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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Metal

The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

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Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 3:30 AM
Dream Theater
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Progressive metal, unlike other sub-genres of heavy metal, borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity.

Progressive metal (prog metal for short) is less about brutality and speed, as is the case with extreme metal or thrash. And the focus is not so much on evil or satanic themes, much like black metal. Instead, listeners can hear everything from classical music, symphonic metal, speed metal, power metal and traditional heavy metal in many "prog metal" bands. The focus has always been in the proficiency of the musicians, epic songwriting, and sounds that aren't neatly categorized into only one type of metal. As this list will show, even extreme metal bands can lean more towards the prog metal side. We now present our list of the 10 best progressive metal/hard rock bands.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last Night

Southern Lord Records Showcase - Los Globos - October 15, 2014

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Baptists in the blur. - PHOTO BY PAUL T. BRADLEY
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  • Baptists in the blur.
The Power of the Riff Presents: Southern Lord Showcase
Excel, Goatsnake, XIbalba, Obliterations, Baptists, Torch Runner
Los Globos
October 15, 2014

Better Than...
getting punched in the mouth with a fistful of battery acid. 

For your average workaday shred-head, Wednesday day is always full of those "Hey humpday!" / "Week's half-over!" B.S. coworker-small-talk-platitudes. So a Wednesday night of getting repeatedly kicked squarely in the eardrum by six bands worth of slash-genre metal and hardcore is a welcome relief. And Southern Lord Records did that oh-so-perfectly last night. 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Books

Scott Ian Describes His Worst Moment in Anthrax's History

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Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 4:30 AM
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  • Anthrax's Scott Ian
Heavy metal icons Anthrax may be on hiatus from recording and touring, but downtime has never kept guitarist and band founder Scott Ian from staying busy.

The Queens native — now firmly transplanted in Los Angeles — stayed productive by writing his autobiography I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax and embarking on a Henry Rollins-esque spoken word tour, documented on the new DVD release, Swearing Words in Glasgow.

Today on West Coast Sound, we have exclusive excerpts from both book and video ahead of a spoken-word appearance and book release party this Friday night, October 10 at Largo.

The DVD release documents a tour stop on Ian's 2013 "Speaking Words" tour. Ian shares tales from Anthrax's 30-year history in a conversational manner, almost as if you were catching up with an old friend over beers. While Swearing Words in Glasgow is fairly light-hearted entertainment for the casual metal fan, the dedicated fan will find more meat in Ian’s autobiography, which hits bookshelves on Tuesday, October 14. The autobiography — co-written with heavy metal journalist Jon Wiederhorn — goes into many of the rock autobiography tropes of humble beginnings, success, failure and rebirth, but for there is still plenty of meat for hardcore metal fans to chew on.


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Metal

The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in October

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Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - see October 11th - COURTESY RISE ABOVE RECORDS
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  • Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - see October 11th
Saturday, October 4th
Crowbar, Revocation
Los Globos
No band is more representative of the New Orleans sludge metal sound than longtime scene stalwarts Crowbar. Their Sabbath-y sludge alternates between boogie-inspired groove and thrash heaviness, and is great at both speeds. Twenty years into their career, their riffage still rains down hard on new album Symmetry In Black. The technical death metal of tourmates Revocation is a bit flashier, but their new album Deathless packs a punch that is almost as powerful.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Metal

Here's a Track From Abysmal Dawn's Incredible New Album

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Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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L.A. doesn't have a big death metal scene, but Abysmal Dawn is looking to change that. Their fourth album, Obsolescence, drops at the end of October and, spoiler alert: it’s sick. Check out their new track "The Inevitable Return to Darkness", below, for a taste.

Or, even better the band is hosting a free listening party this Sunday at Complex, in Glendale. (MMA fighter Josh Barnett will co-host.) You can also see them at the Vibe Bar & Grill in Riverside this Tuesday, Sept 30.

We caught up with guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter Charles Elliot, a reserved but intense fellow who got kicked out of Sunday school as a child. Our topics covered include humanity’s expiration date and how metal lyrics would be more interesting if they sounded like Tori Amos.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Metal

Glenn Danzig Talks About Samhain's First Headlining Shows in 27 Years

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Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM
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  • Glenn Danzig
Nestled between Glenn Danzig's career as the devil-locked singer of The Misfits and the baritone bad-ass who sang "Mother" was a short-lived group called Samhain. Formed by the Lodi, New Jersey, native in 1983, the band was heavier, creepier and more musically diverse than the Ramones-inspired Misfits catalog.

Samhain ended in 1987, but they didn't really break up. Instead, the band — with a few lineup changes — morphed into Danzig and went on to find mainstream success.

In 1999, Samhain released a box set and reunited as the direct support on a national Danzig tour. Since then, the group has been featured on Danzig's “Legacy” shows, which include sets by Danzig (the band) and Samhain and an appearance by Doyle, the final guitarist during the Danzig-fronted era of the Misfits.

Samhain's otherwise quiet profile has become heightened thanks to six shows booked around an invitation to perform the group’s first full-length, Initium, in its entirety at Riot Fest in Chicago on Sept. 13. Speaking to West Coast Sound, Glenn Danzig confirmed that these dates — including Sept. 19 at the Wiltern here in L.A. — mark the first non-festival, Samhain-only gigs since the group changed its name to Danzig 27 years ago.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Metal

The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in September

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Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 4:23 AM
Skeletonwitch - see September 23rd - COURTESY PROSTHETIC RECORDS
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  • Skeletonwitch - see September 23rd
Thursday, September 11th
Barghest
Complex
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.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Metal

The Black Castle’s Mysterious Proprietor

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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  • Josh, the owner of the Black Castle
The worst part about running a metal venue out of your home is the mess.

The proprietor of South Central club the Black Castle regularly puts on shows for hundreds of raging metalheads. He also lives in the facilities, which are housed in a former custom-car shop. Additionally, he’s a one-man janitorial crew. He complains about the expense of the toilets he’s had to replace over the years, but that’s far from the grossest task he has faced.

“One time I was trying to figure out for weeks why it smelled so bad in here,” he says. “Then I lifted up a floorboard on the stage and there’s a rotting pig’s head under it.”

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Metal

The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in August

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Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 3:55 AM
Early Graves - see August 6th - JORDAN GOLDSTEIN
  • Jordan Goldstein
  • Early Graves - see August 6th
Saturday, August 2nd
Morbid Saint
The Black Castle
Editor's Note: This show has been "indefinitely postponed."

Monday, August 4th
Night Demon
Five Star Bar
The 2012 self-titled EP from L.A. trio Night Demon is a blistering slab of classic metal that will appeal to fans of pioneering British acts like Judas Priest and Diamond Head. The group brings it in the live setting as well, and they would have fit perfectly onto the great live ‘80s metal albums recorded at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Culture Wars

The Battle of Babymetal vs. Heavy Metal Nerd Rage

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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When I first sat down to type out this post, it was with the full intention of tearing the piss out of Babymetal.

This trio of precocious teenage girls — average age is 15 — has become one of the hottest forces in metal thanks to techno-infused J-pop layered over metallic riffs and blasting drums that have more in common with extreme metal than the world of pop. Videos for tracks like “Head Bangya!” are audio/visual assaults on every sense, with imagery and production that are as if cartoon metallers Dethklok came to life and were then given a cute Japanese anime finish.

I am very accepting of the cheesier elements of metal that come from within the genre’s own conventions. But having one of the newest global phenomenons associated with metal come from the Japanese pop idol industry was a hard pill to swallow.

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