Norway’s JAGA JAZZIST came to town for only their second L.A. appearance (their first having been back in 2011) for a perfect 90-minute set at the brand new Teragram Ballroom.
The eight-member band nailed their set which focused on material from their freshly released new album Starfire and previous album One-Armed Bandit. It was a treat to hear them dip back into their “first” album The Stix but songs from A Living Room Hush were noticably absent (perhaps due to it being more “electronic” in nature).
Bonus points for Teragram Ballroom being tops despite having been open for less than three weeks—this being their fourth show. The venue hit top marks on all aspects from decor, service, bars, bites, and most importantly, sound.
An improbable reunion, followed by an improbably killer new album (Surgical Steel), followed by a still improbable small-venue mini-tour, CARCASS have found a second wind in their lengthy career to deliver more than just a “reunion” jaunt. With two nights at The Troubadour in West Hollywood on September 28th and 29th, CARCASS paid a visit to the very venue that came to be their “last” Los Angeles show (1994) before their extended period of inactivity. Continue reading →
Everything BORIS sets out to accomplish is not without a dose of “special”. Such was their recent U.S. tour, half of which were two-night residencies; one night of “All-time Classics,” a set of their heavy rock, non-drone material, and a second night of the exact opposite — a complete performance of their hour-long Flood album, plus experimental/drone selections. Continue reading →
We are saddened to learn that SLAYER guitarist and founding member, Jeff Hanneman, has passed away. He was 49. Here is a statement from the band:
“SLAYER is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
“Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)”
SHINING (Norway) have released a video for “I Won’t Forget“, the first single off their forthcoming album, One One One. Their avant-jazz roots continue to shed in favor of a more industrial-tinged rock sound, though with progressive tendencies and saxophone-enhanced instrumentation still intact. The futuristic, sci-fi themed music video fittingly reflects this evolution. Check it out:
This Sunday marks the return of Peep & Destroy at Cheetahs in Hollywood. The event’s take on “strippers, metal, and corpsepaint” has been on hiatus since April but will return to its original venue.
The December-appropriated “Sleigher Edition” bill brings Orange County’s GRAVEHILL alongside Peep & Destroy veterans, BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH. Crazy Craig from KNAC will be DJing metal between bands, and the event will be rounded out with a corpsepaint face paint booth, a headbanging contest with prizes from Blood is the New Black, and resident talent dancing it up for your pleasure.
On November 3rd, SANCTUS reunited for a one-off private rehearsal session. [Ed: I am a member of SANCTUS.] This was the band’s first activity in ten years.
While SANCTUS never officially “broke up”, the band endured a hiatus born of life “stuff” and geographic separation. After some online communication earlier this year, the idea to get back into a room and jam on old songs together became a reality.
Vocalist Jason McCrarey, drummer Michael Chi, bassist Brent Gibson, guitarist Mike O’Meara, keyboardist Adrian Ross, and myself (guitars) reconvened at Bedrock Studios in Echo Park for a five hour session. The time was spent jamming on (and re-learning) old songs followed by a short “performance” for close friends.
The set list included the three songs from the Fateshifter EP, “Fateshifter“, “Dream“, and “Turned Within“, and “November” and “If We Fall…” from the Aeon Sky album.
While there’s no guarantee the band will remain active in the traditional sense, the band isn’t “dead”. Infrequent live performances are not out of the question, and thanks to technology, the chance of new material is not unlikely.
Last night, the superb lineup of SAINT VITUS, WEEDEATER, SOURVEIN, and SPLITH invaded the beautiful Bootleg Theater in Echo Park/Silver Lake adjacent. The rear theater room was opened for the night’s serving of doom — a good thing thanks to it being a larger space and having better sound. The front bar area, meanwhile, made for a fine drinking and socializing area. Few other venues such an optimal set up — smoking patios don’t count.
Unfortunately, by the time I arrived, the reformed SPLITH, which features renowned producer Billy Anderson, and SOURVEIN, who I’ve been wanting to see for some while, had already played.
WEEDEATER‘s set was expectedly pummeling, rattling with loads of low end. Vocalist and bassist Dixie Dave stomped and shook like a crazy man while his raspy bark competed with the thundering low frequencies. Three different drummers took to the kit throughout the set, and MONDO GENERATOR‘s Nick Oliveri was spotted up front entranced by WEEDEATER‘s sludge power.
The heavy got heavier. SAINT VITUS followed, delivering thick riffs in a subdued yet commanding manner. Wino and guitarist Dave Chandler commanded the audience through their long grey hairs and mastery of doom. Heads banged in approval as SAINT VITUS stamped their sound into the Bootleg audience, young and old.
Check out a clip by opeth44 of SAINT VITUS playing “The Troll“…
We are giving away five (5) copies of BEREFT‘s excellent debut, Leichenhaus, courtesty of The End Records. One (1) grand prize winner will also receive a hand-numbered vinyl copy (in addition to the CD).
We’ll make this easy… just tweet @apeshit on Twitter and mention that you want to win BEREFT‘s Leichenhaus. The first person to mention us will win the vinyl and CD; the next four will win the CD. Also, make sure you are following us on Twitter so we can notify you and DM you for your mailing address.
Fine print: Sorry, this contest is only open to U.S. residents.