I am a massive metal core fan, since the early days of the genre’s existence I’ve always found that the bands I gravitated towards were those that hit a few marks, combining old school metal, thrash, Swedish metal, and lyrics with meaning from vocalists that command the stage. Miss May I’s Levi Benton has the […]
Most people that know me or read my blogs know my love for August Burns Red runs pretty deep. They fell into the early metal-core scene for me and over the years have never disappointed between albums and live shows. I did recently see them with Killswitch Engage in San Francisco, but it was nice […]
Anthrax, Black Label Society and Hatebreed offered up several hours of complete chaotic destruction from the second Hatebreed came on stage on a sweltering hot day in the Sacramento sun. While I’ve personally seen every one of these bands several times, these are truly bands that you cannot miss live if you have the chance […]
Avatar bring their brand of Swedish heavy metal to Sacramento at Ace of Spades!
Dorothy, Joyous Wolf & Classless Act roar through Sacramento with a raucous crowd!
A band that seemingly takes all their influences and jam packs them into each album, makes for a fun listening. Every time I hear a new album from these guys I’m always impressed at how catchy they are, while also remaining true to the southern California heavy, punky, rock ’n roll sound they’ve always put […]
ALL THAT REMAINS KICK OFF “THE FALL OF IDEALS” ANNIVERSARY TOUR WITH TRIUMPHANT SOLD-OUT SHOW + GOLD PLAQUES
Whether you’re a fan of classic hard rock acts or more modern hard rock acts, it doesn’t matter with this tour, as both Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey bring unique freshness to what has been, in part, a fairly stale genre for some time. Dirty Honey I’ve been lucky enough to catch one other time […]
Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red bring down the house in San Fran. Check out the review and photos!
FFAA held nothing back in their first ever show at Goldfield Trading Post in Roseville, CA packed to the brim. Surprisingly this mid size venue sported some amazing lighting and good clear sound for its size. The second FFAA came on, it was an instant pulse through the crowd of roughly 500. Four giant poles […]
Before you say something, yes I know there is no Death Angel coverage in this article, that would be because of three hours stuck in traffic on the drive to Oakland from Sacramento, which realistically should only be about an hour and a half, but I won’t bore you with the details. After arriving in […]
Teenage Bottlerock with The Last Gang live review and photos from Holy Diver in Sacramento 11/3/21
Something told me walking in to Ace this night that I would be bored with three bands I really knew nothing about and have never really listened to, with the exception of Suicide Silence who I haven’t seen live since Mitch Lucker was still the singer. However, I ended up not just being thoroughly entertained, […]
Bloodred Hourglass – Your Highness (2021) album review
Frank Turner holds a special, weird, unusual place in my heart because when I discovered him it was a time in my life where I needed to hear a like minded voice, so I usually like to make every effort to see him when he comes to play live. I was leaving for the show […]
GHOST – 11/13/18 – SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY THEATRE Photo Credit: http://www.joshpiersonphotography.com I’ll be the first to tell you that I have no idea how or why Ghost has gotten as popular as they are, and in fact when they announced this tour and the incredibly large venues they’re playing I actually asked my friend “do you […]
Band: Hatebreed Location: Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA Date: 05/20/2016 Photos By: Josh Pierson Review By: Mark Keane It’s been awhile since the almighty Hatebreed have made a stop here in Sacramento, I want to say their 10 Years of Perseverance tour back in 2012 was the last time. Riding the wave of their […]
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I’m the thrash guy here at Loud & Heavy, I’m the guy that’s supposed to tell you if I love or hate a record. Well if somebody were to have told me a year ago that the new Megadeth album would make me believe that Dave Mustaine has returned to form and remind us why […]
2015 has brought us a ton of great music and experiences, and asking someone to compile all of that into a favorites list is never an easy task. Countless hours were spent debating and shuffling these lists, and we think we got it right in the end…maybe? So without further ado, here are Josh #1: […]
It’s been almost twenty years since I discovered what was then considered stoner rock band CLUTCH. I, of course like most people went through my phases of rock and metal to get where I am now at a fresh, young thirty-three years old, coming to the realization that I purely just love music that moves […]
Track Listing: I.H.E. Trust My Heart (Never Hope To Die) Psychotic Romantic Deathless Arise Turn Back The Time Empty Promises The Artificial Born From Nothing Being a fan of early 2000’s Metalcore, and some newer Deathcore, I was drawn to Miss May I’s early sound because it was aggressive while also drawing you in […]
You recently had two members of the band quit, one being a founding member John Laux, do you have any idea what brought it on? Yes, a variety of things but I would say the main one is the difficulty of making a remotely stable living playing music at anything other than the uppermost levels. […]
Track Listing: Stampede Dying Breed Dark Side of My Heart Fall of the Empire Trail of Tears Wanna Be Free 200 Years Bloodbath Mastermind From the Ashes We Rise The Curse Final Journey Yup, this is an Accept album, everything we’ve come to know and love about the second coming of Accept over the […]
Track Listing: Xdm Armorist Down to the Bone Pig Bitter Pill Where There’s Smoke Freedom Rings Another Day to Die King of the Rat Bastards It’s All Yours In The Name When I think of the most iconic bands in thrash metal history, Overkill always gets mentioned among the greats. The squeels, the power, […]
Track Listing: Poisonous Existence in Reawakening Unraveling Paradise Baring Teeth for Revolt Reanimated Sacrifice Heaven’s Crumbling Walls of Pity Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh FBS Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed Schadenfreude Externalize This Hidden Savagery Bands have to reinvent themselves and their sound constantly to keep up in the wake of the ever-changing […]
Tracklisting: The Fading Light As Darkness Falls Bound Ghost of My Memory Premonition Haunted Run Away Eyes of Black Clockwork Voyage Previous Spellcaster albums have had a much more traditional thrash feel, and while going through this album It feels like the band is really starting to come in to their own and bring […]
Time and time again, Shadows Fall never cease to amaze me, from beginning to end this album eerily reminds me of the early days of the band. This album is incredibly driving and forceful musically and lyrically, and once again Shadows Fall has done it. This is the type of album that deserves to be called metal album of the year hands down. They truly are flying the flag of American Heavy Metal, well I say fly it high guys!
Black Breath’s newest album ‘Sentenced to Life’ is distinctly not distinct. It is its own brand of brilliant thrash metal with a heavy attitude that is that of traditional hardcore. A metal album that is reminiscent of the Bay Area, circa 1987.
This album will thoroughly surprise you. With the onslaught of these types of bands hitting the airwaves now, Christian Mistress takes a different approach, mixing bluesy Sabbathesque riffs with deep, dark, mesmerizing vocals, and just the right amount of sludge/doom metal intertwined.