Best Metal Concerts in July in Metro Phoenix
July 11 - Atoll debut, Excystation and more - Crabby Don's
There's nothing better than the debut of a new band; especially a band that's actually worth seeing. Atoll was formed in 2014, and this death metal band is all about slamming your eardrums with an onslaught of instrumentals and extreme vocals. But if it doesn't appeal to your tastes, you can't go wrong with the standby Excystation, a death grindcore act that I've come to love. 40 Dead, Cranial Defecation, and Crippled Ninja round out the bill.
Last month we wrote a feature about Sectas, a band that grew to success from Mexico to Arizona. Well, you shouldn't miss their official label signing/album release party. Taking place at Cooperstown, it also features southern rock band While She Waits, Fire Glass and Wolves of Winter. There's going to be tattoos and piercings raffles sponsored by Hotrod Tattoo, $100 off a 10 hour recording session at Audioconfusion, and a Squier Stratocaster. Oh, and not to mention tickets to see Alice Cooper and Motley Crue.
I've been watching Gemini Syndrome for the past few years, and it's clear that the band's popularity is growing at a rapid rate. Not only is this band one of the most unique I've interviewed (the albino singer is the former guitarist for OTEP, and the guitarist would easily fit in with the cast of Underworld), but they offer up a great blend of theatrics, heavy hitting beats and commercial longevity. And locally loved Element A440 is a perfect opener for this band.
Flotsam and Jetsam have been rocking the local scene since the early 1980s, and even through all the drama, the band is still one of Arizona's favorites. The thrash metal band, along with the solid lineup of Exmortus, Hatchet and Motive, will no doubt sell out the new Club Red. I also can't help but think that it will be an uplifting memorial to the local heavy metal industry figure, Chris Kutcher, who passed away recently who was also a part of the Flotsam family for decades.
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