Power Trio Central: The Atomic Bitchwax & Dirty Streets Rock Viper Room

By Andrew Bansal

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August 28th 2016, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: While the entire world of stoner rock and doom metal seemingly united at the Psycho Las Vegas festival, New Jersey power trio The Atomic Bitchwax were on their own three-week US headline tour, and strangely enough, were not part of the Psycho lineup unlike support act and fellow three-piece band Dirty Streets, despite there being a total of something around 95 bands on it. But for the stoner rock fans in LA that chose not to travel to Vegas, The Atomic Bitchwax and Dirty Streets arrived at the Viper Room last Sunday August 28th 2016 to put forth some no-frills jams that attendees felt fortunate to witness and absorb. Continue reading

Dreams Of The Dead Come Alive: Tribulation Headlines The Troubadour

By Andrew Bansal

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August 27th 2016, The Troubadour, West Hollywood CA: Swedish metal heartthrobs Tribulation are currently on a US headline tour, and after starting this short two-week run with an appearance on this year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival, they arrived in the Los Angeles area, to a packed house at the Troubadour in West Hollywood last Saturday August 27th. Since their 2004 inception, Tribulation have released three full-length albums and opened for the likes of Watain, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Deafheaven and Abbath in the United States to make a mark playing their brand of progressive/melodic black/death metal. This time, they have returned as headliners and have brought with them Youth Code and Horrendous as support acts. Tribulation have garnered a strong and rapidly growing fan-base in Los Angeles, and a majority of them congregated at the Troubadour in anticipation of a great performance from the Swedish quartet. Continue reading

Modern Metal At The Greek: Deftones Bring Theatrical Summer Tour To Los Angeles

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

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August 24th 2016, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA: Sacramento, California experimental rock/art metal group Deftones released their eighth full-length studio album ‘Gore’ this year, a darker, angrier, trippier, moodier set of tunes than some of their past releases. Because of their early-years sound, they often get roped in with the nu-metal gamut of bands, but they’ve always been more than that, with proggy, post-hardcore tendencies, and have in fact influenced a lot of good modern metal in existence today. While their music over the years has made a huge impact on the younger generation and still does so, they continue to strive for newer creative ground, at times battling their own past. They embarked on a North American tour this summer, and landed in Los Angeles last Wednesday August 24th, to attempt what would perhaps be their biggest ever coup in this town, a headline show at the 6000-capacity Greek Theatre. A venue normally hosting classic rock acts and music outside the rock/metal realm, the Greek was in for a pleasant surprise from this highly influential and adventurous modern metal band. Continue reading

The Ultimate Disaster: All-Star Lemmy Tribute Jam Fails To Deliver

By Andrew Bansal

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August 23rd 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: The 75th edition of the Ultimate Jam Night event, held weekly at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, was announced to be a special tribute to recently rock n’ roll legend and Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, and took place last Tuesday August 23rd 2016 to serve as a precursor to the unveiling of the Lemmy statue at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on August 24th. On Metal Assault’s previous visits to Ultimate Jam Night, these events have served high-quality musicianship and fun-filled evenings for attendees, in turn receiving glowing positive reviews, and readers were strongly recommended to attend this edition. But, on an occasion that demanded the absolute best, Ultimate Jam Night #75 came across as a majorly half-hearted attempt to pay tribute to a fallen great, and left a whole lot to be desired. Continue reading

Caught In A Deathly Trance: The Body & Full Of Hell Bring Collaborative Tour To Los Angeles

By Andrew Bansal

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August 22nd 2016, Union, Los Angeles CA: The world of heavy music has seen collaborations between bands and musicians, mainly in the form of supergroups, but one can state with certainty that there has never been a joint effort wherein two complete bands combine all their talents and musicalities to form a unified force. Portland, Oregon experimental sludge/doom/drone duo The Body and Ocean City, Maryland death metal/noisegrind outfit Full Of Hell orchestrated one such collaboration, having come together in 2015 and released their joint full-length debut ‘One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache’ via Neurot Recordings earlier this year. Now, The Body and Full Of Hell are on a three-week North American tour to perform this new compositions as well as re-worked versions of selections from their respective discographies. They visited the Los Angeles for a gig at Union (in the small room) last Monday August 22nd, with local support from Authority Figure, Whelm and Body Fluid. The event was put together by Crash The Clubs, and attracted a sizable congregation of the LA music underground. Continue reading

Riff Overdose: Castle Ends Extensive US Tour In Glendale

By Andrew Bansal

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August 20th 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: San Francisco stoner/doom trio Castle released their fourth full-length album ‘Welcome To The Graveyard’ earlier this year, and embarked on an extensive, exhaustive US headline tour, which started on June 15th, had nearly no off-days, and came to an end nine weeks later, last Saturday August 20th at Complex in Glendale CA. Headlining an event put together by Church Of The 8th Day, Castle played this show with support acts Caustic Casanova, Trapped Within Burning Machinery and Taarkus. For those in LA well-versed in underground heavy music, this was an all-killer, no-filler lineup, and an eagerly awaited event, and as it turned out, far above and beyond just another stoner doom show. Continue reading