Since 1990, Swedish metal master Peter Tagtgren has been a major player in the extreme metal underground. His legendary band HYPOCRISY helped but both Swedish death metal and Nuclear Blast Records on the map. Over the years, out of his Abyss Studios, Mr. Tagtgren has paid it forward by turning the knobs on some of your fave records. So when his hardly-a-side-project PAIN put out their latest LP, we knew it was time to check off another bucket list moment. We discussed his legendary status, Pain’s crossover appeal to Hypocrisy fans, and what’s up at Abyss. Of course we also have to geek out over our mutual love of the DEAD KENNEDYS!! In our News Views and Tunes, we get a kick out of CLITEATER, find out what “shinny” means, and address Tim Lambesis‘ tig ole bitties. Musically we crank some Pain and Hypocrisy, Cliteater, EYEHATEGOD, and some new OBITUARY. Horns!!
Never before has there been a more fitting monicker. Brazilian thrashers NERVOSA took that name as it means in their native tongue (angry girl). That becomes apparent after just one spin of their sophomore Napalm Records effort, Agony, and even more so when the band hits the stage. It’s a thing of beauty to see these lasses go from girls-next-door to screaming banshees from beyond. We recently caught up with bass/vox Fernanda Lira right before one such exhibition. She shared her thoughts about hailing from Brazil, the Ladies Of Napalm, and the band’s connection to none other than DESTRUCTION‘s Schmier, all with a passion in her voice that others should take note of. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we pay tribute to Y&T drummer Leonard Hayes, give the horns to BOLT THROWER, and yack about a fave B-Queen. Musically, we crank some Nervosa, the aforementioned Bolt Thrower and Y&T, MERCYFUL FATE, MORTILLERY, RAVENEYE, and NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST. Horns!!
Where does one begin when discussing metal meister Richard Christy? Joe and Jane Average-American would probably be familiar with Christy for his work on the Howard Stern Radio Show, but the more discerning will know him from his multiple contributions to the metal world (Death, Iced Earth, Control Denied). Looking to promote the going ons of his current outfit CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, he was stoked to be under the RAM spotlight. We discussed his “supergroup” bandmates, his love of Canadian metal (yes, yes) and his Decibel Magazine horror column. It’s a fave chat of the year so far for sure… and we didn’t even yack about any Stern stuff! In our News , Views, and Tunes, we go over Dani Filth The Horror Star and put over the new GHOUL! Musically we give a taste of CWOTD the aforementioned Ghoul, the latest RAGNAROK, and some oldies but goodies from SADUS, INFERNAL MAJESTY, and WRATHCHILD AMERICA. Horns!!
Paul Gott is a forefather of the Canadian hardcore punk scene. His legendary outfit RIPCORDZ formed in 1980, spanning a career of 15 full lengthers which inspired a generation of Canuck punk. Recently, the ‘Cordz ripped thru town to liven up a boring Monday night. Hanging with Mr. Gott, he gave us the 411 on more than 35 years of underground musical goodness, as seen through the eyes that have seen it all. To paraphrase another (in)famous Canuck: Ripcordz “were Rancid before Rancid were cool”. In our News, Views and Tunes, we gush over some 80s metal vixens, and throw in the towel on announcing INQUISITION albums! In the tunage dept., we crank some classic ‘Cordz, the new SODOM and Inquisition records and pro-wrassler ULTRAMANTIS BLACK. Horns!!
SKELETONWITCH founder and axeman Scotty Hedrick has a rep for being one of the nicest guys in the biz, always with a smile on his face and a song in his amps. Believe all you heard because it’s all true. He was the first guy that showed up at the venue and was thrilled to chat with us once again. Despite the recent upheavals in the ‘Witch’s coven, he maintained his usual demeanor. We discussed the awesome addition of new vox Adam Clemons, the new EP, and his love of all HM itself. In our News, Views and Tunes, we trade festival stories and get stoked over the new METALLICA tune. Musically, we crank SW, the new TRAP THEM, GATECREEPER, HOMEWRECKER, classics from DERANGED and QUIET RIOT and introduce THEM COUNTY BASTARDZ in our Indie Spotlight. Horns!!