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!!
In the early 80s, a new underground genre of aggressive heavy metal was being carefully crafted by the angry youth. Most fans believe that it was mainly happening in the USA but unbeknownst to them, the same thing was happening in Germany. Hailing from a small town on the Swiss/German border, DESTRUCTION was honing their craft and knocking on doors of record labels. Joining us in this Album Autopsy, metal legend Schmier reminisces about the early days of the band. We learn how the band was formed and what led to the release of the debut EP, Sentence of Death. He also shares stories about rehearsing in a wine cellar, a long train ride to Hanover where they were arrested upon arrival, the real reason why Steamhammer wanted to sign them, and working in the studio with a producer who couldn’t make heads or tails about their sound. And because of our Canadian roots, we also talk about Banzai Records and the World War III Festival in Montreal, where one band member got lost and Destruction almost had to cancel their show. Horns Up!!
Back in 1986, a lot of fantastic thrash was being released. It seemed like there was a never ending supply. One of the best releases that year was FLOTSAM & JETSAM‘s Doomsday for the Deceiver. It’s the only album to ever score 6K’s on Kerrang Magazine‘s rating system. Thirty years later, it still holds up with the best of them. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, we invited guitarist Michael Gilbert and vocalist Eric AK to discuss the early days of the band, how they got signed to Metal Blade, and we go through every track in detail. We also talk about the album cover, the original concept, and the (lack of) touring for the album. As a bonus feature, we also talk to Bill Metoyer, the man who worked tirelessly to capture all the magic as the album’s engineer. Horns Up and Flotz ’til death!!
In the second part of this Album Autopsy about METAL CHURCH‘s The Dark, former MC guitarist Craig Wells joins us again to discuss every track. We get into a few of the technical aspects of recording the album, what makes a great guitar solo, and one of his major regrets about his time in the band. He also tells us about David Wayne‘s no-nonsense sensibilities, how underrated Kirk Arrington really is, the album cover by legendary artist Don Brautigan, and we finish with some METALLICA touring stories in late 1986. Our very good friend Scott from Focus On Metal joins us again for this discussion about this classic album. Horns up!
When metal was on it’s meteoric rise in popularity in 1986, METAL CHURCH released their album The Dark. Peaking at #92 on Billboard, it was a classic and influential album in the making. So we reached out to former MC guitarist Craig Wells who was more than happy to share stories about those days. In Part 1 of this Album Autopsy, Scott from Focus On Metal joins Roch and Craig for an educational conversation. We learn about the writing of the album in his grandmother’s garage, the best way to record a demo, what happened to MC’s deal with Elektra Records, and working with producer Terry Date. Horns up!