11 Best Metal Concerts in Phoenix in December


It's that time of year where I get to say "'Tis the season to be metal."

The temperatures have finally fallen, and some of our favorite metal band's touring schedules are still in full swing. It's that time of year where we can leave those sweaty mosh pits and emerge into some crisp cool air.

The season for giving is bringing a bounty of metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to an array of locals and major international legends. As such, we're on the lookout for the best upcoming shows.

That's why we compile a monthly list of the best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley during the month of December. There's prominent metal acts like Emmure, Devin Townsend and Opeth, charity benefit shows to help feed the hungry, and a major two-day festival featuring the top Valley metal bands. There's also three killer shows on December 5 -- so skip the whiskey so you can check out at least two.

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Friday, December 5 - Metal Bash for All Ages - Club Red

You don't have to leave the kiddies at home when you head to this show to kick off your head-banging holiday season; in fact, it's a great introduction to the local rock scene for the whole family. Chemicals of Democracy are great at packing venues with their brand of hard rock-meets-metal. The chugging riffs, catchy grooves, melodic vocals and screams are perfect for headbanging or just kicking back, and have put them on stages alongside bands such as Anthrax and Skindred. Other popular local bands Downhill Trend, Black Curtain, and Fatal Malady round out this show.

Friday, December 5 - Hemlock, Destructured and more - Club Red

Hemlock has a few key characteristics, like explosive riffs, catchy hooks, deep bass, and a hell of a live show. They're also known for being one of the most creative, hardest working bands, and have been called the "Kings of Self Promotion." Along with the return of Destructured (think Fear Factory meets Machine Head), the line up is rounded out with Footer, Furthest From Faith, Wrath, and Testify.

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