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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
| 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
| February 03, 2012
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
| August 26, 2011
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
| August 26, 2011
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...
| August 25, 2011
Death Ray Vision emerge from scrap metal
Metal, being a musical genre based on extremes, embodies an ongoing war between conservative and radical forces.
| 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
| March 04, 2011
Photos: Motherboar at Great Scott
Motherboar perform at Great Scott on January 22, 2011.
Motherboar | Great Scott | January 22, 2011
| 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
| October 15, 2010
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,...
| 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
| March 05, 2010
Review: Brütal Legend
The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
Brutal is one way to put it
| 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
| 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
| 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
| April 17, 2009
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
| 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.
| March 30, 2009
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
| February 25, 2009
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
| February 09, 2009
Slideshow: Metallica live at the Garden
TD Banknorth Garden, January 18, 2009
| 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
| 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
| January 07, 2009
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
| November 19, 2008
Rock and rote
Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
| 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
| 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)
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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?
| July 02, 2008
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