In 2014, the Metal World lost of one of the all time greats in Oderus Urungus of the mighty GWAR. There’s no way Mr. Urungus would want the blood to stop there, but those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Fortunately, “The Berzerker” Blothar was up for the challenge. With a kick ass new record and tour ready to rock, we caught up with the man himself. We got into the blood n’ guts of the new album, his origins, and the early days of Gwar. But most importantly, we chat about the virtues of Canadian strippers!! So pay attention you slimy pieces of human filth!! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we chat about getting drenched at a Gwar show, we crank the new record and some VALLENFYRE and HELLISH GRAVE. Then we introduce Peoria black n’ rollers ANGELUST in out Indie Spotlight! Horns!
Recently, Canadian thrash legends ANNIHILATOR made metal history with their first tour of their native soil in roughly 25 years. As stoked as we were to hear some old faves live, Montreal metallers MUTANK must be stoked many times over being able to share the stage with them. We’re embarrassed to say that Mutank only got on our radar upon this tour announcement. Horns down to us for that as they have a fantastic tale to tell. A tale that vox/bassist Stephan Reynolds and axeman Costa Skoulikas were more than eager to share. We discussed said tour, working with producer Topon Das (he of FUCK THE FACTS fame), and most importantly, their winning the 2014 Wacken Metal Battle!! In our News, Views, and Tunes, we go over some upcoming releases and get salty over ARCH ENEMY. Musically we crank the latest Mutank and Annihilator, the new DYING FETUS, CANNABIS CORPSE, FORSAKEN RITE, and introduce Brazil’s NEKROKULT in our Indie Spotlight. Horns!!
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!!
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!!
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!!