Category Archives: Band Spotlight

Episode 461: Take Your Best Shot

This week’s Creature Feature is an example of one of heavy music’s great joys. Quebec City’s hardcore crossover thrashers GET THE SHOT came through town in a supporting role. We pride ourselves on having a tight grip on the extreme music scene, but we have to admit that GTS totally escaped our notice. When we saw this band on the bill, we did our homework and… Wow! GTS’ awesome brand of hardcore/metal crossover blew us away. After only one song, we knew we had to check ’em out and sit down with vocalist J-P. He tells us how they developed their sound, the dis and dat of the new album, and we discover that he’s a philosophy professor! In our News, Views and Tunes, we go over various musical life lessons and the metal perspective of the Kathy Griffin saga. Musically, we crank the new GTS, DESTRUCTION, REVENGE, DEAD RANCH, and introduce Winnipeg metallers FIVE HUNDRED POUND FURNACE in our Indie Spotlight! Horns Up!!

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Get The Shot l Destruction | Revenge
Dead Ranch | Five Hundred Pound Furnace

Episode 459: Cro-Magnon Man

John Joseph literally wrote the book on NY (worldwide, actually) hardcore. Mr. Joseph has a rich, storied career fronting the mighty CRO-MAGS and influenced a generation of Punks and Metalheads alike. But these days, the man is focusing his attention on his other band (don’t call it a side project) BLOODCLOT. About to tour their new Metal Blade record Up In Arms, we got on the horn with John. He was excited to talk about the history and the current going-ons of Bloodclot, some Cro-Mags, tattoo talk, and most importantly, all his awesome charity work. He’s hard to the core indeed. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we get into the ENTOMBED legal matters, MOTÖRHEAD whiskey, and cockblocking!! Musically, we crank some Bloodclot, Cro-Mags, VISCERAL DISGORGE, EXPULSION, and classic Entombed! In the Indie Spotlight, we present DEAD ASYLUM! Horns!!

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Bloodclot l Cro-Mags | Visceral Disgorge
Expulsion | Entombed | Dead Asylum

Episode 458: Beast of a Band

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!!

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Battle Beast l Oceano | Integrity | Wormwitch | Metal Church

Episode 457: Krull Island

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!!

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Leave’s Eyes l Atrocity | Possessed | Avulsed
Vomit RemnantsUngraved Apparition | Theatre of Tragedy

Episode 456: Weeding Out The Weak

“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!!

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Weedeater l Gruesome | Internal Bleeding | Connoisseur | Exodus