In the early 80s, a new underground genre of aggressive heavy metal was being carefully crafted by the angry youth. Most fans believe that it was mainly happening in the USA but unbeknownst to them, the same thing was happening in Germany. Hailing from a small town on the Swiss/German border, DESTRUCTION was honing their craft and knocking on doors of record labels. Joining us in this Album Autopsy, metal legend Schmier reminisces about the early days of the band. We learn how the band was formed and what led to the release of the debut EP, Sentence of Death. He also shares stories about rehearsing in a wine cellar, a long train ride to Hanover where they were arrested upon arrival, the real reason why Steamhammer wanted to sign them, and working in the studio with a producer who couldn’t make heads or tails about their sound. And because of our Canadian roots, we also talk about Banzai Records and the World War III Festival in Montreal, where one band member got lost and Destruction almost had to cancel their show. Horns Up!!
Last week’s legendary guests VENOM (Inc) are effectively considered to be the first black metal band. Their influence is still being felt today, with case in point being this week’s Creature Feature. We caught up once again with ceremonial black metallers LUSTRAVI. Fresh off the release of their debut on Obscure Musick (Cult Of The Blackened Veil), they came to town for an opening set. We caught up with vox/bassist Morgan Weller and axeman Geoff McWhorter after the performance and discussed the reception of the album, getting approval from family, their love of black metal, and their plans for the next album. In our News, Views and Tunes, we discussed Joe Perry‘s health situation and Lemmy’s “erections”. Musically we crank some Lustravi, IMMORTAL, ASSCHAPEL, COUGH, acknowledge a MORTUARY DRAPE milestone, and introduce RABID FLESH EATERS in our Indie Spotlight. Horns!!
Let the joyous celebrations of Hell begin!! Straight up… if VENOM never existed, then there would be no RAM. The legendary black metal trailblazers are a game changing outfit. They not only inspired a generation of extreme metallers but are probably leaving a positive impression on a second as well. But now Satan’s favorite trio has split into two factions, as have a number of other bands over the years. Original vocalist/bassist Cronos is waving the Venom banner. But axeman Mantas and skin pounder Abaddon have staked their claim as VENOM INC. They recently came through town and we scratched yet another ‘bucket list’ band off our interview agenda. Hanging out with Misters Mantas and Abaddon, we discussed the early days of Venom, why they’re not a cover band, their classic sound, plans of a new album, and so much more. With Venom having such a big impact on us personally, we couldn’t help but share our memories and our whys and wherefores on this band that ruined our teen years and beyond. In our News , Views, and Tunes, we crank some classic Venom, some new FOGHAT (!!), and NUCLEAR ASSAULT paying tribute to “Thee Black Metal Gods! V – E – N – O – f’n – M!!” Horns Up!
Our relationship with Housecore Records goes way back to both of our humble beginnings. The label is a major player within the Metal underground with a wide array of artists covering many sub-genres. Thrash, death, sludge, grind, and hardcore are well represented. Seeing the artistic merit of these artists, the legendary VOIVOD recently took a duo of Housecore’s finest on tour for your viewing and listening pleasure. Grinders KING PARROT are doing “Down Under”proud. We caught up with vox Matt Young and discussed their latest Dead Set record, their unique monicker, and Australia’s casual use of the C word. Proudly waving the Crossover banner is Detroit’s CHILD BITE. Literally moments before hitting the stage, vocalist Shawn Knight and axeman Brandon Sczomak were eager to chat about their unique sound and touring with Voivod. Musically we crank our Creature Features as well as some WARBEAST, FULGORA, HONKY, and black metallers SCOUR. Heavy Metal’s in the house!! Horns!!
Back in 1986, a lot of fantastic thrash was being released. It seemed like there was a never ending supply. One of the best releases that year was FLOTSAM & JETSAM‘s Doomsday for the Deceiver. It’s the only album to ever score 6K’s on Kerrang Magazine‘s rating system. Thirty years later, it still holds up with the best of them. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, we invited guitarist Michael Gilbert and vocalist Eric AK to discuss the early days of the band, how they got signed to Metal Blade, and we go through every track in detail. We also talk about the album cover, the original concept, and the (lack of) touring for the album. As a bonus feature, we also talk to Bill Metoyer, the man who worked tirelessly to capture all the magic as the album’s engineer. Horns Up and Flotz ’til death!!