Ghoul: Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA – 8/12/18

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   The masked hooligans from Creepsylvania Ghoul made a stop on their Weapons of Mosh Destruction tour at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara, California. A small, but intimate setting where chances are, the venue had no idea what it was in for. Ghoul is still touring in support of their newest album, Dungeon Bastards. If you've never experienced Ghoul live, you are in for a real gross treat. Two politicians came out on stage and started talking to the audience before unveiling the Necronomicon ... Read More

Foreigner/Whitesnake: FivePoint Amphitheater – Irvine, Ca 8/1/18

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     Classic rock band Foreigner announced the Juke Box Heroes tour to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. They are one of the best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records and 14 top 20 Billboard hot chart hits. Joining them on this historic tour are the British hard rock band Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. The last stop on the tour was the newly opened FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, California. I missed Jason Bonham due ... Read More

The Black Dahlia Murder: House of Blues – Anaheim, Ca – 7/6/18

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  Fleshgod Apocalypse is a death metal band from Italy. In 2016, they released their fourth album King. On October 2017, their fan base was shocked when the band's longtime singer/guitarist Tommaso Ricardi exited the band. As a replacement, the band's drummer Francesco Paoli will return to being the guitarist/vocalist for the band as he was for the band's early days and first album. Taking over drums for this tour will be David Folchitto from the extrem metal band Stormlord. This would be ... Read More

Insomnium: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca – 6/6/18

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     Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Finland. In 2016, they released their seventh studio album titled Winter's Gate. The album is an interesting concept because it consists of a single 40-minute epic track, but is broken up into seven parts on the album. The album's story is said to be about "a group of vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near." Insomnium announced a North American tour and on ... Read More

Slayer: FivePoint Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA – 5/11/18

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   Thrash metal legends Slayer recently announced that after over 35 years of making music, the band would embark on their farewell tour. To make sure that they went out with a bang, Slayer brought with them on tour some of the biggest bands in metal. It included Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament. The second stop on the tour was the newly built FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, California. SoCal was so ready for this show that it sold out just  days ... Read More

Municipal Waste: The Regent – Los Angeles, Ca – 4/27/18

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The weekend hails upon So-Cal and with only a month's notice, we are graced with the presence of Richmond's beloved Municipal Waste. Recently I was able to catch this spectacle with the Mr. Pickles tour opening for the Bay area's, Exodus which was nothing but a fantastic show. This evening in particular was just as epic. I've lost count on how many times I've witnessed a room go completely ballistic and its a sight to behold every time. My take on this ... Read More

Nightwish: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 4/12/18

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     Nightwish are a symphonic metal band from Finland. They are the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 9 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, having released five number 1 albums and thirteen number 1 singles. On March 9, 2018 Nightwish released their newest 2CD compilation album Decades which contains remastered versions of the original material. With the release of the compilation album, Nightwish set out on a world tour with a very special setlist. This ... Read More

John 5: Discovery Ventura – Ventura, Ca 4/11/18

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Guitar extraordinaire John 5 released his first live album It's Alive on January 25th, 2018.  He is currently the guitarist for Rob Zombie and was also a longtime guitarist for Marilyn Manson. When he's not touring with Rob Zombie, John 5 focuses on his solo albums. He has released eight solo albums with the most recent one being Season of the Witch. All of John 5's albums are instrumental and have no vocals so he lets his guitar work do all the ... Read More

Bonded By Blood/Novareign: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca 3/29/18

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  Novareign are a progressive power/speed metal band from Los Angeles, Ca. On February 16, 2018; they released their debut album, Legends. For a few years, Novareign has been slowly, but surely reaching the top of the mountain as they've been conquering show after show and opening for big names such as Michael Schenker just recently at the Grove in Anaheim, California. On this day, they would perform at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go for the first time to a nicely packed ... Read More

Ministry: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 3/23/18

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  Industrial metal legends Ministry released their highly anticipated fourteenth studio album AmeriKKKant on March 9th, 2018. The first single Antifa was first performed at the 2017 Blackest of the Black festival. Since the album's release, Ministry has been touring and are currently on their USA headlining tour featuring The God Bombs and Chelsea Wolfe. The second stop on the tour was the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California. Not too many metal bands come through to Ventura County so it's nice when ... Read More

Doyle: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca – 3/11/18

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Legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolgang von Frankenstein released his second album As We Die in 2017. When he's not touring with Misfits, Doyle is off on his solo tour with his bandmates unleashing hell on the road. To promote the album, Doyle embarked on a USA tour. One of the stops was at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. This show was extra special as punks and metal heads came together and sold out the show. After enduring six ... Read More

Enslaved: The Observatory – Santa Ana, Ca – 3/10/18

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Norwegian black/extreme metal band Enslaved released their fourteenth album E in 2017. The title of the album represents the initial letter of the band's name. To promote the album as well as return to North American soil, Enslaved announced their tour as the headlining act of the 2018 Decibel Magazine tour. The tour also featured Khemmis, Myrkur, and Wolves in the Throne Room. The Observatory in Santa Ana, California would serve as the final stop on the tour on this rainy Saturday ... Read More

Exodus & Municipal Waste: House of Blues – Anaheim, Ca – 2/26/18

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 Exodus and Municipal Waste - Adult Swim's Thrashtacular Evening  House of Blues - Anaheim, CA (02/26/2018) Photos & Review by Hugo Juarez While most weekend warriors are trying to recover from their weekend's raging, the real spectacle was taking place in Anaheim. On this particular evening, we are granted with only the finest doses of speed, metal, adrenaline and great performances. Thrashtacular, an event hosted by Adult Swim promoting season 3 of the hit animated show ‘Mr. Pickles’ with the presence of Municipal Waste and headlining ... Read More

Sabaton, Kreator, Exmortus: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, Ca – 2/9/18

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Swedish power metal band Sabaton released their newest album The Last Stand in 2016. Their name is a reference to a knight's foot armor. Since the release of the new album, Sabaton has been actively on tour in support of it. They treated their US fans by announcing a tour and their return since they last came in 2017. They didn't come alone, tho. They brought with them German thrash metal legends Kreator and Los Angeles-based thrash metal band, Exmortus. A bill ... Read More

Meshuggah: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, Ca – 1/29/18

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  Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah released their eight studio album The Violent Sleep of Reason in 2016. Since then, they have been actively touring in support of the album. Their band name comes from the Yiddish word meaning, "crazy". To start the year, they announced a small west coast tour which concluded at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, California. Even before doors opened, loyal metal fans were already in line waiting to get in. Support came from Toothgrinder and Code Orange which ... Read More

Show Your Scars Festival: The Regent – Los Angeles, Ca – 1/6/18

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The annual Show Your Scars Festival has proven to always book some of the heaviest metal bands whether they're well known or still underground. This year was no exception and what better way kickoff the new year than one of the biggest metal shows for the year. This show was extra special because thrash metal veterans Nuclear Assault would be playing their final west coast show and quite possibly, their final show ever. As expected, this show sold out ahead of time ... Read More

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca 11/4/17-11/5/17

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The 2017 edition of the metal festival Ozzfest Meets Knotfest proved to be one for the books. Two days of pure in-your-face metal. The San Manuel Amphitheater was packed both days with metal fanatics and people looking to have a good time now that the year was coming close to an end. Both days were stacked with metal bands ready to thrust their way into your ears and fans were more than ready to mosh and drink lots of beer. Day one was ... Read More

In This Moment: Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, Ca 10/25/17

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In This Moment is a metal band from Los Angeles, California. On July 21, 2017, the band released their sixth album, Ritual. Just the day before, In This Moment was part of the Loudwire 2017 Music Awards where they received an award from the Century Media record label for their fourth record Blood which was now certified gold after reaching more than 500,000 in record sales. In This Moment is currently out in support for the new album and announced a tour ... Read More

Scorpions and Megadeth: The Forum – Inglewood, Ca 10/7/17

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German heavy metal legends Scorpions and thrash metal legends Megadeth teamed up for the Crazy World tour. Both bands have different styles of music, they still attract almost the same fan base. The Forum in Inglewood, California was on fire as the venue filled up quickly even before Megadeth was set to take the stage. Whether it was the first time fans were seeing Megadeth or not, they were about to see one of the best metal bands of all time.   Megadeth released ... Read More

A Kihnterview With Greg Kihn

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Greg will be fondly remembered as an 80's music icon for his two catchy, chart-topping hits, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em) in 1981 and the 1983 smash single, “Jeopardy,” which charted #2 on the Billboard Top 100. Kihn recently released his newest album, Rekihndled, his first new album in 21 years. As you can tell, Greg Kihn made a habit of releasing album titles using puns with his own name and some of those albums include: Kihnspiracy, Next of Kihn, ... Read More

Foreigner: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/30/17

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Rock legends Foreigner are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary tour. For this special occasion, they played nothing but the biggest hits from their 40-year career. Since the band's creation, only founding member, guitarist, and songwriter Mick Jones remains the only original member on the lineup. Handling vocals since 2005 has been ex-Hurricane singer, Kelly Hansen. Foreigner is known to have a huge fan base in Southern California and to further prove that, the Greek Theatre show had sold out ahead of time. ... Read More

Dying Fetus and The Black Dahlia Murder: The Novo – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/12/17

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  The 2017 edition of the Summer Slaughter tour had a variety of metal for everyone's taste. For the most part, this year primarily had metalcore bands with a few death metal bands higher up on the bill. This year saw the tour being headlined by melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder and just before them were the death metal legends, Dying Fetus. A show like this was perfect for a Saturday and plenty of metalheads showed up to let off ... Read More

Behemoth and Lamb of God: The Forum – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/5/17

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Behemoth is a blackened death metal band from Poland. Prior to the beginning of the tour, the band's drummer Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński stayed home as he was about to become a father to his second child. As a fill in, Behemoth called upon ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice to take over drum duties for this tour.  The lights went out and the already packed Forum erupted into a roar as Behemoth was about to make their way to the ... Read More

Gojira and Oni: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 8/2/17

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French progressive metal band Gojira released their newest album Magma in 2016. Since then, they have been actively touring for the album. On this tour, they made a surprise stop in Ventura County in Southern California.  On this tour, they brought with them Oni and Pallbearer. Even when Oni came on stage, the venue was just under halfway full since it was a Wednesday. Oni came out and started delivering their signature progressive metal sound that made them who they are. With guitarists ... Read More

Blackest of the Black: Oak Canyon Park – Silverado, Ca 5/26/17-5/27/17

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The 2017 edition of the Blackest of the Black Festival was held in the mountain area of Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California. The festival is the brain child of Misfits' legendary frontman Danzig and always proves to have a variety of metal bands to suit everyone's needs.  This festival was two days of pure madness from every corner and was a great way to start Memorial Day weekend. Day one featured some of the more popular metal bands today and was started ... Read More

Mac Sabbath, Metalachi, Krammpstein, Okilly Dokilly: 4/8/17

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The Monstrosity tour is perhaps one of the most bizarre tours of the year. Headlining the tour was Mac Sabbath, the world's only Drive-Thru metal band. Along for the ride was Metalachi and Okilly Dokilly. A strange lineup, but something you'd have to see to believe. To super size the show, a very special guest was added. It was non other than Krammpstein, a Rammstein tribute band where the band members dress as Krampus and other Alpine demons. The historic Regent Theater ... Read More