Greetings Boils and Ghouls! We couldn’t think of a better way to follow up our 10th anniversary milestone than by diving right into the Halloween season. In the past, we’ve gone all out, dedicating the entire month to the metallically macabre. This year, we have a lot on our docket but we still want to get into the spirit of the season. With that in mind, Season of Mist black metallers CARACH ANGREN kick off our Halloween festivities. While terrorizing the town, keyboardist Ardek spooked us with scary tales about their latest record and “horror metal”. As a bonus, we re-enter the world of Archie! Back in 2012, the gang had a Halloween crossover story with none other than the Kings Of The Night Time World themselves, KISS! We caught up with artist Dan Parent to get the back story on these back issues. We discuss how the project came about, the store signing he did with Gene and Paul, and his new Kickstarter project Die Kitty Die! Musically, we play some perilous passages straight out of the Necronomicon from BAPTISM, ICED EARTH, ERIMHA, and HENRY MANFREDINI. Horns for Halloween!
Happy F’n B-Day to us!! SLAYER had their decade of aggression and the CRÜE had their decade of Decadence. Let’s consider this episode the celebration of a Decade Of Radiation. Since 2006, the mighty RAM has been terrorizing the Internet, making it one of the longest running programs of our format. Despite celebrating a milestone, we’re not one to rest on our laurels. RAM prides itself on covering all the diverse sounds and sights of our beloved music. So we chose to reflect that by featuring artists from opposite ends of the aggressive music spectrum. First off, we speak with (Nuclear Blast recording artists) EPICA‘s Mark Jansen. The guitarist discussed all things Epica including their latest record and put to rest some misconceptions about another one of metal’s Jansens. Next up is a long overdue chat with the godfather of Canadian punk, D.O.A.‘s Joey Shithead. In a bucket list moment, he discussed being punk piss and vinegar in his 50s, his political activities, and some now famous former members. That’s Mr. Shithead, thank you. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we reminisce about some of our fave Creature Features, pound back some Lemmys and “one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer”! Finally we crank some Epica, DOA, introduce MORKOBOT, and give ‘er with some live DIRKSCHNEIDER! Horns to another 10 years!
The countdown is on! Next episode, we celebrate our 10th anniversary! Leading up to this amazing milestone we wanted to do something cool. The metal world is abuzz over the long overdue DISCHARGE tour with EYEHATEGOD ( w/ Randy Blythe) supporting. So it’s a good time to get EHG on the horn. We’re stoked to speak with bassist Gary Mader, as his hardcore side project CLASSHOLE has been spinning in the RAM offices. We discuss his relationship with Blythe, working with Housecore Records, and we push the Classhole project. Eyelovedeverysecond!! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we get in the pit at HATEBREED and celebrate 30 years of Reign In Blood goodness! Horns up!!
Earlier this year, our favorite comic book artist Gisele Lagace told us about her upcoming project involving ARCHIE and his gang entering the wonderful world of the RAMONES, simply titled “Archie Meets Ramones”. Of course being Ramones marks but more importantly respecting the legacy and giving us an excuse to talk about them, we got Gisele back on the horn. We discussed how the project came to be, the research involved, Dee Dee Ramone being a hottie, and why it’s important to draw guitars accurately. In our News, Views and Tunes, we use this special Spotlight episode to welcome our good bud Aaron (from the Signal To Noise podcast) to officially join the RAM Fam. We discuss our fave everythings about the band and trade special memories involving Joey and the boys. Aaron also shares a very special story about playing a gig a few weeks after Joey passed away. Hey! Ho! Let’s go! Horns Up!!