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  • 11 days ago | Metal!

    Many truly influential musicians only get better with age — no surprise there. But the key word here is “influence.” It's not necessarily their own evolving music that makes waves; on the contrary it’s a drive to change what the industry produces,...

  • 14 days ago | Metal!

    October has to be one of the greatest months of the year in Arizona. Not only is the weather finally, finally cooling down—but metalheads get to embrace the influx of heavy metal concerts that come to town, right in time for Halloween. With so muc...

  • 26 days ago | Metal!

    Hey heavy metal, we need to chat... As a musical entity that is no stranger to bad press and debauchery — but rocks its true colors loud and proud — I, the city of Scottsdale, would like to propose a partnership. Look, I know that the words “Scott...

  • 1 month ago | Metal!

    In 2012 I wrote a Phoenix New Times article about the perfect heavy metal soundtrack for football season—but it wasn’t focused on all the cliché songs that you hear over and over again on the field, from Drowning Pool’s “Bodies” to Guns N' Roses’ ...

  • 1 month ago | Metal!

    We’ve gotten through the worst of it, Phoenix metalheads. The VMAs, relentless pop-country touring bands, and, oh, the relentless heat. We’ve still got some triple digits in September, no doubt, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And si...

  • 2 months ago | Metal!

    “We're not critiquing against God. We're critiquing against man. That's one of the most fundamental differences with the critics... when you start going into the mainstream, there's a lot of talk about God, and that is not exactly what we're talki...


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