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2017 SOTO Staff Picks

December 7, 2017

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Here’s your chance to take a look at what the SOTO staff dug in 2017!  Enjoy. CHUCK LOESCH (Happy Metal Fun Time) Mors Principium Est – Embers Of A Dying World (AFM) Igorr – Savage Sinusoid (Metal Blade) Junius – Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light (Prosthetic) Kreator – Gods Of Violence (Nuclear Blast [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

November 10, 2017

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This year hasn’t blossomed like I thought it might. The new metal releases that I comb through to find my top 25 each year began in January and pretty much stalled over the summer months. It looked like there would be an upswing towards the end of the year, and so far there have been [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

October 13, 2017

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The month of October typically leads me to drop a list of Halloween classics to scare your friends away from your booze during that swanky costume party, but I decided since I had done it so many times already I would instead opt for shameless self-promotion. If you never noticed before, I host a show [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

September 7, 2017

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I love all kinds of metal. I could list the 50+ genres that we metal folk have come up with over the last three decades, but it would be wasted on the passive music consumer, simply because they don’t totally describe the nuances of any particular soundscape that a band creates (other than Djent, because [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

August 11, 2017

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I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite artists recently, Chelsea Wolfe, and the other night watched as Mlny Parsonz of Royal Thunder destroyed the stage at Come and Take It Live, and then saw another favorite Myrkur getting ripped on social media for not being trve metal, and I thought to myself [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

July 7, 2017

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I still have all my fingers and toes, which is more than I can say for some people after celebrating the 4th of July. It marks our independence as a nation, coming together in one voice and deciding our fate as a nation, not just a bunch of hicks who needed to get away from [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

June 9, 2017

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I am taking a big road trip with my family this month; we’ve never actually done this before. We travel, but usually fly, have our earbuds in and go, but we will be in the car for more than 35 hours over the next few weeks and it popped into my head that I can’t [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

May 12, 2017

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April brought more than just showers for this old metal man, the personal ups and downs have taken a toll on my psyche. In a matter of weeks I have gone from the highest highs to the lowest lows. The lows brought about the end of my Metal show on its home of the last [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

April 7, 2017

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I had thought about doing Christian metal this month for Easter, then I thought about war music since we are bombing the Middle East again, but ultimately I have a ton of really excellent new tunes that I haven’t featured so far this year and since I waited till the last minute to put this [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

March 10, 2017

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March in Austin, Texas means only one thing, SXSW. While the rest of the country is absorbed by Spring Break or something like that, we are inundated by music industry professionals every year to do their own version of it, the gauntlet of 20 hours straight drinking, and attempting to eat one of every taco [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

February 10, 2017

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Trying to make sense of what Valentine’s Day means to people makes me understand how gullible human beings can be. We are suckers for a theme, a holiday, a reason to decorate or celebrate. It isn’t necessary for you to prove to someone you love that you LOVE them on one particular day or another, [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

January 13, 2017

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Something I have been doing while interviewing bands for my podcast, The Metal Podcast with Chuck and Godless, is asking artists about one song. A song, any song that represents a time in your life that has a story, it could be metal, it could be pop, it could potentially be anything that gives you [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

November 4, 2016

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Since I did a holiday thing last month for Halloween, it would just be freaking lazy to do the same thing for this month, especially due to the limited landscape of heavy metal Christmas songs (actually there are a ton, but we’ve done that before), and there only being a single Thanksgiving related one (e-mail [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

October 7, 2016

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My favorite month of the year arrived this week, October marks the beginning of the dark times. Fall in the South doesn’t really begin until this month, it starts to finally cool off, and the time change will make it nice and dark on Hollow’s Eve. Really for me it allows metal to sound right [...]

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

September 9, 2016

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Once Summer ends for many it feels like back to the grind, but for metal folks this is when things start to feel right. Personally, I don’t feel right with that much sunshine and happiness, I yearn for the dark, the short days and long nights, the chill on the wind and the sounds of [...]

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