We love it when our beloved worlds collide. Apart from being big dogs in the Heavy Metal yard, we also have a geeky side. We’re always on the prowl for unique Creature Features that have a love of our beloved genre. Comic artist/writer/publisher JIM BALENT is best known for his work on Catwoman, Batman, but most of all, his self-published Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose series. He’s also a huge KISS freak. It was a no-brainer to get him on the horn. We discussed his time working on Catwoman, why he launched his own pushing company, the 100th issue of his flagship title, working with Gene Simmons, and his massive KISS fandom. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we bash t-shirt wearing posers, crack open another Coreen’s Bag O’ Crap, and crank some KISS, ICED EARTH, and CARNIVAL IN COAL. Horns Up!!
Greetings Boils and Ghouls! We couldn’t think of a better way to follow up our 10th anniversary milestone than by diving right into the Halloween season. In the past, we’ve gone all out, dedicating the entire month to the metallically macabre. This year, we have a lot on our docket but we still want to get into the spirit of the season. With that in mind, Season of Mist black metallers CARACH ANGREN kick off our Halloween festivities. While terrorizing the town, keyboardist Ardek spooked us with scary tales about their latest record and “horror metal”. As a bonus, we re-enter the world of Archie! Back in 2012, the gang had a Halloween crossover story with none other than the Kings Of The Night Time World themselves, KISS! We caught up with artist Dan Parent to get the back story on these back issues. We discuss how the project came about, the store signing he did with Gene and Paul, and his new Kickstarter project Die Kitty Die! Musically, we play some perilous passages straight out of the Necronomicon from BAPTISM, ICED EARTH, ERIMHA, and HENRY MANFREDINI. Horns for Halloween!
It’s right there in the name: We love METAL! But we also have many other interests, so longtime listeners know that we’re also geeks. We recently befriended cartoonist GISELE LAGACE and after chatting with her online about all sorts of stuff, we found out that she had a rock music career in the early 90s. We invited her to talk about her old band BARBARELLA and her current career as a premiere cartoonist. Fans of her online strip Menage a 3 will discover new things about Gisele, and our listeners will discover a band that they probably missed out on. We also talk about having similar life experiences, visiting the old Rock En Stock store in Montreal, the metal legends she befriended back in the day, her work for Archie Comics, and an upcoming project that everyone will love (Hey! Ho! Let’s go!). In the music department, we play some Barbarella, FASTER PUSSYCAT, and KISS. Horns Up!
This week, we find ourselves Creature Feature-less. Our 33.3% is MIA and only The Metal Gods know where she is. So we called upon our good buddy Aaron from Iron City Rocks and Signal To Noise to enchant us with his wit and sarcasm. The man is a huge KISS fan and we take this opportunity to dissect – well OK – take the piss out of some of their lyrical output. Sometimes, the boys take their “Keep It Simple Stupid” credo a little too far and it shows in their words. We all know what’s going through Big Gene’s mind and it comes through in his lyrical delivery. They may not change the world socially or politically, but they’ve definitely entertained it over the decades. It all culminated in one of our most educational episodes ever… (in the immortal words of Scott Ian, “Not!!!!”) In our News, Views, and Tunes, we pay tribute to iconic stickman Vic Firth and go over why the Mayhem Festival is tanking. Horns Up!!
Twenty-five years ago, one of hard rock’s most exciting albums was released to great fanfare. Selling over 2 million copies, SLAUGHTER‘s Stick It To Ya was loaded with hits, scoring three songs in the Top 40. We invited Mark Slaughter himself to help us celebrate its silver anniversary by answering all our fanboy questions in this exclusive Album Autopsy episode. He tells us all about the formation of the band, how they got their recording contract, how the album name was selected, and he shares the story of why “Fly To The Angels” was written. One of the coolest stories he shares is about the car he owned at the time… a true piece of Rock N’ Roll history (RR/OO). And if that wasn’t enough, we ask him a question he has NEVER been asked before in 25 years! While we’re at it, we also dive into the current happenings with Slaughter and talk about the release of his very first solo album Reflections In A Rear View Mirror. Horns Up!