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Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear

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From Dogs to Wolves has been around since the tail end of 2011, and they've made an impression on this metal head from the get-go. Stoner rock/metal seems to describe their noise best, with sand-papery, often-shouted vocals alternating between guttural and soulful, screaming bass solos, and impressive riffs.

Standout tracks: "Hii3einoon," "Greecey Blues"

Out of all of these bands, Eyes Set to Kill is by far the least heavy -- but the easiest on the eyes, thanks to their dual frontwomen Alexia and Alyssa Rodriguez (they're both consistently ranked in Revolver magazine's "Hottest Chicks in Metal").

They started out screamo in 2003, but with their 2011 album, White Lotus, they've solidified a new alternative metal sound, with songs moving from smoldering grooves to rapid-fire assault, and growling male screams mixed with soaring melodic female vocals.

Check them out Thursday, August 2 at the Nile Underground in Mesa.

Standout tracks: "The Secrets in Between," "Broken Frames".

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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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