The Province of Québec has always been a hotbed for metal, but most notably the city of Montréal. Ask any international touring band and they will all say that it’s one of their favorite places to play. With so many metalheads populating the fair province, it’s a given that many kick ass bands would be formed and try to outperform each other. In the early 80s, a band from Saint-Bruno rose from its streets and conquered the Montréal metal scene. Plying their craft all around the province, SWORD created some of the most memorable tunes to ever to come out of Québec. In 1986, they released the classic album Metalized to great fanfare. In Part 1 of this Album Autopsy, Mike Plant, Dan Hughes, and Rick Hughes walk us through the early days of the band and their time in the studio in Toronto and Montréal. Québec’s slogan should be changed to La Belle Province Métal! Horns Up!!
Finnish sensations AMORPHIS have an incredible legacy. Making their own mark on the early 90s death metal scene, they’ve evolved and progressed over the years to artists that are hard to pigeonhole. With a discography on the other side of a dozen, they’ve also seen more of the world’s roads than most. Except for Highway #1, which crosses across Canada. So finally, they made their way thru town giving us an opportunity that was a long time coming. Axeman Tomi Koivusaari was there from the beginning. We discuss the early death days to their latest masterpiece Under The Red Cloud, all showing the evolution of a band and the secrets to their success. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we go over all our activity on the live front and go over some highly anticipated releases. Musically, we crank a shit ton of Amorphis, NECROPHOBIC, KISSING CANDICE, CHILDREN OF BODOM and we introduce Germany’s BULLETRAIL in our Indie Spotlight! Horns!!
For us, the wonderful world of pro-wrestling is not just a guilty pleasure. We’ve never hidden our joy of the square circle on this show. When you look beyond the grunts and body slams, the similarities between pro-wrestling and our beloved genre get more and more apparent. Both have a tendency of catering to similar audiences and are generally maligned by society as a whole. The artists and wrestlers live similar lifestyles and face the same challenges. With Wrestlemania having recently passed through our backyard, we found ourselves in wrestling overload. We fiund this to be a good time to cover the mat world. We discuss the strong connection between Metal and wrestling and the how’s and where’s we discovered our beloved sport. As it turns out, Canadian metal legends ANVIL are also pro-wrestling “marks”. Right before the Wrestlemania chaos, the boys made their way through town and gave us a moment of their time. So while the likes of MOTÖRHEAD have played a role in wrasslin’ over the years, the Metal underground is full of tunes and characters dedicated to the craft. Musically, we crank new and classic Anvil, NASTY SAVAGE, ANTISEEN, INCENDIARY, VEXTEMPER, EAT THE TURNBUCKLE (!) and the mighty PILEDRIVER (!!). And the winner is… everyone one that tunes in! Horns Up!