[Record Peddler is an occasional column by Sam Lefebvre on life and music as viewed from behind the counter of an independent record store.]
I've continuously worked in record stores since I was 16 years old. For nearly a year, I lived in the back of one record store while working in another, and w ... More >>
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 Silverm ... More >>
Our year-end listmaking continues with a look at the heavier side of things. Featuring venerable greats as well as brand-new bands -- and even some freaks in heavy costume -- here are our picks for the 10 best local metal albums of 2012:
High on Fire
De Vermis Mysteriis
Convoluted as the prem ... More >>
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?
* The Top 21 Bay Area Metal Albums of All Time, #21-11
* The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians
* The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influence ... More >>
Richard HaickAnthrax at the Warfield on Sunday.
Oct. 23, 2011
Better than: Listening to the new Loutallica album online.
Bay Area thrash-metal fans still waiting for Metallica to bring the Big 4 Tour to their hometown got to enjoy a neck- ... More >>
Anthrax, with Scott Ian at the far right.
California may have been the epicenter of the emerging thrash-metal scene at the dawn of the 1980s, but the NYC headbangers of Anthrax unquestionably earned their place in the genre's history. As an East Coast counterpart and early ally of Metallica, ... More >>
Metallica, way back when.
Everyone knows Metallica. But not everyone knows that Metallica was the product of a full-blown '80s thrash metal scene in the Bay Area -- a scene that fostered other notable local bands like Testament, Death Angel, and Exodus. These weren't the makeup-wearing pretty ... More >>
Christopher VictorioDisturbed at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival Sunday at Shoreline Amphitheatre
The Rockstar Mayhem Festival, featuring Disturbed, Megadeth, Godsmack, and more
July 10, 2011
@ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Who says metal is dead? Some 13,000 fans packed into Shoreline Amphitheatre ye ... More >>
"This is boring, let's write some songs!"After nearly two years of touring in support of the 2008 album Death Magnetic -- the return-to-form-of-sorts that followed the musical and image disaster of 2003's St. Anger -- the Bay Area's own Metallica is discussing plans to record its next album. Of c ... More >>
Who you callin' theatrical?At first, when we heard that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told a New Zealand newspaper that his Bay Area metal band is working on a "theatrical" new tour, were kinda confused. Did he mean a tour of smaller theaters (which would be rad, although likely impossible t ... More >>
Mark SeligerSlayer, with Kerry King at far rightLos Angeles thrash-metal juggernaut Slayer has been kicking ass so ferociously for so long that the word "fucking" has practically been appended to the front of the band's name. Raising the metal bar for brutality and blasphemy over the course of ne ... More >>
So we wrote that the metal titans tour involving Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament was thrown off course after Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya threw out his back in a serious-headbanging-injury sorta way. Well, although that Jan. 21 show didn't happen, the tour will indeed kick start anew after A ... More >>
It's not quite as metal as throwing out your neck headbanging, but Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya has a back injury serious enough that it's forced him to call off the giants of thrash tour. The Slayer/Megadeth/Testament tour, which was scheduled to hit the Cow Palace Jan. 21, has been indefin ... More >>
Metalocalypse Tour with Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge and High on Fire
Nov. 21, 2009
San Jose State Event Center
Better than: Getting your ass whupped by Glenn Danzig's cartoon twin.
It takes a pretty stellar concert lineup to coax even the most fanatical San Francisco music fan all the way to S ... More >>