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.
24 days 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...
2 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...
2 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...
4 months ago | Best of L.A.: Music
From 2003 through 2009, Dismal and his Church of the 8th Day promotions group put on Los Angeles Murderfest, an annual weekend-long extreme metal festival focusing on the heaviest, ugliest and grimiest bands in the genre. The event had an equal fo...
5 months ago | Premiere
Whittier metallers Exmortus are a welcome respite from the repeated splintering of heavy metal genres, subgenres and sub-subgenres. In the 10 years since their 2008 debut, In Hatred's Flame, band co-founder Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez (vocals/guitars)...
6 months ago | Metal
If you're a longtime death-metal fan who can remember the days when the Roadrunner Records logo on a sleeve meant you could likely buy without hearing it and walk away with a top-quality metallic bludgeoning, the sounds and influences behind the r...