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Metal Mayhem Festival to rock Piñon Pines

Metal Mayhem Festival organizer Tad Zaccard gets ready to rock.

Courtesy<br> Metal Mayhem Festival organizer Tad Zaccard gets ready to rock.

Metal invades the pines this weekend when The Metal Mayhem Festival cranks up at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Piñon Pines Bar and Grill, 2701 Highway 89.

Eleven signed and unsigned bands from Prescott and the Phoenix area are scheduled to provide the distortion until 2 a.m. from the likes of Crash Records' Triplever, 454, Chaos Theory, Sectus, Prescott's AFDL and others.

Admission is $5.

Festival organizer Tad Zaccard has mixed local metal favorites with popular bands from the Valley, some of which he came across through Monsoon Radio, an Internet radio show that plays metal from around the world, mixing unsigned bands with national acts.

"I bought this software out of Canada and I hooked it up, put some songs on a playlist, and just kind of just messed around jamming some songs for myself a few years back. And man, next thing, you know, it just took off," he said, adding that he gets inundated with CDs from bands from places like Germany, Italy, and South America.

Zaccard said he has made several connections via Monsoon Radio, booking shows in the Valley like the Kottonmouth Kings, Phunk Junkeez, Sacred Reich, Megadeth bass player Dave Ellefson's current project, F5, and working with members of Linkin Park, Dio and Quiet Riot.

Zaccard said he plans to release a DVD documentary, currently titled "Hot AZ Hell," compiled from videotaped interviews on more than 60 DVDs he said should provide insight into the music business and exposure to the metal scene in Arizona. "Some of the stuff I got is some pretty crazy stuff, but should be pretty interesting," he said.

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