I finally got the chance to speak with the bass god himself – Steve Digorgio before a show for Death to All. I stuck with the Death theme for this one so we went way back to how he met Chuck, how he was in and out of the band even from the early days, writing/recording Human & Individual Thought Patterns, his friendship with Chuck, what it was like working with Chuck near the end of his life, working on Control Denied, & even his experience working on the latest Megadeath album.

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I recently talked to Tanner Anderson, Carl Skildum, & Matt Kirkwold who have come together to form a great new project called Majesties centered around the golden era of 90s melodic death metal. We talked a lot about melodic death metal in general – both the good and the bad, how this band got started, there goals, underrated melodic death metal albums and a lot more.

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We’re back with a laid back episode filled with new and old music recommendations, rants, some bull shitting, & an interview with the legend Karl Willets of Memoriam!

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Majesties – The World Unseen

Fires in the Distance – Harbingers 

Ulthar – Saccades

We covered a lot on our best of the year episodes. Here’s all 4 of our written lists in case you missed or forgot anything!

Phil

15 Hellish – The Dance Of The Four Elemental Serpents – The Ancient Entity Of The Darkest Light

14 Freedom of Fear – Carpathia – Carpathia

13 Esoctrilihum – Saopth’s – Hkl’rf

12 Strigoi – Viscera – Byzantine Tragedy

11 Suppression – The Sorrow Of Soul Through Flesh – Lifelessness

10 Grave Lines – Communion – Carcini

9 Ancient Mastery – Chapter Two: The Resistance – City Of Broken Dreams

8 THANATOPHOBIA – Rebirth Through Destruction – Entities Of A Dead Planet

7 LIVE BURIAL- Curse of the Forlorn – The Ordeal of Purification

6 Darkest Era – Wither On The Vine – A Path Made of Roots

5 Vórtize – ¡Tienes Que Luchar! – Mundo Bipolar

4 Aara – Triade II: Hemera – Phantasmagorie

3 Satan – Earth Infernal – Burning Portrait

2 Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture – The Law of Asbestos

1 Voivod – Synchro Anarchy – Planet Eaters

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Evil J Dog

Morbific – Squirm Beyond the Mortal Realm

14. Faceless burial – At the Foothills of Deluration

13. Mortuous – Upon Desolation

12. Innumerable forms – Philosophical Collapse

11. Autonoesis – Moon of Foul Magics

10. Cosmic Putrefaction- Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones

9. Desecrecy – Unveiling – the Abyss

8. Spiritworld – Deathwestern

7. Mother of graves – Where the Shadows Adorn

6. Immolation – Acts of God

5. Nechochwen – Kanawha Black

4. Black Fucking Cancer – Procreate Inverse

3. Pharmacist – Flourishing Extremities On Unspoiled Mental Grounds

2. Dream Unending – Song of Salvation

1. Sumerlands – Dreamkiller

Honorables:

Ripped to Shreds – Jubian

Licht des Urteils – Uhraamo

Phobophillic – Enveloping Absurdity

Osserp – Els nous cants de la Sibil·la

Ard – Take up my Bones

Undeath – It’s Time…to Rise From the Grave

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Shadie

15. Carpathia – Freedom of Fear https://evp-recordings.bandcamp.com/album/carpathia

14.Still as the Night, Cold as the Wind – Vital Spirit

https://vitalspirit.bandcamp.com/album/still-as-the-night-cold-as-the-wind

13. Shiki – Sigh

https://peaceville.bandcamp.com/album/shiki

12. Reverence – Det Eviga Leendet

https://detevigaleendet.bandcamp.com/album/reverence

11. I am All That Has Gone Lost – Opus Diaboli https://opusdiaboli.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-all-that-has-gone-lost

10. It Often Befalls Those – Oferwintran

https://oferwintran.bandcamp.com/album/it-often-befalls-those

9. Cascading Darkness – Nihilum

https://nihilum.bandcamp.com/album/cascading-darkness

8. Shadow of the Raventhrone – Funeral Mass https://funeralmass.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-of-the-raventhrone

7. Moon of Foul Magics – Autonoesis

https://autonoesis.bandcamp.com/album/moon-of-foul-magics

6. Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity – Moonlight Sorcery

https://avantgardemusic.bandcamp.com/album/piercing-through-the-frozen-eternity

5. Equinox Vigil – Inexorum

https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/equinox-vigil

4. Striving Toward Oblivion – Vorga

https://vorgaband.bandcamp.com/album/striving-toward-oblivion-black-metal

3. Ash in Realms of Stone Icons – Tomarum https://tomarum.bandcamp.com/album/ash-in-realms-of-stone-icons

2. Blackbraid I – Blackbraid

https://blackbraid.bandcamp.com/album/blackbraid-i

1. Sacred Rites & Black Magic – Stormruler https://stormruler.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-rites-black-magick

Honorable Mentions:

Hostile Architecture – Ashenspire

Live in Valley Sound Studio – In Mourning Abyss Rising – Nightrage

Acts of God – Immolation

DAMNUM – Allegaeon

Freindship, Love and War – GUDSFORLADT The Great Below – Kvaen

Metanoia – Persfone

Sult – A Different Cloud

Voices in the Sky – Brymir

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Stan the Man

5) Wolfheart “King Of The North”

4) Nechowen “Kawanha Black”

3) The Halo Effect “Days Of The Lost”

2) Spiritworld “Deathwestern”

1) Desecresy “Unveil In The Abyss”

We once again return with each of our top 15 albums of the year! We broke it up into two episodes and we brought in special guest, the wise and powerful, Phil Wadey of Phil’s Breakfast Metal Podcast to help round out the lists since Stan the Man didn’t spend as much time with new music throughout the year. Send us a message if you need the written lists or wait until we post them in a week or so to avoid spoilers!

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Better late then never! Were back with reports on all the music we’ve been into lately
and a throwback discussion on Emperor’s classic “In the Nightside Eclipse”.

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– Osserp – Lamora 
– Scorned deity – The Monarchy Memoirs 
– A Different Cloud – Salt
– Morbific – Suicide Sanctum
– Unanimated – Ancient God of Evil
– Nazlgore -Seventh Secular Crusade
– Ninth Realm – A Fate Unbroken
– Midvinter – At the site of the Apocolypse Dragon

Derrick Vella of Tomb Mold, Dream Unending, and OuterHeaven, is back to talk the new Dream Unending Album – Song of Salvation…but this time he’s not alone. We have the other half of Dream Unending – Justin DeTore who also plays in Innumerable Forms, Summerlands, Magic Circle, Wound Man, and many more bands. We dove deep into the new album, the beginnings of the band, evolution of their sound, and everything in between. Highly recommend everyone pre-order the new album over at 20 Buck Spin and listen when it comes out on November 11.

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125.King Diamond – Abigail Review, Interview with Andy Larocque (King Diamond), & New Music Recommendations

We talked about some newer releases we’ve been into, did a throwback review on King Diamond’s classic album Abigail, & end things with an interview with long time King Diamond guitarist Andy Larocque. 

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00:00 – New music recommendations

00:38 – Abigail Throwback Review 

01:17 – Andy Larocque Interview 

Music Played on this Episode 
Killing Pace – Sacrificial Gain
Inexorum – Memoriea Sacrum
Crestfallen Dusk – Beneath the Cool, Calm Soil
Bhleg – Gronskande gryning 
Tomb Mold – Prestige of Rebirth
Abhor – Ode to the Snake

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The final conclusion to our Death Discography series. On this one we give our opinions and ranking of the final Death album – The Sound of Perseverance as well as some final thoughts on the discography as a whole. Then we have an interview with Richard Christy who played drums on The Sound of Perseverance and finish things out with thoughts from Jason Hundey (One of the Co-hosts for the great Requiem Metal Podcast). Jason talked about the discography as a whole, what makes Death special, the importance of Symbolic and The Sound of Perseverance to him, Chuck’s lyrics on those albums, and a lot more.

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123. Death Discography Part 4 with Andy LaRocque & Gene Hoglan

123. Death Discography Part 4 with Andy LaRocque & Gene Hoglan

After a short break were back with more Death! This time we’re talking about Individual Thought Patterns & Symbolic and have interviews with Andy LaRoque and Gene Hoglan! Andy played on ITP and is the long time guitarist for King Diamond. Gene played on both ITP and Symbolic and had a ton of great stories and info about that period and Chuck so stay tuned for that at the end of the episode. Also, if you haven’t, make sure to listen to the previous episodes in the Death series first since we recorded them all in one sitting and will probably make more sense.

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The Death discography series continues! For part 3 we discussed and ranked Death’s 4th album Human! Plus we have interviews with Paul Masvidal of Cynic who played on Human and Matt Harvey from Exhumed, Gruesome, and Left to Die. Matt is a certified Death scholar after paying tribute to them with Gruesome, Death to All, and now with Left to Die so if anyone knows Death in and out its him.

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Paul Masvidal Interview starts at: 57 minutes 

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Alright so Part 2 was originally going to be one long episode talking about Spiritual Healing and Human and then feature 3 interviews but when we realized how long it was we broke it into 2 shorter episodes after we recorded it. So think of this like part 1 of… part 2? Anyway, this one has us discussing and ranking Death’s 3rd album Spiritual Healing as well as a new interview with Terry Butler who was with Death for the Leprosy and Spiritual Healing era and also played in Massacre, Six Feet Under, and Obituary. Then we finish off with a segment from older interview we did with James Murphy who played on Spiritual Healing and in the project Disincarnate. 

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James Murphy Interview starts at: 45 minutes 

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Part 1 of 3 episodes covering and ranking the discography of Death. In this episode we talked about Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy. Plus we have an interview with Rick Rozz (ex. Death/Massacre) who played with Chuck in pre-death project Mantas and wrote/recorded with Chuck on the Leprosy album. He was super cool to talk to with tons of history and stories about the early era of the band. Stay tuned for more!

*Interview starts about 45 minutes in

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After a longer then expected break the boys return to pay tribute to Trevor of the Black Dahlia Murder, talk about what they’ve been listening to (new and old), and answer a bunch of listener questions/suggested topics.

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Music Played on this Episode
Terror – Cant Help But Hate
Pharmacist- Accelerating Suppuration
I am the Night – Here me O’ unmaker
Nightrage – Abyss Rising
Vital Spririt – Long Walk 
Kalmah – Hereo’s to Us
Cosmic Putrefaction – Amniotic Bewilderment

To go along with our recent spotlight on 90’s Melodic Black Metal we have a special interview with Nisse Karlén of Sacramentum. We talked about the magic of Far Away From the Sun, why it took so long for people to fully appreciate and recognize the album, the bands history, the scene in Sweden in the 90s, Nisse’s relationship with Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection and other bands of that time, working with Necrolord on the classic album art, the new album they are working on, and a lot more. 

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We talked about some new music we’ve been listening to and then took a dive down the post-Dissection world of Melodic Black/Death metal

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Music Played on this Episode

Immolation – Into Everlasting Fire
Det Eviga Leendet – Reverence 
Moonlight Sorcery – For Thy Light is Ice
Tlepsh – Waters of Absu
Desecresy – Rivers of the Nether Realm
Necrophobic – The Throne of Souls Possessed 
Vinterland – Our Dawn of Glory
Dark Fortress – Throne of Sombre Thoughts
Lord Belial –  Realm Of A Thousand Burning Souls (Part 1)
Old Mans Child – Child King of the Dark Ages
Satanic Slaughter – Afterworld Kingdom
Dawn – Falcula
The Moaning – Blood From Stone
Naglfar – As The Twilight Gave Birth To The Night
Mok Gryning – Omringningen
Sacramentum – Fogs Kiss

Here’s all three of our written lists for anyone who wants them! Some of those names are tough so hopefully this helps. Hope you guys enjoyed the last two best of the year episodes. We will be back soon!

Evil Jay

1. Dream Unending “Tide Turns Eternal” 

2. Worm “Foreverglade”

3. Stormkeep “Tales of Othertime”

4. Panopticon “Again into the Light” 

5. Skepticism “Companion” 

6. Spectral Wound “A Diabolic Thirst”

7. Wharflurch “Psychedelic Realms of Hell” 

8. Fetid Zombie “Transmutations”

9. Hulder “Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry” 

10. Wheel “Preserved in Time” 

11. Gravesend “Methods of Human Disposal”

12. Universally Estranged “Reared up in Spectral Predation” 

13. Unto Others “Strength”

4. Snet “Mokvani V Okovech” Track: Kůň Kadaver


15. Mystras – “Empires Vanquished and Dismantled”


The Rest (not ordered):

16. Archgoat “Worship the Eternal Darkness”
17. Asphyx “Necroceros”
18. Cannibal Corpse “Violence Unimagined” 
19. Suffering Hour “The Cyclic Reckoning”
20. 200 Stab Wounds “Slave to the Scalpel”
21. Genocide Pact “Genocide Pact”
22. Ruins of Beverast “The Thule Grimoires”
23. Ancient Mastery “Chapter One: Across the Mountains of the Drammarskol”
24. Vertebra Atlantis “Lustral Purge in Cerulean Bliss”
25. Drawn and Quartered “Congregation Pestilence”
26. Liquid Viscera “Cannibalistic Butchery”
27. Celestial Sanctuary “Soul Diminished”
28. Rothadas “Kopar hant…az alvilag fele”
29. Steel Bearing Hand “Slay in Hell”
30. Enforced “Kill Grid”

Shadie

1. A Diabolical Thirst- Spectral Wound

2. Glow On- Turnstile

3. Dy’th Requiem For The Serpent Telepath- Esocthrilhum

4. Colors II- Between the Buried and Me

5. Vile Genesis- Inferi

6. A Dying Wish- Thulcandra

7. Transmutations- Fetid Zombie

8. A Valediction- Obscura

9. Etepowwtoc- Spectral Lore

10. Aria- Dessiderium

11. Rot of Ages- Abscession

12. …And Again Into the Light- Panopticon

13. Karst Relict- Malist

14. Glorie Eternelle- First Fragment

15. Torn Arteries- Carcass

Honorable Mentions
Symphony of the Night – Ulthima
Titans Call- Valtari
This Ending- Needles of Rust
Hushed and Grim- Mastodon
Violence Unimagined- Cannibal Corpse 

Stan The Man’s Top 15 plus 34

1) Ulthima “Symphony Of The Night”

2) Panopticon “And Again Into The Light”

3) Stormkeep “Tales Of Othertime”

4) Worm “Foreverglade”

5) Spectral Wound “A Diabolic Thirst”

6) Duskmourn “Fallen Kings And Rusted Crowns”

7) Hooded Menace “The Tritonus Bell”

8) Morbific “Ominous Seep Of Putridity”

9) Hulder “Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry”

10) Cannibal Corpse “Violence Unimagined”

11) Valtari “Titan’s Call”

12) Esoctrilihum “Dy’th Requiem For The Serpent Telepath”

13) Noroth “Harbringer”

14) Dungeon Serpent “World Of Sorrow”

15) Crypta “Echoes Of Soul”

16) Bloodrust “A Legacy Of Vengeance”

17) Noctule “Wretched Abyss”

18) Mare Cognitum “Solar Paroxysm”

19) Between The Buried And Me “Colors II”

20) Ethereal Shroud “Trisagion”

21) Malist “Karst Relict”

22) Genocide Pact “Genocide Pact”

23) Celestual Sanctuary “Soul Diminished”

24) Dream Unending “The Tide Turns Eternal”

25) Snet “Mokvani V Okovech”

26) Yoth Iria “As The Flame Withers”

27) Khemmis “Deceiver”

28) Phrenelith “Chimaera”

29) Frozen Soul “Crypt Of Ice”

30) Ingrown “Gun”

31) This Ending “Needles Of Rust”

32) Enforced “Kill Grid”

33) Fetid Zombie “Transmutations”

34) Conjureth “Majestic Dissolve”

35) Gravesend “Methods Of Human Disposal”

36) Suffering Hour “The Cycle Reckoning”

37) Fulci “Exhumed Information

38) Hypocrisy “Worship”

39) Universally Estranged “Reared Up In Spectral Predation”

40) Be’Lakor “Coherence”

41) Disrupted “Pure Death”

42) Night Crowned “Hadanfard”

43) Wharflurch “Psychedelic Realms Ov Hell”

44) Dodsrit “Mortal Coil”

45) Maglinant Altar “Realms of Exquisite Morbidity”

46) Ghastly “Mercurial Passages”

47) God’s Hate “God’s Hate”

48) Stortregn “Impermanence”

49) Wizardthrone “Hypercube Necrodimensions”

We talked about some of our favorite short releases (ep’s, splits, demo’s), reviewed a Detroit Blood Incantation show, and finished with an interview with Connor Donegan of Genocide Pact. 

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Music Played on this Episode
Jarhead Fertilizer – Paranoia Sleeping
Primitive Man – inevitable
Blood Incantation – Awakening
Torture Tomb – Unknown Stench
Gatecreeper – Emptiness
Bodom After Midnight – Paint the Sky with Blood
Katavasia – Descending to Archeron
Havukruunu – Yon Torni
Merzuul – Armistice
Hedonist – Sepuchral Lacerations
Perilaxe Occlusion – Incalculable Thresholds
Enfleshment – Blood Declaration
Aduanten – The Drowning Tide
Ceres – Tyrants Rise
Bloodrust – Upon a Sea of Souls
Genocide Pact – Fossilized Future