Photo Gallery: WACKEN METAL BATTLE USA (LA Round #1, Battle #2) at Viper Room

Images by Trinidad Valdez, words by Andrew Bansal

February 22 2020, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Every year, the Wacken Metal Battle USA crowns a national champion to perform at the world’s most prestigious heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air in Germany, and to represent the country on the Global Metal Battle stage at Wacken. The second battle in the preliminary Los Angeles round of this year’s WMB USA took place last Saturday, and what an epic evening of heavy metal it was, with the Viper Room sold-out to capacity. Over 250 metalheads congregated to witness six splendid performances by some of the finest of our city’s own local unsigned bands. Continue reading “Photo Gallery: WACKEN METAL BATTLE USA (LA Round #1, Battle #2) at Viper Room”

Photo Gallery: Heavy Wednesdays Vol. 5 feat. THE BLUE PRISON, Strange Imperial & Break @ The Down N Out

Photos by Trinidad Valdez

February 19 2020, The Down N Out, Los Angeles CA: Volume 5 of our weekly “Heavy Wednesdays” series at the DNO in downtown LA took place last night, and featured a diverse three-pronged lineup – instrumental shred duo The Blue Prison (also featured on Metal Assault Mixtape: Vol. 2 recently), psychedelic rockers Strange Imperial, and hard rock quintet Break. We love doing these events at the DNO every week, and last night made for a good time, with stellar performances from all three bands and a good gathering of locals enjoying the live music on offer. Luckily we had photographer Trinidad Valdez (False Door Photo) in attendance and kind enough to send us these fantastic captures from the evening. Check out the images below, and if you are in or near downtown Los Angeles, we strongly encourage you to make it a point to attend our FREE Heavy Wednesdays! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Heavy Wednesdays Vol. 5 feat. THE BLUE PRISON, Strange Imperial & Break @ The Down N Out”

Photo Gallery: YEAR OF THE COBRA w/ Old Blood, Solar Haze & Ancient Fears @ Old Towne Pub Pasadena

Photos by Haley Caroline

February 17 2020, Old Towne Pub Pasadena CA: Last Monday’s Metal Assault event was truly one for the books. Seattle doom metal duo Year Of The Cobra returned to the Los Angeles area as part of their ongoing US West Coast tour in support of the fantastic new album, Ash And Dust. The local support cast comprised two of Metal Assault Records’ own, acid doom juggernaut Old Blood, and stoner / psych rockers Solar Haze, along with the ever-amazing epic synth prog doom quartet, Ancient Fears as opening act. Continue reading “Photo Gallery: YEAR OF THE COBRA w/ Old Blood, Solar Haze & Ancient Fears @ Old Towne Pub Pasadena”

Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 2: Release Date, Track Listing Revealed; Pre-Orders Launched

Following the success of the label’s first mixtape compilation released last summer, Metal Assault Records is very excited to announce the sequel, Metal Assault Mixtape: Vol. 2, featuring 11 mighty fine underground heavy bands from Los Angeles and beyond. Continue reading “Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 2: Release Date, Track Listing Revealed; Pre-Orders Launched”

Best Metal Albums of the Decade (2010-19)

We are nearing the end of 2019, and what we are experiencing together is a moment that will be remembered in the distant future as significant in music history. Why so? Because it brings to an end the decade of the 2010s, and what a glorious decade of hard rock and heavy metal it has been. Without further ado, here are the editor’s picks for the top 20 metal albums of the decade (2010-19).  Continue reading “Best Metal Albums of the Decade (2010-19)”

Photo Gallery: Ancient Fears, Armed For Apocalypse, Rowsdower & Starburner @ The Lexington

Photos by C. Jones

December 1 2019, The Lexington, Los Angeles CA: Last Sunday, Metal Assault had the pleasure of hosting a great evening of skull-crushing heaviness, featuring one of LA’s most definitive doom bands, Ancient Fears, touring act Armed For Apocalypse from Chico CA, and two fantastic local support acts, Rowsdower and Starburner. Our man C. Jones was in attendance to capture some stills for us. Enjoy them below, and do yourselves a favor by giving all four of these bands a listen. Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Ancient Fears, Armed For Apocalypse, Rowsdower & Starburner @ The Lexington”