You’ve started a band. You got all your ducks in a row and now all you need is a kick ass name. Your monicker is the first and main representation of your band. So you better make it a good one. But sometimes it seems this basic piece of advice is hardly applied. When we dive deeper into the Metal world, we start to find some ridiculous names that makes us go “WTF! Who ever thought that was a good name?” Really now – NUCLEAR VOMIT? DEATHFIST? WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER??!! *sigh*. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we go over Gene Simmons’ attempt to trademark “The Horns” and crank some (good bands with bad names) YOUR KID’S ON FIRE, MAHOGANY HAND GRENADE and GOATPENIS. Because we just don’t have enough goat penis in our lives. Horns Up!!
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!!
This story is an old one told many, many times on this show. Band comes through town. Band kicks big ass. Band appears on kick ass radio show. Prosthetic Records recording artists PSYCROPTIC are terrorizing the nation with a fistful of other cool, brutal metal bands. Their stop in our neck of the woods gave us a perfect opportunity to speak with vox Jason Peppiatt (Pep to his buddies). Pep gave us the 411 on their latest s/t record, the killer scene down under, and exactly what a “psycroptic” is. An old story that never gets old. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we discuss the massive spike in Chris Cornell‘s music and the happenings in the INCANTATION camp. Musically, we crank some Psycroptic, new FULL OF HELL, WITCH VOMIT, NOCTURNAL GRAVES, IMPIOUS BAPTISM and introduce Holland’s ONEGODLESS in our Indie Spotlight. Horns Up!!
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!!
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!!