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XV – Lovecraft & Metal: A Beginner’s Guide

Tonight, on a very special Are You Morbid? we welcome our friends from Night (Bobby & Matt) over for a a discussion of Author H.P. Lovecraft. Taking a break from our usual album by album breakdown format, we instead give an EXTREMELY brief overview of the author, and take an in depth look at his long association with Heavy Metal and his influence on our own lives. We discuss how Lovecraft’s literary rediscovery corresponds to his work being integrated into heavy metal, the genres that use his work most commonly, the……

BONUS EPISODE: Of Derby and Demiurge

Former and future co-host Max (Horde of The Eclipse, The Beyond, Storm of Damnation) sits down with Issac, Andy, Will, & Darren from MoMe at the third and possibly final Shadow Woods Metal Festival. They talk about the bands music, past and present, and the unique vibe the Shadow Woods Metal Fest has provided fans and musicans a like.  plus Ray of Panopticon/Falls of Rauros and Tim from Zud stops discusses former project if and it. If you enjoyed our talk With Mary about putting this fest together, you’ll want to……

Episode XII Show Notes

Witchburner – Witchburner
Country: Fulda, Hesse (Ger)
Formed: 1992
Disbanded: N/A
Released: 1996
Label: N/A
Producer: N/A
Artwork: N/A
Simon Seegel – Guitars
Tankred Best – Vocals, Drums
Florian Schmidt – Guitars
Tony Skudlarek – Bass
The band was formed by Tankred Bess and Florian Schmidt in 1992. They recorded their first demo Future Tales in 1994, however it was never officially released due to the band’s dissatisfaction with the production quality.
After “Future Tales” the band took what would be the first of many hiatuses as Tankred decided to help out the band Drunken Devil. This commitment ended……

XIV – Halloween Metal

Tis the Season to be spooky. Join us on a trip through the bowels of metal as we celebrate the best heavy metal albums to get you in the spirit of the season. Ghosts, Goblins, Witches, Vampires, Wizards, Goth Chicks and of course our old pal Satan are all in focus this week with our usualy blend of masterworks and rarities. Penises nailed to chairs, bad southern accents, Slayer piss, and the suprisingly much more metal history behind a King Diamond classic.

Albums Discussed

Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe
King Diamond – the……

XIII – Teutonic Speed: Rise to Power

Join us on a trip to Germany circa 1984-1988 when the lines between speed metal and power metal was blurring, and black metal was walking right beside it. We present a brief overview of our 3 principal genres around this time, discuss the foundation of Noise Records, it’s controversial founder, and the other men behind the scenes who made this music happen. 

Albums Discussed:

Running Wild – Gates to Purgatory
Helloween – Walls of Jericho & Helloween EP
Rage – Reign of Fear/Avenger – Prayers of Steel & Depraved to Black 
Blind Guardian……

Skyfire – Mind Revolution

Country: Höör, Sweden
Formed: 1995
Disbanded: N/A
Released: December 2nd, 2003
Label: Hammerheart Records

Joakim Jonsson Drums, Guitars
Martin Hanner Guitars, Keyboards
Henrik Wenngren Vocals
Jonas Sjögren Bass
Andreas Edlund

Behind the Boards:
Tommy Tägtgren – Engineering, Mixing
Peter Neuber – Mastering


My older brother has been into metal for as long as I can remember. He is now one of my best sources for discovering new music of all types of metal, and I like to try to do the same for him. Now, I don’t condone the idea of elitism in metal. I think it’s okay to have preferences, but……

Akercocke – Renaissance in Extremis

Country: London, England
Formed: 1997
Disbanded: N/A
Released: August 25th, 2017
Label: Peaceville Records

Jason Mendonça – Vocals, Guitars
Paul Scanlan – Guitars
Nathanael Underwood – Bass
Samuel Loynes – Keys
David Gray – Drums

Behind the Boards:
Neil Kernon – Mixing
Alan Douches – Mastering

Anyone who’s listened to an episode or two of our Podcast proper has probably clearly heard of my undying affection for British prog-death unit Akercocke, so I’ll skip my typical gushing for the facts. 10 years out from last album Antichrist and 5 years after officially going on hiatus, Akercocke has reconvened, the core of Jason Mendonça……

XII – Thrash In a Dangerous Time

A discussion of Thrash in the nineties. The end of the Golden Age and what lie beyond. We reconnect with our favorite bands at the start of the decade, and celebrate those brave (mostly European) firekeepers that dared to carry on the spirit of thrash through a desolate waste land of Nu, Groove, and Nirvana imitations that filled the post-1994 world. Your favorite bands last hurrahs, experiments that worked, and some undiscovered gems.

Albums Discussed:

Witchburner – Witchburner
The Mist – The Hangman Tree
Antidote – Total
Crionic – Different
Iceland – Iceland…

Pyrrhon – What Passes for Survival


Dan DiLella – Guitars

Erik Malave – Bass, Backing Vocals

Steve Schwegler – Drums

Doug Moore – Vocals

Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Colin Marston


 Sometimes, an album comes along that seems to just perfectly capture the feeling of it’s time. Given the tension, anxiety, and strife in the world today, such an album would have to border on insanity, and for my money, Pyrrhon has delivered just that album.

 Brooklyn natives Pyrrhon have been tooling around in the progressive/technical death metal scene for a little while now, and……