Old-School Metalheads Unite: Grim Reaper, Thrust & Blade Killer Perform At Complex

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Robert DeAnda

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November 22nd 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: British traditional metal act Grim Reaper returned with a new album called ‘Walking In The Shadows’ in 2016, their first since 1987, albeit under the new moniker Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper as a result of vocalist Steve Grimmett being the only remaining member from the band’s classic lineup of the ’80s. Embarking on an extensive North American headline tour in October, Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper played the final show of the run at Complex in Glendale on Tuesday November 22nd, with local support from Thrust and Blade Killer. Denim-and-leather clad old-school metalheads from all over town gathered in good numbers in anticipation of a great evening. Continue reading

Back From The Dead: L7 Play Sold-Out Show At Echoplex

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

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November 21st 2016, The Echoplex, Los Angeles CA: Los Angeles based all-female hard rock/punk/grunge group L7 started out in 1985 and were prominent in the ’90s as they thrived in a musical environment that very much embraced them. In 2001, they went on indefinite hiatus, but announced a reunion in 2014 with original bassist Jennifer Finch also returning to the fold for the first time since ’96. They started touring again, and a Kickstarter-funded documentary ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ was completed (with an as yet unknown release date). Back with a bang, L7 set out to rekindle the spark between their members on stages in Europe and North America, and last Monday November 21st, they played a sold-out hometown show at the Echoplex for a gathering of eager, excited fans. Continue reading

Raining Riffs: Red Fang, Torche & Whores Rock Teragram Ballroom

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

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November 20th 2016, Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA: Portland, Oregon stoner metal group Red Fang have hardly put a foot wrong since their 2005 inception, establishing themselves further as heavyhitters of the genre with every album and tour. Following up their stellar efforts on the 2009 self-titled debut, ‘Murder The Mountains’ (2011) and ‘Whales And Leeches’ (2013), Red Fang released their fourth LP ‘Only Ghosts’ via Relapse on October 14th 2016, and embarked on a four-week North American headline tour in November to present new and old material live, with support acts Torche and Whores. The tour started in California and arrived at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles on November 20th. On a chilly, rainy night, it seemed like Red Fang had brought the flavor of their hometown with them, but the weather did not deter heavy music lovers from congregating at the venue in anticipation of a deafening barrage of riffs from these three bands. Continue reading

Blackened Death Rock Magic: Take Over And Destroy Showcase New Album At The Lexington

By Andrew Bansal

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November 19th 2016, The Lexington, Los Angeles CA: Even in a market as heavily saturated as it is, there is always scope for a metal band to push the envelope and emerge with something new, unique and engaging. Tempe, AZ group Take Over And Destroy are doing exactly that with their fresh take on dark heavy music, blending elements of death rock, Scandinavian extreme metal and rock n’ roll into their musicianship, which they’ve presented through three full-length studio albums and various EP/split releases over the past 8 years of their existence. The latest effort is the beautifully compelling self-titled LP, unveiled in October 2016 via Prosthetic Records. Take Over And Destroy played two Southern California album showcase gigs, including an appearance at the Lexington in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday November 19th, where they put on a memorable, uplifting performance in the most uninspiring circumstances. Continue reading

The Symphonic Principle: Epica & Fleshgod Apocalypse Play Sold-Out Los Angeles Show

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Chad Alexander

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November 19th 2016, The Regent, Los Angeles CA: Dutch symphonic metal stalwarts Epica released their seventh full-length studio album ‘The Holographic Principle’ in September 2016 via Nuclear Blast, and are currently in the midst of a North American headline run with support acts Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arkona and The Agonist. This has been a long-awaited tour for Epica fans across the continent, the band having forced to cancel their last two scheduled North American runs due to varying circumstances, a family emergency in 2015, and headliners Machine Head canceling a tour that had Epica as main support in 2014. This time things have gone to plan for Epica and co, and they are making their first appearance in North America since 2012. The touring party arrived in Los Angeles for a sold-out show at the Regent Theater last Saturday, and fans of Epica as well as followers of symphonic and extreme metal anticipated a treat from start to finish. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Queensrÿche & Armored Saint @ House Of Blues San Diego

Photos by Chad Alexander

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November 18th 2016, House Of Blues, San Diego CA: Metal legends Queensrÿche and Armored Saint have joined forces for a four-week US run of dates this November-December, each presenting strong new material as well as more than three decades worth of timeless classics, very much proving themselves as bands that are relevant and creative in 2016, not mere nostalgia acts. Queensrÿche and Armored Saint visited the House Of Blues San Diego last Friday, and our photographer Chad Alexander was on site to capture these stills for you. Enjoy the galleries below, and catch the tour if you still can. Continue reading