Boston Brings 40th Anniversary Tour To Los Angeles

By Andrew Bansal

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July 14th 2016, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA: Seminal progressive classic hard rock group Boston have entered the 40th year of their career in 2016, and to celebrate the milestone, they embarked on their 40th anniversary North American headline tour, an extensive run of dates that began in late April and is slated to come to end with two back-to-back hometown shows in Boston, Massachusetts in mid-August. Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung joined Boston on the summer portion of this tour, and the two arrived in the Los Angeles area for a gig at the Greek Theatre on Thursday July 14th 2016 to perform all the hits as well as some deep cuts for the diehards. The classic rock crowd paid good money to fill most of the seats in this lovely open-air venue located in Griffith Park, and expected a great show from both bands. Regardless of the quality of the performances, whether you’d actually be able to hear the show was an entirely different matter altogether, and unfortunately, purely depended on where you were in relation to the stage. Continue reading

Six Foot South, Void Vator, Crowned By Fire & Eye Of Ember Grace Local Rock Night In Hollywood

By Lisa Burke

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July 14th 2016, Couture, Hollywood CA: Finding your inner voice in the modern day rock n’ roll and heavy metal scene that can not only stand out among the masses for creativity, individuality and originality, but also remain undamaged by the current financial and personal hurricanes all bands have to fight their way through, can prove more challenging than rocket science with much less accredited rewards to take home to mom at the end of the day. The real prize then becomes personal goals and accomplishments met within a team in the style of music to be proud of that affects the audience in a positive way. There is nu metal and then there is new metal, and I prefer the latter which is the core of what I witnessed at Couture in Hollywood on Thursday July 14th 2016. The headlining act on this evening was Six Foot South, with supporters Void Vator, Crowned By Fire and Eye Of Ember. Couture, if you aren’t aware, is not used to putting on metal shows as the usual scene is more of a night club style with a DJ. That said, both the promoter and the venue were far from virgins in the live metal show department and both parties allowed the night to get off to a slightly rough start due to lack of proper communication. Continue reading

Ne Obliviscaris, Black Crown Initiate & Starkill Perform At Whisky-A-Go-Go

By Andrew Bansal

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July 13th 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Australian progressive extreme metal group Ne Obliviscaris completed their first ever North American tour as an opening act earlier in 2016. Having been around since 2003, their stateside arrival was a long-awaited one, so much so that fans were far from satisfied with a mere 30-minute set, and five months later, Ne Obliviscaris returned to the continent, this time as headliners. They brought with them Black Crown Initiate and Starkill as support acts, and embarked on this month-long trek starting with a show in San Diego and then visiting the Los Angeles area for a gig at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood. It was an enticing lineup for the city’s extreme metal community, and fans of the genre packed the venue in high anticipation of an enjoyable evening. Continue reading

Tech-Death Massacre: Beyond Creation, Rivers Of Nihil & The Zenith Passage Decimate West Hollywood

By Lisa Burke

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July 11th 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: While lots of people enjoy heavy metal, few of these same people get on board with the idea of technical death metal, but those who do and are unaware of a brilliant band called Beyond Creation should soon introduce themselves. I hold them very high in my ranking of bands in this genre. On Monday July 11th 2016, I visited the Whisky-A-Go-Go to see Beyond Creation as the headliners with support acts Rivers Of Nihil and The Zenith Passage. As a well booked show this one was a success in terms of all bands hovering in the vain of technical death metal. Continue reading

Downtown Doom: Falls Of Rauros, Wayfarer & Skyeater Perform At The Lexington

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Andrew Hernandez

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July 11th 2016, The Lexington, Los Angeles CA: Portland, Maine black/doom metal band Falls Of Rauros embarked on a two-week U.S. West Coast headline tour with Denver, Colorado atmospheric extreme metal group Wayfarer as support for the entire run, and plunged to the murkiest depths of the Los Angeles underground to perform at the Lexington bar in downtown LA last Monday July 11th 2016 with local openers Skyeater and Our Place Of Worship Is Silence for an event put together by tireless promoters Church Of The 8th Day and The Elegy Ensemble. Continue reading

Kirby’s Dream Band Performs At Viper Room On ‘Flashback’ ’80s Rock Night

By Andrew Bansal

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July 9th 2016, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: The Viper Room is no stranger to residencies and theme nights, and this summer, West Hollywood’s coziest rock club is bringing you a monthly ’80s rock night called Flashback, with resident all-original band Knights Of Audio, and rotating special guests. Last Saturday July 9th, the lineup featured Kirby’s Dream Band, Paladin Shield and The Megas, and attendees arrived with their party hats and dancing shoes on, in anticipation of a good time. Ironically, the lighting on the Viper Room’s famous and historic marquee suffered a malfunction, and of all nights for this to have happened, it wasn’t lit for this otherwise very lit, luminous, fun-filled, high-energy evening of happy heavy music. Continue reading