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Jose Mangin Squeezes His Love for Metal Into Orange County

August 7, 2017


By Rachael Mattice Cover story for OC Weekly See original article HERE More than a shredding guitar player, thundering drummer or even a guttural vocalist, Jose Mangin knows how to ensure the local metal community gets heard. On a recent Wednesday night at the Observatory in Santa Ana, the sounds of Satan echo from the […]

How Drag Queen Musician Trixie Mattel Became a Country Star

June 22, 2017


By Rachael Mattice OC Weekly See the original article HERE During the day and out of costume, internationally famous drag queen Trixie Mattel – also known as Brian Firkus- looks like any other 27-year-old redneck from Wisconsin. Sporting black overalls, a faded black muscle tee with a wolf on the front, flea market cowboy boots […]

EMX Competition Bridges the Gap Between eSports and EDM in Santa Ana

March 23, 2017


By Rachael Mattice OC Weekly See original article here Gaming has proven to extend well beyond the adolescent years for most diehards, often turning into a lifelong hobby, a comfortable fallback as a break from “adulting,” a profitable career choice and even a global network for eSports enthusiasts. eSports Arena, Orange County’s 200-video game station […]

10 Local Female Metal Musicians You Need to Know

February 23, 2017


  By Rachael Mattice OC Weekly See the original online article HERE The recent Women’s March on Washington placed a global magnifying glass on women’s rights. One day before that historic march, the NAMM show in Anaheim hosted the fifth annual She Rocks Awards which pays tribute to female music industry leaders. While both can […]

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt Shares His Most Intense Metal Festival Memory

September 23, 2016


By Rachael Mattice OC Weekly View the original article here Swedish vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt fits many personas varying in levels of excellence depending on which type of metal fan you talk to. As vocalist, he mastered the powerful yet articulated death metal vocal technique in the fellow Swedish supergroup Bloodbath. Åkerfeldt collaborated […]

Dirty Heads’ Jared Watson On Their New Album, Addiction, Weed Legalization

July 27, 2016


By Rachael Mattice For the OC Weekly See original article here When referencing recent alt-rock and reggae artists who made notable national imprints in their subgenres, bands such as Slightly Stoopid, No Doubt and Sublime all come to the top of the list. Although these Southern California groups are still active in one way or […]

Empyrean Throne explores ‘unorthodox’ recording technique with producer Mick Kenney

June 2, 2016


By Rachael Mattice OC Weekly Original article here As dusk floods the sky on a recent Saturday night, Mozart’s “Requiem In D Minor” echoes through a Costa Mesa apartment from a pair of stereo speakers. The haunting orchestral movements and angelic vocals hum through the air, barely masking the inebriated, tormented screams of Andrew Knudsen coming […]

Sixx A.M.’s Nikki Discusses Life After Mötley Crüe, New Album, Prince

May 2, 2016


By Rachael Mattice OC Weekly See original article here Although they’ve been together for almost 10 years, L.A. hard rock band Sixx A.M. has been steadily overshadowed by some of its members’ other major musical projects, including bassist Nikki Sixx’s predecessor Mötley Crüe and guitarist DJ Ashba’s Guns N’ Roses. Now that the Crüe has officially […]

Female thrashers Nervosa are a product of Brazilian metal roots and the teachings of Lemmy

February 23, 2016


By Rachael Mattice OC Weekly Original article link here Brazilian heavy metal typically brings to mind infamous bands such as Dorsal Atlântica Sarcofogo, Hibria and thrash metal kings Sepultura. Although all of these Latin musicians were pivotal in the founding movement of thrash metal in Brazil during the early 1980s at the same time of […]

Gallery: Nile, Empyrean Throne, Letum Ascensus at City National Grove in Anaheim

February 9, 2016