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

Cattle Decapitation and Goatwhore: Belasco Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 3/8/17

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Metal Blade Records was celebrating their 35th anniversary as one of metal's biggest record label. For the occasion, the label gathered a few bands and put them on a tour for the anniversary. The bands included in this tour were Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon. One of the many stops on the tour was the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California and metal fans were eager to see a lineup like this even on a Wednesday night. Goatwhore is a extreme/blackened death metal ... Read More

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