Metal and Hardcore

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013

    Alice Cooper

    Segerstrom Center

  • Film

    September 26, 2013
  • 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 19, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, July 19th Adam Ant Grove of Anaheim Supporting his new album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, Adam Ant is back in the states and back on the road. As one of the strangest characters to come to America as a part of the changing music scene of the late 70's, ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Last Shot: Chemical Warfare

    [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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Unlikely Songbird Joey Diaz Gets Up Every Morning and Tweets Random-Ass Music From His iPod

    Joey "CoCo" Diaz isn't really the guy you'd expect to go around singing songs in public. But we'll be damned if he doesn't post them on Twitter. Every day, the hefty, foul-mouthed comic wakes up his followers with a blast of noise, whether it's Tool or 2Pac. It's the kind of ritual that proves there ... More >>

  • 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

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Suicide Silence Singer Mitch Lucker Killed in Motorcycle Crash in Huntington Beach

    Mitch Lucker, the lead singer of Suicide Silence, died on Thursday morning after succumbing to injuries from a motorcycle crash on Wednesday in Huntington Beach. He was 28 years-old. According to the Press Enterprise, the Orange County Coroner's office said Lucker was hospitalized after th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Top 10 OC Shows of Summer 2012

    The only thing tougher than realizing that yet another summer concert season has come and gone is taking the time to sort all the best moments together an relive them in numerical order. For us, the difficulty of the latter usually means that we got to experience enough slam-dancing, chorus-shouting ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Iron Maiden - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - 8/9/12

    Iron Maiden Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8/9/12 See Also: *Aerosmith at the Hollywood Bowl *Van Halen at the Honda Center *Quicksand at the Glass House Southern California is a second home for the British based heavy metal legends, Iron Maiden. Their classic live album, Live After Death was recor ... More >>

  • 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'

  • Calendar

    April 5, 2012

    Lacuna Coil

    House of Blues

  • 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 >>

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    January 26, 2012
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    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

    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

    April 7, 2011

    The Eyesores

    The Doll Hut

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    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

    January 21, 2011

    Avenged Sevenfold Names Arin Ilejay as New Drummer

    Avenged Sevenfold in 2007.​Huntington Beach-based Avenged Sevenfold suffered a loss in December 2009 when drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan passed away at age 28. Now, just a little over a year later, Avenged Sevenfold has named Arin Ilejay (formerly of the now defunct "metalcore" band Confide) as ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011
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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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    November 4, 2010
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    September 23, 2010

    Telomere Repair

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Five Reasons To Watch Queensryche Cabaret Tomorrow​So, yeah, no one has joined our ticket giveaway for tomorrow's Queensryche cabaret show at the Grove.  Which is a TOTAL MISTAKE because it will be filled with vestiges of glam rock, acrobats, contortionists and semi-nude women shimmying to "Silent Lucidity."In a conversati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Benefit Shows for Eagles of Death Metal's Brian O'Connor

    Flickr user SydigillBrian O'Connor playing with the Eagles of Death Metal at the Commodore Ballroom in 2009​Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor has been diagnosed with cancer, and is undergoing surgery in LA today. He'll begin chemotherapy in three weeks, and because he doesn't have heal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Cause Of Death Revealed: Avenged Sevenfold Drummer Died of Accidental Overdose

    ​[via Rolling Stone] Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal confirmed today that Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan died on December 28, 2009 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol. The toxicology report said Sullivan suffered "acute polydrug intoxica ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 3, 2009


    Honda Center

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Sublime Reunion Part Deux

    ​Bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh are hitting the stage as Sublime, just like they did in February. But unlike the previous gig, held at some tiny Mexican restaurant in a Nevada town no one's ever heard of, this show is actually pretty big.It's part of Cypress Hill's Smokeout, a gathering ... 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 >>

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    October 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    What You Missed Over The Weekend Part XXIII

    This weekend Gustavo Arellano sharpened his writing pen and wrote a post calling-out historian Chris Jepsen for not referencing his pieces on a historical blog. Alex Brant-Zawadzki reported (again) on the continuing construction cost climb on estimates for the 241 Toll Road through Tressles. Been ... More >>

  • 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 impor ... 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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