The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows To See In January
Sunday, January 5
A collective of members from two of metal's artsiest bands (Neurosis and Yakuza) and one of metal's most nihilistic bands (Eyehategod), Corrections House unleashed a fine piece of industrial-flavored noise terror with last year's Last City Zero. The album engulfs the listener with pure darkness. The mighty bellows of Neurosis' Scott Kelly balance nicely with the frenzied shrieks of Eyehategod's Mike IX Williams.
See also: The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013
Friday, January 10
BL'AST!, Nails, 16, The Shrine
All brands of heavy are represented on this bill. Local faves The Shrine open the show with stoner skate-punk that is as infectiously catchy as it is heavy. From there, 16's sludge metal odes to rock-bottom drug abuse will darken the mood. The eighteen minutes of pure grind fury on Nails' 2013 album Abandon All Life was our third favorite metal album of 2013. And if that wasn't enough to get your pit on, reunited SST-era hardcore heroes BL'AST! will dust off some moshers from the '80s to close out the show.
See also: Top 20 L.A. Metal Albums
Sunday, January 12
New Orleans miscreants Eyehategod have been one of the grimiest acts in heavy music for 25 years. Album titles such as Take As Needed For Pain and Dopesick should tell you how dark they can be. Their raw muddy sludge has influenced dozens of acts in their wake. The band's edge has not dulled. This will be the group's first L.A. performance since the death of drummer Joey LaCaze in August last year.
Saturday, January 18
It's appropriate that the metal portion of the Whisky A Go-Go's 50th anniversary celebration is represented by a longtime fixture in the L.A. scene. Fear Factory was one of the first bands in the early '90s to mix industrial-rock influences into a metal template. Even in the wake of the many changing trends throughout the years, landmark albums such as 1992's Soul Of A New Machine and 1995's Demanufacture still hold up, packing as much punch as they did when the band was on the rise.
Toxic Holocaust leader Joel Grind
Sunday, January 26
With new album Chemistry of Consciousness, Toxic Holocaust leader Joel Grind remains one of the most important voices in metal. His punk-inspired thrash is inspired by acts such as Motorhead and Venom. But his sheer abandon is tempered by what made those bands great in the first place: tight-as-fuck songwriting that leaves no room for error.
Wednesday, January 29
It's only been six months since stoner-doom overlords Weedeater came through town, leaving a crater filled with massive Sabbath riffs and marijuana smoke in their wake. But since this show is free (RSVP here), we're more than happy to take another hit.
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