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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 6

This week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, dedicated co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) start by tackling two debut releases from two fascinating Canadian bands.

First up is Ottawa, Ontario's The Kindred, formerly known as Today I Caught The Plague. Kevin explores his mixed feelings about this act's eclectic take on progressive metal, first by recounting a bracing live experience, then by dissecting the new release "Life In Lucidity."

Then Mike shares his thoughts and feelings on Montreal, Quebec's Hollow, a band he describes as an all-around "celebration of extreme metal" that subverts certain trends and defies others. The group's debut album "Mordrake" is due out this May, 2014.

Finally, your hosts wrap things up with an impassioned and informative overview of "As The Palaces Burn," the new documentary film chronicling the adventures of Virginia powerhouse Lamb Of God - including frontman Randy Blythe's dramatic 2012 legal showdown.

Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 5

Co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) kick off this week’s podcast episode by tackling some of the cultural peculiarities of hardcore crowds versus metal crowds, with a specific focus on the irritating “hardcore dancing” trend.

Next up, a public service warning. Mike shares a disturbing story related by singer Tommy “Vext” Cummings (Snot, ex-Divine Heresy), in which he confesses to have been manipulated and deceived by a conniving “Catfish” at large within the online metal network. Beware a Facebook profile by the name of “Elizabeth George” and the Twitter handle "SWEET_BGIRL" with multiple connections to metal industry types; this individual is a dangerous con artist.

Also, on a related and semi-prophetic note, refer to the opening segment of the recent OpEd “From Dicks To Chicks.”

Finally, the news of the week: Kevin and Mike discuss the fate of As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine bandleader Tim Lambesis, who has just pled guilty to the attempted contract murder of his estranged wife. As they explore the implications, your hosts do not shy away from facing various matters of morality, personal responsibility, standards, and accountability.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 4

Last Wednesday, February 12th, writer Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) posted a controversial OpEd titled “From Dicks To Chicks,” examining some irritating trends and pathologies regarding women in metal, amid the backdrop of the massive gender disparity within the genre.

The overall reaction was, put politely, quite visceral.

To kick off Episode Four of the official Metalunderground.com podcast, Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) assess that reaction [00:01:09] and recap Mike’s intentions in penning the provocative piece.

Moving onto stricter musical matters, Kevin then reviews the new Cynic album “Kindly Bent To Free Us” [00:26:27] and offers a mixed array of feelings on the polarizing experimental direction this unique band has taken.

Naturally, one can rarely discuss new music these days without discussing how one acquired it, and thus Kevin and Mike kick off what’s sure to be a recurring and ever-relevant theme: the shifting formats within the music industry, and how it’s affected purchasing trends. [00:45:25]

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 3

On the latest installment of Metalunderground.com's new official podcast, hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gear up for a season of new metal by discussing some early 2014 releases.

00:02:25: After years of experimentation with mixed results, Sweden's The Haunted teased old school fans with the thrashy, aggressive three-song EP "Eye Of The Storm" (reviewed here). The digital 7' is the product of a revamped lineup that sees former vocalist Marco Aro and former drummer Adrian Erlandsson rejoin the fold.

00:19:45: Next up is the new EP "Clear" from Bethesda, Maryland's Periphery. The popular "djent" standard bearers crept out on a limb with this effort: each song is a solo composition by separate band members, allowing each to explore his own songwriting style, which distills the band's influences and various elements as a centrifuge would separate blood cells. "Clear" may encounter a split fan reaction, but as Kevin will warn you, it's to be taken not as a change in direction, but as an experimental exercise of freedom.

00:39:04: We wrap up with a lively overview of Behemoth's long-awaited new studio album "The Satanist" (reviewed here), which is already proving to be one of 2014's most-discussed and highest acclaimed metal releases.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 2

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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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 1

In the second installment (and first official episode) of the new Metalunderground.com podcast, web wizard Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and writer Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) cap off the old year by dissecting our official "best-of" lists and bantering about their own favorite albums of 2013.

Last time, we promised that the next episode would be far shorter. We lied; it's still pretty long. When reviewing an entire year of music, sometimes metalheads can't help themselves. Please bear with us as Kevin and Mike work on managing their time more efficiently.

However, if you find the time, and find the idea of listening to two complete strangers waffling on about Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Living Sacrifice, Protest The Hero, and In Flames (to name just a few) appealing, then crack open a beer and enjoy.

Big thanks to Belgian symphonic black/death metallers Herfst for providing our intro music. You can download Herfst's music here and visit their official Facebook page here. You can check out the podcast episode by clicking the link below.

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Metalunderground.com Launching Official Podcast

For the first time, a regular Metalunderground.com podcast is coming your way.

Hosted by longtime site member and podcaster Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and staff writer Mike Smith (OverkillExposure), the panel-style discussions will dissect new releases, inject some lively opinion into the latest metal news, and overall provide a richly balanced metal-themed outlet you’re not likely to find on most radio stations.

For the inaugural episode, Kevin and Mike hash out some of their favorite topics, discuss various bands and subgenres, and establish a direction for the near future (though regular episodes will not run nearly this long). Love them or hate them, agree or disagree, the official Metalunderground.com podcast is sure to offer something for everyone.

You can listen to Kevin's and Mike's first discussion by clicking the link below. More...

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