Night Demon Brought an International Metal Gathering to Fullerton

Categories: Metal

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Alex Distefano
Night Demon

Night Demon
Riff Haus
1/24/15

While the masses of big name metal musicians, retailers, musical tech geeks, and groupies all gathered in Anaheim for the annual NAAM show over the weekend, hundreds of fans flocked an industrial corner of Fullerton on Saturday night for the CD Release party of up and coming Ventura heavy metal trio, Night Demon.

By 8:45 p.m., the hidden rehearsal space known as the Riff Haus was packed with fans, at least 100 deep inside and another hundred outside. The only downer of the evening was the sound system of the venue. From Blade Killer, on through the headliners, the microphones, amps and speakers kept cutting out during the set, causing distractions and frustrations among the musicians and crowd, but the bands all managed to pull right through it, and never once stopped a song. However, there were a few things that fans in the crowd couldn't overlook, like the fact that in between bands there was no music playing, and hearing the silence and random conversations was a bit disorienting. To top it off, this place didn't sell beer.


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Periphery Make the Next Big Statement in Metal

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J. Saffer
By: David Von Bader
There are two distinct types of heavy-metal fans that have developed over the past decade. There are those who continue to ask, "What's next?" And then there are those who live in a leather-clad past with a vehement disdain for all that threatens to sully the genre by straying too far from its lineage.

While there is surely a spectrum for these things and people do fall along a spectrum, for those who veer closer to the former, it might appear that the heavy-metal train has hit the proverbial wall in terms of extremity. Eight-string guitars built to accommodate cartoonishly low tunings are now standard tools for many bands. The time signatures have been divided, subdivided, subtracted, and molested in ways that would make Neil Peart dizzy, and trends have shifted to music that relies more on predictable sonic tropes, breakdowns, and blast beats than strong artistic statements.

Then there's a band like Periphery, guitarist and producer Misha Mansoor's brainchild of brutality.


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The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums

Categories: Lists , Metal

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Opeth, My Arms, Your Hearse
Everyone loves a good concept album. We just love it when heavy metal artists take a central theme and develop it over the span of a cohesive collection of tracks to create an experience for listeners that takes us into an alternate world of sci-fi, Norse mythology, wizards, classic literature...the nerdier the better. Here's a list of the 10 best heavy metal concept albums. 

See also: 20 Heavy Metal Albums Turning 25 This Year

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Five Essential Green Jellÿ Videos

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Green Jelly
Aside from Weird Al, successful comedy rock acts are a rarity, with most vanishing quickly and leaving only an abandoned Youtube channel as proof of their existence. Green Jellÿ is an exception. Known for their inventive Claymation videos, the band's 1992 debut went gold while their second earned a Grammy video nomination in 1995.

Green Jellÿ is also one of the most sued bands in history, enduring lawsuits from the Kellogg Company for their Cereal Killer video, which depicted the murder of the Trix Rabbit, and Kraft Foods, who objected to the band's original name, Green Jello.

When Green Jellÿ bandleader Bill Manspeaker is not fending off nuisance lawsuits, he's touring with his current version of the band, which appears Saturday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. One of the first acts to release videos and music bundled together, Green Jellÿ has always used the visual medium to portray an alternate reality that rarely makes sense to the sober but proves oddly compelling to loyal fans. Here's five of their videos worth checking out.

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Someone Got Stabbed at the Cattle Decapitation Show Last Night

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Alex Distefano
Cattle Decapitation performing at Mirror Image Studios ...no one got stabbed at that show
Cattle Decapitation might be considered the vegan masters of deathgrind, but that doesn't stop their head banging fans from going out for each other's blood from time to time.

Two men were hospitalized after a fight at the band's show at 13th Frame Lounge in La Habra last night, authorities say. One victim suffered a superficial stab wound to the neck, and the other was knocked unconscious in a fight that started around 11:30 p.m. The incident started in the lounge and eventually spilled out into the street, La Habra Police Department Sgt. Ron Hurst says. About 150 people showed up to the gig. A knife was also recovered by authorities at the scene.


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20 Metal Albums Turning 25 This Year

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Danzig II: Lucifuge
25 years ago the Gulf War started, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Jennifer Lawrence was born, and that's about all we can think of without referring to Wikipedia or one of our older colleagues who still has a functioning long-term memory. 1990 also saw the release of several excellent metal records. Here's 20 we like best.

See also: 10 Punk Albums Turning 25 This Year

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The 10 Most Inspiring Metal Songs

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Andrew Youssef
Tom Araya of Slayer
Ask people their opinion of metal and you are likely to hear from at least one person that it's the preferred music of the angry and emotionally disturbed. Although inaccurate, the stereotype has been increasingly prevalent lately, with metal heads routinely poo-poohed as depressive loners by scaredy-cat journalists and flaccid career academics.

See also: The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2014

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The 10 Best Metal Solo Acts

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The Ruins of Beverast
What image automatically pops in your head when you hear the phrase "One man band"? Perhaps you imagined an attention-whoring drifter who plays acoustic guitar on street corners, antagonizing tourists. Maybe you visualized a blemished, virginal Elliot Smith imitator singing curdled odes to the women who reject him. Or you imagined a noise artist, that sadistic breed of loner who creates sound collages between stints in the mental hospital. Finally, there are DJs, those pretend musicians whose rapid-fire wrist movements and acumen with the Mac are coincidentally the same talents needed to quickly locate and masturbate to Internet pornography.

If you are fan of metal, in particular extreme metal, you had none of those folks in mind. Thanks to its inherent can-do attitude and a nearly paralyzing attention to detail, metal has spawned solo acts whose music is just as explosive and engaging as the efforts of an entire band. Read on for our list of the Ten Best Solo Metal Acts.

See also: The 10 Best Metal Duos

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The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2014

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Travis Shinn
Machine Head
There's no doubt that headbangers enjoyed another banner year in 2014. From the many tragic losses, unexpected reunions and come back albums, these last 12 months proved to be a successful for many established, and up-and-coming metal bands from various sub genres. Through it all, we've been keeping track of our favorites and the bands that surprised us the most.This was not an easy list to compile, but we now present our year-end list of the 10 Best Metal Albums of 2014.

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The 10 Best Metal Duos

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Jucifer
By: Damian Bloor
Historically, duos have been music industry oddballs, existing as either wincing surf bands blinded by their Zach Morris bangs or incoherent garage rockers who had to register with the police every
time they moved to a new practice space. That changed about 20 years ago as metal duos proliferated in music scenes around the world. Employing technical skill and generous amounts of atmosphere, the best metal duos sound not like their crude rock brethren but entire armies of guitarists and drummers (if a black metal duo, those armies have painted faces, which is all the better). We list our 10 favorite metal duos below.


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