Saturday, October 4th
No band is more representative of the New Orleans sludge metal sound than longtime scene stalwarts Crowbar. Their Sabbath-y sludge alternates between boogie-inspired groove and thrash heaviness, and is great at both speeds. Twenty years into their career, their riffage still rains down hard on new album Symmetry In Black. The technical death metal of tourmates Revocation is a bit flashier, but their new album Deathless packs a punch that is almost as powerful.
Saturday, October 11th & Sunday, October 12th
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
This British psychedelic rock group has become one of the hottest tickets in the heavy music scene, on the strength of three albums that are heavily influenced by fuzzy late ‘60s acid rock, with a flair for the occult. The band's vibe would have been equally at home in the Haight-Ashbury scene of that era or the working-class British scene that birthed the darkness of early Black Sabbath. Their most recent record – 2013’s Mind Control – has both a creepy vibe and rocks out.
Monday, October 13th
Five Star Bar
The Body’s most recent album – 2013’s Christ, Redeemers – is harrowing. This two man group puts together a doom-laden sound that has more raw power and emotion than quintets or sextets. Moments of industrial grime, and the caustic screams of guitarist/vocalist Chip King, give this Portland group a somehow-cathartic sense of hopelessness.
Wednesday, October 15th
Southern Lord Showcase
Founded by Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Goatsnake) in 1998, Los Angeles label Southern Lord Records champions stoner doom, hardcore, and just plain weird shit. This show will celebrate Los Angeles legacy acts with performances from '80s Venice hardcore greats Excel and '90s L.A. stoner doomsters Goatsnake, but we're equally excited for the new breed of Southern Lord hardcore, particularly Vancouver's Baptists and local hardcore upstarts Obliterations.
Saturday, October 18th
Jewel’s Catch One
Age and mainstream TV shows have not dulled Ice-T’s edge. That is, if Manslaughter – Body Count’s first album in eight years – is any indication. One of the earliest pioneers of infusing metal with a hardened rap edge, Body Count has returned forcefully by ignoring every trend that has come and gone since their incendiary 1992 song “Cop Killer.” Lead guitarist Ernie C contributes some shredding leads as Ice-T continues to offend and upset on tracks like “Talk Shit, Get Shot” and “Bitch In The Pit.”
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Monday, October 20th
Whisky A Go-Go
Even as its band members are pushing 60, British metal greats Raven are still an energetic and inspiring force in the live setting. Opening for fellow German legends Accept a few weeks ago at the Saban Theatre, the trio blew the crowd away with a blistering set focusing on their 1980-83 glory years. Frontman John Gallagher displayed a fire that bands much younger should aspire to.
Thursday, October 30th
Take Over And Destroy
This Phoenix group’s new album Vacant Face is a strong contender for our best of 2014. The sextet tweaks the death-n-roll genre hallmarks popularized by Swedish acts such as Entombed and Dismember – and more recently Seattle’s Black Breath – and adds flourishes of psychedelics and goth-rock that embellishes their sound. It's truly a "next level" release.
Friday, October 31st
King Diamond is one of metal's most distinct vocalists. The 1983 album Melissa — by his first band Mercyful Fate — is tremendously influential. After their breakup, The King put out an equally memorable solo concept album with 1987’s Abigail. Capping off his return to the scene after a heart attack in 2010, this show will be the first opportunity in many years for Los Angeles fans to soak in his trademark falsettos. King Diamond’s stage shows are often very theatrical. One can only guess what the facepaint-wearing, top-hat bedecked madman will deliver on Halloween night in L.A.