Massive Metal Monday: Rainbow- “The Gates of Babylon”

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From their masterpiece album, Long Live Rock and Roll, here is Rainbow with their 1978 classic “The Gates of Babylon.” The album was to be the last featuring the classic lineup of Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore, Don Airey, Jimmy Bain, and Cozy Powell. Dio would depart the following year to front the spot recently vacated by Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath. This track features guitar work by Blackmore that ranks amongst the very best in the rock pantheon.

When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early 80′s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two hour radio show that came from WOXY, the radio station of Miami University, just across the state line in Oxford Ohio. It was called “Massive Metal for the Masses” and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer and countless others. This is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it “Massive Metal Mondays.” Every week, I pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metalheads.

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Black (metal) Friday: Watain- “Opus Diaboli”

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For this week’s Black (metal) Friday, I give you the 2012 concert film, Opus Diaboli from Swedish Black Metal juggernauts Watain, in it’s entirity. The film mixes concert footage of the band’s elaborate black mass ritual show and interviews with singer Erik Danielsson who explain the band’s philosophy.

The New Pallbearer Track Will Crush Your Skull!

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The New Pallbearer Track Will Crush Your Skull!

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Little Rock doom titans Pallbearer have just released “The Ghost I Used to Be” the first track from their upcoming album, Foundations of Burden. The record will be released August 19th on Profound Lore Records and if the rest of it is even close to be as crushing as this, I would say that it will be landing VERY high on my “Best of 2014 list.” Horns up! Crank it up and prepare for 10 minutes of sludgy awesomeness!

Pro Shot Video of Emperor’s Entire Set at Hellfest!

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On June 22, 2014 Emperor made a very rare festival appearance at Hellfest in France to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their masterpiece, debut album, In the Nightside Eclipse. One of black metal’s most groundbreaking bands proved that (even though they are still officially dormant) they remain one of the most relevant bands in the genre 20 years on. This set is absolutely amazing and makes me pissed that I couldn’t make it to Europe for these reunion festival appearances this summer. These guys seriously need to tour North America! I would travel to anywhere on the continent to catch that.

Massive Metal Monday: Black Sabbath- “Killing Yourself to Live”

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With the opening track of the second side of their fifth album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, here are metal’s founding fathers. The album was released in December of 1973 and this footage is from a festival called California Jam, which was held at the Ontario Motor Speedway on June 6, 1974. The re are 3 striking things about this footage; Sabbath playing in daylight in front of a rainbow prop while wearing glam clothes, Tony Iommi’s lack of facial hair and the fact that Ozzy is still easy to understand.

When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early 80′s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two hour radio show that came from WOXY, the radio station of Miami University, just across the state line in Oxford Ohio. It was called “Massive Metal for the Masses” and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer and countless others. This is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it “Massive Metal Mondays.” Every week, I pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metalheads.

Black (metal) Friday: Sarcafago- “Screeches from the Silence”

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Led by original Sepultura singer, Wagner “Antichrist” Lamounier, Sarcafago were one of the first wave of black metal bands. Hailing from Brazil, they were, perhaps, the first black metal band in the Americas. Their debut album, INRI, is hailed as a defining moment in the genre. The cover art for the record helped to establish the visual aesthetics of the genre, including the use of corpse-paint, leather jackets and bullet belts. The band existed from 1985-2000 and reunion rumors persist, despite Lamounier’s insistence that the band is over for good. From their second studio album, The Laws of Scourge (1991), here is “Screeches from the Silence.”