ALBUM REVIEW: Stygian Crown – Stygian Crown

Stygian Crown’s full-length debut sits comfortably within the Epic Doom Metal niche, but their particular style comes from a more aggressive mindset than many of their peers. This is especially apparent with the guitar work, which exhibits a grainy tone and bulldozing riff patterns that are chunkier than the Classic Metal-derived fare of more conventional outfits. It never goes full-on Death/Doom but the band’s declaration of a Candlemass meets Bolt Thrower sound certainly makes sense when viewed through this lens.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Crobot, ÆGES, and Like Machines at the Viper Room

On a relatively chilly Friday night at the Viper Room, one of the most iconic hole-in-the-wall night clubs on the Sunset strip, Los Angeles hosted a stop on Crobot’s US tour, featuring ÆGES and Like Machines, along with local openers The Jab and Tijuana Bullfight. Continue reading

FEATURE: Facing Life Without Slayer

Slayer, photo credit Gary Alcock

From the first day of December 2019, we enter a dark, horrifying new era. Life without Slayer.

Sorry. Life without SLAAAAAYYYERRR!!!

There, that’s better.

From the moment I discovered Slayer on a compilation album called Speed Kills back in 1985, my life was changed forever. Just the sound of their name was enough. Everything you needed to know about the band encapsulated in two perfect syllables, especially when screamed at an ear-splitting volume or when chanted with thousands of other like-minded blood-hungry psychopaths. Continue reading

Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus

At what point does a band stop striving and just settles into a never-ending victory lap? Take L.A.’s finest Doom Metal group, Saint Vitus, who’ve been at it since the late seventies, and pretty much defined the genre in the eighties. And yet, here we are, in 2019, and a new self-titled album (Season of Mist) from the band is due out soon. It also sees the return of the band’s first lead singer, Scott Reagers, after a twenty-four-year break. Continue reading

Bad Religion – Age of Unreason

You know what’s the best thing about Bad Religion’s latest studio LP Age of Unreason (Epitaph Records)? How it’s such an honest and pristinely produced slab of melodic punk from a band that’s been rabble rousing since 1980. I mean, it’s futile to expect any different from this legendary Los Angeles outfit, but judging by the verbal ammunition in Age of Unreason’s chamber, it’s clear that today’s urine-soaked politics has clearly irked Bad Religion. Continue reading

Misery Index – Rituals Of Power

I think as Extreme Metal fans we can all agree that we were getting a little antsy awaiting new music from Baltimore’s loudest sons, Misery Index. Watching the news every day through my fingers I know that the world and a certain leader are shit, so I figured Misery Index are in no shortage of material to convert into awesome grind sounds. But wait no more, children; Rituals Of Power (Season of Mist) is finally here. Continue reading

Ozzfest 2018 Shares New Details About New Year’s Eve Metal Festival

The recently announced Ozzfest 2018 is taking shape! Set for Monday, December 31 at the Forum in Los Angeles, attendees will now have ten straight hours of rock and metal madness to enjoy before they ring in the New Year. Check out the full day’s description below. Continue reading

Watch Footage Of “The Original Misfits” Concert In Los Angeles

‘The Original Misfits’ performed last night at The Forum in Los Angeles, and while the no camera policy worked at their show in Las Vegas, some fans were able to film clips of yesterday’s set. Continue reading

Linkin Park Celebrates Life In Honor of Chester Bennington: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

It’s been nearly two decades since Linkin Park gained mainstream attention with 2000’s Hybrid Theory. ‘One Step Closer,’ ‘Papercut’, ‘Crawling’ and the unforgettable ‘In The End’ became worldwide anthems thanks to that unique, soulful voice that came from Chester Bennington. When the news broke out just three months ago that Bennington had taken his own life it was surreal. Continue reading

Linkin Park Is Streaming Chester Bennington’s Tribute Show Online

Linkin Park‘s tribute concert to Chester Bennington will be happening tonight at at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The show will include several guest musicians(see below), as well as Linkin Park‘s return to the stage for the first time since Bennington’s death. Since Chester’s words affected so many all over the world, the band has decided to stream the entire show on their YouTube Channel. Continue reading