The 10 Best Metal Concerts of Metro Phoenix in June 2016

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June 17 – That Damn Metal Show - Rockbar
I can’t wait for this free show put on by Rockbar Inc. That Damn Metal Show features some of the most talented and loved bands on the Phoenix scene today, including Howitzer, Ella Kaye, Soundmankillz, Lost In Lies, Murkocet, and Archetypes Collide. 

June 18  A-Frame – Cactus Jack’s Tavern
This is a great chance to check out A-Frame, featuring Tantric’s Tommy Gibbons and Mike Smith. It initially began as a single man band with Tommy Gibbons, who has been making headlines for his guitar talent for more than 10 years (including a Guitar Center Guitargeddon Best West Region Guitarist award more than once). Other bands on the bill include Concertina — a band I’ve been keeping a close eye on as they are young, hungry, and super talented — and Aimless Ambition.

June 18 – Slipknot – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Obviously Slipknot needs no introduction, particularly when it comes to the prowess of their live shows. Add that to the excitement of the recent announcement of Ozzfest meets Knotfest this September, and their success over 2014’s .5:The Gray Chapter, and there will be a ton of pumped up fans at this show.  The only downside here? Moshing in 115 degree-heat.

June 26 – Venom Inc. and Necrophagia – The Rebel Lounge

English metallers Venom have been around since the mid-1970s, and they were not only a part of the new wave of British heavy metal, but the band’s first two albums, Welcome to Hell and Black Metal (’81 and ’82, respectively), were considered a huge influence on extreme thrash metal. In fact, they are often credited with spawning the name of the subgenre black metal. Necrophagia, also on the bill, is considered one of the first death metal bands ever.
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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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