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Metal and Hardcore

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    November 6, 2014

    The OC Man Behind Inside Metal: The Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal

    by John Totten The late '70s and early 1980s was an exciting time in the history of music in Southern California. From Reseda to Pomona to Anaheim, young rock bands and musicians learned their craft and plied their trade in the live music clubs that flourished in the region. In Huntington Beach, a ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Top Ten Heavy Metal Bass Players

    In the past, we've brought you the best of what heavy metal has to offer in terms of guitarists, and drummers, but now we look to a role that is sometimes under rated but always under appreciated. Metal's four-string instrument provides a solid foundation of rhythm, centering the music and allowi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Long Live the Enduring, Absurd Glory of GWAR

    If you call GWAR's Brent Purgason to chat about his band, you're presented with not one potential interview subject but two. The first is Purgason himself, who has played guitar for the Richmond,Va. thrash metal veterans since 2012, taking over that role after Cory Smoot's 2011 death from coronary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Knotfest - October 24-26, 2014 - San Manuel Amphitheater

    Knotfest October 24-26, 2014 San Manuel Amphitheater Thank the Dark Lord the temperature in San Bernardino was only in the 80s on Saturday, as an estimated 50,000 metalheads, campers and revelers flocked to the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore for Knotfest -- three days of camping and a dark carni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Anthrax's Scott Ian Talks new DVD, Knotfest and Interviewing Ozzy

    Anthrax guitarist and founding member Scott Ian has become a man who wears many hats. As most artists tend to explore different realms of the spectrum, some awaken new, unfound talents while others flop. For the 1980s thrash-metal musician, becoming an author, television interviewer, spoken word per ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

    Progressive Metal, unlike other sub genres of heavy metal borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity. ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    July 24, 2014
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    July 23, 2014

    Mötley Crüe - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - July 22, 2014

    Mötley Crüe Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7/22/14 In the crowd for Mötley Crüe's last tour ever, it appeared that a huge slice of Orange County showed up for one last taste of the Sunset Strip circa 1985. Near the front of the stage, we waded through a sea of infatuated couples, pyro smoke and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    The Best of Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014

    Rockstar Mayhem Fest San Manuel Amphitheater 7/5/14 Metal heads from around Southern California poured into the fields of the San Manuel Amphitheater for the seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Devore on Saturday. The eclectic mix of shredders, growlers, singers and headbangers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is Wrong About Punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Suicide Silence Pushes Forward After Vocalist's Death

    Suicide Silence had just about everything going for them by the end of 2012. Their fan base was growing larger and more rabid by the day with the release of their third album, The Black Crown, which reached No. 28 on the Billboard 200, and garnered major respect from the deathcore community. It was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Heavy Metal Movies

    Heavy metal music's influence on our modern culture can't be denied. This time, instead of focusing on songs, albums, or the bands themselves, we decided to change the perspective a bit, and instead delve into world of cinema. There are tons of documentaries about heavy metal music and culture, from ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014
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    June 19, 2014
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    April 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands

    No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The Five Best Metal Shows in April

    Motorhead with special guests Graveyard April 11 Club Nokia What is amazing about this legendary band, is the dedication that heavy metal iconic front man Lemmy Kilmister has for the fans. Despite the numerous health problems the 68-year-old has endured over the past few years--including heart surg ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Megadeth

    City National Grove of Anaheim

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    October 15, 2013

    The 10 Goriest Album Covers

    One of the best parts about buying a physical album (if you still do that sort of thing) is always going to be the album cover art. And if you're a metalhead or crusty punker the more brutal and bloody it is, the better.After all, metal and punk have never been about bowing down to political correct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    OC Death Fest - Mirror Image Studios - September 28, 2013

    OC Death Fest Mirror Image Studios 9/28/13 To celebrate OC's underground extreme metal scene, the OC Deathfest took place on Saturday, in an otherwise quiet industrial corner of Anaheim between the 91 and 57 Freeways at Mirror Image studios. In what was a day (and evening) devoted to all things de ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Top 10 Creepiest Black Sabbath Songs

    When it comes to the history of head-banging heavy metal, there is no doubt that it was created by the one and only Black Sabbath. Formed in 1968 initially as a blues band, in Birmingham, England, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward invented metal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Stryper - The Coach House - August 15, 2013

    Stryper Coach House 8/15/13 "It's mind boggling that we've been around for 30 years," said Stryper front man Michael Sweet to a crowd of several hundred fans at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, during an intimate all acoustic performance with his band mate, guitarist Oz Fox. The guitar duo st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Avenged Sevenfold Used Cover Their Groupies in Piss

    By John Wiederhorn and Katherine Truman Avenged Sevenfold have always occupied a weird space in the annals of OC metal, or metalcore, whatever you want to call it. Despite being rejected by some old-school metal fans (i.e. anyone with a sleeveless denim jacket, a Napalm Death concert stub and tattoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Top 10 Glam Metal Bands of All Time

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Vans Warped Tour- Pomona Fairplex - June 21, 2013

    Day two of the Vans Warped Tour brought out the masses of music fans once again to the Fairplex in Pomona for another sun-soaked day full of eclectic bands, vendors, and fans of all ages and backgrounds. This year's festival was dominated by up and coming popular emo, indie rock, metalcore bands, ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    The 10 Geekiest Metal Bands of All Time

    By: Adam Steininger Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planets. These b ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Dirty Black Summer

    Continental Room

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    May 28, 2013

    10 Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

    I have been a heavy metal fan for over 50 percent of my existence on this planet. But when you're talking about the all-encompassing musical genre known as "heavy metal," you might as well be talking about something as infinitely complicated as the Universe. It's that vast, and the amount of territo ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse - The Observatory - May 16, 2013

    By: Alex Distefano Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse The Observatory May 16, 2013 It's been a while since this many bodies were packed so densely for a metal show at the Observatory. But, when you have two of the most brutal bands on the planet--Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse--performing back to b ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Revolver Golden Gods Awards - Club Nokia - May 2, 2013

    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 >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Thrash Metal band Exodus Banned From House of Blues Anaheim

    If you were at the March 22, stop of the 3rd annual Metal Alliance Tour, you might have noticed that one thrash metal band was not the bill at the House of Blues in Anaheim. As it turns out, we can blame the Disney Corporation for that. Northern California thrash metal band Exodus now finds itself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Sixth Annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Line Up Revealed

    A motorcycle caravan of dozens of Hells Angels and other bikers rumbled up to the Whiskey A GoGo on the Sunset Strip yesterday to kick off a party for the announcement of the lineup for the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. Hundreds of fans and members of the press gawked and took pictur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Testament - House of Blues Anaheim - January 31, 2013

    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 >>

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    January 18, 2013

    War Beast Front Man Bruce Corbitt Remembers a Fallen Thrasher

    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 >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Down Army

    City National Grove of Anaheim

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    Hey, Metal Scene: Where's All the Black People?

    Why it's still misunderstood by most African-Americans

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Hey Metal Scene, Where's All the Black People?

    By: Nicholas Pell Long Beach-based metal band Hirax has a unique sound, blending the galloping beats of the new wave of British heavy metal with the intensity of thrash. Katon W. De Pena's operatic and aggressive vocals lead the way. Since 1984 De Pena, who is 49, has fronted the legendary thra ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Abysmal Dawn

    Slidebar

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    October 25, 2012

    The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

    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 >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Chino Moreno Says New Deftones Album is a Little Bit Meshuggah, a Little Bit Depeche Mode

    "Change (In The House Of Flies)" from the Deftones' third album White Pony maybe the archetypical song for the band. It represented a shift from their primary aggressive in your face assaults to one of tortured beauty while retaining heavy elements to the song. Deftones have shed their Nu-Metal moni ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Cannibal Corpse Take One Last Bite Out of the Festival Season

    The iconic death metal band pull into Anaheim for the Summer Slaughter Tour

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    July 11, 2012

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Metal but Were Afraid to Ask

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Ten Questions with That Metal Show's Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson

    ​I grew up in a town where almost every kid wore a jean jacket and worshiped at the altar of Ozzy Osbourne. KNAC blared from garages and Skid Row was played over the loudspeaker at our city's annual carnival. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about metal, which might have something to do with ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Megadeth at the Gibson Amphitheater, Feb. 24, 2012

    ​​MegadethVIEW OUR SLIDESHOW HEREGibson AmphitheaterFeb. 24, 2012 With Megadeth's recent success (they just received their tenth Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance), the multiplatinum metal gods Megadeth returned to headline the critically acclaimed Gigantour, showcasing metal's ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Chi Cheng, Deftones Bassist, Showing Signs of Emerging From Three Year Coma

    ​Bassist Chi Cheng of the Deftones was involved in a high-speed car accident in Santa Barbara in November 2008. Cheng, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from his vehicle and consequently fell into a coma. Now, three years and two months later, Cheng is finally s ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012
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    December 15, 2011

    Metalachi Love Boobs

    The Espinoza brothers blend metal, hair metal and mariachi

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    December 8, 2011

    Scott Kelly

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys Announced as 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers

    ​Los Angeles bands Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers top the list of inductees for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced early Wednesday morning. Guns N' Roses, later dubbed "The World's Most Dangerous Band," emerged on L.A.'s rock scene in the mid '80s. Within a few ye ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011
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