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System of a Down releases new music for the first time in 15 years

System of a Down Creative Commons (Kieran Krud Photography)
November 20, 2020

The Armenian American metal band System of a Down has released two new songs, their first release since the two albums released in 2005, titled “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize.” The two new songs,...

Poppy drags after AViVA pops at quirky Senator show

Musician and YouTuber Poppy performs her strange tunes to a small venue in the Senator Theatre. Photo credit: Rachael Bayuk
February 25, 2019

The human embodiment of confusion, Poppy, visited Chico's Senator theatre. Youtube sensation Poppy brought whimsy to metal in her late-night show.Poppy has a history of presenting the strange and unusual....

Brazilian band brings ‘great energy’ to DownLo

Subcreature gets lost in their music. Photo credit: Megan Moran
February 16, 2016

On Valentine's Day at the DownLo, tucked away underground, metal bands shredded the small stage for enthusiastic Chico fans. Head-banging, moshing, physical confrontations with bouncers and good times...

Xtreme Xmas Give-back to benefit community youth

Photo credit: The DownLo
December 10, 2015

The Xtreme Xmas Give-back Benefit show will be accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys, cash, winter clothing, hygiene products and food pantry items.The bands that will be tperforming include Aberrance,...

Scale The Summit’s new album reaches new heights

The album cover for Scale The Summit's latest release,
September 25, 2015

The style of music Scale The Summit plays has always been pretty complex. But the new album in particular is by far the most diverse in sound— the songs' structure and arrangement make it difficult...

Aberrance members on crashing their van, new music and tour smells

Members of the band, Aberrance, (from left) Ed Vance, Jake Hollingsworth, David Hordienko, and Nick Rahming hang out with their retired tour van on Tuesday. Photo credit: Alicia Brogden
September 12, 2015

So tell us overall how was the band's summer? How many shows did you guys play in total roughly? Jake Hollingsworth: It was ridiculous. We had a tour plan that fell through last minute and managed to put...

In Flames brings destructive sound to Chico

Guitarist Niclas Engelin and bassist Peter Iwers rattle the crowd with intense riffs and crushing tone. Photo credit: Jake Hutchison
March 3, 2015

Shadowy beings emerged from the onstage fog as heavy melodic guitar riffs flourished throughout the Senator Theatre's PA systems on Saturday as progressive metal act, In Flames, ignited the air with their...

KCSC Radio Metal DJ Q-and-A

April 17, 2014

Koray Saglam, a senior international economics major, is one of many radio disc jockeys that work for the student-run KCSC radio station. He, along with Sarah West, hosts a metal radio show every Wednesday...

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