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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 a few that sound decent, but overall there hasn’t been much tough competition the last few months. November however brought some really good things, some bigger names releasing new albums, and interesting sounds from new bands making creative leaps in the metal world. So this month the mix is relatively new tunes, and in December we’ll figure out the best of the year, that will be a tough one!

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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 called NO CONTROL Radio – it’s old school, terrestrial radio, late night and it jams, but I also decided a few years back to go into podcasting, with a good friend of mine nicknamed Godless, and start putting band interviews there. We feel that we do a pretty good job, not only talking to artists, but choosing the best of the best to talk to and about. We podcasted for a website for a few years, but struck out on our own in 2017 with THE METAL PODCAST.  We have a new episode pretty much every Monday with the brightest metal people in the genre talking about some of the darkest things you can imagine. I am pretty proud of it honestly, and this month I included a playlist of just the last few bands we interviewed on our proverbial couch. Check out the tunes and if you like them, listen to the interesting interviews behind them at www.themetalpodcast.com.

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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 it is an onomatopoeia).  Unfortunately as we divided up our all-encompassing Metal titular reference, we parsed the audience into groups and many for the sake of an internet argument won’t admit that they cross out of their small chalk pentagram to enjoy something that isn’t cool enough for elites.

I take a different approach, if it is heavy, if I can jam to it, I will listen and enjoy it. The fundamentals! What I’m getting to is that clean vocals have become a non-starter for many metalheads, and there is even a website designating the negative connotation of clean singing. If a vocalist actually sings and doesn’t growl, bark, squeal or provide a guttural attack, then there is no way it could be metal. That simple approach is altogether juvenile and completely wrong. This month is just music from 2017 that prominently features clean vocals, yet is some of the best metal out there right now.  Naysayers can suck it up and deal.

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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 about all of these great female artists playing metal right now. There are so many singular women or female fronted bands making great music right now, more so than ever in metal, many of whom don’t get a fair shake simply because of their lack of a penis. Objectified by many, featured in ‘Hottest Chick’ lists and such, but not enough people seeing past the boobs and hearing what beautiful music they are releasing. So in an effort to at least inform some, but at the same time single out their gender (I know, just another Y Chromosome trying to be PC) , I created a list of the artists I am jamming with spectacular women in them right now and some classics that have closed the gap over the years.

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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 Europe. It also means that the year is flying by with impressive speed, and we need to take stock of where we stand after six months of music has been laid out before us.

So far I would say 2017 has been an average year for heavy metal, I know there will be those who think otherwise, but even the underground has produced some lackluster gems, and the mainstream majors have supplied some of the same tripe over and over again. I put together a list of my favorite songs of the year so far for you to peruse, I had a tough time narrowing it down to about ten bands, but after about 15ish, the quality went down dramatically. Maybe I’m getting old and tired of the same story, but honestly this is about all that really caught my ear (so far).

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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 jam death metal the entire time, I mean I could, but my wife and daughter might murder me in my sleep. They are not metal people, I’ve tried, but to no avail. So they are making playlists (if you look at my Spotify you’ll figure out who is making which playlists), and not doing too bad, but what about my metal? I have to have something I want to listen to as well, I am driving most of the way, I need to jam! With that seed I plant this month’s list of metal for non-metal people. I am missing a bunch I know, but this is a great starting point for many who want some distorted guitars, but have to leave the cookie monster vocals in the rearview mirror. Wish me luck, by the end I’ll probably be jamming the new Dying Fetus with them screaming out the windows, ears bleeding…

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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 dozen years, that’s right I got cancelled. Anyone who knows me, knows how important to me NO CONTROL Radio has been to me over the years, it was my opportunity to bring people new tunes, play local bands and feature the best in metal every single week. The last few years the station that I homed us for all those years has changed to a softer more palatable approach and Metal just didn’t fit.

Luckily at the last moment we were able to find a spot on our sister station KLBJ FM and look to rise from the ashes coming in June! I would slot this into the ‘highs’ column, as it will be a better match musically, and hopefully can make us grow even larger in the coming years! NOCONTROLRadio.com if you want to take a look, and also listen to our 24/7 stream as well…so thank you for indulging my whine, so the list this month is all the new tunes I would be playing, but don’t have a show to do it on…yet!

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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 month’s list together, it comes down to my own laziness and lack of creativity. I know, I should blow smoke up your ass and frame it as something else, but if metal represents (or should represent anything) it’s honesty in what we say and portray, so no bullshitting you about my playlists, Ever!

It has been a relatively quiet year so far, at least for decent metal releases, but rather than quantity, the quality of what has been hitting the shelves lately reaches new heights for the genre. Some stretching the boundaries of what we know as metal, others nestle into the finer aspects of defined genres. This month you get the music of 2017 that represents a little bit of both, enjoy!

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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 in the city appeals to all sorts of fun people from around the globe.

2017 feels different than years past, especially for the metal people who want to attend. Our genre was well represented a decade ago with day parties, night parties, overnight parties, and more parties with metal bands of all stripes, but this year it was a struggle to fill this list. Honestly, the bands I have listed here are almost EVERY noteworthy metal band playing the conference, or in town next week. Why you ask? I don’t have an answer for you really, other than this industry comes down to ROI, return on investment. Is it worth it for bands to play SXSW, and my guess the answer right now it’s not really cost effective…but with that said, maybe a little smaller, focused fest is what we all need right now!

So check out the jams and maybe see you on the streets next week, if it’s metal, I’ll be there…

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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, some card company somewhere decided that we all needed to be made to feel guilty if we don’t express our selves on Feb 14th, an arbitrary day on the calendar. Look I am a mushy guy, I actually love my wife, my daughter and I don’t need anyone to tell me that I have to get some really expensive flowers to say it, luckily my loves are not part of the BS game, we just like to eat candy. So with the absence of any substance this month, I am obliged to give you a list of metal that will tug at your heartstrings, maybe make you feel like ripping out your own heart and giving it to someone that will spit on it or something. Good luck out there and if you are flying solo for VDay live it up!

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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 a visceral memory of something specific. It is a tough question when you are put on the spot, but what it has done for me is made me start to think about the music that represents change in my life and movement – positive, negative or otherwise.

For instance, the song Informer by Snow, terrible song, but it reminds me of spring break 1992, the last one of high school for me, and the first time I went to South Padre Island to party with a bunch of friends, rolling at 3am screaming that dumb ass song while hanging out the sun roof of my buddies car … see what I mean? So I put together a playlist of songs that mean something to me, now I won’t be including the stories that go with them, but if you really want to know then tweet me @beardedape and I will elaborate, some of them are pretty strange. Enjoy!

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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 me for it!). So, I figured a way to nod to some of you who are the true believers and celebrate the holiday season for the right reason, and not the pagan tradition that decided that they also liked to have a feast around this time, let’s do a Christian metal playlist for you.

I think I have done one for Easter maybe in the past, I don’t remember because I don’t separate bands by their religiosity most of the time, unless it’s Stryper. So have yourself a merry little whatever and all that stuff, I may pop in next month with some advice on the Best of 2016, otherwise don’t call me till January 2nd.

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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 for the holiday, at Christmas it’s just odd, but Halloween? Perfect! I looked back and I haven’t done a good list for your orange and black partying in a few years so I thought I might oblige, plus, we have a plethora of clowns running around scaring the crap out of people and what could be more metal than that!  13 tracks that will not only melt the faces of all your trick-or-treaters, but could give heart attack inducing paralysis to the finest upstanding adults in your neighborhood (with a couple fun ones mixed in for good measure). Enjoy, and happy haunting!

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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 metal and horror. It all begins this month and you can see it with the releases that have been cropping up.

The last few months have offered a few gems here and there, but as we approach the Fall it starts to be a struggle to keep up with some of the latest releases. Not working to find the best music, it just lands right in your lap, and if it hasn’t yet, let my offering to you this month provide a guide for just the last couple of weeks of metal and the albums that will be coming out soon. Truly a great year so far, but its last months hold even more promise, so enjoy!

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

August 5, 2016

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A data scientist for Degenerate State compiled over 200,000 songs, analyzed their lyrics to find the most heavy metal word, or at least the word that seemed to appear in the most songs from thousands of bands. Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing – Part 1 explained the process and at least some of the findings, and personally i was kind of shocked. I mean I figured it would be brootal and cvlt, but thought maybe Satan, or domination or something would be the one, well there can be only one and according to the study BURN is the most metal word over many years, songs, bands and genres of metal.

Which makes sense, fire, dragons, Hell, lava, so many things burn, whether it was the rash of Church burnings by Black Metal dudes or whatever the imagery stays ingrained as something pretty freaking metal. Plus I figured since we are in August, it is damn hot, time for some music about fire and burning. What I found though, is there ARE a lot of songs that fit either by title or lyrically, so here is a list of a few off the top of my head! Enjoy!

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