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Metal and Hardcore

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Actually Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Is Wrong About Punk

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: May 2014

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy-metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    What the Hell is Babymetal?

    Metal music is a genre of music that 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 h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Slayer, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies Coming to the Pageant 5/15

    Prepare yourself, St. Louis metalheads, one hell of a tour is coming to St. Louis this spring. On May 15, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus will hit the Pageant with what remains of Slayer (proposed name change: "Kerry King and the Slayers"), ensuring that St. Louis necks will be snapped and bangovers ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2013
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    November 7, 2013
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    November 5, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in November 2013

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Heavy-Metal Yoga Is a Thing

    By Nick Keppler It's a Tuesday night, and I am sitting on a yoga mat in the back of a former grocery store in Pittsburgh, spreading my legs as far as they can go. I reflexively turn to see how the woman next to me is managing her dragonfly pose when I realize I can barely see her. The room is lit o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    The Ten Best St. Louis Metal Bands

    It's a good time to be a metal fan in St. Louis. No, not because of the corporate metal shows that roll through Verizon Wireless Amphitheater each summer (although Iron Maiden is welcome here any time), but because of the breadth of local musicians who are forming bands and playing songs right here. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Heavy Metal Fashion Report: The T-Shirts of the Pointergeist 2013 Show

    The Point's (105.7 FM) Pointergeist show closed out the concert season for Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday night with performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones and Ghost B.C. And while heavy metal fashion used to be defined by bullet belts, tight black jeans and generally looking like Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in October

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy-metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Six Nu-Metal Bands You Shouldn't Be Ashamed To Like

    There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Six Reasons Why Metallica is Better than Megadeth

    My interview with Megadeth last week didn't go too well. The honorable thing to do would be to admit that I was in the wrong, and should have been better prepared. Or I could spell out a number of reasons why I'm not a total unprofessional screw-up, therefore justifying myself to an audience that la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    I Pissed Off Megadeth This Week, My (Former) Favorite Band

    When I began interviewing bands eight years ago, my ultimate goal was to interview one person: Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, my favorite band since I was thirteen years old. Sitting in front of my parents' computer and ruining my ears through a pair of oversize headphones, I listened and loved Mustai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Iron Maiden and Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 9/8/13

    There's really no other band in the world quite like Iron Maiden. With no real number-one hits or mainstream success in its almost 40-year history, the band has still managed to influence practically every rock band that exists and become one of the most enormous musical acts on the face of the Eart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: September 2013

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Ten Metal Bands Most Beloved By Geeks

    By Adam Steininger Geeks love metal even more than they love computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in June 2013

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in May

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    RIP Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman: Does This Mean the End of Slayer?

    As a lifetime die-hard Slayer fan, I had to do a double-take when I got a text from RFT Music editor Daniel Hill asking if I'd like to write a piece on the passing of Jeff Hanneman. "Fuck yeah I'd like to write something about Slayer," I thought. But wait a minute... WHAT? I had not yet heard of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Iron Maiden and Megadeth are Coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on September 8

    British heavy metal legend Iron Maiden is coming to St. Louis, and bringing one of thrash's "Big Four," Megadeth, along for the ride. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater has yet to make the announcement official, but we saw it listed today on the metal news website Blabbermouth.com. We will update this po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in April

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in March

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in February

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Tony LaRussa's Wife: Huge Metalhead?

    Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, Elaine LaRussa. Names that come to mind when thinking of the top heavy metal babes of all time? Not exactly, but it seems the wife of the man who led this city's baseball team to two World Series championships may prefer the mosh pit over the dugout herself. See also: - The 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Why You Should Listen to Music Outside Your Wheelhouse: The Jazz and Metal Connection

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Every few months, Edwardsville's downtown dive bar The Stagger Inn hosts a show featuring locals The Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Getting Bored and Angry at Lamb of God: Review and Photos

    Lamb of God | Hatebreed | In Flames | Sylosis The Pageant November 7, 2012 Before I start trashing one of the most popular metal bands on the planet, let me offer my credentials: In 1989, I saw Sepultura at the Bridgeton Soccer club at just nine years old. I got in trouble for spray painting the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

    Halloween 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... By Jason Roche See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The Six Best Non-Metal Songs About Heavy Metal

    Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: July 20 to 22

    Happy Friday, St. Louis! Before we get to the festivities, it's been a little while since we've explained our shows-pickin' blog-postin' strategy, so here it is again for the uninitiated and the forgetful: Every Monday we do a blog post called "Out Every Night" that lists shows the RFT Music staff p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Swastikas, Lemmy and Screaming Christians: Picking the Winner of the Mayhem Festival

    This Friday, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival rolls through our fair city, bringing fifteen purveyors of heavy music to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The scope of artists ranges from old-timers like Anthrax and Motorhead to young guns like The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. These b ... More >>

  • Music

    July 5, 2012

    ((Thorlock))

    10 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Win Queensrÿche Tickets

    Myriam Santos​Progressive metal mainstay Queensrÿche will be at the Pageant on Tuesday, and we have a pair of tickets just waiting to find a heavy home. Kelsey Whipple, writing about the band in this week's Critic's Picks, said, "Queensrÿche originally opted for the purely metal umlaut to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Tom Huck On His Roots Phrenology Cover and Motorhead

    Photo by Jon Scorfina​Many artists have used the album cover as a vehicle for greater mass exposure. Robert Crumb transitioned from the obscurity of underground comics to mainstream consciousness with his cover of Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills. Derek Riggs made his mark o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Deftones at the Pageant, 4/26/11: Review

    Photo by Todd Owyoung​Deftones/Dillinger Escape Plan/Funeral Party The Pageant April 26, 2011 Check out a full slideshow of Deftones at the Pageant The Deftones crowd favorite "My Own Summer (Shove It)" has a false ending right before its final chorus. Last night at the sold-out Pageant, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Deftones' Frank Delgado on Changing Perceptions and Chi's Current Health

    ​A scant seven months after serving as the meat in an Alice In Chains/Mastodon sandwich at Scottrade Center, the Deftones will be headlining a very sold-out show at the Pageant with the Dillinger Escape Plan and Funeral Party. We caught up with Deftones turntablist Frank Delgado via phone from ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011

    Deftones

    8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Review: Motorhead, Clutch and Valient Thorr at Pop's, Sunday, February 20

    Todd Owyoung​At precisely 9:15 p.m., the lights at Pop's went dark. The sold-out crowd, which had been drinking (and/or tailgating) for hours, crackled up several notches as rock gods Motörhead took the stage. Lemmy Kilmister commented that it had been about ten years since the trio had last ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011
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    January 11, 2011

    Deftones, Dillinger Escape Plan Tour Hitting St. Louis

    Todd OwyoungDeftones at Scottrade Center, October 1, 2010​On Tuesday, April 26, Deftones and Dillinger Escape Plan are playing at the Pageant. Bring your earplugs. DEP hasn't been to town since an appearance at Pop's in December 2009, but Deftones by all accounts slayed at the Scottrade Center ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2010

    Alice in Chains/Deftones/Mastodon

    7 p.m. Friday, October 1. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

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    June 16, 2010
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    May 21, 2010

    One Night Only! Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth Come to a Movie Theater Near You

    Todd OwyoungJames Hetfield in St. Louis in 2008. More photos here.​Tickets are on sale now for what's being dubbed The Big Four Live -- a.k.a. the June 22 movie-theater simulcast of the Sonisphere Festival appearances of thrash legends Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. (Now I can't stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    R.I.P. Metal Legend, Metal Gentleman Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010

    (Editor's note: D.X. Ferris is a frequent RFT contributor and the author of the 33 1/3 book on Slayer's Reign in Blood. He was kind enough to write this obituary yesterday.) Ronnie James Dio, R.I.P.​His band mates didn't invite him to the induction, but let's face it: Ronnie James Dio might b ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2010
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    February 24, 2010

    Skeletonwitch/Howl

    7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 28. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Interview Outtakes: Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta

    Hatebreed, with Jamey Jasta in the middle.​In this week's issue, D.X. Ferris chats with Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who just might be one of the nicest dudes in rock. The Connecticut metallic hardcore band plays at Pop's tonight with Born of Osiris, Unearth, Cannibal Corpse and Hate Eterna ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009
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    October 7, 2009
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