Jason Roche is a Michigan transplant, writes about heavy metal for L.A. Weekly and watches pro wrestling. He once received a mullet haircut from Tre Cool of Green Day.
1 month ago | Metal
The phrase "stoner rock" is a catch-all term that in 2019 seems to be liberally applied to any music in the rock or metal genres that has a slight psychedelic edge. We've seen it applied to bands as diverse as O.C. sand-and-surf rockers Fu Manchu,...
2 months ago | Metal
This bill is co-headlined by two European rock acts that serve as throwbacks to the psychedelic rock sounds of the '60s and '70s. British band Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats specialize in generating a dirty, grungy din that could have served as the so...
6 months ago | Lists
Whether your tastes in heavy metal leans toward the more viscerally brutal end of the spectrum or toward the vintage sounds generated by acts such as Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, 2018 saw plenty of top-shelf metal to please all whose musical pre...
8 months ago | Beer
Heavy metal and beer have long been comfortable bedfellows. Indeed, in Metallica's early days, they dubbed their drinking alter egos "Alcoholica." As satisfying and cathartic as it is to jump into the mosh pit at a metal show and crash into all of...
9 months ago | Metal
By 1991, Los Angeles metal act Armored Saint had already been through the major-label wringer and experienced tragedy that would have broken up most acts, even though they were still only hitting their mid-20s. The group had been part of the early...
10 months ago | Exercise
Black metal has long held a reputation for being the most abrasive, proudly underground corner of the heavy metal spectrum. Those with only a passing knowledge of the genre may be familiar with the sordid tales of '90s Norwegian acts such as Mayhe...