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XVII – Genre Benders


On this Episode we explore 15 albums that push the boundaries of metal through the integration of other styles of music.  Jazx, blues, IDM and more. Early experimental pioneers, avant garde supergroups and the latest innovators.  Plus dumb Tool fans, praise for GWARcast, cosmic prisons and more. 

QUICK NOTE: Forgot to give all members of Mr. Bungle’s real names so for reference in their section the Stage names  translate to:

Vlad Drac – Mike Patton
Heifetz – Danny Heifetz
Scummy – Trey Spurance
Bär – Clinton McKinnon

 full show notes on website


Panopticon – Kentucky…

BONUS EPISODE: An Interview With Justin Curtsinger (Zud, Gift of Tongues, Grime Studios)

A long over due interview Max & Zach did with Justin from perenial favorites of the podcast Zud back in Sepetember, just before seeing them live, and the same night we interviewed Mary. This was our first interview, recording was bungled a bit, and we were in a parking lot, so forgive the less than stellar audio. For some great quality audio, head over to Zud’s bandcamp and buy their new album:

XVI – Magic(k) Metal; or, With Apologies to Ashencult

What happens when 4 sleepy dudes attempt to talk about esoteric occult knowledge and heavy metal? the episode length gets out of control. From Thelema to Heathenry, Celtic pagan revivalists to cosmic luciferians. We talk about magick and the men who love it while our own coherance slowly drifts away. Listen as a semingly dignified and respectful discussion of occult knowledge devolves into recollections of Spongebob in-jokes from 6 years ago. Oh yeah we had a guest host.

Albums Discussed

Nefilim – Zoon
Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial……

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……

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……

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……

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……