The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in June
Japanese outfit Abilgail is one of the more unabashedly sleazy bands in metal. Their blackened thrash attack is a raw celebration of sex and violence. Tracks such as "Satanic Hell Slut" and "Satanik Metal Fucking Hell" are pure rippers that make you want to take off your bullet belt and swing it at people -- all in good-hearted tongue-in-cheek fun of course. This rare L.A. appearance will surely please enthusiasts of fellow sleaze-thrash acts like Midnight and Nunslaughter.
Before The Eyewall
The Down & Out
The members of this Columbus, OH instrumental trio each have manly, thick beards. Their riffs, meanwhile, are just as thick and heavy. The group's self-titled debut is a bruising, psychedelic trip full of hypnotizing twists and turns. There's no mere Isis-worship going on here; Before The Eyewall is a lumbering beast, sure, but the listener never gets too lost in the riffs, thanks to their compelling finesse.
Saturday, June 8
We are almost halfway done, and Abandon All Life -- the sophomore album from O.C. outfit Nails -- is a strong contender for album of the year. Eighteen minutes of pure mayhem and fury, the album is a pummeling whirlwind of grindcore, powerviolence, and no-frills hardcore. The caustic screams of vocalist/guitarist Todd Jones are powerful enough to strip paint from walls. The group's nonstop ferocity will make for one of the more exhausting and satisfying live sets of the year.
Wednesday, June 12
Five Stars Bar
This Nashville quartet sets the mood by utilizing psychedelic post-metal to weave twisted tales of Southern Gothic folklore. Their new album Electric Relics worships equally at the altars of Black Sabbath and Neil Young. The music of Across Tundras calls to mind some of the more Americana-infused moments of apocalyptic metal groups like Neurosis, but their emphasis on dark Southern rock elements gives them a flavor that stands apart.