The Oak Leaf

Wrecked at 51 — five decades of damage, or five decades of metal?

Why my 50s are my metal years

February 11, 2020

I’m 51. This is my Metal Decade and I have the scars to prove it. They might not all be visible, but I assure you it took everything I’ve ever had for me to make it this far in life. I’ve been through a lot. There was the time, not so long ag...

Drummer Rafael Bañuelos, 21, performs on Nov. 9 at 3 Disciples Brewing in Santa Rosa during an Incredulous show.

Garages and bedrooms and bars: Making it big in Sonoma County

December 12, 2019

Branden Carrell and his bandmates watch where they step in their makeshift recording studio. The former garage, once a photo studio, now serves as Carrell’s grandmother’s bedroom. Carrell’s band, Incredulous, chose the room for its acoustics, des...

Seer's sixth album,

Thunder’s brewing in Vancouver in Seer’s ‘Vol 6.’

February 19, 2019

Crashing drums, lumbering riffs and haunting vocals from frontman Bronson Lee Norton tick all the essential boxes for a perfect doom metal album. “Vol.6” is an intense thunderstorm of rhythm and vocals by up-and-coming group Seer, playing heavily to ...

Sleep will be performing live June 7 at the Warfield in San Francisco.

The legend grows with Sleep’s “The Sciences”

May 3, 2018

Not many bands can part ways, pursue individual careers, not speak to each other for years and reconvene 20 years later and release an album as hard hitting as Sleep’s “The Sciences.”   Released April 20th, metal innovators Sleep made...

Judas Priest again proves their relevancy with the breakneck tempo of

Judas Priest continues to lead the charge

April 17, 2018

Powerful, chaotic vocals. Growling, thunderous bass lines. Sharp, screaming riffs.   In their 2018 release, “Firepower,” their first album release since 2014’s “Redeemer of Souls,” heavy metal legends Judas Priest relive the glory...


The Sword broadens their horizons with “Used Future”

April 3, 2018

With their March 2018 album, Used Future, doom metal heirs The Sword step out of their comfort zone. Departing from the purity of heavy metal, the band takes a risk and strides into the world of hard rock. These risks make Used Future one of The Sword...

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