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Mac Sabbath: You Deserve a Mac Today

The music of prime-era Black Sabbath has served as inspiration for countless bands, applying the drop-tuned, doom-laden style of the Birmingham, England, foursome to their own creative ends. But perhaps the most unusual band to follow in Black Sabbath’s wake is Los Angeles quartet Mac Sabbath. The group’s sound will be familiar to many listeners:

HU’s Next: The Finest in Mongolian Metal

Touring with familiar names like Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth is a new and very different band. From landlocked Mongolia comes one of heavy metal’s unlikeliest new groups, The HU. Combining the musical folklore of their native country with the fury, volume and intensity of heavy metal, The HU are connecting tradition and modernity,

Liliac: C’mon Get Metal

Family band Liliac breathes youthful life into classic-style heavy metal There’s a long and often proud tradition of family bands: The Jackson 5, The Osmonds and the Cowsills are among the most well-known among those. Now there’s a new – and decidedly more modern – addition to that musical heritage: Liliac. Launched in Santa Monica

EP Review: Stick Men — Tentacles

Considering the degree to which each of its members is known for other projects, it’s remarkable that Stick Men even exists. Drummer extraordinaire Pat Mastelotto has been on every King Crimson album and tour since 1994. Bassist/Chapman stick player Tony Levin is one of the world’s most recorded musicians, having played on considerably more than

Scholars Consider Metallica, Part Two

Continued from Part One… “Metallica creates emotionally intense music, both sonically and lyrically,” Swanson points out. “It’s so intense that it creates a ‘virtual violence,’ one that creates a release valve for despair and violent feelings.” By his estimation, some of society’s pent-up rage can be lessened by experiencing the music of the Bay Area

Scholars Consider Metallica, Part One

This story was part of a larger feature – a collaboration with Nick Veronin – previously published in SF Standard. Metallica: Counter-cultural Critics, Vehicle for Catharsis As Metallica prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary with December’s “San Francisco Takeover” – concerts plus a raft of related events – it’s the perfect time to take a

Album Review: Jupiter Cyclops – Prophets, Prospectors & Madmen

This swaggering Phoenix metal outfit swings for the fences on its debut release. With guitar pyrotechnics woven into a band aesthetic that focuses on ensemble playing, Jupiter cyclops delivers the punch of metal but with an uncommon degree of nuance. As one would expect – demand, really – of this kind of music, the riffs

30 Days Out, November 2021 #1: The Record Company, Cloak, Carolina Waltz, Squirrel Nut Zippers

The warm weather has left us, taking with it the opportunity for outdoor shows. It remains to be seen how the remaining vestiges of the pandemic will affect the live music scene. Here in Asheville, we lost several music venue (and untold number of artists) over the last 20 months, so fingers are crossed that

30 Days Out, October 2021 #2: Scott Miller, JackTown Ramblers, Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, GWAR

The eclectic nature that was a defining characteristic of Asheville’s live music scene is returning in these safer-than-recent-months times. Over the next 30 day, you have opportunities to enjoy music that combines things you might not expect: country rock (okay, that one’s a bit obvious but this guy is special), scum rock (stay with me

30 Days Out, September 2021 #1: Deltaphonics, Avatar, Sylvan Esso, Connells

Things are back to normal, but it’s a new normal. Live music has indeed returned, but if you go, plan on wearing a mask, showing proof of vaccination or negative test, and exercising social distancing to the extent that it’s possible. Once you accept all that, there are some fascinating opportunities in the next 30