Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal (Epitaph)
Chasma - Codex Constellatia (Moribound)
Dead Awaken - Where Hope Turns Dripping Red (Abyss)
Echtra - Sky Burial (Temple Of Tortuous)
Finntroll - Blodsvept (Century Media)
For Today - Prevailer EP/DVD (Razor & Tie)
A Hero For The World - A Hero For The World (Jacob K)
Hypocrisy - End Of Disclosure (Nuclear Blast)
Killswitch Engage - Disarm The Descent (Roadrunner)
Lost Society - Fast Loud Death (Nuclear Blast)
The Mongoloids - Mongo Life (Six Feet Under)
Monsterworks - Album Of Man (Mortal)
Morgengrau - Extrinsic Pathway (Blind God)
Moss - Horrible Night (Metal Blade)
My Endless Wishes - My Endless Wishes (Doolittle)
No Consequence - IO (Basick)
Pryapisme - Hyperblast Super Collider (Apathia)
Septicflesh - The Eldest Cosmonaut Re-Release (Season Of Mist)
Shadows Past - Perfect Chapter (Doolittle)
Spock' Beard - Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (Inside Out)
St. Vitus - C.O.D. Re-Release (Season Of Mist)
Thy Art Is Murder - Hate (Nuclear Blast)
Toxic Holocaust - From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction (Relapse)
Warbeast - Destroy (Housecore)
Wardruna - Yggdrasil (Indie)
Zozobra - Savage Masters (Brutal Panda)
Saturday, March 30, 2013
PA The Beyond debut "Frostbitepanzerfuck" is now available through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. "Frostbitepanzerfuck" was recorded at Welfare Line Studio in West Chester, PA and features the following tracks: 'Roto-Cunt', 'Goat Sodomizer', 'Cunt Sucking Cannibal' (GG ALLIN cover), 'Frostbitepanzerfuck', 'Attack Of The Zombie Brigade', 'The Splatterhouse Maniacs', 'Necro Overload' and 'Exterminate Humanity'.
For more information on www.facebook.com/thebeyond999
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
Acid Deathtrip "Acid Deathtrip" (CD)
Mechanical God Creation "Artifact of Annihilation" (CD)
Resonance Room "Untouchable Failure" (CD)
Mar 19, 2013
Anthrax "Anthems" (CD/EP)
Batillus "Concrete Sustain" (CD)
Cannibal Corpse "Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal" (Boxed Set)
Call of the Void "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" (CD)
Ken Mode "Entrench" (CD)
Globe and Beast "Grandfather's Axe" (CD)
Intronaut "Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)" (CD)
Satanic Threat "In To Hell" (CD)
Imperium Dekadenz "Meadows of Nostalgia" (CD)
Tombstone Highway "Ruralizer" (CD)
Inter Arma "Sky Burial" (CD)
Jungle Rot "Terror Regime" (CD)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
A Sight For Sewn Eyes "Alone Together" (CD)
Mar 12, 2013
Illnath "4 Shades Of Me" (CD)
Adrenaline Mob "Coverta" (CD/EP)
Fit For A King "Creation/Destruction" (CD)
Internal Corrosion "Spiriutal Povert" (CD)
Panikk "Unbearable Conditions" (CD)
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Their latest press release . . .
“You can hear the influence of the Old West right from the start in "Let’s Shake Some Dust," an evocative intro track that features harmonica from acclaimed blues harp player Paul Lamb. You can hear it again in the rampaging "Black Bart," which Poulsen describes as “our country-Motörhead song,” and in the banjos that pepper the chorus of the hard-as-steel "Doc Holliday," a tribute to the legendary lawman and associate of the Wyatt Earp gang. But Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is no country & western record. If it was a car, it would be a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk with monster truck wheels – vintage and modern, stylish and muscular.
You can hear echoes of classic 50s rock’n’roll in the soaring "Pearl Hart," and the live classic-in-waiting "Lola Montez." The band’s metal roots come to the fore via the heavy riffage of "Dead But Rising" and "The Nameless One," while the ghostly "The Lonesome Rider" – which finds Michael duetting with Sarah Blackwood of Canadian band Walk Off The Earth like a modern day Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – beats with a rockabilly heart. Elsewhere, they bring some greased-back energy to "My Body," a cover of the hit song by US pop-punk outfit Young The Giant, while the brooding album closer "Our Loved Ones" is the nearest thing they’ve ever written to a ballad. Poulsen offers, “When I was growing up, my dad and mother played a lot of old records – Elvis, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. I love that stuff – it’s a drug somehow. My own record collection growing up was metal. But I listen to a lot of different styles of music. If something moves you, I don’t care what it is.”
The track "Room 24" features a massive coup for Volbeat with the guest appearance from King Diamond, the legendary front man of Danish metal pioneers Mercyful Fate, and one of Poulsen’s musical idols. He reveals, "I’m a huge fan of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. Having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines, and it is half my lyrics and half his. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.” Additional guests include Anders Pedersen on slide guitar, Rod Sinclair on banjo and Jakob Øelund on double bass. “
Source: Volbeat (Facebook), Volbeat Website(official Website)
Handmade one of a kind pieces of jewelry inspired by the art of Chainmail. All metals used are nickel free. Worldwide shipping available! Selected Items now available from Moonshine, Paul street shopping centre, Cork City
Source: Luna Maille
James Hetfield enjoys posting on his instagram account when he isn’t playing a gig, or sitting down trying to write their newest album. While they are trying to create new material new shows keeps coming up and as we know Metallica barely turns down a gig. As Metallica’s frontman James Hetfield has told Australian rock station Triple M that the band wants to get to work on its next album and won’t write an album to please fans to go back to older material, says James stated, "It's like they're asking you to recreate a memory in their past and you cannot do that . . . We're one of those bands that doesn't really care what people want. . . We're not going to roll over for anyone and, you know, we're Metallica for a reason and we're going to keep doing that."
Source: Triple M Radio Station
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Agalloch are honored to announce that joining them on their upcoming European tour will be longtime friends Fen (UK).
Agalloch “Lucifer Over Europe Tour” with Fen (UK) dates:
21.04.2013 DE – Berlin / K17
22.04.2013 BE – Aalter / Kadans
23.04.2013 FR – Nantes / Le Ferrailleur
24.04.2013 ES – Bilbao / Sala Rockstar
25.04.2013 PO – Barroselas / SWR-Fest
26.04.2013 ES – Madrid / Sala Caracol
27.04.2013 ES – Barcelona / Sala Apolo 2
28.04.2013 FR – Luynes / Le Korigan
30.04.2013 DE – Stuttgart / Club Zentral SOLD OUT
01.05.2013 DE – Leipzig / Moritzbastei
02.05.2013 PL – Wroclaw / Asymmetry-Fest
03.05.2013 LT – Vilnius / New York Club
04.05.2013 EE – Tallinn / Tapper
05.05.2013 FI – Tampere / Klubi
06.05.2013 FI – Helsinki / Korjaamo
07.05.2013 FI – Oulu / Nuclear Nightclub
08.05.2013 SW – Umea / Scharinska Villan
09.05.2013 NO – Trondheim / Familien
10.05.2013 NO – Oslo / Parkteatret
11.05.2013 SW – Göteborg / Sticky Fingers
12.05.2013 NL – Arnhem / Willemeen
13.05.2013 DE – Köln / Werkstatt
14.05.2013 DE – München / Backstage
15.05.2013 SL – Nova Gorica / Mostovna
16.05.2013 IT – Roma / Traffic Club
17.05.2013 IT – Travagliato / Circolo Colony
18.05.2013 AT – Vienna / Viper Room
19.05.2013 CZ – Ostrava / Barrak
Mar 06 Nova Chmelnice Prag, Czech Republic
Mar 07 Blue Hell Budapest, Hungary
Mar 08 Fabrica Bukarest, Romania
Mar 09 RBF Club Sofia, Bulgaria
Mar 10 8Ball Thessaloniki, Greece
Mar 13 Kulturfabrik Lyss, Switzerland
Mar 14 Alte Kaserne Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 15 Alter Schlachthof Wels, Austria
Mar 16 TUROCK Essen, Germany
Mar 17 Le Divan Du Monde Paris, France
Mar 18 Waterfront Norwich, United Kingdom
Mar 19 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 20 Underworld London, United Kingdom
Mar 21 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 22 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands
Mar 23 L'Entrepot Arlon, Belgium
Mar 24 Buze Steenwijk, Netherlands
Mar 25 Baroeg Rotterdam, Netherlands
Source: Sweetest Devilry
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
21+ID Tickets $10.00
doors will open 7:30pm
Two Legendary Thrash Bands from the 80's will team up to bring you an incredible night of Pure Thrash................ Viking, originally from California has never played Philadelphia before..... Blood Feast has not played Philly since 1988...... this is a remarkable opportunity to see two bands that you may never see together again..... all you old school fuckers will now be able to cross these fuckers off your must see list..... 3 other Thrash Bands will be announced.....
Fetal Autopsy is working laying down their drum tracks for their upcoming release ‘Rituals of Murder’. They are currently setting up a pay pal account to purchase their merchandise.
Source: Fetal Autopsy
Young Polish Disperse’s progressive metal/rock quartet ‘Living Mirrors’ is now worldwide!
DISPERSE recently shot a video for the song "Enigma of Abode" with Red Pig Productions (DECAPITATED). The video can be viewed on YouTube channels.
Source: Season of Mist
“Kingdom Of Conspiracy” track listing:
01. Echoes Of Despair
02. Keep The Silence
03. Kingdom Of Conspiracy
04. Serving Divinity
05. The Great Sleep
07. A Spectacle of Lies
08. God Complex
09. Bound To Order
10. All That Awaits
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Vocalist and guitarist Francisco J. Paz-Guitars
Kathleen via email
Date: March 5, 2013
Apostrophes, a fairly new Melodic hardcore metal band from Newark, NJ, who are currently releasing their first six song EP asking vocalist and guitarist Francisco J. Paz-Guitars a couple of questions.
OCZ: How are you Francisco? Have you coughed up black shit or getting major headaches since you stopped smoking?
Honestly, only the first few days. For the most part I’ve had insomnia for the last week or so which is now over with. The worst part is that I’ve been a smoker for 20 years so as you can imagine the temptation will never truly leave .It’s going to be a life long struggle it seems.
OCZ: It can be hellish when you quit, did you do it for health reasons or has it been affecting your vocal chords?
Both. My range has increased as well as my durability. My diaphragm used to get tired within an hour of singing and I’m proud to be able to say I can sing for about 3 hours now with minimal effort. As for my health reasons, I was diagnosed with Emphysema about 1 year ago which lead me to quit. I don’t recommend smoking to anyone.
OCZ: So, I read you were born in a taxi, are you good with directions or do you get lost on the road a lot?
This one is very unexpected! Haha ! Actually Javier (J.) is the name of the Taxi driver and Francisco is the name of the retired Doctor the cabbie took my mother to, for she wasn’t going to make it to the Hospital, hahaha!! Plus, I have a great sense of direction and very rarely get lost.
OCZ: Recently, we received a promotional message from a good friend of ours Frank Sommers of Metal Noise to help promote Brutiful Metal Radio compilation with you and another 111 bands on it. Out of curiosity, why do you think the song you chose best represents the compilation album and your band?
Our self titled track Apostrophes represents us best, on the fact that now in days it seems that every metal band is out to reach wrong musical goals. To be brutal and sick, entirely forgetting music is emotion. We have many varied musical influences. We are currently a 4 piece band with the new addition of Tiago Andrade. As we grow, the influences will begin to show on the new upcoming material. Brutiful metal radio actually decided on which track to put in the compilation and I completely agree with their choice, Apostrophes was our first song as a band, and the one with the most heartfelt emotion from our point of view, do to the extremely personal lyrics I put behind an already extremely emotional composition. This song is “All Feel”.
OCZ: Was this the first compilation that you were ever asked to be on and how do you think this will help many others discover new bands?
Yes it is! We can’t ever thank Brutiful Metal Radio and our friends in YAKk enough for the opportunity. This would have never happened without their efforts. No one buys an album from a band they never heard, but If our fans download the Compilation, those other 112 bands will be heard by a new spectrum of listeners and might possibly gain new fans, and of course vice versa.
OCZ: What are some other bands/songs that you would recommend people to check out on this compilation album?
My musical preference might not agree with yours! YAKk’s “Appetite for Flesh” is definitely one track they’ll want to check out!
OCZ: You recorded your six song demo at Mercury Recording Studio with Jerry Ramos, what was your experience like and tell us your experience going in for the first time as a band?
Mercury Recording Studio is amazing! Jerry Ramos is one of the greatest engineers any of us have ever had the pleasure of working with and is as much a part of the Apostrophes sound as ourselves. Mercury Studio is our home. This man welcomed us with open arms without knowing the slightest detail about us or our music. Always a special thanks to Jerry and Mercury Recording Studio for we’ve grown so much as a band in one year. Until we’re signed and our label says otherwise, Mercury is the only studio we work with.
OCZ: Many of your lyrics are based upon your personal life and views that cover failure of the humanity. You’ve been getting some good feedback from three of your songs, “Apostrophes,” “Brothers” and “Satellites” tell us a little about each song.
Apostrophes: Most of the time, people don’t get what they deserve in life. We as individuals, cannot allow failure to determine the remain of our lives. This song is simply saying “Let go and move on”.
Brothers: This is about my biological brothers. Each verse refers to a different one. The first verse is about not having any type of contact with one of them over the period of 2 years, due to a conflict we had. I thought it best to let go for a while, let things settle down so when we meet again, we’d be as brothers again. The second verse is about watching my other brother self -destruct on drugs for 7 long years. Certainly one of the hardest experiences of my life… I’m happy to say that today he is 100% clean, owns his business, has a beautiful daughter and a loving wife.
The meaning behind the chorus is “No matter what. You are my brother, and I love you. I’ll always be here for either one of you cause that’s what family is for. I wish for you the best in life.”
Satellites: This is about Religion, and how through-out history, many have used it over and over again to justify murder, Terrorism, and many other violent needless acts. It’s a shame that humanity has allowed something so pure and beautiful to be so corrupted. I don’t believe in God. I believe in what God is based on.” Love”
OCZ: As a musician what are some of your weakness, obscure or chaotic moments you have faced since you’ve been together for the past year?
Absolutely none. We all agreed when starting Apostrophes that we would be 100% about the music.A drama free environment, where we can create, not destroy. We as friends and bandmates are completely honest and devoted to each other, and I’m sure people will see that chemistry onstage.
OCZ: Will you be working with Juan for Apostrophes future artwork?
Definitely! Juan L. Paz is actually my biological brother and by far the most insane artist I’ve ever witnessed before my eyes. I remember him drawing Disney cartoons when we were little boys in Spain so all my life I’ve watched him grow as an artist. I am proud of him and how far he has come. He doesn’t just do artwork for us. He’s also a huge fan and supporter of Apostrophes. He believes in us as we believe in him.
OCZ: You’ve been in other projects before this and as we all know how that story goes, what are you doing differently this time around that you haven’t done in the past?
Patience. I’ve waited and found the right people. Musicians who want to achive similar goals and dreams. Make music a career not just a weekend activity or an outlet for a personal vendetta. We’re more than a band. We’re brothers in and outside of the band.
OCZ: At first your band was called, "Paz's Project" when and why did you change the name?
It wasn’t called that. On our biography I wrote it in that manner because when starting this band I was the primary song writer. It literally was “My Project”. When I began finding the band members (Clauzenei Santos Jr, Tiago Andrade, and Robert Mendoza) for this project, each of them found their own place in my music, I can’t take credit for their work. These songs are not how I intended them to be, and therefor it stopped being “My project” and became Apostrophes. The name Apostrophes referring to the “Could’ve, Might’ve, Would’ve,” which we all have left behind at one point or another in our moments of human weakness. My lyrics are extremely personal and the name seemed adequate.
OCZ: Some of your members are old time friends of yours, why don’t you introduce them and the craft they master and give a short history how Apostrophes came about.
Clauzenei Santos Jr. is our bassist, hes been in a bunch of bands and actually he’s an incredible Saxophone player. A skill which we hope on using to our advantage on tracks to come. Easily one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with!
Robert Mendoza is our drummer and by far the most dedicated one I’ve ever worked with!
Last but not least is Tiago Andrade. Completely new to NJs Hardcore/Metal scene but an incredible addition to it. Not only is he a great guitar player but he’s also a great presence on stage which you will all come to see soon enough.
These are my brothers. We are Apostrophes. I began Apostrophes because I got sick of bands quitting on themselves over personal and musical differences. I see musical differences as a big plus in any band. Musical differences is what gives a band the possibility of creating something new and unique. I searched for an entire year for the right members for this band because I wanted more than just a band. I wanted a brotherhood, a family, and I’m incredibly happy to be a part of this family.
OCZ: Are you a fan of Frank Zappa and who are some of your influences as a vocalist?
Who isn’t a fan of Frank Zappa? If you don’t know Frank you don’t know music. The man is a legend for a reason! As far as influences: Maynard James Keenan , Chris Cornell, Serg Tankian, Jim Morrison, Jeff Martin, Pete Murray, Steven Patrick Morrisey, Sebastian Bach. This list is endless!
OCZ: Is it hard at times to work around members schedules to book shows since some have their own family and day time jobs?
Always! But we always find a way. It’s every one of our dreams to be able to wake up in the morning and create music. We live for this and feel blessed, that so far, so many people have been reaching out to us offering their love and support. We’ve been preparing ourselves all year for the Summer of 2013! That’s been the big plan from the very beginning and we’re sticking by it! We’re almost there! Fans deserve our 100% and they’ll get no less.\m/
OCZ: Are you working on some merchandise and where can others purchase your EP?
Our EP is not yet completed. We have our personal lives to attend to, and families to look after so it’s been a rough ride. Currently we have 3 songs up on Reverbnation and Souncloud accounts where people can check out what we have so far. However, it will be completed by Summer! We’re scheduled to record the remaining 3 songs for our EP at Mercury Recording Studio in 2 months! When we’re done with our EP it will be up for sale on just about any online store you can possibly imagine, as well as other merchandise to compliment the album.
OCZ: What upcoming shows do you have in the works and where you would like to play this year in NJ and NY that you haven’t already?
Just to name a few: Dingbatz, Starland Ballroom, The Blue room, Saint Vitus, Bowery Ballroom, The trash bar, The Saint, Arlene’s Grocery, and many more! This is not including shows which we’re planning to self promote!
OCZ: Tell us what you think of the Melodic hardcore metal scene in the US and what will you bring to the scene?
I honestly think music has gone downhill. Most metal/Hardcore bands are riding the hate wagon, and most of them seem to be in some sort of competition with every other band. I think it’s childish, and these messages of hate bring nothing good to the world. I grew up in NJ’s hardcore scene in the 90s when there was nothing but love and respect for each other. Supporting bands Such as E Town Concrete, Ill Nino, Point 4 Hope, Face, and many others, they were at our very level in the scene! We stand for love. We stand for respect. We stand for positivity. I think we’re going to bring people together with it and provide an atmosphere full of emotions for our fans as a live band. I think we’re going to bring back what has been lost in NJ’s Hardcore scene. Family.
OCZ: Thanks for the interview, how will you end this interview that others will remember you by?
Be ready for The Summer of 2013! This is what we have been working for! This is our year! Love to all of you from Apostrophes! \m/
Source: Obscure Chaos Zine and
Brian, Scott & Ron
Colleen via email
Hello, Dollfaces, thanks for this interview. I have seen you posting on my metal sister and founder of Obscure Chaos Zine on her personal page and now the zine pages as well, Do you feel having good friends is a good way to promote your station on their pages and has anyone got annoyed that you have posted on their page? What pages have you found most supportive to help Metal Thunder Radio out?
SCOTT - I would say that the guys from Prime Evil and of course Ed Farsthey and Wendigo Productions have been the biggest help to us in the (almost) year we’ve been around. But, the support from all ends has been great! Nobody to my knowledge yet has complained about us posting on their pages. Hopefully it stays that way!
BRIAN – Yep definitely agree with Scott that Prime Evil, Ed & Wendigo have been in the forefront of support, but I would also say the Mike from MP Project, Mike from Lardhand as well as Unworked Apparel have been right there as well. As far as Facebook pages I would say of course Obscure Chaos Zine, RMHO, LadySkullShine Entertainment, Love of Metal & Yvonne’s World just to name a few.
RON - I would not want to forget anyone but, we do have many friends who support & promote us. One that comes to mind is Gini from the http://www.examiner.com who wrote a very awesome article about the live show broadcast. I don't know of anyone who has been annoyed by us posting on their page.
Your station hasn’t been around for a very long time but it’s making a good connection in the metal scene. Reading your profile page it states, “Our weekly, live online radio show airs every Tuesday at 9pm EST.” and you’re on for about an hour and the rest of the week it’s quite, why? Did you think about having an auto-dj for the remaining days or maybe getting other Dj’s to join your team?
BRIAN – I wouldn’t want to have an auto DJ. I’ve see a lot of stations that have an auto DJ just so it can run 24/7 but I can’t see that people would be tuning in at 4am. To me the one hour live show we do should be an event for the bands, where they know when they will be played & can promote it. With an auto DJ the bands would never know when they would be played. As far as only being on once a week, it’s tough to find time to do this since we all have jobs & personal commitments.
SCOTT -For me it’s mainly a time constraint thing, I run my own business so I’m tied up with work obligations seven days a week for the most part, and because of that, have very little free time.
RON - We all have day jobs and it takes a fair amount of time the put together our 1 hour show. We are just getting started right now but both of those suggestions could be possibilities in the future.
Do you find it expensive to run a station and is this a reason you have t-shirts to help cover the cost of the shirts and the station? Has it been helpful? Wear can one purchase a shirt from?
BRIAN – There definitely is a cost associated with running the station but I try to find the most cost effective ways to do things. There was a lot of research to find the most inexpensive way to stream, we use older computers & have a primitive phone system but it all works & that is what is most important.
RON - Yes the t-shirt sales are meant to alleviate the cost of running the show, but to date we've sold one (1) shirt!!!!!! A shirt can be purchased by going to the merchandise page on http://www.metalthunderradio.com
What can one expect when they tune in?
RON - Listeners can expect to have an awesome time listening to sick underground metal music and 3 guys (plus the occasional guest) talking about metal and other things, but mostly metal.
SCOTT - People can expect the best in underground metal from around the world. We don’t discriminate either, if it’s halfway decent, we’ll put it on our show! Some people have asked why we don’t play Slayer, old Metallica, etc and the bottom line is, those bands don’t need our help, and you can hear them on mainstream radio. All though we will pull out some rare live Exodus and Slayer from back in the 80s from time to time.
How many listeners to you have at this current moment and who are your biggest supporters?
BRIAN – Listeners to the live show vary week to week but each show is also available on iTunes & I know there are a lot of people that download it. As far as our biggest supporters, aside from those listed above (MP Project, Lardhand, Ed, Prime Evil etc.) I would have to say that Adam from Toronto & Fredrik from Sweden (CEO at Concept Sweden Management) are among our biggest supporters. They are always in chat during the live show & help keep things fun & interesting.
You’re bio also states, “Our playlist is comprised of the best underground bands from around the world” today many have a different concept to what “underground” stands for, in your words what does it mean to you and what styles of music do you accept for your station?
SCOTT - Underground to me means music that doesn’t have the benefit of mainstream radio play, or mainstream promotion. Bands that still have to do everything themselves, promotion, merchandise, etc. This doesn’t mean that a band can’t be signed to a label and still be underground. Many great bands that we feature on the show every week are in fact signed to independent labels but are still considered underground bands.
RON - Just bands who are trying to get their music out there. They don't have a big label promoting their music. Some of the bands are signed to a label but the band still does most of their own promoting and stuff. We accept metal of all types: thrash, death, power, black, hardcore, plus more...
BRIAN – Echoing what Scott & Ron said, underground bands are bands that are still pushing themselves. Whether signed or not, they don’t have a big promotional machine behind them. They are still out there selling their own merchandise, handing out fliers for their upcoming shows & basically funding their own efforts. As far as the music we accept, we take all kinds of metal but we’ve also received a good amount of rock & hard rock songs as well. To the point that we’ve had two separate special rock shows.
Where can bands send their material too and what format do you take?
RON - There are a number of ways that bands can get us their music. Facebook (facebook.com/metalthunderradio), Twitter (@metaltradio), Email (email@example.com), and the Contact Us page on http://www.metalthunderradio.com All song submissions should be in the mp3 format.
Being that your station runs for a short time it makes it harder to keep the bands in a regular rotation. How often will these bands submitting their material be heard? How are you working that out or is it a onetime deal?
RON - That depends of how many songs they have submitted. Of course the more songs they submit the more they will be heard.
BRIAN – Each week we try to have as many new bands as possible, but we will always repeat a couple of songs & like Ron said the more songs they have submitted they more they will be played. We also have each show on our website along with each band that we played that night with links to their pertinent sites so even if we might have only played a band once or twice, visitors to our website can always find them.
What bands have you heard for the first time and now you have become a fan of?
SCOTT - There are a lot of bands that we feature that I consider stellar, some that come to mind right off the top of my head are Bull Riff Stampede, Klank, Dead Label & Slasher.
RON - There are too many to list. There are a lot of talented bands that are not being heard. That is the whole point of our show, giving these bands a venue to be heard.
BRIAN – Adding to the bands Scott mentioned I would have to say the bands that I think of right away are Estampida, Kill Syndicate, Tellus Requiem, Diztord, Gormathon.
Have you done live band interviews?
SCOTT - Yep, we sure have. Did a live phone interview with Mike Usifer from Prime Evil, and we also did a taped phone interview with Tord from Sweden (Diztord).
RON - Plus a number of on-air call ins. We also interviewed all the bands at the live broadcast show (King from Deceased, Ronnie & Danny from Malignancy, Mike from Sacrificial Blood, Mike from Prime Evil, Drew from Midnite Hellion, Duke & John from Thorn Constellation) .
Did you book the show or just hosted the show On January 12, 2013 St. Vitus Bar in New York with Thorn Constellation, Sacrificial Blood, Midnite Hellion, Prime Evil, Deceased, and Malignancy? How did the live streaming go with your listeners and how was the overall turn out? Are you going to do another show with Wendigo productions?
SCOTT - That show at St Vitus was a collaboration between us and Ed from Wendigo Productions. We came up with the bands and Ed worked his magic and got them all to agree to do the show!
BRIAN – The live show really went well considering we were kinda doing this blindly. We didn’t have any point of reference of doing this before. The club was completely sold out & the online audience was phenomenal. It was great that while we were interviewing various band members, people listening online were also asking questions via chat. It was a great way for the bands to talk to their fans who were not in NY. In some cases we had questions coming in from fans in various countries around the world. We did have a bit of a buffering issue but overall it went off without a hitch. I am sure we will be doing another show sooner rather than later.
What are your own experiences in the metal scene, band, promoters, club owners, etc.? What styles of music do you enjoy most outside of the station?
RON - I was the lead guitarist for Shadow of Demise & let’s just say I have a very eclectic Ipod!!
BRIAN – I was the bass player for Sudden Fear. We played every place we could throughout the 90’s & came across a plethora of promoters & club owners. Some good people & some assholes. I’m sure Scott & I could spend hours telling stories of our time with SF but we’ll save that for another interview. As far as music I listen to, mostly metal but also some rock & classic rock.
Who came up with the idea of doing an on-line radio station and who came up with the name?
BRIAN – I had the idea of doing a radio show after I had gone back to school for broadcasting. They tell you that the best way to get into radio is to have an internship & build a demo reel to hand out to stations. Since I have a full time job & a family I didn’t have any time for an internship so I decided to try to do something on my own. I came up with the name & had asked Scott if he wanted to do it with me. After a few shows Ron came down to hang out & it clicked so he quickly became part of the team.
The radio industry is constantly changing & right now more & more people are moving to online radio & podcasts. So we’ll see how far we can take this.
Did you always want to be a DJ or did it just happen?
BRIAN – It actually just happened. I originally went to broadcasting school to learn the behind the scenes aspect of radio & to get into production.
So far what is one of your funniest moments since you started the station?
BRIAN – I would say the funniest thing that happened so far was when Scott couldn’t make it to the show but was able to call in for a few minutes. While he was talking the computer crashed & his last word just kept repeating until the computer shut itself off. That moment has made it’s way into our intro & will live forever as the day that Scott became a robot.
What do you think is the single most important thing for a new metal band to do to promote themselves?
RON - Hustle. Don't just lay back and think everything is going to be handed to you. Also support. The scene, other bands, and anyone who is trying to help you.
SCOTT - In my opinion (Scott) the single most important thing a band can do to promote themselves is write great music. And get out there and play! And don’t just rely on others to promote your shows, get out there and hit the pavement and promote youselves! Utilize the internet, facebook, twitter, etc. Get as many people to hear your music as possible. To sum up, bust your ass day in and day out! Don’t be lazy and think you’re too good for the grunt work. No, you’re not. And if you want to have a shot at making it, you better be willing to bust your ass! Ok, that was more than one thing haha
Keep Rockin’ All Knight and Good Luck with your station. I’ll have to stop over one evening. Tune in Every Tuesday Night Live 9 p.m. EST. . . Any last words for our readers?
RON - Keep the metal scene alive.