Nick Oliveri Plays Solo Acoustic Set At The Satellite

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

August 9th 2014, The Satellite, Los Angeles CA: Known for his involvement in groups such as Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mondo Generator, The Dwarves and several others over the past nearly 25 years, Nick Oliveri needs no introduction to true stoner rock fans. But in a departure from what he does in most of the bands he’s ever played in, Oliveri donned an acoustic guitar to play a solo hometown show last night with support acts The Freeks, You Know Who and Waxy, a gig put together by Matthew Hutchison of Self Destructo Records and aptly held at the Satellite which is very much a haven for shows presenting this style of music. Continue reading

Plebeian Grandstand, Reproacher, Harassor & Others Perform At Five Star Bar

By Andrew Bansal

August 8th 2014, Five Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: Hailing from Tolouse, France, black power violence quartet Plebeian Grandstand set out on a US run last Monday August 4th with Cheyenne, Wyoming’s extreme metal/hardcore punk outfit Reproacher as their tour mates, and visited the Five Star Bar in downtown Los Angeles to play with local extreme acts Harassor, Conjuror and Battery Axe for a show presented by Thee Static Age. This was the fourth metal show at this venue this week alone out of which I missed only one, and  the Five Star Bar ‘regulars’ who came out to some of these shows were in attendance for this one as well. Continue reading

Primitive Man, Hexis, Doctorshopper & Others Play At Five Star Bar

Review by Andrew Bansal
[Video by Arturo Gallegos] 

August 7th 2014, Five Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: Denver doom trio Primitive Man embarked a North American run with Danish extreme force Hexis, and made their way to LA towards the end of the tour to perform at the Five Star Bar, where they previously shared the stage with The Funeral Pyre last year. Presented by The Elegy Ensemble, this show had Doctorshopper, Corpspazm and Pessimist as local support, and for the LA doom horde this promised to be another enjoyable evening with some killer bands. Continue reading

Deep Purple Rocks OC Fair

Review by Andrew Bansal
[Photos by Brad Worsham]

August 6th 2014, Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair, Costa Mesa CA: Back in the late 60s and early 70s, long before heavy metal was defined the way it is today, Deep Purple became the quintessential heavy metal band, writing music that was undeniably heavy but firmly rooted in bluesy rock ‘n roll. They not only went on to formulate a legendary career for themselves but along their journey they influenced a ton of younger bands, paving the metal genre in the process. Today in 2014, a whopping 45 years after they formed in England, they’re still soldiering on, and have been on a touring run following the 2013 release of their 19th studio album ‘Now What?!’ Currently they’re trekking North America, and played at the Pacific Amphitheatre as part of this tour, in the final week of the 2014 OC Fair along with American rock veterans Blue Oyster Cult as support act. Continue reading

Glass Cloud, Scale The Summit, Monuments & Others Play At The Lyric

By Taylor Younani

August 4th 2014, The Lyric, Los Angeles CA: At the beginning of the summer I graduated from school in Santa Barbara and returned home to the city of Los Angeles to begin the next chapter of my life. Living in the city for the past four years with a population of roughly 80,000, very few shows made their way to my neighborhood, so it has been a while since I actually got to enjoy some heavy metal. What better way to celebrate my return to my home city than with a show incorporating several of my favorite musicians and a night of with some good friends? With Glass Cloud and Scale the Summit co-headlining and support from progressive metalcore giants ERRA, UK tech metallers in Monuments, and the young talent in Reflections, the night was sure to pack a punch. Continue reading

Original Metallica Guitarist Lloyd Grant Jams With Night Demon

Review by Andrew Bansal
[Photos by Brad Worsham, video by Arturo Gallegos]

August 4th 2014, Five Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: Bringing an end to their ‘Warriors Of The West’ US West Coast run with Canadian old-school metal band Iron Kingdom, Ventura CA-based Night Demon played a homecoming show at the Five Star Bar in downtown LA last night. Los Angeles’ undisputedly finest NWOBHM flag-bearers, Night Demon have had a tremendous year with their first ever European tour and signing to SPV Records for Europe. It’s rather ironic but not surprising that Night Demon are better known in Europe than in the Los Angeles metal scene, as that seems to be the case with several bands that pursue this style of music. But regardless, thanks to the efforts of local promoters Church Of The 8th Day and Thee Static Age, along with the staff at the Five Star Bar, last night’s show was made free of cost and left no reason or excuse for true metalheads (aged 21 and over) to not attend this one. Continue reading