We’ve always been one for the underdog. In terms of recognition, 80s Montreal metallers SWORD never quite got up there with some of their Canadian counterparts. But in our hearts and minds, they’ve always been up there with the best of ’em. Now on the comeback trail with a brand new live album, it’s a good time to give Sword their deserved accolades. We caught up with guitarist Mike Plant to discuss the new live CD, how tight they were on stage, and partying with Lemmy in a private club in London. Roch also shares with Mike a moment he had with the band at a club gig in 1989. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we talk about drum styx (and other stuff) to the face, HMV Canada memories and the latest in the Lambesis saga. Musically, we crank some Sword, the new VENOM PRISON and GRINDMOTHER! Horns Up!!
The mighty ARMORED SAINT have always a band that is musically hard to pin down. They have a classic metal look and sound, but they also have a broader appeal that strikes a chord with the more melodic crowd and the heavier underground fans as well. This is one of the many conundrums we’ve had for The Saint for literally decades. Now with their new live record Carpe Noctem on the racks, it’s time to seize bassist Joey Vera for a chat. We discuss said record, the band’s 2017 fan base, and the origins of the monicker. And of course, there’s some Lemmy memories!! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we discuss Ozzy’s harmonica and make a case for the pen being mightier. Finally we crank some Saint, BLACK ANVIL, some classic MORBID ANGEL, and more ANAL TRUMP!!! Horns!
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!!