heavy metal

Megadeth || The Hollywood Palladium

Smoke, stale beer, and sweat filled the air of the Hollywood Palladium as metal legends Megadeth took to the stage. With massive LED screens behind them, they put on a spectacular performance that could have rivaled most arena shows. A sea of smiling faces and screaming voices filled the sold out venue that Sunday night. The lighting was spectacular and the massive pillars of smoke that burst from the floor added to the intensity of the show. Water bottles, shirts and shoes flew through the air as wave of devil horns flew up to the sky. (One shoe even hit me in the back of the head).

American Thrash Metal band Megadeth is easily one of the biggest names in metal today, being credited as one of the “big four” bands of the genre with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer. With 15 full length albums and their new album Dystopia which debuted at number three on the billboard 200 chart, they continue to reestablish their relevance even after all these years. 

Megadeth Setlist:

The Threat Is Real, Hangar 18, Kingmaker, Wake Up Dead, In My Darkest Hour, Sweating Bullets, Dystopia, Dawn Patrol, Poison Was the Cure, She-Wolf, Trust, Skin o’ My Teeth, Fatal Illusion, A Tout Le Monde, Symphony of Destruction, Peace Sells, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

The Word Alive || The Observatory

The Word Alive show started off with a bang as The Mirage Theory opened at The Observatory on February 20th, 2016. Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, this progressive metal core band was just one of many local bands invited to open for Fit For A King and The Word Alive. Telle Smith (Vocalist of The Word Alive) explained during their set that they had a well known guest band going to come play the show with them, but with only 24 hours notice, the band cancelled leaving The Word Alive in the dust. Instead of being defeated, TWA invited various local bands to open for them instead!

In case you haven’t seen The Mirage Theory at local shows in the Los Angeles area (or in Puerto Rico), they put on an exciting and energetic show regardless of the turnout, venue, or day of the week. During songs “Whaleshark and Dying And The Dead,” keyboard player Jon Viguié throws his keyboard on his back and starts shredding next to guitarist Israel Romero. Citing bands such as Dream Theater, Periphery, and Between The Buried And Me as their influences, The Mirage Theory continues to wow audiences in Los Angeles with their highly technical music and astounding performances. The Mirage Theory is currently recording new material at their recording studio in Brea, Flying Pig Productions.

Eddie Melendez of The Mirage Theory

Opening directly before The Word Alive was American Metalcore band Fit For A King. Currently signed by Solid State Records and based out of Texas, Fit For A King put on an amazing show that really set the tone for how the rest of the night would go. Everyone in the band was filled with so much positivity and energy before, during, and after the show, making fans fall in love with them even more. Their set was filled with absolutely brutal breakdowns that had the crowd moving and on their feet. Thanks to an interview at the show by Cayem Interviews, Fit For A King said they have just recorded a new album but have chosen not to play any news songs on the tour until singles get released. You can catch Fit For A King on Sunday, March 20th at So What Festival as they open for bands like Beartooth, The Devil Wears Prada, and Underoath.

Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King

The moment everyone was waiting for finally arrived. The Word Alive headlined the show at The Observatory in Santa Ana and the crowd couldn’t be any happier. Having just released the song “Sellout” off of their upcoming album, fans flocked to see TWA perform live. They played 7 out of the 10 songs off of their new album which has not yet been released to the public, which left the crowd speechless as they absorbed the new material for the first time. The rest of the set was completely explosive. The crowd was constantly moshing, jumping, and singing along to some of their favorite songs. Throughout the show, massive bursts of smoke would emanate from the stage, filling the room with a beautiful haze. The Word Alive will continue their tour with Fit For A King and will also play at So What Festival in Texas. 

Telle Smith of The Word Alive

The Word Alive:

Dreamer, Sellout, The Hounds of Anubis, Face To Face, Grunge, 2012, Lighthouse, Made This Way, Dark Matter, Entirety, Play The Victim, Trapped, Life Cycles

Fit For A King:

Hollow King (Sound of the End), Ancient Waters, Slave To Nothing, Descendants, Hooked, Forever Unbroken, Warpath

The Mirage Theory:

Colider, Whaleshark, The Dying and The Dead, Disappear

Bullet For My Valentine & Asking Alexandria || The Wiltern

With 2.3 million views on their new music video "The Black” in the first week, Asking Alexandria continues to maintain their popularity despite departing with their vocalist Danny Worship last year.

Denis Stoff of Asking Alexandria

New vocalist Denis Stoff created an electrifying performance at The Wiltern, leaving the whole crowd exhausted before headliner Bullet For My Valentine. Asking Alexandria had the entire crowd on their feet several times during their performance.  Hands raised and devil horns up, it was quite clear that the crowd loved the show. 

Asking Alexandria

As Bullet For My Valentine took to the stage, the whole crowd screamed “Bullet, Bullet, Bullet” in unison. The stage was packed with smoke and large spinning lights decorated the background, filling the venue with copious amounts of light. Every song was played perfectly and everyone’s vocals sounded flawless.

Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine

After negative reviews of their previous album Temper Temper, Bullet For My Valentine truly stepped up their game and created the album Venom, which brought their sound back to their older albums Fever and Scream Aim Fire. Bullet’s drummer Moose has taken some time away from the band (who has been touring and recording non-stop for 11 years) to be with his wife who is pregnant with their first child. Jason Bowld is currently stepping in on the drums for the remainder of this touring cycle.

Jason Bowld during the drum solo

Matt explained all of this to the crowd, then introduced Jason who went into a drum solo of epic proportions. It was a sold out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and this stop of the British Invasion Tour seemed to be a highlight for the bands. Bullet For My Valentine and Asking Alexandria are also touring with While She Sleeps for the remainder of the tour. 

Bullet For My Valentine Setlist:

No Way Out, Skin, Your Betrayal, 4 Words (To Choke Upon), You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War), The Last Fight, Drum Solo, Raising Hell, Scream Aim Fire, Venom, The Poison, Alone, Worthless, Hand Of Blood, Encore: Tears Don’t Fall, Waking The Demon

Asking Alexandria Setlist:

I Won’t Give In, Run Free, The Death Of Me, Breathless, To The Stage, The Black, Not The American Average, A Prophecy, The Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)