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    August 19, 2014

    If Bands Sponsored NFL Teams: The NFC

    Recently we wrote about the ramifications of KISS and Vince Neil buying their own Arena Football League teams and what it would be like if NFL teams were also themed around bands and musicians. We started by running down the AFC, including our hometown Houston Texans. This time we're going to exami ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    10 Acts We'd Pay to See Play in a Graveyard

    Typically, tour announcements come and go with little fanfare around here, especially when it's a band like Austin natives Spoon. We love Spoon a lot, and frankly would like to see Houston's name on more tour announcements like the one that recently caught our eye, albeit for an entirely different r ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    8 Metal Bands Made Better by Switching Vocalists

    With all the drama that surrounds singer/screamer changes, you'd think it's the end of the world and it has never worked for any band. The reactions across the internet any time one vocalist leaves and another joins are always less than enthusiastic, thinking change is bad one hundred percent of the ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals at Warehouse Live, 1/10/2014

    Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, Author & Punisher, Hymns Warehouse Live January 10, 2014 Philip Anselmo might be a New Orleans metal icon, but it's hard to imagine he's any less beloved here in Houston than in his hometown. This city is home to a vast number of frustrated Pantera fans still sma ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Metal Lord Marzi Montazeri Is Heavy as Texas

    Marzi Montazeri is certainly no stranger in the Houston music scene. Since the '80s, the enigmatic guitar player has played all over town with a succession of heavy rock, blues and metal bands, rarely failing to turn heads with his astonishing, obsessive shredding skills. Tonight, those talents wi ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker

    Who? Marzi Montazeri, who currently splits his time between his hometown of Houston and New Orleans, is something of an underground metal legend, and probably the most amazing guitar player that almost no one is talking about. He fronts his Southern-metal act Heavy Texas while here, and is also a ke ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    How Many Building Temples From Death Fest Band Logos Can You Decipher?

    Despite punishing eardrums for more than three decades, death metal remains a decidedly underground movement. That's mostly by design, obviously -- the genre's bloody and extreme artwork, cruelly downtuned guitars and horrific, indecipherable lyrics are intended to provoke as much as they captivate. ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    One Band, One Local Bar, All Night Long. What'll It Be?

    This one's pretty simple: Recently Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us if they could choose any artist, living or dead, active or defunct, to perform all night long at one local bar or club, who would that be and where? Sam Cooke at the Continental Club I would love to see tons of musicians live ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    The Hottest Censored Album Covers, 1981-Present (NSFW)

    Longtime readers of Rocks Off might remember that back in 2009 we ran thorough look at censored album covers that spanned the years of 1966 to 1980, with two more recent covers at the end. Of course, album covers didn't stop being censored just as frequently after 1980, and the two examples in our f ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Rex Brown's Official Truth: Pantera's Literary Autopsy

    Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera By Rex Brown Da Capo Press, 304 pp., $15.47 Back in Pantera's '90s heyday, few fans would have guessed that the first guy to write a tell-all history of the band would be Rex Brown. Though an indivisible component of Pantera's larger-than-lif ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    5 Bands Studies Show Make You a Bad Person

    We've been hearing for years that rock music makes us bad people. We've heard it from our parents, from teachers, from those goody-goody kids at school. AC/DC has probably written at least 100 songs about the subject. But what if I told you that scientists in the Netherlands have proved definitively ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Metal Lifers Warbeast Trample Warehouse Live Tonight

    For metal fans, it'll be thrash before hash tonight at Warehouse Live when Arlington's Warbeast returns once again in support of Down, the New Orleans sludge metal supergroup fronted by Pantera's Philip Anselmo. Rewind: Down Singer Philip Anselmo Kicks Off Busy 2013 Despite the clash of styles - ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Down Singer Philip Anselmo Kicks Off Busy 2013

    From Pantera to Down to Superjoint Ritual and half a dozen more side projects, one band has never been enough to contain all of the musical ideas rattling around inside the shaven, tattooed head of legendary metal vocalist Philip Anselmo. This year, fans will get to experience the purest strain yet ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Friday Night: Hell City Kings and Burn the Boats at Fitzgerald's

    Hell City Kings, Burn the Boats Fitzgerald's Januarary 4, 2013 Rocks Off was able to catch the middle chunk of American Fangs' record-release lineup, and while I didn't have a chance to see the headliners support their long-awaited release, Burn the Boats put on a strong enough show to make the qui ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 10 Best Metal & Punk Albums Too Rough for the Texas 30

    So, the Texas 30 has been revealed at last. And it's a good list, too: Well-considered, fair and complete. Even if a lot of the records that got picked tend to be a little... well, pussy, I guess is the word I'm looking for here. Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album co ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Rex Brown On Moving On, Kill Devil Hill & Smoking Dope With Dio

    To fans, bassist Rex Brown was always a bit like Pantera's answer to "The Quiet Beatle," typically overshadowed by the more outsized personalities of his bandmates. Nevertheless, his contributions to the group's groundbreaking metal groove were undeniable, and as a founding member of the band, he wa ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    September 7, 2012

    Wouldn't It Be Cool If the Houston Texans Only Played Texas Music at Games?

    Much like most Houstonians, I will be in front of a television on Sunday watching our Houston Texans play the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. It's a big and promising year for our team, one of only professional sports franchises in town that are successful. Did you know that Billy Ray Cyrus is ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Who Are the Greatest Metal Bands In Texas Music History?

    When I asked our friends on the Rocks Off Facebook wall who they thought were the greatest heavy metal bands in Texas music history, the response was larger than I thought it would be. I assumed five of you would say Pantera, deadhorse and King's X and go back to sleep, but no. You stepped up and g ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    5 Non-Rap Acts We'd Like to See Chopped Not Slopped

    Here's a confession: I've never really understood chopped and screwed music. Because of this I've never had an opinion on it and filed it away with Reggaeton and Texas Country in my "genres not for me" mental file folder. Then I heard OG Ron C's take on Girl Talk's All Day and I found myself really ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Phil Anselmo: The Trendkiller's Top 5 Side Projects

    On June 30, ex-Pantera and current Down frontman Philip H. Anselmo turns 44 years old. For a while there, it didn't look like he was going to make it this long. The metal titan suffers from chronic back pain caused by degenerative disc disease in his spine, and beginning in the mid-'90s, Phil self-m ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012
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    May 24, 2012

    Phil Anselmo Talks Solo Records, New Down Material & Pantera's Legacy

    Phil Anselmo, former lead singer of the mighty Pantera, currently of Down, is a busy man. But he always has time to talk about his beloved New Orleans Saints, who are going through a trying offseason, to put it mildly. "I can talk Saints all day. I think we have a great season coming up and I thin ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Forever Young: Musicians Who Refuse To Age

    The other day, looking around on YouTube for Pantera stuff -- did you know that this month Vulgar Display Of Power turns 20? -- I found a relatively recent clip of lead singer Phil Anselmo VH1 Classic's That Metal Show from late 2010. The current Down crooner and mouth from the south was guesting on ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Rock & Roll's Top 10 Brawlin' Brothers

    Note: Not real brothers. We just liked the picture.​Brothers share a link that is unique and special. Same DNA, same familial backgrounds, quirks, talents, and sometimes musical taste. They can also argue, get physical, try to overpower one another, and hold grudges over years that are hard to ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011
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    March 3, 2011
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    February 10, 2011

    In the Spotlight

    Spotlight Karaoke sets standard for do-it-yourself singing spots.

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    December 8, 2010

    John Lennon And Dimebag Darrell: Together In Death

    ​On this day in 1980, Mark David Chapman shot and killed former Beatle John Lennon. On the same day in 2004, Nathan Gale shot and killed Darrell Abbott, aka Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. In the spirit of the famous Lincoln/Kennedy coincidences list, which is mostly bullshit, here is a list f ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Cowboy From Hell: Dimebag Darrell's Best Guitar Solos

    findagrave.com​This blog is stupid, because Rocks Off - this member at least - loves everything that Pantera did. In turn, that means we like everything that the Texas metal gods' late guitarist, Metroplex-bred "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, did. But still, let's look back and some of the best solo ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Beavis And Butt-Head's Greatest Video Hits, Dillhole

    ​On the night of November 28, 1997, Rocks Off was sitting in his friend Chad's parents' house in Pearland, watching the final episode of MTV's Beavis and Butt-head. The boys had been a part of our daily lives since at least fifth grade, and as we marched into the second semester of ninth grade ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Slide Show: Albums That Went Darker

    ​ For most rock acts, the traditional way to deal with success is to rework their lyrics, image and sound to become palatable to a larger audience. Usually this means brightening the subject matter, cleaning up the bad words, softening the sharp edges on those power chords and getting haircuts tha ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: A Stripper Soundtrack

    Rocks Off has a naked lady fetish. It's shameful to admit. We really like seeing naked chicks. It's been something we have dealt with since we were four years old and started sneaking into the women's dressing room when our Mom would go clothes shopping. It's not so cute today, what with the beard ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Getting It On, Part 2

    [Ed. Note: Here's Web Editor Katharine Shilcutt's top 10 picks for baby-makin' music. Now it's the boys' turn.] 1. Ryan Adams, "Come Pick Me Up": This has to work, because it shows vulnerability and warmth. It tells her you are the kind of guy who will be the one to get out of bed to get the Wet On ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Metalocalypse: Texas Hippie Coalition

    Denison-based Texas Hippie Coalition, or THC to fans, lays claim to the title "Kings of Red Dirt Metal," and will more than likely rock you the eff out. These guys feel like Pantera meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, so horns most definitely up. (Plus, the drummer goes by "Cowboy.") Lead singer Big D ... More >>

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    December 6, 2007
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    November 8, 2007
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    October 30, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Avenged Sevenfold and Right-Wing Screamo Metal

    Hey, America! While all of you are waiting breathlessly for a mediocre dance-pop album from your favorite glitter- and Cheeto-dusted “starlet,” none of you seem to care that the world’s first right-wing screamo-metal album hits shelves today. I finagled an advance copy of the new self-titl ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007

    Hellyeah

    Hellyeah

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    June 1, 2006

    Rebel with a Cause

    Dimebag lives on in these new recordings

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    August 4, 2005

    Can't Touch the MMMBop

    A new boxed set excavates the '90s

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    April 14, 2005

    Soilwork and Dark Tranquility, with Hypocrisy and Mnemic

    Wednesday, April 20, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

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    December 16, 2004

    Yin and Yang

    The killing of Dimebag Darrell rains on Michael Haaga's Continental Club Plus and Minus Show parade

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    August 14, 2003

    Superjoint Ritual

    Saturday, August 16

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    May 8, 2003

    Faceless

    Universal (Republic)

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    August 8, 2002

    Baby, You're a Star

    Simpleton is Houston's best hope for the next big thing

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    June 27, 2002

    Superjoint Ritual

    Saturday, June 29

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    March 22, 2001

    Texas Thunder

    Stay true to Pantera. They're true to you.

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    July 11, 1996

    Straight Forward

    Pantera keeps pumpin' with Trendkill

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    August 11, 1994
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