Author: Colette Claire

Sixx:A.M., Apocalyptica & Vamps at Club Nokia, L.A.

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Sixx:A.M., Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx’s side project has really come into its own as more than just a second thought to Mötley Crüe. The band features guitarist DJ Ashba who is also in Guns N’ Roses, along with vocalist James Michael, who has worked as a record producer and songwriter for recording artists including… Read more »


VAMPS – Taking Over the World

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With four albums under their belt and numerous tours Vamps are kicking ass and taking names. Formed by L’Arc-en-Ciel vocalist HYDE and Oblivion Dust guitarist K.A.Z in 2008, Vamps is an alternative/hard rock band from Japan that released their first single  Love Addict on July 2, 2008. The pair had been working together on HYDE’s… Read more »


The Overwhelming Sound of RED

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The band RED has just released their fifth studio album entitled Of Beauty and Rage on Essential Records on February 24. The album debuted in the Top 15 on the Billboard Top 200, and is #10 on the SoundScan Top Current Albums chart. The band is clearly excited about the debut, but big sales and… Read more »


Creepy Forest Metal with ONE-EYED DOLL

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The notoriously DIY band One-Eyed Doll will release their new album, Witches on Standby Records on March 24, 2015. One might wonder why they decided to work with a record company at this point in their career after they’ve already been pretty successful at building a buzz on their own. Screamer had a chance to… Read more »


GUS G – Going Solo, Ozzy and More…

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Gus G may be well know for his work with Ozzy Osbourne, but he has more than a few other tricks up his sleeve. He has been playing with his successful power metal band Firewind since 1998. He also made guest appearances on countless albums for other artists including Old Man’s Child, Sigh, and In… Read more »


Conjuring Evil – Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies & Exodus LIVE at The Forum

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Helicopters were circling overhead, police lights flashed, the red and blue beams bouncing back and forth, people shouted obscenities, a beer bottle flew past crashing to the ground. No this is not a description of the L.A. Riots, it is the description of the parking lot of the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood on November… Read more »


SOCIETY 1 – Their Hellish Resurrection

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Los Angeles based metal band Society 1 has always been strange and unusual. While that may not seem that unheard of for a metal band, Society 1 has always managed to take it to that next level.  LA Weekly once described the band’s lead singer Matt “the Lord” Zane as an embodiment of “Morrisonesque shamanics… Read more »


CRUCIFIED BARBARA – In The Red

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Swedish hard rockers Crucified Barbara will release their fourth album In the Red on September 10th. Crucified Barbara have always exuded an 80’s metal quality and they continue to do so on the current album. The formula of distorted guitars, heavy bass, gravelly lead vocals and catchy riffs works for them and they’ve stuck with… Read more »


COMBICHRIST’s Andy LaPlegua – Taking A Stand

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Combichrist’s Andy LaPlegua was not dressed as one might expect. Backstage at the Avalon in Hollywood, California on April 27th 2014 where Combichrist was about to play a show, LaPlegua was looking sharp in a grey suit jacket. If it weren’t for the tattoo on his neck and the large gauges in his ears, one… Read more »


MORBUS CHRON – Sweven

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Sweven is the second album from the four piece Swedish prog-metal band Morbus Chron.  Though they tout themselves as a death metal band, Sweven is a lot more progressive than death. The opening song on Sweven, Berceuse is a slow, meandering jazz-influenced piece without vocals that is sort of an odd start for an album;… Read more »


The Unstoppable DIR EN GREY

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Dir En Grey is one of the hardest working bands in metal and more people really should be aware of it. They are one of the few J-Rock bands that makes an effort to regularly tour the United States. On November 1nd 2013, two days before their latest North American tour was supposed to start in… Read more »


Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare: Definitely not meant for your Grandma

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Rob Zombies Great American Nightmare was a haunted house/concert experience held at the Pomona Fairplex, a large venue about 20 miles east of Los Angeles. Lasting through the month of October the event featured three haunted house attractions, musical performances, and tons of food and merchandise vendors. After working with Universal Studios Hollywood for the… Read more »