Monday, May 30, 2011

From the Depths: 2011 Still Bleeding Volume 1

When I first started researching this show I was under the impression that this is one of the worst years for Death Metal in recent history.  I can't say my opinion on this has changed, but I can say that it's not quite as bad as I initially thought and I'm already going through my files complaining about forgetting bands like Russia's The Mutilator and Sweden's Vanhelgd.  I guess the next one shouldn't be so hard.  That being said there is a lot of good stuff so far this year. Some of my personal highlights include Benighted's "Asylum Cave," Decrepitaph's "Profane Doctrines Unburied," and I have to say I've been left surprisingly impressed by Obscura's "Omnivium."  Anyway, this 'cast doesn't really need a long-winded explanation it's all new Death Metal, not hard to figure out.

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Hour 1

Requiem (Swz) - I Am Legion - Within Darkened Disorder - Twilight Distribution

Miasmal (Swe) - Toxic Breed - Miasmal - Dark Descent Records
Nailgun Massacre (Hol) - Head on a Stick - Backyard Butchery - Slowrunner Records
Decrepitaph (US-TX) - Convulse in Eternal Agony - Razorback Records

Those Left Behind (Nor) - Mutilation Reel - Horror Classics and Other Tributes to the Darkside
- Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Nomad (Pol) - The Demon's Breath - Transmigration of Consciousness - Witching Hour Productions
Corpsessed (Fin) - Nameless Cult - The Dagger & The Chalice - Dark Descent Records

Benighted (Fra) - Hostile - Asylum Cave - Season of Mist
Haemorrhage (Esp) - Flesh-Devouring Pandemia - Hospital Carnage - Relapse Records
Gorgasm (US-IN) - Silence Follows Dismemberment - Orgy of Murder - Brutal Bands
Monumental Torment (Rus) - Paradox - Element of Chaos - SFC

Obscura (Ger) - Vortex Omnivium - Omnivium - Relapse Records
Incrustator (Ukr) - Mad Monster - Spectral Whirlwind - Independent Digital
Amon Amarth (Swe) - Destroyer of the Universe - Surtur Rising - Metal Blade

Hour 2

Revolting (Swe) - The Plague of Matul - In Grisey Rapture - FDA Rekotz
Demonical (Swe) - Slain Warriors - Death Infernal - Cyclone Empire
Mardraum (Cro) - Human Prevails - Plague of Men (Demo) - Independent Digital

Autopsy (US-CA) - Dirty Gore Whore - Macabre Eternal - Peaceville Records
Autopsy (US-CA) - Robbing the Grave - Mental Funeral (1991) - Peaceville Records
Necrophagia (US-OH) - Suffering Comes in Sixes - Deathtrip 69 - Season of Mist
Necrophagia (US-OH) - Ready for Death - Ready For Death (1986 rel. 1990) - Embalming

Feral (Swe) - Altar of Necromancy - Dragged to the Altar - Ibex Moon Records
Hellworld (Col) - Blasfemia - Bandera De Sangre - Independent
Blaspherian (US-TX) - The Disgrace of God - Infernal Warriors of Death - Deathgasm Records
Vomitory (Swe) - Forever Damned - Opus Mortis VIII - Metal Blade

Broken Gravestones (Esp) - Zombies Don't Run - Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (EP) - Sevared Records

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Introducing: From the Depths

"From the Depths" was the first new show moniker I came up with after I returned from my nomadic period in 2008.  When I was on Open Grave Radio (many OGR alums are on Brutal Existence Radio I decided to retire my "Pure Evil" moniker (though it was un-retired for my brief stint with BRR).  I was trying to think of another name that would really exude what the show was about that wasn't so commonly used, as I knew I was at least the second to use "Pure Evil" at WUPX in Marquette.

I have no idea how I came up with it.  I assume I pulled it from a line like "From the depths of the underground comes..."  It just made sense. Its not like there was much being spun on there even from the surface of the underground.  I've come across a few bands that use it in a variety of genres and a couple movies, but nothing really from this realm so I've decided to stick with it.

The show would become a solid mix of Aggressive Black Metal, Death Metal, Black/Death Metal and some extreme Thrash.  Initially I would include other broadcasts such as the "Mercyful Metal Onlsaught" and "Perpetual Winter" since I only had the one time slot, but as I spread out over pretty much an entire day I was able to streamline "From the Depths" into it's current incarnation.

"From the Depths" will continue down the aforementioned path.  It will also include a feature called "Still Bleeding" which will be the best of new Death Metal.  "From the Depths" new music will focus on Death Metal as Blasphemosity focuses on the more blackened material.  The debut of "From the Depths" is already in the can, but is a special edition.  "From the Depths: 2011 Still Bleeding Vol. 1" will go up shortly.  As with all my 'casts at this point, except "Sucking the 70's," there is no timetable for releases.  They'll come as they do, but "From the Depths: 2011 Still Bleeding Vol. 2" is already poking my brain.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sucking the 70's: May 2011

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Remember when you could turn on the radio and get a nice selection of rock that actually flowed, that sounded like it was selected with some care?  Hell, every now and then the DJ would actually throw in something that surprised you? Well, actually I’m pretty sure I don’t, but I do know that it existed.  Yeah, it still exists today in limited forms on Satellite and some very small independent local & college radio stations, but overall those days seem behind us.  This show is a great substitute for the glory days of radio.  It’s just a kick back, smoke a bowl, drink a brew maybe fist fuck the air at times rock show.  I’m sure I’ll throw you plenty of curve balls while still including some names you’ve heard (that curveball may be harsh vocals in some instances as there are 2 tracks that contain them).

This month on Perpetual Winter’s “Sucking the 70’s” we have a total rock extravaganza.  We have some proof that you can rock just as hard over 40 years after forming.  Some well known sludgsters that have been silent on the album front for nearly a decade will grace the Devil’s Harvest.  As usual you can expect lots of Sabbath worship, and hell, this month even a little Pantera worship.  There’s something for all open minded heavy rock fans.

Corrections: Well, not so much a correction, but I need to point out that I didn’t actually mention the song title from Sourvein’s “Black Fangs.”  The song is entitled “Nomadic.” Obviously, it is in the playlist below, but I like to acknowledge my blatant fuck-ups, and note that I chose not to go back and correct them.

Sucking the 70’s May 2011

Part I

Boris (Jap) – Korosu – Heavy Rocks (2002)

Iron Man (US-MD) – King of Kings – Generation Void (1999)
Groan (U.K.) – Psychedelic Demons – The Sleeping Wizard (2010)
Alabama Thunderpussy (US-VA) – Wage Slave – Fulton Hill (2004)

Part II

Sucking the 70’s: 4:20 Smokedown

Bongzilla (US-WI) – Dealer McDope (Live) – Apogee (2001)
Eternal Elysium (Jap) – Twilight High – Searching Low & High (2005)

Part III

Sucking the 70’s: Flashback Tracks

Uriah Heep (U.K.) – Look At Yourself – Look At Yourself (1971)
Uriah Heep (U.K.) – I Can See You – Into The Wild (2011)

Part IV

Sucking the 70's: Devil's Harvest

Wino (US-MD) – Hold on Love – Adrift (2011)
Bro Jovi (US-OH) – Dirt, Blood, Sex and Speed – Songs to Crush Beers To (2011)
Sourvein (US-VA) – Nomadic – Black Fangs (June 21, 2011 – Candlelight Records Pre-order)

Goatsnake (US-CA) – Dog Catcher – Goatsnake Volume 1 (1999)

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Perpetual Winter Productions: Remembers Ronnie James Dio

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A year ago the Heavy Metal scene lost the first almost universally recognized legend.  Though the Metal scene has been plagued with sickness and death over the last decade, never has there been a death that impacted both Heavy Metal and the mainstream Hard Rock scene as much as when stomach cancer took Ronnie James Dio.

The two hour’s ‘cast that you are about to (or have) download(ed) is a compilation of music over his ENTIRE career.  Outside of the off the wall XXX-Mas podcast I did, this without a doubt has the most diverse selection of music I’ve ever featured, from do-wop to Black/Death Metal.  Of course, don’t worry all you mullet sporting leather clad warriors (or at least those that wish they could be) there are plenty of real headbangers that will bring you back to an era of Heavy Metal many think is dead (they’d be wrong, but what can you expect).  I have to admit, outside of The Northern Outlaw, I never expected to have variety comparable to a cover of “Love Potion No. 9,” a Pat Boone number, Black Sabbath, and Aurora Borealis in a single cast.  In the end it just goes to show that Ronnie James Dio’s impact on music is going to be hard to match by anyone.  I’m not so sure that as these legends of the formative years Metal start to go that there is someone waiting in the wings to fill their shoes.  Musicians like Dio have brought Heavy Metal and Rock music in general from infancy to late adolescence (as in development has definitely greatly slowed as we reach the capabilities of the instruments).
Bronze Tribute located in Kavarna, Bulgaria

This summer across the pond there is a tour of guys known as the “Dio Disciples.”  I can only imagine these shows are amazing, head on over to for more details than I provide here:

Dio Disciples
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Simon Wright – Drums
Craid Goldy – Guitar
Scott Warren – Keyboards

James Lomenzo – Bass until Sarzo’s commitments to Blue Öyster Cult are fulfilled.
Toby Jepson – Vocals on some shows
Doro – Vocals on some shows

6/08/2011 Moscow, Russia A2 Club
6/09/2011 St. Petersburg, Russia Kosmonayt
6/10/2011 Tampere, Finland Sauna Open Air Festival
6/11/2011 East Midlands, UK Download Festival
6/12/2011 Newcastle, UK Academy w/ The Rods
6/14/2011 Glasgow, Scotland (UK) Garage w/ The Rods
6/15/2011 Wolverhampton, UK Slade Rooms w/ The Rods
6/16/2011 Manchester,UK Academy 2 w/ The Rods
6/17/2011 London, UK Islington Academy w/ The Rods
6/19/2011 Uden, Netherlands De Pul w/ The Rods
6/20/2011 Aschafensburg, Germany Colos Saal w/The Rods
6/21/2011 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle w/ The Rods
6/22/2011 Berlin, Germany C Club w/ The Rods
6/24/2011 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
6/25/2011 Bochum, Germany Matrix w/ The Rods
6/27/2011 Vienna, Austria Szene Wien w/ The Rods
6/28/2011 Lucerne, Switzerland Konzerthaus Schuur w/ Anvil, The Rods
6/29/2011 Milan, Italy  Magazzini Generali w/ The Rods
7/01/2011 Bilbao, Spain  Rockstar Live w/ Anvil, The Rods
7/02/2011 Madrid, Spain  Heineken w/ Anvil, The Rods
7/03/2011 Barcelona, Spain  Bikini w/ Anvil, The Rods

I would hope to see some U.S. dates, but let’s just say those hopes aren’t high as the United States is still too concerned with hip-pop to give this proper respect.  I’m sure there’ll be some dates, but expect to have to travel to major metropolitan areas (I don’t expect anything other than the biggest of the cities).
Is there a better use of profanity?

Also on you can always find new, and limited, merchandise with the proceeds going to Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.  I would hope that most in the scene that are able,  support all efforts to eradicate this plague that has been so devastating to young and old, families, and communities (which would include the Heavy Metal Scene).

So now all you Leather-clad, Mullet-sporting, Neck Wrecking, Horn Throwing Warriors of the World unite together for these next two hours, let out a rebel/metal yell of “FUCK CANCER” and let’s pay homage to the Man, the Myth, the Legend, the Mighty Ronnie James Dio:

The proper and appropriate way to throw the horns! Help stop improper usage of the Devil Horns!

Part I

Fozzy (US) - Stand Up and Shout

Dio (US) - Rainbow in the Dark
Dio (US) - The King of Rock and Roll
Rainbow (UK) - Long Live Rock and Roll

Part II

Ronnie & The Redcaps (US) - What I'd Say
Ronnie Dio & The Prophets (US) - Swingin' Street
Ronnie Dio & The Prophets (US) - Love Potion No. 9
Pat Boone (US) - Holy Diver (Dio on backing vocals)

Part III

Elf (US) - Gambler, Gambler
Concept of God (US) - Man on the Silver Mountain
Black Sabbath (UK) - The Mob Rules

Part IV

Heaven and Hell (UK) - The Bible Black
Dio (US) - Strange Highways
Dio (US) - Killing the Dragon

Part V

Aurora Borealis (US) - We Rock
Dio (US) - I Speed At Night
Manowar (US) - Heaven and Hell

Part VI

Elf (US) - Black Swampy Water
Stratovarious (Fin) - Kill the King
Black Sabbath (UK) - The Devil Cried

Part VII

Rainbow (UK) - If You Don't Like Rock 'n Roll
Jag Panzer (US) - Children of the Sea
Black Sabbath (UK) - N.I.B.
Dio (US) - One More For The Road

David 'Rock' Feinstein w/ Dio (US) - Metal Will Never Die

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