Mutoid Monday: Mutoid Man Raises the Roof in Downtown LA

By Andrew Bansal
(photos by Matt Nielson)

July 10th 2017, The Resident, Los Angeles CA: In 2017, planet earth is deeply fond of nostalgia, specially in the realm of music. More and more music lovers are not only seeking out age-old albums but listening to them on vinyl and cassettes. Very seldom does new music get listeners universally and unanimously excited. Enter Brooklyn, New York rock/metal/mathcore power trio Mutoid Man, with their second full-length ‘War Moans’, which does just that. The band, featuring Steve Brodsky (Cave In), Ben Koller (Converge) and Nick Cageao, released the album in June 2017 and embarked on a North American tour with Sargent House label mates Helms Alee. ‘War Moans’ has blown away anyone and everyone who has taken the time to listen to it, and this Mutoid Man tour has been an eagerly anticipated one everywhere across North America. On the second leg of the tour, the band arrived in Los Angeles for a gig at the Resident last Monday, and took no prisoners in putting on one of the most insanely entertaining live shows one would ever get to witness. Continue reading “Mutoid Monday: Mutoid Man Raises the Roof in Downtown LA”

Photo Gallery: Lord Dying, Yidhra, Raise the Guns & Ironaut @ Bootleg Bar

Photos by C. Jones

July 9th 2017, Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles CA: As part of their three-show “limited engagement” Southern California mini-tour, Portland, Oregon sludge stalwarts Lord Dying performed at the Bootleg Bar in LA last Sunday, along with local support acts Yidhra, Raise the Guns and Ironaut. Our photographer C. Jones was in attendance to document the show for us with his images. Check them out below: Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Lord Dying, Yidhra, Raise the Guns & Ironaut @ Bootleg Bar”

The Jet Generation Lives: Guitar Wolf rocks Viper Room

By Lisa Burke

July 8th 2017, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: What qualifications make for an unforgettable punk n’ roll show well worth the price of admission? In this day and age one sure fire trait is attention to detail along with attitude, and if you were to throw in a little culture for good measure, the crowd might even stay for the encore. The history of punk rock in America as well as England is quite the bold and commonplace tale including The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Stooges, and Black Flag to name a few, but what may not be so familiar is how it came about and what influences mattered in other cultures such as Japan for example. On Saturday July 8th 2017 at The Viper Room, I attended a very special show featuring Japanese garage rock n’ punk trio Guitar Wolf as the headliner with support acts Isaac Rother and The Phantoms, Sly-Fi, and Evol Walks. Continue reading “The Jet Generation Lives: Guitar Wolf rocks Viper Room”

Glorious & Furious: DragonForce play Sold-Out Los Angeles Show

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

July 8th 2017, The Roxy, West Hollywood CA: Following the release of their seventh studio album ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ earlier this year via Metal Blade Records, power metal icons DragonForce began their world tour with shows in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and arrived in North America in July to set foot on a 3-week trek, with support act Once Human. After the first show in San Francisco, the band arrived to a completely packed house at the Roxy in West Hollywood, for an event that had been sold out well in advance. DragonForce has a great fan-following in the LA area and have always played in front of highly energetic crowds, but on this occasion even they were pleasantly surprised, as DragonForce fans, power metal enthusiasts and guitar nerds from all over town gathered in huge numbers and made the band feel at home by greeting them with deafening cheers throughout the show. Continue reading “Glorious & Furious: DragonForce play Sold-Out Los Angeles Show”

Prolific and Pummeling: Melvins bring ‘A Walk with Love and Death’ Tour to Orange County

By Andrew Bansal
(photos by Matt Nielson)

July 6th 2017, The Observatory, Santa Ana CA: More than 30 years into their career, the Melvins still continue to push themselves to take on new ventures, and 2017 sees their biggest undertaking yet, ‘A Walk with Love and Death’, their first ever double album. This is a combination of ‘Love’, a soundtrack to the Melvins-produced short film, and ‘Death’, a standard Melvins album. To celebrate this release, they embarked on a very extensive 12-week North American headline tour, with support act Spotlights, and on the second day of the journey, arrived in Santa Ana, California for a gig at The Observatory Orange County. Less than 2 weeks ago, the Melvins opened for Tool at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, but watching them play outdoors in broad sunlight hardly even counts, and fans of the band in Southern California came back for more. Last Thursday July 6th, Orange County was ready to experience a proper Melvins headline show. Continue reading “Prolific and Pummeling: Melvins bring ‘A Walk with Love and Death’ Tour to Orange County”

Still Reigning Supreme: Iron Maiden turns Desert Hell into Metal Heaven

By Andrew Bansal

July 1st 2017, Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino CA: Following a handful of shows in North America in 2016 as part of the opening leg of their world tour in support of the latest album ‘The Books Of Souls’, heavy metal legends Iron Maiden returned for a full run through the continent in June-July 2017, with opening act Ghost. Halfway into this leg, they arrived in San Bernardino for a gig at the Glen Helen Amphitheater on July 1st, with Kamelot and Exodus were also part of the lineup for this one night only. Iron Maiden has had a connection with San Bernardino that dates all the way back to 1981 when they played the now extinct Swing Auditorium on the Killers tour. They then performed at the Orange Show Pavilion on the World Piece tour (’83), World Slavery tour (’85) and Somewhere on Tour (’87), and prior to last Saturday’s show, visited the Glen Helen Amphitheater three times, most recently headlining the unforgettable ‘Battle of San Bernardino’ in 2013. Thousands upon thousands of metalheads gathered here once again, to experience ‘The Book Of Souls’ live, to sing along to their favorite Maiden classics, and to belt their lungs out upon hearing Bruce Dickinson say, “Scream for me San Bernardino!” Continue reading “Still Reigning Supreme: Iron Maiden turns Desert Hell into Metal Heaven”