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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 40

This week on the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast, we bring you yet another band hailing from Dayton, Ohio. This time it’s Four Star Revival, a four-piece Christian outfit dedicated to spreading the Good News not through screamo/hardcore - as has become inexplicably and irritatingly custom - but through an invigorating blend of hard rock, traditional and power metal.

Debut album “Knights Of The Revival” is out now, and we are proud to present and discuss the song “Hold On,” followed by an airing of “Red” at our sign-off.

Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) has another ticket giveaway for Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live to announce, so tune in to hear the details. He also is eager to report on his experience at last month’s giveaway concert featuring The Ghost Inside, Every Time I Die, and Architects.

Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) reacts to the recent implosion of Megadeth’s lineup that saw drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick unceremoniously exit the band. He also has a few thoughts to express regarding the online reaction to the widely-publicized financial woes of former Creed frontman Scott Stapp.

And before you start hollering, for the record, NO, he does not think Creed was a “metal” band. To learn why he thinks this topic belongs in the discussion… you’ll just have to listen in!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 39

This week, we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are proud to present two fresh songs by Letters To The Blind, a brand new self-described “hybrid metal” act from Dayton, Ohio.

Letters To The Blind began as a long-distance recording project in 2011 between vocalist Chaz Bond and guitarist Blaine Gordon - former members of a band called BioGenesis - when the latter was living in Florida. The group was officially formed when Gordon returned to Ohio this past summer, and rounded out with drummer C.J. Jones and bassist Randy Walton.

Letters To The Blind play an invigorating mixture of melodic death, technical, and progressive metal, and elicits comparisons to Canada’s Into Eternity and Sweden’s Evergrey. The songs “Letters To The Blind” and “Creed Of Honor” (heard at sign-off, so stay tuned) receive major thumbs up from co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure), minor flaws aside.

Then Kevin examines a recent controversy involving accusations of stolen artwork, this time by Los Angeles melodic hardcore act The Ghost Inside. Some are claiming that the quill pen on the cover of the new album “Dear Youth” bears too close a resemblance to a similar image on the cover of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “One Of Us Is The Killer.” [2013] A ripoff on the level of the recent Avenged Sevenfold - Overkill fiasco, or the simple use of a common motif? Tune in for Kevin’s opinion, as well as his review of “Dear Youth” itself.

Finally, Mike offers his extensive, detailed reaction to Machine Head’s new monster “Bloodstone & Diamonds,” the Bay Area metal giants’ eighth studio album and debut on Nuclear Blast Records. Full disclosure up front: as a confirmed “Head Case,” he’s crazy about it, but it took a few listens for him to get there. Stay tuned to find out why.

Listen in here, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 38

This week, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) announces several upcoming concerts at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live - stretching well into next year - and would like to know who’d be interested in some more ticket giveaway contests.

Performances include: Crowbar and Unearth on Tuesday, December 2nd; August Burns Red, Miss May I, and Northlane on Tuesday, March 3rd; Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, and Aeon on Saturday, March 7th; and Nightwish, Sabaton, and Delain on Saturday, May 9th.

Any Floridians interested should let us know, so we can launch more contests and make the trip worth your while. Contact us at podcast@metalunderground.com.

Our Band of the Week is Pacto, a Spanish-speaking doom/black metal lot from Bogotá, Colombia, formed in 2007. After several years of work, they released the full-length album “El Reino De Los Hechiceros” earlier this year. We introduce and discuss the song “Senda Sin Fin” at the start, and stay tuned for the title track at our sign-off.

Then co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) recaps, with a scratchy voice, an intense weekend he spent recently in central Florida for the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival (co-sponsored by none other than MetalUnderground.com). He considers it an overall success, and wishes to say a few words on some of his favorite acts of the event, including Everthrone, Orbweaver, and Seven Kingdoms.

Listen in here, enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 37

We’re still accepting submissions for our ticket giveaway contests through Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live this month - for Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flame) next Friday, November 14th, and for The Ghost Inside (supported by Every Time I Die and Architects) on Sunday, November 30th. If interested, submit your full name (matching your ID) to podcast@metalunderground.com, with one of the headlining bands in the subject line.

This week, we showcase the songs “Left For Dead” and “3 Ring” by Louisville, KY rapcore outfit Corprit Convict, which co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) chalk up to a politically charged, raw, low-budget incarnation of Otep. Then Mike plugs the new album “As The World Burns” from Pitch Black Forecast, an underground side project of vocalist Jason “J-Mann” Popson (Mushroomhead) and drummer Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.). The album contains guest appearances from Devin Townsend, Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), and is out now on Ferocious Records.

The big news of the week is, of course, the untimely death of industrial metal entertainer Wayne Static (ex-Static-X) last Saturday, November 1st. Stay tuned for a full round of discussion not only on the circumstances of Static’s passing, but on his career and musical legacy as well.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 36

In addition to the upcoming Attila show at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Friday, November 14th (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are now staging another ticket giveaway contest through the same venue: The Ghost Inside (supported by Every Time I Die and Architects) on Sunday, November 30th. If interested, submit your full name matching your ID to podcast@metalunderground.com with one of the headlining bands in the subject line.

This week, we’re proud to present music from Boston, Massachusetts all-purpose metal act Skull Hammer, a formidable “power trio” that incorporates all forms of classic metal from hard rock to power metal, from speed metal to thrash. The band released the EP “Fear The Truth” in 2008 and the full-length “Pay It In Blood” in 2010, and are currently preparing a second album.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 35

In addition to the upcoming Attila show at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Friday, November 14th (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are now staging another ticket giveaway contest through the same venue: The Ghost Inside (supported by Every Time I Die and Architects) on Sunday, November 30th. If interested, submit your full name matching your ID to podcast@metalunderground.com with one of the headlining bands in the subject line.

We launch this week’s episode with the song “These Empty Skies” from Keychain, a melodic hard rock five-piece based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band formed in Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2009 covering songs by Godsmack, Shinedown, and (hold your tongue) Nickelback. After a disbandment and reformation, Keychain is currently working on a full-length original studio album.

Then co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) reports on his adventures this week on the road. He joined members of Lynchburg, Virginia metallers Mourn The Illusion on a whirlwind trek through North Carolina, starting with a headlining show by Italy’s Lacuna Coil at Greensboro’s Greene Street Club and a lively interview with the warm and lovely Cristina Scabbia (vocals). The following day came a jaunt over to Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, an intimate, underground, sparsely promoted show, and a “special evening with” Soulfly and the entire Cavalera Tribe. Stay tuned for Mike’s rundown of events.

Finally - and you knew we couldn’t leave this one alone - Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) serve up the in-depth review and analysis you’ve been anticipating (or dreading) for months: Slipknot’s upcoming fifth full-length “.5: The Gray Chapter.” While reactions on at least one of our parts are a tad early, and a patented opinion might require a few more listens, we nonetheless do our enthusiastic best to describe in thorough detail the essence of this fascinating and rather unpredictable work of metal (and yes, Slipknot IS metal).

Listen in here, subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed, and enjoy! And not to worry - after today, we’re finished with Slipknot for the foreseeable future. Perhaps.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 34

Submissions are now closed for our ticket giveaway to see The Black Dahlia Murder at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this Monday, October 13th. But you can still submit your full name (matching your ID) and the headlining band in the email subject to podcast@metalunderground.com if you’d like to win a ticket to Attila on Friday, November 14th at the same venue.

We kick off this week’s MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast with some more unsigned talent: traditional/power metal act Sacred Ash of Westchester, New York. Formed in 2012, the band released an EP last year titled “Beneath Blackened Skies.”

Following that, co-hosts Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) and Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) kick around some ideas and reactions to some buzz-worthy metal topics of the week. Are Swiss folk metal octet Eluveitie corporate sellouts for accepting a sponsorship from automaker Honda, or are they completely sensible, given today’s difficulties in sustaining a metal music career? Who or what was truly responsible for the demise of the previous incarnation of Sweden’s The Haunted? Is founding guitarist Patrik Jensen’s explanation a fair one? And speaking of fair, who really pulled the plug on a recently cancelled Behemoth concert on a Polish university campus? Another grave injustice, or more drama queendom from bandleader Nergal?

Tune in here to listen, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 33

Until Monday, October 13th (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Friday, November 14th (Attila), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast will be advertising ticket giveaways for the two above concerts at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If interested, please submit your full name (matching your ID) to podcast@metalunderground.com, with one of the headlining bands in the email subject.

After introducing the song “Withered” by Canton, Ohio’s brutal death metallers TON, we kick off this week by examining another highly anticipated new album. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) shines a spotlight on “The Year The Sun Died,” (reviewed here) the third studio album by Seattle act Sanctuary, and first since the group reformed after more than a two-decade split. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the latest offering from singer Warrel Dane (ex-Nevermore) and company.

Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) relates his (and likely many other fans’) frustrations over the interminable delays and setbacks befalling the next Veil Of Maya album, including the sudden, unceremonious departure of frontman Brandon Butler smack in the middle of recording.

Finally comes a not-so-serious reaction to the latest work of fine art from Mastodon, a video single titled “Boobs & Butts” (err, “The Motherload”). We’ll let the music, images, and our comments speak for themselves.

Listen in here, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 32

All right, let’s get the drill over with. We at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are hosting two upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) has to compensate for his barren, metal-scarce South Florida existence somehow.

The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence and Chelsea Grin) plays on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name, matching your ID, to podcast@metalunderground.com with one of the headliners in the subject heading.

We properly kick off this week with another round of unsigned talent: Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Threatpoint, a straight-up, honest metal band that combines groove, thrash ’n’ roll, and the best of the American New Wave. Fans of Testament, DevilDriver, Sepultura, and Machine Head should pay close attention.

Opening anthem “Pave The Way” is taken from the band’s 2013 debut “Dead To Rise” (reviewed here), and stay tuned until the end, where we showcase the brand new song “Devil You Know,” taken from sophomore album “Careful What You Wish For.”

Speaking of Machine Head, the wily internet struck again this week, causing a leak that poured first single “Now We Die” (taken from upcoming eighth studio album “Bloodstone & Diamonds”) into the ears of thousands. Like real dudes - and unlike a certain unnamed band that rhymes with Metallica - the band have opted to roll with the punches and encourage you all to listen to, like, and share this song. We have, and you can hear our full thoughts presently.

Next, Kevin offers a review of “Language,” the recently released third studio album by Indianapolis, Indiana prog-heads The Contortionist. In his opinion, the band have gone “full-on Cynic” (or perhaps Opeth) and shed their deathcore outer-garments to the point where Kevin is unsure whether “Language” is even a proper metal record. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you will hear.

Finally, we conclude with a rather euphoric reaction to the recently released track “At War With Reality,” taken from the upcoming album of the same title by Gothenburg metal pioneers At The Gates - the reformed band’s first studio material since 1995. As with The Haunted’s “Exit Wounds” and Carcass’ “Surgical Steel,” we think it signals a tremendous return, and until In Flames decide to pull their heads from their nether regions and rediscover metal, the melodic death style should be in safe, capable hands.

Listen here, don’t forget to catch more Threatpoint at our sign-off, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 31

We’re changing things up this week on the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast. We’ve heard your “I thought this was supposed to be underground!” cries loud and clear, which is why we’ve decided to shut up about Slipknot. For now.

Instead, we’re inviting all unsigned metal and hard rock bands to submit songs to podcast@metalunderground.com, which we’ll feature as intro and outro music. A brief plug will accompany the tunes, so help us keep things underground by helping us help you expose yourself. Not in THAT way.

This week features two songs, “Disconnect” and “Moving Forward,” from Lynchburg, Virginia rockers SingleSide. The tracks appear on the group’s full-length album “Moving Forward” (reviewed here). SingleSide is currently at work on a new album.

Also, if you live in or near South Florida, or have friends there, don’t forget to throw in for our upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. The first is for The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence) on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name matching your ID to the email address above, with one (or both) of the headlining acts in the subject heading.

Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) uses Fear Factory’s recent signing to Nuclear Blast as an opportunity to reflect on the past, bygone greatness of Roadrunner Records, once the standard bearer in all things metal, now a corporate husk of its former glorious self.

[CORRECTION: Mike mistakenly cites Machine Head as still being signed to Roadrunner. They, too, are now in fact signed to Nuclear Blast. He does not regret the error, because the truth only bolsters his point. Stay tuned to hear his full thoughts.]

Finally, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reacts to recent, admittedly vague, statements by Behemoth leader Adam “Nergal” Darski regarding the future of his band, and has some fun speculating on what might happen down the line.

Tune in here, enjoy, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 30

Before we summarize this week’s MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast, your fabulous co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure), who rather enjoys referring to himself in the third person, is about to lazily copy and paste an important notice from last week… and the week before.

“We,” meaning Token Hispanic co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), are hosting two upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. First comes The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence) on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th.

If interested, please fire an email to podcast@metalunderground.com with one (or both) of the headlining bands in the subject heading and your full name (matching your ID) in the message body.

Additionally, if you’re an unsigned metal band with a kickass song you’d like to hear featured as our weekly intro music, we’d like to hear it! Please contact us via the email address above.

Kicking off this week’s topics, Mike relays the recent announcement by Swedish death metallers Bloodbath regarding the upcoming fourth studio album “Grand Morbid Funeral,” due out November 17th on Peaceville Records. He also shares some thoughts concerning the group’s as-yet-unidentified new vocalist, so pay attention.

Next, it’s - put a sock in it - more Slipknot. Hey, activity in the Iowan legends’ camp is newsworthy, so we’re going to discuss it. This sour little tidbit revolves around the band’s revelation that percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan is designing two identical masks for the new rhythm section, deliberately distinct from the rest. Whether this bit of ritualistic “othering” is the start of a Newstedian hazing campaign is yet to be determined.

Bummed about the disappointing new In Flames album? So were we. Which is why this week we’re overjoyed to gush about “Exit Wounds,” the ripping, thrashing, and successful return to form by The Haunted, a Swedish band that’s done what most of us wish In Flames had. Stay tuned to hear our full thoughts; we hope you agree!

Tune in here, enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 29

Break out your tissue box and keep those cyanide tablets handy (just in case): you’re in for a bummed-out train wreck of an episode this week on the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast. Stay tuned to the end, however, to see if your opinions match up with those of your silver-tongued co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure).

Before we begin, yet another reminder of our upcoming ticket giveaways at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. First comes The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence) on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th.

If interested, please fire an email to podcast@metalunderground.com with one (or both) of the headlining bands in the subject heading and your full name (matching your ID) in the message body.

Additionally, if you’re an unsigned metal band with a kickass song you’d like to hear featured as our weekly intro music, we’d like to hear it! Please contact us via the email address above.

Now, time to get depressed. Mike bids solemn farewell to an underrated talent in the global metal underground: Tobias Graf, founding drummer of German melodic/symphonic death metal group Deadlock, who this week passed away for undisclosed reasons at the young age of 35. Graf left the band in April of this year, but played on all releases since the band’s 1997 formation.

Next… here come the Thought Police! We wish it were a joke, but a Kentucky youth has indeed been arrested and charged with domestic terrorism threats… for posting Exodus lyrics on Facebook. The Bay Area thrashers’ 2010 album “Exhibit B: The Human Condition” featured a song titled “Class Dismissed: A Hate Primer,” which told of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting spree through the eyes of the deranged killer. The absurdity of this incident speaks for itself, but that doesn't stop us from commenting on it.

We all saw this coming over the course of the week, but still, it seemed to happen so damn fast. In the ultimate case of déjà vu, frontman Mark Hunter of Chimaira has been completely deserted by his bandmates en masse for the second time in three years. This time, he’s decided to throw in the towel, effectively putting an end to fifteen years and seven albums of cutting-edge American metal. Stay tuned for our thoughts on the matter.

Finally, we react to Swedish metal veterans In Flames’ new studio album “Siren Charms,” due for a September 9th release and currently streaming. Considering our devotion to this band through thick and thin over the years, our frustration in discussing this lackluster and disappointing new release is palpable, and it ain’t pretty.

If you make it through this episode without losing the will to live, then by all means, subscribe via iTunes and RSS feed. We hope to bring you some happier thoughts soon!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 28

Stay glued to our Official Podcast, MetalUndergrounders - we’re going to keep reminding you of our upcoming ticket giveaways at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

First come The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila, Crown The Empire, and Like Moths To Flames on Friday, November 14th.

If some of this stuff is too “scene” for you, or if you live nowhere near Florida, then share this information on social media for your friends. The further we spread it, the more ticket giveaways we can launch elsewhere, perhaps for YOUR favorite bands. You elitist prick.

Otherwise, for those able and willing to make it, fire an email to podcast@metalunderground.com with one (or both) of the headlining bands in the subject heading, and your full name matching your ID in the message body.

Now, on to this week’s topics. Co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss some disappointing news: the impending hiatus of long-running Massachusetts metal crew Shadows Fall. After seven albums and over a full decade of worldwide touring, various factors have compelled the guys to hang up the spurs indefinitely.

Next, a happier subject, if murder, cruelty, and icepick lobotomies are your idea of a good time. If not, then you can always ignore the outrageous lyrics and enjoy the musical brutality, because death metal classics Cannibal Corpse are returning with a new album, “A Skeletal Domain,” the band’s thirteenth. Mike received an early promo and is eager to tell you all about it.

Finally - and you probably knew this was coming, so shut your trap and listen if you don’t like it; you might learn something - we discuss the latest Slipknot news (actual news, not gossip). The Iowan progenitors of the “American New Wave” of heavy metal have at long last revealed all pertinent details of their upcoming album “5: The Gray Chapter,” as well as unleashed a new single, “The Devil In I.” Stay tuned for our variety of personal reactions to these developments.

Listen in here, subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed, and enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 27

We may be the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast - the operative word being “metal” - but that doesn't mean we’re above shamelessly promoting some “FedoraCore” when it suits our interests.

That’s right, boys and girls: this week we’re launching another ticket giveaway for Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In addition to The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence and friends on Monday, October 13th, we invite you to check out Attila, Crown The Empire, and Like Moths To Flames on Friday, November 14th.

If interested, submit an email to podcast@metalunderground.com with one (or both) of the headlining bands in the subject heading, and your full name matching your ID in the email body. Listen in with bated breath as co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) fills in the rest of the details.

Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers a gushing sneak-peek reaction to one of the year’s most anticipated metal albums: “The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity)” by Swedish death-prog powerhouse Scar Symmetry. He’s convinced it will monopolize many a year-end favorites list, and urges fans (Kevin included) who may have lost interest after the loss of former superhuman vocalist Christian Alvestam to reconsider. The latter incarnation of Scar Symmetry has truly come into its own. The first of a planned concept trilogy, “Neohumanity” drops in North America on Tuesday, October 14th.

Finally, in another round of his “Miami Metalhead Problems” saga, Kevin relates an epic personal concert misadventure involving the bands Erra and Reflections. We’ve all had them, we’ve all struggled and bled to make it to see our favorite bands, and every now and then, something unique and memorable occurs along the way that we wouldn’t have traded for all the well-timed, well-organized shows in the world.

Tune in here to check out Kevin’s story, Mike’s review, and more, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes and/or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 26

This week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reintroduces our ticket giveaway for Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After the success of our DevilDriver giveaway in June, we’re inviting South Florida residents (or any able/willing to attend) to see The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, and Alterbeast on Monday, October 13th. If interested, email podcast@metalunderground.com with subject heading “Black Dahlia Murder,” and submit your full name matching your ID.

Even if you can’t make it, lend us a hand and share our giveaway far and wide on social media; the more popular it gets, the more we can spread this experiment nationwide and to a venue near you.

Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) weighs in with a rather prickly and pessimistic insight on the longterm effects of Internet culture on the music/metal scene, specifically the downsides (and there are always downsides).

The downloading issue has been talked to death, but Mike sees some mass psychological implications at work here as well, and they do not bode well for the future. His hypothesis: due to the increased platform the Web offers to egoistic, insecure, and often talent-starved amateurs, there will never again emerge a tremendously popular, universally loved rock ’n’ roll band, much less a metal band. Listen in to hear his full thoughts on the matter.

Finally, Kevin offers a detailed review of the new self-titled album from Darkest Hour, which boasts a new rhythm section and a potentially divisive new direction in style - although Kevin puts up a passionate and justified defense on the album’s behalf. Do you agree?

Listen in here, subscribe via iTunes and RSS, offer feedback if you’re so inclined, and enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 25

Last week, we were forced to cancel the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast due to scheduling conflicts and a relative dearth of fascinating, frightening, or fabulous news. This week, we are back with a vengeance.

In an extended episode, co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) hold a series of intense discussions regarding three different, but equally captivating, current metal topics.

Up first: the seemingly endless recording/production/mixing woes of epic Finnish act Wintersun, which released “Time I” in 2012 after an eight year wait since the now-classic self-titled debut. Fans are poised with bated breath in anticipation of the upcoming sequel, but master songwriter (and admitted perfectionist) Jari Mäenpää just keeps running into delay after delay.

In a fit of frustration, Mäenpää recently took to social media to explain his technological and financial catch-22 vis-à-vis Nuclear Blast Records. Mike and Kevin share some mixed opinions of all this. What do you think?

Next, it’s onto more of the outrageously popular Slipknot, whose only necessary introduction is this: some love to love them, others love to hate them, but no one can fully categorize them (please don’t argue that last point - you’re wrong).

It’s been six years since the best-selling but not-entirely-fan-pleasing “All Hope Is Gone,” and after several dramatic episodes and periods of doubt over the band’s survival, Slipknot has finally unveiled new music from the upcoming fifth studio album: video single “The Negative One.”

We, like most people, think this new stuff carries strong echoes of “Iowa” (2001) and even “Slipknot” (1999). We don’t entirely agree on just how good that is, however. Listen in to find out who you think is right!

Finally, we launch into a detailed reaction to “The Flesh Prevails,” the new full-length from atmospheric, progressive, insert-your-sub-sub-genre death metallers Fallujah. The album is packed with idiosyncrasies both excellent and dubious. Listen in here to check out the full range of opinions, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS. Enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 24

To the army of haters in response to last week’s episode: the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast thanks you for helping keep things exciting! We understand, however, that it wouldn’t be fair to routinely discuss the likes of Babymetal for such a broo-tal crowd. So to make it up to you, this week we bring you some good old Swedish death metal.

Deathstars.

Just kidding. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gives a first reaction to “Back To The Front,” the new album from The Artist Formerly Known As Entombed, or “Entombed A.D.” in legalese. Recent name ownership disputes forced the current lineup - including longtime vocalist L.G. Petrov - to make the slight alteration, but thankfully, the music itself sounds like good old Entombed. Listen in to check out Mike’s full thoughts on the matter.

Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reviews - big incoming shocker here - another “prog-djent-core” album. Indeed, he has no shame, and makes no apologies. This week it’s “No Sleep,” the recent sophomore effort from Southern Californian five-piece Volumes. Regarding the band’s creativity, Kevin offers an insightful take on the “good artists borrow; great artists steal” maxim. Listen in to hear more!

“Djent-core” is one general arena in which Kevin and Mike differ greatly, and Mike has the nerve to utter some less-than-flattering remarks about a recent After The Burial performance he witnessed (you can’t see it, but Kevin was wearing the band’s shirt during this discussion). Their disagreement ends as Mike moves on to the real reason he was attending: Killswitch Engage. A full report and lively discussion of the influential band ensues.

Listen in here and offer us your feedback if you wish. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS. Enjoy!

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 23

The Metalunderground.com Official Podcast treads some touchy ground this week. Japanese pop-metal sensation Babymetal, a trio of decidedly illegal adolescent girls, has in 2014 sent the global metal community into equal paroxysms of laughter and rage, depending on whom you ask.

The gossip seemed to have quieted down recently, until several Babymetal photo-op pictures began surfacing on various social media accounts, including one with bassist/vocalist Jeffrey Walker of Carcass. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) uses the subsequent reactions to examine just why “metaldom” seems always so eager to vomit bile at easy targets.

Next, it’s review time. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) tackles “Amanuensis,” the new album from UK progressive metalcore act Monuments. He and Mike both admittedly struggled with the tongue-twisting title, a word Merriam-Webster defines as “one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript.”

Finally comes a shared reaction to the latest teaser for the upcoming (yet still untitled) Slipknot album, and a retrospective discussion on the unlikely Iowan superstars’ meaning and legacy over the past fifteen years. Love them or hate them, their place in history is secure and not to be ignored.

To check out the full array of opinions this week, listen in here. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to offer feedback. Even if you want to call us names.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 22

This week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) returns after a jaunt in Europe, where he helped cover the celebrated Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland.

A series of full-length articles are on the way, but for now, Mike shares a handful of impressions, recollections, and opinions. This year's Tuska featured numerous heavy hitters, including Dimmu Borgir, Anthrax, Emperor, Children Of Bodom, Carcass, Satyricon, and Insomnium. Check out Mike's initial breakdown of the experience, and learn which performances impressed (or surprised) him most.

Then it's on to a new review by co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), this time of "From Parts Unknown" by eclectic Buffalo, New York noisemakers Every Time I Die. He's not yet sure how this varied release stacks up against his personal favorite, 2012's "Ex Lives," but is quick to assure you it brings plenty of thrills.

Finally, Kevin and Mike react to the recently announced Knotfest lineup - a thorough blend of mainstream and underground, old school and new - and the ill-advised kidnapping hoax by Texas deathcore band Upon A Burning Body, a publicity stunt that backfired spectacularly.

Listen in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 21

This week, our Official Podcast experienced something of a change.

As regular co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) is away in Europe, long time writer, Diamond Oz (who is ironically, from and residing in Europe) filled in for him to discuss with Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) some of the biggest stories of late.

They begin by talking about the new Cannibal Corpse material, before discussing the forthcoming Slayer tour of North America, where they will be joined by Exodus and Suidical Tendencies and then wrapping things up with an in depth discussion about the new Mastodon album, "Once More 'Round the Sun."

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