Mike Scaccia

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The 21 Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2013

    It's that time of year where our focus is officially shifting from reflecting on 2013 to preparing for 2014. Another 365 days have swept by, full of heavy metal ups and downs, groupies and drug overdoses, mind-blowing riffs and sold-out shows. The state of metal in 2013 certainly hasn't blown my min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Ministry's Al Jourgensen: Everyone Needs A Mentor To Help Figure Things Out

    Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk to Ministry's legendary frontman and all-around heavy metal veteran Al Jourgensen. We had a slightly concerning start to the interview (Jourgensen was sick from food poisoning caused by Chobani yogurt that had since been recalled, and was sitting around, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Ministry's Al Jourgensen: We Finished From Beer To Eternity For Mikey

    Al Jourgensen is 54 years old--a veteran in the metal scene--and has gone through more than most can fathom. He's sold millions of albums and endured a decade of habitual drug abuse. He's also been pronounced dead three times along the way, and has a ton of stories about roadie hazing, sex, tragedy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Warbeast Bypasses Phoenix, Talks 9/11 Riffs With Us Anyway

    Earlier this month, Gwar and Warbeast kicked off a tour and brought down the house at Tucson's Rialto Theatre. But the thrash metal gods, lo and behold, have forsaken us here in Phoenix, and the tour didn't come our way. Hell, the duo is even going through spots like Des Moines, Little Rock, Green ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Down, Marquee Theatre, 1/14/13

    Down and Warbeast @ Marquee Theatre|1/14/13So, it turns out there's a reason it's called "stoner metal." I've been to several Down shows before, but two things stuck out at me during last night's Down/Warbeast double-header at Marquee Theatre. My friend (who goes by "Iron Maiden," thank you very mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Warbeast: Bruce Corbitt Discusses Phil Anselmo and the Passing of Mike Scaccia

    Texas-based thrash metallers Warbeast thrive off meat-grinding riffs, jackhammer double bass, a range of lyrical topics, and 180-degree hooks. Made up of veteran rockers that have been creating music for decades --the members' resumes include Rigor Mortis, Gammacide, and Demonseed-- Warbeast formed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    The 17 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

    I'm almost a little bummed that the world didn't end on December 21. No War of the Worlds or 2012 scenes became a reality, although I was so sure that the only reason gas prices were down was because all the rich people were holed up in their submarines, burrowed into the Alps like a goddamn modern- ... More >>

  • Music

    December 28, 1995

    Survey Says...

    New Times critics look back on the "oohs" and the "ughs" of pop music '95 (results tabulated from individual critics' lists and comments)