• Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    11 Kickass Heavy Metal Videos for Halloween

    Our society has turned the Halloween season into a time that's all about embracing your dark and wild side. There's countless Zombie Walks, masquerade parties, Dia de los Muertos festivals, haunted houses designed to make you fear for your life -- after all, the holiday is rooted in dedication to ho ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Blessed Be This Heavy Metal Union in the Valley of the Sun

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Jeremy Spencer: "We're Five Finger Death Punch; We Sound Like What We Sound Like"

    Five Finger Death Punch appeals to a particular demographic in heavy metal: Their testosterone-driven, in-your-face music is heavy and angry at all that is evil--destruction, internal struggles, politics, war, bullying. Every friend I have in the armed services loves them. I've heard of soldiers who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Butcher Babies: "It Wasn't About Sex -- It Was About Punk Rock"

    Sunset Strip darlings the Butcher Babies have been one of my favorite acts for a while now. They first gained notoriety from a YouTube video performing Pantera's "Fucking Hostile" and the two frontwomen, Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, started out performing in leather pants with electrical tape ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Get Your Horror and Metal Fixes at Southwest Terror Fest and Housecore Horror Film Festival

    Extreme metalheads have at least two festivals on their calendars for this fall. Each promises a collision of heavy metal and horror, and both are looking very exciting. The first is the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival on October 24-27 in Austin, hosted by none other than Down/Pantera fron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Is The New '90s Nostalgia Good For Rock and Roll?

    We all have bands that defined our youth--that made us love music, that maybe even introduced us to a new feeling that we didn't know existed. Whether it's the psychedelic rock of the '60s, punk of the '70s, thrash of the '80s, or grunge of the '90s, every generation has its own musical roots. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Slayer's Jeff Hanneman and 8 Other Metallers Dead Before Their Time

    Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of cirrhosis on May 2, the same day as the Golden Gods Awards. It was devastating that on a day meant to celebrate the lives of the best musicians in metal, one of those artists was taken from the world of music. It also came as a shock. In fact, by all accounts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Golden Gods 2013: How Gene Simmons Gets Out Of Interviews And Other Black Carpet Tales

    If you've been reading this whiskey-drenched, devil-horn-throwing column every week for more than a year, here's a little thank-you flashback to the beginning. In one of the first Metal Mondays installments, I talked about the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles--basically the heavy metal Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Zakk Wylde Has Written a Guide to "Bringing Metal to the Children"

    When I heard Zakk Wylde was coming to town, I immediately assumed it was by way of Black Label Society. I couldn't wait to see his guitar prowess once again -- including his wonderful dedication to the pinch harmonic -- and his hits from more than two-dozen albums spanning almost 30 years. But this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Otep On "Hydra," Piracy, And Leaving Heavy Metal Forever

    Imagine taking a demonic ride through a girl's mind, filled with fantastic illusions, haunting, heavy melodies, and vengeance against a world that has forgotten her. To get there you could spend an evening with Otep, one of the most prolific female-fronted bands of the last decade--or have a liste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Record Store Day's Hot Heavy Metal Vinyl Releases

    It looks like all these Record Store Days are paying off. In 2012, global sales for vinyl records hit $171 million, their highest point since 1997--the same year that Hanson's "MMMBop" topped the charts. This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day, when artists and labels dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

    The weekend is over, and it's back to the grind. You sit there despondent at your desk, visions of a wild weekend replaying your head, scenes from A Good Day to Die Hard -- which you caught a sick matinee showing of -- bouncing around your cranium. How can you get back to that blissful state? Go see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Digging Up Heavy Metal's Country Roots

    I have always been one of those metal heads that claims to listen to all musical genres--except for country. But in the past year, I've realized that classic country songs, with their imagery and energy, are pretty hard to dislike. Take David Allan Coe's "If That Ain't Country Part II," for example. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

    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.

  • Music

    January 10, 2013
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    November 5, 2012

    Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day: You Weren't There, But You'll Be Able to Watch

    Led Zeppelin was, is, and always will be a driving force in the evolution of heavy metal. Their heavy, guitar-driven blues rock opened the world to an intriguing new sound, influencing generations of bands. Now, more than 40 years after they first came together, they are still one of the most popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    The Best Metal Songs for Football

    Hang on guys, here's something you won't believe: Phil Anselmo of Pantera/Down is mad about something. But it's not the sort of thing we're used to him being mad about. As you're no doubt aware, with the weather beginning to act like it might cool down, college campuses swelling with textbook-toti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    The Madden NFL 13 Soundtrack is a Massive Fail

    See also: Five Artists ESPN Should NOT Tag to Replace Hank Williams Jr.Hear that buzz in the air? No, not the whirring noise coming from your trees. I'm talking about the electricity caused by the click-clack of cleats; the smell of freshly cut grass and iron-tinged blood. Ah, yes -- football season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Metal Mondays: No One Gets Out of This Pit Alive

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Ted Nugent: We Spoke to Him Right Before That Controversial Obama Rant

    See also: Ted Nugent's Still a "Special Deputy" to Sheriff Joe Arpaio (2012) See also: Ted Nugent Talks Guns, Meth, and Hippies Before NRA Convention in Phoenix (2009) Ted Nugent doesn't need much of an introduction. To put it lightly, he's intimidating. It has nothing to do with him being so outsp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Metal Mondays: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Metal

    See also: Those Dungeons and Dragons Nerds Are More Sane Than You While heavy metal is a lifestyle to some people, to many it's just a fashion statement. Take Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen of the Pretty Reckless, for example. She dresses like a hooker, flips people off, and publicly talks about her se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Storm of Perception's Brian Herring on The Band's Supernatural Past, and Metallica vs Pantera

    I respect Prescott for a handful of things: eclectic art, historic buildings (Prescott has hundreds on the National Historic Registry), and for being host to the world's oldest rodeo. And, of course, Whiskey Row, where a friend and I decided to take a shot of Jameson at every bar before heading to t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2012
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    December 14, 2011

    Five Holiday Gifts for Your Metal-Loving Uncle

    ​Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. It's hard to forget your metal-loving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011
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    August 17, 2011

    In This Moment on the Hottest Chicks in Metal, Tattoos, and The New Album

    ​In This Moment come off as intimidating to some people, and it's easy to see why. Founders Chris Howorth (guitars) and Maria Brink (vocals) are a real sight, with Howorth's crazy-long dreads, Brink's Alice In Wonderland-inspired outfits, and the intricate tattoos and cobalt eyes of both. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    This Week in Music History: June 27 through July 3

    Wikimedia CommonsSaxophones: First patented this week in music history.​Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week.This week saw t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 18, 2009

    Slayer Plays Through The (Dry) Heat

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Apocalyptica Now

    There's always room for cello

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Future Shock: Horns up, Metallica is coming

    By Martin Cizmar Some cool new shows announced this week, including Metallica with Austin’s The Sword and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo’s band Down, who will bustle the shit out of your hedgerow. Metallica Tuesday, Oct. 21 Metallica released a new album this week (see earlier blog item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    You’ve Got Hate Mail: The last hurrah in the ongoing Marshall Beck and local metal coverage tantrum

    “You’ve got an interesting package in there,” our editorial assistant tells me, as I scoop up my usual daily stack of mailings. She tells me the receptionist actually opened it before they put it in my box to make sure the package was “okay.” As soon as I see the return address on the pac ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Reviewing the Reviews

    Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler answers the critics

  • Music

    November 8, 2007
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    May 24, 2007

    Metal Health

    The freshest stuff is underground

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007

    Metal Up Your Ass

    Fracture Point All the commotion on here lately regarding my distaste for Marshall "Fucking" Beck, formerly of the metal band Rebirth, seems to have left many metal heads (or at least Marshall's Myspace friends) under the impression that I either don't care about metal or don't appreciate the genre ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007


    Funeral for Yesterday
    (X of Infamy)

  • Music

    October 19, 2006

    Suicide Circus

    Suicide Circus

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Rebel With a Cause

    Dimebag lives on in these new recordings

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Hard Evidence

    Slain D12 rapper Proof was lovin' life in the PHX, until one last trip to 8 Mile laid him low

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Soilent Green

    Genuine angst

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    Tasty Tuesday

    Our naughty nightcrawlers hang with DJ Fashen at Next and wolf down a club-full of Sugar

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Ozzfest 2005

    Bands to watch

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    A Perfect Murder

    Strength Through Vengeance
    (Victory Records)

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2005

    Canonizing Carnage

    Band goes completely metal

  • Music

    July 29, 2004

    Superjoint Ritual

    "The quintessential metal menagerie"

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Superjoint Ritual

    Former Pantera front man brings his other band to town

  • Film

    December 31, 1998

    Iron Men

    Black Sabbath reunites to take rock once more into the bowels of hell

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Song for Xmas

    The trailer-park Grinch revisits his year of misery

  • Music

    January 2, 1997
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