The Coolest Metal Shows To See in Phoenix This Month

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Sutekh Hexen is scheduled to perform Friday, September 14, at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe.

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It's tempting to dash off some sort of cliché metal salutation here, like "Get your devil horns up! It's a good month for metal in the Valley!" But the truth is, metal is an ever-shifting thing, with genres and bands that defy rules and ideas about what "heavy" is, and fans that are smarter, stranger, and more passionate than hesher stereotypes might imply. With that said, "Get your devil horns up, Phoenix, September's a good month for smart, dark, and most chiefly, heavy, music in the Valley." Here are our picks for the best Phoenix metal shows in September.

Wednesday, September 5: Vektor, Ace High Cutthroats, Abiotx, and Motive @ Rhythm Room

Vektor recently said vamanos to Phoenix, taking off for Philadelphia, but the band's sci-fi-inspired blend of classic metal expertise and trash-style is so potent we really like the idea of still claiming them as our own. The band's latest, 2010's Outer Isolation is suitably crunchy, but smarter and more adroit than records by like-minded peers. Need proof? Check out the 10-minute plus "Cosmic Cortex," which nimbly shifts from atmospheric arpeggios to a Slayer-like march, before lurching into utterly-scorched vocal screams, and then into a spiraling riff/solo fest at the end. Locals Abiotx, Motive, and Ace High Cutthroats add incentive, each offering up metal with a side of punk rock swagger.

(Read more about Vektor.)

Friday, September 14: Sutekh Hexen, Gog, Lusitania, & Fanapth @ Yucca Tap Room

San Franciscan trio Sutekh Hexen does a neat trick: they lull you into a daze with droning blankets of sound, then unleash a white-noise blast of black metal distortion, effectively caving in your head and jerking you out of that contemplative zone. They do this, to great success, on "Isvar Savasana," the opening track from their latest, Larvae, released by a small-batch label Handmade Birds in early 2012. But the band shows off its real power with "La Det Bli Lys," a 15-minute orchestra that showcases the band's non-metal influences (Fleetwood Mac, John Fahey), and shows admirable restraint, never breaking into the full-on rager it could, instead dwelling in a subdued pool of crackling fuzz. Is it metal? Is it "occult experimental" (a term the band uses to describe its sound)? It's hard to say, but it's undoubtedly the work of dedicated craftsmen.

Location Info


Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Ak-Chin Pavilion

2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rogue Bar

423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

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Nile Theater

105 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

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Jason Patrick Woodbury
Jason Patrick Woodbury

Yeah, I'm sure Sutekh Hexen is rolling around in the cash the black metal fad affords them.

Ruben DeClay
Ruben DeClay

It's gay when some American band picks up some Swedish sounding name just to cash in on the Scandinavian black metal fad


Desert Uprising? Seriously? Come one - the exact same day, a MUCH better gig is taking place: Kreator & Accept at the Marquee. THAT, my friend, is a Metal show!

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