We kick off our Creature Feature line up for 2017 with a dude that we, quite frankly, should have featured a long time ago. On numerous times, we’ve put over the mighty Hell’s Headbangers record label. The man simply known as Reaper has a major role within the HH headquarters. First off, as a contributing artist with his thrash band CRUCIFIED MORTALS, who just released their latest awesome album Psalms OfThe Dead Choir. Second, his Hellcast podcast does an excellent job promoting the label and its distribution artists. He’s also the guy that makes sure your HH order gets onto your stereo in record time. Mr. Reaper (or just Reap to his buddies) shares all this and also talks about his time in the mighty NUNSLAUGHTER as well as some memories of the late, great drummer Jim Konya. Normies better fear this reaper. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we pay up on our annual hockey bet with some Alter Bridge bashing. Musically, we crank the new Crucified Mortals, WEEKEND NACHOS, PRETTY MAIDS, and the critically underrated Canuck metallers SWORD. Finally we expose Chi-Town bashers ONE STEEL WOUND in our Indie Spotlight. Horns!!
Before our interviews for 2017 start to kick in, we have the chance to kick back and just kick it. We had a plan going into today’s episode but once we pressed the record button, the fit hit the shan and we turned it into a free for all of topics and tunes. One topic being METALLICA having 5 out of 10 of this year’s top selling records lit a fire and various conversations involving gateway bands and what constitutes a ballad were discussed. Pinterest also raked us over the coals and we came to the conclusion that we have very different ideas of what “graphic” means. Finally we crank some EXUMER, DESASTER, SURGIKILL, some good CELTIC FROST, and some not so good Celtic Frost . Horns Up!!
The end of the year can be a slow period for the citizens of Metaldom. The new releases are in the books and the live scene slows down to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We here at RAM have our own busy schedules as well, so this time of year, we usually find ourselves without a Creature Feature. But keep the faith, Beautiful MFers: we got a lot on our minds and a fistful of Metal to start 2017. We speak about the Kanye/TESTAMENT t-shirt fiasco, a local controversy on the CARNIFEX tour, and what’s to come with the new LIFE OF AGONY record. Oh, and a little GOGMAGOG talk??!! We laughed, we cried! Musically, we crank some faves from ’16 including SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, PROFANATICA, DESPISED ICON, SUPERJOINT, and some classics from DVC and SORTILÈGE! Horns!!