Tours with multiple established bands are “win” situations all around. For fans, it’s more bang for the buck. For the artists, it’s a chance to travel with and hang with a number of friends (or make potential ones). For programmers like RAM, it’s an opportunity to present as much content to our listeners as possible. The recent SABATON stop has now given us our second Creature Feature in a row. Nuclear Blast recording artist BATTLE BEAST is our guest this week! Usual band spokesperson Noora Louhimo was resting her voice so it afforded us the opportunity to sit down with axeman Joona Bjorkroth. We discussed everything about “The Beast” including that all important third album Bringer Of Pain and their spot in the Metal world. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we discuss Babymetal and address the Chris Cornell elephant in the living room. Musically, we crank some Battle Beast and new tunes from OCEANO, INTEGRITY, WORMWITCH, and the mighty METAL CHURCH! Horns!!
Symphonic metallers LEAVES’ EYES could very much be considered Metal’s answer to Beauty And The Beast. Alexander Krull played a major role in the early 90s during the Roadrunner-led era of death metal, while he was fronting the legendary ATROCITY. In an attempt to expand their musical horizons, the thrashers morphed into the very different Leaves’ Eyes while keeping their much heavier alter ego active. Now armed with a new kickass EP and new(ish) vocalist in the operatic Elina Siirala, Mr Krull and Co have taken the show on the road. We caught up with the dynamic duo to discuss the current happenings in the Eyes camp, Miss Siirala’s background, and some Atrocity. In our News, Views and Tunes, we go over some new and upcoming releases, talk some slut vomit, and say Happy Bday to the immortal Chuck Shuldiner. Musically we crank the new Leaves’ Eyes, classic Atrocity, classic POSSESSED, AVULSED, VOMIT REMNANTS, UNGRAVED APPARITION, and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY. Horns Up!!
“It’s 4/20, Dude!” (In our worst/best Jeff Spicoli). On April 20th, we couldn’t think of a band we’d rather see in our hometown than the mighty WEEDEATER. The North Carolina metaller’s stoner/doom stylings is the perfect soundtrack to celebrate “The Devil’s Lettuce” in 2017. We dragged bass/vox Dixie Dave Collins away from the merch booth long enough to share some thoughts. We discuss the latest record Goliathan, their controversial monicker, and their fish-out-of-water story with Season of Mist. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we talk RAM on public transit, trade Metal festival war stories, and drinking D.R.I.‘s beer!! Also, Aaron calls in from the Carolina Rebellion festival! Musically we crank the latest Weedeater, new GRUESOME, INTERNAL BLEEDING, CONNOISSEUR, and some classic EXODUS. Hours!!
In Part 2 of this Album Autopsy, Mike Plant, Dan Hughes, and Rick Hughes join us again to talk about the songs on SWORD‘s debut, Metalized. We talk about the songwriting process, the record company putting in “special orders”, and the inspiration behind the lyrics (Bikers, Aleister Crowley, drugs, and The Poltergeist, oh my!) We talk about gigs in Montreal at the Moustache Club, the selection of the album name, the promo videos, and touring. We especially discuss the short tour they did with METALLICA and METAL CHURCH around the Province of Québec in 1986. We also talk about good times in Sherbrooke at the old Hotel Wellington and at the Rock Palace club, where they brought up a Harley on the second floor of the venue! Horns Up!!