The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012
Anthrax's "Got The Time" on Mars
This track was the first heavy metal song played on the planet Mars, one of several songs on NASA's wake-up playlist for the Mars Rover, Curiosity, that touched down on the Red Planet August 5.
Rammstein's North American Tour
After nearly a decade, Rammstein returned to the U.S. for a full-on tour. Yes, they had a nine-day trek in spring 2011, and in 2010 had two sold out shows including one at Madison Square Garden. But this tour demonstrated the stateside demand for their pyrotechnic-laden performances that are so beloved in Europe. When the band came through Phoenix on May 18, the violent action of the show -- all machete microphones, blood-spattered musicians, and elaborate stage setup (reportedly carted around by more than 30 trucks) -- translated well to metal fans all over the Valley.