Episode 382: Maximum Metal

We’re on a roll! We can officially refer to the last month as Legend’s Month around here. We can scratch another one off the ol’ Bucket List.  Our interest in Max Cavalera goes back for decades now, when the unknown SEPULTURA released their debut album Morbid Visions. Since then, Mr. Cavalera has been a major force in the Metal underground and beyond. Despite his busy SOULFLY schedule, we managed to corral Mad Max long enough to get the 411. We discussed Soulfly’s 10th record, we got to geek out over some of our mutual current fave bands, and we get an update on his cool side projects. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we mourn the loss of some fallen comrades. Musically, we crank the Archangel record, some Sepultura, and get into the spirit of the season with some GOBLIN REBIRTH, WITH THE DEAD,  and ZOMBI. In our Extended Indie Spotlight, we’re stoked to lend a helping hand to our bros in UNTIMELY DEMISE. Metal To The Max!! Horns!

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Soulfly | Sepultura | With The Dead | Goblin Rebirth | Zombi

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Episode 381: Album Autopsy – Possessed’s Seven Churches 30th Anniversary – Part 2

In Part 2 of this essential Album Autopsy,  we continue our celebration of POSSESSED‘s Seven Churches album. Vocalist and bassist Jeff Becerra and legendary producer Randy Burns join us again for the occasion. We discuss every track and their lyrics, as Jeff finally spills the beans about the satanic message at the beginning of “Burning In Hell”.  Randy tells us about some of the recording and engineering tricks and techniques he used, we talk about the original (rejected) album cover, the creation of the iconic band logo, and we finish with some stories from the legendary World War III Festival in Montreal. If you are a true fan of Death Metal, you must listen to this episode! Horns Up!

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Possessed’s Seven Churches

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Episode 380: Album Autopsy – Possessed’s Seven Churches 30th Anniversary – Part 1

We love anniversaries… especially BIG ones! October 16th 2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of POSSESSED‘s Seven Churches album. This date also marks the official start of a little sub-genre called Death Metal. At first, it was only the name of a song but today, it’s an industry. To celebrate this monumental release, we give you a new Album Autopsy and invite two of the architects of this album: vocalist and bassist Jeff Becerra of Possessed and legendary producer Randy Burns! In this first part, we discuss the song writing process, how Jeff pioneered a whole new style of vocal delivery, their relationship with Chuck Schuldiner, their lyrical content, how they wound up on Combat Records, and working in the studio with Randy. If you are a true fan of Death Metal, you must listen to this episode! Horns Up!

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Possessed’s Seven Churches

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Episode 379: Ballroom Blitz

There is absolutely no denying the influence and impact that the legendary OVERKILL has on Metaldom over the past three decades. Pushing their umpteenth album, the Jersey Devils finally made their way through our neck of the woods. Mainman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – make that Mr. Blitz – was more than eager to sit down with us for a meeting of the Metal minds. We discussed their legendary status, his lifetime partnership with D.D. Verni, and the band’s discography. Also some more stuff that’ll put a smile your face. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we discuss new records from SLAYER and MEGADETH, we give a little RATT and roll regarding scab bands, and share war stories from the mosh pit. Musically we cover the Overkill gamut, crank some Slayer, KING PARROT, CANNABIS CORPSE, and introduce Montreal maulers VANTABLACK WARSHIP in our Indie Spotlight. Horns UP!!

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Overkill | Slayer | Megadeth | Ratt | King Parrot

Cannabis Corpse | Vantablack Warship

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Episode 378: Snowy’s Angels 2015

It’s that time again!! It’s the time where we pay our annual tribute to the (not always) fairer sex with in the Metal community. Around here, any female performer within the hard rock/metal/hardcore/punk/goth/etc genres are referred as Snowy’s Angels. The ladies are making a even bigger impact than ever within the metal underground (check out recent covers of Decibel and Terrorizer). We’re finding out that more and more ladies are no longer taking a back seat to their male counterparts. Grindcore veterans FUCK THE FACTS recently blew through town with vocalist Mel Mongeon leading the charge, so we had a most interesting chat about her being a trailblazer, the brilliant new record, their controversial monicker, and balancing life as a mom and a grindcore queen. We make our Snowy’s Angel’s Hall OF Fame inductions and discuss the relevance of the “female fronted metal metal” tag. Finally we crank some MYRKUR, LUCIFER, GRUESOME, THE DONNAS, PARASITIC EXTIRPATION, WOODEN STAKE, DESPISED ICON, and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. Horns!!

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Fuck The Facts | Myrkur | Lucifer | Gruesome | The Donnas

Parasitic Extirpation | Wooden Stake | Despised Icon | Joan Jett

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