Top Ten Heavy Metal Bass Players

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Lemmy from Motorhead

In the past, we've brought you the best of what heavy metal has to offer in terms of guitarists, and drummers, but now we look to a role that is sometimes under rated but always under appreciated.

Metal's four-string instrument provides a solid foundation of rhythm, centering the music and allowing the guitar, drums and vocals to take center stage. But the following ten bass players rise above their mere musicianship to provide more than just a backdrop. They provide a pivotal creative, driving force behind the music that cannot be denied.

We now present the top ten bassists in heavy metal:


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LED Anniversary - Valley View Casino Center - February 16, 2014

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LED Anniversary III

LED Anniversary
Valley View Casino Center
2/16/14

San Diego-based EDM promotion company LED took over California with three events in three different cities this Presidents Day weekend on Sunday February 16th. Celebrating their third anniversary in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center, they also simultaneously launched their new Finger Lickin' party in LA at the Shrine Expo Hall and in San Francisco at Fort Mason.

Featuring their first venture in San Francisco, LED kicked off festival season in full force with artist like Laidback Luke, Showtek, Adventure Club, Ummet Ozcan, Firebeatz, Chuckie, TJR and more playing their sold out multiple events. It was as if all 20,000 of us were united for an evening of bangers and big room EDM in all different parts of California. Here's what caught our attention as we danced our asses off for seven hours straight in classy San Diego.

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Top Five Local EDM Shows in February

Insomniac Presents Crush @ NOS Events Center (Semi-NSFW)

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Dirtyphonics (DJ Set) - The Observatory - July 18th, 2013

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Charly & Pitchin from Dirtyphonics

Dirtyphonics (DJ Set)
The Observatory
July 18th, 2013

In the aftermath of their four month plus tour, the French quartet Dirtyphonics continues to support their debut full-length album Irreverence on Dim Mak Records with gigs at the biggest festivals and clubs around the world. Last night, members Charly and Pitchin made a stop in Orange County to the Observatory in Santa Ana for a special DJ set as part of InnerVision Events, Bassrush and LA Beatdown's Bassology dub infused 18 and over night filled with bass-in-your-face goodness which ignited a crazy moshing rage fest in the smaller Constellation room of the venue. The sold out event featured opening sounds from Dip Vertigo with MC Ridda and Neuropunk.


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12th Planet and Protohype Collaborate On EDM for People With ADD

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12th Planet and Protohype
There are some collaborations that come about so naturally the chemistry is almost cosmic. That's pretty much how John Dadzie (a.k.a. 12th Planet) felt when he began working with up-and-coming bass artist Protohype on the ideas that would become their forthcoming, untitled EP. While Max Hype (Protohype's real name) may already be well-known as Datsik's protégé, Dadzie describes their relationship as a sibling bond. "We met and had so much in common on some real shit," the producer says. "I could actually hang out with him on the real, so that's why I say he's my little brother."

The two have teamed up to create what they are calling transition music, a genre-breaking set of tracks that will revolutionize bass music.

In a time when so many EDM artists are transitioning from their original genres to today's harder sounds, it seems more and more DJs are fusing together sounds and making their own edits to songs to appeal to large crowds at the major festivals and club nights. "Before, you could only play one genre, and now, no one even cares what you play as long as they get crunk," says Dadzie, who started as a drum-and-bass DJ under the moniker Infiltrata in the early 2000s.

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Borgore Is Tired of Binge Drinking, Would Rather Just Make Dance Music

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Borgore at Sutra
The Israeli musician, singer, producer and DJ born Asaf Borger, that's Borgore to you, came to Sutra--our favorite EDM haven in Newport Beach--as part of his #TURNTLIFE Spring Tour with opening support from Kennedy Jones for an incredible night of spine-rattling bass. We're exactly one week away from his performance at one of the biggest parties of the year as thousands of EDM crazed fans will take over Las Vegas June 21st - 23rd for Electric Daisy Carnival. We chatted with the self proclaimed "Legend" about his new single, EDC and his new sense of direction.

Borgore's latest "Legend" video was released on Tuesday and will be featured on his upcoming Legend EP due out June 25th on his own independent label Buygore Records. Taking the word literally, Borgore is depicted as an 80's heavy metal icon in a house filled with groupies and a 10-year-old son who, in an attempt to become like his father, pumps iron, guzzles down milk by the carton. The track features Borgore on vocals and a catchy chorus much like his "Decisions" with the former Disney star Miley Cyrus.

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The Five Best EDM Shows in April

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Tim Norris / OC Weekly
Coachella Sahara Tent 2012

Festival season is upon us and that means not one, but two weeks of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with enough electronic dance music to keep aficionados fist pumping in their sleep with anticipation. With one of the biggest music events of the year just around the corner, why bother doing anything else all month? Well, for those not willing to shell out the $350 for three days or others who weren't lucky enough to score a ticket before it sold out fear not because there's plenty of EDM shows right here in OC and in LA to get your party music fix. We did all the research for you to ensure you don't miss the five best dance music shows of all genres to ensure you spend your hard earned money on the right events.

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Raging With My Mom at Ultra Music Festival

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Fabian Ortiz
Lulu and Alejandra at Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival celebrated its 15th annual edition by expanding over two three-day weekends (a la Coachella) making it the largest electronic music festival in the US and the only one in the world to take place over two weekends. Acts included some of the worlds biggest EDM names such as Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris to non dance music artist like Snoop Dogg and Yesayer.

Overlooking the breathtaking downtown Miami skyline and marina at Bayfront Park, the festival brought over 165,000 dance music fans from all over the world - literally. The sea of participants adorned flags, shirts, hats and everything you could imagine to represent their hometowns, states and countries. Among those festival revelers was myself and my mother Lourdes whom I brought along for the ride so she could see for herself what the EDM festival craze is all about. Perhaps this adventure would bring us closer and maybe she won't think I'm so crazy for making the pilgrimage year after year to attend the biggest festivals out there. I know what you're thinking: "Wow this girl must be crazy." But in actuality it was her own adventurous spirit who wanted to join me. Perhaps it's where I get it from?

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Five Must-See Artists at Beyond Wonderland

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Steve Aoki with Travis Barker at Beyond Wonderland 2012

This weekend, Insomniac takes its fourth journey down the Alice & Wonderland-themed rabbit hole to Beyond Wonderland Music Festival, held at the San Manuel Amphitheater after the city of San Bernardino complained from previous wonderland events at the NOS Events Center. Don't be fooled by the new location however. If anything, it means a new venue for Insomniac's CEO Pasquale Rotella to curate into a magical world filled with art installations, performers, rides and some of electronic dance music's biggest stars including David Guetta, Steve Angello and Afrojack. For fans excited to roam the hills of the San Manuel Amphitheater and discover its new found home, we have put together a list of five must-see acts amidst all of the heavy dose of spine-rattling basslines.


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Swedish House Mafia - LA State Historic Park - March 8th - 9th, 2013

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Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia
March 8th - 9th, 2013
LA Historic Park

Who would have thought that just after seeing the legendary Tiësto sell out the Staples Center on March 2 that LA would receive another one of the biggest EDM weekends since Electric Daisy Carnival was held at the Los Angeles Colosseum. Erick Morillo played at Avalon AND Sound Nightclub, Carl Cox brought the house down at Exchange, Sasha was also at Sound and Ben Klock saw the sun rise at an incredible warehouse party. But the biggest event of the weekend and probably year was Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel which played it's final west coast dates of their "One Last Tour" on Friday March 8th and Saturday the 9th at the LA Historic Park. Only a group as big as Swedish House Mafia would be able to sell 35,000 tickets in minutes only to add more show dates, which included this Friday night event.


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Laidback Luke - Fox Theater - March 8th, 2013

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Laidback Luke at the Fox Theater Pomona

Laidback Luke
March 8th, 2013
Fox Theater Pomona

Last night the Filipino/Dutch DJ sensation Laidback Luke brought his signature mix of hip-hop and electro house to the Fox Theater in Pomona. Legally known as Luke Van Scheppingen, Laidback Luke has been killing it on the electronic music scene for the past 15 years. Know for his infamous Mixmash Records which continue to release hit after hit and his grand Super You & Me parties that sell out the biggest venues all over the world with it's audiences dressed in super hero get ups - Laidback Luke is one of the hardest working DJs and producers in the game who continues to amaze and wow his fans. This special Thursday night 18 and over event brought some serious dance music to the I.E. thanks to powerhouse promoters LED and Goldenvoice.

The show started at 11pm, noticeable early by EDM standards, and raged for a full two hours with in your face electro mash-ups and remixes of Luke's own originals as well as surprisingly a lot of Swedish House Mafia edits - perhaps playing homage to the 60,000 people event all of the EDM crowd will be attending this weekend at the Los Angeles Historic Park. We're not complaining however, as the vocals of of his track with SHM group mates "Leave the World Behind" echoed on the sound system we got carried away in anticipation. The crowd seemed fittingly for the Fox Theater's old school "rave" culture (this used to be the spot back in the early hey days of dance music) with kandi kids and girls in fluffies ready to get their shuffle on the packed dance floor.

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