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Mary Liles

17th December 2016

Welcome to MetalTalk USA: The Carolinas!

I'm here to go on a road trip with you, to discover the places and the faces that make the Carolinas ROCK. I'll be bringing you the venues and the events, and talking with the players that put, and keep, our region on the Metal map.

North Carolina is the state that brought you Corrosion Of Conformity (COC), and will blow your mind when you hear up and coming acts, such as Demon Eye. Check them out NOW.

Photo credit: Chris Nicholson

Let's start with an overview of the North Carolina spots to get your rock on.

NC has an absolutely rocking scene, from the coast to the mountains, and all in between. It has the clubs, the bands and the legends.

If you find yourself by the seaside, do not (Cape) fear, there is a great venue called Reggies 42nd Street Tavern, (music and booze, no eats) in Wilmington. They host a variety of musical genres but this is a true dive spot, and you can get your Metal fix here, just check the listings for January and also worth noting is that the mighty Anvil are playing here on 11th March.

December 31st: NYE w/ Black Sabbath, Nirvana, The Stooges and more
January 2nd: The Nude Party! at Reggie's
January 4th: Bit Brigade/WAUL
January 7th: The Independents, Good Good Grief, Madd Hatters
January 17th: Koffin Kats with The Phantom Playboys
January 27th: Two Piece Fest: Blue Footed Boobies/Zodiac Panthers/Holy Rivers/Subtle Fuzz/Photoclub and more tba
January 28th: MORE Presents The Unspoken Tour With WWE HOFer Jake 'The Snake' Roberts

Other notable towns in Eastern NC to find your vibe are Greenville and Fayetteville. The latter being a military town, you can bet your ass the bands will come here to play for the boys. Here's a recent review of the Rock Shop.

Moving into the Piedmont, there's the Capital city of Raleigh, and it's no slouch when it comes to cranking out the noise.

There's a multitude of choice when it comes to great venues. Slim's is everyone's favorite dive, not only for live music of the loudest variety, but it's also a haven for fans and musicians alike. You'll often find bands and their crews lurking in the shadows here after their gigs in other spots. The Maywood, Pourhouse, Kings Barcade and Lincoln Theater are all sweet spots to hear Metal bands, local and touring.

Durham and Chapel Hill are not to be discounted and I have it on good authority that Durham is cultivating a Metal house party scene. WHAT?! [gets in the car to go find one...]

Coming soon at Slim's is Shadows, Enemy Of The State and Life Alert on January 2nd, Chateau, Necroscythe, Bumfeeder and Basura on January 7th, and Demon Eye, Toke and Bedowyn (Primitive Ways) on January 27th.

Richard Bacchus and Brittany Perry at the Pourhouse

Heading West, don't bypass the Triad on your way to Charlotte or Asheville, two hotbeds of Metal. In Charlotte check out Snug Harbor, and as always, the famous Milestone.

Heading into the Blue Ridge Mountains you'll find Asheville is boasting a smoking hot Metal scene tucked away in all that natural beauty. The Legendary Orange Peel is THE place to see bands, but I hear this little spot is somewhere to check out: The Odditorium. I bet it does just what it says on the can.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the venues where you might find your favorite genre of loudness. Stay tuned for more in depth reviews, interviews and opinion columns from myself and other Carolina contributors, and we'll keep you informed of all that's going on around these parts! See y'all!

Gig spotlight: Winter MetalFest at Lincoln Theater, January 7th in Raleigh featuring Kinghitter, Boneshelter, Widow and more.

Notable news: COC in the studio... more to follow on this next time...

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