Twenty twelve was another strong year for Los Angeles metal bands. What's especially cool is that we're not just kicking ass in one kind of metal -- L.A.'s got it going on in just about every metal sub-genre. Without further ado, then, here are our top ten Los Angeles metal albums of 2012.
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For the past eight years, Los Angeles metal band Graf Orlock have been culling samples and dialogue from action movies like Predator and Lethal Weapon into a manic concoction of noise, punk and grindcore that they call "cinemagrind." The group twists seemingly innocuous dialogue from these badass fl ... More >>
Turns out David Milch and Michael Mann's hardcore new horse-racing show for HBO, the extremely well-received Luck, was a little too realistic for comfort.
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We knew Luck would be hardcore.
With Deadwood's David Milch on the screenplay and Miami Vice's Michael Mann in the director's chair, HBO's new ode to horse-racing was bound to be grittier and manlier than Cormac McCarthy' 5 'o' clock shadow.
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It's not that Club Nokia is an awful venue. It has its uses--an intimate Usher show, for example, or a Level 42 reunion (coming soon, for reals), or any act who has ever been on a Michael Mann soundtrack (Phil Collins with a surprise appearance by Ian Hammer would be a golden moment at Club Nokia).
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Battle RoyaleWhen Ella Taylor asked me to rename my top five films of all time, I tattled off the obvious titles. She then asked, "Any since the last 17 years?""In my top five?" I asked incredulously. "Well, okay, top 10," she relented."Well, let me think about that."And upon later reflection, I rea ... More >>