Heavy metal fans have the justified reputation for being the most passionate. So-called fans of many other genres have a “meh, whatever” attitude, and music gets relegated to background noise. Metal fans can have actual conversations about our beloved genre, as well as have a strong opinion (or three), especially this time of year. So as 2016 wraps up, it’s time to reminisce about the last 365 days of Heavy Metal! We at RAM have our own way of giving the year the once over in form of the RAMMY AWARDS. It’s basically our take on the Grammy Awards as we share our faves in key categories that mean the most to Metalheads. Namely our favorite bands, albums, tunes, live shows, news stories and our Radioactive Metal Hall Of Fame. It’s far and away our easiest episode to write and produce, but easily one our most entertaining too! Horns to 2016!!
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!!
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!!
2016 is the year that Napalm Records recording artists THE AGONIST proved they were the real deal. Still living with the stigma of being “the chick from Arch Enemy’s first band”, the Montreal metallers are having a banner year. They released kick ass record number 5 and are tearing it up supporting the mighty EPICA. In a long overdue Creature Feature, we finally caught up with axeman Danny Marino and vox Vicky Psarakis. We discussed the magic number 5, their relationship with Napalm, and Vicky making this band her own, all under some trying circumstances that made for a memorable moment. In our News, Views, and Tunes, we report on Black Friday Record Store Day and make a plea for the EYEHATEGOD situation. Musically, we crank a new The Agonist song, labelmates UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, T.O.M.B., and we go old school with some WARLORD, TOUCHED, and THRASHER. Horns Up!!