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!!
Thrash legends SLAYER create the kind of art that can cross over into other avenues beyond the streets of Metaldom. Their controversial lyrics, imagery, and promo vids translate well to other media and the awesome Dark Horse Comics recognized that potential. Thus, “Slayer: Repentless” is born; a three part mini-series based on the promo vids of the namesake album. The man behind these pages of rage is no stranger to our beloved genre… Writer/Director Jon Schnepp was an artistic mastermind behind the Metalocalypse series, has directed videos for FORBIDDEN and EXODUS, and wrote the DETHKLOK comics. We can’t think of a more qualified man for this unique venture. Mr. Schnepp discusses how he got involved on the series, how twisted the story will be, and his music of choice while working on this platter of splatter. He also discusses his time working on cartoons for Adult Swim, but especially his days on Metalocalypse. The Avengers? Spider-Who? SLAAAAAYEEEEEER!!!!! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we bitch about the 2016 Revolver Awards and address the ISIS/PayPal controversery. Musically, we crank some Slayer, CRADLE OF FILTH, Dethklok, the returning GORATORY, and introduce Swedish beaters ARROGANT STATE in our Indie Spotlight. Horns!!
The legendary FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have had a banner year. A killer new album and tour has rejuvenated Metaldom’s interest in the band. The Arizona thrashers helped cap off our 2016 by returning to the RAM hot seat. Once again, we caught up with Michael Gilbert and Eric AK to discuss everything Flotz. They share a story from their latest tour in Belgium with DESTRUCTION, where their bus caught fire and where they averted physical confrontation at a convenience store with some hoodlums. We also discuss the lack of distribution of their new release and why they re-recorded No Place for Disgrace. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we take the piss out of Nickelback and Kid Rock and crank some F&J, HELSTAR, CLITERATI, DEAD WAR, and introduce Cal-aye-for-nigh-aye’s HELION PRIME in our Indie Spotlight. Horns Up!!
Bay Area thrashers DEATH ANGEL are one of the all-time faves around the RAM offices. We jump at every opportunity to have them on the show. We can only hope axeman Ted Aguilar isn’t tired of our shit by now, being the Creature Feature for the third time now. Death Angel were in town recently supporting their latest platter, The Evil Divide, so we caught up with Mr. Aguilar to discuss the tour, recording at Audiohammer, how awesome his bandmates are, and his old project SCARECROW. One more interview with the man and we’re going to have to give him his own desk, chair, and corner office “with a view”. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we discuss the awesomeness of ANAL TRUMP (!!) and tease the lady about sports. Musically we crank the new DA, the new MARTYRDOD, MUNICIPAL WASTE, EXCEL, and the aforementioned Anal Trump. Grab ’em by the Horns!!
Do you like a little melody with your doom? Maybe you like to hum along and tap your toes while contemplating the end of existence. We’re being a little extreme here but that’s what comes to mind when discussing “melodic doom”. This tag describes CASTLE to a T. While in town to support their fourth record called “Welcome To The Graveyard”, we caught up with axeman Matt Davies. We discussed their label switch, the new album and it’s concepts, and working with producer extrodinaire Billy Anderson. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we go over some of the announced metalfgsts for 2017 and we take credit for some recent artist signings. Finally we crank some new tunes from TESTAMENT, SEX PRISONER, COGNITIVE, and TURNSTILE. Horns up!!