• Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Hard-Rocking Red Fang's Vulnerability is Scary -- To Them

    For a hard-rocking band such as Red Fang, releasing a collection of reworked acoustic tracks can be a challenge. Earlier this year, singer Bryan Giles and guitarist Aaron Beam recorded three acoustic songs in a London studio that bore no resemblance to the group's beefed-up sound. Though supportive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

    Progressive Metal, unlike other sub genres of heavy metal borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Six Types of Music Nerds We Tolerate

    By: Rachel Brodsky Much like the dreaded hipster, "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates, and Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker, or anything--nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    OC Death Fest - Mirror Image Studios - September 28, 2013

    OC Death Fest Mirror Image Studios 9/28/13 To celebrate OC's underground extreme metal scene, the OC Deathfest took place on Saturday, in an otherwise quiet industrial corner of Anaheim between the 91 and 57 Freeways at Mirror Image studios. In what was a day (and evening) devoted to all things de ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    July 11, 2012

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Metal but Were Afraid to Ask

    By: Jason RocheThe dark themes and strikingly gory album covers are one thing, but what makes metal inaccessible to many is its bounty of subgenres,from black to death to thrash, to say nothing of death 'n roll and pornogrind. Which is why, below, we've compiled metal's most popular subgenres into o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    [UPDATE: Spank Rock Wavves are Headlining Check Yo' Ponytail] Free Ticket Tuesday Wednesday: Battles, Opeth and the Check Yo' Ponytail Tour at the Mayan

    Brandon Marshall/Denver WestwordBig Freedia​UPDATE: Spank Rock and Wavves have just been announced as the Check Yo' Ponytail tour. And yes, you can STILL win tickets!Original post, Oct. 12, 2011, 8:15 a.m.:This week we're giving away three pairs of tickets each to three Mayan shows: Battles with N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Top Five Hits: Second Spin in Costa Mesa

    ​ Here are the top five selling record this week from Second Spin, 1781 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8870.This week's top seller is Irvine-based post-hardcore band Thrice, who graced the cover of last week's issue.

  • 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 >>