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Jason Roche, Author at LA Weekly

Jason Roche

The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2019

This year was another reminder that the metal gods of yesteryear are indeed mortal. Slayer said goodbye to the touring grind. Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is i...

Music Pick: Midnite Communion VI

Doom metal is a genre that is adept at achieving a strong balance between musical beauty and musical brutality. The annual Midnite Communion shows — now in thei...

Music Pick: Immolation

Two generations of high-end death metal powerhouses join forces for an evening of bludgeoning. New Yorkers Immolation just celebrated 30 years of death metal an...

Music Pick: Magic Circle

This Boston act is part of the new wave of bands flying the flag high for epic doom-laden heavy metal that is obsessed with the timeless inspirations of fantasy...

Music Pick: Holy Grail

Los Angeles rockers Holy Grail have flown the heavy metal flag proudly for a decade with a sound highlighted by nods to the early ’80s’ new wave of British heav...
Earth (Dylan Carlson

Earth's Dylan Carlson Returns With More Haunting Sounds

The 1990's saw guitarist/bassist Dylan Carlson generate body-rumbling instrumental drone-metal as part of seminal Northwest band Earth. The 2000's have seen Carlson steer the musical evolution of Earth into a haunting mix of doom-metal and dark Americana. Earth's new record, Full Upon Her Burning Lips, is out now. We caught up with Carlson to discuss the new album:...