If you count Black Sabbath's 1970 self-titled debut as heavy metal's birth, the genre is now over 40. It can no longer be called a fad. It can have adult children, and it can run for president. (Insert "presidental metal of freedom" joke here).
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One of the biggest stories in metal this year is the revolving door for vocalists. Jesse Leach has returned to Killswitch Engage. Iced Earth played their fi ... More >>
[Editor's note: Deathmatch pairs two artists who have something in common, and determines who is better. It's a concept we sort-of ripped off from MTV, except that instead of claymation it's the printed word!]
A singer's voice impacts a band's sound so much that a replacement basically creates a ... More >>
Lina Lecaro Ogre and Bill Moseley scare up some noiseOghr
El Rey Theatre
Better than: Trent Reznor scoring a horror film.
Like so many industrial artists, collaboration fuels the fiendish sounds of Nivek Ogre. The same is true of his latest project, Ohgr, his group with composer M ... More >>
Fifteen years in the making, FIX: The Ministry Movie screens at the Echoplex tonight. The long-delayed documentary focuses mostly on volatile frontman Al Jourgensen, and also features interviews with folks like Trent Reznor and Lemmy, who offer their takes on Jourgensen.
A founder of industrial ... More >>
Front 242 at Wax Trax! Retrospectacle closing night
Three days of Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, members of Revolting Cocks, KMFDM and more, essentially, the anti-Coachella. Wax Trax! Retrospectacle (aka 33 1/3 anniversary-oh, we see what you did there) was planned and executed by Julia Nash- ... More >>
Lina Lecaro Bunker bodacious.Industrial kids are a committed bunch, and we're not just talking about the fashion: painful colored contacts, scalp-stretching cyber-dreads or 8 inch high stacks that make some of 'em tread like Herman Munster on the dance floor (though these looks are ominous an ... More >>
Maura LanahanOur eminent columnist, Mr. Henry Rollins![The one and only Henry Rollins will be contributing a weekly column and far-reaching reportage to the music section of the LA Weekly. Look for your weekly Henry Rollins fix right here on West Coast Sound every Friday and make sure to tune ... More >>
Dio and the devil horns.The Los Angeles City Council has officially declared May 30 Ronnie James Dio Day. The announcement was made at Sunday's public memorial service for the recently deceased, eternally awesome metal singer.
Event MC Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, ... More >>
Breaking: Heavy-metal icon Ronnie James Dio died today. He was 67 years old.
After rumors started leaking last night of bad news concerning Dio's latest struggle with stomach (some sources say throat) cancer, his wife and manager Wendy released the following statement today:
Today ... More >>
Over the Top
Eyes open and ears bleeding, Phil Freeman loads up on the year's best metal.
This year was such a good one for heavy music, we wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. We just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of ca ... More >>
By Skylaire Alfvegren
Judas Priest at Gibson Amphitheatre, August 2
Last year, Birmingham, UK stalwarts Judas Priest released an ambitious double album conceptualizing the life of French seer, Nostradamus, and mounted an epic summer escapade with Motorhead and Heaven & Hell. Under the stars abo ... More >>