• Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Metal Memoirs and Stories Abound, Including Books from Scott Ian, Phil Anselmo, Carla Harvey

    Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven once told me that rock 'n' roll is created because people are subconsciously trying to form the perfect family that they didn't experience as children. As transparent as that may seem, it's an easy concept to grasp. Heavy metal lyrics celebrate the underdog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend, 8/22 to 8/24

    Locals shine this weekend. Wooden Indian, Playboy Manbaby, and Thin Bloods are all releasing albums, so there are plenty of ways to support local arts these next few days. We've sifted through the listings and selected five shows worthy of checking out this week. If you'd like to double-check our wo ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2014
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    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

    December 2, 2013

    Kill Devil Hill's Rex Brown on Metal Masters and How ZZ Top Changed His Life

    As Rex Brown's Southern voice spilled through my phone with a twang a couple weeks ago, I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been fortunate enough to interview all the other surviving former members of Pantera, and Brown was my last stop in that venture. I wanted to know about his recently released ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Doyle: You Wouldn't Believe How Many Popular Musicians Have Regular Jobs

    Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is most often identified as a celebrated member of horror punk act the Misfits, brought into the band at the tender age of 16 in 1980. Originally a roadie for the band, he was taught how to play guitar by his brother, Misfits bassist Jerry Only, and Glenn Danzig. He a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Four Phoenix Metal Shows That Will Rock Out for Good Causes

    The only thing better than rocking out to great live metal is rocking out for a great cause. With that in mind, there are four upcoming metal shows that are celebrating metal legends and local idols that should have a spot on your concert calendar. We're talking Slash, the best of Arizona metal ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Phil Anselmo Talks Pointless Horror Remakes And Three Reasons Pantera Succeeded

    At the age of 13, Phil Anselmo dove headfirst into what he knew to be his true calling: heavy metal. "I was playing my first gigs before I was barely a teenager," admits Anselmo. "I'll put it like this: I used to come home from school, and practice Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East live record, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    The Best Food Trucks and Food Porn for Metal Fans

    Everything eventually turns into porn. Guitar porn--Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 is all about it--whiskey porn... well, regular porn. But recently, food porn has blown up. Which is great for me. You see, there are only a few things that I take voracious pleasure in consuming, and two of those indul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    That Tupac hologram probably gave the whole industry a scare, but for the moment it looks like tribute bands are safely ensconced as the only way you'll be able to see, say, Pantera live. A night of cover bands at the Marquee, don't-call-it-chillwave at Last Exit Live, the less-wordy parts of Grac ... More >>

  • Music

    June 13, 2013
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    June 12, 2013

    Pantera Tribute Act Cowboys N Hell On The Best Cover Bands in Phoenix

    People either love or hate cover bands. Some think they are fantastic tributes, while others think they are blatant rip-offs. Personally, I love tribute bands. They give music fans a chance to hear songs live and celebrate a favorite band--and often it's a band that's disbanded, one you'll never b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Eight Must-Read Heavy Metal Books

    Metalheads are some of the most devoted music fans on the planet. No--I mean we really love our music. Oh, you memorized Lady Gaga's music video dance moves? Check out my Kreator Coma of Souls back piece, and meet my friend's daughter, Sabbath. Later we're going to karaoke to cover Pantera and Motor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    The Best of Up on the Sun's Weekly Metal Column, Metal Mondays

    Some of you may remember last March when a little column called Metal Mondays debuted via Up On The Sun, and immediately dove into the subjects matters of Pantera, strippers, Jack Daniels, and YouTube.

  • Music

    February 14, 2013
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    February 11, 2013

    Unearthing Metal's Classical Roots

    I wasn't raised on Anthrax or Zeppelin, or anything between in regards to the heavy metal alphabet. No, the soundtrack of my youth was classical music. I competed in classical piano competitions for the better part of a decade, and Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012

    The year 2012 brought an array of exciting moments in heavy metal, from album releases by veteran acts like Napalm Death and younger bands like Goatwhore, to some of the biggest ever heavy metal festivals, to a few of my personal favorite interviews with metal legends. Enjoy -- and happy metal fuc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    A Dimebag Darrell Playlist (Just In Time For The Holidays)

    Sometimes it can be difficult to get pumped up for the holidays, especially nowadays, when the sacred dates are saturated with commercialism, consumer greed, and an importance on tradition that, unfortunately for many, lost its spiritual meaning a long time ago. See also: Your Holiday Heavy Metal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    The Butcher Babies, Boobs, and Blood

    Here's what I expected from The Butcher Babies on the opening night of their "Hush Little Baby" tour: Sexy, sexy bitches; electrical tape-adorned boobs; vocals ranging from erotically melodic to ear-shatteringly demonic, intermixed with headbang-worthy breakdowns. For those of you who don't know w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2012

    Uproar with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Hellyeah, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 9/29/12

    Uproar: Godsmack, Staind, Hellyeah, and More @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore PavilionWhile Friday's Desert Uprising brought a wealth of debauchery, pyro, and sweat-drenched goths, metallers, emos, hipsters, well, damn, just about every type of rocker you can think of, Saturday's Uproar turned out a cro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Is Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah and Pantera Going to Open a Strip Club in Phoenix?

    Back in 2007 when Vinnie Paul and Chad Gray announced their new band Hellyeah, fans weren't sure what to expect of group made from members of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan, and Nothingface. No doubt it was going to be heavy, but would it gear towards visual theatrics and sonic experimentation like M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    8 Kids More Metal Than You

    See also: The Most Anticipated Heavy Metal Releases of the Fall See also: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Metal See also: Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear See also: A Closer Look at KUPD's MILF Contest 2012There are few things in this world that have the ability to coax an "Awwwww...that is so damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Do You Look "Metal Enough" for Metal Shows?

    See also: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and More @ Comerica Theatre See also: Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on Giving the Fans What They Want See also: The full Trespass America slideshow This weekend I attended two intense yet intriguingly different metal shows. I spent Saturda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    In Celebration of the Best Metal Documentaries

    See also: Metallica at Outside Lands: The Five Best Parts of the Band's Fiery San Francisco Show See also: The 10 Most Ridiculous Claims Made By Dave Mustaine of Megadeth See also: Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Set Free; Five Finger Death Punch Weighs InHeavy metal fans are a tenacious bunch. Plenty o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Here's The Heavy Metal Soundtrack to Your Sexcapades You've Been Looking For

    We might not all agree on musical taste, I mean, metal, indie rock, jazz, hip-hop, none of it is made for everyone, but I think we can all agree that there's really nothing so appealing as all-out sex appeal. Sex might not be the first thing you think of when you think of heavy rock, but it's in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Metal's First Music Videos Ooze Green Jellÿ

    There's never been a huge a market for heavy metal music videos. Praise is far and few between, and they don't garner awards like pop music videos, clips like Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," which won seven MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, and even grabbed a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. But t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012
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    April 30, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Phoenix Needs a Heavy Metal Strip Club

    I've never been a fan of Texas, even though it's the stomping ground for a wide range of heavy acts. From the Dallas Cowboys to the phrase "everything is bigger in Texas" to George Bush, everything about the state has always had a way of agitating the hell out of me. Like, nails-on-a-chalkboard ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Those Dungeons and Dragons Nerds Are More Sane Than You

    See also: Metal Mondays: New Music From Pantera Calls for a Home-Made Vulgar Display I don't think I'm alone in saying this, but heavy metal helped make sense of the world when I discovered it as a kid. It helped me realize that, in general, society is in denial, and gave an outlet for my frustra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Metal Mondays: New Music From Pantera Calls for a Home-Made Vulgar Display

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Down at Marquee Theater, 9/11/11

    ​Down Marquee Theatre Sunday, September 11 You have to feel band for opening acts. Upon arriving at the Down concert last night, Ponykiller had just ended its set and In Solitude was in full force, playing their hearts out on the stage for a half-full Marquee Theater. A handful of energetic ... More >>

  • Music

    September 8, 2011
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    March 21, 2011

    Top 10 Songs for Jukebox Warfare

    ​"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle." -Sun T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Marshall Beck's New Project, Staren Black, May Be The Best Thing He's Done

    Marshall "Fucking" Beck​To say  Marshall "Fucking" Beck and New Times have had a contentious relationship over the years would be an understatement.Love him or hate him, though, Beck's dedication to the local metal scene is unassailable. In addition to hosting and promoting numerous metal sho ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009
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    January 7, 2009

    The Valley's Top 10 Local Guitarists

    Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Body of Scars

    Body of Scars

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    November 29, 2007


    The Devil's music with a laugh track

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007


    The Devil's music with a laugh track

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2007

    Interview with Wiley Arnett of Sacred Reich, Part 2

    Here’s part two of New Times’ August 15th interview with Sacred Reich/Human Condition guitarist Wiley Arnett.

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Family Values Tour

    The what, now?

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    Power Trio

    Precious metal

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Boxin' the '90s

    Collections set it up

  • News

    February 10, 2005


    Jett and her faithful manservant, Kreme, pop by Pantera's for a Tuesday night of Foxy Boxing.

  • Calendar

    January 6, 2005
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    April 17, 2003


    Faceless (Universal/Republic)

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    September 21, 2000

    Best Way to Spend a Summer Day Outdoors Without Breaking a Sweat

    Salt River Tubing
    U.S. 60 East to Power Road, North to the Salt River Recreation Center

  • Music

    August 24, 2000

    Unholy Union

    When porn star Raylene and Pantera double for a Zia in-store, music becomes an afterthought

  • Music

    July 18, 1996

    Dark Riders

    Heavy-metal cowboys Pantera don't play none of that "hokey-pokey music"

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    May 4, 1994
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