Cannibal Corpse's Death Metal Still Provoking Controversies

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Cannibal Corpse

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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Best Metal Concerts in July in Metro Phoenix

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Jonathan Weiner
Gemini Syndrome

It's 111 degrees outside, and the Valley of the Sun is deserted. Summer is upon us -- which also means that the music industry-touring slowdown is, as well. While the rest of the country delights in sunny breezy festival days, our prime time for outdoor shows is during winter. But oh well -- the good thing about us metalheads is that we show up no matter what. Just give us a few ice cold beers to alternate with water and we're good to go.

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Rob Zombie's Twisted Haunted House Coming to Scottsdale

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Rob Zombie brings the terror to Scottsdale this Halloween season

Last year when heavy metal musician and horror icon Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare debuted in LA, I was pretty close to heading out there over Halloween to check out what The New York Times called "the best example yet of the upsizing of haunted houses in the last decade."

Imagine: the theatrics and entertainment of Zombie's live show -- a hodgepodge of vintage horror film clips, haunting makeup and costumes, stimulating pyro and lighting. Combine that with a classic freak show, musical entertainment, themed food and beverages, vendors, games, roaming characters, and three different fully interactive attractions based on three of Zombie's own horror films, and you have Great American Nightmare.

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Memorial Today for Longtime Flotsam and Jetsam Guitar Tech Killed in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident

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Chris Kutcher

The heavy metal music community is one that's pretty close. Last weekend, a well-respected veteran of the scene was killed.

According to Phoenix police, on June 7 around 1:30 a.m., Chris Kutcher was driving east on Cactus Road when an intoxicated woman accelerated behind him, striking his SUV and sending it off the road into a tree and a concrete wall. Forty-seven-year-old Kutcher died from his injuries, and the woman, Michelle Ayers, had a blood content that was more than three times the legal limit.

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Top 8 Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix This June

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Iron Maidens

Now more than ever, there is lot of metal -- from comedy to thrash to black to grindcore -- getting slung in and around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and touring acts alike. As such, Up on the Sun's resident metal scribe, Lauren Wise, is on the lookout for the best upcoming shows.

That's why we had her compile a monthly list of the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley during the month of June. From the brutal Phoenix Death Fest to local success story City in the Sea, to internationally beloved Unearth and "hipster" black metal newbies Deafheaven.


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13 Hottest Guys in Metal

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Jim Louvau
Chino Moreno of the Deftones

When it comes to list compilations of the "hottest" musicians in rock, there's no shortage by any means. In the heavy metal genre alone, you can Google endless lists detailing the sexiest guitarists, frontmen, drummers, bassists, keyboardists -- you name it.

But the majority of these lists are based completely on looks, and while there's nothing wrong with admiring long, sleek headbanging locks (circa '80s Axl Rose) or muscular, tattooed arms, the majority of the time I'm way more attracted to personality and talent then physical looks. So here's my list of the most talented, influential, charitable -- and yes, if you're nice to look at it's a plus -- guys in heavy metal.


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DevilDriver's Dez Fafara: "The Earth Knows How to Purge Itself of Brush and People"

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Dean Karr
DevilDriver wants to drive you to the brink.

"We play more shows a year than any band out there right now, unless you have a residency in Vegas." --Dez Fafara, vocalist of DevilDriver.

Upon reading that, there are probably a dozen bands most people would list off the top of their heads -- and probably none would be heavy metal acts.

But as we all know, metal is a genre where most bands have to work twice as hard to get recognition, which includes touring. And nowadays, DevilDriver has been carrying that reputation on their shoulders.

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13 Great Metal Albums Turning 30 This Year

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Maria Vassett
David Lee Roth

When there were all those rumors about AC/DC retiring/breaking up a few weeks ago, a lot of people were panicking. Everyone from industry pros to famous musicians wondered if AC/DC was actually going to continue on without guitarist/founder Malcolm Young, or if they should just hang up their hats after almost 40 years of rocking out.

And even though the story is that the legendary rock group is not retiring, but that Young's serious health issues are causing him to take a break from the band, it still made me pull out my AC/DC records and take them all for a spin. As I listened to '74 Jailbreak, I realized that the five-track EP is turning 30-years-old this year.


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Golden Gods Awards 2014: Guns N' Roses, Joan Jett, and More From Heavy Metal's Biggest Night

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Lauren Wise
Guns N' Roses at the Golden Gods.

Ahh, the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. A time when the metalheads freaks and rock 'n' roll geeks gather in one small venue to pay tribute to all the artists in the industry who don't really get credit for their masterful guitar riffs, rumbling bass licks, incessant double kick drum, and vocals ranging from melodic to menacing.

See also: Golden Gods Awards 2013: How Gene Simmons Gets Out of Interviews and Other Black Carpet Tales

This year's four-hour ceremony, held April 23 at the intimate Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, was full of highs and lows -- mosh pits, booze, old and new friends, and a handful of technical difficulties. And attending this year for the second time made me realize something important about the industry.

Many people were there specifically to see Axl Rose get the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (and see whether he was going to deliver live), and to watch Joan Jett rock the stage and make history as the first female to receive the Golden God Award.

For me, the concept of the Golden Gods always delivers on some level. I truly enjoy seeing the variety of cameos and musical performances. But my main issue with the Golden Gods has always been this: The event, which is one of the biggest celebrations of heavy music, isn't supported by the industry nearly as much as it should be.

The world of heavy metal constantly complains about how the genre isn't taken seriously. Every single Grammy season, an influx of whining tweets, posts and sound bites go out in to the void about how heavy metal is blatantly disregarded. Hell, I even wrote a Metal Mondays post this year called "The Grammys Must Hate Heavy Metal."

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Motörhead's Mikkey Dee on Lemmy's Health, the Motörhead Cruise, and the Key to Success

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There's something fascinating about Motörhead's longevity. Nearly 40 years ago, the English band fused together heavy metal and punk -- fueled by healthy doses of whiskey -- to become one of the early pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.


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