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...
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Despite the head-scratching nature of the new venture, you've gotta admit there's something sort of endearing about the idea of Motörhead frontman Lemmy curling up for a cozy night in with a bottle of his band's new branded Australian Shiraz, a good book and maybe a few logs blazing away in the ... 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 >>
Mike Starr, top center, with the original Alice in Chains lineup in 1990Mike Starr, original bassist and co-founder of the Seattle-based grunge band Alice in Chains, died today at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 44 years old.
Photos by Stacy Schwartz - click for slideshow"We are Motörhead and we play rock 'n roll!" explained frontman and living legend Lemmy Kilmister at the beginning of their set on Tuesday night, as if the crowd had never heard of them before. And with that they broke into "Motorhead," giving the be ... More >>
Though he was originally scheduled to perform with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Ozzy Osbourne's rescheduled gig at the Target Center tomorrow night is being billed as "An Evening with Ozzy Osbourne" -- meaning the Prince of Darkness will be going at it alone.
Note: You can see Rick K. & The Allnighters performing from today through Sunday at Grand Casino Hinckley. More information can be found at the band's website, and on Steve Moore's website.The video of a shiny-jacketed cover band playing ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" at an outdoor pavilion in Te ... More >>