Here’s the big five oh. Fifty episodes of this little heavy metal podcast, and it’s going strong with no midlife crisis in sight. Many hails to all the regular listeners that have signed on to the weekly cacophony; it’s good to know the bands that I play on every episode are getting some exposure.
If you’re a metalhead, then you’ve heard the question, “Are you angry?” when your music is overheard by ‘normals’ at least 243,198 times in your life. And we all know it’s not the music that makes us angry; it’s the asshat asking the question.
Welcome to this week’s edition of the little heavy metal podcast that could. It’s got lots of brutal new music from lots of different places, like Sweden, US, UK, Poland, Denmark, China, Colombia, Belgium, and more. Give it a listen.
If there’s one thing that can be respected about heavy metal, it’s the honesty. Just like how I honestly love putting these together each week because it gives me an excuse to drown my brain in a constant onslaught of loud, horrific-sounding cacophony.
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.