Photos: Skeletonwitch at the Firebird 2/22/14

Categories: Metal, Snapshots

Steve Truesdell

Blackened thrash band Skeletonwitch concluded its tenth anniversary tour at the Firebird this Saturday. Hair flew onstage and in the pit as the Athens, Ohio outfit thrashed and celebrated with its eager fans. "St. Louis, thanks for an amazing show! The perfect ending to seven weeks of touring," the band later tweeted. We sent photographer Steve Truesdell to the show to bring back the photo highlights.

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The Best St. Louis Metal Releases of 2013

Categories: Metal

Jackie Grucela
Everything Went Black
New music from Carcass, Gorguts and In Solitude topped nearly every critic's best of list in 2013, but what about new releases from some local heavyweights? This year saw many of our hometown metal bands pushing themselves further than ever to create some of the finest heavy music ever released in our city. Here are the top five releases that helped put the St. Louis metal scene on the map in 2013.

See also: 2013's Ten Most Ridiculous Metal Album Covers

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Six Things You Learn From Being Addicted to Metal

Categories: Metal, Nitpick Six

Robert Bejil, Flickr
Most people regard metal music as an anti-intellectual, chest-beating, noisy fit for cavemen. Despite this being 100 percent true, there are a few positive things that result from having an intense dedication toward one of the most juvenile forms of music out there. While listening to metal may still sentence you to a life in your parents' basement, at least you'll have learned a few things on the way to sleeping on a pile of empty potato chip bags. Here are six things you learn from being addicted to metal.

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The Year's Ten Most Ridiculous Metal Album Covers

Categories: Metal

Do the people who conceived and designed these metal album covers just not give a fuck, or do they give too many fucks? The answer is not entirely clear, but that's what makes them so awesome. Behold, the ten most ridiculous metal album covers of the year.

See Also: The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever

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Skeletonwitch Listens to Jesus Christ Superstar on the Road and Performs on Boats: Interview

Categories: Metal

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Skeletonwitch will listen to a little Superstar to stay awake on the road.
Ten years after emerging from the basements and DIY spots of Athens, Ohio, the blackened thrash-metal masters of Skeletonwitch still ride strong and fast. No stranger to the road, Skeletonwitch has paid its dues with hundreds of thousands of miles traveled and innumerable stages leveled. This fall the band embarks on a monthlong engagement with previous tourmates the Black Dahlia Murder, stopping at the Firebird in St. Louis on Friday, November 22. Guitarist Scott Hedrick recently took some time out to answer a few questions for us about life on the road, wearing one's own band's merch and jamming out on a boat.

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The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in November 2013

Categories: Metal

Press Photo
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 upcoming metal shows in town that I think shouldn't be missed. And I'll try really hard not wish death on whatever falseness may be approaching.

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

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Heavy-Metal Yoga Is a Thing

Categories: Metal, WTF

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 only by two lights that look like tin cans sitting in corners; they offer about as much illumination as a pair of Yankee jar candles. Kimee Massie, the heavily tattooed instructor (not to be confused with Kim Massie, the local singer), comes over to help me put a foam block under my ass. It gives me some leverage, and I feel a greater stretch in my inner thighs, but I still look over again to see how far the woman on the neighboring mat has gotten. I squint and make out the words on her T-shirt: "Fuck This. I'm Going Skateboarding."

Meanwhile, there is a dark, droning sound coming out of the stereo. Imagine the hiss that is omnipresent in David Lynch's Eraserhead overlapped by the slow diddling of an autistic noise-rock guitarist. It's oddly comforting in its noninvasive nature and consistency. I remember to inhale deeply.

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Here's What a GWAR Super Bowl Halftime Show Would Be Like, According to GWAR

Categories: Metal

Courtesy of Slave Pit Inc.
By Jason Roche

Recently a petition to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show went live on

It's gotten more than 44,000 signatures, but let's be honest: Even if it had 44 million, we doubt the NFL would let the costumed metallers perform on its biggest event of the year. (Too much blood on the cheerleaders' outfits, for one thing.)

We asked GWAR leader Oderus Urungus to tell us what that show might look like. Here's what he said:

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The Ten Best St. Louis Metal Bands

Categories: Best Of, Metal

Black Fast, a metal band with a sense of humor.
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. Some of the best metal shows of 2013 have been filled top-to-bottom with locals, and while nights like the one recently when St. Vitus (out of California) played the Firebird and Antichrist (Sweden) played Fubar still piss excellence, local heavy metal is what should get you out of the house. This year, the RFT named Black Fast as the best St. Louis metal band, but there are more bands you should check out, too. So here's our rundown -- in no particular order -- of nine other St. Louis metal bands to watch.

See also: St. Louis concert calendar

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

All photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times
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 Lemmy from Motörhead, today it's just as much about the T-shirt you've got. Photographer Jon Gitchoff brings back these images of the shirts of the show, with headliners Avenged Sevenfold getting much of the love.

See also: Photos from Pointergeist with Avenged Sevenfold, Ghost B.C., Deftones

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