Metal and Hardcore

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    November 5, 2014

    The 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest Survival Guide

    Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Austin hits this weekend, and for many of Texas' most devout music heads, it's the music festival of the year. That's because, unlike many of the nation's biggest fests that cannibalize lineups from one another and rarely deviate from the norm, Fun Fun Fun rewards its audience' ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Last Night in Dallas, GWAR's Dead Singer's Disembodied Penis Ejaculated On the Crowd

    GWAR Gas Monkey Live, Dallas Thursday, October 23, 2014 In March this year Dave Brockie, better known as an intergalactic barbarian by the name of Oderus Urungus, was found dead of a heroin overdose. For a lot of bands, losing their lead singer and sole remaining original member would be filed unde ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Mayhem Festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/9/14

    Rockstar Mayhem Festival Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Saturday, August 9, 2014 This year's Mayhem Festival was more than just a collection of metal bands like Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Korn and Avenged Sevenfold dominating the stage with mind-blowing music that warped the lines of metal genres. I ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Baring Teeth Elevate Local Metal to New Heights

    By Jezy J. Gray What if I told you that the most sonically adventurous outfit in DFW music is a death metal band? If you've ever caught a live performance from Baring Teeth, you wouldn't be surprised. Whether leveling cramped local DIY venues or opening for behemoths like Dillinger Escape Plan, the ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Bruce Dickinson Was Wrong About Punk Music

    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 >>

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    June 26, 2014

    The 10 Best Dallas Metal Venues

    Since the days of Joe's Garage, North Texas' metal venues have hosted some groundbreaking local bands like Rigor Mortis, Pantera and Drowning Pool with mosh pits reaching same intensity as the ones appearing at summer festivals at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco or Quicktri ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Reveals Date and Stage Schedules

    They've already let us "Guess the Fest." They've also given us the full lineup. Now the folks at Fun Fun Fun Fest have gone a step further and laid out the day-by-day schedule, which will be spread out over three days (and three stages) this fall from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9. That m ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Phil Anselmo of Down: "It's Like a New Lease on Life"

    Phil Anselmo is known by many things in the metal community. He's been called "fucking brutal" when he takes the stage and the "Evel Kneivel" of heavy metal because of all his stage injuries. To some, he's a brother and a tough guy; to others, he's an asshole whom they'll only cross once. But one na ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Judas Priest to Headline Fun Fun Fun Fest This November

    Betcha didn't see this one coming: Austin's annual late-year concert extravaganza, Fun Fun Fun Fest, just revealed the lineup for this year's edition, and the headliners will be none other than everyone's favorite metalhead leatherboys, Judas Priest. That's right, of "Breaking the Law" fame. The sam ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Dillinger Escape Plan Is Still The Best Live Band In The World

    Dillinger Escape Plan With Tera Melos, Vattnet Viskar, and Baring Teeth Trees, Dallas Thursday, May 1, 2014 Last time I saw the Dillinger Escape Plan, I informed you of their status as the best live band in the world. I took ten months, searching up and down, over hill and dale, from sea to shining ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Thrashin' Alan on His Love for Metal and Hosting KNON's Hard Time Radio for 18 Years

    For nearly 20 years "Thrashin'" Alan Tuggle has been promoting metal on his radio show Hard Time Radio on KNON. It's a position that has also afforded him opportunities to interview idols of the metal scene from Ronnie James Dio to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. He's become a fixture in the local music ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore: "Honestly, I Really Don't Care What Happens After I Die"

    Hailing from New Orleans, Goatwhore are one of the most anti-religious metal bands going. But despite the darkness of their overarching message, the music is tight, white hot, stop on a dime hardcore metal. Hanging together for nearly two decades, Goatwhore have released six full-lengths, but 2012's ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Ronnie Sterling, the Assistant Principal Who's in a Metal Band

    Ronnie Sterling isn't your typical high school assistant principal. He's also a guitarist in Protest, a local band known for its "unrelenting, no bullshit metal onslaught on stage." It often comes as shock to students when they find out he plays in a metal band. "Wow, there's no way," they say. Afte ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Andy Marsh of Thy Art is Murder on Deathcore and Waffles

    Hailing from Australia, Thy Art is Murder is a deathcore band that has managed to garner significant fan bases in Germany, the UK and here in the States. Hate, the band's sophomore effort from 2012, is considered by many a hallmark deathcore release and the album actually charted in Australia. Spea ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    The Heavy Metal Hall of Fame -- in Arlington? Could Be.

    Jerry Warden is a conduit for promoting heavy metal in the North Texas area. The former lead singer of Warlock, one of the first heavy metal bands in DFW, started in the early '80s hosting live shows in the middle of a pasture christened "Heavy Meadows." He continued with several DJ positions at KNO ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Janne Warman of Children of Bodom Talks Taco Bell and Metal Keyboards

    For nearly twenty years, the Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom has done the symphonic, melodic death metal thing with passion and power to spare. Long considered one of Scandinavia's best metal outfits, Children of Bodom have never resisted change. Proof of such is the band's recently issue ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The Top 10 Metal Love Songs

    In honor of St. Valentine's Day, we wanted to offer you a list of love songs. But, these aren't the ordinary love songs about boys falling in love with girls, or girls getting their heart broken. The following heavy metal songs represent the madness and chaos of love's firm grip on the human psyche ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Meet "Blue," the Young Fort Worth Drummer Who's Already a Metal Star

    Every aspiring metal band knows that if they want their band truly to soar into the major leagues of arena playing, they need a drummer. Not just any drummer, but one who can keep the rhythm of the song and also provide the guttural devastation that lends depth and power to the growling of the guita ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Slayer Will Play Tribute to Jeff Hanneman on This Tour, Just Not the Way They Wanted To

    This year marks thrash metal's 30th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than watching one of the Big Four bands that helped to bring it to the masses? Tonight, Slayer will bring their pulse-pounding metal to the South Side Ballroom at Gilley's in Dallas. It's their first tour since guitar ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    The Six Best "Rivalries" in 25 Years of Dallas Observer Music Awards

    This year, we'll celebrate our 25th Dallas Observer Music Awards. Voting is open now, and the ceremony is on November 5 at House of Blues. Over the years, we've seen our fair share of bands appearing on the DOMA nominee list year after year. And, in a few notable cases, they found themselves in the ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Avenged Sevenfold is One of The Best Bands in America: Show Review

    Often erroneously lumped into softer, newer corners of the heavy music world, California's Avenged Sevenfold are much more influenced by the old school metal of Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy than some realize. And that was on display Saturday night at the American Airlines Center as the band (plus a c ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Behind the Scenes at Mayhem Fest with Scorpion Child

    It soars into the air, a sparkling baton for rock singers. It's chrome-plated shaft sears fingertips upon contact. It spins first, then tumbles while singer Ayrn Black of Scorpion Child dances and jams with the solos being played on a Flying V and a Les Paul. He doesn't need the microphone for anoth ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    The Nine Best DFW Metal Guitarists

    Ever since Mike Scaccia and Dimebag Darrell broke on through to the other side, many Dallas metal fans have been longing for someone to step into the limelight and accept the legendary guitarslingers' mantels and inspire a whole new generation of headbangers. Never fear true believers (hey, didn't ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    The Sword's John Cronise: Metal Fans Deserve Better Than the New Black Sabbath Album

    Formed in Austin nearly a decade ago, The Sword is one of the heaviest bands to emerge from that scene. Full of monstrous guitar riffs and typically bombastic sci-fi themes, the four Sword albums are intense, thought-provoking and filled with good humor. The band's most recent effort, Apocryphon, is ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    How to Play Guitar: The 10 Essential YouTube Videos

    In the late '80s/early '90s, if you wanted to become a guitarslinger but couldn't afford lessons, your options were limited to guitar tab in a magazine like Guitar World or Guitar One, your old man or some other drunken family member willing to show you a chord or two before slapping you with a beer ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013
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    July 1, 2013

    Meshuggah Helps A Cancer Patient's Dream Comes True

    [Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV Colon Cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for our sister paper OC Weekly on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis Died With His Boots On: Echoes and Reverberations

    Safe to say that I was doing bong hits on the couch one afternoon back in 1987 when Michael Alago, the A&R rep from Elektra Records who discovered and signed Metallica, called me up out of the blue and asked what was happening with the music scene here in Dallas. Alago was based in New York City, an ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Last Shot: Meeting Meshuggah

    [Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV Colon Cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for our sister paper OC Weekly on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Warbeast - The Boiler Room - May 18, 2013

    Rigor Mortis, Gammacide, Devilfist and Demonseed are all the musical ingredients the supergroup Texas Metal Alliance needed to create Warbeast, a legendary Texas thrash metal super supergroup. Adding just a dash of "no bullshit metal onslaught" by local acts Protest and The Black Moriah, Warbeast se ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    A Family-Friendly Music Festival and Cannibal Corpse: Just Another Saturday in Dallas

    Saturday in Dallas was a day you could choose to paint in the starkest possible contrasts, if that's your thing. Two big gatherings cut from an extraordinarily different cloth were happening within a relatively pleasant fifteen-minute stroll of each other, and how often do you get to travel from one ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    This Week's Top Show Announcements: Divine Fits, Blue Oyster Cult, Ben Folds Five, Rob Zombie and More

    As we sit in our cubicles, school chairs or desks today, the Texas sky is relentless with its 73-degree beauty, tempting all of us to turn on some tunes, throw up our hands and have recess. Texas has just reached the perfect time of year when all of the alchemy is correct for hosting a plethora of m ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Rex Brown is Ready to Talk About the Rise and Fall of Pantera

    Pick up a copy of Official Truth 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera at any local bookstore or online at Amazon. Rex will be signing copies of the book at Barnes & Noble on Northwest Highway in Dallas on Tuesday night, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. Back in the Nineties, Panetra rocked venue after venu ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Top Show Announcements: Big Boi, Smashing Pumpkins, Bruno Mars, Black Flag and More

    This particular announcement post stirs up some old memories: The last time Big Boi was in town, a handful of my friends--after dancing with him onstage--somehow made their way onto his tour bus, and proceeded to happily dance, smoke weed and partake in all sorts of fun, drunken debauchery. I was st ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    How to Appreciate Metal: A Four-Step Guide

    Step One: Admit the world and worry obliterating limitations of Indie Rock, Top 40 and basically everything else. Boss getting you down? Spouse (or partner) ripping you a new one? Fido pissing in the house? Friend forgetting to pay you the $20 that you loaned him (or her) last Friday night? Is your ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2013


    Thursday, January 31, at The Granada Theater

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    January 31, 2013

    The Atlas Moth Genesis: Metallica, Talent Shows and Peter Gunn

    The Atlas Moth will be in town on Thursday with opening for death metal proggers Gojira at the Granada. Frontman Stavros Giannopoulos took some time out to talk about the first shows he saw as a kid, The Blues Brothers, and Peter Gunn. Growing up, was there anybody that inspired you to play music? ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Father John Misty, Jim James, Cannibal Corpse and More of This Week's Show Announcements

    Father John Misty Monday, May 6, at Granada Theater It's no news that J. Tillman has had many musical past lives, including a short-lived stint with the Fleet Foxes, but after the release of Fear Fun last summer, the first album under his moniker Father John Misty, he's perhaps never been more at ho ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    10 Heavy Metal Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die

    In the near or not so-near future,when you're lying on your deathbed, you'll reflect on things in your life that you've failed to accomplish: the kiss you never gave, the boss you never slugged and the metal album you never bought because your partner was bitching about the money that you "wasted o ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Ten Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

    2012 did not end with the bang promised by the Mayans. Fortunately, 2013 is gearing up to be the year of Heavy Metal. Some of the industry's oldest and newest legends are conjuring some tunes to help nurse the no-apocalypse blues. Here are the ten metal albums likely to get the most attention in 201 ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013
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    January 3, 2013

    Warbeast Split EPs, Skulls in 2013

    When Arlington thrashers Warbeast flew overseas to co-headline a tour with legendary Pantera/Down vocalist Phil Anselmo, the band's pulverizing riffs and grueling lyrics slew metal fans across Europe. A joint album seemed like another one of the devil's pipe dreams until the two entities announced t ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Lamb of God - Palladium Ballroom - 12/7/12

    Lamb of God, Hellyeah, In Flames, Sylosis Palladium Ballroom Friday, December 7 Christmas came early this year, as Sylosis, Hellyeah, In Flames and Lamb of God imploded eardrums on Friday night. British band Sylosis started the show, offering a modernized version of old-school Bay Area thrash metal ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    The 10 Best Metal Songs of 2012

    Compiling a list of the best metal songs of the Apocalypse nearly drove us insane, especially when the tiny devils swarmed our offices, screaming, "We said Warbeast, assholes!" But we ignored their irritating voices and came up with a list that would make David Letterman's original body turn over in ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Dethklok's Brendon Smalls Talks About How This Tour Is a "Disney Ride But With Murder"

    Brendon Smalls is the creator of the animated series Home Movies and Metalocalypse, and the driving force behind the most successful animated death metal band in the history of metal, Dethklok. He's an amazing guitarist who graduated from Berklee College of Music. His band has two of the highest-rat ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012


    Friday, November 30, at House of Blues

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    November 29, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 2

    Bettye LaVette, Bobby Patterson Thursday, November 29, at The Kessler Theater, $25-$35 Bettye LaVette's 1965 single "Let Me Down Easy" was the song that should have put the Detroit singer in the ranks of the Supremes and Marvin Gaye. LaVette's fame came later in life, however, namely as she's re-eme ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

    By Jason Roche 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...

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    September 12, 2012

    Phil Anselmo On His First Gig: "I Was About Seven Octaves Out Of Key"

    See also: A not-so-vulgar discussion of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power Next Tuesday, Phil Anselmo comes back to Dallas with Down, to play a show that was originally planned for the Ridglea Theater, but has now moved to Trees. Anselmo talked about the first show he played, how he befriended fell ... More >>

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