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Metal Matters, a Gimme Radio podcast, is a weekly podcast hosted by Mike Hill, front man of Metal Blade Recording Artist Tombs. If you love metal and extreme music, tune in every week for discussions about classic records, up-and-coming bands and interviews with your favorite artists. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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I’ve invited my good friend and fellow musician Ralph Schmidt (Ultha, Ropes of Night) on to discuss the sublime metal subgenre known as Funeral Doom. In all honesty, I’m a dilettante when it comes to Funeral Doom but I want to celebrate this style of heavy music. Intro: “From Tumultuous Heavens…Descended Froth the Ceaseless Darkness” - Atramentus O…
 
Goden’s debut album “Beyond Darkness” figured heavily when it came to our top records of 2020. Founder and guiding force, Stephen Flam, joined us late last year to talk about the band, but we felt like there was more to the band’s fascinating story. This is a companion episode where I talk to member Tony Pannisi and Vas Kallas about their impressio…
 
Happy New Years! We’ve taken the last couple of weeks off so it’s time to get back to business. Ralph Schmidt has been on the show several times over the years to talk about classic records, but this is the first time he’s come on to talk about himself, Ultha, his various projects and his brand new band Ropes of Night. Our friendship has spanned a …
 
It’s been quite a year and we all hope everyone is doing well and staying safe as we roll into 2021. One of the bright spots of this past year is the number of great records that came out. I’m joined by my good friends Randy Larsen, J Bennet and Ralph Schmidt for an exploration into our picks for the top 5 records of 2020. Intro: “Entombed in Gold …
 
2020 was a surprising fertile year for killer metal records. I had the pleasure of talking with Stephen Flam of Goden and the legendary NYC doom-crust band Winter. Goden is the natural extension of the work Stephen began with Winter and their powerful LP "Beyond Darkness" is a manifestation of years of work. Steph and I cover a plethora of differen…
 
If you guys listened to the episode with Barney Greenway, you probably picked up on the fact that we both think the Swans are a crucial band in the development of extreme music. Randy and I dig into some of our reflections on the band and give an overview of the history and various changes in sound that they went through. We've also added some of o…
 
Like many of you, Halloween is my favorite time of the year. To celebrate the spookiest time of the year, I've invited Terence Hannum of Locrian to run us through some of his favorite horror movie films scores. For anyone who is familiar with Locrian's cinematic approach to extreme music, they won't be surprised to learn that he is a bit an aficion…
 
Halloween is around the corner so these next few episodes are going to lean heavily into the season. With that said, London May (Samhain, Misfits, Star of Brutal Realty) joins us to update us on some killer news regarding Brutal Realty, a horror-comedy film that he stars in about a black metal drummer in league with Satan, that is trying his hand a…
 
I've always relied on old friend Ralph to turn me on to the best music, regardless of genre, so it made sense to invite him on for once of these. Though it seems like yesterday, Ralph and I met nearly two decades ago when I was on tour in Europe. We sent hours, listening to music and talking about horror movies. Not only do I value his diverse musi…
 
Napalm Death was the first extreme metal band that I ever got into. Sure, I was into Slayer and Metallica and thrash but Napalm Death were among the first crop of bands that I heard that really pushed the genre into a new dimension. It’s an honor Barney Greenway on the show this week to talk about “Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism” and the ge…
 
If you love thrash and all of the classic bands from back in the day, most likely Jon Zazula was somehow involved in there career at some point. Megaforce Records, Old Bridge Metal Militia, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven, Metallica…if any of these things mean anything to you, then check out this episode and THEN check out Jon’s book “Heavy Tales: The Metal, …
 
Welcome to the first episode of Deep Cuts. You guys seem to be into the obscure, odd bands that we talk about from time to time so we’re going to be doing these types of episodes from time to time. This week, we have J Bennet back on to talk about some of his go-to listens from artists that you may or may not have heard before. Into: “Black Car” – …
 
Me and Randy are back this week with another classic records episode. This one is for the New York / New Jersey peeps in particular. Circus or Power released their seminal record Vices back in 1990. It stands apart with its stories of down-and-out loners, journeys through the seedy underbelly of New York City, punk-infused blues riffs and a lyrical…
 
I’ve been tracking Evan Patterson’s career for over twenty years. Jaye Jayle is his latest creative endeavor and his most accomplished, creating stark landscapes and broad sound horizons, concurrently somber and cathartic. It’s music for long drives or possibly a modern Jim Thompson adaptation. I spoke with Evan on the day his new record Prisyn was…
 
Rock music scribe J Bennet is back this week for our second installment of AC/DC classic records. After losing Bon Scott, the band recruits Brian Johnson to pick up the vocal duties and records Back in Black which would become one of the biggest selling rock albums in history. Intro: “Hell’s Bells” Outro: “Shoot to Thrill” See acast.com/privacy for…
 
Rock scribe J Bennet joins us this week for an AC/DC classic records two-parter. Highway to Hell was the record that set AC/DC up for mega stardom, combining the bands no-frills, hard-rocking attitude with the production mastery of Mutt Lange. J and I discuss one of the greatest rock albums ever made and the tragic demise of the AC/DC’s legendary f…
 
One of the coolest things about doing this podcast is hearing that Randy and I might have turned you guys on to bands or records that you haven’t hear before. As a result, we’re going to devote a whole episode to talking about bands that we love that might not be on your radar so drab a cool drink, dig in and enjoy. Intro: “Hole in Me” Red Harvest …
 
Randy and I are back this week for another classic records episode. This week, we cove Eyehategod’s second LP “Take as Needed for Pain”. If you dig this, check out the episode with Mike IX from a few weeks ago. Intro: “Take as Needed for Pain” Outro: “Shop Lift” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Kevin Sharp is primarily known as the vocalist of grind legends Brutal Truth but he is also part of an equally rad band that he formed tihw Shane Embury called Venonous Concept. If you haven’t done so already, get on the Venomous Concept train, they have a new album in the chamber with a release date late this summer. Intro: “The Promise” Outro: “S…
 
When I think of Eyehategod, one of the words that comes to mind is “endurance.” The band has been through a lot of ups and downs across their career which has spanned three decades and counting. Another word that comes to mind is “innovative.” They have architected a sound that has been imitated but never duplicate. Mike Williams, aside from being …
 
Randy Larsen is back for another Classic Records episode. This week we talk about one of the most important hardcore records of the 90’s. If you’re a fan of Dillinger Escape Plan, you have to be a fan of Deadguy, a seminal band that crossed blistering hardcore with metal and the chaotic elements of bands like Unsane and Today is the Day. Their sole…
 
16 are O.G.’s in the noise-rock / sludge genre, their career has spanned decades and endured the ups-and-downs, line-up changes, substance issues and all of the typical adventures of an underground metal band. The consistent factor is that they continue to release powerful music which is on full display with their most recent record “Dream Squasher…
 
Goatwhore is the hardest-working, hardest-rocking live bands that you’ll ever see. I’ve loved and respected them for decades so it’s a great pleasure to have Sammy Duet on the show this week. We talk about his forthcoming, signature guitar, the love of playing live and run through a short list of Desert Island must-have records. Intro: “Under the F…
 
Along with Neurosis and Eyehategod, Buzzoven can be considered one of the architects of the style of extreme music that some people will refer to as “sludge.” Back in the early 90’s, it was a novel move to combine the heaviness of Black Sabbath with the intensity of Black Flag creating an unsettling mixture of pure emotion. Buzzoven were one of the…
 
As we promised, J Bennett and I deliver the second installment of our Van Halen Classic Records series. This week, we dive deep into Fair Warning, somewhat of a dark horse of a record. You won’t find any hits on this record, instead you get a somewhat darker and more sinister reflection of one of the most successful rock bands in the history of Roc…
 
This week, rock journalist and musician, J Bennet join us for part 1 of our Van Halen Classic Record Series. Edward Van Halen, along with Jimi Hendrix and Tony Iommi, is one of the true innovators of hard rock, heavy metal guitarists and has influenced a legion of players across all genres of extreme music. Van Halen’s debut was like a shot heard a…
 
I’m a Bone Awl Fan. Raw, mysterious, abrasive are all terms I would use to describe bone awl. I discovered Raspberry Bulbs while reading Rue Morgue magazine and when I learned that Marco Del Rio of Bone Awl was in band, I went all in. Marco and I had an opportunity to talk about both bands, his fascination with weird fiction and the art of tactile …
 
A while back, Randy and I did a classic records episode on “Hallowed Ground” by Skin Yard, a band that I consider one of the architects of the late 80’s / early 90’s Northwest heavy rock sound which brought the world Soundgarden, Nirvana, Melvins and Pearl Jam. Shortly after that episode went up, I was in touch with Daniel House, Skin Yard’s foundi…
 
Randy and I dive into a record that has a deep personal connection to both of us. Today is the Day is a band that has always represented total commitment to singular vision despite all obstacles and setbacks. Steve Austin, the man behind Today is the Day is a true visionary, and Willpower is a testament to his vision. Intro: “Willpower” Outro: “Sim…
 
Champ Morgan of BLK OPS joins us this week. You may be familiar with his former grindcore band Kill the Client whose reign of terror stretched back all the way to 2002. We talk about his endeavors into noise, electronics, how he’s been dealing with the COVID-19 lockdown and the value of Black Sabbath’s “Live at Last.” Intro: “Exoskeleton” Intro: “H…
 
Ralph Schmidt of Ultha returns to the show this week. Ralph and I have been friends for almost 2 decades and share most of the same points of view about music and various life philosophies. As expected, we are both huge fans of the band Integrity whose founder / vocalist Dwid Hellion has appeared on this show twice at this point. Ralph and I discus…
 
JJ Anselmi is an author, drummer and disciple of all that is heavy. He joins us this week to discuss him most recent book Doomed to Fail, an analysis of doom, sludge and stoner metal. In the episode I reveal a sort of interested closing of the circle that brought us together. JJ also has another book out called Heavy, which is a narrative, Bukowski…
 
Jean-Emanuel (Valnoir) Simoulin joins us this week. Valnoir is the man behind the art / design juggernaut Metastazi as well as being involved in the French Black Metal scene with his bands Glaciation, Nova Sodomia, Sombre Chemin and others. His art and design work has been featured on records by Behemoth, Watain, Blut Aud Nord, Black Anvil and a ho…
 
My good friend Mike Scondotto joins us this week to discuss the classic record “Slow, Deep and Hard” by Brooklyn metal heroes Type O Negative. Mike has been a fixture in the New York hardcore and metal scene for the past few decades and is the singer of The Last Stand and Inhuman. Additionally, Mike and I co-host the horror podcast Necromaniacs ava…
 
Journalist, author and Gimme Radio DJ Jon Weiderhorn joins us this week for a Classic Records Episode. This time around, we have our sites set on “Hell Bent for Leather” by Judas Priest. Check out Jon’s new book “Raising Hell” available from Diversion Books also be sure to listen to his show “Metalography” only on Gimme Radio, the best metal commun…
 
My good friend Terence Hannun joins us this week. Terence is a man of many talents: electronic musician, visual artist, author…just to name of few of his talents. He is mostly known for his involvement with longstanding electronic, drone, dark soundscape entity Locrian. Additionally, he has been busy with a relatively new project with his wife Eric…
 
For the past few months I’ve been obsessing over Deth Crux, this newish band out of Los Angeles. As I dug deeper, I learned that the band was comprised of members of Lightning Swords of Death and Buried at Sea, two bands that I have admired for years. I was able to track down Deth Crux lead singer, Farron Loathing and we had an epic talk that cover…
 
You know Alap Momin as the founder of Newark, NJ hip-hop group Dalek, a band that he co-founded with Will Brooks in the late 90’s; a band he also left about ten years ago to conquer new vistas. He relocated to Harlem and set up shop to produce a multitude of up and coming hiphop, R&B and electronic artists based I the New York City area. In the int…
 
I particular like these episodes; it’s fascinating to find out what records influenced people fellow musicians. Often times it comes as a surprise. This week, we’re welcoming back my dear friend Ralph Schmidt of Ultha. Ralph and I have been friends for nearly to decades and it’s always a pleasure when we have the opportunity to chat so aside from f…
 
In a way, this is part two of last week’s “Master of Reality” episode, sort of the spiritual successor. Ozzy started the 80’s as a man without a country so to speak. He was out of Sabbath and actually thought that his career might be over. Luckily, it was just the beginning for him. Randy and I dive into Ozzy’s debut record “Blizzard of Ozz” anothe…
 
From here on out, we’ll be back on the weekly schedule so to kick it off, the next two episodes are related. This week Randy and I will dive into Black Sabbath’s “Master of Reality” one of extreme music’s most important records, where the roots of multiple genres can be found. Next week, we branch off and address the Ozzy factor with “The Blizzard …
 
We’re kicking the new year off with Jamie Stillman guitarist of Relaxer as well as the man main behind Earthquaker Devices, a company that defines innovations when it comes to guitar effects. I caught up with Jamie when Relaxer rolled through town for a gig at Saint Vitus. Before all of this, Jamie was involved in the D.I.Y. hardcore scene. To me a…
 
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