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XXIII – Black Metal Grab Bag


Some of our favorite first, second and third wave Black Metal Bands.

Enslaved – Vikingligr Veldi
Blasphemy – Fallen Angel of Doom
Master’s Hammer – Ritual
Emperor – Nightside
Beherit – Drawing Down the Moon
Sarcofago – INRI
Bathory – Under The Sign Of The Black Mark
Tormentor – Anno Domini
Darkthrone – Under A Funeral Moon
Mercyful Fate –……

XXII – 90’s Euro-Power Classics

Lost Treasures and genre staples from the heart of Europe. 


Intro & Outro Music

Seven Thorns – https://www.seventhorns.com/

Depression – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpu654XmAew


Albums Discussed

White Skull – tales from the north
Labrynth – Return To Heaven Denied
Axel Rudi Pell – Magic
Grave digger – Excalibur
Tarot – for the glory of nothing
Blind Guardian – Tales from the twilight world
Gamma Ray – Somehwere out in space
Hammerfall – Glory to the Brave
Sonata Arctica – Ecliptica
Stratovarius – Dreamspace
Elegy – Labrynth of Dreams
Nation – Without Remorse
Crush – Kingdom of the Kings…

XXI – Concept Albums II

Does what is says on the label, a looser than normal discussion of 15 of our favorite concept albums….


Intro music by Wizard’s Union



Albums Discussed


Scanner – Hypertrace

Kings X – Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

Cloven Hoof – Dominator

Manilla Road – Atlantis Rising

Mekong Delta – The Music of Erich Zann

In Flames – Whoracle

Opeth – Ghost Reveries

Ancient – The Cainian Chronicle

GWAR – America Must Be Destroyed

Ulver – Themes from William Blake’s The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell

Nocturnus – The Key

Edge of Sanity – Crimson II

Bal-Sagoth – Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule


XX – Origins of North American Tech Death (1991-1997)

A look back at the origins of Tech Death, exploring the debuts and stylistic evolutions that built the genre. The musicians, the studios, labels and cities that took old school death metal beyond its roots and into the realm of virtuosity. From all time classics to forgotten treasures we cover virtually every debut album released within the first years of the genres existence  and the pinnacle moments in genre forefathers Death and Sadus’ existence that took them beyond their roots. up until the dawn of the 21st century. 

Albums Discussed

Nile – Early……

XX – The Origins of North American Tech Death (1988-1997) Show Notes



Quartz correction – Tony Iommi was the producer of Quartz debut, not Martin Birch, which provides a more clear link between Geoff Nichols and Sabbath.


R.I.P Warrel Dane


Other Bands


Accursed – Satanic Ritual (Demo) – NY based band formed in 1988 that released this and a less widely available demo called Cries of Blasphemy in 1990. Notable for being far more Satanic than a bulk of tech death bands at the time. Broke up at an unknown point sometimes after


Necrotic Mutation – Another Quebec band, active as Disaster……

XIX – Guitar Gods & Godless Guitarists

The Great Kat will always be the podcast teams favorite guitarist, but here’s 15 albums featuring some guitarists we like almost as much.  From shed legends to death metal gurus, we cover a wide range of styles and genres and time periods 

Albums Discussed

Impellteri – stand in line
Cacopheny – speed metal symphony
Yngwie malmsteens rising force – rising force
Vinnie Moore – minds eye
Racer X – Street Lethal
James Murphy – Convergence
Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick
Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack
Nile – Ithyphallic
Emperor – Anthems……

XVIII – Supergroups

A discussion of 15 metal supergroups. Both  supergroups by design and those created by circumstance, ranging from 80s grind revival to hair metal holdouts. The men behind the music and the bands that made them famous.  



Badlands – S/T
House of lords – S/t
Blue murder – s/t
Arcade S/T
Junkyard – s/t
Fantomas – Directors Cut
Brujeria – Raza Odiada
Asesino – Cristo Satánico
The Haunted – Exit Wounds
Death – Individual Thought Patterns
Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
Borknagar – the Olden Domain
I – Between Two Worlds…

Episode XVII – Genre Benders Show Notes

Unexpect – In A Flesh Aquarium


Country: Montreal, Quebec
Years Active: 1996-2015

Released: August 22nd, 2006
Label: The End Records

Studio: Hertzquake Studio.
Syriak (Eryk Chapados) – Guitars, Vocals
Artagoth (Stéphane English) – Guitars, Vocals
Le Bateleur (Charles Crépeau) – Violin
Leïlindel – Vocals
ChaotH – Bass
Landryx – Drums

Syriak – Producer

Serge Cossette – Engineering,……

Episode XVI Supplemental – Ashencult Notes & Lyrics

Email interview between Algar (bass, vocals) and I (Max)


Me: “Hey, Al. Some of my Harrisburg pals do a podcast and they invited me on for an occult episode. The 3 or 4 of us will pick a few albums, everyone will listen and read the lyrics on their own time, then we discuss in the episode what the band is about, who would like, etc. Ashencult is one of my picks, obviously. I’m going to give my dudes the lyrics you sent me, but they won’t be publicly released of course. (though I may quote a……

Episode XVI – Magic(k) Metal Show Notes


Mention sponsors

Thank Thomas Thorn, and Ashencult & Jesse Pollock’s book

My feelings on magic:

I want to say this at the top because Other than those of musicians that have proven themselves to be horrible people, I don’t want to hurt any feelings on this show. Magic as it is traditionally understood rubs my deep rooted sense of cosmic nihilism and thoughts on man’s utter insignificance in the universe make it hard for me to accept that we as human beings have the ability to tap into unseen forces, or that any unseen entities would give a shit about anything we do…….