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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

May 1, 2015

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I run a metal radio station called NO CONTROL Radio, and as part of that three years ago I had a friend of mine Metalmaster Steve, as he is known, start up a show that plays nothing but Christian metal, Faster for the Master. I know for some that may seem a little strange that Christian values and metal can exist in the same world, but there is a very long standing tradition of the two co-mingling since the early days of extreme metal in the 80s. I won’t try to give you a history lesson of anything, but I wanted to layout some tunes for you this month that spotlighted what my friend has been doing and what that side of the genre can bring.

Most of the time I am in league with Satan, and the majority of metalheads would probably stand with me in that regard, which is another reason the fans and bands who stand for their values are truly metal, standing in the face of opposition, contradictory to the norms that surround them and giving the finger to those who oppose them. So this month I give you a playlist of bands who stand with God in their corner. Enjoy! And Congrats Steve on three years!

:August Burns Red – Internal Cannon:
:Trouble – Pray for the Dead:
:Deliverance – Windows Of The Soul:
:Tourniquet – Ark of Suffering:
:Demon Hunter – Lead Us Home:
:The Famine – The Crown and the Holy See:
:Extol – Wastelands:
:Stryper – To Hell With The Devil:
:For Today – Fearless:
:Norma Jean – The Potter Has No Hands:
:Haster the Day – White Collar:
:Living Sacrifice – Awakening:
:Impending Doom – Doomsday:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

April 3, 2015

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When I started to look at this month’s mix, I began with the idea of Spring being that time when everyone and thing is thinking about procreating and having nasty sex, but then realized I kind of did that for Valentine’s Day back in February. I mean what would make you hornier than Meat Hook Sodomy, so I decided to do the next best thing. Metal dudes masturbate; I’m not talking about actually touching yourself, but the more existential version.

Whether it is the noodly guitar solo that only they (or other metal dudes) want to hear, or those blast beat thunderstorms that they crave so much, but the prime examples are all of the excellent metal songs about metal. You may not even realize it, but that strident self-love is all over the catalog of metal, songs about being metal, acting metal, the genre of metal, metal militias and metal women. Metal dudes love to talk and say the word metal … masturbation. Metal on metal, black metal, metal metal land, you get the idea. So this month we celebrate that giant circle jerk that metal can be and do songs about metal, or metal in the title or bands with metal in their name or metal metal metal … enjoy!

:3 Inches Of Blood – Metal Woman:
:Viking Skull – Heavy Metal Thunder:
:Anthrax – Metal Thrashing Mad:
:Venom – Black Metal:
:Anvil – Metal On Metal:
:The Crown – Death Metal Holocaust:
:Gwar – Metal Metal Land:
:Sodom – Witching Metal:
:Judas Priest – Metal Meltdown:
:Slayer – Metal Storm-Face The Slayer:
:Metal Church – Metal Church:
:Primal Fear – Metal is Forever:
:Metallica – Metal Militia:
:Pantera – Metal Magic:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

March 6, 2015

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March is here, Spring is knocking on your backdoor and for Austin SXSW is about to get all up in you. Although many are critical of what the conference has become in recent years, I for one am still in love with it even in my 19th year of attendance. Exposure to bands I might not regularly get or seeing bands that otherwise would be on huge stages in tiny clubs, just makes me happy. Plus industry folk canoodling together, people I have known for years in town once a year for a visit, magical. Commercialization, sell out, too big for its britches, whatever your argument, SXSW is what you make out of it, and no matter what your level of involvement a good time can be had by all.

That being said this year’s crop of metal bands shows a list not as strong as years past, even the free shows or day parties seem a little lacking in the metal arts, but some more announcements are coming next week and I will be assembling a “master list” of metal, if you are interested, on my blog for that will post on Monday.  The playlist this month is the best of what has been announced so far, hope you enjoy and remember that Austin is nice, but don’t move here.

:Byzantine – A Curious Lot:
:Weedeater – Hot Doughnuts Now:
:Cancer Bats – Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake:
:Veil of Maya – Phoenix:
:Dillinger Escape Plan – Prancer:
:The Well – Trespass:
:Fallujah – Carved from Stone:
:Sick of it All – Road Less Traveled:
:KEN Mode – Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick:
:Power Trip – Conditioned To Death:
:King Parrot – Bite Your Head Off:
:Norma Jean – If You Have it At Five:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

February 6, 2015

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Few months garner the type of pleasure that February brings with such a special holiday like Valentine’s Day. No other holiday can match the selfless devotion to love and relationships the way one day, nay the entire month of February. So in the spirit of such an important day in your life, I assembled a very special list of metal songs that reflect the hard as nails love that every metalhead has tattooed on their blackened heart. Songs not only to dance, caress and canoodle too, but songs that will make you crave your love like a junkie craves their next hit, and possibly contemplate violence against small animals. So kick back, share those earbuds with that beautiful pierced prince or princess and maybe make a little love tonight …

:Cannibal Corpse – Fucked With a Knife:
:Type O Negative – Love You To Death:
:Converge – Heaven In Her Arms:
:The Beards – You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man:
:Faith No More – Be Aggressive:
:Strapping Young Lad -  Love:
:Gorerotted – Can’t Fit Her Limbs In the Fridge:
:Six Feet Under -  What Do You Do For Money Honey:
:Judas Priest – Ram It Down:
:Rollins Band – Liar:
:Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache:
:Pantera – This Love:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

January 9, 2015

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I know it’s a new year, we should be looking ahead and all that, but as my first mix of the 2015 comes only a week in I can’t post a bunch of music that isn’t out yet without a gaggle of lawyers breathing down my neck, and since I resolved to have less litigation against me in 2015 I’m instead having one last look back at some overlooked items of the past year. Every year a bunch of EPs hit the racks and they seem to get missed on the year-end metal lists. Whether it is big bands looking for a vehicle for that one good song that hit the cutting room floor or a grindcore band putting out a doom EP, they offer examples of short bursts of creativity that might not have otherwise seen the light of day.

My favorite out of the bunch last year by far was the band Junius with the Days Of The Fallen Sun EP, as a fan they can do no wrong anyway, but this little spark early in 2014 was forgotten by most but gave me a glimmer of brightness when I had new material from them to jam. Enjoy!

:Junius – Battle In The Sky:
:Black Tusk – Vulture’s Eye:
:Swans – Oxygen (Edit):
:Carcass – Intensive Battery Brooding:
:Pig Destroyer – Red Tar:
:Cloudkicker – Sky Guide:
:Periphery – Feed The Ground:
:Down – We Knew Him Well:
:Myrkur – Nattens Barn:
:Converge – Dark Horse (BBC Live Version):
:Godflesh – Dogbite:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

November 7, 2014

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Last month I wrote about the Housecore Horror Film Festival that took place a couple weeks ago. It was a smash hit, with some excellent acts, and great horror films, but my friend and organizer of the event, Corey Mitchell, died directly after the festival concluded. Shocking to say the least, he was 48 years old, had just finished a great event and while loading out suffered a heart attack and died. Coming to terms with the loss has been difficult the last few weeks, trying to put things in perspective in a scene that deals with death as a focal point should be easy; there has been no shortage of losses through the years in metal.

This month, I wanted to feature music from bands who have lost members and suffered extreme tragedy, some have been able to carry on, others came to an end, but either way as metal fans we help keep their memories alive through stories, albums, photos and paying tribute as often as we can. I have never dealt with death well, I usually just drink and try to forget, so let this serve as a dose of medicine to help me relieve my pain with losing another friend. RIP Corey and to donate to his family go HERE.

:Damageplan – Breathing New Life:
:Woods of Ypres – I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetary:
:Death – Altering The Future:
:Voivod – Voivod:
:Decapitated – Spheres Of Madness:
:Suicide Silence – No Pity For A Coward:
:Deftones – Around the Fur:
:Static X – Cannibal:
:Dio – Stand Up And Shout:
:Snot – Joy Ride:
:Gwar – Murderers Muse:
:Slayer – Spirit In Black:
:Rigor Mortis – Rain Of Ruin:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

October 3, 2014

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Last year the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival – curated by Phil Anselmo – cast its darkness on Austin for the first time, and it successfully bridged a film fest and music fest into one very exclusive party for metal and horror fans. As an attendee and host of the awards show, I had a great damn time at an event that elevated the culture of a scene that gets overlooked in our community all too often. It was imitated on the west coast, but honestly there is nothing like a good ole dirty southern party and this year will be even better!

Featuring so many cool things, the 40th anniversary of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, massive amount of exclusive docs and horror flicks, and special guests like Randy Blythe and Brian Posehn, but I focus on the metal music of course. Performances from reunited bands like Superjoint Ritual, classic acts like Napalm Death, Voivod, Danzig, Samhain, and Gwar, and cutting edge metal with KEN Mode, Origin, Unearth and Decapitated will all serve to deafen us for three days coming up October 23-26 at Emo’s and Midways. If you know nothing about it check HHFF out whilst you jam this month’s playlist!

:Acid Witch – October 31st:
:Voivod – Voivod:
:Danzig – Twist Of Cain:
:Unearth – The Swarm:
:Decapitated – Instinct:
:Superjoint Ritual – Haunted Hated:
:Gwar – Womb With a View:
:Portal – Awryeon:
:KEN Mode – Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick:
:Origin – Unattainable Zero:
:Napalm Death – Silence Is Deafening:
:Neurosis – Through Silver in Blood:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

September 5, 2014

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The recent news about Chimaira losing every single member other that their founder Mark Hunter (which has happened before) got me thinking about how metal is one of the few genres that seems to forgive and forget lineup changes in bands. Whether it is from death, disputes or simply creative differences, metal bands have been exchanging personnel for years and in some cases for the betterment of the band in question, and in others out of necessity.

So this month I pulled some of the more successful transitions to new membership in groups ranging from the classic metal bands like Sabbath replacing Bill Ward, Iron Maiden swapping out Paul Di’Anno or Carcass losing Michael Amott, to newer groups like Suicide Silence finding themselves after the death of Mitch Lucker, or The Faceless finding people who can deal with Michael Keene. Either way, a playlist of bands who have survived under extenuating circumstances and prevailed!

:Anthrax – The Devil You Know:
:The Faceless – Emancipate:
:Black Sabbath – God Is Dead:
:Suicide Silence – Don’t Die:
:Carcass – Mount Of Execution:
:Slipknot – The Devil In I:
:Chimaira – All That’s Left Is Blood:
:Iron Maiden – Stranger In A Strange Land:
:Death – Crystal Mountain:
:Gwar – Gwar Theme:
:Decapitated – The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

August 1, 2014

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American Death Metal has been getting a bad rap in the world lately. For some reason the Eurozone and Scandinavians tend to look down their nose at the genre championed by Americans. I’ll concede Black Metal, Power Metal, Viking Metal and several other genres for not being ours, but when you think of the early bits in the genre, the umbilical was cut in the 50 states (mainly Florida).

Admittedly, the last decade has been rough on Americans – Polish, Austrian, Sweedish and even British Death Metal have garnered more favor for doing innovative and creative things, and I jumped on the bandwagon until a few albums struck this year. It give me hope to know bands like Origin, Fallujah and Misery Index not only have some history that is decent, but new albums that move what can typically be a tight subgenre in a new direction.

So my mix this month, DEATH! Some of this year’s best Death Metal songs and a couple classics to remind you from whence it came. The standout album being from Fallujah, seriously a game changer, in subtle ways, but nonetheless a dividing point between traditional and experimental. Enjoy!

:Fallujah – Carved from Stone:
:Aborted – Necrotic Manifesto:
:Vital Remains – Dechristianize:
:Autopsy – After The Cutting:
:Origin – Manifest Desolate:
:Cannibal Corpse – Sadistic Embodiment:
:Morbid Angel – Suffocation:
:Death – Mutilation:
:Misery Index – Cross to Bear:
:Deicide – In The Minds Of Evil:
:Incantation – Carrion Prophesy:
;Goatwhore – FBS:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

June 6, 2014

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There is no question that women love heavy metal. It may not be in the same numbers as men, but the women who love to listen and create metal music can have a difficult road to what they enjoy, questioned at every turn, objectified, crucified, taken advantage of and in some instances even injured or murdered. Most recently Aaron Lewis of the band Staind (Definitely not metal, but hard rock at least) called out some douchebags at their Rockfest show groping a young girl who decided to crowd surf. By its very nature, you might have an errant finger in your butthole while someone is trying to keep you aloft of the crowd, but many times if a woman takes to the crowd, bros try to get frisky, even tearing at clothes or worse.

Unacceptable, not because they are women or young girls, but because you shouldn’t act like an animal, groping at the smell of the opposite sex just because you can. Considering the world we live in, getting groped at a concert doesn’t seem nearly as disconcerting as being raped on a bus in India, but it still makes ladies wary of enjoying themselves when they should have the freedom to do so. So cut the crap Neanderthals and grow the hell up. This month, I wanted to pick out some bands with female members who freaking rule, not because of sex, skin or any of that superficial crap, they are players and singers who dominate.

:Arch Enemy – As The Pages Burn:
:Within Temptation – Paradise (What About Us):
:Benedictum -  Burn It Out:
:Walls of Jericho – A Trigger Full of Promises:
:Chthonic – Supreme Pain for the Tyrant:
:Otep – Apex Predator:
:Electric Wizard – Black Mass:
:L7 – Shitlist:
:Eths – Ex Umbra In Solem:
:Kylesa – Unspoken:
:iwrestledabearonce – Letters To Stallone:
:Jucifer – Blackpowder:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

May 2, 2014

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We are just about at the mid-point of 2014 (I know, hard to believe), so I wanted to give you some of what I feel are the best metal songs of the year. I have heard a few more than what I have on this list that might grow into the top 20 of the year but I had to cut it off. Unfortunately one of my favorite genres, Death Metal, has lapsed so far in 2014. Misery Index, Aborted and a few others have made great albums, but on the whole it has been about a lot of bigger names bringing new music to us this year.

I would say on the top of my list at this point is The Satanist, the record from Polish metal act Behemoth. They brought their live show through Austin with the Metal Alliance/Texas Independence Fest and just destroyed.  The album marks some of the most solid writing in their career and has brought the band to the front of extreme metal all over the world. We even featured an in-depth interview with Nergal, their lead singer, on the MetalSucks Podcast this week. So check out the single and if you are feeling safe try the NSFW version of the video for Blow Your Trumpet Gabriel, as it is pretty awesome.

:Behemoth – Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel:
:Triptykon – Breathing:
:Arch Enemy – War Eternal:
:Whitechapel – The Saw Is the Law:
:Black Label Society – My Dying Time:
:Trap Them – Salted Crypts:
:Fu Manchu – Radio Source Sagittarius:
:The Haunted – Eye of the Storm:
:Junius – Battle In The Sky:
:Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch:
:Mastodon – High Road:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

April 4, 2014

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Honestly I had every intention of moving on past the untimely death of one of my musical and artistic heroes, but in the present day we don’t spend enough time reflecting on things that should be important. Our attention spans are worse than that of a goldfish and I for one can’t really stand it, especially when it is something as close to my heart as Oderus Urungus. I know, a character someone plays on stage, but Dave Brockie and his alter ego represented so much more than just a joke band meant to shock people, he honestly was a thoughtful and hilarious person, genuine and one of those entertainers that no one will ever be able to replace.

So whilst the metal community moves on to the next thing, Tim Lambesis getting his long awaited sentencing, the line up for Mayhem, or whatever cat video makes you forget your pathetic life, I am going to sit a brood a little longer for the loss of one of my ultimate performers. RIP Dave Brockie, some of us will never forget, I promise.

:Gwar – Americanized:
:Gwar – We Kill Everything:
:Gwar – Biledriver:
:Gwar – Slaughterama:
:Gwar – Bloodbath:
:Gwar – Saddam A Go-Go:
:Gwar – Bring Back The Bomb:
:Gwar – Penguin Attack:
:Gwar – Metal Metal Land:
:Gwar – Murderers Muse:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

March 7, 2014

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It is impossible for someone sitting in Austin the first week of March not to broach the topic of SXSW. I would be remiss if I were to ignore the inevitable onslaught of music that will descend upon our fine city in just a few days. Most people are stoked for whatever pop or indie act will be vended to you out of some mighty Doritos machine, but I have taken some time to sniff out as much metal as humanly possible, and I thought it would be appropriate to expose it to you. Starting on Tuesday, this year marks the year of ‘doom metal,’ the sludgy, heavy slow attack, it seems to be the trend this year, or at least what people think is in, so let’s go with it! Also on this list, plenty of local favorites, it is one of the best years for local metal bands doing official showcases, so why not celebrate it a bit.

My featured song however, not local, not doom, but a recent addition to the genre pool, Djent. Animals As Leaders are featured atop the MetalSucks.net showcase on Friday the 14th and their new record is coming out two weeks later. This song is pretty brilliant, and relaxing, an adjective not often used with metal, but you’ll see what I mean.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

MARCH MIX:

:After the Burial – A Wolf Amongst Ravens:
:Windhand – Orchard:
:American Sharks – Overdrive:
:We Butter the Bread With Butter – USA:
:Kylesa – Unspoken:
:Venomous Maximus – Give Up The Witch:
:Pack of Wolves – Destruction II:
:Trash Talk – Blind Evolution:
:Power Trip – Conditioned To Death:
:The Ocean – Eoarchaean – The Great Void:
:Rivers of Nihil – Rain Eater:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

February 7, 2014

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Widely known as the month for lovers, at least since a greeting card company decided they need to make more money, February give us Valentine’s Day, that special time when every man’s metal is tested against his fellow cretins by what kind of crap we choose to buy our significant other. Hate not being a strong enough word for my feelings toward this made up holiday, I am choosing to help you celebrate with a nice mixture of music for that special someone in your life and how you would chop them up into little pieces if it were not for the desire to stay out of jail. Love will make a man crazy and metal dudes tend to feel things a little stronger than the average, well, we express our hatred and angst more outwardly at the very least.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

I also chose to grab a little more female friendly song for my featured song, Within Temptation’s new album Hydra hit stores this week, and on the love theme I picked Paradise (What About Us) from the list to express my longing for something or whatever. Solid track featuring Tarja Turunen and is pretty damn catchy, like herpes.

:Within Temptation – Paradise (What About Us):

FEBRUARY MIX:

:Cannibal Corpse – Stripped, Raped and Strangled:
:Type O Negative – Love You To Death:
:Death – Together As One:
:Trivium – Dying In Your Arms:
:Dethklok – I Ejaculate Fire:
:Suffocation – Entrails of You:
:Faith No More – The Morning After:
:Six Feet Under – Let Me Put My Love Into You:
:Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache:
:Pantera – Throes of Rejection:
:Opeth – Porcelain Heart:

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

January 10, 2014

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January is a particularly strange month for many reasons. In the music industry the wheels begin turning again after about a month of ‘best of’ lists and compilation releases, the New Year always marks ‘new beginnings’ and I celebrate a birthday. This year I cross over the four decade mark, while still trying to act like I am only one decade old. I am celebrating by heading out on my first trip on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise ship, I got lucky that my other job at MetalSucks.net as the host of the weekly podcast is sending me as a ‘correspondent,’ but I will be utilizing my first cruise as a celebration of my b-day at the same time! I have wanted to go since its inception and this year some of my favorite bands are on the trip too, so I figured I would give you a preview (since I probably won’t remember much) of the 40 bands that will be shredding the high seas at the end of the month.  Also, John is now having us pick a “song of the month” to go with our mixes, so there’s that, too.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

My pick this month comes from an amazing group who have been making waves in metal since 1993. Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal of the band Cynic create stunning soundscapes and creative juxtoposition between metal and soaring vocals in the early years, to much easier but no less complicated structures on their latest album.

JANUARY MIX:

:Carcass – Noncompliance to ASTM F899-12 Standard:
:The Haunted – 99:
:Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity:
:Dark Tranquillity – The Science Of Noise:
:SepticFlesh – The Ophidian Wheel:
:Death Angel – Kill As One:
:Satyricon – Phoenix:
:DRI – Tear It Down:
:Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake:
:Leaves Eyes – Elegy:
:Obituary – Chopped In Half:

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