Ensiferum, Korpiklaani & Trollfest Begin North American Tour in Los Angeles

Review & photos by Karina Diane

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May 6th 2015, House Of Blues Sunset Strip, West Hollywood CA: Finnish warriors Ensiferum embarked on a North American tour with fellow Finnish band Korpiklaani and Norwegian group Trollfest to present to audiences across the continent an out-and-out folk metal lineup from start to finish. Los Angeles witnessed the first show of the tour, at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, and our photographer/writer Karina Diane was on-site to capture the action via some beautiful images and a brief recap. Check it out below. Continue reading

Nightwish Headlines Greek Theatre

Review by Jason Williams, photos by Carsten Steinhausen

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May 1st 2015, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA: An album selling over one million copies, another selling over two million, with various gold and platinum awards, and even their own soundtrack. Most wouldn’t believe that a metal band would be capable of such accomplishments. If I told you that band was Nightwish, however, your surprise would wane. Founded by Tuomas Holopainen nearly 20 years ago, Finland’s greatest band have pulled no punches in capturing the hearts of fans with their signature style of symphonic metal, even more so with Floor Jensen as their new vocalist. Nightwish set off on their first US tour in nearly 3 years, and alongside Delain and Sabaton, would present Los Angeles with an unforgettable show. Continue reading

Moonspell, Septicflesh & Deathstars Perform At Black Castle

Review & photos by Karina Diane

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May 1st 2015, Black Castle, Los Angeles CA: Portuguese gothic/melodic death metal veterans Moonspell, Greek symphonic extreme metal titans Septicflesh and Swedish industrial/gothic quartet Deathstars embarked on the ‘Conquerers Of The World’ North American tour together in April 2015, and a week into the run, arrived in Los Angeles for a gig at the Black Castle, put together by promoters Church Of The 8th Day and The Elegy Ensemble and also featuring local support from Noctuary and Kaustik. Our photographer/writer Karina Diane was on site to provide us some captivating images in addition to a brief recap of the event. Check it out below. Continue reading

Future Villains Warm Up For Tour With Viper Room Gig

By Andrew Bansal

imageApril 30th 2015, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: In 2015, Los Angeles hard rock quintet Future Villains have stayed busy working on new material and remained selective about their local appearances, not saturating themselves in the LA scene and building up towards a North American tour instead. This run, christened the “Shake Rattle ‘N Roll Tour”, begins on May 8th and will include headlining shows as well as dates with Steel Panther. But a week before hitting the road, Future Villains returned to one of their most favored local spots, the Viper Room, for a gig last Thursday April 30th 2015. Continue reading

Warbringer Plays Comeback Gig At The Whisky With Exmortus & Desecrate

By Andrew Bansal

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April 30th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Having undergone a period of forced exile since their 2013 North American tour with Kreator and Overkill and the following European tour with Iced Earth, Southern California thrash tyrants Warbringer have returned with a revamped lineup and a new album in the works. Touring relentlessly for five years prior to the hiatus and releasing four excellent studio albums in the process, they developed a fan-base from the ground up and always played with the right bands. Still led by vocalist John Kevill and featuring original member Adam Carroll on guitar, Warbringer stepped foot on a stage in Los Angeles for the first time in nearly two years for a gig at the Whisky-A-Go-Go last night, heading a lineup that included LA shred kings Exmortus and longstanding metal quartet Desecrate, among others. Continue reading

Clutch & Graveyard Rock Hollywood Palladium, Mastodon Induce Snooze

Review & marquee photo by Andrew Bansal, live photos by Carsten Steinhausen

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April 29th 2015, The Palladium, Hollywood CA: Continuing on the touring cycle for their 2014 full-length release ‘Once More Round The Sun’, Atlanta GA stoner rock heavyweights Mastodon are in the midst of a North American co-headlining run with Maryland rock luminaries Clutch, with Swedish purveyors of all things vintage, heavy and psychedelic, Graveyard, serving as the opening act. The ‘Missing Link’ tour visited Los Angeles for a well-attended gig at the Palladium in central Hollywood last Wednesday April 29 2015. None of the three bands had a brand new release to promote but Mastodon were expected to delve deeper into their latest as well as older albums while Clutch and Graveyard promised to give attendees a taste of their upcoming albums. Those that had seen these bands several times in the past knew what to expect and the show eventualized exactly as imagined. Continue reading