The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2012, No. 7: Metal venues play musical chairs
(It’s the end of the year, and just as we did in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Soundcheck is counting down the year’s top local music stories as determined by your humble Soundcheck editor. We’ll be counting down two each day through New Year’s Eve.)
Tampa metal fans got their moment in the national spotlight when Reuters highlighted the city’s legendary death metal scene in the run-up to the Republican National Convention. But beyond that, it was an eventful year in the scene, especially as it relates to the area’s top venues.
— Over the past couple of years, the Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana has hosted shows by Anthrax, Testament, Korn, A Day To Remember, Rise Against, GWAR, Insane Clown Posse and other metal titans. But that venue closed in June.
— Over the last half of the year, there’s been an attempt to return Ybor City's Cuban Club to its roots as a viable punk, metal and hip-hop venue — but that’s been a mixed bag, as Pennywise canceled a show there, and Public Image Ltd. moved their gig to the Orpheum.
— Finally, this month, it was announced that the Skatepark of Tampa’s Transitions Art Gallery, a grimy black-box punk club that has hosted everyone from Matt and Kim to Ian MacKaye, was changing ownership and getting a new name, Epic Problem.
Beyond the game of venue musical chairs, metal fans had it pretty good this year. In June, the Scion Rock Fest took over Ybor City with shows by Sleep, Down and Sick Of It All. A stellar Mayhem Festival lineup was headlined by Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax. Hard rock station 98 Rock launched a new festival, the Halloweenie Roast, featuring Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. And local death metal icons Morbid Angel, Deicide and Cannibal Corpse all played shows here.
It’s almost enough to make us all forget about that shooting threat during a Cannibal Corpse show in July.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE TOP TAMPA MUSIC STORIES OF 2012:
No. 10: The return of arena rock
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