Episode 335: Arctic Composition

It may be 2014 but traditional power metal is hardly passé. Finland’s SONATA ARCTICA are at the forefront of the scene and are currently decimating the world one tour stop at a time. Checking off our hometown from the To Conquer List, we caught up with guitarist Elias Klingenberg and keyboardist Henrik Vilijanen. We discuss the happy accident behind the new Pariah’s Child concept, debuting at #1 back home, and what exactly a “keytar” is. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we acknowledge Halloween and say goodbye to a rock n’ roll originator. Finally, since we were so blown away by the their first stop at “The Whorehouse,” we are stoked to sit down with Toronto crust grinders I.D.N.S. in our Extended Indie Spotlight. Awesome stuff! Horns Up!!

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Episode 334: Mortusfying

California bashers EXMORTUS are on the forefront of this whole NWOYDPODM (New Wave Of Young Dudes Playing Old Dude’s Metal) scene. Supporting their Prosthetic Records debut Slaves To The Sword, not one, not two, not three, but all four barbarians were stoked to talk with us in another one of our patented parking lot interviews. A very interesting chat discussing the new record, working with producer extraordinaire Zack Obron, their recent unique ways of getting exposure, and their love of Conan the Barbarian. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we yack about our recent trip to the record store, feature Nottingham’s TAKEN BY THE TIDE in our Indie Spotlight and continue our love of Prosthetic with some tunes from TRAP THEM, ALL THAT REMAINS, and NOCTEM. Horns Up!!!

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Episode 333: The L.A. Queen

The name Gina Zamparelli may not roll off the tip of the brains for most of our listeners. So allow us the honor of making the proper introductions: Ms. Zamparelli is a trailblazer, being the very first female promoter to put on a show of significance and is a major player in the L.A. rock scene. She basically put a lot of your fave California bands on the rock n’ roll map. With her segment on the Inside Metal documentary still fresh in our minds, we had the good fortune to sit down with Gina and discuss a variety of topics including promoting her first concert, her involvement in the Inside Metal documentary, and convincing David Lee Roth to lend a helping hand in historic preservation. She also regaled us with a gaggle of cool stories which had us on the edge of our seats (like raw meat being thrown at W.A.S.P. concerts). Definitely a front runner for Interview Of The Year! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we welcome the return of some Fall time RAM traditions and get stoked for the new EXODUS record. Horns up!!!

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Episode 332: The Inside Scoop

Radioactive Metal’s relationship with Heavy Metal handyman Bob Nalbandian goes right back to our very beginning. Our first guest ever, Mr. Nalbandian has worn many metallic hats over the years in both journalism and radio. Now he can add filmmaker to his already impressive resume. Bob made it a mission to bring the untold story of the L.A. Metal scene, leading up to the mid 80’s “Glam” explosion. With his good buddy Carl Alvarez in tow, armed with a camera, a vast wealth of knowledge and experience, the fruits of their labour will soon be enjoyed by all in the form of Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock And Metal. We give the floor to Mr. Nalbandian and Mr. Alvarez discussing the creation (and all that went into it), memories of that era, and what you Beautiful MFers can do to get this cinematic masterpiece into theatres. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we share our adventure at the 80s In The Park festival  and crank some old school ANGEL and HELLION. Horns!!

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