Metal and Hardcore

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2014

    Deep Purple

    Pacific Amphitheater

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    May 15, 2014

    Skid Row

    The Coach House

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    May 8, 2014

    Primal Fear

    City National Grove of Anaheim

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    November 21, 2013

    Alice Cooper

    Segerstrom Center

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    August 22, 2013

    Black Sabbath

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Touche Amore Tell Us Why They'll Never Play Warped Tour

    Looking into the hardcore punk landscape today, if you're an outsider, things tend to get a little confusing. Touche Amore is a post-hardcore band that is changing what it means and sounds like to be a punk band, combing elements of '90s screamo and post-hardcore with an intense work ethic and never ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    How Eighteen Visions Became The OC Metal Band Known For Inventing "Fashioncore"

    By: John Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman Like it or not, the history of the OC metal scene owes a lot to the phrase "guyliner," specifically a subgenre dubbed Metalcore that reared its head in the early 2000s. Brought forth by musicians who mixed Iron Maiden guitar chops with brutal break downs and ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013
  • Music

    January 3, 2013

    This Is What the Best Rock Drummer in OC Looks Like

    Aric Improta battles for supremacy at Guitar Center's National Drum Off

  • Music

    November 8, 2012

    Municipal Waste Are the Funnest (and Most Disturbing) in All of Thrash Metal

    The band prove that bloody entrails and hellfire guitar riffs can actually be a light-hearted combination

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    Wise-Cracking Weedeater Mix Humor and Headbanging

    The North Carolina band enjoy evil music without all the pretention

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: The Complete List

    Go ahead, call us a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kind of labels never cease to amuse us. Because one thing that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music--the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time: 14-6

    14. Reel Big FishZany, wacky, ska-rooted (though they rock harder now) Reel Big Fish elevate self-deprecation to an art form, thanks to a malcontent lead singer in Aaron Barrett, who beats you to the punch with peppy lyrics like "I'll never be anything, anything at all." He lays down these anti-What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Epicenter - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - September 22, 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Heretic To Film Live DVD In Santa Ana This Weekend

    See Also: *fun. - The Wiltern - 8/17/12* Phish - Long Beach Arena - 8/15/12 *How Alabama Shakes Turned a Shitty Career Break Into a Major Score Since reemerging a year ago, Southern California speed/thrash metal outfit Heretic have been pretty busy. Three members from the band's formative days, gui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    KISS - Motley Crue - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - 8/14/12

    KISS and Motley Crue Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8/14/12 See Also: *Iron Maiden at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *Kiss at the Honda Center *Motley Crue at the Joint in Las Vegas Two of the earliest albums that sculpted my music tastes were that of Kiss's Destroyer and Motley Crue's Shout At ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012


    Orange County Fairgrounds

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Hal Sparks: Comedian, Actor...Rockstar?

    You may know Hal Sparks as a guy who can bring the funny as a stand-up comic, TV personality, and film actor. But few know him as the lead singer and axe man in an alternative metal band (I know! We didn't either!). This Friday (June 15th), Hal is busting out his the eye liner and shredding skills f ... More >>

  • Film

    June 14, 2012

    'Rock of Ages,' or 'Hair Metal: The Musical'

    Adam Shankman, et al. make you happy you missed the Sunset Strip, circa 1987

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Danzig Says He Would Have Played Wolverine Less 'Gay' Than Hugh Jackman

    See also: *The Craziest Danzig Stalker of Them All *Glenn Danzig VS. the Internet * Reviewed: Danzig at the Grove-11-22-10 Glenn Danzig is a hard man to get face time with, so we were extremely psyched to meet up with him at his management company's Wilshire Blvd. office. The veteran metalhead cut ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2012

    At the Skylines Smash the Screamo Stereotype

    [Locals Only] The band claim that term is for 'old people'

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth: Torn Asunder, But His Destiny is in Sight

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Six Most Notorious Musician/Wrestler Incidents (Not Including Hulk Hogan Almost Joining Metallica)

    ​Wrestling and heavy metal have gone hand-in-hand since, well, the '70s. That being said, NME reported the startling news that wrestling icon Hulk Hogan was buds with Metallica's Lars Ulrich and wasthis close to joining Metallica in the early '80s when the Hulkster was a session bassist (believe t ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011

    Drummer Floyd 'Bud' Gaugh Quits Sublime With Rome

    [Mental Notes] Plus, 'Slayer Bob' lights up your holidays

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced

    ​Fifteen rockers are up to bat for the five available slots at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this October. The nominee list (posted after the jump, along with our Top Five picks) has garnered mixed responses from the public--with some expressing outrage over the inclusion (and excl ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2011

    L.A. Guns

    Galaxy Theatre

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Local Record Review: 'Move Like Music' by Move Like Music

    Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill A ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2011


    Fox Pomona Theater

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    May 26, 2011

    Ravens Moreland

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Local Record Review: 'Sickening' by Morphine Killer

    Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red H ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2011

    The Holloys

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Ozzy Named 'Ambassador,' Bats Cry Foul

    ​On April 16, the annual Record Store Day event will be hosted by independent record stores to recognize great music and the artists who play it. Ozzy Osbourne was named 2011's Record Store Day Ambassador, following in the footsteps of such honorees as Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal in 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    WTF: Former Iron Maiden Singer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    Aled Thomas​WTF: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. 

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    January 20, 2011
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    January 20, 2011


    House of Blues

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    January 13, 2011
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    November 18, 2010


    The Glass House

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    November 11, 2010

    Ill Repute

    Alex's Bar

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    September 23, 2010

    Telomere Repair

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Sevendust with Drowning Pool, House of Blues, Anaheim, 3/13

    Andrew YoussefSevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon roarsThe Hype: A rare heavy metal show at the House of Blues Anaheim featured the one-two punch of Sevendust and Drowning Pool. Sevendust is gearing up for the release of their eighth album, Cold Day Memory due April 20 while Drowning Pool are set to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Q&A: Atreyu Drummer Brandon Saller on New Solo Project, His Pal James Sullivan

    Brandon Saller has spent the past decade-plus drumming, co-writing and singing backup vocals for Atreyu. The Orange County metalcore band's string of hit singles--"Ex's and Oh's" (2006), "Becoming the Bull" ('07), "Falling Down" ('08) and "Storm To Pass," off Areyu's latest album Congregation of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    TOMORROW: Earth Crisis at Chain Reaction

    Syracuse-based vegan straight edge band Earth Crisis is playing tomorrow night at Chain Reaction. The group was one of the biggest and most controversial hardcore acts of the 90s thanks to the EPs All Out War and Firestorm. The band followed those with the records Destroy the Machines and the follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Slideshow: MUSINK Tattoo Convention and Music Festival

    Tattoos and music are pretty inextricably linked, for better or worse--your Travis Barkers, your Tommy Lees--so it makes sense that bands like Story of the Year (pictured), Atreyu, Throwdown and more would descend upon the Orange County Fairgrounds for the MUSINK Tattoo Convention and Music Festival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Metalocalypse Season 2 on DVD Today

    Yesterday's announcement of Tim and Eric coming to the Glass House has got me in an Adult Swim-kind of mood, so it would be remiss not to note season 2 of "Metalocalypse" is out on DVD today.The cartoon is co-created by Brendon Small, the man behind the excellent "Home Movies." It's nominally about ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 11, 2007

    The 100 Most Important OC Musicians of All Time

    DJ Nobody: Twice as important as most OC musicians. Orange County has been a fertile breeding ground for musicians of many stripes since the beginning of electricity. We at Heard Mentality would like to ask you—the good-looking, intelligent readers of this blog—for your opinions on this import ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2006

    Hair Metal Makes Him Blush

    We told you about how American Hardcore--the documentary about hardcore punk rock that Orange County helped spawn--was the No. 1 film at Regal/Edwards University across from UCI the week it opened. That film was based on producer Steven Blush's book of the same title, as we mentioned in our chat w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2006

    The Devil Plays for Mater Dei

    Mater Dei High is a haven for cover-ups (see our Ex Cathedra archives), but none are lamer than the one attempted by head football coach Bruce Rollinson in today's typical OC Register Mater Dei blowjob. Register sports writer Carlos Arias (who is a great boxing writer--too bad nobody sees the sport ... More >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2002


    Viernes 13 are the vanguards of a new Latino musical rebellion

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