Accept Deliver Classic Metal Bliss In Beverly Hills

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal
[Videos by Carsten Steinhausen] 

September 12th 2014, Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills CA: Continuing on with their triumphant resurgence, teutonic metal legends Accept released their 14th studio album ‘Blind Rage’ in August via Nuclear Blast Records, the third since the band’s Mark Tornillo-fronted rebirth in 2010, and a record that has greatly succeeded in further strengthening Accept’s relevance in the modern day metal world, 35 years since their inception, as the 11 tunes on this 60-minute effort portray a creatively potent and sonically fierce Accept. Following a run of European festival appearances, they set out on a special and exclusive four-show US headline run comprising San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York with support acts Metal Church and Raven for an all old-school lineup. Sans Metal Church who had to cancel last minute owing to their singer’s health issues, Accept and Raven played the San Diego show at the Belly-Up Tavern last Thursday and arrived in Beverly Hills last night to bring the metal to the Saban Theatre. Continue reading

Earth & King Dude Perform At Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Review by Andrew Bansal
[Photos & videos by Matt Nielson]

September 11th 2014, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood CA: With every creative step they’ve taken in the 25 years since their inception, Seattle drone doom masters Earth have garnered respect and admiration from fans and critics alike, furthermore with every studio album and every live performance cycle that accompanied it. Following the mind-bending ‘Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light’ double album releases in 2011 and 2012, they unveiled their eighth studio album ‘Primitive And Deadly’ via Southern Lord Records on September 2nd, and immediately embarked on a month-long US headline tour with fellow Seattle group King Dude as support act. A week into this run, the two bands took the stage at a sold-out Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery last night for what turned out to be a truly memorable event. Continue reading

Prong Begins North American Tour At Whisky-A-Go-Go

By Andrew Bansal

September 10th 2014, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: American metal veterans Prong released their ninth studio album ‘Ruining Lives’ via SPV/Steamhammer earlier this year, a very solid effort by all means, and following extensive touring in Europe, the Tommy Victor-led trio began a North American tour (a combination of headline dates and shows supporting Overkill)  with its first show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood last night. Prong had been playing quite a comprehensive and career retrospective set list on the European run and with a similar set list expected to be continued on this tour, I was anticipating this to be a fruitful first ever Prong live experience from my perspective, while longtime fans were almost certain they were in for a treat. Continue reading

Crobot & Aeges Perform At Viper Room

By Andrew Bansal
[Photos & video by Matt Nielson] 

September 4th 2014, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Leading up to the October 28 release of their sophomore full-length album ‘Something Supernatural’ via Wind Up Records, Pennsylvania hard rock quartet Crobot completed an East Coast summer run and are currently on their first ever West Coast headline tour. They performed at the Viper Room in West Hollywood last night, with local support from LA hard rock band Aeges. Continue reading

Behold! The Monolith, Fractalline & Others Perform At Loaded Hollywood

By Andrew Bansal

September 3rd 2014, Loaded Rock Bar, Hollywood CA: Los Angeles-based Behold! The Monolith have returned in a new incarnation, rejuvenated to resume delivering their goliath-like doom to the masses. They took the stage at Loaded Hollywood last night along with four other local groups including their new vocalist Jordan Nalley’s other band Fractalline, Corona CA’s Vampire Squid who were marking this as an album release show, with The Last Of Lucy and Nihilitus rounding out the lineup.  Continue reading

Whiplash Headlines The Whisky

By Andrew Bansal

August 28th 2014, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Keeping to their current regimen of occasional live performances and taking a breather from working on material for the next studio album, New Jersey thrash veterans Whiplash traveled coast to coast for two shows out West this week, descending upon the Whisky in West Hollywood last night and slated to make an appearance at Slim’s in San Francisco tonight. Whiplash played the Whisky last summer as well, an extremely well-attended show, and Los Angeles’ thrash metal community was expected to turn up in support of legendary thrash figure Tony Portaro and his cohorts in Whiplash once again. New Jersey rock/metal group Sinners was their touring support act, and as always, the Whisky added their local openers. The thrash kids started arriving at the venue early evening onwards, and a great show was in the offing. Continue reading