Christian McPhate For years, uptight people have been accusing various metal bands of influencing their flock with hidden messages that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backward. Overnight, this "backmasking" became a threat to national security, especially after Dan Rather played clips of h ... More >>
Call it what you will, Glam Metal, Hair Metal, Cock Rock or plain old '80s metal, there is something to be said for an entire subculture that extended from the late '70s and into the early '90s that still has the power to influence art, music and culture today, as a force that refuses to wash off i ... More >>
Jim Breuer, a beloved comic and heavy metal connoisseur, has entertained us with immortal SNL characters (Goat Boy!), cult classic films we can't seem to get enough of, and through his laugh out loud hilarious stand-up comedy. But it's high time we hear about something new in Breuer Land. Well peeps ... More >>
Golden Gods Awards Club Nokia May 2, 2013 The Fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show celebrating the heavy metal and hard rock community had some unplanned extra heaviness with the untimely passing of legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. At the opening of this star filled extravaganza, h ... More >>
By: Nicholas PellOk, we get it. You like Sabbath. Everyone does. But there's a whole big world out there of '70s metal bands that goes beyond Sabbath -- even beyond Sir Lord Baltimore, if you can believe that. The '70s offered so much in the way of doom-and-gloom heaviness that it's criminal so many ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer and fellow Weekling Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for us on top of other freelance work and holding a day job at a hospital, of all places. As ... More >>
Testament House of Blues Anaheim January 31, 2013A portion of Downtown Disney was morphed into a thrash metal haven last night, as Bay Area heroes Testament played the second night of a cross country tour, to promote their new album, The Dark Roots of Earth(released in July on Nuclear Blast). Eve ... More >>
On Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy struck the world of heavy metal once again, as thrash metal guitarist Mike Scaccia, from the Texas old school thrash metal band Rigor Mortis (then later Ministry) passed away at the age of 47, while on stage, doing what he loved with his band. Scaccia may not be a househol ... More >>
By: Jason RocheHalloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside... ... More >>
Epicenter Verizon Wireless Amphitheater September 22, 2012 See Also: *Deftones Interview with Chino Moreno *Deftones at Fox Theater in Pomona *The Five Best Shows in OC This Weekend Unseasonably warm temperatures fittingly provided earthquake weather for the Epicenter Festival at Verizon Wireless ... More >>
By: Jason RocheThe dark themes and strikingly gory album covers are one thing, but what makes metal inaccessible to many is its bounty of subgenres,from black to death to thrash, to say nothing of death 'n roll and pornogrind. Which is why, below, we've compiled metal's most popular subgenres into o ... More >>
Jon Schaffer is the founder and only original member left in his over-20-year-old band, Iced Earth, but they're stronger now than ever. Iced Earth is hitting the City National Grove of Anaheim tomorrow, (co-headlining with Symphony X) as a part of their World Dystopia Tour. He answers some questi ... More >>
We submit for your consideration the air-guitaring, crotch-grabbing girls of the Seabirds Truck in what's possibly the first American lipdub video by a restaurant. If the Academy had a category for Best Lipdub by a Luxe-Lonchera, they'd walk away with a golden trophy. If you scour the interwebs, ... More >>
Shonen KnifeIt's been three decades since beloved all-female Japanese pop-punk trio Shonen Knife formed, and although they have only one remaining original member, singer/guitarist Naoko Yamano, they still pump out an endearing mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy that has attracted fans all ov ... More >>
Beacon Radio (Creative Commons NC)Watching footage of the UK riots has been shocking, scary and difficult, but the British have a history of taking to the streets in times of social upheaval as an act of defiance. The proof is in songs by its musicians: everyone from the Clash to Morrissey to Mot ... More >>
Last week, Queen guitarist Brian May interrupted a performance of his musical We Will Rock You to denounce the Welsh government's plan to reduce its badger population. Audience members were not only puzzled by May's lousy timing, but his passionate support of the badger, a sort of white trash w ... More >>
Aled ThomasWTF:Perhaps this week's post is a more pathetic cautionary tale than a bonafied WTF. In any event, it demonstrates that iconic stars everywhere might benefit from the stern benefactoring of MASH's own Mike Farrell, who once consulted fallen stars on how to manage their fortunes.
Not being a buzz band does have its benefits
The Hype: Metalcore titans the Used and Atreyu co-headlined two very sold out shows at the House of Blues, Anaheim, Friday and Saturday. Atreyu definitely had the home field advantage and probably could have sold out both nights alone, so I wasn't going to be surprised if a portion of the crowd wou ... More >>
In some circles, he's a Midwestern comedian known for his penchant for homosexual stunts, making phony phone calls using a woman's voice (although no one ever falls for it) and his belief that the best pizza in New York comes from Papa Jon's. But to others, Richard Christy is a metal drummer from ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioWhitesnake's David Coverdale is gonna getcha, Wednesday night at Pac-Amp.Kimberly Elizabeth Marquez, 20, was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery of a peace officer, drunk in public and resisting arrest after allegedly trying to hit and kick two Oran ... More >>
Within the steel-studded cannon of heavy metal gods, there are a few essential names etched at the top of the list for eternity. And while their order of importance remains a serious topic of debate by any metal head with a joint, a couch and a half-hour to kill ,one thing is for certain, Judas Prie ... More >>
No, that's new nu-metal, but new, as in not old. Anyway, Richard Christy, famed metal drummer and the dude who does all sorts of gay shit on the Howard Stern Show, has put together an all-star metal group. I'd tell you all about it, but just read this. "Metal Blade Records is proud to announ ... More >>
The Mars Volta--featuring Long Beach's Ikey Owens, of Free Moral Agents and Look Daggers, on keyboards--won the "Best Hard Rock" Grammy last night for "Wax Simulacra." Since the Grammys only show a handful of the awards on the telecast (there are a lot of Grammys, like a lot) their award was accepte ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>
Sisters Christmas Catechism
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Wallow in the mire of the years best scuzz rock
Veteran hip-hopper V.I.T.A.L. Emcee steps out on his own
June 15 - June 22: Os Mutantes!
A psychonauts guide to Black Sabbath
Pansy Division bring the fun back
Summer music haiku-o-rama!
Roller skatings back!
The key, of course, is opera
Mark Wahlberg, movie star
An interview with Rob Halford
Shitkickers live OCs purveyors of musical standup comedy
Jejune/The Siren Six!/Neve/Buck
Friday, July 23
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