Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>
This weekend, fans of grind, sludge, thrash and punk will flock to Pomona, for the annual showcase for heavy extreme music, the Scion Rock Fest. This year, the festival will contain four stages (two at the Glass House, two at the Fox Theater) and includes headliners Machine Head and High On Fire, as ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
The San Francisco band are built on pantheism and powerful distorition
Joel Grind plays sincerely apocalyptic thrash music
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 >>
[Locals Only] The Buena Park thrash outfit thinks about what you think they'd think about Metallica
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMetallica!Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica April 23, 2011Empire Polo Field, Indio Check out our slideshow here! What happens when more than 50,000 metal fans descend on a city? Church burnings, goat slaughter, egregious depletion of the Pabst Blue Ribbon rese ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeath and Slayer on one bill Really.
Fox Theater Pomona
The Helsinki-based supergroup span pretty much every alloy of metal you could dig up
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMetallica at the Honda Center, Dec. 10, 2009There have been whispers all week about the Big Four Festival--that's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax at one festival--and details were announced just this morning.
Lemmy remembers the old days, but has no plans to slow down
www.danzig-verotik.comDanzigNov. 20, 2010The Grove of AnaheimWhether you're on team Misfits or team Danzig, you've got to admire Glenn Danzig's energy and presence after all these decades. Though his jet black, shoulder-length hair is thinner and there's an undeniable bald spot on the back of his ... More >>
The Grove of Anaheim
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyAtreyuSee the slideshow here!Atreyu, Bless the FallOct. 20, 2010House of BluesThe Show: There's nothing inherently wrong with Orange County's Atreyu. The metal core band who's been rocking out for more than a decade brings incredible intensity to the stage combi ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyCheck out our Alice in Chains, Deftones and Mastodon slideshow here!Alice in Chains, Deftones, MastodonGibson AmphitheaterOctober 12, 2010Taking snippets from the album titles of Alice in Chains, Deftones and Mastodon, the Blackdiamondskye tour descended upon the Gibson Am ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCheck out our Uproar Festival slideshow featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Hellyeah, Airbourne, Hail the Villian and New Medicine here!Uproar Festival feat. Avenged Sevenfold and DisturbedSeptember 17, 2010Verizon Wireless AmphitheaterThe ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklySlayerCheck 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 >>
Slayer guitarist Kerry King still relishes that metal crunch
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.
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 >>
www.ozzy.comGo 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.
Andrew YoussefThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Keith MayThe 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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Couple of new shows added to the Glass House's schedule, both on sale tomorrow at noon (Friday, for the time displaced).
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 >>
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 >>
The Post-Punk Progressive Pop Party
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 >>
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 >>
SiX turn OC into Oh!Rage! County
The top nine heavy metal albums of 2006
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 >>