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Metal and Hardcore

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Taste of Mayhem was a gift for dedicated fans of metal

    Rockstar Energy's Taste Of Mayhem Fest gave Denver's metal community the chance to see the bulk of bands on tour at an indoor venue, separate from main stage headliners, which will play tonight at Red Rocks. The supposed undercard for this year's fest nevertheless sold out as fans clamored to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is wrong about punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Why the Denver metal scene should be proud of last night's Meshuggah and BTBAM show

    It may not be unusual for a metal show to push the Ogden Theatre to full capacity, but any promoter is facing an uphill task in selling a Monday night show. Still, Denver metal fans rallied together for Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me with no concern for work, bedtimes or curfews. How did th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    What the hell is babymetal?

    Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Six nu-metal bands you shouldn't be ashamed to like

    There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Why Mayhem Festival's split Denver bill is a gift to serious metal fans

    One month after the full Mayhem Fest tour announcement which includes only five of the boasted 19 bands at Red Rocks July 14, the tour has announced an accompanying Taste of Mayhem show. The Fillmore will host the other 14 acts on July 13, including Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence and Miss May I. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    The ten best stoner metal bands

    No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    The 10 best thrash metal bands

    Thrash metal flayed disco Kiss before binging on high speed guitars, rapid double bass drum and foul lyrics. The emergence of thrash in the early '80s poked fun at a hardcore fan base of metal historians worshiping at the alter of loud and slow. These thrash bands did the world a favor and took meta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    The ten best Christian metal bands of all time

    Over the years, there have been plenty of Christian metal bands playing in a variety of styles, from death metal to metalcore to '80s metal. Some artists in this realm often wish critics and fans would focus less the religious aspect -- claiming it detracts from the music -- while others embrace the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Matt Harvey on forming Exhumed: "We were the angriest fifteen-year-olds of all time"

    Exhumed (due at Denver Black Sky this Saturday, December 14, at the Gothic Theatre) started in San Jose, California when Matt Harvey, the band's sole original member, was just fifteen years old. Rather than following the trends of the genre at the time, Exhumed has remained faithful to the older ten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Morbid Angel's David Vincent on music: "I don't really look at labels. I like good music"

    Formed in Tampa -- the home of death metal -- in 1984, Morbid Angel (due Friday, November 22, at the Bluebird Theater) may not have put out the subgenre's founding document (an honor generally bestowed on Possessed's 1985 masterpiece, Seven Churches), but it can rightfully be considered one of its p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Kreator's Mille Petrozza: "When things are really, really bad, there can always be a way out"

    Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, Kreator was one of the non-American pioneers of thrash. Like many of its peers, Kreator began as a speed metal band inspired the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but the added influence of acts like Venom and Discharge produced an adrenalized thrash sound. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    The best metal shows in Denver in October

    SUN | DEICIDE at GOTHIC THEATER | 10/13/13 While many metal bands flirt with concepts and perceived aesthetics of Satanism, Deicide has championed a very anti-Christian stance. Deicide, formed in Tampa in 1987, has long been one of the pillars of death metal since releasing its self-titled 1990 debu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    The ten best Norwegian metal bands

    Sweden is to death metal, as Norway is to black metal. Norway's sixth sense for finding black metal with the right amount of heavy guitar distortion, banshee shrieking vocals and an unrefined recording quality gives them a black flame kick that fuels the fire of many metal fans. Keep reading for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Space In Time's Javram Ciel-Tilton on the greatness of Uriah Heap and 1970s hard rock

    Space In Time was started by some friends from the local punk and metal scenes who had rediscovered their love of early '70s hard rock. In 2007, guitarist Javram Ciel-Tilton and drummer Yancy Green tapped some other friends to start a band in that vein, and for the next six years, Space In Time deve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    The fifteen best hair metal bands of all time

    Before grunge scrubbed the smeared makeup off of the face of hair metal and trimmed its flowing locks, an endless parade of longhaired dudes did their level best to destroy the ozone layer, fueled by a steady diet of sex, drugs, rock and roll. Oh, and, well, depending on the band, more sex and lots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    The ten worst collaborations in metal

    Magic can certainly happen in the recording studio, but with some collaborations, a witch's brew with a horrid stink can also boil over. Huge lottery-sized paychecks evidently blinded these poor fools from seeing what truly awful things they were creating. Where's Marty McFly when you need him? If o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    The ten best metal videos

    Music videos are the artistic representation of the band's music, a visual extension of muscle from the shoulder to the fist, jarring a deeper emotion in your brain. If music videos were never created, who knows what would've happened? Well, actually a couple things are certain: We would've been spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    The ten best metal reunion/revitalization efforts

    When musicians reconvene, it can often be as unpredictable as a high school reunion, but at least when band dudes get back together or merely rediscover their original inspiration, it's something to look forward to rather than dread. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best metal reunion/rivitaliz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Dave Mustaine talks addiction, religion and having a personal relationship with God

    Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine first conceived Gigantour as a platform to showcase acts whose music featured virtuosic guitar playing. In addition to his own band, the festival's inaugural roster in 2005 included prog-rock vets Dream Theater, extreme metal unit Nevermore and skronky math-core heroe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The ten best southern metal bands

    Because of the relentless pounding humid heat, a different kind of anger boils in the veins of southern metal cowpokes. Southern metal is at all times heavy like metal should be, but it's also lethargic at times with a sweet tea in hand sitting on the porch, and sometimes it's wild with beer while o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    The ten biggest arguments in metal

    In the company of booze and a bowl, a metalhead's favorite pastime is arguing about all things metal -- the who, what, where, when, why and how something is the best of the best. These arguments typically end with someone spitting out of blood/teeth, bloody noses, fat lips and a cold can of beer on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The ten best pioneering metal frontmen

    Along with a killer set of pipes, the best frontmen can stand at his pulpit on stage and engage with the crowds and rage while conducting the flow of the show. Decisive, commanding and blunt, these men are the alpha males of alpha males, the kings of kingpins, and like Conquistadors, they take what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Ten most common metal subgenres examined

    Keeping track of metal and all its subgenres can often be a confusing and frustrating. Classic and thrash metal are at the center of the metal universe, while various other styles are major and minor constellations radiating manic energy. Sorting through the subgenres can be a tedious task. Thus why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    The ten most ferocious female pioneers in metal

    In a genre teeming with testosterone and addled by adrenaline, women have made leaps and bounds in metal over the years. Defying dainty stereotypes, these beauties have butted heads with the best of them. More salty than sweet, these ladies are tougher than leather. Keep reading for the ten most fer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    The five best metal shows in Denver in July

    MAYHEM FESTIVAL @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | SUN, 7/7/13 Established in part by Kevin Lyman, one of the founders of the Warped Tour, this traveling showcase features a stacked lineup that caters to metal fans, with side activities for your downtime throughout the day. With a metal roster as diverse as Rob Zo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    The ten best debut metal albums

    You only get one chance to make a first impression, as they say, and these bands sure made the most of their opportunity. Some of these inaugural releases launched new subgenres, while others have yet to be matched in more two decades. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best debut metal albums. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    The ten shittiest nu metal bands

    Nu metal is the non-alcoholic beer of metal. Why waste your time? Altering, developing, and tweeking metal is fine (see sludge or progressive metal), but nu metal strips away everything that is good about metal and somehow makes it sound tepid and miserable, with generic words describing the collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The ten best faceless metal bands

    These are the phantoms of the metal opera. They are the faceless. Human? Alien? Robot? Beast? Pinky and the Brain? Luke Skywalker's father? Nobody knows for sure. The only way we could ever find out is if we go back in time to the '50s to collect a bunch of UPC codes for some X-ray glasses. For now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    The ten most disappointing metal albums

    In the darkest recesses of the metal world, truly shitty albums lurk. Now, these albums aren't necessarily 100 percent shitty (there may still be some redeeming music to be found), but they are certainly incredibly disappointing, particularly given the otherwise worthiness of their creators. Plug yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    The ten horniest metal bands

    Getting laid is one of the perks of the trade. Guys form bands with the sole goal of getting their bananas peeled. Most metal dudes are satisfied with groupies every night, but some just can't get enough of the jiggly bits and the furry monsters, so they end up singing about sex on top of that. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    The ten geekiest metal bands

    Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planets. These bands aren't necessari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week

    TURBONEGRO @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/20/13 In 1989, when Norwegian band Turbonegro got together, it was clearly fueled by a love of Alice Cooper and acts like Hanoi Rocks and the Stooges. You can hear the influence in songs like "Sell Your Body (To the Night)," which features an obvious guitar-riff n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    THE DEAR HUNTER @ MARQUIS THEATER | TUES, 4/16/13 The Dear Hunter was a side project launched in 2005 while Casey Crescenzo was touring with his now-former band, the Receiving End of Sirens. He had been writing songs on his laptop and recording them in his spare time. Crescenzo eventually devoted fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Eric Greif, Death's longtime manager, on the significance and influence of Death on metal

    Founded in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner, Death helped to codify the aesthetic of death metal alongside early pioneers like Possessed. Schuldiner was sixteen when the band formed and twenty by the time the outfit's debut album, 1987's Scream Bloody Gore, was released. The sonic brutality of the first two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork on playing a homemade drum kit made of cardboard boxes

    Soilwork formed in Helsinborg, Sweden, in 1995 and developed out of the Gothenburg melodic death metal mold, incorporating aspects of NWOBHM and other styles of music to forge an angular yet flowing sound of its own. Though clearly rooted in prog, there is enough of punk frayed edges in the band's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    The ten best metal shows in Denver this April

    KVELERTAK @ LARIMER LOUNGE | TUES, 4/30/13 Kvelertak formed in 2007. Completely disregarding a line between metal and punk, the Stavinger, Sweden-based act brings the sonic intensity and violent and frayed dynamics of bands like Breather Resist. The band's song "Mjød" appeared in the end credits fo ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Tom Hunting of Exodus on how building a song is like building the best sandwich possible

    Exodus was founded in 1980 by a group of high school friends that included a pre-Metallica Kirk Hammett and Tom Hunting, the sole remaining original member of the act. The classic line-up also featured Paul Baloff on vocals and Gary Holt, who moved over to guitar when Kirk joined Metallica, just pri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    The ten best metal shows in Denver this month

    There's a wide range of metal on tap this month that will appeal to an equally wide range of metal fans, from doom and grindcore to death metal and industrial, from local heroes to renowned international acts, in big and small venues. Keep reading to see what shows should be on your calendar this mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The six best metal shows in Denver this month

    So you like your music hard and heavy, do ya? Good news: You're in for some serious brutality this month. There's a ton of shows happening in February, all of which are listed in our concert calendar, but here, we've singled out the six best metal shows in Denver (well, and one in Colorado Springs). ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    Dying Fetus

    Saturday, December 15, Marquis Theater, 866-468-7621.

  • Music

    November 29, 2012

    Shadows Fall

    Friday, November 30, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    November 15, 2012

    Dethklok

    Tuesday, November 20, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    The 25 creepiest metal album covers

    Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside... See also: - The 25 ... More >>

  • Music

    October 18, 2012

    The Deftones

    Friday, October 19, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    August 16, 2012

    Cannibal Corpse

    Monday, August 20, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Charlie Benante is looking ahead rather than reflecting on Anthrax's thirtieth anniversary

    See Also: Sunday: Anthrax at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre Joey Belladonna talks about Married...With Children and rejoining the band Scott Ian on Worship Music, comic books, Doctor Who and interviewing Ozzy Photos: Anthrax at Summit Music Hall, 10/19/11 Review: Anthrax at Summit Music Hall, 10/18/10 ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2012

    Iconocaust

    Excidium De Gratia
    Self-released

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