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Long Beach, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Long Beach, CA
Established on Jan, 2014
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"THE NO NAME GANG KEEP THE PARTY GOING"

The Merrow was teaming with energy and all sorts of hooliganism on July 7 and not just because of ‘Mericuh’s birthday. Hooliganism on a Friday night? How perfect! Metal Assault and Dark Gem Entertainment kept the 4th of July party alive with local cool kids The No Name Gang and a supporting acts that made the night all the more memorable.

Lighting the first spark of the night was Tijuana heavy metallers Meltdown which happened to be their first time at The Merrow. Frontman/guitarist Ian Roa was the embodiment of old school heavy metal not only because he was donning the tight pleather pants but because he had that charisma metal vets posses. Roa along with bassist Daniel Cázares and guitarist Carlos Savage lit up the stage when they lined up and played side by side and had a mini riff battle.



When Roa wasn’t hitting those impressive high notes and owning the stage, he was sharing stories of their eager fans while they encountered minor technical difficulties. If you think Tijuana doesn’t get down, well think again. Meltdown reinvigorates an old sound with their jovial energy and will certainly spark your interest. The quartet showcases the type of fun and fresh new acts Tijuana is producing that will appeal to both the youngins and the diehard metal OG’s.

After Meltdown finished their impressive set, Long Beach busted out their big guns with Railgun. No, it was not the Klown’s signature move from his short lived days in the Railing Bros. Circus but it was the kick ass band called Railgun! Railgun came out and meant business with their unique brand of thrashy power metal or whatever they classify themselves as, but all yours truly knows is that they’re damn addicting!


IDK what type of genre Railgun identifies themselves as but we lurrrve it!

Frontman/rhythm guitarist Cole Jones wasn’t wrangling onstage like a mad man but his storytelling vocals and diligence in his guitar playing was more than enough to reel you in. Guitarist/back up vocalist Luke Cohen, however, didn’t hold back and let it all out. WHOA THERE! Not ALL out, he is a classy gent! When Cohen wasn’t in a frenzy because of his awesome riffs, he was engaging with fans and playing alongside Jones and bassist/backup vocalist Brice Snyder. These guys certainly gave this night more oomph, not that it needed any.

The night didn’t die there. Not even close! Especially when Livin Alive took over and lived up to their name and stirred the amped crowd some more. Livin Alive shredded with their brand of skater thrash and was the band of cool rockstar kids you went to school with. The vocalist/lead guitarist of the group put the wow in Wowie which is not only his stage name but we’re also going to assume that it’s his birth name ‘cause trust us we be investigators… The drummer Big “This is his real name too…” D, shined brighter than the stage lights by giving us a badass drum solo that resonated even when the show was over. Livin Alive can and will resurrect the dead.



After we learned to live with Livin Alive, it was time to give in to the secret society of The No Name Gang. Okay they are not a secret society… YET. They are but a “simple” band…ok ok you caught me again! They are NOT just a simple local band. They were the headliners of the night with an alluring moniker. Though the quartet were not the original headliners of this gig, the hometown collective stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park to say the least. Vocalist Justin Hendrick made us feel the profound power of his lyrics as he belted out the songs and shut his eyes channeling each emotion in to the verses. They even premiered a new song called “I Fear,” guess you shoulda been there huh?

There were many things to celebrate that Friday night, aside from it being Friday, ‘Meriuch, and life. Speaking of which, it was a special birthday show for bassist Zac Harriot who was giddy because who wouldn’t be? Harriot was all of us especially because it was his b-day AND he was performing in the headlining band. Someone buy him a shot! Who cares if it’s a month late, buy him an unbirthday shot! You know what, buy everyone in the band an unbirthday shot.


Justin Hendrick of The No Name Gang can’t contain his excitement over that unbirthday shot you promised him…
Though this band has only been around since 2012, they continue to leave an impression on new and old fans alike. The No Name Gang didn’t need any fancy props, lasers or fog machines to reel the audience in. Sometimes all a band needs to catch a crowd’s attention is the simple humility and passion for the craft which is something this band of free spirited dudes has. - Jenny Oh


"Metal Allegiance Gave NAMM Fans a Real Head Bangers Ball at the Grove"

Well, another NAMM has come and gone; the music aficionado’s annual four days of Christmas. A semi-private gathering (of thousands) for sauntering around the 1.6 million square feet of floor space in the Anaheim Convention Center, checking out the latest products from practically any manufacturer of guitars, drums, amplification, brass, lighting, accessories, etc. in existence. 2017 saw scheduled appearances by Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Brian “Head” Welch (Korn), John Mayer, even Stevie Wonder, and so many more.


As a seasoned veteran of the festivities (and my second year as an official media member), I have grown accustomed to the comings and goings of the weekend; what to expect and how to prepare. This year, however, was my first experience dealing with the elements, as the show was heavily influenced by Southern California’s recent downpour, especially on Sunday, ironically enough. We seem to finally be all but past our lingering drought, but despite the inclement weather there didn’t seem to be much of a drought of people attending NAMM. Once inside the building, the only real signs of the outer conditions were the occasional drops of water from the ceiling, scattered throughout to reveal freshly discovered leaks in the arena’s roof.

My primary focus will be on the events of Friday evening at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Located just down the street from the convention center, the Grove plays host to what many attendees consider to be NAMM’s official after-parties. For the first night, Jackson guitars put together a lineup consisting of acts almost exclusively known for their individual members as opposed to the groups themselves.


Following a brief appearance by opening band Railgun, the night was set for Gus G and his metal four-piece. Gus G is the stage name for the guitarist from Greece, known best for his main band Firewind as well as the most recent guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, replacing Zakk Wylde who would headline the following night. He also had a brief stint with Arch Enemy, the headliners for last year’s NAMM Party.

Highlights of Gus G’s 40 minute set included his singer’s incredible range into the upper register, his drummer’s ability to keep pressing on despite noticeable issues with his right foot kick pedal, and of course, the guitar wizardry of Gus G. The band’s musical style harkens back to an 80’s metal vibe, while maintaining some modern heaviness. They closed the set with an extended version of a solo release anthem “I Am the Fire,” allowing the crowd chances to chant along to the chorus.

Up next was Megadeth alum Marty Friedman, performing instrumentally with a visual hodgepodge of backing musicians. After playing guitar in Cacophony for a few years, Friedman spent the ‘90s as Mustaine’s axe player before venturing off to focus more on solo projects. Their set was mostly high energy, punctuated by the female bassist and ghoulish drummer, both slight of build but neither lacking for intensity. Friedman was the pro he has long been known to be, sprinkling some works of his own band, mostly notably the thunderous “Tornado of Souls.”


The headliner of the evening was none of than Metal Allegiance, whose official website describes the band as “a massive chunk of a heavy metal encyclopedia” and “more than a supergroup.” The band has playing duties shared by multiple musicians, while also supporting guest appearances by many others, definitely a who’s who of the genre.

The focus of Friday night’s show was “Fallen Heroes” and the set included 20+ cover songs, each representing lost brethren in the metal community. For those in the crowd that could stand an additional two and a half hours of music (my feet were already screaming from all the additional workload of the weekend), the Metal Allegiance act was a great treat. Tributes were paid to Dio, Lemmy, Dimebag Darrell, Freddy Mercury, Phil Lynott, even David Bowie and Prince. Member changes were made just about every song, with Mark Osegueda, Chuck Billy, and Chris Jericho sharing the bulk of the singing duties.


The pinnacle of the evening took place about halfway through their set, when bassist and founding member Mark Menghi explained that the main reason for the project’s conception and his playing in general was the influence of Cliff Burton. Before plowing into Disposable Heroes, he brought up on stage and elderly man who turned out to Cliff’s father Ray, attending as a special guest.


As the night was drawing to a close and the band was notified that they needed to wrap it up soon, they geared up to honor Dio with a heavier version of “We Rock,” one that I enjoy performing in my own cover band. Vinny Appice was brought up for his solitary appearance behind the kit.

This was followed by the final song of a long but equally rewarding event, every participant came up on stage (no official count but there were well over 20) to lend their services to one more Metallica classic, “Seek and Destroy.” For any metalhead, it was a vision to behold and a night to remember.

Metal Allegiance Set List

Pledge of Allegiance
Can't Kill the Devil
Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
I Don't Know (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
War Ensemble (Slayer cover)
5 Minutes Alone (Pantera cover)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (Iron Maiden cover)
Dragon Attack (Queen cover)
Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
Emerald (Thin Lizzy cover)
Bonded By Blood (Exodus cover)
Disposable Heroes (Metallica cover)
Rust in Peace... Polaris (Megadeth cover)
Peace Sells (Megadeth cover)
Chloe Dancer (Mother Love Bone cover)
We Die Young (Alice in Chains cover)
Let's Go Crazy (Prince cover)
Riff Raff (AC/DC cover)
Iron Fist (Motörhead cover)
Space Truckin' (Deep Purple cover)
We Rock (Dio cover)
Seek & Destroy (Metallica cover) - Kenny Lockwood


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Railgun is a hard hitting, Thrash/Power Metal band hailing from Long Beach CA. Their relentless speed and intensity has been electrifying audiences since their founding in 2014. Railgun's goal is to bring the power of true metal back into today's metal scene.

Railgun's instrumental prowess serves as a vehicle to address topics such as war, politics, and evil. Known for their high energy performances and disciplined work ethic, Railgun has embarked on several tours throughout the US. They also have been leaving their mark around premier venues in OC/LA such as Whisky a go go, Doll Hut, Dipiazzas, Riff Haus, The Grove of Anaheim, OC Fair and the VIP lounge at SoCal's largest annual metal festival Knotfest. Throughout their career, Railgun has shared the stage with the likes of Exmortus, Warbringer, Bonded by Blood, Skeletal Remains, Metal Allegiance, Raven, Lody Kong, All Hail the Yeti, Incite, Holy Grail, and Lich King.
 
Railgun released their debut album "World Domination" May 6 2016. Shortly after, Railgun found their voice.....one that included their signature blend of 80s Thrash Metal, shredding fiery harmonized guitar leads, intricate thunderous bass lines, and catchy Power Metal Choruses with vigorous aggressive verses. 

The last thing Railgun wants to be is just another generic metal band in today's metal scene. With their captivating performances equaling the fierceness and power that the music brings, they leave the audience at the edge of their seat, always wanting more. Railgun means business, and has no intentions of taking it slow. 



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