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RECAP: Night Of The Living Thrash

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(photo credit: Chris Cromelin)

This past Saturday, we hosted an event called Night Of The Living Thrash at The Tavern in Ventura, California. We were hoping to get someone out to review the show but we couldn’t make it happen due to scheduling conflicts, so… we’re doing it ourselves.

The evening started off with a thrashy kick to the balls when Social Overload began their set at 9:30pm – they have a good reputation amongst the locals and everyone we had talked to who were aware of them had nothing but good things to say. However, this was our first time catching these guys live and they pretty much set the tone for the rest of the night. If you haven’t checked these guys out and their shows are accessible for you…we highly recommend going. You can visit their website heavymetalhammer.com for show info, etc.

After giving away our first round of CD prize packs (courtesy of Nuclear Blast America) it was time for M.A.S. to tear it up. These guys got the pit going and provided an onslaught of thrashy riffs and vocals. They closed their set with a cover of Body Count’s “Cop Killer” and it was also around this time that we noticed some confused faces on some people who were walking through the venue to get to the outside area. Apparently there was an “SB ’04 Reunion” party in the back, we had no clue this was going to be occurring but it definitely provided for some laughs. There were sights of preppies and hoochies throughout the night with looks of disgust, most of them had to walk through a mosh pit to get outside where their party was, many of them plugging their ears. It was great! I mean, Metal is supposed to piss some people off…right?

After another round of giveaways, Brain Dead began to tear everyone a new third eye. With the twin-duo Adam ‘n Rez on guitar and bass along with blistering vocals by frontman Joey Dalo, these guys really brought the pit to life. Brain Dead has been hailed as one of the best local Thrash bands currently on the Los Angeles scene by established promoters, and we see nothing but great things for these guys in the future. Great songs and great stage presence. Hell, their debut album Indoctrinator was produced by former Slayer producer Bill Metoyer (you can get that here, if you’d like).

The final band of the night was Sangre and these Inland Empire heavy hitters brought that Metal hammer down in a way that could only result in one thing…a giant pit! Well, giant for the size of the venue anyway.  We couldn’t believe how insane both their set and the crowd were. We’ve already gotten requests to bring Sangre back, and we definitely will!

The best part about the whole night is that people moshed non-violently, if that makes any sense. When someone went down, they were helped back up….the way it’s supposed to be. No fights and no injuries that we are aware of. We have to give it up to the crowd, it was the epitome of how a crowd should behave at a Metal show. So, if you were there then pat yourself on the back.

The next event we have planned is on January 10th, 2015 at The Tavern once again and it will be called New Year’s Metalution. The night will feature Raiju, Six Pack Of Doom, Heretic, and Ruthless. We hope to see some familiar faces.

\m/ Keep it Metal \m/

-The Kosher Metal Staff
koshermetal.com

MANOWAR Kill With Power At The Fox Theater In Pomona, California

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The Fox Theater- Pomona, California – February 22nd

The ritual began at Gyu-Kaku in Torrance, California (Japanese BBQ) where we feasted upon grilled flesh until the gods of food told us to stop, at which time we proceeded on our journey to the Fox Theater in Pomona to witness the almighty Manowar perform as part of their Kings Of Metal XXIV tour. There were also no opening bands, which I think helped to keep the posers away.

Upon entry to the stage area, Southern California’s Army Of Immortals were greeted with giant video screen backdrops displaying the band’s logo and the almighty speakers that bassist Joey DeMaio and guitarist Karl Logan would blast through. Those video screens would later display killer background imagery along with occasional video vignettes documenting the band and the recording of Kings Of Metal XXIV.  There was also a cool little tribute to “fallen brothers” which included people such as Richard Wagner, Ronnie James Dio, and former Manowar drummer Scott Columbus.

The band opened with their autobiographical song ‘Manowar’ from their debut album Battle Hymns and followed those with ‘Blood Of My Enemies’ and ‘Sign Of The Hammer’ – vocalist Eric Adams was sounding amazing as always so this was definitely shaping up to be a great Manowar show. Suddenly, after the third song, we were all presented with the dreaded “technical difficulties” dilemma and had to wait a little while for things to be rectified. After a little bit of waiting, the band returned to the stage to continue the show without any further issues.

The energy at this show was incredible, the best crowd I’ve seen at a Manowar show…and it’s about time! I had seen them twice before in Southern California over the years and the shows weren’t as packed as they should have been, so it was great to be a part of this adrenaline inducing event.

-Max ‘ManJewky’ Wallis
KM Co-Founder / Blog Editor

Set List:
01. Manowar
02. Blood Of My Enemies
03. Sing Of The Hammer
04. The Lord Of Steel
05. The Dawn Of Battle
06. The Warrior’s Prayer (new version)/Blood Of The Kings
07. Thy Kingdom Come
08. The Heart Of Steel
09. Joey solo / Sting Of The Bumblebee
10. Wheels Of Fire
11. Hail And Kill
12. Kings Of Metal

13. Kill With Power
14. Warriors of The World
15. Black Wind, Fire & Steel

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Image courtesy of Magic Circle Music

Show Review: DIAMOND HEAD / RAVEN / NIGHT DEMON – October 16th, 2013

Last night was an incredible experience for me. I got to see NWOBHM legends Diamond Head along with Raven and new favorites Night Demon in a small club called Malone’s in Santa Ana, Ca. Even though I was having some insane upper back pain, I was determined to see this show and I’m so glad I did. There definitely could have been more people there, but it was a weeknight and things were running behind as Diamond Head went on about an hour late at around 12:45am or so (they were supposed to be on at 11:40). However, despite the recipe for a bruised ego, these bands played as if the place was packed.

The wife and I arrived shortly after Raven started their set on the main stage. I must admit I’m not as familiar with this band as I should be, but those guys definitely put forth a lot of energy and impressed me for sure. For being a trio, there was a lot of power being put forth from these guys. Let’s face it, they aren’t exactly young anymore; yet they put forth more energy than I see from some of the younger bands today. And those screams….holy crap! I had to look around to see if glasses were shattering at times. I must admit I’m not a huge fan of the shrilly King Diamond-like screaming, but I know that isn’t exactly easy to do consistently and takes quite of bit of talent to pull of right. So they still get the horns up from me.

When it came time for Night Demon to play the bar stage in between Raven and Diamond Head, I was pumped. I am thoroughly familiar with their current four-song release but shorty before they began it occurred to me that I might get to hear some new songs, which I did. They played three songs that I heard for the first time; ‘Heavy Metal Heat’, ‘Satan’, and another one they didn’t say the title of. Based on those songs, I cannot wait until they come out with their full-length release next year. However, I do think that the band might benefit from having another guitarist at live shows. In no way am I saying anything bad about how it sounded, I just think an added rhythm guitarist would add to the sound and make them even more amazing then they already are. Regardless, they put on a great show.

As for Diamond Head, I was completely blown away. Even though the band was without their usual frontman Nick Tart, their fill-in vocalist Chas West threw it down better than any vocalist they’ve had in the past. Of course, that’s just my opinion. Regardless, anyone who may be skeptical about seeing these guys with a fill-in vocalist needs to quit worrying because I guarantee they won’t be disappointed. They played all the songs one might expect from these guys; ‘It’s Electric’, ‘Helpless’, ‘Sucking My Love’, ‘Lightning to the Nations’, ‘Am I Evil?’, etc. The band had great energy and Chas added an element to the band that is nothing but positive. You can check out multi-cam footage of them performing ‘Am I Evil?’ in San Francisco below along with the remaining dates on the tour.

Special thanks to Jason at Homeless One Productions for his hospitality.

October tour with Diamond Head & Raven:
17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Vex (w/ Night Demon, Gypsyhawk, and others)
18 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
19 – Corona, CA – M15 Concert Club
20 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d (w/ Night Demon)
22 – Littleton, CO – Toad Tavern
23 – Kansas City, KS – Riot Room
24 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room
25 – Dallas, TX – The Boiler Room

 

 

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