Slayer Plays Sold-Out Show At The Forum In Los Angeles

Review by Avinash Mittur
[Photos by Brad Worsham]

November 14th 2014, The Forum, Los Angeles CA: The modern day renaissance of thrash metal continues to amaze me. Somehow, nearly every one of the genre’s best bands are not only kicking around today, but are on the top of their game when it comes to the all-important live show. Three titans of thrash made their way to a sold-out LA Forum last Friday evening – the originators Exodus, Venice’s favorite skate-rats Suicidal Tendencies and the institution simply known as Slayer. Continue reading

‘Death To All’ Puts On Heavy Tribute In Los Angeles

By Jason Williams

November 14th 2014, Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA: Chuck Schuldiner. The name resonates a vast variety of emotions in metal fans. Professional, soulful, brutal, memorable, inspiring, and legendary. These are only some of the descriptions that hailed Chuck throughout his career, and especially afterwards. Two years ago, Chuck’s best friend and then manager formed the Death To All group, a tribute of Death’s music featuring former members of the band, as well as a charity to musicians with disability and financial problems. This Club Nokia gig were to be the third time this group has performed in Los Angeles, and with an old-school death metal support lineup consisting of Obituary and Massacre, fans came out to this event for another special tribute to celebrate Schuldiner’s incredible and monumental legacy. Continue reading

Arch Enemy & Kreator Raise Hell In Downtown Disney

By Jason Williams

November 12th 2014, House Of Blues, Anaheim CA: For nearly 20 years, melodic death metal veterans Arch Enemy have blasted listeners with their consistent twin guitar attack and brutally charming catchiness. Originally formed by then Carcass guitarist Michael Amott as a side project, with his brother (and now former member) Christopher, Arch Enemy eventually became a full time gig and broke the barriers of the underground metal scene to come out on top as one of the leading bands of the genre. Longtime singer and eventual face of the band Angela Gossow left Arch Enemy earlier this year and brought in multi-talented former The Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz to take over, starting with recording vocals for the new album ‘War Eternal’. Set to melt the faces of many metalheads, they’ve returned to the States, bringing along Teutonic thrash legends Kreator for what was expected to be an evening of quality live metal along with Huntress and Starkill as opening acts. This being the first time ever seeing Arch Enemy without Angela Gossow, it was sure to be a different and unique experience. Continue reading

Sabaton Headlines Whisky-A-Go-Go With Solid Local Support

By Jason Williams

November 10th 2014, Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Widely considered as one of the most hard-working live metal bands today, Sweden’s power metal wrecking ball Sabaton, have been performing all over the states as of late. From their solid performance at ‘Maidenfest’ last September, and the amazing reaction they received playing with Iced Earth this May, it’s no surprise that their recent touring here has been nothing short of remarkable. Fresh off their a North American tour with Amon Amarth and Skeletonwitch, Sabaton had some headlining dates scattered throughout, including their very last date of the tour at the Whisky in West Hollywood. Despite Judas Priest playing literally 10 miles from the Whisky, I knew plenty would still be attending and, were in store for a joyful evening. Continue reading

Knotfest Puts The Hammer Down In San Bernardino

Review by Jason Williams
[Live photos by Brad Worsham]

October 25th 2014, San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino CA: As it seems to be the tradition each and every year, huge metal shows and festivals bring themselves to the San Manual Amplitheater in San Bernadino, CA. Knotfest, created and headlined by Slipknot, would be the venue’s guest this year, broken up into two days, featuring lots of mainstream metal bands including Anthrax and Hatebreed, as well as the more extreme side with Immolation, Carcass and The Faceless. Although there were only a select few bands I wanted to see, I’m open minded enough to give a chance to the bands that I may not have wanted to listen to at home. I wasn’t able to catch every band due to time constraints and several bands going on all at once, so I’ll be able to tell all of the positive and plenty of negative that I was able to witness. Continue reading

Deicide Bring The Minds Of Evil To OC Music Hall

By Jason Williams

October 24th 2014, OC Music Hall, Anaheim CA: Longstanding as one of the most popular and quality death metal acts, Deicide brought their non-Christian ways of musical tunes to the ever-growing OC Music Hall in Anaheim, CA last Friday. Having seeing the 2014 OC Death Fest and Arsis/Allegaeon show most recently here, I’m glad to see this level of a tour package at this venue, giving the name value and popularity a boost. Joining Deicide on this impeccable tour are Greece’s Septicflesh as main support, black metal standouts Inquisition, death metal warriors Abysmal Dawn, Dutch symphonic masters Carach Angren, as well as progressive death metal outfit Syrebris. I could almost imagine this lineup being at a European festival, instead it was a mere 10 miles from my home. Continue reading