GWARSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, November 20, 2014Earlier this year, GWAR -- the intergalactically renowned metal band made up of alien warriors -- appeared on the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series at an emotional time. GWAR had recently been rocked by the overdose of founding member ... More >>
GWAR | Skyway Theatre | Thursday, November 20When Dave Brockie --the human avatar of GWAR's hideous, hilarious front-thing, Oderus Urungus -- passed away last year, it was only natural that many fans assumed that it would be curtains for the band. After more than 30 years of blasting worldwide au ... More >>
Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, November 15 The best piece of theater in the Twin Cities Saturday night wasn't at the Guthrie, or in a theater at all. It was at Xcel Energy Center, as Mötley Crüe came through town on their last tour, closing out more than 30 ... More >>
Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>
The Summer Slaughter Tour Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art is Dying, Goatwhore, Origin, et al Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis Sunday, August 3, 2014 You couldn't have picked a better place to hold a marathon metal festival on a summer Sunday than the Skyway Theatre. In its eighth year r ... More >>
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 >>
Metal as a genre transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always been popul ... More >>
On Sunday, the final Vikings' game will take place at the Metrodome, their indoor football home since 1982. And beginning shortly afterward, the Dome will be demolished in order to build the new Vikings stadium. In addition to all of the unforgettable (but mostly frustrating) sports' memories that h ... More >>
The name Glenn Danzig has lived in metal and punk fans' vocabularies since 1977, when he started the legendary horror-punk group Misfits. But to music fans who didn't dwell in the underground, Danzig became Danzig in 1988, with the release of his eponymous band's self-titled debut. That album was a ... More >>
Evil Elvis recording with members of Prong, Ministry, and Type O Negative
Metal Alliance Tour III featuring Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail First Avenue, Minneapolis Thursday, April 4, 2013 In the live music world there are two major ingredients: nostalgia and catharsis. There was a heaping helping of both last night in the form of a sweaty, ... More >>
Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders and Intronaut Mill City Nights, Minneapolis Sunday, February 24, 2013This tour so far hasn't gone without a hitch since singer Jens Kidman fell ill to the flu for the first half of this month, Meshuggah returned to the Twin Cities in perfect health and their most stel ... More >>
DethklokWith Black Dahlia MurderMyth, St. PaulWednesday, November 14, 2012On Wednesday, the doors of Myth nightclub opened a portal to a bizarre, suburban limbo. An odd, eclectic and inarguably sincere mix of fans had gathered to watch a death metal show and, admittedly, the aesthetic of a venue tha ... More >>
It's hard to believe that it's already been six years since the institution of rock was turned on its face, the fame of the Beatles reduced to mere peanuts in the presence of something so much more important and the inhabitants of the planet rendered lemmings to the Doomsday ticking of Dethklok. Ok ... More >>
The Twin Cities have long had a burgeoning independent metal scene, but few breakout stars. In the '80s, Powermad benefited from the major label rush to take advantage of aggressive trends and briefly joined the Metallicas and Slayers of the world. The group recorded a pair of records at Prince's Pa ... More >>
By Jason RocheHalloween 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...
KnotfestWith Slipknot, Lamb of God, Deftones, Machine Head, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, Dillinger Escape Plan, Prong and GojiraSomerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WisconsinSaturday, August 18, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Knotfest 2012 Music PerformancesSlideshow: Knotfest's People & ScenesSlipknot's ... More >>
See Also:Knotfest at Somerset Amphitheater, 8/18/12Slideshow: Knotfest 2012 Music PerformancesSlideshow: Knotfest's People & Scenes Knotfest 2012 was nothing if not a vigorous experience. Take it from these three Gojira fans above. For the thousands who gathered in Somerset, Wisconsin, this was ... More >>
Slipknot promises apocalyptic chaos and stink
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 >>
With enough summer music festivals already devoted to tossing as many genres at the stage as possible to see what sticks with the ticket-buying public, it's refreshing to hear details about Iowa masked metal kings Slipknot's new music fete. It's undeniably over-the-top, and shouldn't it be?On August ... More >>
Meshuggah With Baroness First Avenue, Minneapolis Sunday, May 13, 2012 As if to warm up the new First Avenue sound system for the impending sonic assault, strains from the track "Obisidan" helped brandish the dark and ornate set design for Swedish extreme metal giants Meshuggah. With a dizzying arr ... More >>
Photo by Ryan SiversonMegadethWith MotörheadMyth, MinneapolisTuesday, February 14, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.With mullets galore and a woman retching her guts out in the parking lot outside Myth, Tuesday night had the potential to turn into a Saturday Night Live sketch abo ... More >>
Photos courtesy of ImpalerIt's been some time since we last heard from Twin Cities shock rockers Impaler. Since we last met up, the band has been working on all cylinders, playing gigs around town with some well known legendary metal bands like Faster Pussycat and Paul Di'anno. They've also b ... More >>
Bassist and vocalist Tom Araya's back surgery forces Slayer to cancel most of their 2009 touring plans.
With Testament too? And guess what--tickets are $10.00 cheap.
The grand expression of metal at its most unseriously serious hits the Xcel's second stage tonight.
World Painted Blood drops on November 3rd of this year.
New Wednesday gig finds band at Hell's Kitchen downtown
The deposed metal God is here to prove that sour grapes make the finest whine.
The Sword and Zebulon Pike bring Thor's hammer-ons to the Triple Rock Stage.
Eastbound on the 16 bus, 6:25 p.m., Friday, University Avenue, just past Snelling. White guy and black guy, both middle-aged, both well into their holiday binge drinking, sharing a seat. "I'm going down to see Alice Cooper," announces the white guy. "Alice Cooper?" responds his seatmate. "Who's s ... More >>
Radio maven and metal monger Earl Root, bringing you the f-word since 1987.