When I saw this viral video the other week of the "most metal first dance at a wedding," I couldn't help but feel a little warm and fuzzy. The goth couple created a playlist that included song snippets from Grave Digger, Pantera, Devil Drive, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God and Rammstein.
August is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. So check out the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley next month.
In summertime, when we put together this list of best shows to see in Phoenix on any given weekend, we don't have very many options. It can be slim pickings for live music around here when it hits triple digits. Not this week. There are more concerts than you could possibly hope to see this weekend, ... More >>
"For some, like Kiss, it is pure spectacle. Alice Cooper varies between psychodrama and pure theater. Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson said he feels their performance is close to pantomime. Talking Heads did surreal theater. Lady Gaga does surreal shock. The Rolling Stones opted for large circus-like p ... More >>
A few weeks back we brought you a list of our favorite heavy metal charities. Here's one that we saved for this week, since Phoenix metal lovers can interact with this one as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this Friday, July 11, at Ak-Chin Pavilion. That's because this charity is ... More >>
Got more than half million in the bank and a burning desire to resurrect a piece of local rock history from the dead? If so, then give Franco Gagliano a ring ASAP, since the building he owns that once housed famed Phoenix rock joint The Mason Jar is up for sale. And the asking price is only a mere ... More >>
Within instrumental music circles, the majority of the talented musicians run alone--releasing solo albums, working as sidemen, dipping deep into numerous projects. And on occasion, a handful of those virtuoso artists come together to create more than just a collaborative album, and it gets a little ... More >>
It can be easy to miss unless you're looking for it, but there's a lot of metal in the Valley, locals and touring acts alike. That's why we're looking for it. Here's a list of nine shows--the 10th was Thursday's Testament/Killswitch Engage/Lamb of God/Huntress bonanza--you must see this month, as ... More >>
Killswitch Engage has gone through some major changes during the past few years. Since 2000 the Massachusetts' metal act has put out six studio albums, sold more than four million albums in the U.S. alone, and is known as one of the defining bands for the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Up On Th ... More >>
By Gavin Cleaver As I sit here at work my mind drifts from matters such as job responsibilities to more jovial pursuits such as murder, car theft, and the endless slaughter of pedestrians. One simple reason: Last week saw the release date of Grand Theft Auto V, the biggest videogame of the year. A ... More >>
When it comes to Hollywood, metalheads are usually portrayed in a... not so flattering light. We're the drunks and stoners, braindead from too much head-banging, clad in grimy vintage band t-shirts and greasy hair. Well, that may be so. But who is Hollywood to judge? I'd take our stereotype over t ... More >>
By Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>
Last week at the O Music Awards, rock musician Andrew W.K. set the world record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store after he spent 24 consecutive hours (from June 19-20) at his drum set. While the songwriter/instrumentalist/party connoisseur was hitting the skins, lots of other rock musicia ... More >>
By Alex Distefano I have been a heavy metal fan for over 50 percent of my existence on this planet. But when you're talking about the all-encompassing musical genre known as "heavy metal," you might as well be talking about something as infinitely complicated as the universe. It's that vast, and th ... More >>
Music has been revered as one of the highest art forms for centuries. And in modern pop music, its most recognizable tool has been the guitar. I find the guitar fascinating. In fact, I could spend hours poring over photos of guitars and learning all about the intricate construction process that goes ... More >>
When the lineup for Rock on the Range was announced last week, a flurry of emails between myself and three other of my fellow chick metal journalists/enthusiasts ensued regarding flights, hotels, and tickets. We had all attended the weekend festival together in 2012, and relished the thought of a he ... More >>
By Jason Roche Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside... See ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
See also: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to Headline KUPD's Desert Uprising See also: Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Why I'm Trying to Become a Pastor" Last week, I found myself in an awkward conversation with douchebag with a popped collar and frosted tips. He asked me if I worshipped "the Devil," lo ... More >>
A couple Saturdays ago at Carolina Rebellion, Korn surprised an already-frenzied crowd when they brought out Brian "Head" Welch to perform "Blind," the first single from the band's '94 self-titled debut. The performance was the first time in seven years that Head -- at the festival with his band Lov ... More >>
You one of those people who sits around bemoaning the fact that "rock 'n' roll has, like, totally lost its spark, man?" Well, allow us to introduce you to theatrical rockers Foxy Shazam. Entertaining barely scratches the surface; Eric Nally and his circus of musicians put on one hell of a concert. L ... More >>
Metalhead or not, everybody's got a soft spot for at least one heavy act. Jim Carrey digs Cannibal Corpse; Cameron Diaz reportedly rocks out to Iron Maiden. The writers of the hit show Californication sneak it into scripts -- all three of main character Hank Moody's novels are named after Slayer al ... More >>
One of the nine images the FDA will require on cigarette packs soon.Attention, cigarette smokers: The government has decided that you either can't read the verbal warnings on cigarette packs, or that you need to be given more stark, visual reminders that smoking is bad for you. The Food and Drug ... More >>
http://www.facebook.com/BellaLuneBella Lune When I got the flyer for Phoenix death rockers Bella Lune's upcoming video release party next week, I was ready to dismiss it after reading two words: death rock, not to be confused with death metal, which is where my mind immediately went. (Nothing aga ... More >>
Photos by E. GrovesPolkadot Cadaver The Rogue Wednesday, May 17, 2011I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I -- a devout metal head -- had never heard of Polkadot Cadaver before this show. I went to see them because I had about a dozen friends who were going, and for weeks, they've been go ... More >>
Slayer!Ever wondered where Melodic Power Metal came from or which bands actually play that kind of metal? How about the origins of Crossover Thrash, Grindcore or Speed Metal?Graphic designer Patrick Galbraith and metal historian Nick Grant's Map of Metal has all of that covered. The interactive m ... More >>
A few weeks ago Kanye West announced on his Twitter page that the original artwork for his upcoming album My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy had been banned here in the US.Technically, the artwork wasn't banned. Instead Kanye's record label, strongly suggested that the album artwork be replaced f ... More >>
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of the Swell Season are scheduled to perform on November 17 at Mesa Arts Center.Life's filled with second chances. Case in point: If you weren't able to get into last year's sold out appearance by the Swell Season at the Orpheum, you've got another shot. The Os ... More >>
SlayerTwo stages, 13 bands, more than nine hours of music, and yet the Rockstar Mayhem Festival could easily be summed up in one word: SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, New Times doesn't pay me for one-word reviews, and to be honest, a handful of other bands on the bill definitely made an impre ... More >>
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