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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
John Dadzie, the orbital center of Los Angeles' dubstep galaxy known as SMOG, is the mastermind behind 12th Planet. Transitioning from drum and bass to dubstep seems to be a natural course for producers in the past few years, and Dadzie has been at the forefront of that movement's progression. We re ... More >>
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 >>
Sunday, April 14, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.
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 >>
Dragged Down a Dead End Path
METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12 The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying ... More >>
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 >>
Ethics be damned, I download music illegally. Why, just the other day, I downloaded Metallica's entire catalogue and then deleted it and downloaded it again just because fuck Metallica. Mostly, though, it's a convenience thing: I would consider buying tracks at a reasonable price on iTunes or some s ... More >>
Megadeth (due tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium) may be one of the Big Four of thrash, but in many ways, its frontman Dave Mustaine is largely responsible for the sound and aesthetic of three of the Big Four. As a member of Metallica before that band recorded its first full-length, Mustaine's name ... More >>
For years, Barry Fey says, music fans have been needling him to write a book. "You know, people have been saying 'When's the book? When's the book?' for fifteen years," Fey notes. "It was daily, wherever I would go out... 'When's the book? Come on, you've got to write a book!'" Well, he final ... More >>
Headbanger's Ball started on April 18, 1987, and ran for nearly eight years. With little regard for a narrow definition of what constituted metal, the show's programmers seemed to embrace it all. So you would see a Poison video, something from Motorhead and then something from the Cult. The e ... More >>
In honor of MTV's 30th Anniversary this week, we're reflecting on the network's best moments from the past three decades. Today: Our favorite music videos riffed on by Beavis and Butt-head. The duo tackled something around 250 different videos throughout the show's eight seasons, and although ... More >>
Brandon MarshallWhen Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica, he decided to from his own band that would be bigger, faster and heavier. So with that in mind in 1984, he enlisted the help of an eighteen-year old Minnesota transplant named David Ellefson on bass and formed Megadeth. Over the ... More >>
Jelmer de Haas via Adele.tv Online dating, that cesspool of hilarious stories and perhaps even true love. Sure, you could scour OkCupid for witty About Me paragraphs, be completely charmed by his or her fondness for biking in the rain, and then get to the favorites section. Favorite band is T ... More >>
Anti-piracy and counterfeiting prevention company Envisional recently released a report detailing the 10,000 most popular files crossing the streams of BitTorrent trackers. Porn has taken the top, uh, seed, followed closely by non-porn film, while music was near the bottom of the list. What ... More >>
When a band covers a song, it should go one of two ways: Either the remake should be a virtually flawless representation, or come out as a startling contrast from the original. Cover bands, on the other hand, are a different story altogether -- fans go to see them because they want a copy. No ... More >>
Old school metal fans across the country are no doubt peeing themselves right now over The Big 4 (we certainly are). In case you happened to miss the big announcement on Facebook earlier today, four of the metal's venerable titans are going to be together on the same stage for the first time since ... More >>
Sometimes we have to wonder if folks that program for Apple's App Store are hell-bent on wasting people's time. We spent an evening with as many artist-specific iPhone apps we could get our hands on and found a few amazing things, a few interesting things and a plethora of pure and total cr ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>
Harptallica enters like a sandman.
Saturday, April 12, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-837-0360.
Who will be inducted next? Gaze into our crystal ball.
Sunday, August 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Rockin' Monsters on the Mountain stomps Copper.
Friday, March 18, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Leviathan (Relapse Records)
Some Kind of Monster EP (Elektra)
Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica (CMH Records)
“Nothing Else Matters,” especially when it comes to local music.
Putting the season's major releases to the test.
It was the tag-team grudge match of early '97. Guess who won.