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Metal and Hardcore

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Metal Bands Say Goodbye to GWAR's Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus)

    Our pathetic human words fail to describe the loss of GWAR mastermind and frontman Davie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, who passed away last weekend at age 50. Though we couldn't consider ourselves formal acquaintances of the shock rock god, we did bathe in his blood, bile and other bodily fluids at many a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 3, 2013

    Helloween

    City National Grove of Anaheim

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    April 25, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Our Top Ten Favorite Online Resources for Metal Knowledge

    By Jason Roche Next time you find yourself in a shouting match with a metal head about what band's penultimate album had the best guitar solo on the third track (it happens) you'll probably find yourself thinking 1) What have I done with my life? B) How drunk am I? Or III) Are there online resource ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2013

    Om Drone Metal Riffs on Religion

    The San Francisco band are built on pantheism and powerful distorition

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2012

    Big Business

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012

    Toxic Holocaust Really Mean It

    Joel Grind plays sincerely apocalyptic thrash music

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Testament Guitarist Endorses Obama After Dave Mustaine Picks Santorum

    ​Last week, metalheads across the country shook their heads in disgust when they found out that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine endorsed Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race. In Music Radar, Mustaine said, "I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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).

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2011

    Exhumed

    Slidebar

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    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

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    What You Missed: Big 4, Railroad Revial Tour, Paw Pawty, Robert Plant

    ​What'd you miss this weekend? It was a long one for us: We headed out to Indio (again!) for the Big 4 Festival with Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer; then we checked out the Railroad Revival Tour, which stopped in San Pedro with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    DOs and DONTs at the Big 4 Festival

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​ On Saturday, metal legends Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth will share the stage for the first time ever in the U.S. at the Big 4 Festival at Indio's Empire Polo Club. While the ninnies in your life will warn you that the punishing (yet cathartic) volume of each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 3, 2011

    Barren Earth: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of Baltic Heavy Metal

    The Helsinki-based supergroup span pretty much every alloy of metal you could dig up

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2010

    Helmet

    The Galaxy

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Slayer, Megadeth, Testament at Long Beach Arena Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklySlayer​Check out our Slayer, Megadeth and Testament slideshow here!Slayer, Megadeth and TestamentAugust 30, 2010Long Beach ArenaOriginally scheduled for January yet postponed due to Tom Araya from Slayer requiring emergency back surgery, the American Carnage tour finally co ... More >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2010

    If It Ain't Broke

    Slayer guitarist Kerry King still relishes that metal crunch

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Slayer Now Has Pinball App for iPhones

    ​Here's a more passive way to celebrate Slayer than having a slay-in: Play the Slayer pinball game. The highlight of Slayer: Pinball Rocks is a skull that eats your ball and spits it out through its eye socket. Yummy.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Save The Date: 6/6/10 Is The Fourth International Day Of Slayer

    ​Obviously launched on 6/6/06, this Sunday marks the fourth year that heavy metal fans can unite to celebrate the International Day of Slayer (IDoS for short). That, and they can "demand the official recognition of June 6 as a public holiday."Observers of this metal holiday would stage "Slay-ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Free Ozzy Album For Ozzfest Ticket Buyers

    www.ozzy.com​Go to OZZfest, young man. Get a free album. That is, if you buy tickets before June 18 at LiveNation.com. Ozzy Osbourne's new album, Scream, will be made available to ticket holders the day before the album becomes available in stores. 

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Bullet For My Valentine at the Grove of Anaheim

    Andrew Youssef​The Hype: Armed with their latest album Fever, Bullet For My Valentine made a stop at the Grove of Anaheim for a sold-out show. Chiodos, Airbourne and Arcanium were packaged together as openers to span the different genres of metal to widen the overall appeal of the tour. The second ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Atreyu and the Used at the House of Blues, Anaheim

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2010

    Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and More at NAMM Day 2

    The musician sightings at NAMM, which runs through Sunday, heated up Friday as I passed Tom Dumont (No Doubt), Kenny G, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Neal Schon (Journey), Billy Zoom (X), Tim Mahoney (311), Rikki Rockett (Poison), Peter Frampton, and Hollywood-based hard rock hero, Lemmy Kilmister ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009

    Danzig

    Long Beach Arena

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Top 5 Epic Interviews with GWAR

    ​How do you sum up 25 years of blood-drenched stage shows, rubber-mutant costumes, cannibalized pop-culture effigies and heavy-metal savagery? You can't. But Oderus Urungus sure can. As the quasi-satanic frontcreature of GWAR, the galaxy's most brutal band of man-eating mutants, Urungus (aka Dave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2009

    Eight Questions with Katon W. De Pena of Hirax

    Hirax with Katon De Pena, third from right.​Interviewing Hirax singer Katon W. De Pena is sort of a waste of time. You see, journalists (me) are supposed to find news and then announce said news to readers (you). But I shit you not when I say that everyone knows De Pena and De Pena knows everyone. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    TONIGHT: The Bangover at the Crosby

    ​OK, this is cool. We all know the usual DJ nights: crappy current hip-hop tunes, people you wouldn't normally want to be seen in public with grinding on the dance floor. Then came hipper, more "indie" DJ nights, where you'd be more liable to hear Justice or LCD Soundsystem. That's all well and go ... More >>

  • Music

    July 9, 2009
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    July 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Richard Christy's new metal band

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Incoming: Metallica at the Honda Center

    Way back when, there was this radio station called KNAC. They were based out of Long Beach and played metal. I was in middle school, so needless to say, I loved it.Every freakin' night, KNAC had a program called Mandatory Metallica. It was hosted by Poundin' Pat and it had this killer intro that wen ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Artfully Done

    MusINK Festval

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Watch Ikey Owens (and the Rest of the Mars Volta) Win a Grammy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Opeth, The Kills, Coming to the Glass House

    Couple of new shows added to the Glass House's schedule, both on sale tomorrow at noon (Friday, for the time displaced).

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Top 10 Metal Albums of 2008

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Hurts So Good?

    Iron Maiden

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Last Night: Gigantour at the Long Beach Arena

    Better Than: Watching the American Idol Finals. Download: "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" from Megadeth's Myspace page Shred is still alive and continues to thrive as the Megadeth curated band, Gigantour unleashed the demons of heavy metal at the storied Long Beach Arena. Megadeth is one of the o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Now Wave

    The Post-Punk 
Progressive Pop Party

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Taste of Chaos Tour-Avenged Seven Fold and Atreyu at the Long Beach Arena

    It's funny how music styles always manage to come full circle, even the ones some would like to forget. Sure, people may have thrown their stretchy leotard pants and hairspray in the garbage a couple decades ago, but who says hair metal is dead? Definitely not anyone packed into the Long Beach arena ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    New Developments In Disney Censorship

    Anaheim’s House Of Blues cancellation of the Machine Head show earlier this month was just the beginning in Disney’s slow and steady elimination of all things metal. Immediately after the cancellation, Machine Head released a statement citing the venue’s reasons for canceling the show (with ... More >>

  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Full Metal Racket

    SiX turn OC into Oh!Rage! County

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Blast Beats, Dark Harmonies and Monstrous Melodies

    The top nine heavy metal albums of 2006

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006

    Slayered in Fullerton

    Slayer--of whom Oliver Hall, reviewing in the Weekly the '80s metal godheads' July 22 Long Beach Arena show, wrote: " It was SLAYER, DUDE!!! BRUTAL AS FUCK!!!"--is getting no love in Fullerton. Under the headline "No Slayer Bus Benches for the City of Fullerton, CA," Blabbermouth.net reports that th ... More >>

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