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

Arch Enemy and Kreator: House of Blues – Hollywood, Ca – 11/11/14

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Arch Enemy and Kreator are two of the biggest metal acts right now. After finishing the European leg of their current tour, Arch Enemy and Kreator brought their power and fury to the House of Blues in Hollywood, California for the War Eternal North American tour. Kreator is one of the pioneers of thrash metal. Being a band for 30 years, the German thrashers have left their mark in the metal world. Having Released their newest album Phantom Antichrist in 2012, Kreator ... Read More

Gwar: House of Blues – 11/6/14 – Hollywood, Ca

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The intergalactic scumdogs of the universe known as Gwar made their way to the House of Blues in Hollywood on November 6th, 2014. After the passing of original frontman Oderus Urungus, the future of Gwar was questioned. With people thinking it was the end for Gwar, Gwar announced at their recent Gwar-b-que that they got not 1, but 2 new singers being Blothar and Vulvatron. This was my first time seeing Gwar and I had heard about their theatric and bloody shows ... Read More

King Diamond: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, Ca – 10/31/14

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King Diamond made his triumphant return to the USA after an 11 year absence. What better way to celebrate Halloween than to spend it with The King himself. With the Wiltern in Los Angeles sold out months advance, fans showed up in costumes and waited for the beloved falsetto-singing Danish heavy metal legend.     At 10:30pm, the lights turned off, the crowd roared with excitement, and an eerie intro came upon us as the curtains lifted up and revealed the stage to have 2 ... Read More

Mastodon and Gojira: Fox Theater – Pomona, Ca – 10/17/14

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Progressive metal bands Mastodon and Gojira once again teamed up for another tour across the USA as they did earlier this year. Mastodon was out to support the release of their new album, Once More ‘Round the Sun which was released on June 24, 2014. Gojira was on the final trek of supporting their newest release, L’Enfant Sauvage (French for “The Wild Child) which was released in 2012. Both bands have a huge following in the states so having both bands together ... Read More

Eluveitie, Týr, and Metsatöll: House of Blues – Hollywood, Ca – 10/2/14

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Folk metal is a style of metal that’s always a fun and enjoyable to see and get involved with. Eluveitie, Týr, and Metsatöll stopped by the legendary House of Blues in Hollywood, California on October 2nd for a night filled with classic folk metal, old friends, new friends, weird-looking instruments, beer, beer, and more beer!       Metsatöll is a folk metal band from Estonia. I had never heard of them before this tour so I took this chance to check them out. Luckily I ... Read More

Within Temptation and Amaranthe: Club Nokia – Los Angeles, Ca – 9/26/14

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For the first time in years, Dutch symphonic rock/metallers Within Temptation made their way to a full USA tour. They brought with them Amaranthe, a band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Ever since I first listened to Within Temptation, I had been impatiently waiting for a US tour. The day the tour announced, I could’ve dropped down to my knees and cry like a baby. On September 26, 2014 at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles, the anticipation was getting to see of finally ... Read More

Amon Amarth and Sabaton: Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, Ca – 9/25/14

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The Viking Metalers, Amon Amarth, set out on a journey across the ocean from Sweden for their second North American tour this year. But they didn’t come alone. They brought fellow Swedes, the power metal band, Sabaton. They also brought the blackened thrash metal band Skeletonwitch whom they had toured with earlier this year. On September 25th in Riverside, California, the Riverside Municipal Auditorium was about to be decimated. This was also my first time in this area and venue so I ... Read More

Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars – Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, Ca – 9/15/14

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The Carnivores tour was one of the biggest tours of the summer. Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI all banded together to put together what was surely to be a huge summer tour. With Linkin Park being one of my favorite bands, I didn’t even think twice about attending this show even though ticket prices made me cringe a bit. This show took place at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California on September 15, 2014. Due to time, traffic, and ... Read More

Accept and Raven – Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, Ca 9/12/14

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Heavy metal legends Accept went on a mini North American tour in support of their new album, Blind Rage. Metal Church was to be the support for the tour, but they dropped due to singer Ronny Munroe undergoing surgery. So instead, the heavy metal band Raven filled in. Accept is one of the biggest bands of the 80’s with many singles and metal anthems and have returned after a 15 year hiatus and have brought with them a new singer, Mark Tornillo making ... Read More

Doyle – Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca – 9/3/2014

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Legendary ex-Misfits axeman, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, went out on your with his band, Doyle. After a few attempts at touring, it was finally able to happen and Doyle went out on tour to support his newest album, Abominator. This madness took place at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, Ca on September 3rd, 2014. There were 6 opening bands for this night and by the time I got there, the third band was getting setup. Sadly, none of the opening ... Read More

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden – 8/25/14 – Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, Ca

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Old rivals Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden toured together for the first time. On August 25th, they played the Hollywood Bowl to a packed audience. Both bands had their feuds and differences in the 90’s when they released their perspective albums, The Downward Spiral and Superunknown, but they learned to put their differences aside and did this tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of both albums. This was my first time seeing Soundgarden and with them being one of the biggest alternative rock/grunge ... Read More

KISS and Def Leppard – The Forum – Inglewood, Ca 7/8/14

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KISS and Def Leppard are two of the biggest rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s so when the two announced a tour together, I just knew I had to attend. My father was the one that got me into these two bands so it only made sense that I brought him along with me to the show. This rockin’ show took place at The Forum in Inglewood, California on July 8th, 2014. This also gave me the opportunity to check out ... Read More

Rockstar Mayhem Festival: 7/5/14 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca

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The 7th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival kicked off in San Bernardino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheater on July 5th, 2014. The lineup for this year was somewhat different than the previous years with more of the metalcore bands making an appearance instead of the bigger and well-known bands. Some of the bands that were on the bill included: Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Suicide Silence, Body Count feat. legendary rapper Ice-T, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and headliners KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold. By the ... Read More

Paganfest Ft: Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic – House of Blues – Hollywood, Ca 5-13-14

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The 5th annual Paganfest made its way to the House of Blues in Hollywood on May 13, 2014. The lineup of: Winterhymn, Varg, Chthonic, Turisas, and Korpiklaani all waited eagerly to wreak havoc on the sunset strip and on the many hungry fans that were in attendance.               Chthonic is a metal band from Taiwan; they came on-stage and immediately the fans started to go crazy as Chthonic doesn’t visit the USA on a regular basis so the fans easily got loud and crazy. There wasn't ... Read More