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San Antonio was once the heavy metal capital of the world

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San Antonio is known for many things. And if you've been around here for a few decades, you may remember it being the heavy metal capital of the world.

The city honored that history with an official tricentennial event.

Joe Anthony - aka 'The Godfather.' SA Slayer. K-MAC.

These are just some of the things that bring back a certain nostalgia for metalheads who lived through a special era in the city's history.

Between the late 1970s and early 1990s San Antonio was dubbed the "Heavy Metal Capital of the World." And just this past weekend the Institute of Texan Cultures hosted a special panel with people who helped create the metal scene.

It included people like Jack Orbin, who founded Stone City Attractions. And Lou Roney, who worked as program director for both K-MAC AND 99-5 KISS.

Present day, though San Antonio may no longer be the heavy metal capital of the world, it's got a die-hard heavy metal culture that still lives through outlets like the 'Thursday Night Metal Show' on San Antonio College's KSYM radio.

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