Heavy metal has a rich and diverse history in Arizona. Our state has had a horde of notable residents: hard rock pioneer Alice Cooper, hair metal singer Bret Michaels of Poison, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Kerry King of Slayer (both ex-residents now), Sacred Reich, Soulfly, Job for a Cowboy, and Flotsam and Jetsam before Metallica plucked away bass player Jason Newsted.
There's never really stopped being a multitude of local metal bands, either. One of my favorites right now is Phoenix-based blackened death metal band Six Million Dead.
These guys employ two singers (one screechy, one guttural), breakneck percussion, and a fury of relentless, high-tuned guitars to produce the sound of a horde of demons slashing their way through a tornado. And that's more complicated to do than it sounds.
Six Million Dead are currently recording the follow-up to their 2009 full-length debut, Revelation at the End of Aeon. Hear their song "Odium" from that album below.
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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.