The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in September

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Skeletonwitch - see September 23rd
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Thursday, September 11th
Louisiana is known in metal circles for thick-as-molasses sludge metal, but Barghest shows there's some pretty good black metal in that part of the country too. Their newest album The Virtuous Purge is a dark and depressive journey through the more stark aspects of the subgenre; still, rest assured, there are brief moments of sludge peppered throughout.

Friday, September 12th
Accept, Metal Church, Raven
Saban Theatre
This tour is a celebration of the origins of heavy metal. German metallers Accept are 30 years removed from their biggest commercial success, Balls To The Wall. Their new album Blind Rage shows that there is still some gold left in their mine, though original vocalist Udo Dirkschneider is still missed. Metal Church represents the mid-‘80s Bay Area thrash sound quite nicely, and you can expect British greats Raven to blast out killer speed metal like it’s 1982 again.

Tuesday, September 23rd
The Roxy Theatre
These Ohio thrashers can really rip. The blackened shrieks of vocalist Chance Garnette heighten the intensity of riffs provided by the twin-guitar attack of Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick. Their 2013 work Serpents Unleashed displays a wicked combination of brutality and hooks, pulled from a well that seemingly has no bottom.

Friday, September 26th
Saviours, Harassor
Oakland stoner-rockers Saviours celebrate their 10th anniversary, weilding riffs that are as heavy as Black Sabbath with punk-stoner moments reminiscent of O.C. greats Fu Manchu. The resulting records such as 2011’s Death's Procession are equally pleasing to the black t-shirt crowd as to hesher beardos. Local black metal miscreants Harassor will get the evening off to a more caustic start.

Sunday, September 28th
The Avalon
German Teutonic thrashers Exumer put out two albums in the ‘80s that contained whiplash-inducing thrash assaults, and proceeded to follow them with a 20-year hiatus. Their third album Fire & Damnation was released in 2012 and saw them mostly picking up where they left off, with original Possessed By Fire-era vocalist Mem V. Stein leading the way with his trademark rasp.

Monday, September 29th
Sonata Arctica
House of Blues Hollywood
This group of mighty Finns is firmly rooted in the soaring sounds of keyboard-driven power metal, but their sense of songcraft also calls to mind classic hard-rock greats like The Scorpions. Their expertise at weaving these pop melodies into their songs helps them stand out, highlighted by their new album Pariah’s Child

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