Finnish melodic death metal giants Children of Bodom released their eighth studio album, Halo of Blood, June 11 via Nuclear Blast Records, and it's exactly the kind of album the fans have been waiting for.
Massachusetts-based hard rock/heavy metal band Ivadür, which got its start in 2011, released an impressive debut album earlier this year. This band’s simple goal is to play the kind of music they enjoy listening to, and their passion for all things classic is pretty clear when you listen to this album, which is — through and through — a 100 percent analog recording.
People paid good money for tickets, so expectations were high. And with these artists having been around for so many years, there was a degree of skepticism to go with all the excitement of witnessing such classic music in the glorious setting of the Greek, up on a hill in Griffith Park, providing a great view of the Hollywood Hills and LA to people in the higher seats.
There are tribute bands that perform as a full-time profession and convert it into a profitable business, even as their goal remains to pay homage to the original bands. Then there are bands that do the same thing but keep in local and underground. Southern California’s premiere Metallica tribute band, Damage Inc., falls into the latter category.
The slow, thick chorus riffs got a majority of the crowd to bang their heads. I never imagined I’d head-bang so much at a Katatonia show. Set list-wise, they had four tunes from the latest album, Dead End Kings, of which "Dead Letters" sounded particularly strong. Besides, they had a selection of songs from the Night Is The New Day album and went further back into the catalog for the other tunes.
Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Jay Lane started doing a run of "Primus 3D" tour dates last year, and they've extended it into another tour leg for 2013. The show promised to augment Primus’ music with 3D visuals and Surround Sound for an entire evening with no opening act. The Fox Theater in Pomona, California, played host to one such show on May 19.
Already known for his work with a multitude of bands and musicians, including Steve Vai, Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and Niacin, bass maestro Billy Sheehan recently kicked off two new projects — PSMS (Portnoy-Sheehan-MacAlpine-Sherinian) and the Winery Dogs with Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen.
It takes a certain acquired taste to be able to appreciate everything British musician Steven Wilson brings to his multiple projects — from Porcupine Tree to Blackfield to No-Man to IEM — but whenever he's in town, the fans show up in droves. That’s exactly what happened at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on May 10, when he performed an entire evening with his solo band.
Wild Child, a Doors tribute band, have been around for more than 20 years, and it’s time they got some recognition for their unending dedication to the music they’ve loved and mastered. Thanks to AXS TV’s series, The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands, Wild Child got a spot on national TV on May 6, playing in front of a packed Roxy Theatre crowd.
Los Angeles-based classic metal outfit White Wizzard formed in 2007. After enduring several lineup changes, the band finally seems to have settled on solid ground. Their early albums — High Speed GTO and Over The Top — treated fans to some solid, catchy old-school metal. The next album, Flying Tigers, took the band into new musical territory. Their upcoming release, The Devil's Cut, sees them progress even further with scorching lead guitar work.