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Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
Coolest of the heavies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012

Photos: Megadeth + Motorhead at the Tsongas Arena

Megadeth and Motorhead perform live at the Tsongas Arena on January 29, 2012.
January 29, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 03, 2012
metal art 3

Newton's New Art Center exposes heavy metal from within

Named for a Candlemass song, staged in a former church, and curated by a pair of noise-loving MassArt grads, the upcoming group show "We Still See the Black" brings a thunderous charge of wrathful, subtle, beguiling, and teeming contemporary art to Newto
The black art
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 26, 2011
more big 4

Why there won't ever be another 'Big Four' - and why that's a good thing

In April, thrash metal's self-billed "Big Four" — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — played a one-off American show in the middle of the desert in Indio, California.
The state of metal
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 26, 2011
Revered LA black metal collective Black Twilight Circle gives first-ever interview to Boston Phoenix

Revered LA black metal collective Black Twilight Circle gives first-ever interview to Boston Phoenix

The revolutionary Los Angeles-based black-metal collective BLACK TWILIGHT CIRCLE -- home to Volahn, Arizmenda, Axeman, Kuxan Suum, Dolorvotre, and many others on their Crepusculo Negro...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 25, 2011
DRV list

Death Ray Vision emerge from scrap metal

Metal, being a musical genre based on extremes, embodies an ongoing war between conservative and radical forces.  
Veteran thrashers
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 22, 2011


Making sense of Contrast Eats the Slimey Green

That Two series at the Port City is great for plenty of reasons — including the cheap beer, obviously — but that gig a couple Tuesdays back with Metal Feathers opening for Spouse on the big stage pretty much justifies the whole endeavor.
Metal on metal
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2011

Photos: Motherboar at Great Scott

Motherboar perform at Great Scott on January 22, 2011.
Motherboar | Great Scott | January 22, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 28, 2011

Sword and tailor

The concept of the rock opera strikes fear into the hearts of many — and rightly so. Yet heavy metal since Zeppelin has always been friendly to hobbity tales of mirth and mayhem.
Warp Riders brings a new concept to metal
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 15, 2010
Danzig at House of Blues gets a big wet kiss

Danzig at House of Blues gets a big wet kiss

Photo: EVILIVE/M. NUNEZ“You motherfuckers are almost as crazy as I am!” Glenn Danzig is high-fiving fans in the front row, midway through Monday night’s set,...
By Daniel Brockman  |  June 24, 2010

The other side of heavy

Loving heavy rock is a two-step process. Step one is easy: you hear something heavier than you've ever heard before, and you realize, "This is my thing." Step two is a little trickier: you wonder, "What is 'heavy'?" If you can accept the idea that a ce
Harvey Milk scramble your metal detector
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 05, 2010


Review: Brütal Legend

The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
Brutal is one way to put it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 16, 2009

Photos: Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys at Comcast Center

Aerosmith and Dropkick Murphys, live at Comcast Center
Aerosmith and Dropkick Murphys, live at Comcast Center in Mansfield, June 16, 2009
By MARY OUELLETTE  |  June 19, 2009

Beauty in the beast

My Zen moment with Mastodon hit at about the point where the maelstrom of "The Czar, pt. I: Usurper" receded only to be replaced with the falling-down-stairs drum battery and faux Southern-rock riff twang and intentional pick squeals of "The Czar, pt.
Mastodon, live at the Boston House of Blues, May 7, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 15, 2009

Music seen: Clubber Lang, Antiseptic + Batshelter

Ah, Batshelter. What exactly are they? Punk, metal, a little of both, or something far more complex? Whichever, they've developed quite the following in the past few months.
Clubber Lang, Antiseptic + Batshelter at Geno's, April 10
By DAN CLARK  |  April 17, 2009

Ship, ahoy!

Pigboat are not nu metal, or speed metal, or death metal, or glam metal, or any of the other metals, really.
Pigboat proves metal can Float
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 17, 2009


Mastodon | Crack in the Skye

"Mastodon are a full-on metal band for people who think they're too cool to like metal," writes Will Hermes in his four-star Rolling Stone review of the latest from these veteran Atlanta bone crushers.
Reprise (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 30, 2009

The outsiders

Ocean's album Pantheon of the Lesser  — a two-track, hour-long, deconstructionist monster — is the linchpin of what's become an exciting moment for the Portland doom metal four-piece.
Ocean join the Pantheon
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 25, 2009

Slay anything

Boston's Irepress weren't supposed to be an instrumental band. What they've evolved into just happens to be too stylishly sinuous to lend itself to lots of words.
Words fail the post-everything epics of Irepress
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 09, 2009

Slideshow: Metallica live at the Garden

TD Banknorth Garden, January 18, 2009
By JOE HARRINGTON  |  January 20, 2009

The Big Hurt: Who charted?

In order to serve you better, I'll be taking an occasional look at the charts and giving a brief rundown of the week in pop.
Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 12, 2009


Interview: Crooked X

Before I climb onto the enormo tour bus of Oklahoma modern rockers Crooked X, I meet up with them at a Dunkin' Donuts, and witness their drummer, Boomer, ask his road manager, with a straight face, if they have Egg McMuffins here.
Your New Favorite Teenage Rock N Roll High School Metal Music Machine
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 07, 2009

Sonic youth

After a pair of successful record-release gigs at Firehouse 13, Cali Smile will join an indie-rock bill on Friday (the 21st) at URI with locals the Coming Weak, the Noise Campaign, and Warwick's Dorado 30, to name a few — all for only $4 at the door.
California Smile bring the noise
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 19, 2008

Rock and rote

Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 05, 2008

Another Nail in the coffin

Big Coffin Hunters are no big fans of McCain/Palin, the Bushies, or neo-cons, either, and their new album, Drive Another Nail , manages toss in a little political commentary amongst fun macabre metal tunes.
A driving new album for Halloween and Election Day
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 29, 2008

Pump up the Volume

Nowadays, it’s hard to remember that Twisted Roots ever broke up in the first place.  
A Twisted Roots retrospective (with five new songs)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 16, 2008


Hotter than ever

The Hot Club Waterfront Festival returns this weekend with a lineup as diverse as the melting pot of 21-plus partygoers who will fill South Water Street throughout the weekend.
A rich lineup at the Hot Club Waterfront Festival
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 03, 2008


In these unsettling times of geopolitical instability around the globe and economic chaos here at home, it’s nice to know that we can depend on Motörhead.
Motörizer | Steamhammer/SPV
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 02, 2008

Eyes for others

If your husband denies checking out other women, it might be time for you to blatantly check out other men while in his presence.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  August 13, 2008

A six-pack for the Fourth

There’s no better holiday for throwing back a few cold ones and listening to tunes on the dock, boat, front lawn, or backyard, and there are plenty of discs I’ve been meaning to make people aware of.
Looking for the right buzz for your Independence party?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2008