Zombies, Norma Jean, Butcher Babies & more!
Norma Jean will be performing “O’God the Aftermath” in its entirety in honor of its 10th anniversary on Thursday at House of Rock. The Christian/metal core band willl be joined by Sleepwave, ’68, The Ongoing Concept, Belle Haven, Of Serpents and Saviors, Mariam and The Hero Prevails. Doors are at 5 p.m. The group followed up 2010’s “Meridional” with 2013’s “Wrongdoers,” which features cofounder/guitarist Chris Day leading the charge as the band harnesses the squalling noise of earlier releases with a surer grasp of melody and structure and vocalist Cory Brandan Putman snarling and bellowing like a man at the brink of the abyss.
Friday, local talent Katherine Mireles returns to the stage with her latest band, Lady Katherine and the Sloppy Joes. Doors are at 9 p.m. They’ll be joined by Blacksmith and The Unknown Brothers. Embracing the influences of Kimbra, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bjork, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morisette and Nina Diaz, Lady Katherine rocks out with her own stylish vocal flourish.
Saturday belongs to the undead as the fourth annual Zombie Walk starts at House of Rock in the afternoon and then later that night is HOR’s famous Zombie Prom. Face painting for the Zombie Walk begins at noon, and registration for the event takes place until 4 p.m., when the costume contest takes place. The walk begins at 5 p.m. and goes from House of Rock to Brewster Street Icehouse. The 11th annual Zombie Prom kicks off at 9 p.m. Dress to impress for a chance to be King or Queen in the prom contest and dance until you decay to music by The Electrotypes. HOR’s signature event is the place to see and be seen among the ghoulish set.
Sunday marks the return of L.A. metal band Butcher Babies to House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Nekrogoblikon and Numb to the Blow. Doors are at 8 p.m. With theatrical presence and balls-out metal, Butcher Babies have clawed their way to the top of the Hollywood music scene to become the undisputed darlings of the Sunset Strip. Now, they are poised to take on the rest of the world. Fronted by Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, the group dishes out brutal grooves with a loud, crashing blend of heavy metal, punk and thrash that recalls Pantera while their stage show embodies the horror antics of Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie.The group’s latest album, “Take It Like A Man,” came out in August.