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Watch: DAVID ELLEFSON And JEFF YOUNG Perform MEGADETH Songs Together For First Time In 34 Years

Former MEGADETH members David Ellefson and Jeff Young reunited on stage last night (Tuesday, May 10) at Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running community-oriented show in residency at the famed Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, as part of a special tribute to the so-called "Big Four" of 198...
May 11, 2022

Former MEGADETH, ANTHRAX And W.A.S.P. Members To Perform At 'Big Four' Tribute Concert At Whisky A Go Go

Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running community-oriented show in residency at the famed Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, will hold a special tribute to the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — on Tuesday, May 10. Among the musicians sched...
May 7, 2022

Why Aren't There More Black Heavy Metal Musicians? SUFFOCATION's TERRANCE HOBBS Weighs In

During an appearance on the latest episode of "Landry.Audio", SUFFOCATION guitarist Terrance Hobbs discussed the relative lack of racial diversity among heavy metal musicians, with the genre primarily dominated by white men. Asked why he thinks there aren't more black hard rock and heavy metal music...
November 12, 2021

EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, HIRAX Members Perform 'A Lesson In Violence' At TOM HUNTING Benefit Concert (Video)

Current and former members of EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, HIRAX and FORBIDDEN performed the EXODUS classic "A Lesson In Violence" with hardcore punk legends THE BONELESS ONES last night (Saturday, July 17) at Holy Diver in Sacramento, California. The event was a benefit for EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting who...
July 18, 2021

MR. BUNGLE Plays First Show In Close To 20 Years (Video)

MR. BUNGLE played its first show in close to 20 years last night (Wednesday, February 5) at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, California. The concert saw the Eureka-born band performing its 1986 demo in its entirety, and marked the first time these songs have been played live in over 30 years. MR. B...
February 6, 2020

Former HIRAX, WHIPLASH Members Join Forces In UNCIVIL WAR

Ex-HIRAX guitarist Scott Owen has teamed up with former KREATOR, WHIPLASH and MASSACRE drummer Joe Cangelosi to launch a new band called UNCIVIL WAR. The group is rounded off by bassists Rich Day, formerly of WHIPLASH, and vocalist Patrick Lind, formerly of MORBID SAINT. A teaser clip of the song "S...
October 23, 2019

HIRAX Frontman: 'We're Not Trying To Be Something Big, Fancy And Commercial'

Austrian webzine Stormbringer conducted an interview with frontman Katon W. De Pena of California thrash metal veterans HIRAX at this year's Kaltenbach Open Air, which was held last month in Spital Am Semmering, Austria. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLAB...
September 16, 2018

Inside Metal: The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal (Part One)

Bob Nalbandian has come a long way in his painstaking effort to chronicle the genesis of American metal, particularly its West Coast origins. Following his previous "Inside Metal" documentaries, "The Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal" and "The L.A. Metal Scene Explodes!", Nalbandian releases his...
March 11, 2018

Reunited VIO-LENCE Plus Members Of TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN Perform At 'Killian On Command' Benefit Concert (Video)

TESTAMENT, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN and VIO-LENCE members performed at a benefit concert for VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian last night (Saturday, January 20) at The Midway in San Francisco, California. "Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence" saw the musicians play only VIO-LENCE material spanning the...
January 21, 2018

Video: HIRAX Performs At 'X Fest' In Los Angeles

Fan-filmed video footage of HIRAX's January 6 performance at the X Fest at the Regent in Los Angeles, California can be seen below. HIRAX's latest album, "Immortal Legacy", was released in 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer. The disc was produced by Bill Metoyer, known for his work with SLAYER, ARMORED SAINT,...
January 18, 2018

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Loved Punk's 'Attitude,' But Didn't Feel A Kinship With Its 'Musicality'

On January 19, MetalRock Films will release part one of a new two-part "Inside Metal" documentary DVD series titled "The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal". Directed by Bob Nalbandian with narration by David Ellefson of MEGADETH, the documentary focuses on the Los Angeles thrash metal uprising of the early/...
January 10, 2018

Benefit Concert For VIO-LENCE's SEAN KILLIAN Moves To Larger Venue

Due to high ticket demand, the previously announced benefit concert for VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian (pictured) is moving to a larger venue. The event, originally scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California, will now take place the same night at The Mid...
January 9, 2018

METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH Featured In 'The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal': Part One Of Doc Series Due In January

Throughout history, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been deemed as the epicenter for thrash metal, whereas Los Angeles has invariably been considered the stomping ground for glam and hair metal. True, San Francisco has birthed many exceptional thrash bands since the early '80s, but the fact rema...
December 14, 2017

The Obsessed reissue

If you have THE OBSESSED's self-titled album from 1990 in any format prior to this year, you have a treasure. It, like its successor, "Lunar Womb", was damned hard to snag until YouTube came along. Those releases, together—along with the band's one-and-only major label release, "The Church Within"—r...
November 27, 2017


Century Media Records has announced the signing of California's death metal act SKELETAL REMAINS. The band's third studio album will be released in the spring. The disc is being tracked at Trench Studios (ABYSMAL DAWN, EXHUMED, HIRAX) in California and will be mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio (...
September 14, 2017