List of Arizona heavy metal bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as heavy metal solo artists from Arizona are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Arizona music that you've never heard before. The heavy metal bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Arizona. If you think the best Arizona heavy metal band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.
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In 1998 the iconic Swedish hardcore punk band Refused begged for it, in 2011 we finally began to hear the response. New Noise. American hardcore band American Standards has managed to bring a fresh spin on a genre that has become increasingly riddled with cookie cutter breakdowns and empty messages.
2011-2012 Formed in 2011, American Standards plays raw, chaotic hardcore sometimes refered to as "mathcore" or "noise punk". The band released its powerhouse debut album under We Are Triumphant (distributed by Victory Records) and immediately went on to share the stage with the likes of Every Time I Die, The Chariot, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Atreyu.
In 2013, American Standards underwent some significant line up changes, replacing their drummer and moving their bassist to guitar. This is when the band also decided to go back to their DIY roots by independently releasing The Death of Rhythm and Blues EP. Many viewed the change as a risky move for a highly anticipated sophomore release, however the transition proved to pay off. The album landed on several top 10 lists for the year and was met with positive critical acclaim.
Adjusting the the new environment, in 2015 American Standards began to partner with several international DIY labels in order to allow their international distribution to remain low cost and quickly accessible. This included Enjoyment Records in the U.K. and Nacion Libre in Mexico. It also expanded their available formats from digital and CD to include previously unreleased vinyl and cassettes. Shortly after, the band released the Hungry Hands EP which continued to walk the line between 90s hardcore punk and early 2000s metalcore with a very experimental twist.
American Standards has announced a new full length album for 2017. Based on posts from the band, the release will continue to build upon sociopolitical themes, corporate greed, satire, materialism and personal struggle. In a recent interview, it was stated that the band lost its founding guitarist Cody Conrad to suicide in 2015 and the singer Brandon Kellum's father and grandmother to cancer that same year. Dealing with these topics are likely to surface in the lyrics of the album.
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The World's Only Rustic Outlaw Southern Hard Rock Metal Band. A tool for charity. Touring the US to raise money to build Self-Sustainable communities for the homeless Veteran.
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