Metal and Hardcore

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    October 30, 2014

    8 Scariest Musical Halloween Costumes

    Halloween is that awesome time of year where you can be completely creepy and simultaneously showcase your musical obsessions with costumes that turn you into your favorite singers and band members. So forget the sexy nurse and boring pirate costumes. Why not make yourself into one of the guys from ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    Korn's Bassist Fieldy Talks About Braving Bomb Scares and Sobriety

    After breaking the news three years ago they were adding Skrillex-influenced electronic beats to their nu-metal sound in "The Path of Totality," Korn have not only transformed their musical direction, but have shifted the band perspective with positive morale that is audibly noticeable in their lat ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Animals as Leaders are the Pride of the Prog Metal Pack

    Few characters in music seem as dated as the heavy metal virtuoso. The term unintentionally conjures images of cocky, '80s shredders with flying V guitars, spandex and blown out hair. Thankfully, a young band like Animals as Leaders has shown they can embrace the term and buck the stereotypes. Since ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013


    City National Grove of Anaheim

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    September 12, 2013

    Last Shot: Fatigue 1 Andrew 0

    [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 >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Top 10 Straight Edge Bands of All Time, According to a Straight Edge Dude

    No matter how you view straight edge or straightedge bands, it's an undeniable part of punk culture. The idea of opting out of a life with drinking, drugs, and promiscuous sex has raised a lot of questions, and draws a long standing line in the sand for many in the punk community. The straight edge ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Jim Breuer's Top Five Head Banging Heavy Metal Classics

    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 >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Katatonia Bring The Power of Swedish Metal to the States

    By: Alex Distefano Sweden is well known for producing some of the darkest, gloomiest metal bands on the planet--from Bathory, At The Gates, Entombed, Amon Amarth, Meshuugah Ghost, Opeth and many more. Katatonia is no exception. Formed in 1991, the band launched into a sound that was a more melanc ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Motorhead - Club Nokia - May 14, 2013

    Motörhead Club Nokia May 14, 2013 The privilege of watching Motörhead thrash on their instruments is certainly a good way to spice up any Tuesday night. But there is no way to start this review without discussing the insanity of their opening act, Anvil, who took the stage with a vengeance in fron ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013
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    April 2, 2013

    Five '70s Metal Bands Who Are Better Than Black Sabbath

    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 >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Dillinger Escape Plan Talk About Sneaking Into OC to Record New Album

    By the time you read this, most of The Dillinger Escape Plan will be back home on the East Coast, settling down for the holidays with lady friends and family members. But for the last two months, members of the legendary mathcore/metal band have been living under the radar behind the Orange Curtai ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Suicide Silence Seek Donations For Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund

    Days after Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker died in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach, the band have launched a memorial fund to provide assistance to the family of the late singer. All proceeds donated to the official Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund will go towards the education of Lucker's fi ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Oderus Urungus of GWAR Says the Presidential Election Should Be Decided With Gladiatorial Combat

    By: Alex DistefanoIt has been nearly 30 Earth years since the infamous, killer mutant heavy metal space creatures known as GWAR first visited this planet. Anyone who has ever had blood and entrails splattered on them at one of their shows knows that life on this planet has never been the same since. ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Top 10 Most Unreadable Metal Band Logos

    By Alee Karim Once upon a time, extreme metal bands opted to contort their logos into the most stylized mutations possible as a way to visually represent their music, and as a proud testament to the obscurity of their appeal. But by now it's all become a bad joke, and you're likelier to find the slu ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Big Business

    Alex's Bar

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    August 12, 2012

    Metallica at Outside Lands: The Five Best Parts of the Band's Fiery San Francisco Show

    METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12 The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Damage Inc.

    House of Blues

  • Music

    February 23, 2012

    Toxic Holocaust Really Mean It

    Joel Grind plays sincerely apocalyptic thrash music

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    January 19, 2012

    The Best Musician Signings And Events At NAMM

    ​With today being the official kickoff of the NAMM convention, expect Anaheim to be flooded with musicians instead of the usual Disneyland crowd. That being said, below are some of the best signings and events of the next few days, beginning this afternoon).

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    December 23, 2011

    The Time Metallica Jammed Onstage with my BFFs at the Fillmore

    The Diazes: Dennis, Annette and their daughter Lightning (yes, after "Ride the Lightning")​Last May, my besties released a wedding video to top all other wedding videos. In it, the bride (a drummer) and groom (a multi-instrumentalist) performed Metallica's "Master of Puppets" in lieu of the first ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Slayer Light Show: Because Your Holidays Could Use a Good Headbanging

    ​It's the most wonderful time of the year. The weather is crisp, everybody's slurping from that mug of good cheer, lights twinkle, and Christmas carols soothe your five o'clock drive. Sick of all that, Scrooge? Good news. Your neighbor has set his holiday light show to Slayer. "Slayer Bob, ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011



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    November 4, 2011

    [UPDATE: An Interview with Gas Station Manager Who Found Cory Smoot] Flattus Maximus, GWAR Guitarist, RIP

    Update: Our sister paper Minneapolis City Pages has an interview with the gas station manager who discovered Cory Smoot dead and called 911. "It really, really shook the band," says Dan Anderson. "Pretty much all of them were crying, teary eyed. It broke them up pretty good." Read the whole intervie ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Nails: Yes, They're Tough

    [Locals Only] The Buena Park thrash outfit thinks about what you think they'd think about Metallica

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    November 3, 2011
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    September 29, 2011

    Jerry Only Brings the Misfits Back From the Grave

    Thirty years later, he says their legacy is just beginning.

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    September 21, 2011

    Guns N' Roses Touring for the First Time in Five Years

    ​For some reason, Guns N' Roses announcing they are going to tour isn't irritating at all. For their first major U.S. tour in five years, the group, which really is only Axl Rose and an all-new band, will play more than 30 concerts starting Oct. 28.

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    April 14, 2011

    Five Ridiculous Music Lawsuits to Top David Byrne's

    ​ David Byrne celebrated a legal victory this week against former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who used Byrne's song Road To Nowhere in a campaign last year without permission. Along with pocketing an undisclosed sum of cash, Byrne's victory led to Crist releasing a stammering, videotaped apo ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Five Music Biopics We'd Like To See

    ​ Over the last decade, Hollywood has pumped out an increasing number of music biopics, treating us to everything from enjoyable theatrical hits (8 Mile) to wobbly, tear-jerking cable duds (Take Me Home: The John Denver Story). With Jeff Buckley, Sam Cooke and Clash movies in the works and rumor ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    February 3, 2011

    Avenged Sevenfold and A Perfect Circle Headlining Rock on the Range

    Avenged Sevenfold​OC-based Avenged Sevenfold and drummer Josh Freese of A Perfect Circle will be headlining the hard-rock music fest Rock on the Range. The 5th annual celebration will be held on May 21 and May 22 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio. It will commence early Friday evening with ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Bitter End

    Chain Reaction

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    November 25, 2010

    Dimmu Borgir

    Fox Pomona Theater

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    November 19, 2010

    Glenn Danzig VS. the Internet​Maybe the last time you saw Glenn Danzig, he was carrying kitty litter to his car while wearing a Danzig shirt. Or maybe it was when you watched the YouTube video of him getting knocked out with one punch. You could've seen him shaking his hips with Shakira. No? Well, you're in ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010


    The Galaxy

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    May 24, 2010

    Slipknot Bassist Found Dead​ The bassist of nu-metal band Slipknot was found dead in a hotel room in Urbandale Iowa today. The Associated Press reports that a hotel employee found 38-year-old Paul Gray, and no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

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    December 17, 2009


    Long Beach Arena

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    November 20, 2009

    On Sale Saturday: Slayer and Megadeth

    ​Get out those heavy coats cuz it'll definitely be reigning blood when Slayer, Megadeth and Testament hit the Long Beach Arena Jan. 22 as part of the American Carnage Tour.In my 30 years on this planet, I've been to my fair share of concerts, but never have I seen anything like what I saw the one ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Incoming: Mickey Avalon, Soulfly at the Galaxy Theatre

    Keith May​The Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana hasn't slowed down since reopening a few months ago, adding a couple new shows of note to its schedule.

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    August 26, 2009

    The Jakes Announce Deal with Roadrunner Records

    ​It's been rumored around the local music scene for a while, but now it's official: Irvine/Newport Beach band the Jakes have signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. Yes, Roadrunner, the label best known for having acts like Slipknot and Nickelback on their roster. (It's right on their website title ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009
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    June 26, 2009

    On-Sale Saturday: Um, Not a Lot, Really.

    Yeah.We've got the Creed show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine Ryan Ritchie told you about earlier in the week, and Sunny Day Real Estate at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Oct. 10, which the always-helpful RR also told you about earlier in the week. Children of Bodom at the Glass House, ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    MUSINK Convention Returns to Costa Mesa

    Though the scheduled MUSINK tour became another casualty of the flagging economy, the three-day music and tattoo convention is still happening--February 20-22, again at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center in Costa Mesa. But they're quick to point out that celebutant Kat Von D, of "LA Ink" ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008
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    April 10, 2008

    Bronze Metal

    Best of Metal Tributes

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    February 4, 2008

    Slayer Give Good Head... Protection

    Southern Cali thrash-metal legends Slayer are branching out into motorcycle-helmet designing. Working with O'Neal USA, the band known for classics like Reign in Blood and South of Heaven and being sampled by Public Enemy on "She Watch Channel Zero?!" lent their memorable artwork to the RockHard line ... More >>

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    January 21, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part VI

    NAMM 2008 came and went, with fans and music celebs flooding the Anaheim Convention Center. Weekly web photographer Christopher Victorio dropped by the madhouse on Saturday and ran into folks from Slipknot, Megadeth, Queensryche, Motley Crue and even Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood. Photos ... More >>

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    October 1, 2007

    HOB Cancels Shadows Fall Shows

    Shadows Fall: Tabooed off the stage by Disney. Two dates on Shadows Fall's upcoming Operation Annihilation tour with Static X have been canceled. Both were to occur at House of Blues venues located on property owned by the Walt Disney company. The Oct. 20 date scheduled at House of Blues in Orlando ... More >>

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    February 2, 2006
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