The Best Orange County Metal Shows to See in September
Nuclear Blast Vader
The Yost Theater
Definitely one for fans of the extreme metal scene, this might be one of the most intense line ups to ever hit the stage at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. Polish metal band Vader formed in the mid '80s, and proven that the lines between thrash and death metal are thin at best. Evoking the sounds of American bands such as Possessed and Death, Vader's brutal style and wicked sound have given them a reputation as being one of the most vicious death metal bands within the international extreme metal scene. Celebrating nearly three decades of death metal music, Vader will bring it's punishing live show to OC, alongside Vital Remains.
Candellight Records Havok
The Constellation Room
Although this neo thrash band from Colorado formed in 2004, these up-and-comers have proven their worthiness among thrash metal fanatics and earned a rabid fan base by touring practically non-stop over the past few years. Skillfully fusing the aggression and musical intensity of thrash titans like Slayer and Dark Angel, Havok's uncompromising approach to speed metal can be seen in their live performances, which always incite a roaring mosh pit. Havok have earned the respect of bands such as Exhumed, Cannibal Corpse and Testament, all of who have taken the band on the road over the past few years. The band's new critically acclaimed album, Unnatural Selection, will see the band embark on a tour opening for Soulfly next month.
John Mcmurtrie Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden (& Special Guests Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton)
The Battle for San Bernardino
San Manuel Amphitheater
We know this isn't exactly within Orange County limits, but we swear that this drive to the IE will be worth it if you're a metal head. Performing on the main stage will be three bands all of whom are staples in the legacy of thrash metal: Testament, Anthrax and Megadeth. As if that weren't enough for your head banging fix, headlining the evening of course will be Iron Maiden, a band that hardly needs an introduction, and performs each concert as if it were its last. Fans should be ready to arrive early; as the venue doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the side stage will open the show is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. Even though it is September, this could have been a major summer tour, and fans can expect swarms of revelers tailgating in the parking lots, a day (and evening) full of huge circle pits, bon fires at night, a sea of the devil's horns, beer flowing like water and exclusive performances from some of the top notch acts in heavy metal's history.