Sixx:A.M., Apocalyptica & Vamps Perform At Club Nokia

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

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April 11th 2015, Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA: Sixx:A.M., featuring Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and Guns ‘N Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, released their third studio album ‘Modern Vintage’ and set out on their first ever US headline tour with Finnish cellists Apocalyptica as main support act and Japanese rock band Vamps as openers. The tour began in early April and arrived at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles for a Sixx:A.M. hometown gig last Saturday April 11th. Continue reading

Striker Makes Long-Awaited US Live Debut

By Andrew Bansal

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April 10th 2015, Five Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: Canadian traditional power/thrash metal warriors Striker have enjoyed eight prolific years since their 2007 inception, releasing an EP and three excellent full-length studio albums, and touring Canada and Europe during this period. But, for more reasons than one, they couldn’t line up a US tour and their cult fan-following in the States have awaited their arrival for a long time. Finally, after canceling their participation in the fall 2014 Onslaught/Artillery US tour, they have made it here as main support to Artillery. The first show of this tour was at the ever-awesome Five Star Bar in downtown Los Angeles last Friday April 10th, an event that turned out to be a long and tiring hangout for many in attendance. Continue reading

Nonpoint & 36 Crazyfists Perform At House Of Blues Sunset Strip

By Andrew Bansal

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April 9th 2015, House Of Blues Sunset Strip, West Hollywood CA: Hailing from geographically very distant corners of the United States but undergoing a similarly strong comeback phase in resurrecting their mission of carrying the flag for American modern heavy metal, Florida’s Nonpoint and Alaska’s 36 Crazyfists embarked on a tour together in early April 2015 and rolled through Los Angeles for a gig at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip last Thursday April 9th. Fans of both bands came out in large numbers to show their support and bask in some straightforward modern heavy music. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock In Arizona

Photos by Chad Alexander

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April 8th 2015, Livewire Concert Hall, Scottsdale AZ: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock played a memorable gig in West Hollywood last Friday April 3rd (read review here) and continuing on with their US tour, visited Scottsdale, Arizona for a show at the Livewire Concert Hall. Our photographer Chad Alexander was on site to capture these great shots for your viewing pleasure. Check them out below (each thumbnail opens up in a new tab): Continue reading

Doyle & Mushroomhead Perform At The Whisky

By Andrew Bansal

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April 8th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Even though the name Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein does not need much of an introduction to fans and followers of punk and metal, in 2013 the guitarist began an eponymous solo project in an attempt to branch out beyond his association with the Misfits. Doyle released his solo debut album ‘Abominator’ the same year, and has been playing shows with his own band ever since. Following a run of headline gigs, he joined up with masked industrial metal veterans Mushroomhead to open for them for a string of shows. The first of two Southern California appearances as part of this tour was at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood last night and attracted an excellent turnout. Continue reading

Witch Mountain Mesmerizes Los Angeles

By Andrew Bansal

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April 5th 2015, Los Globos, Los Angeles CA: In 2014, longstanding Portland Oregon-based heavy worshippers Witch Mountain announced that they were amicably parting ways with singer Uta Plotkin, and the world of doom metal collectively held on with bated breath to find out where it would lead this incredible band, and what they would do next. Much to the relief of their fanbase worldwide, they recruited nineteen-year old singer Kayla Dixon as the band’s new frontwoman, and soon after recording a cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Sleeping Village’ for an upcoming tribute album on Cleopatra Records, Witch Mountain embarked on a US run, first supporting Yob for a few dates and ending the tour with a string of headline shows. This brought them to Los Angeles on Easter Sunday, for a gig put together by the tireless gentlemen in Church Of The 8th Day and Thee Static Age, also featuring locals Glaare, Dead Dawn and Rare Breed. Attendees that had seen Witch Mountain in their past incarnations really did not know what to expect, but the level of curiosity was sky-high. Continue reading