Heavy metal music's influence on our modern culture can't be denied. This time, instead of focusing on songs, albums, or the bands themselves, we decided to change the perspective a bit, and instead delve into world of cinema. There are tons of documentaries about heavy metal music and culture, from ... More >>
It's a well known fact that Travis Barker's obsession with tattoos is more than skin deep. Since his teenage years growing up in Fontana, the Blink 182 drum god has spent countless hours under the needle. Even in the years since he survived a fatal 2008 plane crash, the layers of skin grafts on his ... More >>
By: Gavin Cleaver It occurs to me this country is quite spaced out. Not in the drugs sense, although God knows that happens too, but in the sense it is really quite large. I mean, have you seen a map? That shit is humongous. Furthermore, there are only so many places poor overworked touring bands ca ... More >>
I have been a heavy metal fan for over 50 percent of my existence on this planet. But when you're talking about the all-encompassing musical genre known as "heavy metal," you might as well be talking about something as infinitely complicated as the Universe. It's that vast, and the amount of territo ... More >>
By: Alex Distefano Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse The Observatory May 16, 2013 It's been a while since this many bodies were packed so densely for a metal show at the Observatory. But, when you have two of the most brutal bands on the planet--Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse--performing back to b ... More >>
Golden Gods Awards Club Nokia May 2, 2013 The Fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show celebrating the heavy metal and hard rock community had some unplanned extra heaviness with the untimely passing of legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. At the opening of this star filled extravaganza, h ... More >>
If you were at the March 22, stop of the 3rd annual Metal Alliance Tour, you might have noticed that one thrash metal band was not the bill at the House of Blues in Anaheim. As it turns out, we can blame the Disney Corporation for that. Northern California thrash metal band Exodus now finds itself ... More >>
[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 >>
While we normally don't prefer interviewing our subjects at their place of business, the one exception may be our luxe loncheras. Watching their team work in such a confined space, acting as host, order taker, cook and server is a daily lesson in camaraderie. We meet up with the gang from Dogzilla a ... More >>
Testament House of Blues Anaheim January 31, 2013A portion of Downtown Disney was morphed into a thrash metal haven last night, as Bay Area heroes Testament played the second night of a cross country tour, to promote their new album, The Dark Roots of Earth(released in July on Nuclear Blast). Eve ... More >>
Why it's still misunderstood by most African-Americans
For a little over a year, Portola Coffee Lab has been educating, surprising and inspiring the caffeine-deficient in OC and beyond, prompting java lovers to hang up their Starbucks mugs for good. The Costa Mesa shop has surely won us over with its specialty beans and unique brewing processes--check o ... More >>
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 >>
Sharing the same first name with a co-worker can be confusing, but Three Seventy Common's Ryan Adams also gets mistaken for a rock star. Wait, is that good or bad? His love of surfing, fast cars, welding and gardening make him a Renaissance man. Oh, and somewhere he finds time to cook.Read our inter ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Plus, 'Slayer Bob' lights up your holidays
It's the most wonderful time of the year. The weather is crisp, everybody's slurping from that mug of good cheer, lights twinkle, and Christmas carols soothe your five o'clock drive. Sick of all that, Scrooge? Good news. Your neighbor has set his holiday light show to Slayer. "Slayer Bob, ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseNo photos allowed! This time, he wore a Slayer shirt.Ryan AdamsNovember 16th, 2011Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio taping for KCRWHaving witnessed Ryan Adams at the Balboa Theater in San Diego nearly a month ago, It still ranks as one of my top shows of the year. Ryan Adams's ... More >>
I don't know how I feel about thie Qwertee designer coopting the classic Slayer tee and putting the Pope's face on it...it's a parody, sure, and maybe fans would wear it to celebrate its sly irony--but it's more likely that people won't get it and just wear it in earnest!
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. "Durr Durr Hurrka Durr Deeoodle Dee Dooo Hurka Murr Murr Hem Haw Durkle Doo..." -StappMajor ... More >>
Zombies! Are wrinkly and stiff clothing keeping you up at night? Well, fear no more! Announcing Woolite as the official fabric softener for the sensitive skinned zombie! No, but seriously, the horror movie and metal mastermind himself, Rob Zombie, recently directed the latest commercial for Wooli ... More >>
Here's a gratuitous road trip photo, care of whatsisface...Summer means barbecues, beaches, sleeping in and wearing next to nothing, but the best part of the season is the annual road trip (although, seeing people wearing next to nothing is a close second) taken by many across the vast country of ... More >>
Tag, You're It is Heard Mentality's weekly interview feature. The concept is simple: One local artist picks another local artist to interview, then the interviewee becomes the interviewer of an artist of his or her choice the following week.Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyUpon meeting Brandon Seger ... More >>
CNN Entertainment CNN Entertainment published an interview on Tuesday with iconic '90s riot grrl Kathleen Hanna. For those out of the loop, Hanna was a member of the seminal punk band Bikini Kill. A documentary co-produced by Hanna titled Who Took the Bomp? about her days touring with electro-pun ... More >>
[Mental Notes] How to find them without thrashing
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 >>
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.
Chad Sengstock/OC WeeklyDescendentsCheck out our slideshow here!Rise Against/Bad Religion/Descendents/Four Year Strong April 7, 2011 Long Beach Arena On any other night of the year, you'd be hard-pressed to say you feel sorry for members of Rise Against and Bad Religion. Both bands make livin ... More >>
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.
myspace.com/philmrocksFor Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, the musical philosophy "less is more" guides PHILM, his newly formed metal power trio. For him, the downsizing goes right to his storied drum kit, which he has scaled down to a four-piece set for the band. Joining Lombardo in the ambitious ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.A few nights ago, while enjoying the extra hour of sleep afforded to us by daylight losings time ... More >>
Thanksgiving, Schanksgiving. As a music geek who lives to shop, Black Friday gimmicks are near and dear to my heart.This year has a bunch of Black Friday gimmicks that sound pretty interesting.
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 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 >>
Actually, that's a rumor, we're not sure it's true. It is true that Dave Lombardo is playing with Philm (not to be confused with the memory stick) tonight, along with Earthless and Railroad to Alaska. It is also FREE!
Get out those heavy coats cuz it'll definitely be reigning blood when Slayer, Megadeth and Testament hit the Long Beach Arena Jan. 22 as part of the American Carnage Tour.In my 30 years on this planet, I've been to my fair share of concerts, but never have I seen anything like what I saw the one ... More >>
In my ongoing quest to let readers know about things at least 24 hours in advance, one of my favorite local bands is playing at DiPiazza's in Long Beach tomorrow night. They're called Ninja Academy and they fucking rule.Imagine if you will...two guys dressed as ninjas playing ferocious instrumental ... More >>
Daffodil J. Altan takes a look at Orange County launderer, Prudential Overall Supply, in "Taken to the Cleaners." Is the Irvine-based industrial-laundry company cheating workers out of a living wage? Three cities say yes. In "The D Files" Gustavo Arellano takes a look at the declassified FBI files ... More >>
Southern Cali thrash-metal legends Slayer are branching out into motorcycle-helmet designing. Working with O'Neal USA, the band known for classics like Reign in Blood and South of Heaven and being sampled by Public Enemy on "She Watch Channel Zero?!" lent their memorable artwork to the RockHard line ... More >>
Review by Waleed Rashidi Poison The Well, The Locust (and a bunch of openers that we missed) at The Glass House, Pomona Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Better than: Being on the receiving end of a razor-wire enema (credit: Rich Kane, "Now We're Deef," OC Weekly, 8/31/2000) Download: The Locust's "We ... More >>
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 >>
"SLAYERRRRR!!!" That drunken battle cry, which sounded at around 7:30 p.m. Friday, should have been warning enough. But we silly photographers stood in the aisles of the outdoor Verizon Ampitheater tinkering with our cameras without a care in the world. Then the lights went out and the ruckus on ... More >>
The best place to drink heavily at Fashion Island is...Red Robin. Unexpected, right? But a Jack-and-Diet there will run you $4.79 plus tax, and it comes in a full-size glass. Don't ask why the price is so strangely to-the-penny; just enjoy the fact that it's a cocktail cheaper than many beers. Other ... More >>
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 >>