ longstanding extreme metal force Harassor released their new full-length album ‘Into Unknown Depths’ earlier this year, and have been playing gigs to present this new material amidst fans and observers in the local underground scene. They performed at Complex in Glendale last Thursday, with two promising Denver-based bands Wayfarer and Dreadnought, and local support from The Love Below. I was yet to see a bad show at this venue, and this gig put together by Church Of The 8th Day and Thee Static Age certainly wasn’t about to become the first. Continue reading

Ted Nugent Rocks The Grove Of Anaheim

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

July 14th 2014, City National Grove Of Anaheim, Anaheim CA: Celebrating the release of his 14th studio album ‘Shut Up & Jam!’, his first set of original material since the 2007 effort ‘Love Grenade’, perennial American rocker Ted Nugent is currently on an extensive US headline run to present some of these new tunes along with an assortment of some of his most loved classics and a few deeper cuts thrown in the mix. The City National Grove Of Anaheim is very much familiar territory for Uncle Ted, but this year Anaheim got treated to a double dosage of the Ted Nugent experience as he played two back-to-back shows, the second of which took place last night. Continue reading

Helmet Plays At House Of Blues Anaheim

Review by Andrew Bansal
[Photos by Brad Worsham]

July 13th 2014, House Of Blues, Anaheim CA: Hailing from New York City, Helmet have been around since 1989 and enjoy a worldwide fan-following through a discography that features seven compelling studio albums to go with great live performances to present these tunes to the masses. Led by mastermind Page Hamilton on vocals and guitar, Helmet’s last studio effort ‘Seeing Eye Dog’ came in 2010 but currently they’re out on the road in the US with Filter and Local H on ‘The Anti-Folk Revival Tour In Drop-D’. Helmet have announced a full-on 20th anniversary celebration of their third studio album ‘Betty’ by the promise of playing it in its entirety on a two-month Europe tour later this year, and as a precursor to it, they also played the Betty album as a one-off for a headline show at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on July 11th (although a second ‘Betty’ US show has been subsequently added, at Reggie’s in Chicago IL on August 16th). Two nights later, they performed a much different set at the House Of Blues Anaheim in Downtown Disney as main support to Filter. Continue reading