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Vattnet Viskar members, Tombs Mike Hill talking about nothing much at Metro Gallery

This time on the podcast, I chatted with Mike Hill of Tombs and all the members of Vattnet Viskar (Chris Alfieri, Seamus Menihane, Nick Thornbury and Casey Aylward) before their Metro Gallery show with Pallbearer on October 30, 2014. We talked about Halloween, podcasting, wrestling, bad interviews, coffee and how Lover Boy may influence modern metal.

2014-10-30-20.51.01-3Vattnet Viskar, who are now referring to themselves humorously as false black metal, now have the best spoof t-shirt in all that is false: the inverted David Cross shirt. They gave me one. I will wear it proudly.

Here’s a link to their Twitter where you can see that I mean.

Surprisingly, VV is playing Maryland Deathfest (that’s not the surprising part) but on the same night and on the same stage as some pretty extreme black metal bands: Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult and Aeturnus. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

Tombs are also playing Maryland Deathfest, but at the big Edison Lot outdoor stage. I find this interesting too, since I have only ever seen Tombs on a small stage with Mike Hill right in my face. I will be curious to see how their performance translates on to a much, much larger stage.

The October 30 show at Metro Gallery was fun. Everyone was on point. I even liked Pallbearer. For those of you who know me in real life, this is quite a statement. I don’t hate Pallbearer, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t enjoy having my guts dissolved sonically. But that night the sound was scaled back quite a bit, and they sounded great. The vocals were beautiful.

Here’s a link to the podcast.

Check out some photos from the show on Flickr!

Here are some links relevant to our discussion:

Vattnet Viskar
Tombs
Mike Hill’s podcast Everything Went Black
Savage Gold Coffee

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Podcasting from Leyla’s before the Pentacle show

Continuing in our new mode of recording live from venues, we move to Leyla’s in Hyattsville, MD. Amazingly, Steve Harris joins us AGAIN while we prepare to see Dutch death metal masters Pentacle, along with Sathanas, Sacrificial Blood, Extermination Angel and the beer can throwing monsters Maximum Oversatan.

Our other guests are Mike Keller of Sacrifical Blood, the members of Maximum Oversatan and Extermination Angel. We had some laughs, ordered beer and pupusas and heard some inappropriate jokes. We also decided that Steve probably needs to move from Chesapeake, VA to Maryland.

There is quite a bit of background noise so keep your headphone volume down low. I didn’t take too many photos because I was enjoying the music! Pentacle and Sacrificial Blood were a highlight!

Click this link to listen.

 

Podcasting from the Sidebar seemed like a good idea

The Metallomusikum podcasting team of Derek and Mary haven’t done a podcast together in a while, but since we were both headed to the same show at the Sidebar last night we decided to get there a little early and see if we could record one on the fly among the goings on. It turned out ok, and we have special guest appearances from Steve Harris (The Day of the Beast, Pestuary) and Bobbie Dickerson (Black Rose Metal Heart Prodcutions).

Steve Harris of Pestuary

Steve Harris of Pestuary

Topics for the show include a wrap up of Grimscape, upcoming shows and Maryland Deathfest. We also discovered that pizza by the slice from Supremo’s on “The Block” is cheap and edible if you are hungry enough and that it only takes two to make a mosh pit, apparently.

Listen to the podcast here.

Check out Metallomusikum’s next two promoted shows for the summer:

Blackfinger, Beelzefuzz, Kings Destroy, Iron Man and Mountainwolf on Saturday, August 2 at The Sidebar. $12. Doors 7 p.m. First band at 7:30 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/234538743403505/

The Day of the Beast, Myopic, Skyless, and Immaculate Deception on Friday, August 15 at The Sidebar. $8. Doors 8 p.m. First band at 9 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/575422995904088/

Check out a few shows of Cyaegha and Pestuary from the show last night:

 

 

 

 

Podcast: Maryland Deathfest recap #3 from Sunday

Here’s our final installation of our Maryland Deathfest podcasts. We made it and no one died! We determined that Derek won MDF with most bands seen (47); most merch purchased, out latest, at the rail or in the pit for most bands seen and most unshowered (honorary crust award). William came in second with most bands seen and most merch purchased. He also wins the straight edge award.

From left Mary, Will, Chris, Sam and Derek.

From left Mary, Will, Chris, Sam and Derek.

Sam V wins for worst and weirdest shaped sunburn and also for loudest snoring. He was also the funniest on the podcast! Go Sam. Woodford wins for best death metal growl and most ladies talked to. I win for best white vest and most selfies taken with crowd members and I also win for most people who came up and bowed down before me (I can’t explain this).

This was by far the most fun we have had at Deathfest. Staying in a hotel within closest walking distance of the venues was the best idea. I love my friends. I would not have wanted to try this with anyone else. Hail CampMDF.

Listen here.

 

 

Podcast: Maryland Deathfest recap #1 from Friday

We stayed up till 3:30 a.m. making this podcast about the events of Maryland Deathfest XII from Wednesday to Friday. This needs no introduction. Just listen to it. We spent a lot of time on not editing this at all. Everything you hear is true.

Guests include: Mary Spiro, Derek Beam, Sam Vietmeier and William Harnish. Christorpher Woodford slept through this, somehow.

Click the link to listen.

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The Oracle thumb their noses at your elitist metal attitudes

The Oracle from Maryland brings the collective musical influence and experience of four well-established performers to create something unique that they hope will challenge the elitist attitudes of all the metal subgenres they meld together. It’s a little bit sludge, a little bit doom, a little bit black metal and maybe even a little bit crust.

The Metallomusikum podcast team (Derek Beam, Jason Waldmann, and I) met with The Oracle this week at Midtown BBQ and Brew for a chat about their first few shows together as a band.  The Oracle is James Haun (guitar/vocals), Russ Strahan (guitar), Ron McGinnis (bass/vocals)  and Ben Proudman (drums).  James (ex- Sourvein, ex- Ol’ Scratch), Russ (ex-Pentagram), Ron (Pale Divine, Admiral Browning, Trilogy) and Ben (Rhin) collectively bring decades of experience to this new project.  This is evident in the music they produce which fairly defies neat classification.

In performance, The Oracle produce a ferocious wall of sound. James presents a formidable lead vocalist both in height and aggression. Russ lends a quiet class –he even started the set wearing a top hat — demonstrating his well-earned reputation as one of metal’s most skilled and soulful guitarists. Ben lays down a solid foundation that sets the pace for every song, shifting from doom-y drone to black metal blast beat at any moment.  Ron, plucking his signature six string bass, also offers strong supporting vocals to counter James and rounds out the profoundly heavy rhythm section.

For me at least, despite the fact that the music drinks deeply from black metal’s chalice of blood, the tunes remain mostly in the sludge/doom camp.  You can get an idea what the band sounds like on their demo  “Veiled Oblivion” but that recording features the vocals and bass-work Helena Goldberg (Akris), who left The Oracle after nearly two years of songwriting, to raise a family.  The latest incarnation should be experienced live.

Listen to the podcast here.

Check out a gallery of photos from the March 8 show at the Sidebar. PS. Happy Birthday Sidebar owner, Travis Hunt.

Halloween Special means eight album reviews in an hour!

halloween-derekWe get a lot of albums to preview here at Metallomusikum, and sometimes we get behind on listening to them all. So today, for Halloween, we decided to race through eight album reviews in an hour.

In order, we talk about the following:
Exhumed – Necrocracy (death metal)
Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse (black metal)
Kylessa – Ultraviolet (sludge)
Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed (blackened thrash metal)
Red Fang – Whales and Leeches (heavy metal)
Corrections House – Last City Zero (experimental drone)
Iron Man – South of the Earth (traditional heavy metal)
In Solitude – Sister (hard rock)

We also talk about Halloween, but we don’t reveal our costumes! You’ll have to come out and find us on the streets of Baltimore.

Metallomusikum Podcast 6

Podcast 4: Autumn Screams Doom

Doom, stoner metal and sludge seem to be what the kids wanna hear these days. So this time on the podcast, we talked to Hasan and Dan about the fall fest Autumn Screams Doom, October 25 and 26 at The Ottobar. Specific details of the fest can be found on the Facebook event page here. There is even a matinee Saturday upstairs at the Ottobar, featuring a screening of the movie “Last Days Here,” which is a documentary about Bobby Liebling, vocalist for Pentagram. Details about the day event can be found here.

I have seen only seen four of the bands slated to play, so much of this music will be new to me.

Philadelphia’s Wizard Eye puts on an unforgettable performance. I’ve seen them only one other time. Who doesn’t love a band that features the theremin? They open up the show on Friday, so don’t be late.

Loss at Stella Natura. Photo by Mary Spiro.

Loss at Stella Natura. Photo by Mary Spiro.

One of the most interesting bands playing is Saturday night’s headliner, Loss. This band fascinates me because, although their lyrical themes are very dark and despondent, they also seem to project a sense of hope in their music. In general, I am not a fan of depressing music, but Loss is different. Can’t wait to see them again. It will be the third time for me this year. Read a previous interview I did with vocalist Mike Meacham prior to their show at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest.

Listen to our podcast here and then check out a few videos from some of the bands that will play. We welcome your feedback on the podcasts. We drink a lot along the way and sometimes things get a little weird. Well, mostly I just get weird.

Autumn Screams Doom promises blues inspired, doomy heaviness with a good dose of “hey brothers” and high fives all around. Simply put, it will be two days of freaky, crushing madness. Tickets are $15 for each night (so $30 for the weekend) and the Saturday Matinee is $8. Tickets can be purchased at the ASD website.

Metallomusikum Podcast 4 by Metallomusikum.Com on Mixcloud

Podcast 3: Our show about nothing and everything

Apparently we were having way too much fun with this podcast because it is 95 minutes long. However, our guests Mike Walls of Queen Wolf and Jason “Mot” Waldmann of Iron Man (who also happens to be married to Mary), were quite engaging and had lots of cool things to talk about.  So give this one a chance.

We set out to discuss whether Baltimore had a sound and really just characterize what the music scene in the area is like. We never really answered that question, but we had some fun along the way.  You just might learn something as we attempt to establish our credibility as people who have any right talking about music at all. These are after all, just our opinions. Our views are as valid as yours!

We did find out a little about Queen Wolf and what their future holds. Mike was such an interesting guest, we hope he comes back again to hang out with us! And Mot, well he lives here so you know he will be on again. He’s our resident researcher, even when he is not in front of the mic.  Enjoy!

P.S. Despite what the podcast says, Gaahl will not be at Stella Natura.

Here’s a link to the podcast, now hosted on MixCloud.

Here is a link to the song Small Hadron Collider, a song from Queen Wolf’s  forthcoming album.

Here’s a link to the first single of of the Iron Man album, South of the Earth, set to come out Oct. 1 in North America on Metal Blade/Rise Above Records.

Gorguts tears up Mojo 13 and our second podcast!

I don’t go to Delaware for shows that often. But when you are presented with the option of driving an hour and a half to Springfield, Virginia on a weekday night  or driving on hour and twenty minutes to Wilmington, Delaware on a Saturday night to see Gorguts, you pick Delaware. At least that’s what I do.

Gorguts is a technical death metal band from Quebec. They have been around since 1989, which is probably longer than many of their fans have been alive. My exposure to Gorguts came backhandedly because I listened to the German tech death group Obscura first and then later found out that they took their name from Gorguts album by that name. I felt late to the party.

This week, my podcast partner Derek and I traveled to Delaware to see Gorguts, Sapremia, Pale Existence, Lesch-Nyhan, Nightfire and Alustrium. This week’s podcast talks about that show and the new Gorguts album Colored Sands. Everyone seems to love this album. Find out what we think and then decide for yourself.  You can stream the album here on YouTube for reference. Check out some of the photos I shot in the gallery and leave your comments about what you might like to hear on the podcast in the future.

Here is a list of events we mention in the podcast:

9/11 Iron Man at Cafe 611

9/14 Beelzefuzz at Lallos

9/19 Day of the Beast at  The Sidebar

9/20-22 Stella Natura Fest

9/26 DC Heavymetal.com 4th Anniversary Party

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