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Monday, June 20, 2016

We Are The 17th Most Metal City, Yo

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 11:09 AM

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Inspired by a map of metal bands per capita in Europe, journalist Simon Davis created a list mapping the 100 "most metal" cities per capita in the U.S. After Cleveland, Portland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Richmond (as in Virginia), San Francisco made it on the list, landing in the Top 20 at No. 17. Not bad, S.F., not bad at all. (Side note: Los Angeles was the city with the most metal bands in total (1,086 bands), but it came in at No. 26 per capita.)

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Monday, August 31, 2015

We Hung Out Backstage with Deftones and Their Kids

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:14 PM

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Deftones
Wednesday, Aug. 26
Shoreline Amphitheatre


Backstage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, the Deftones were being hurried to get through their sound check and, inevitably, let the stage crew set up the openers before showtime.

“7 minutes,” shouted one of the crew members, which served as a stark reminder of just how time-sensitive Live Nation shows of this size are. With nary a person in the amphitheatre — sans a couple of buddies taking pics for their own social media purposes — it was just the band, sound men, and crew in the building (and a whole hell of a lot of sweet-smelling smoke which also blew through their set).

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GWAR Issues Statement Regarding Lawsuit, Dave Brockie's Ashes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:31 AM

MARK COATSWORTH
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GWAR, the gory shock rock band known for spraying their loving fans with fake blood, has been sued by William Brockie, the father of the group's late founder, Dave Brockie. 

Dave Brockie, the charismatic front man of GWAR who fronted the group for 30 years as his onstage character Oderus Urungus, died of a heroin dose in 2014. According to NBC news, William Brockie sued the surviving members of the group, accusing them of having stolen his son's ashes, bass guitars, and artwork. He is seeking $1 million dollars in compensatory damages (plus punitive damages).

GWAR took to Facebook to address the issue directly to their fans:

"We have not yet seen the actual lawsuit papers, and thus cannot comment on the substance of the lawsuit brought against GWAR by Dave Brockie’s father, William Brockie, but we can say that the claims in the Style Weekly article are false. We did not steal Dave Brockie’s ashes, or anything else that belonged to him. In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave’s ashes have been available to his attorneys for weeks. At all times, and under very trying circumstances, we have acted in good faith to honor the wishes of our dear friend. Dave left no will or instructions for final arrangements, and so we have done the best we could to honor what we believe Dave Brockie would have wanted.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tankcrimes Takes Over 924 Gilman Tomorrow, Friday the 13th

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:05 PM

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“I first met Scotty when he stumbled into the catacombs here in Creepsylvania,” recalls Digestor, murderous cannibal and guitar player of the premier Creepsylvanian metal outfit Ghoul. “I assumed we would bilk the poor sap of whatever spare change he had in his pockets, and then dismember him and feed the scraps to our friend Kogar, the Destructor. Scotty proved more wily than I thought, and now we’re trapped in a contract from which even the foulest attorney in Creepsylvania can’t extract us!”

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Uncle Acid’s Kevin Starrs on Touring with Black Sabbath

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

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In the space of five short years, British psychedelic doomsayers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have risen from a fledgling project to become one of the more celebrated modern metal exports from the U.K.

Founded by principle songwriter Kevin "K.R." Starrs, the shadowy group from Cambridge initially garnered notice in 2009 with a few catchy, fuzz-drench songs, posted on the band's MySpace page. Entreaties from fans for an album led to an an extremely limited-edition CD-R entitled simply Volume 1 that showcased tuneful proto-metal dirges that matched memorable Beatles-esque vocal melodies to pulverizing riffs. A second self-released album – 2011's sonic homage to classic Hammer Films horror Blood Lust – further refined Starrs' songwriting and scored Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats a deal with Rise Above Records.

For last year's ambitious follow-up effort Mind Control, Starr drew inspiration from '60s exploitation flicks and the murderous machinations of hippy cult leader Charles Manson to craft one of the most diabolically listenable concept albums in recent memory. While the band made its stateside debut back in May when it played the Maryland Death Fest, this current fall tour marks the first time most metal fans in the U.S. will get a chance to see Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Anthrax, Exodus, and High on Fire Infect the Regency Ballroom, 3/28/13

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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  • Anthrax at the Regency Ballroom last night. All photos by Richard Haick

Anthrax, Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Regency Ballroom

Better than: Actually getting Anthrax (the bacterial disease).

You could smell the heshers all the way down to Van Ness and Geary. The air reeked of sweat and Pantene Pro-V. There be a metal show a-goin on at The Regency Ballroom, y'all. This was the 2013 edition of the Metal Alliance Tour. Seminal NYC thrash outfit Anthrax headlined to a completely sold-out crowd, but not before four other insanely great bands would play. We got ourselves a "fest" here, people, and that can only mean one thing: it's time to drink BEER!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hella Weights: Ask a Metal Dad, with Brian Posehn!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

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When you think of the No. 1 metal comedy dad, one name usually comes to mind: Jimmy "James" Hetfield. But comedian Brian Posehn comes in at a close second. We first came to know Brian from the HBO cult sketch comedy Mr. Show. He has since blown the fuck up, appearing in things like The Sarah Silverman Program and The Comedians Of Comedy, writing for Marvel Comics and directing and appearing in videos for bands like Red Fang and Steel Panther. We caught up with BriPo, a native of NorCal and father of a 4-year-old son, to talk metal and ask him some fatherly advice in anticipation of his stand-up appearances at Cobb's Comedy Club, April 11-14.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hella Weights: Slayer Fans Are Outraged, Bolt Thrower Is Amazing, and More

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

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By Cory Sklar

[Hella Weights is a new column in which Cory Sklar (@AskChaki) will muse on the current state of metal.]

Internet Reacts to Guy Getting Kicked Out of Band That Has Sucked Since the '90s

Last week, super-influential drummer Dave Lombardo went crying for his baba and binky and took to his Facebook page to complain about getting kicked out of Slayer, the band he helped form in 1981. Apparently he wasn't getting mad paid and was like, "Wha?" So he did some sleuthing regarding the band's finances. Great work, gumshoe! He found that something like 10 billion million bucks were missing. As the story goes, he brought this up to the other remaining band members, Kerry King and Tom Araya, during band practice, and they didn't want to hear any of it. Lombardo was promptly removed from the band after refusing to sign some insane non-disclosure contract. Needless to say, Internet metalnerds born after Dave left the first time in the 1986 became OUTRAGED! Let it be known, the new official spelling is now $£A¥€R (lol get it cuz it's money signs?)

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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Top 21 Bay Area Metal Albums: The Complete List

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Metallica performing at the Keystone in Palo Alto. Photo by Brian Lew, from the book Murder in the Front Row: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter

Think of Bay Area metal, and you may think of a certain band with an iconic logo and a big-ass catalog and a Napster problem. And yes, the classic output of that band still looms pretty large. But while Metallica and thrash play a big part, the story of Bay Area metal includes many different sounds and tempos -- and even a few bands that you may not think of as "metal" proper. Here then is our list of the Top 21 Bay Area metal albums of all time. Enjoy.

See also

* The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians

* The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time

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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Top 21 Bay Area Metal Albums of All Time, #10-1

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Metallica in the backyard of its house on San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. Photo by Harald Oimoen, from the book Murder in the Front Row: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter.
  • Metallica in the backyard of its house on San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. Photo by Harald Oimoen, from the book Murder in the Front Row: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter.

Our countdown of the best Bay Area metal albums continues today with this installment: the 10 best ever. And guess which band comes up a lot on this one?

See also

* The Top 21 Bay Area Metal Albums of All Time, #21-11

* The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians

* The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time

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