If you can think of a better way to start off the week than with a giant block of new heavy metal, don’t tell me about it because I like having an excuse to produce this ugly little duckling of a podcast. And besides, for some reason this is one of the few music-only heavy metal podcasts out there that doesn’t do talk or interviews, which means I can tell myself that I’m doing some kind of service to the community. Let me have my ego trip.
Stoner metal has always been there, whether it was a Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Sleep, Electric Wizard, or anyone else, the genre has kept itself rolling on (pun intended), faithfully staying true to the primal spirit of rock. One such band doing their part these days to bring pure rock to the masses is Bellingham Washington’s Dryland.
If you’re back for more of what I shovel at your ears every week that means you’re a real glutton for sonic punishment, considering the black/death rabbit hole I’ve been wandering down lately. As the show has gone on it seems the average songs I pick just get nastier and more unforgiving, not unlike a junkie needing a stronger dose for each spike. And more people listen each week, which just means we’re all just a bunch of heavy metal junkies, eh?
If you listen to the AMP podcast it’s easy to get the impression that my music diet consists solely of gritty death and black metal, but to be honest I spend a lot more of my personal listening time on the proggier side of metal, with the likes of Opeth, Steven Wilson, Soen, Symphony X, and Nevermore.
I’m convinced that heavy metal is good for the soul, even if that soul is damned to eternal hellfire for listening to metal in the first place. Which is why I do this podcast every week; to make you feel good while sending you straight to Satan’s mosh pit.
Black Lion Records is a newer label, formed in 2015 in the northern Sweden city of Umeå. While a relatively small town, Umeå is nonetheless known as a hotbed of musical output, especially in the world of heavy metal, having been the breeding ground for such acts as Meshuggah, Naglfar, Cult of Luna, Refused, Nocturnal Rites, and many more, including a number of newer groups on Black Lion’s roster.
Here’s your 2-hour lump of new underground metal for this week. And when I say underground, I really do mean it; this stuff is dug up from some awfully obscure parts of the metal world at large. Said parts including the likes of the US, Spain, Germany, Italy, Chile, Finland, Iceland, Canada, UK, France, Hungary, and Australia.
Hope everyone got some good headbanging in with last week’s twenty-episode round-up, I like doing those extra sized ones. Which is why the new show length is a regular two hours, up from a measly one. Double the time = double the new underground heavy fucking metal to play.
If you caught episode 20 of this little heavy metal podcast, you’ll remember I tried out an extended recap format where I picked some of my favorite tracks of the first twenty episodes. Well, we’re twenty deep again with episode 40, so this week is another 2-hour compilation of my top picks since then.
Nothing will warm you up in these frigid days like some good ol’ brutal heavy metal. And this week is pretty brutal too, not much clean material and when it does show up it definitely keeps the right mood going. This batch of heaviness comes from the US, Ukraine, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, and France.
One of the web’s few music-only shows for new heavy metal (it’s true, look it up) took the holiday weekend off, so metal Christmas is coming late kids. And Satan’s version of Santa really does get around the world because this week’s music is coming from the US, Finland, El Salvador, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, France, Sweden, and Switzerland.