Best Metal Concerts to See in Phoenix in September

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September 19 - Opening Night of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare featuring Rob Zombie and Powerman 5000 - Westworld

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare runs from September 19 through November 1. There's three different twisted haunted houses based on Rob Zombie's horror films and characters; the Bloody Boulevard, a themed midway with freakshows, activities, games and more; and a line up of concerts through the Halloween season. Opening night is a perfect time to go and check out the creepy scene, as well as get a tasty dose of Rob Zombie's live show, filled with pyrotechnics, creepy costumes, scantily clad women, and horror clips.

September 20 -- Lago CD Release Show -- Tempe Tavern

Local death metal deviants Lago are proud to release their debut album Tyranny this month, and the celebration is going down at the intimate venue Tempe Tavern. Lago is a strong Arizona act, and have perfected the use of blackened metal components to accent their onslaught of percussion, guttural vocals, plucky bass runs and artful guitar solos. Playing on the bill with Lago includes Sorrower, Meathook, Unholy Monarch, Cave Dweller, and more.

September 22 - Skeletonwitch -- Club Red

Skeletonwitch is one of those metal bands that have been put into just about every category, from melodic death metal to black thrash. I guess it makes sense because they've toured with everyone from Amon Amarth and DevilDriver to Danzig and Municipal Waste. In my mind it works for them, because the band's sound is so diversified. It's the ideal show to bring a newbie metal head to. This lineup is rounded out by Ghoul, Black Anvil and Gatecreeper.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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