Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Witch Mountain & Hedersleben Perform At Viper Room

By Andrew Bansal

August 27th 2014, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Primarily known for his stints with pionerering English space rock legends Hawkwind in the late 60s, early 70s and early 80s, Nik Turner carried on delivering the Hawkwind material from his time in the band through live performances all over the world, lending the touch of theatricality and freakish psychedelia that would accompany the typical Hawkwind shows of yesteryear. Still to this day, even at his age, Turner is an actively touring musician and enlists services of carefully chosen band members to tour and play shows with special emphasis on Hawkwind’s 1973  ’Space Ritual’ album. He has embarked on a brand new North American tour with support from Witch Mountain and his backing band Hedersleben as the opening act, and after playing the tour’s kickoff show in Oakland CA on his 74th birthday, he arrived in West Hollywood for a gig at the Viper Room. Little did any of the unsuspecting members of the audience know or anticipate just how mind-bending of an experience this show was going to turn out to be. Continue reading

Corrosion Of Conformity, Bl’ast, Brant Bjork & Lord Dying Play The Roxy

By Andrew Bansal

August 27th 2014, The Roxy, West Hollywood CA: Raleigh NC heavy music luminaries Corrosion Of Conformity released their ninth studio album simply titled ‘IX’ earlier this year via Candlelight Records, an album that explores the reunited three-piece setup further from the 2012 self-titled comeback album and has resulted in a highly enjoyable set of tunes for all worshippers of the heavy. COC embarked on a short US West Coast run last week with support acts Bl’ast, Brant Bjork/Low Desert Punks and Lord Dying, and the touring party arrived in Los Angeles for a gig at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip. The lineup looked enticing on paper and carried the potential for an epic evening. Continue reading

Diamond Lane & Legal Tender Rock Loaded Hollywood

By Andrew Bansal

August 25th 2014, Loaded Rock Bar, Hollywood CA: After a few gigs at the Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood in late 2013/early 2014, Lara Gladstone’s Metal Mondays series took a brief hiatus but has now returned at its new home Loaded Hollywood. The first Metal Monday at Loaded took place last night, featuring an all-local lineup of hard rock and heavy metal bands as always, this time including highly promising groups Diamond Lane and Legal Tender on the bill among others. These two bands have made an impact stronger than most others whenever I’ve seen them take a stage in the recent past. The prospect of seeing them together for the first time bore quite some potential, and was too exciting to even consider accepting a free ticket to the Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden show happening at the Hollywood Bowl on the same night. But having made that choice, stakes and expectations were raised much further than usual, and it was up to these bands to meet them. Continue reading

Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche Plays Sold-Out Show In Arizona

Review & photos by Chad Alexander

August 23rd 2014, Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale AZ: On their ‘farewell’ tour before they change their name to Operation Mindcrime with the exclusive rights to perform the two Mindcrime albums under the agreement reached between the two bands that called themselves Queensrÿche during the last couple of years which have been nothing short of confusing and strange for fans, singer Geoff Tate’s version of Queensrÿche played a sold-out show here at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, and came out like a band on a mission. Continue reading

Chimaira & Allegaeon Perform At The Whisky

By Andrew Bansal

August 20th 2014, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Chimaira have been purveyors of the modern American heavy metal sound for over 15 years. They released their seventh studio album ‘Crown Of Phantoms’ in the summer of 2013 and began touring immediately after, carrying on the touring cycle this year and embarking on the ‘Artery Metal’ North American run with support from The Plot In You, Upon This Dawning, Allegaeon and Silence The Messenger. The caravan made a stop at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood last Wednesday August 20th, for a gig that turned out to be a mixed bag of the good and the bad, and a roller-coaster ride for the attendee. Continue reading

Destroy Judas, Usnea, Augurs & Wovoka Play At Five Star Bar

By Andrew Bansal
[Videos by Arturo Gallegos]

August 19th 2014, Five Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: It’s been a great month of underground metal here at the Five Star Bar, and the venue along with the efforts of promoters HPLC and Thee Static Age did it yet again last Tuesday with another doom night, this one featuring Los Angeles amplification overlords Destroy Judas as headliners with touring support acts Usnea and Augurs, and local openers Wovoka.  Continue reading