Rachael Mattice

Morbid Angel @ The Observatory – 11/27/2019

Morbid Angel @ The Observatory – 11/27/2019

The Sickness Tour featuring headliners Morbid Angel with Watain and Incantation made a stop at The Observatory in Santa Ana the night before Thanksgiving on Wednesday November 27. The SoCal rain or the grid-lock holiday traffic did not keep the die-hard metal fans away as the three heavyweight extreme metal band played to a capacity […]

 Rachael Mattice

Album Review: Motorhead – 1979 Vinyl Box Set including Overkill and Bomber Reissues

Album Review: Motorhead – 1979 Vinyl Box Set including Overkill and Bomber Reissues

The loudest band in the world seemingly closed their guitar cases for good in 2015 when the last surviving member of the 1979 lineup passed away, but the legacy of Motorhead’s filthy rock n’ roll sounds are picking up speed again. The coalition of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, “Fast” Eddie Clark and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor […]

 Rachael Mattice

Show Your Scars 2019 featuring Carcass @ The Regent – 01/05/2019

Show Your Scars 2019 featuring Carcass @ The Regent – 01/05/2019

England’s own Carcass may have been the headliner of the SOLD-OUT “Show Your Scars” show at The Regent in Los Angeles on Saturday January 5, but it was the fans who stole the show—quite literally. As soon as supporting bands—crossover thrashers Excel, party thrash metal supergroup Iron Reagan and the thrashers formerly known as Cryptic […]

 Rachael Mattice

Judas Priest @ The Microsoft Theater – 04/22/2018

Judas Priest @ The Microsoft Theater – 04/22/2018

British heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest and Saxon took over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday April 22 in promotion of Priest’s 18th studio album Firepower released in early March. Black Star Riders supported and opened the Southern California tour stop. Priest fans sold out the theater to hear old favorites like “Turbo […]

 Rachael Mattice

Watain @ The Fonda Theatre – 03/17/2018

Watain @ The Fonda Theatre – 03/17/2018

Los Angeles black metal fans may have been disappointed to not have been anointed in blood or to have caught wafts of decaying pig heads typically present at many Watain shows, but they created their own chaos in the pits for a ruthlessly magnetic night with Sweden’s Watain and Degial along with Australia’s Destroyer 666 […]

 Rachael Mattice

2018 Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Enslaved @ The Observatory – 03/10/2018

2018 Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Enslaved @ The Observatory – 03/10/2018

Southern California metal fans packed The Observatory in Santa Ana on Saturday March 10 for the final stop of Decibel Magazine’s 2018 North American Tour featuring Norway’s Enslaved, Washington’s Wolves in the Throne Room, Denmark’s Myrkur and Colorado’s Khemmis. The steady rain and cool temperatures outside the popular Orange County venue set the tone for […]

 Rachael Mattice

Gojira @ House of Blues Anaheim – 08/05/2017

Gojira @ House of Blues Anaheim – 08/05/2017

Behemoth, Slayer and Lamb of God may have sold out an arena show just a few miles north in Los Angeles, but Gojira’s headliner, in-between-tour stops, performance packed the House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday August 5 with their own raging metalhead diehards. “I know there’s a very big show in LA tonight, but […]