Mayhem: The Observatory – Santa Ana, Ca – 2/7/17

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If you're a metal head and whether or not you listen to black metal, chances are you have heard of the Norwegian black metal legends, Mayhem. Mayhem is one of the most influential black metal bands and were also one of the founders of the black metal genre. Their 1994 debut album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Latin for "About the Mystery of the Lord Satan") alone paved the way for many black metal bands and is widely considered one of the best black ... Read More

Metal Allegiance: Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, Ca – 1/20/17

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The Metal Allegiance is a special show where musicians from different bands all gathered to pay tribute to fallen musicians from the last couple of decades. Some of the musicians included in this group include: Chuck Billy (Testament), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), WWE Superstar Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer), and Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs). On August 2016, Metal Allegiance released an EP titled Fallen Heroes and included three cover ... Read More

Brujeria, The Casualties, Pinata Protest: Regent Theater – Los Angeles, Ca 1/7/17

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The Regent Theater in Los Angeles hosted the yearly underground metal festival known as Show Your Scars. This year's lineup was no exception to the extreme lineup of bands ranging from local acts to the more popular bands. Some of the bands that played were death metal bands Exhumed and Repulsion which made their only appearance for the year at this festival. To no surprise, the event sold out ahead of time and so it was guaranteed to be a great and ... Read More

2016 Best Of Photos by Misael Ruiz

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2016 was another successful year for concerts for me. I got the opportunity to photograph some of my favorite bands as well as finally see some bands for the first time that I had been waiting to see. Along with that came lots of incredible photos I got while photographing bands. I tried to downsize it to 15, but after staring at my screen for 10 minutes, I just couldn't decide on what to get rid of so I stretched it to ... Read More

Sonata Arctica: The Grove – Anaheim, Ca – 12/4/16

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  Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica released their ninth album The Ninth Hour on October 7, 2016. The band embarked on a North American tour and made their SoCal stop at the Grove in Anaheim, California. With them, they brought Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum and German-Norwegian symphonic metal band, Leaves' Eyes. Even for a bill as big as this, sadly the turnout for this show wasn't very big even for a Sunday. Still, there was a decent amount of ... Read More

Blind Guardian: Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 10/4/16

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German power metal band Blind Guardian made their return to US soil after a successful US tour last year. On this special tour, Blind Guardian is performing their entire 1995 Imaginations from the Other Side album in its entirety. The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California was just over half full, but still made for a fun show for the metal community.     The lights went out and the crowd cheered as the members of the band came out one by one. ... Read More

Deftones: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/24/16

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       Since the 90's, Deftones have been making an impact in the music world. No matter what genre of music you listen to, chances are you've heard of them. On April 8, 2016, Deftones released their eighth studio album, Gore. It is the third album released by the band since the accident and death of longtime bassist, Chi Cheng. With the release of Gore, Deftones has set out on a massive tour which also involves festivals around the world. This ... Read More

Cannibal Corpse and Nile: 8/12/16 – The Novo – Los Angeles, Ca

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The Summer Slaughter tour is one of the most brutal metal tours of the summer. Metal bands ranging from local acts, to rising acts, to some of the biggest names in metal. This year was no exception as the tour was headlined by the biggest death metal band in the world, Cannibal Corpse! Playing before them were the tech-death metal giants, Nile! Other acts on the bill included Suffocation, After the Burial, Ingested, Krisiun, and lots more. This huge metal show took ... Read More

Korn, Rob Zombie, In This Moment: Irvine Meadows – Irvine, Ca – 7/24/16

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The Return of the Dreads tour made it's way to Southern California compared to the last time this tour took place in 2013. The tour features nu-metal giants KoRn, horror mastermind Rob Zombie, and metalcore band In This Moment. A huge package like this requires a big venue. So, the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater which is soon to be demolished was picked for this monstrous show. After putting up with some of the worst traffic venue, far parking, and packed lines to get ... Read More

Metalachi and Mac Sabbath: The Observatory – Santa Ana, Ca 7/9/16

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Metalachi and Mac Sabbath are currently two of the best cover/parody bands around. So what's better than seeing each band on their own show? How about back to back at a good-sized venue? That's right. These two popular bands got together for a night of debauchery, mariachi, and fast food deliciousness. One might think how bands like these play out their music. Well, if curiosity has gotten the best of you, then read on and venture into their world. The Observatory in ... Read More

Taake: Regent Theater – Los Angeles, Ca – 6/11/16

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Taake is a legendary black metal band from Norway formed in 1993 by singer Hoest. Taake is the old spelling of the Norwegian word meaning "fog". In 2014, Taake played their first USA show at the Maryland Deathfest. This year they embarked on their first west coast tour and on June 11th, played in Los Angeles for the first time ever. Many metalheads and especially fans of black metal were more than excited to see one of the best black metal bands ... Read More

Lamb of God and Clutch: Fox Theater – Pomona, Ca – 5/28/16

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Clutch is a rock band from Maryland, USA. Active since the 90's, they have released eleven studio albums including their newest album Psychic Warfare in 2015. Clutch joined Lamb of God on their current USA tour which proved to be an interesting choice given the two different types of music. Clutch came out to an already packed venue and were greeted by fans. They started the show with Sucker for the Witch from the new album. Given Clutch is a rock band, ... Read More

NOFX: Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, Ca – 4/16/16

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Los Angeles-based punk rockers NOFX launched their Hepatitis Bathtub tour for punk rockers in a number of US states. With twelve studio albums out and 8 million records sold worldwide, they are one of the most successful independent bands of all time. Along with the tour dates, the band was also offering signing sessions at bookstores for their new book, The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories. One of the first stops on the tour was the Belasco Theater and with the show ... Read More

Disturbed: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA 3/17/16

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Disturbed returned to their fans after a five-year hiatus. Along with that, they brought their first new album since 2010 titled, Immortalized. Disturbed announced a short run of tour dates and one of those stops was The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. With the show sold out months ahead of time, this was set to be an unforgettable night! After dealing with the venue's terrible/non-existent air conditioning system the whole night, fans were getting restless and were shouting the band's name prior to ... Read More

Cradle of Filth: Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, Ca – 2/17/16

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British extreme metal band and masters of the darkest arts and crafts Cradle of Filth released their eleventh studio album titled Hammer of the Witches on July 10, 2015. Cradle of Filth launched their first US tour in 5 years because their previous 2013 tour was cancelled due to visa issues. Now that they released their new album, Cradle of Filth were more than ready to make their return to US soil. With them, they brought Butcher Babies and Australian progressive death ... Read More

Nile: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca – 2/2/16

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South Carolinian technical death metal masters Nile released their eighth studio album titled What Should Not Be Unearthed on August 28, 2015. Nile is known for their music and lyrics which are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft. With the release of their newest album, Nile embarked on a US tour in support of it. One of the many stops was the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California. ... Read More

Steel Panther: Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, California 1/7/16

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Steel Panther has been making themselves widely known these past couple of years. The release of their third album All You Can Eat has raised them in popularity to where you've heard their name, but may not be familiar with their music. Steel Panther is a glam metal band whom are known for their profane and humorous lyrics involving drugs, sex, women, celebrities, and hookers. All in true 1980's lifestyle. It might sound a bit odd to have lyrical things like that, ... Read More

King Diamond and Exodus: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA – 11/6/15

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Legendary Danish heavy metal king King Diamond announced another USA tour after just being on this year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival. To make this occasion extra special, King Diamond performed the entire Abigail album which is one of his greatest accomplishments. Along with him he brought thrash metal legends Exodus to add even more metal to an already amazing night. The previous night sold out within days and so day two was added and I was given the opportunity to attend.   Exodus is a ... Read More

Space Lemon: Lucky Strike – Hollywood, CA – 11/9/15

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Space Lemon is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. Their music combines alternative rock with hard rock and grunge. Fans of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam will find themselves drawn to their music. All four band members are graduates of the Musician Institute from around the globe. The band members are: Tommaso Gimignani (vocals) from Italy, Ignacio Zas (guitar) from Uruguay, Felipe Archer (bass) from Brazil, and Ale Robles (drums) from Mexico. Space Lemon had a show at ... Read More

Knotfest Day 1: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA 10/24/15

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The metal fest known as Knotfest hit the desert plains of San Bernardino, California for two days of non-stop metal devastation! Someof the biggest names in metal were in attendance as well as some newer band and the Coldcock Whisky winners. I was fortunate enough to get access to both days of the festival and photograph bands to my metal heart's desire with the exception of both day's headliners Judas Priest and Slipknot. The festival also saw many attractions besides bands which ... Read More

Symphony X and Overkill: The Regent – Los Angeles, California – 10/6/15

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New Jersey natives Symphony X and Overkill teamed up for a rather diverse night of two different styles of metal. Overkill being one of thrash metal's best bands and Symphony X being progressive metal band (a blend of progressive rock and heavy metal). It would make for an interesting night giving two different metal genres to expand their fanbase. The Regent in Los Angeles, California would make a fine place for this fine metal night. Thrash metal giants Overkill released their seventeenth studio ... Read More

Scorpions and Queensryche: The Forum – Inglewood, Ca – 10/3/15

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When it comes to some of the greatest metal bands of all time, German heavy metal band Scorpions will be one of the topics. With the release of their 18th studio album Return to Forever, Scorpions is here to stay and embarked on their 50th anniversary tour. Along with them they brought heavy metal veterans, Queensryche! The Forum in Inglewood, California was filled with three generations of Scorpions fans and they weren't about to be disappointed! Queensryche is a heavy metal band from ... Read More

In This Moment and Papa Roach: Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, California – 9/18/15

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Five Finger Death Punch's Got Your Six tour is one of the biggest rock/metal tours of the summer. This tour featured and impressive lineup consisting of the up and coming rock band From Ashes to New, the female-fronted metal band In This Moment, rock veterans Papa Roach, and of course headlined by Five Finger Death Punch. One of their tour stops was at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. I was given the opportunity to photograph some of the bands ... Read More

The Gitas Release ‘Mood For Love’ Music Video

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THE GITAS PREMIERE ‘MOOD FOR LOVE’ MUSIC VIDEO FROM THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM ‘GARLAND’ EXCLUSIVELY VIA NATIONAL ROCK REVIEW "Mood For Love" WATCH ‘MOOD FOR LOVE’ ON NATIONALROCKREVIEW.COM LISTEN TO ‘GARLAND’ Los Angeles, CA (July 20, 2015) - THE GITAS have teamed with National Rock Review for the premiere of their new video “Mood For Love” which was directed by Jensen Noen (Emmure, Down & Dirty) and edited by Gosha Vinkurov. The clip can be seen HERE. “Mood For Love” is the band’s first single off of their first album, ... Read More

Rockstar Mayhem Festival: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca – 6/27/15

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The 8th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival Made its second stop at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on June 27, 2015. On this surprisingly not-so-hot and cloudy day, metal music fanatics gathered to mosh to the bands on stage, gather together for drinks and fun, or both. I was given the opportunity to photograph the Victory Records stage which was the only side stage for this year. The Victory Records stage featured primarily deathcore and metalcore bands which, depending on ... Read More

Electra: House of Blues – Hollywood, Ca – 11/21/14

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Electra is a local Los Angeles rock-pop band that is getting ready to release their debut album, These Times. With 2 EP’s out, Electra is set and ready to conquer the USA once their debut album is released January 2015. I was given the opportunity to check out Electra and even interview frontwoman Electra Barakos which is included right after the review. On this night, the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California gave independent artists/bands an opportunity ... Read More