In this episode we’ll discuss current events, what’s Nate been listening to, independent music from Divinity and Sorizon, we’ll discuss some tidbits from the music-related podcast community in the Podcast Roundup, and we’ll wrap the show comparing our lists to Loudwire’s list of the 10 Best Thrash Metal Albums of the 1990s
Local Music episode on a recent episode featuring ‘The Gooch’ from Outside the Murder and Chris Stark from Twin Town Tyrant Records, and an episode featuring the band ‘The Culture Of.’ on the most recent download.
In this episode we’ll discuss current events, what’s Nate been listening to, independent music from Enoid and Van Halst, we’ll discuss some tidbits from the music-related podcast community in the Podcast Roundup, and we’ll wrap the show comparing our list to TeamRock’s rankings of Slayer’s albums from worst to best.
Adam Carolla Show:
Steve Lukather from Toto and a plethora of other bands was on Adam’s show. Great guitar player, great interview. Mentions that the song ‘Africa’ was not a song that they wanted to release but did – turned out to be a huge hit for the band.
One on One with Mitch La Fon:
Graham Bonnet from Rainbow fame, Rickey Medlocke from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Howland from Chicago, and Jim Crean from the Appice Brothers band.
Monte Pittman from Prong and Madonna’s band, Vicky Psarakis of the Agonist, and Jordan Mancino from Wovenwar.
Ritual Madness Podcast:
Portraits of War, Hate Beast discussing their new release, and a band that we’ve featured on the podcast – Prypiat! Their losing their singer/bass player Chris so that really sucks.
Talk is Jericho Podcast:
Jimi Hendrix’s brother Leon Hendrix was on discussing Jimi’s life in and before music and the future, and Vivian Campbell and Phil Sousan with the band ‘Last in Line’ band discussing Jimmy Bain, Dio and the future of the band.
Members from Alice Coopers band make an appearance, the band Kyng and a member of Zakk Sabbath, Jesse James Dupree, Punky Meadows, Trixter and John DeServio from Black Label Society.
The Eddie Trunk Podcast:
Jeff Pilson from Dokken discussing their reunion tour amongst other things, Jesse James Dupree, Michael Sweet and a big interview with Lars Ulrich from a little band called Metallica.
WTF with Marc Maron:
Mark had another interview with another music icon – David Crosby. A lot of music history with that dude. Sounds like he hasn’t been good on managing his money and had to sell his beloved sail boat recently.
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What’s Nate been listening to?
Album: Ten Thousand Ways To Die
Song: Loathe Buy now on Amazon
01/20 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
01/21 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater
01/22 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
01/23 Chicago, IL – Metro
01/24 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
01/25 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
01/27 Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
01/28 Sat Lake City, UT – The Complex
01/30 Calgary, AB – Marquee
01/31 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
02/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/03 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
02/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/06 San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF
02/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
02/08 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
02/10 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
02/11 Dallas, TX – Trees
02/13 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/14 Wilmington, NC – Thorne Theater
02/15 Washington, DC – The Howard Theater
02/16 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
02/17 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
02/18 Boston, MA – Royale
02/19 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION #1
from the Album: Exile on the Edge of Torment (Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments)
the Song is: Eateth my flesh, take my pain (Mangez ma chair, prenez ma douleur) Link
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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION #2
Artist: Van Halst
Location: Toronto, Ontario – Canada
from the Album: Make the World Believe
the Song is: The End Link Buy now on Amazon
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FINAL DISCUSSION TOPIC or SEGMENT:
TeamRock’s SLAYER: Worst to Best
12. Undisputed Attitude (1996)
Slayer chose this album to pay tribute to their punk roots, covering songs by Minor Threat, T.S.O.L. D.R.I. and the Stooges among others. There were also two songs from Pap Smear, guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s mid-80s side-project, and one new Slayer song, Gemini. The original concept had been to do a heavy metal covers album, but that just didn’t work, hence the switch. Their weakest effort.
11. Diabolus In Musica (1998)
Unlike Divine Intervention, where the music was principally written by guitarist Kerry King, this time around it was Hanneman who composed the bulk of the material, giving it a more experimental edge than perhaps anyone had expected. Hanneman claimed that he could find nothing against which to measure Slayer, so just went for his own approach. To some extent this acknowledged the nu metal scene, but typically they adapted this to their own image, not least the lyrics, which reflected their whole ‘Devil In Music’ ethos.
10. Christ Illusion (2006)
After a five-year gap, the longest stretch of time between releases in the band’s career, Slayer hit the mark with their finest album since Seasons In The Abyss. Was it a coincidence that Lombardo returned behind the kit? The sound was modern, yet dynamic. The songs were direct and fearless – they even wrote Jihad about the 9/11 attacks from a terrorist’s perspective, while the Grammy-winning Eyes Of The Insane dealt with a soldier’s post-traumatic stress disorder. Thrash was making waves again, and Slayer had come up with their own tidal wave.
9. God Hates Us All (2001)
Released on September 11 20001 – yes, 9/11 – the album had more realism in the lyrics, mirroring the uncertainty of the times. Musically, though, it was a little confused. Producer Matt Hyde was brought in and was keen to update the Slayer sound, something the band didn’t appreciate. So, the end product didn’t quite realise the potential the songs suggested. However, there’s enough here – especially on the Grammy-nominated Disciple and Bloodline – to ensure the band could still stride into the new millennium as metal gods.
8. Repentless (2015)
From the rampaging shock ‘n’ awe of its title track to the seething belligerence of Pride In Prejudice, Repentless made it plain that the tragic death of Jeff Hanneman was not going to dent Slayer’s sonic armour. The late guitarist’s Piano Wire aside, this was Kerry King’s album: a scowling reaffirmation of musical values, given extra impetus by the need to honour a fallen comrade. Songs like Chasing Death and Implode are as heavy and hostile as anything in the Slayer catalogue, but it was the gruesome, slow-motion squall of When The Stillness Comes that packed the biggest emotional punch. Still Slayer. Still killer.
7. Divine Intervention (1994)
Paul Bostaph came in to replace Lombardo. A fine drummer, but not quite in the same class, or with the same impact, as his predecessor. Further problems emerged because the band used several studios and two producers – Toby Wright and Rick Rubin – which gave the album a disjointed feel. Also, the guitars seemed to be mixed too low and not, as is Slayer’s way, pushed right up in your face.
6. Show No Mercy (1983)
Recorded with virtually no budget, Show No Mercy was so vicious and downright evil that it knocked most people’s perceptions of metal on its head. This was extreme, even by the standard Metallica had set at the time. Some misunderstood the band’s high speed, unrelenting approach as proving they had little of musical value to offer. Wrong! To be as convincing as this, the fearless foursome had to be more than competent. A true invocation of dark forces that can still unnerve the unwary.
5. Hell Awaits (1985)
Anyone who believes Slayer just make the same album over and over really should listen to Show No Mercy, and then this one. The progression was clear. The band were tighter, sharper and, yes, faster than before. And still as driven and angry. With a comparatively more sophisticated production, the band were carving their own niche, as witnessed on the title track, At Dawn They Sleep and Hardening Of The Arteries. This record also made its mark as one of the inspirations for the grind genre.
4. World Painted Blood (2009)
In contrast to the mixed response received by 2006’s Christ Illusion, Slayer’s 11th studio album was widely acclaimed, not least because it noisily revisited the raw, vicious vibe of the band’s early works. The likes of Kerry King’s Hate Worldwide and Jeff Hanneman’s Psychopathy Red got the balance between cutting edge oomph and underground filth just right, with then drummer Dave Lombardo powering everything along at a breathless pace. New lyrical horrors unfurled during the self-explanatorily grim Snuff, while the slithering, sinister Beauty Through Order mirrored the unsettling miasma of its bloody, controversial video. Hanneman’s last full hurrah was a gnarly triumph.
3. South Of Heaven (1988)
How do you follow Reign In Blood? It’s an almost impossible quandary, but the band elected to get even heavier by slowing down – mind you, when anyone suggests Slayer ‘slowed down’, it has to be born in mind that they were still playing riffs at hyper speed, just not going consistently into warp overdrive. They even included Judas Priest’s Dissident Aggressor as a nod to their own metal heroes. But the title track and Mandatory Suicide were the real gems.
2. Seasons In The Abyss (1990)
The last studio album for drummer Dave Lombardo, until 2006, and while it offered no discernible change in direction from what had gone before, the band’s strength of vision was clear on Dead SkinMask and War Ensemble. Many believed that Seasons In The Abysswas the sound of Slayer stuck in a rut. However, this was actually a band in a groove, knowing precisely what they should be doing, and how to deliver it. At a time when some were saying thrash was dead, Slayer were still brimming with ideas.
1. Reign In Blood (1986)
Citing this as ‘the greatest thrash album of all time’ might sound like a convenient soundbite… until you hear it. With Rick Rubin producing, everything was taken to a height nobody would ever scale again. The playing was world class, the songs were stunning, the production balanced technology with the brute force of their live performance and, best of all, it came in at under 30 minutes, which meant that it never outstayed its welcome. From the moment opening track Angel Of Death kicks in to the last chords of closer Raining Blood, this is peerless.
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Album: Reign In Blood
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In this episode we’ll discuss current events, what’s Nate been listening to, independent music from Plague of Stars from the United States of America and Sanktuary from Canada, we’ll discuss some tidbits from the music-related podcast community in the Podcast Roundup, and we’ll wrap the show discussing a couple of Nick Menza Top 10 Megadeth songs lists.
In this episode we’ll discuss current events, what’s Nate been listening to, independent music from Infiltrate Neutralize Govern (ING) from Africa and Angerhead from the USA, we’ll wrap the show with some tidbits from the music-related podcast community in the Podcast Roundup!
2 Minute Metal Meltdown:
1. Ex-MORBID ANGEL Frontman DAVID VINCENT Performs Original Country Song ‘Drinking With The Devil’
Commented vocalist/guitarist Gabe Tachell about the song:
“One of our most progressive and somewhat psychedelic songs, it’s about a fucked up nightmare I had.”
‘An Outsider’ is the follow up to RHINE’s 2011 debut ‘Duality’, which was first a solo effort by band founder Gabriel Tachell (guitar and vocals) whom is now joined by Alex Smolin on guitar (ex-Metameric), James Porter on bass (Ideofone), and Carlos Delgado (Inferion, ex-Death Crowned King) to collaborate on this project.
Seattle’s Rhine are seamlessly connecting German thrash metal with Swedish death metal much like their namesake, the Rhine River. The founder of the group Gabriel Tachell named it such for its simplicity and as a metaphor for fluidity and change.
2. Manitou Springs, CO based AKHENATEN is a Middle Eastern black/ death metal project created in 2012 by the Houseman brothers as a side hobby to their full time band Helleborus. With all music arranged by Jerred and vocals done by his brother Wyatt, the duo are now are offering fans a FREE download of their track ‘Ninurta: The Fall Of Anzu’ from their recently released debut album ‘Incantations Through the Gates of Irkalla’ via Satanath Records (Russia), Murdher Records (Italy) along with Darzamadicus Records (Macedonia).
‘As a token of our appreciation regarding the positive feedback surrounding this release, we are offering you all a free download of Ninurta: The Fall Of Anzu. Soon we will have shirts available with the accompanying illustrations by Dymond Starr. The artwork is a visual reflection the track as it depicts Ninurta slaying Anzu.’ comments vocalist Wyatt Houseman.
3. Hey – Any Canadian bands out there tuning in? Want to play in Cuba? Well, you have a chance to win a slot on the Brutal Brutal Battle Cuba tour! Submissions are now open for independent Canadian metal bands in Oshawa, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Fredericton and Moncton to submit to this year’s first ever competition. One group will win a performing slot on this year’s 2016 BRUTAL SUMMER FEST TOUR line up where they will be playing in front hundreds of Cuban metalheads each night.
“We have been working on this project for a while and we are really excited that it is finally happening! It’s a great opportunity for bands to experience touring outside of Canada and getting the chance to share the stage with international bands. Chase Wilson and I were part of the first Canadian metal band to tour Cuba in 2014. The cultural immersion as well as the musical experience really makes it a Brutal Fest!” comments BBC organizer Rich O’Neil.
4. Unbowed to release Dogma February 12th, 2016. With Dogma, the follow-up to Unbowed’s 2014 debut full-length, Collapse The World, certainly reflects the deeper meaning of the band’s monicker. The songs contained wiithin are eloquent, forceful, and wholly unyielding. The somber atmosphere of Black Metal is apparent whilst the band bludgeons into thick, suffocating Death Metal riffing. With your head already reeling, the band tears open the fabric of reality with soaring Orchestral and Symphonic elements that takes the listener from purgatory to paradise, all in the same fleeting moments. From acoustic guitars and grand pianos to choir ensembles and harps, this is a Metal release that pushes the boundaries of what an up-and-coming band can already be. On top of all this, the entire EP is self-produced. Written, recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely by the two founding members.
5. Toronto, ON Canadian metal band CAYM announce they will hitting the studio this February and March with Joe Duplantier of Gojira to produce their new yet to be titled album at his Silver Cord Studio in NYC. The new album will be the follow up to their 2013 release ‘From Red To Black’, which is available for FREE download at https://soundcloud.com/caym-metal/sets/from-red-to-black
In addition to hitting the studio, the band has launched a crowd funding / pre-order campaign for the new album offering various rewards to fans that includes a private CAYM show in drag, a BBQ, limited special edition hard copies, choice of a pop song cover, disposable cams with one of a kind pics capturing their studio recording, custom beer mugs, a workout with the band, used and signed gear from the recording along with many more perks all listed below and available at https://www.gofundme.com/caymalbum
6. Nefarious Realm Offers Up WORMWITCH Single ‘Coffin Birth’ As Sacrifice To The Altar Of Black Metal!
Black Metal newcomers WORMWITCH are offering their debut single for exclusive stream and download through Nefarious Realm.com for 2016. Their song ‘Coffin Birth’ will not be featured on their next EP, which has yet to receive a title. The new single offers a background to their transition from hardcore into Black Metal and touches on their Canadian influence from the infamous climate.
“Coffin Birth is the first song that Wormwitch has written under its name, and is the truest culmination of the band’s vision to date. The standalone covers themes of death and rebirth and the constant struggle of man versus nature; wherein nature exercises its timeless power to cast the blight of mankind into the endless void.” – Robin Harris (guitar/vocals)
The band has offered this song for free to everyone and will be announcing the release of their EP later this year.
7. Canada’s epic metal quartet and 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Champions VESPERIA announce they will be entering Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada this March to record their followup to 2015’s The Iron Tempests EP. Helming the project will be engineer/ producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx). The new album will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians and the art will be created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theatre).
The Indiegogo campaign will give fans many special and unique perks for their contributions, including mead made by the band’s frontman Morgan Rider, Vesperia drinking horns, album pre-releases, the bands stage banners and much more! For all details and to contribute, please visit the following link: https://www.indiegogo.com/at/new-vesperia-album
The band comments:
“With the new year comes much and more from the Vesperia camp! We have been labouring away diligently behind the scenes to breath life into what will be our largest and most ambitious project to date! But to realize our ambitions, we are turning to you: our dear fans, family and friends for help in this new endeavour.
We decided that a crowdfunding campaign made the most sense to raise the necessary funds for our new album while allowing us the opportunity to give back to everyone who has helped build Vesperia to what it is today! We have crafted some truly unique gifts, perks and experiences to make this an incredibly special adventure for everyone. We cant wait to show you what we have in store!”
In additional news, VESPERIA will be supporting Finnish metal masters KALMAH’s 2016 cross Canada tour from April 4th – 24th.
8. Seattle, WA thrashers FALLEN ANGELS have teamed up with Revolver Magazine for the stream of their latest single ‘Into The Abyss’in support of their third studio release ‘World In Decay’ produced by Grammy award winning metal producer/engineer Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors).
9. Texas Metal Underground (TMU) Records have released their first ever free digital music sampler featuring one full mp3 song from their entire re-issued curated catalog releases.
TMU Records has provided the following mission statement:
Since 2008, TMU Records has been unearthing lost and unheard musical gems from the fertile underground Texas metal scene of the mid 1980’s through the early 1990’s.
To preserve and share this heavy musical legacy, the label focuses primarily on bands who burned bright, briefly, but disappeared without a trace before anyone could take much notice. Bands who managed to get a demo recorded but for reasons unknown never shared it beyond a close circle of friends and fans.
Whether on vinyl, CD, or cassette, all TMU Records releases are given lavish treatment with custom packaging, unseen photos, show flyers, interviews, informative booklets, rare bonus tracks and extras for the denim and leather die-hards.
For our final song, it’s Stuck in a Car, Stuck with a CD time! Bill from Metalsota – check them out at https://www.facebook.com/Metalsota for information on bands and local shows!
Artist: American Headcharge
Album: The War of Art
Song: Never Get Caught
This episode we’ll discuss current events, what’s Nate been listening to, independent music from Cantharone out of St. Paul, MN and we’re returning with the Word Association with Nate drilling me with the questions.
6. Nick Sycks has announced as of yesterday that he was leaving the band Ghost Hook from St. Paul, Minnesota. The split is amicable, as the band is stepping up their shows and whatnot and Nick felt he was not able to continue with the commitment level required by the band. Good luck to Ghost Hook and Nick in their future endeavors.
7. Mortificator from Minneapolis, Minnesota has announced that they’ll be returning to 14:59 Studios to record a ‘bonus track’ for last year’s demo ‘The 14:59 Sessions’ and will then release the demo with the bonus track on CD. You can currently get the demo via free download at http://mortificator.bandcamp.com
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Word association to wrap!
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Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by British band Black Sabbath, released in January 1986. The release came at a difficult time as the group had just finished a highly contentious tour, experiencing conflicts within the band. With guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi being the sole original member left, musicians Geoff Nicholls, Eric Singer, and Dave Spitz contributed to the album, playing keyboards, drums, and bass, respectively. Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist and vocalist, was lead singer but did not play bass on this release. Musically, it features a blues rock influenced sound that moved from the group’s traditional heavy metal to a more eclectic style.
The album was the group’s first release without bassist Geezer Butler, who left the band in 1984 after the aforementioned Born Again tour. It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi, as shown by the musical experimentation. However, due to pressures by Warner Bros. Records and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Later releases label the album as simply by Black Sabbath.
Despite the issues behind the release’s production, it earned major commercial success, reaching #78 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Album: Thunder in the East
Song: Crazy Nights
This episode we talk about current events, what’s Nate been listening to, independent music from Caveat as well as the return of Word Association!
Our top 10 Countries visited in 2014!
10 – Argentina
9 – Portugal
8 – Mexico
7 – Spain
6 – Russian Federation
5 – Chile
4 – United Kingdom
3 – Italy
2 – Brazil
1 – United States
Also, we’re almost at our one year anniversary! YAY US!
5. A Little Crazy Entertainment based out of the Twin Cities are going to be launching a new internet-based radio station. If you want your music played or if you’d like to cut an ID tag (This is blahblahblah from blahblahblah and you’re listening to A Little Crazy Radio) visit http://www.alittlecrazyentertainment.com
6. Tridroid Records has announced that on March 17 2015, they will be releasing Dissident Clone’s ‘State of Dysphoria’ as a digital only release. State of Dysphoria will contain 4 tracks that combine thrash, punk and metal. Dissident Clone will appeal to old-school metalheads in particular.
7. HELLSAKURA from “Dead City” – no idea which “Dead City” as their press kit is HORRIBLY constructed – have announced that they’re back in the studio to record the follow up to their release ‘Blood to Water.’ Check ’em out at http://www.hellsakura.com/
8. Nate – are you ready for something different? Tired of all of the same old, same old? Get ready for FLUMMOX! Tridroid Records has announced that they’ll be releasing Plummoxygen, Flummox’ follow up to 2012’s E.P. “The Mindrape.p.” Plummoxogen was recorded in late 2013 to early 2014 and was released independently by the band in August of 2014. It will now be available via Tridroid Records in the Spring of 2015, right when the band returns to the studio to record their next full-length album.
WORD ASSOCIATION TIME!!
For the last song for this episode, we had a special request from Nathan out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Artist: David Allan Coe
Album: Nothing Sacred
Song: Linda Lovelace
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