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Episode 454: Album Autopsy – Sword’s Metalized – Part 1

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 AutopsyMike 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!!

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Sword’s Metalized

Episode 453: The Finnish Line

Finnish sensations AMORPHIS have an incredible legacy. Making their own mark on the early 90s death metal scene, they’ve evolved and progressed over the years to artists that are hard to pigeonhole. With a discography on the other side of a dozen, they’ve also seen more of the world’s roads than most. Except for Highway #1, which crosses across Canada. So finally, they made their way thru town giving us an opportunity that was a long time coming. Axeman Tomi Koivusaari was there from the beginning. We discuss the early death days to their latest masterpiece Under The Red Cloud, all showing the evolution of a band and the secrets to their success. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we go over all our activity on the live front and go over some highly anticipated releases. Musically, we crank a shit ton of Amorphis, NECROPHOBIC, KISSING CANDICE, CHILDREN OF BODOM and we introduce Germany’s BULLETRAIL in our Indie Spotlight! Horns!!

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Amorphis | Necrophobic | Kissing Candice
Children of Bodom | Bulletrail

Episode 452: Metalmania

For us, the wonderful world of pro-wrestling is not just a guilty pleasure. We’ve never hidden our joy of the square circle on this show. When you look beyond the grunts and body slams, the similarities between pro-wrestling and our beloved genre get more and more apparent. Both have a tendency of catering to similar audiences and are generally maligned by society as a whole. The artists and wrestlers live similar lifestyles and face the same challenges. With Wrestlemania having recently passed through our backyard, we found ourselves in wrestling overload. We fiund this to be a good time to cover the mat world. We discuss the strong connection between Metal and wrestling and the how’s and where’s we discovered our beloved sport. As it turns out, Canadian metal legends ANVIL are also pro-wrestling “marks”. Right before the Wrestlemania chaos, the boys made their way through town and gave us a moment of their time. So while the likes of MOTÖRHEAD have played a role in wrasslin’ over the years, the Metal underground is full of tunes and characters dedicated to the craft. Musically, we crank new and classic Anvil, NASTY SAVAGE, ANTISEEN, INCENDIARY, VEXTEMPER, EAT THE TURNBUCKLE (!) and the mighty PILEDRIVER (!!). And the winner is… everyone one that tunes in! Horns Up!

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Anvil | Nasty Savage | Antiseen | Incendiary
VextemperEat The Turnbuckle | Piledriver

Episode 451: Edge Of Our Seats

Consider this week’s show an extra special episode. This time ’round, we feature not one but two awesome ladies that are contributing to the Metal world in their own way. First up, Heavy Metal Relics is a cool new YouTube show that focuses on the “stuff” from Metal’s past that we enjoy so much. Hostess Bridgett Englund showcases obscure vinyl, cassettes, and T’s. All pieces of Metal’s history and every piece has a story. We’re also stoked to welcome back EDGE OF PARADISE vocalist Margarita Monet. Promoting the band’s cool new EP Alive, we discuss all the big names who have produced and mixed it, her childhood, her musical background, playing live, and the prospect of touring soon. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we get real deep discussing ANVIL‘s dildo and F- holes! Musically we crank the new EOP, old school EXUMER, WAR ON WOMEN and JUDAS PRIEST!!! Horns!!

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Edge of Paradise | Exumer | War On Women | Judas Priest

Episode 450: He Speaks The Truth

The Big 4-5-0! Not a traditional milestone but definitely one to acknowledge. Around the RAM offices, we like to do that by setting our loyal Beautiful MFers up with a top draw Creature Feature. In the extreme metal underground, Kevin Sharp needs no introduction. Mr. Sharp burst onto the scene in the early 90s with the brilliant BRUTAL TRUTH debut. Since then, he’s built an amazing legacy leading up to his current project. Grinders LOCK UP have a new record, a new label, and Sharp completes the trilogy as the new voice vox. We discuss the new Demonization record, their new spot on Listenable Records, and even reminisce about a shared memory. We only really scratched the surface. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we discuss Metal in the movies and wwwaaayyy too much Power Rangers! Musically we crank Kev’s Lock Up and Brutal Truth, ABOMINATOR, STRIFE, and ROLLINS BAND. Horns!!

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Lock Up | Brutal Truth | Abominator | Strife | Rollins Band