Hail to the Hordes: Kreator, Obituary, Midnight & Horrendous Play Sold-Out Orange County Show on Decibel Tour

By Andrew Bansal

March 25th 2017, The Observatory Orange County, Santa Ana CA: The 2017 edition of the annual Decibel Magazine tour embarked on its journey through North America earlier this month, and its four-band lineup of Kreator, Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous arrived in Southern California for a sold-out show at The Observatory Orange County in Santa Ana last Saturday March 25th. The venue made it very clear (with the sign above) that those who slept on getting tickets were not going to be able to score any on the day of show. The pre-show buildup suggested that this was one of the marquee metal events on the Southern California concert calendar this year, an event every metalhead anywhere within Los Angeles, Orange County and surrounding areas wanted to attend. By the end of it all, it lived up to the hype, perhaps much more than any previous edition of the tour. Continue reading “Hail to the Hordes: Kreator, Obituary, Midnight & Horrendous Play Sold-Out Orange County Show on Decibel Tour”

Finnish Takeover: Amorphis, Swallow The Sun bring North American Tour to Kentucky

By Rosie Walker
(photos by Brian Wyner)

Amorphis

March 23rd 2017, Diamond Pub Concert Hall, Louisville KY: Nestled in an industrial corner of Louisville, Kentucky rests Diamond Pub & Billiards. Aged factory buildings loom over the bar and concert hall as if keeping it safe from the ‘less than ideal’ neighborhood it resides in. Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby and the Major League baseball bat factory. A city you’d last expect a legendary heavy metal band to play, but Amorphis showed up and a magical night of heaviness happened. Continue reading “Finnish Takeover: Amorphis, Swallow The Sun bring North American Tour to Kentucky”

Season of the Shred: John 5 and the Creatures play Intimate Orange County Show

By Jason Williams

March 16th 2017, The Slidebar, Fullerton CA: From Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, and even Tosin Abasi, these names brighten the moods and smiles of guitar enthusiasts, musicians, and also fans. They range from mostly instrumental music, mainly focusing on the guitar aspect, to the vastly elite, and spellbinding level. We grow to admire these players for being able to create compelling works through the art of the guitar axe. For many, the name spoken as John 5 would not be considered in that category, as his name was heavily promoted and involved within his guitar role starting with Marilyn Manson, and making his way to Rob Zombie, horror rock/pop that lets the lyrics and themes to be shown so much more. But to those who are aware, John 5 is a brilliant guitar player whose impeccable style must be heard to be believed. With that said, fans all around would be salivating at the prospect of his band John 5 and the Creatures performing club shows all across North America for his recent 2017 release ‘Season of the Witch’. The first Southern California appearance? It would luckily be in Fullerton, home to the under-appreciated venue known as the Slidebar. A wonderful music venue/bar to rock out in, alongside the work of John 5 to be witnessed? This brisk Thursday evening would be nothing short of memorable. Continue reading “Season of the Shred: John 5 and the Creatures play Intimate Orange County Show”

A Tale of Denim and Leather: Saxon, UFO Bring Co-Headline Tour to Los Angeles

By Andrew Bansal
(photos by Chad Alexander)

March 16th 2017, The Belasco, Los Angeles CA: Two British bands that have been in existence for more than four decades as highly influential groups in the heavy metal realm, UFO and Saxon are currently in the United States on a co-headline tour, switching time slots every night and bringing their respective brands of classic heavy music to their fans old and new. The tour arrived in downtown Los Angeles for a gig at the Belasco Theater on Thursday March 16th 2017, as denim and leather brought us all together in the hope and expectation that these bands would set our spirits free. Continue reading “A Tale of Denim and Leather: Saxon, UFO Bring Co-Headline Tour to Los Angeles”

Prophets of Violence: Darkest Hour Headlines The Regent on Record Release Day

By Andrew Bansal
(photos by Matt Nielson)

March 10th 2017, The Regent, Los Angeles CA: To promote the release of their ninth full-length studio album ‘Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora’, longstanding Washington D.C. band Darkest Hour embarked on a US headline tour in February, and made their way to Los Angeles with touring openers Ringworm, Tombs and Rivers Of Nihil, on Friday March 10th, the actual release day of the new album via Southern Lord Records. The event took place at The Regent and also featured Black Rheno and Puncture as additional openers, and would turn out to be quite the eclectic treat of great heavy music. Continue reading “Prophets of Violence: Darkest Hour Headlines The Regent on Record Release Day”

An Extreme Celebration: Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Tour visits The Belasco

By Andrew Bansal

March 8th 2017, The Belasco, Los Angeles CA: In the metal word, long-running Los Angeles based label Metal Blade Records is universally known for its rich history of bands that have majorly influenced the genre, and its continually unmatchable modern-day repertoire of bands on a widespread and diverse roster. Established in 1982, the label marks 35 years in 2017, and to celebrate the anniversary, five of its bands came together to embark on a full US tour this February-March. Headlined by Whitechapel, the much varied lineup also features Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon and Necromancing The Stone. The tour visited The Belasco in downtown LA last Wednesday March 8th. Even though these aren’t top-tier bands in the Metal Blade roster, they treated Los Angeles to a worthwhile evening, and their five distinct styles of extreme music combined to put forth an apt celebration of the label’s 35 years in the business. Continue reading “An Extreme Celebration: Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Tour visits The Belasco”