The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012

Categories: That Was 2012

TwinGiant performed at Southwestern Terror Fest in Tucson.
The year 2012 brought an array of exciting moments in heavy metal, from album releases by veteran acts like Napalm Death and younger bands like Goatwhore, to some of the biggest ever heavy metal festivals, to a few of my personal favorite interviews with metal legends.

Enjoy -- and happy metal fucking New Year.

See also:

-Top Five 2012 Heavy Releases In Phoenix
- Top 10 Phoenix Albums of 2012
- Top 10 Reissues and Compilations of 2012
- Jason Woodbury's 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012
- Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012
- Top 12 Biggest Musical Letdowns of 2012

Rock on the Range

Thousands of shirtless-and-tattooed music fans traveled from all over the world in May to get to Columbus, Ohio's Crew Stadium to pray at the altar of rock for the sixth annual Rock on the Range festival. I myself made the trek with some fellow rocker chicks to catch the 44-band extravaganza, featuring everyone from Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie to Halestorm and Megadeth. In 2013, the festival promises to up the ante even more, adding on one more day to the original two. The lineup has yet to be announced, but rest assured it will be one of the best festivals of the year.

Up on the Sun Interviews John 5

I had the opportunity to interview dozens of phenomenal musicians this past year. It would be difficult to pick favorite -- Slipknot/Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Slayer's Tom Araya, Korn's Munky-- but one that stands out as being the most metal would have to be John 5 from Rob Zombie.

He's been working his ass off for years alongside pyrotechnics-heavy acts (think Marilyn Manson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Slash), but has been a part of Rob Zombie's outfit since 2005. On top of everything, his solo records truly attest to his talent. He dabbles in some of meanest country licks you've ever heard, Flamenco finger picking, and blinding electric distortion, but combines all of these styles for a heart racing assault on the senses. My personal favorite tracks include "Welcome to Violence," "Noche Ecosador," and "Killafornia." Oh yeah, and a killer cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Plus, he still is dedicated to the entertainment of heavy metal, as he discusses in our interview here.

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