10 Best Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix in August

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Chimaira

August is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. So check out the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley next month.

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The Making of the Phoenix Metal Scene: A Peek at the Men and Women Behind the Curtain

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Maria Vassett
Alice Cooper is one of Phoenix's proud residents;

There's a lot to love within our fiery little corner of the rock and metal industry.

We've thelped breed some pretty legendary bands, like Sacred Reich, Flotsam and Jetsam, Job for a Cowboy, and Alice Cooper, to name a few. We have dozens of brutally talented underground bands, from melodic death metal (Vehemence, St. Madness), sludge and doom metal (From Dogs to Wolves, Tempel), thrash and psychedelic metal (Black Banner Dovichenko, Pelvic Meatloaf), as well as such events as Southwest Terror Fest and the Fuck Cancer benefit. Plus, back in 2012, Heavy Metal Television decided to plant roots in Mesa.

The rock and metal scene in Arizona is alive and well. And that is a direct result of a group of behind-the-scenes folks who keep the whole thing running.

Every month, the calendar is packed with shows. Bands regularly tour and record in the Valley of the Sun because we have a strong population of industry professionals. These professionals, from producers to club owners to promoters, are the very people that keep the local scene running like a well-oiled machine, dedicating their time and money to promoting the hell out of the Arizona heavy scene. It would be impossible to highlight every single person who contributes to the behind-the-scenes aspect, as there are many noteworthy figures and companies.

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Within the Ruins' Newest Album Combines Comic Books and Metal

Categories: Interview, Metal!

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Within The Ruins

Concept albums are nothing new in the music world, but Within The Ruins is set to take it in a new direction -- comic books.

The metal band formed in the early '00s and recently has been gaining momentum with the release of Invade in 2010 and and Elite in 2013. Both albums show off the band's technicality and musicianship and take you on fast-paced rides that never slow down.

The band's latest album Phenomena expands on their musical sound, but uses the concept of comic book heroes and villains for its lyrical themes. Within The Ruins teased this earlier in the year when the album was announced and has slowly been revealing each song's concept.


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Horror Show: The Evolution of the Metal Stage Show and the End of Mötley Crüe

Categories: Metal!

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Jim Louvau
Metal shows have a long history of flashy stage shows, and Avenged Sevenfold continued the tradition at Mayhem Festival last week.

"For some, like Kiss, it is pure spectacle. Alice Cooper varies between psychodrama and pure theater. Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson said he feels their performance is close to pantomime. Talking Heads did surreal theater. Lady Gaga does surreal shock. The Rolling Stones opted for large circus-like productions." Arthur Brown

For hundreds of years, people have never failed to be entertained and seduced by three simple things: music, theater, and the shocking and/or horrifying.

Over time, musicians have incorporated all three to create multimillion-dollar stage shows, like Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour from 2010 to 2013, which cost an estimated $60 million to stage.

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Surviving The Summer Slaughter Tour

Categories: Metal!

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Goatwhore

It's sometimes easy to forget the preparations needed when going to a show of any kind. The Summer Slaughter Tour is no exception and planning for it ahead of time is important.

The tour markets itself as "The Most Extreme Tour of the Year" and with such a death metal heavy lineup, there might be some truth to that.


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Tucson Band Animus Divine Thinks Future Is Bright for Arizona Metal

Categories: Metal!, Q&A

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Heavy metal and hip-hop hybrid outfit Animus Divine (AD) is one of many low-profile and yet highly talented bands operating in the scorching deserts of Arizona. Based out of Tucson, the streetcore musicians have their eye on the prize to master the entertainment industry, but AD lead singer Chuck Clark acknowledges the hardships of pushing music professionally when he notes: "playing music is just what I do -- if I was in it for the money I would have quit a long time ago."

After disbanding for several years, AD chose to regroup and make the grown-up decision to hire a publicist and assembling a behind the scenes crew to tailor and push their music into more ears for the release of their upcoming album NOVO.

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5 Best Judas Priest Albums of All Time

Categories: Lists, Metal!

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Maria Vassett

For more than 40 years, Judas Priest has embodied all that is exhilarating, innovative, ridiculous, and wonderful in heavy metal. From their beginnings as a blues-influenced hard rock ensemble in Birmingham, England, through a string of genre-defining albums, surviving both the '80s and what can only be known as the "Ripper" Owens-era, Judas Priest is back with their 15th studio album, Redeemer of Souls, and a full-scale tour that finds them in Phoenix on Saturday. Here's a look back at some of the band's most influential, groundbreaking, and just plain greatest albums.

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Body Count Rising for Ice-T

Categories: Metal!

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Body Count

It's been slightly more than eight years since Body Count's last speed/thrash metal assault on the world's eardrums. The lengthy delay doesn't come from a lack of desire, but rather the day job that keeps founder and frontman Ice-T out of the recording studio and on the production set.

"I've been doing Law & Order," Ice-T explains during a phone interview from his East Coast home. I was supposed to do four episodes, and it's been 16 years. That's a five-day-a-week gig. My band's in L.A. I'm in New York. It threw everything into a zone."

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Metal of Honor Harness the Power of Metal for Charity

Categories: Metal!

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Metal of Honor

A few weeks back we brought you a list of our favorite heavy metal charities. Here's one that we saved for this week, since Phoenix metal lovers can interact with this one as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this Friday, July 11, at Ak-Chin Pavilion.

That's because this charity is Metal of Honor, which helps raise money at Mayhem Festival tour stops for charities benefiting veterans.

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Cannibal Corpse's Death Metal Still Provoking Controversies

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The United States can't tell Cannibal Corpse what to do. (I mean, if you ever came across anything with that name, would you want to mess with it anyways?). Other countries can - in fact, Germany has tried to regulate the hell out of them over the years, and an array of countries have banned the sale of the band's albums--but in the good ol' U.S. of A., freedom of speech comes in pretty hand with heavy metal.

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