Venue: House of Blues, Sunset Strip; West Hollywood, CA
Date: April 5th, 2014
The second annual Metal Alliance Tour steamrolled into West Hollywood a few weeks ago. Featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, I cerainly wasn't going to let this one go by. You can read my official writeup at Heavy Metal at About.comhere.
My friends and I could not arrive in time to catch Black Crown Initiate, but here are a few pictures of the rest of the show. I eschewed buying any shirts this time around, though.
After a relatively slow start, the concert season in Los Angeles is starting to heat up. Recently, I took in the L.A. date of the current tour of Destruction and Krisiun, two power trios that have been perennial favorites of mine for years. A formal review has published at Heavy Metal at About.comhere. Here are a few pictures, all done from my iPhone.
Bands: Shroud Eater, Lightning Swords Of Death, Orbweaver, and Ancient Altar
Venue: The Complex, Glendale, CA
Date: February 28th, 2014
Yeah, my postings have been rather sparse of late as I've decided to let a few of the higher profile tours of the winter go by in favor of some of the smaller tours that have recently occurred. For example, I headed out to The Complex in suburban Glendale to catch the Los Angeles date of the Shroud Eater/ Orbweaver tour. Providing local support were Lightning Swords Of Death and Ancient Altar. You can read my official writeup of the show here.
I was a staff writer at the British website Live 4 Metal for over 7 years. After a brief second run, editor Steve Green has now permanently closed down Live 4 Metal. I continue to write for Heavy Metal at About.com (editor: Chad Bowar). I am also now a contributing writer to the new 'zine Backlit (editors: Josh Haun and Brandon Duncan), and have just recently joined the staff at both Last Rites and Metal Bandcamp.
I use this blog to write album and concert reviews, as well as other odds and ends that pique my interest.
This is a hobby and nothing more. Hence, my reviews are solely my opinion and are written from the standpoint of a long time fan (I have been listening to metal since about 1978 or so). I do not write reviews from the standpoint of a musician, nor from an ideological point of view.
I do not use this blog to promote, or discuss, ideology, although I am an atheist and I have a scientific background. I do not engage in arguments about the "purity" or ideological slant of artists, but I do draw the line with racism and overt misogyny.
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