Apart from our good looks and charm, RAM is best known for our kick ass Creature Features. Sometimes though, there’s enough going on in the Metal World that we feel we should forego our usual segments and concentrate on the task at hand. Case in point, the Metal News has been monopolized lately by the recent DECAPITATED situation and the Tim Lambesis controversy from a few years ago. Now is an opportune and necessary time to discuss that point where we can no longer separate the art from the artist. Is there a crime against humanity that’s so heinous that we no longer want to support the bands at all? Whether it’s at the cash register, the box office, or over the airwaves, we all have an opinion. What follows is a conversation not to be unheard! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we pay tribute to BATHORY‘s dad and crank some ACEPHALIX and MARDUK! Horns!!
There’s a lot going on in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER camp right now. Their new kick ass record Nightbringers is just around the corner, not to mention headlining a star studded tour across the nation. We’ve had The Black Dahlia Murder (TBDM to its friends) vocalist Trevor Strnad on the show just last year, but with them about to ascend to the top of the extreme metal mountain again, we had to get him on the line one more time. He gives us the 411 on the new album, his vocal style, TBDM artwork, and the role Facebook plays with fan interaction. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we give life lessons on hitting the bargain bins and record store etiquette. Musically, we crank some young and old TBDM and Canuck death/doomsters OCCVLT HAND! Horns Up!!
In 2014, the Metal World lost of one of the all time greats in Oderus Urungus of the mighty GWAR. There’s no way Mr. Urungus would want the blood to stop there, but those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Fortunately, “The Berzerker” Blothar was up for the challenge. With a kick ass new record and tour ready to rock, we caught up with the man himself. We got into the blood n’ guts of the new album, his origins, and the early days of Gwar. But most importantly, we chat about the virtues of Canadian strippers!! So pay attention you slimy pieces of human filth!! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we chat about getting drenched at a Gwar show, we crank the new record and some VALLENFYRE and HELLISH GRAVE. Then we introduce Peoria black n’ rollers ANGELUST in out Indie Spotlight! Horns!
Welcome to Part Deux of our massive interview with all around hardcore good guy Tim McMurtrie. Last episode, Mr. McMurtrie let us in on all the going-ons with his musical career but he’s actually better known for his contribution to the early days of crossover thrashers M.O.D.. This time he shares with us the ups and downs of playing an integral role for this legendary outfit. His spot in hard rock history will be forever marked by the “U.S.A. For M.O.D.” album, but there’s no joy in Mudville today as he vents about his strained relationship with his ex-bandmate Billy Milano. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we call out some local posers and crank some more FULL SCALE RIOT and some new good stuff from DIAMOND HEAD and RITUALIZATION. Horns up!
Generally when covering a veteran, or “classic” hard rock/heavy metal band, the frontman ends up monopolizing the majority of the attention. But there could also be up to five other guys in that same band, with five different stories to tell. New York hardcore vet Tim McMurtrie is probably most known for slinging the axe in the early days of M.O.D. He was on the seminal USA For MOD record, which cemented his place in hard music history. These days Mr. McMurtrie remains a key member in the scene. His new(ish) band FULL SCALE RIOT is making a splash and he recently launched his Tripsquad Records label. All this stuff he was stoked to chat about in Part One of a massive Creature Feature. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we do a little festival talk and some new vs. classic VENOM banter. Musically, we crank some FSR, DARKEST HOUR, and the new PALLBEARER! Horns!