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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 2: At The Gates Of The Grammys

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In the second official episode of the Metalunderground.com podcast (and third installment overall), hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss two major current topics, one of excitement, and one of general dismay. In case you can’t wade through the whole shebang, we’ve provided timestamps as signposts to help you along the way.

Ever since British extreme pioneers Carcass knocked it out of the park last fall with their long-awaited return “Surgical Steel,” speculation has run rampant regarding a similar comeback effort from a group of contemporaries: Gothenburg metal fathers At The Gates.

Disbanded in 1996 and reformed in 2008 for the specific purpose of touring, At The Gates in January 2014 began teasing fans with cryptic hints of something brewing in the studio. To little surprise but great delight, Century Media Records recently confirmed the band’s signing for a new album titled “At War With Reality,” the first since 1995’s influential “Slaughter Of The Soul.” [00:01:07] Check out your hosts’ wealth of opinions on this anticipated momentous occasion.

On a drearier note, Kevin and Mike next take aim at the embarrassing spectacle of the recent Grammy Awards [00:15:13] and its decidedly out-of-touch grasp on metal culture. From the Best Rock [00:16:10] and Best Metal [00:19:27] Performance categories, to Metallica’s bizarre rendition of “One,” [00:24:47] to the botched broadcasting of a joint performance by Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, [00:30:43] to the posthumous snubbing of Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, [00:45:14] fan reactions to the ceremony ranged from the puzzled to the disappointed to the downright insulted. This conversation tackles all three – and then some.

Listen or download the podcast here, and enjoy.

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1. Carlos Santos writes:

I liked this podcast very much.
It's sounds more cohesive than the first one, which I think is partly due to the one hour format, as much as to - of course - the experience in doing them. It feels like there is plenty of room to try new things - i.e., bringing in other MU writers/reviewers once in a while. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be great to listen to.
I like the chat-with-friend vibe while not losing the critical edge.
As far as the news you focused on, I think you were both right as far as the Metallica / Lang Lang performance goes. Pretenciousness is a word that comes to mind. Lang Lang is chinese, and although he is quite young, he has been for several years now regarded by many as the best pianist in the world. Many dislike his flashy style, but his technical level is undisputed, somewhat unlike half of the members of Metallica's. Metallica's performance of "One" was technically poor, dialed-in and hurried.
About the spanish that didn't sound like spanish, could it have been Catalon? How about portuguese? Languages from former western european countries have words that sound like spanish or portuguese...
Again, keep these podcasts going. Already waiting for the next one. All the best.

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2. OverkillExposure writes:

Thanks for the feedback Carlos, we appreciate it. Things will only improve from here!

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3. Carlos Santos writes:

You're welcome. Cheers!

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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

Nice job Kev and Mike. \m/\m/

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