Steel Panther Say Final Goodbye To Sunset Strip Residency

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

April 21st 2014, House Of Blues Sunset Strip, West Hollywood CA: Having started out as Danger Kitty and then changing to call themselves Metal Shop, Metal Skool and finally in 2008 arriving at a name that would stick, Steel Panther have been reigning supreme on the Sunset Strip in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles for the past 14 years. Initially only a parody/comedy live metal act, they began writing their own music and once they started releasing studio albums, their fame and popularity outgrew the Strip and they went on to become an internationally touring band. But despite their overwhelming success, they still kept returning to Los Angeles to play a handful of residency shows at the House Of Blues, their home for the past three-and-a-half years. But they kept garnering a larger fan base elsewhere, and the number of residency shows kept decreasing. This month, they announced a ‘threesome’ of shows, the last of which took place last night, but no one in attendance could have perhaps anticipated it to be the final residency show Steel Panther would ever play on the Sunset Strip. Continue reading

AXS TV “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” Season 3 Ends With Mr. Speed’s KISS Tribute

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

April 21st 2014, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Season 3 of AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” series of live broadcasts found its home at the Whisky-A-Go-Go and treated LA locals and national television-viewing audiences with some mighty fine tribute acts, not only from Los Angeles but from various other parts of the country as well. To bring the season to an aptly emphatic finish, Cleveland, Ohio-based KISS tribute band Mr. Speed descended upon the Sunset Strip. There was much fanfare and anticipation surrounding the event, as Los Angeles’ KISS army lined up early outside the venue, and a face-paint artist did rounds to get this crowd ready for the show. The ‘LA KISS’ girls also donned the red carpet to take photos with fans. It was truly a festive atmosphere, very much symbolic of a KISS-related event, and all was in readiness for AXS TV and host Katie Daryl to give their audience nationwide one more final hour of live music entertainment this season. Continue reading

Los Angeles Gets Treated To An Evening With Dream Theater

By Andrew Bansal
[Photos by Carsten Steinhausen] 

April 19th 2014, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA: American progressive metal titans Dream Theater embarked on the ‘Along For The Ride’ world tour in January, and after an extensive European run, they began the North American leg in March and made their way to downtown Los Angeles to play at a sold-out Orpheum Theatre last night. This time they were revisiting the ‘evening with’ format, wherein paying fans were promised a three-hour Dream Theater show with no opening acts whatsoever. The band has always played great venues in the Los Angeles area and their show here is usually a highly anticipated event. Judging by how quickly the show sold out and the pre-show hype outside the Orpheum Theater on the day of, one had a feeling this crowd was in for something special. Continue reading

Kataklysm & Aborted Shine At Mirror Image Studios Anaheim

By Jason Williams

April 18th 2014, Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim CA: The term ‘legends’ can sometimes be thrown around loosely. In the death metal scene however, Canada’s very own Kataklysm can be put in that category. Long reigning Quebec since 1991, Kataklysm have provided and honored us with their style of “Northern Hyperblast”, fast paced, groovy, melodic death metal. Their style has been honed down into a more ‘accessible’ form of death metal, as their earlier material was considered to be extremely chaotic.  Promoting their six-month old album ‘Waiting for The End to Come’, this tour of theirs also has Belgium’s brutal death metal standouts Aborted as main support, with their new album ‘The Necrotic Manifesto’, out on April 29th. These two veteran extreme metal bands coming together to support their new albums was going to be a real treat for Southern California, and this event took at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim, CA on Friday April 18th, the only LA/OC date for this tour. Continue reading

King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar & Drop Tank Perform At The Satellite

By Andrew Bansal

April 18th 2014, The Satellite, Los Angeles CA: Australian thrash/grind quintet King Parrot landed in North America about six weeks ago, began their trek in California and after crisscrossing the continent through this period, they are now back here for the final few shows of this long run with tour mates Vattnet Viskar. The touring duo played at the Satellite in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles along with local opener Drop Tank. Both King Parrot and Vattnet Viskar are young in their career but have developed a reputation solely based on the strength of their live shows, and having never seen either of them before, I went into this show with much anticipation. Continue reading

The Return Of Bonded By Blood Thrashes Pasadena

By Christian Redelsperger

April 17th 2014, The Terrace, Pasadena CA: For many metalheads, the question of “Where the hell is Bonded By Blood?” has come up more than once. The band played a free show last August for the Century Media Showcase and seemed to fall off the radar shortly after. Fortunately for fans, the band returned this week for a headlining show to warm up for their month-long European tour with the legendary thrashers in Hirax. Continue reading