Episode 386: Former Humanoid

We pride ourselves on being able to cover all the bases of Heavy Metal. We’ve experienced enough to actually be able to drown a poser in the water under the bridge but we also have enough youthful enthusiasm to keep our finger on the pulse of the here and now. The awesome new band ONCE HUMAN also reflects that spirit. The band is spearheaded by Metal vet Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD, ex-SOULFLY) and fronted by young growler Lauren Hart. We sat down with this dynamic duo to discuss Lauren’s musical origins, how they write music and record, playing their first shows as a band, and the creation of their first music video. While we found our time monopolized by our gigantic METAL CHURCH feature during the last couple of weeks, the Metal world rolled along without us. We caught up with our 2 cents on the Paris and Bucharest tragedies, weirdo hipsters, and discuss cursing in French. Horns Up!!

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Once Human

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Episode 385: Album Autopsy – Metal Church’s The Dark – Part 2

In the second part of this Album Autopsy about METAL CHURCH‘s The Dark, former MC guitarist Craig Wells joins us again to discuss every track. We get into a few of the technical aspects of recording the album, what makes a great guitar solo, and one of his major regrets about his time in the band. He also tells us about David Wayne‘s no-nonsense sensibilities, how underrated Kirk Arrington really is, the album cover by legendary artist Don Brautigan, and we finish with some METALLICA touring stories in late 1986. Our very good friend Scott from Focus On Metal joins us again for this discussion about this classic album. Horns up!

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Metal Church’s The Dark

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Episode 384: Album Autopsy – Metal Church’s The Dark – Part 1

When metal was on it’s meteoric rise in popularity in 1986, METAL CHURCH released their album The Dark. Peaking at #92 on Billboard, it was a classic and influential album in the making. So we reached out to former MC guitarist Craig Wells who was more than happy to share stories about those days. In Part 1 of this Album Autopsy, Scott from Focus On Metal joins Roch and Craig for an educational conversation. We learn about the writing of the album in his grandmother’s garage, the best way to record a demo, what happened to MC’s deal with Elektra Records, and working with producer Terry Date. Horns up!

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Episode 383: A Hard Grind

It’s kind of hard topping four Metal  legends in four episodes, so instead of just staying the course, we steer off the beaten path to focus on the next generation. The recent Black Dahlia Murder tour stop in town gave us our first live experience with Relapse grinders MARUTA and hardcore straight edgers HARMS WAY. Maruta vox Mitchell Luna discusses the new Remain Dystopian album, their relationship with Relapse, and their spot in the Florida death scene. Representing the other “core” is Chi-Town bashers Harms Way. We caught up with drummer/spokesperson Chris Mills who gives us the lowdown on their new Rust record, winning over a Metal audience, and pro wrassler/MMA fighter CM Punk. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we score more points with past Indie Spotlight alumni getting signed and we crank our Creature Features, some CATHEDRAL, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, and WISDOM IN CHAINS. Horns!!

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Maruta | Harms Way | Cathedral

Extreme Noise Terror | Wisdom In Chains

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