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Music, Let's Get Killed Reign in blood and BBQ at Slayer in San Jose

Reign in blood and BBQ at Slayer in San Jose

Last week's Unholy Alliance Tour had summer inked into its pores like a thick, black pentagram tattoo. The air around San Jose's HP Pavilion smelled like grilled meat; the arena's outdoor smoking section offered a view of the sort of…
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Music, Satan's Pilgrims

Satan's Pilgrims

Much as the continuing freak-folk explosion draws heavily on the patchouli-soaked sounds of the Summer of Love, a growing movement of retrofitted hard-rock and metal bands has emerged, lording over the modern music landscape as the raging yin to the…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The slippery side of Matthew Barney and Saviours

The slippery side of Matthew Barney and Saviours

Artist Matthew Barney 's films are like the flirt whose calls you keep taking even though you share little in common. At least that's how they work on me; I'm always hoping that the wall between his grandiose visual constructions…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

"The reaction was, 'Y'all niggas are crazy.' That was the true reaction," says Anthony Starks, bassist for Stone Vengeance, explaining the neighborhood's response when his group began playing high school talent shows and street festivals in and around the Bayview-Hunters…
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Music, Misc. Reviews If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: Rick Rubin's moxie.

If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: Rick Rubin's moxie.

Neil Diamond hasn't touched a guitar in three decades. But for the surprisingly moving 12 Songs, released this week, the legendary songwriter and Caesar's Lake Tahoe veteran is completely dialed in, finger-picking his six-string and singing as if he actually…
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Music, Reviewed Disturbed


There's a menacing edge buried somewhere beneath Disturbed's bludgeoning riffs and howling vocals; the group's latest, Ten Thousand Fists, packs enough of an aural punch to blindside a generation of mall rats too young to appreciate Black Sabbath and too…
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Music, Reviewed William Hung

William Hung

The Bay Area is filled with lots of dorkballs, gaylords, punkers, and other people who just sort of suck at life. Berkeley student William Hung was one of us, but now he's graduated to celebrity status. Despite getting the shaft…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Experi-Metal Maelstrom

Experi-Metal Maelstrom

TUES 4/29 Even the heaviest of bands can have a tough time opening for headbanging stalwarts Slayer. But when Swedish quintet Meshuggah shared the stage with the satanic juggernaut in 1998, the audience's collective "Slayer!" chants and upraised middle fingers…
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Dining, Eat

Rock Star or Celebrity Chef: That Is the Question

Rock Star Celebrity Chef Body type Skinny Fat Pants Tight leather Baggy houndstooth Standard equipment Stratocaster; Wood-fired stove mandolin; Marshall stack Specialty equipment Theremin Melon baller Foundation The rhythm section The starch Drawing power Fill the house Fill the house…
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Slayer Slayer's back and the goats are nervous. Throughout the '80s these denizens of dark metal sang Satan's praises with piercing solos and mad-bunny drumbeats, inspiring myriad hairy followers and endless carbon copies. Unfortunately, like Jimmy Swaggart, even the highest…
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Battle Hymns

8-24-96 1830 hours The Enemy Two hours before the doors open, the Trocadero's sidewalk is awash with the great unwashed as Slayer fans line up for the multiplatinum metalheads' appearance at the tiny Troc. The bad tattoos (skulls, Harley-Davidson, Beavis…
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Various Artists Sanctuary: 20 Years of Windham Hill (Windham Hill) Here it is -- the easiest target of the year: a retrospective of the premier label for that oft-maligned, ill-defined genre, New Age. Like laser-sighting a manatee in a spittoon.…
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