Best 13 Metal Concerts in Phoenix This January

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Alaectra Busey

The year 2014 ended with a hell of a heavy metal season, with shows like Yucca Tap Room's "Not So Silent Night" ushering in the New Year -- but unlike the insane holiday spending and the snowbird-thick traffic pace, the show calendar isn't slowing down any time soon.

I'm aware that this Metal Mondays Best Metal Shows of January is a little late, so it doesn't include killer shows like the Dead of Winter Festival this past weekend and Anti-Flag. However, there's an abundance of shows throughout January, and that's why we compile a monthly list of the best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley.

There are prominent metal acts like Cattle Decapitation, Machine Head and Periphery, and a wealth of local shows, including the ever-intense HannemanFest and a "When Titans Collide" show, where some of the best metal acts in the Valley share the stage.

Cattle Decapitation, GodAwfulNoise, Magguts, Invading Uranus, Grindhouse and Sadmasochist - Friday, January 9 - Club Red

We have 13th Floor Entertainment to thank for this meaty lineup, headlined by progressive grind death metallers Cattle Decapitation. The San Diego quartet is all about pushing the musical (and nausea-inducing) boundaries of imagery and instrumentals. This lineup is rounded out by GodAwfulNoise, Invading Uranus, Grindhouse & Sadomasochist, and Magguts, the last of which brings an ideal element of crunchy thrash.

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Saturday, January 10 - John Holmberg's Sodomizing Linda with Aperfecttool, Bloomfield, Beyond Faded, Resurgence Girls, Radio Fix - Joe's Grotto

This show leans more towards the "rock 'n' roll" spectrum of January shows, but it will be full of familiar faces -- and voices, if you haven't seen Sodomizing Linda before. 98 KUPD's John Holmberg from "The Morning Sickness," is on vocals, and they put on a hell of a show. While I am a fan of the morning show, something else I love about this band is that all their ticket and song purchases reportedly go to charity. Aperfecttool offers up a tribute to Tool and A Perfect Circle, and alt-metal act Bloomfield, nu-metal female duo Resurgence Girls, and rockers Radio Fix and Beyond Faded round out the bill. Oh yeah, and there will be acoustical performances on the patio stage by Christopher Shayne.

Thursday, January 15 - Incantation and Funerous - The Nile

Incantation is undoubtedly seen as one of the most influential bands in extreme music over the past two decades. The act has helped pioneer the underground metal scene, with a brand of metal that crosses such genres as death and doom. The duo known as Funerus brings their brand of death metal to the table as well, strongly rooted in old school '90s Scandinavian death metal. Local acts Six Million Dead, Mortem Dei and others also share the stage.

Friday, January 16 - Machine Head - Club Red

If you're a Machine Head fan, you definitely can't miss this show. Dubbed "A Night with Machine Head," this concert is just two hours of full-blown metal, with no other bands or openers on the bill. It's the first time the band has been in the Valley since the release of Bloodstone & Diamonds this past summer. Catch some killer solos from shredder Phil Demmel, and hope that glowering frontman Robb Flynn is in a positive mood.

Friday, January 16 - Westfield Massacre - The Rockbar

Metal bands don't usually frequent this Scottsdale stage--but Westfield Massacre is about to change all that. This four-piece is made up of members form Divine Heresy, Snot, Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, and a handful of other heavy hitters. And the lineup for this night gets even more metal when you add special guests Lost in Lies, Deathgrip and Something to Kill to the mix.

Sunday, January 18 - Headbang for The Highway's Battle for South By So What - Club Red

This is a huge lineup, consisting of hardcore, rock and metal bands vying for a chance to go play the South By So What Festival in Texas. There's an array of great acts here, including Fire From the Gods, Stands With Fists, Modern Color, Dehumanizer, Singularity (one of my personal favorites!), A Lapse of Ethos, Talk to Sheep, Wrath, Infinite, We Are Nemesis, and A Moment of Clarity.

Tuesday, January 20 - Madball - The Nile

Anyone who is a fan of hardcore from back in the day should be at this show. Madball has been a staple on the New York hardcore scene since the late '80s, and has never ceased representing the core values that hardcore music is about. For those who don't know, Madball originally started as an Agnostic Front side project, with Roger Miret's (Agnostic Front frontman) younger brother on vocals. Decades later, the band has influenced just about every major metal band on the scene today, like Hatebreed and Terror.

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