Southwest Terror Fest Brings Extreme Metal to Arizona

There are very few legitimate extreme metal festivals in the United States; typically fans have to head overseas to events like England's Damnation Festival, Netherland's Eindhoven Metal Meeting, or France's Hellfest to get their fix. However, in the past couple years we've slowly gained some speed. Maryland's Death Fest has been shredding the scene for more than a decade, and Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, which is all about underground metal and horror films, comes later this month.

Now Arizona has entered the frontier, hosting the DIY, booked-by-musicians-for-musicians Southwest Terror Fest right in our rattlesnake-filled, heavy metal-loving backyard.