The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows of 2012

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Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 3:30 AM

click to enlarge Municipal Waste - NICHOLAS PELL
  • Nicholas Pell
  • Municipal Waste
A live heavy metal show can be one of the most visceral experiences a music fan can experience. Our top five L.A. metal shows of 2012 have made it really fucking hard to go back to watching some dude strumming an acoustic guitar while sitting on a bar stool.

See also: Top Ten Los Angeles Metal Albums of 2012

Best Los Angeles Metal Shows of 2011

5. Wintersun

House of Blues Hollywood, November 29th

Finland's Wintersun took eight years to release their second album Time I. The sold-out crowd for their first ever L.A. show was rewarded for its patience with an impeccable blast of European metal goodness. A large amount of sampling tracks were utilized, not surprising given the grandiose production of their new album. But band leader Jari Maenpaa's strong performance brought Wintersun's ambitious symphonic songs in for a smooth landing.

4. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death

House of Blues Hollywood, November 14th

If you prefer your workouts in the mosh pit, then this show was the metal equivalent of P90X. Extreme metal pioneers Napalm Death worked over the crowd with flawless ferocity; vocalist Barney Greenway is in his mid-40s, but his stage show had many younger screamers clutching their sides. Municipal Waste then continued the beatdown with an hour of unrelenting thrash metal. Everyone's booze was surely sweated out by night's end.

See also:Municipal Waste and Napalm Death - House of Blues - 11/15/2012

3. Ghost

The Roxy, February 2nd

It's rare that a Hollywood venue is packed on a weeknight so early, as the Roxy was for Swedish occult-rockers Ghost. Anticipation for their first Los Angeles appearance ran high, and vocalist Papa Emeritus stalked about the stage in his evil Pope outfit, casting a menacing shadow while performing incredibly catchy Satanic sing-alongs that harkened back to when Blue Oyster Cult reigned supreme. At times this felt more like a ritual than a show.

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