15 Best Metal Concerts in Phoenix in February 2016

Megadeth is coming at the end of the month.EXPAND
Megadeth is coming at the end of the month.
Jim Louvau

February brings a packed calendar of events to the Valley of the Sun — the Barrett-Jackson car show is wrapping up, the Waste Management Open is kicking off, and the weather is gorgeous, prompting an array of other outside festivals and activities. It also prompts bands to get back on the road and start their spring tours. The Valley’s February music calendar is jam-packed, and I can’t wait — my birthday is on the fifth, and I tend to celebrate throughout the entire month.

From a handful of concerts that are all about focusing on the wolvesbest metal AZ has to offer, to legends like Megadeth, At the Gates, and Marty Friedman, to some acts that I feel are a bit underrated, like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Nervosa, we've got all your top metal shows for the month of February right here.

February 5 – Enforcer, Warbringer, and more – Club Red

13th Floor Entertainment Presents a solid line-up headlined by Sweden’s old-school metal group Enforcer. The show is rounded out by a variety of bands that range from old-school thrash to death metal to crossover, and includes Warbringer, Cauldron, Exmortus, SaintBreaker, and local act Violent Revolution.

February 6 – Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Crescent Ballroom

Canadian post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor has been around since ’94, but the band’s influence in post-rock never ceases to amaze me. Last March they released their fifth album Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, and have been touring ever since. They never quite broke into the mainstream, but their loyal fans routinely buy all the tickets to their shows.

February 6 – The Best Metal Show – The Blooze Bar

The Blooze Bar plays host to The Best Metal Show, which showcases a handful of the best local metal bands around. Get there early to see all the bands, including Sectas, Vex, Downhill Trend. Sponsored by The Best Clothing Company.

February 8 – Marty Friedman – The Rebel Lounge

If you haven’t seen Marty Friedman on his solo tour, then this is a show you need to get to. Guitar World magazine voted his first-ever solo record, Inferno, the best shred album of 2014, and his unique backstory story of finding immense success as a solo artist in another country and culture after leaving a multi-platinum band is legendary. In fact, there’s currently a documentary and biography in the works about him. The lineup is rounded out by Inferno, and Take Over and Destroy.

February 13 – The ReSurgence Girls – Joe’s Grotto

The ReSurgence Girls are celebrating the darker side of romance on Valentine’s weekend with their debut video release of Masquerade. I’d recommend splurging for VIP tickets at this show, which will also feature Tome, Three Seconds More, Interfate, Dead Light Shines, and Aperfectool.

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February 13 – Homegrown Heroes Music Festival – Club Red

This event is all about celebrating the local scene with some bands that you may or may not have heard of. It’s a great way to get a taste of what is on the rise in the desert metal scene, from groove-based death metal to Expect to see an array of Arizona talent, including the Fatal Malady, The Audio Virus, Hounds of Tindalos, Ironkill, Artesyn, Fire Glass, Bekkoning, Empire of Dezire, Absolute Adversary, and Duntov.

February 17 – At the Gates –  Marquee Theatre

Swedish melodic death metal act At the Gates was a major part of pioneering the Gothenburg sound. While they have broken up a few times over the years, they reformed in 2010 and released their first album in 19 years in late 2014. The band appeals to a wide range of fans due to their sound evolving over the years, from including string solos to being heavily influenced by American thrash to vocals that range from light and melodic to guttural and intelligible. Decapitated, The Haunted, and Harms Way will hit the stage before At the Gates.

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