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National Metal Day Ticket Giveaway: Win tix to 15 metal concerts including Megadeth, Judas Priest, Anthrax, In Flames, and more on 11.11.11

National Metal Day Ticket Giveaway: Win tix to 15 metal concerts including Megadeth, Judas Priest, Anthrax, In Flames, and more on 11.11.11


NONE MORE METALWith inspiration from Nigel, and with an assist from VH1, we've now got yet another excuse to party on the magical date of...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 09, 2011
We Still See the Black: Artist Karlynn Holland on black forests, metal logos, and drawing your inner demon

We Still See the Black: Artist Karlynn Holland on black forests, metal logos, and drawing your inner demon


Karlynn Holland, Black ForestIn the Phoenix's first annual METAL ISSUE, we introduced you to "WE STILL SEE THE BLACK," a survey of heavy metal-themed art...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 15, 2011
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Slideshow: ''We Still See the Black'' at New Art Center

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 Newt
A slideshow of images from the ''We Still See the Black'' show at New Art Center through October 14, 2011.
By NEW ART CENTER  |  August 26, 2011
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Rainbow coalition

It is 1985. I am six years old, sitting in a sticky red leather booth in a wood-paneled room on the Sunset Strip, eating pizza.  
Hair-metal royalty, working-class meatheads, and six-year-olds still mingle at LA’s Rainbow Bar & Grille
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 26, 2011
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Out: Revocation display extreme metal form

Celebrating the release of their third full-length, Chaos of Forms (Relapse), Revocation put on a streamlined set that made clear why they've garnered universal acclaim for a sound that's both throwback to classic thrash and refreshingly modern.
Thrashachusetts
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 26, 2011
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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


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Shaping noise into extreme metal with Sewer Goddess

Sewer Goddess are gritty, grimy, and unpleasant listening, but a growing legion of gluttons flock to the band's audial punishment.
The grimy underground
By IAN DUNCAN-BROWN  |  August 26, 2011
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Inside the underworld of Crepusculo Negro

The most exciting music in American black metal today is being made by a collective of musicians who call themselves the Black Twilight Circle, and who combine for a dizzying array of line-ups under names like Arizmenda, Axeman, Kuxan Suum, the Hauntin
Black magic
By IAN DUNCAN-BROWN  |  August 26, 2011
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Anthrax | Worship Music

Anthrax has remained relevant over the past two decades mainly because John Bush, with his rumbling and powerful vocals, replaced Joey Belladonna.
Megaforce Records (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 26, 2011
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Dave Mustaine's righteous path

Now sober, the ginger frontman is not only sharing a bill with Metallica, but the stage in an end-of-the-night jam to celebrate the Big Four, along with Slayer and Anthrax, and commemorating 30 years of pioneering thrash by playing select gigs around the
Tragic hero
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 26, 2011
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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


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Dear ‘girlfriend metal’: Fuck you and the Facebook page you rode in on

I had no idea that the term "girlfriend metal" was used anywhere outside my immediate circle of snarky, elitist Brooklyn-based friends.
Take this genre and shove it
By KIM KELLY  |  August 26, 2011
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Tampa re-emerging as a death-metal hotbed

People up here in the Northeast normally associate Tampa, Florida, with balmy beaches and snowbirds. But look beyond the sands and the area is the perfect grindcore dystopia: boulevards flanked by miles of strip sprawl cut across a lattice of low-slung
Dark rays
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  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
MP3 of the Week: "Phoenix Born of Fire, Vol. 1" -- 15-track Massachusetts metal comp

MP3 of the Week: "Phoenix Born of Fire, Vol. 1" -- 15-track Massachusetts metal comp


This week for our Metal Issue, BORN OF FIRE and the Boston Phoenix raised their swords together and compiled this killer 15-track homegrown metal compilation,...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 24, 2011
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Rediscovering Metallica with a new bio

That the biggest metal band in metal history should be called METALLICA — it's just so frigging metal .
Write the lightning
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 20, 2011