This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Black Sabbath Farewell Tour, Kisses, Mayhem Fest & more

Concerts, July 25-31

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Black Sabbath
Though it’s been 18 years since we’ve seen anything new from Black Sabbath and it took more than a dozen of those to bring their much-anticipated 19th studio album to fruition, the result has proven well worth the wait. Produced by Rick Rubin and released last month, 13 is a return to classic grinding form for the heavy metal trailblazers. Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi are currently joined on tour by Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk. This stop is part of the band's Farewell Tour. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)—LP

KEN mode w/Inter Arma/Reveal Renew
A good rule of thumb for those not initiated into metal spheres: aim for the stuff that upsets metalheads. Generally, this means the band in question is pushing boundaries and pushing buttons, something that Inter Arma does exceedingly well. The Richmond, Va. quintet is making a quick return to Florida after a handful of dates with locally-based homies set and setting, but this time around is sure to be a special treat. They’re opening for Canadian noisemakers KEN mode, which blends the seemingly disparate worlds of gritty noise rock and gloomy hardcore. So if you think you might have a taste for the heavy stuff, but aren’t quite sure where to start, Orpheum on Tuesday night is the place to be. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —CJ

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/Rob Zombie/Five Finger Death Punch/Mastodon/Amon Amarth/Machinehead/Children of Sodom/Emmure/Huntress/many more
Dragula is coming. He’s gonna be all hopped up on Rockstar Energy Drink, too. And while Robert Bartleh Cummings is Mayhem’s main draw, the 48-year-old better known as Rob Zombie isn’t the only big name at this mini music fest, which spreads about 20 hard rock bands between four stages over the better part of 10 hours at amphitheaters across the U.S. LA’s Five Finger Death Punch are touring behind the first of two LPs they’ll release this year and Atlanta, Ga.-based Mastodon have taken any predisposed ideas on heavy metal and tossed them completely out the window with albums like 2011’s The Hunter and a 2008 masterpiece, Crack The Skye, where singer Brent Hinds presents a concept album exploring ideas like astral travel and wormholes as experienced through the senses of a quadriplegic. Heavy, yes. Trippy as fuck, hell yes. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) —RR

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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