Monthly archives: September, 2017

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

Lineup:
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

Lineup:
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…