Best Metal Concerts in July in Metro Phoenix

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Jonathan Weiner

It's 111 degrees outside, and the Valley of the Sun is deserted. Summer is upon us -- which also means that the music industry-touring slowdown is, as well. While the rest of the country delights in sunny breezy festival days, our prime time for outdoor shows is during winter. But oh well -- the good thing about us metalheads is that we show up no matter what. Just give us a few ice cold beers to alternate with water and we're good to go.

July is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. As such, Up on the Sun's resident metal scribe, Lauren Wise, is on the lookout for the best upcoming shows.

That's why we had her compile a monthly list of the 11 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley during the month of July, from the theatrics of KISS and Alice Cooper, to the beloved Mayhem Fest and Summer Slaughter tours, to local legends Flotsam and Jetsam and heavy hitters Bleeding Through.

July 9 - KISS and Def Leppard - Ak-Chin Pavilion

If you've never seen KISS or Def Leppard live, this is the time to catch them, no matter how young or old you are. Plus, Def Leppard's Rick Allen is by far one of my favorite drummers. Even though he lost an arm back in 1984 from a street racing accident, he hits the skins like no other.

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July 10 - Septicflesh and Fleshgod Apocalypse - Joe's Grotto

On this particular evening, Joe's Grotto will be playing host to an international array of face melting symphonic death metal bands. Greece's Septicflesh has been offering up to a large group of loyal followers since the early 90s, while Italy's Fleshgod Apocalypse released its third studio album in 2013. Progressive death metal band Black Crown Initiate, Canada's death metal act Necronomicon, local folk metal band Adavant, and melodic deathcore The Exiled Martyr round out the lineup.

July 11 - Mayhem Fest - Ak-Chin Pavilion

There's lots of people who look forward to the Mayhem Fest every year, and with good reason. It's an entire day of headbanging, complete with vendors, lots of booze, and, most likely, firemen on top of buildings spraying down the entire crowd. This year the line up includes Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Body Count (Ice T's version of heavy metal? Hell yeah!), Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Miss May I, Emmure, Veil of Maya, Upon a Burning Body, Texas Hippie Coalition, Darkest Hour, Il Nino, Wretched, Islander and more. There's four stages, and lots of coldcocked whiskey since they are a sponsor. Never had it? Imagine a hybrid of Jager and Jack Daniels.

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