See also "Today Is the Day's Steve Austin on Living in the F#$í-Up South and Being 100-Percent Real." Today Is the Day With Maruta, Shitstorm, Orbweaver, Ironside, Cardiel Churchill's Pub, Miami Saturday, September 8 Better Than: Not seeing Today Is the Day because South Florida is long and farawa ... More >>
After four decades of "Breaking the Law," "Burnin' Up," and persuading impressionable teens to dress like S/M slaves to rock 'n' roll, metal legends Judas Priest have decided to take a little time off from doing the Devil's dirty work. Last December, it was officially confirmed that "JUDAS P ... More >>
photo by Mark SeligerâFor all his band's purported fascinations with life's uglier aspects, Slayer frontman Tom Araya sure is a cheerful guy. Calling from a moving bus in rural Washington state, Araya laughs seemingly every couple of minutes. Surely, though, it's this laissez-faire sense of humor ... More >>
Originally from Buffalo, New York, in the late Eighties, Malevolent Creation flew south and quickly became ensconced in the Sunshine State's hugely unlikely but now-legendary death metal scene. It quickly scored a coveted deal with Roadrunner Records, then the ultimate home for death metal, early gr ... More >>
Last year marked the inauguration of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour, a summer package from the creators of Warped Tour that featured heavier acts. There were some pretty surprising bands on the bill: besides Miami's Black Tide, performers included Mastodon, Underoath, and Of course, if you're a S ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades.
Boris(Photo via Boris' MySpace page.)Was 2008 another renaissance year for metal? Well, yes -- but the point should be moot by now. Whether metal is "in" or "out" during any given year, the music has gone through a creative revitalization every year -- especially when you consider heavy music and al ... More >>
6. Jesu Why Are We Not Perfect (Hydra Head)Technically not a heavy release, but how can we discount Justin Broadrick, founding member of both Napalm Death and Godflesh? Fed up with the single-minded bludgeoning of those classic acts, Broadrick's intention from the start in forming Jesu was so that h ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>
Blackest of the Black Tour With Winds of Plague, Moonspell, Dimmu Borgir, and Danzig Thursday, October 9, 2008 The Fillmore Miami Beach Better Than: Those faux Misfits, headed by Jerry Only, who seem to come through South Florida at least once a year. The Review: Last night's kickoff of Danzig's ... More >>
J. Thompson The Sword are a hard-hitting, sludgy, but epic quartet from Austin, Texas, who are preoccupied with very metally subjects like Norse mythology and the science fiction writings of George R. R. Martin. And irony be damned, theyâre damned serious about it. âIt's not a joke at all,â s ... More >>
It's Throwback Tuesdays and with the release of Death Magnetic this past Friday, I'm sort of in an old-school Metallica mood. This song off the "Black Album" has always been one of my favorites because of the raw honesty and emotion behind it. I know some metal fans think it's cheesy and marks the e ... More >>
For such a relatively short existence, few bands have excited such extreme reactions in the heavy music world as the Orlando-based quartet Trivium. Formed in the earlier part of this decade while the members were still teenagers, the bandâs 2003 full-length debut, Ember to Inferno, messed with the ... More >>
The South Florida band is a long way from Kendall.
My iPhone says Buckcherry is worthy of rocking with the Crüe.
obZen (Nuclear Blast)
Nile As is so often the case with metal shows, there are too many bands on this bill. While there's a certain bang-for-the-buck factor, in all honesty â and with no offense to the other three bands â this show could easily be whittled down to Nile and Warbringer and it would be worth twice the ... More >>
Dillinger Escape Plan are sort of like a band of vikings, blazing through a town in a maelstrom of chaos that leave the feeble shivering in a puddle of their own secretions. Think noise, destruction, flames -- literally, frontman Greg Puciato has been known to shoot fireballs from the stage between ... More >>
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold In the past, Avenged Sevenfold's meathead simplicity pretty much excused all its bad behavior and even worse musical choices. It was as if the five members picked up, pored over and appropriated the Metal Band Rulebook before ever learning a single guitar chord. ... More >>
The Hawaii-born trio Pepper is based in Southern California, played this yearâs Warped Tour, and mix in Jamaican rhythms with a little punk rock âtude. But donât call âem any variation of s-k-a. Rather, they look a little further later in the history of Caribbean beats, mixing in a classic S ... More >>
Once pop culture's most notorious scapegoat, Slayer's Tom Araya talks spirituality, farming, and Paul Simon
Glenn Danzig brings a double-album's worth of lost material back from the dead
After years of playing heavy metal heroes, the members of Torche aim to blaze a new trail
And now for something completely different
This is the pure original metal we're talking about the Top 10 heavy-metal albums of 2006
Gigantour DVD (Image Entertainment)
Will Pelican's experimental noise free rock music of rock vocals?
Blessed Black Wings Relapse
This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.
Between hard rock and a safe place, Metallica finds itself
Metallica returns with its fiercest record yet. A first look at the most anticipated metal album in ages.
With its forthcoming album, South Florida hard rock quartet Endo grows out of the tried-and-tired
Heavy-metal monster Yngwie Malmsteen, prosperous Miami homeowner, likes his music dark and his domestic life bright
Behold the awesome power of Danzig
Actually, an autopsy of the nastiest band in death metal
The music biz mixes and matches to line its coffers
These devil's advocates give the hard rockers their due
Reality from the ground up, brutal and rocking