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Heavy Metal in Michigan

Lamb of God Returns to the Orbit Room

Whether you have been around since the first time “Black Label” split a room for a wall of death or if it is your first time, there is a notable anticipation for the Lamb of God show Sunday at The Orbit Room. If you have been under the mind control of some other music for the last two decades, lets recap…

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Machine Head Crofoot Ballroom February 9, 2015

Blah Blah Blah… its not Detroit but that’s a good thing, right? -Robb Flynn … Machine Head Set List from The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac Feb 2015The metro Detroit area has a few different suburbs carved out for you, purposefully made to feel as if you aren’t in Detroit… oh, but you are.

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A Heavy Metal Bucket List

How do you want to metal before you die? I asked a bunch of metalheads that question and got awesome answers. The process also made me realize there is a difference between a bucket list and a pipe dream. A bucket list is things you can actually do. Things that are... read more

Other Metal Shows You Might Be Interested In…

Social media can be a pain in the ass, always trying to tell you what new things you should check out. After being hounded online with ads for “other products I may be interested in,” I realized that none of them were for metal shows. I wished they were. So, I wrote... read more

11 Reasons Heavy Metal IS Art

As ArtPrize takes over Grand Rapids and scads of wandering people stare at paintings of Jesus and sculptures of pigs, my mind goes to heavy metal music. I think of it as art that’s worthy of ogling.  However, a lot of people don’t understand that. So, I consulted with... read more

More Local Bands You Should Hear

Do ya dig local metal? Here is some required listening. For information on these, and other bands, check out Blackgate: Power thrash-tastic-ness from Grand Rapids, Blackgate is anchored on bass by Zach Flora (Flood the Desert) and drums by Ryan... read more

Summer Mandatory Metal

With the summer festival season upon us, concert-goers get fewer tours through Michigan, but here are some of the upcoming highlights. Find the entire list July 12 Tru-Burn, 6 Prong Paw and more @Louie’s Rocket Lounge (Grand Rapids) Tru-Burn... read more