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The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows To See In December

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Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 3:30 AM
click to enlarge Fates Warning -- see December 10th - AXEL JESSUIT
  • Axel Jessuit
  • Fates Warning -- see December 10th

Friday, December 6

Mortem

The Stardust

For the last 20 years, Peruvian quartet Mortem have made some of the best metal to come out of South America. Their uncompromising approach to brutal death metal is very raw, and their works like 2005's De Natura Daemonum are very powerful. They don't release many full-length albums, but it's definitely "quality over quantity" with these guys.

Tuesday, December 10

Fates Warning

Whisky A Go-Go

Earlier this year, New England progressive metallers Fates Warning released Darkness Descends In A Different Light, their first effort in nine years. The group has returned to a comfortable groove; potential over-indulgences are reigned in by tight songwriting. This isn't brutal by any stretch of the imagination, but there is still plenty of excellent riffage for a headbanger to wrap his or her head around.

click to enlarge High On Fire - TOM COUTURE
  • Tom Couture
  • High On Fire

Thursday, December 12

High On Fire, Kvelertak, Windhand

El Rey Theatre

The heaviest riffs of the month will likely be at this show. Oakland's High on Fire continues to be a beast in the live setting, with no end in sight for their beefy "Motorhead on steroids" sound. Norway's Kvelertak is still building their rep as the finest party-hardcore band on the planet. Their aggressive riffs are caked in catchy hooks. Virginia's Windhand bring the bottom end, with thunderous doom that ripples through your body.

click to enlarge Highland - COURTESY OF HIGHLAND
  • Courtesy of Highland
  • Highland

Saturday, December 14

Highland

The Airliner

Highland is a rising force in L.A.'s burgeoning black metal scene. Their 2013 self-titled EP is full of twists and turns that feature both musicality and brute force. On record, the gargoyle-esque screams of vocalist/guitarist Gevork Matevosyan provide a strong front for the group's relentlessness and dexterity. On stage, his vocals take on even more power; his eyes and face contort as if he is trying to suppress the demons that are lurking inside of him.

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