Stoner Friday: The Obsessed, Karma To Burn, Sierra & Ironaut Perform At Complex

By Lisa Burke

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June 3rd 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: Whether you are willing to admit it or not, it is the year 2016 and heavy metal has spawned an army of new genres since it came to fruition about forty-six years ago, give or take a few. One of the thriving genres of the modern day is stoner metal, often mixed in with doom, as well as a few other varieties. On Friday June 3rd 2016, I returned yet again to one of my favorite metal venues Complex in Glendale to catch The Obsessed’s tour with Karma To Burn and Sierra, and local openers of this evening, Ironaut. Trying to come up with a tighter-fitting lineup would prove to be a challenge as all these bands were not only a great fit together, but just different enough that you could survive the entire sets of all four bands in the order presented without any chance of boredom. Originally, The Atomic Bitchwax was going to be on this tour, but had to drop off and the replacement couldn’t have been better with Sierra on the bill. Continue reading

Baroness Ends North American Headline Tour At Fonda Theatre

Review by Jordan Salfity, photos by Jay Valena

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June 3rd 2016, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood CA: Savannah, Georgia sludge metal group Baroness released their fourth full-length studio album ‘Purple’ in late 2015, and embarked on a North American headline tour in May 2016 with support act Youth Code. They brought the tour to an end in Los Angeles with a gig at the Fonda Theatre, and our writer Jordan Salfity, along with our photographer Jay Valena, were in attendance to capture the show for us via their respective words and images. Check it out below. Continue reading

Voivod Visits Los Angeles On ‘Post Society’ Tour With King Parrot & Child Bite

By Lisa Burke

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June 2nd 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: When attending live heavy metal shows, unpredictability can become a common occurrence, and not only is there potential to suffer injury or death in the mosh pit, or witness an atrocity of a heavy metal band, but also sometimes the headliner of the show turns out to be not-so-much your favorite band. On Thursday June 2nd 2016, at my second Whisky-A-Go-Go appearance of the week, I arrived to see Voivod with touring support acts King Parrot and Child Bite, along with local openers Erode. Continue reading

UK Extreme Metal Band Grave Miasma Performs Without Vocalist

By Lisa Burke

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May 31st 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: Underground heavy metal bands are there at your fingertips waiting for you to discover, if you know where to find them. One place you can always count on discovering a new band or three is at Complex in Glendale. It’s the perfect size of intimacy for discovering and hosting newer bands while also keeping up to the needs of long time well-known acts. On Tuesday May 31st 2016, I introduced myself to a couple of new bands and got a taste of some great blackened death metal. The three bands on the lineup for this night were Grave Miasma, Old Coven, and Funeral Smoke. If you’re bored, you can totally take it upon yourself to mix any of the above band names together and still end up with a cool band name such as Funeral Coven or Smoke Miasma. Promoters Church Of The 8th Day and The Elegy Ensemble have a knack for finding themed lineups such as this one and has yet to disappoint. Continue reading

Sumac, Jaye Jayle & Sad Vicious Perform At Complex

Review by Andrew Bansal

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May 29th 2016, Complex, Glendale CA: Based out of the Pacific North West and formed in 2014, Sumac is a power trio/supergroup featuring the talents of Aaron Turner (Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom, Isis) on guitar and vocals, Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, These Arms Are Snakes) on bass and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) on drums. Sumac recently concluded a short U.S. West Coast headlining run in the lead-up to the June 10 2016 release of their sophomore LP ‘What One Becomes’ via Thrill Jockey Records, and visited the Los Angeles area to play in front of a packed house at Complex in Glendale on Sunday May 29th, with opening acts Jaye Jayle and Sad Vicious, for a gig put together by Church Of The 8th Day. Continue reading