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Cliff Burton & David Ellefson new basses revealed at NAMM 2013

With a little help from my famous metal bassist friend David Ellefson (Megadeth), we headed over to the Aria Guitar section at NAMM to see the revealing of the Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass. We didn't have much time since both of us had to get back upstairs to the Samson booth for David's autograph signing, but we had enough time to record a quick video and also get some photos of the bass and with Cliff's dad Ray. Cliff Burton was Metallica's bassist for their first three groundbreaking albums, Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets. Cliff died on September 26, 1986 in a tour bus accident (watch story here) but his legacy and style of playing bass live on even to this day. His famous bass solos featuring a Morley Wah pedal (along with a Big Muff Distortion) were inspirational to millions of Metallica and metal fans around the world (see solo video with original Aria bass).

Check out this video I recorded with David Ellefson introducing the new Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass replica for the first time (view exclusive video here) at NAMM '13!
For the official bass press release with spec info please click here!

Now let's have Megadeth's bass man David Ellefson talk about his new Jackson Signature Kellybird coming out soon!
Check out the two videos below. This bass is so cool looking! I was lucky enough to have shot David live last year with his prototype.
Keep up-to-date on the latest Jackson guitar/bass news and this Ellefson Signature model release at:

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Folk metal hits Seattle Sunday with Evuleitie/Wintersun

Seattle, don't forget this Sunday Swiss New Wave of Folk Metal pioneers Eluveitie play El Corazon! This KISW Metal Shop sponsored show is gonna be epic! Also on the bill is Finland's Wintersun, an extreme progressive metal band with a new amazing album titled "Time I" (hear full album) and German Viking metallers VARG

What's exciting about Eluveitie on this tour is they are playing their new concept CD "Helvetios" (hear full album) in it's entirety each night! Never thought a metal band with flutes, violins, hurdy-gurdies, mandola, mandolin, whistles and bagpipes could be so awesome! Add some hot chicks oozing with talent in the band and you have a dual combination of male/female diversity for the big time! "Helvetios" is one of my favorite album releases of the year. Between Chrigel Glanzmann's razor rasp and Anna Murphy's angelic vocals, there's something for every metal fan with Eluveitie! Eluveitie also released a second record this year with The Early Years, a collection of re-rerecorded and re-mastered early material. 

Meet both bands at a pre-show in-store signing at Silver Platters in Northgate (Sunday, December 2nd 3 - 4 PM Silver Platters 9560 1st. Ave. NE Seattle, WA. 98115 (206) 524-3472

Time to get your Celtic mosh on! ;) Buy tickets online now for the show..nearly sold out as most of tour is already! See ya there! Iron Mike

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival Aftermath 7/3/12

Rockstar Mayhem Festival - White River Ampitheater - Auburn, WA 7/3/2012
Bloggers: "Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia - Festival website:

Ok with our fourth straight year covering the festival we know we could sit here all day long going through everything that happened but we don't wanna overbore ya with our yearly fairy tale of awesomeness so we'll keep it short (somewhat) in a quick cell phone pictorial overview.  Might be a little Anthrax heavy blog but hey they are my favs for a reason ;)

Yeah you see it right, we started off the day on the good foot picking up Anthrax buddy Scott "NOT" Ian at the airport and headed to the show venue. Stephanie sat in the back of the Jeep shaking her head with a smile realizing this is really happening and what a day it's gonna be!

As we arrived at the venue the skies just started pouring rain. We parked next to the Anthrax tour bus and hopped on a golf cart to go get our passes for the show. Wet seats, fast driver and we held on for dear life trying not to fall off even laughing. Somehow I got a shot off on the cell phone.

Me & Stef had these handy Rockstar Mayhem VIP wrist bands (thank you Scott) which got us everywhere we wanted to go and meet up with many friends backstage, so in appreciation I gave the Anthrax glow star the salute! 

The most sought-after photo pass of them all. Only 3 issued by the band and there was like 25-30 photographers there. I'm sure someone wanted to kill me for it...HA!! Wait till ya see ya see all my Slipknot pics though, some classics!

Look closely we got photo bombed by Mr. International himself Neil Lim Sang! Don't ask me how he did it. That little opening between me & Duff and he did it!

Got goose bumps being up there, it was that impressive hearing the roar back to Anthrax at the end of their non-stop energized set! If ya didn't get enough of Anthrax or missed them they are back to Seattle 9/19 with Testament & Death Angel at the Showbox Market! Tickets on sale now!

I've been hit by a flying Hello Kitty doll (X-Japan), little rubber lighted ducks (AIC) etc. in the photo pits but this...I can handle ;)

(snickering) Stephanie braved the downpour from under the Rockstar drink tent to go get some pics of  (as she said) "he's hot" Tim of As I Lay go girl! (I stayed dry with Anthrax ha!)

Upon A Burning Body killed it! The song "Texas Blood Money" and the quick intro intertwined lyrics of "Deep in the Heart of Texas" was brilliant! Just loved these guys classy look and conviction live!

Stephanie finally got to meet the metalhead jokester Craig Gass...ha! 

Cool moment backstage as Shawn (Clown) presents Dean Karr with his new photo book that's out now! 
Check it out!

Fun times in the Slayer dressing room with the one and only Kerry King of Slayer. Check out Metal Shop's interview with Kerry HERE!

This was the tent to be at all day! Rockstar drinks free all-day long! Meet your favorite bands for autographs and grab some Rockstar on the way out. Everything was there for the asking! Let's give Rockstar Energy Drinks some HUGE props for sponsoring this great yearly tour and for getting me through the day! Join them on Facebook and visit their Website! Remember also 9/22 the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival hits White River with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Adelitas Way + P.O.D., Fozzy, In This Moment etc.

Not very often you have this many photographers known within the rock community all in the same place from different states or countries at the same time. Combined (at least) 110+ years of experience in the music photography photo pits! Definitely one of my favorite shots of friends in a long time and boy did we have some fun this day. Those Rockstar cups, yeah they contained some secret Nitro jacked-up Rockstar fluid that had me buzzing the rest of the night...thanks Zetterstrom! 

Motorhead - Stephanie pointed out how nice it was for a change to shoot the band in light! Everytime we've shot Motorhead it's usually dark and with Lemmy & Phil usually wearing hats ya get the dark face shadow effect. Not today! Highlight of the show was when Duff McKagan jumped onstage and played "Killed By Death" with the band. See Daniel Zetterstrom's great photo of Lemmy & Duff in the moment below. Also check out the video on YouTube!

Slayer was at the top of their game! The upside down crosses made of Marshall amps was visually crazy with the flames that shot out them. It was entertaining watch full rows of seated fans headbanging in unison during "Angel of Death" Never a dull moment musically and watching the fans at a Slayer show!

This night and tour was all about the return of Slipknot! With the 2010 death of bassist Paul Grey many thought they'd never come back. Time has healed enough that they are back but most noticeably there is no bassist onstage during the show. They figure you can't replace #2 onstage right now so the band hired a touring bassist that won't be seen onstage but behind drummer Joey Jordison.  Another noticeable figure missing onstage this night was guitarist Jim Root. Just as the tour started the band announced he had a appendix burst and has to stay home for health reasons. Interesting cause in 2009 that was the exact same excuse used when the band had to cancel KISW's Pain in the Grass show hours before the show because drummer Joey Jordison had the same issue supposedly. Does this band ever have an off night live? Doubt it, the energy and insanity on and offstage with the crowd is nuts! The band will release Antennas to Hell, a "best of" collection documenting its inimitable career, July 24 on Roadrunner Records.

Already looking forward to next year! For our complete photo coverage of Festival please visit these pages and check out the MANY more cool exclusive shots: - KISW Facebook - Iron Mike Savoia Facebook Gallery - Stephanie Savoia Facebook Gallery

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Metal Shop Interviews Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) Part 1 and 2

Last weekend, we had the chance to interview Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt before their stellar show at Showbox SODO with Katatonia. Earlier this week, we posted part 1. Here, without any further delay, is part 2 of our in-depth interview with this super-Swede musician.

But first, catch up with us...
Part 1

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Metal Shop is TONIGHT

And I gotta say, "I feel like I want to rage...right now" - Brian Wilson.

Got some Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and Slayer CDs staring at me, it's time to get to work. What songs are you trying to hear tonight on Metal Shop?

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Metal Shop Interviews Mikael Akerfeldt

This past Saturday, we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of the most well-spoken dudes in metal, Mr. Mikael Akerfeldt of the almighty Opeth. Here is PART 1 of our interview, where we discuss the new album,
"Heritage," and it's prog-rock leanings. Check back tomorrow for PART 2.

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Stuff That Shreds: Wolves rock basements, Enslaved get their Led Out

I know I've said it before, but the Northwest truly does have one of the most unique music scenes in the world. Maybe it's the isolation of this area that keeps it so fresh and interesting, untamed and unaffected by the trends elsewhere in the U.S.

Where else do you get to see a jaw-droppingly epic local black metal band like Wolves In The Throne Room play inside of a run-down attic on top of a dive bar. Only in Tacoma! So that's how I started off last week, and a triumphant way to start it was. Here's a few words I used to describe said awesomeness for The Stranger.

Large ornate paintings depicting wolves, trees and webs (along with indiscernible black metal script) hung above the heads of the crowd as smoke from bundles of burning sage billowed into the attic, signaling the beginning. The overhead lights were lowered as candles were lit.

For 45 minutes, this Cascadian crew captured the full attention of the couple hundred lucky enough to be packed into this dingy attic. As they soared through 7-to-12 minute songs from their newest album, "Celestial Lineage," I couldn't help but notice how perfect, yet immense the sound was inside this otherwise echo-y room, a true achievement for a D.I.Y show inside a space that has never and will never be booked again.

I left completely satisfied. The mood Wolves In The Throne room captured before they even started playing was gorgeous, but the music raised the event from average concert level to sheer performance art level, as they shredded, sulked, and truly captivated the minds and ears of all in attendance.

Here's a semi-decent cell phone pic I took of the epic-ness...

As if that wasn't enough, the frosty black metal adventues continued on through the weekend, as I got to see the first 15 minutes of Portland folk/black metallers Agalloch's set at El Corazon last Saturday, before heading up to go rock the airwaves on the show. If it wasn't such a pleasure to help y'all enjoy your Saturday nights with 3 hours of metal, it might be a huge bummer to leave all these shows, but in the end, it's the best gig you could leave for. So if you ever see Ian and I bouncing out the venue midway through the headliner on a Saturday, just know that we have a duty to attend to, to blast brutal jams for all those who couldn't be there that night.

Then, to top everything off with a little Nortwegian flare, Enslaved played a killer headlining gig on Tuesday at El Corazon, spicing up their playlist with old gems from the "Frost Era" alongside some mind-bending songs off their 2010 release, "Aioma Ethica Odini." They even got their Led out, jamming on an "Immigrant Song" cover that had evil written all over it. Jimmy Page should be proud.

The pain train keeps-a-rollin' as we have some brutal death metal to wrap our minds around this Friday night at Studio Seven. Decrepit Birth rules. Decapitated rules. Fleshgod Apocalypse rules. Oh, and they're all playing a show together? And local face-crushers Funeral Age is opening? You'd be an idiot for missing this one. So don't do that. Headbang with us Friday night to the most brutal show of the fall!

Then, to calm everyone down off the energy-drink-like sugar high that was passed to us by way of double kick pedal destruction, Opeth and Katatonia will be playing Saturday night at Showbox SoDo. Dammmmmn, son. GET YOUR PULL!
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Metal Shop's lost videos have been found! Read more for details on tonight&

Well we're back here with some more treats for you!

Earlier this week while cleaning out the Metal Shop video camera, I came across some forgotten video of some awesome bands that have played here in the North West in the last year. I have decided that we shall proceed backwards in time, starting with the most recent.

POWERGLOVE - a band you either love or hate.. or love to hate. They jammed out their video game tunes alongside Evergrey, Sabaton and Black Guard at El Corazon on October 2nd.

Here's So Sexy Robotnic:
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Up next are Periphery, who played with Textures and The Contortionist at Studio Seven on September 22nd.

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Last but obviously NOT least, are SLAYER. They played with Exodus and Rob Zombie on January 23rd. Here's Dead Skin Mask:
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Other than those video morsels, we also wanted to update you on our new intern! Following in the footsteps of Chip and Jabroni John, this guy has really really tiny shoes to fill so I'm sure it won't be too difficult to make himself look alright.

Intern Callum

Call us tonight from 11pm to 2am at 206-421-ROCK or 1-800-738-ROCK and harrass him, make requests and win tickets!

Tonight we have tickets to:
*Decapitated/Decrepit Birth
*Veil of Maya

PLUS we'll be airing an interview with Wino and the crew from Premonition 13, playing new music from As I Lay Dying, Immolation, Brutal Truth, Insomnium and many more! We'll see you there tonight, and if you miss it, you can always tune in to our podcasts - posted every single week immediately after the show has come to a conclusion.
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Stuff That Shreds: Mastodon Blows My Mind And The Body Wrecks My Ears

Hot damn! It’s been a solid past few weeks for metal. There are a slew of righteous releases and a few clutch shows you seriously need to know about.

First, allow me to put a little something on your radar of heaviness. This past Sunday, I was wondering around my neighborhood, looking for some booze and burgers to shove down my throat, when I ran across an extremely loud noise by way of guitar amplification – a truly beautiful tone that can only be described as testicle-crushing. Sonic fury in its purest form. I soon found out that this ear-torturing audio onslaught was brought forth by a band that wasn’t even on my radar.

Rhode Island sludge duo The Body completely wrecked the ears of anyone lucky enough to be on or around the dance floor at the Comet that night. When all I saw was a guitar player and a drummer, I was a little skeptical, but when that dude started riffing, all doubts were dismissed. The addition of occasional electronic audio samples might be a bit strange at first, but even the most truly traditional minded metal head would be impressed by the howl that the vocalist possesses, as he barks his lyrics without the help of a microphone, belting, at times, even louder than the ear piercing distortion of his guitar.

Got 14 minutes to spare? Jam it, brah.

If you’re trying to experience something equally as mind-blowing, or y’know, “testicle-crushing”, there are a slew of opportunities to do so for free. This weekend on the show, we have a ton of tickets to throw your way. We’re kicking down the promotions closet door and ransacking the office, grabbing all the golden tickets to brutality that we can find. (Not actually true, but it’s fun to imagine things, right?)

Here’s what we’re tossing out this week:
Agalloch w/ Atriarch, Sedan
Saturday October 8th at El Corazon

Death Angel w/ Chokeout, Ground Level, Vetigo, Watchers Eye, Royalty In Ruins
Saturday October 8th at Studio Seven

Enslaved w/ Alcest, Junius, Christian Mistress
Tuesday October 11th at El Corazon

Decapitated w/ Fleshgod Apocalypse, Decrepit Birth, Funeral Age, Blood & Thunder, Triosis
Friday October 14th at Studio Seven

Opeth w/ Katatonia
Saturday October 15th at Showbox SoDo

Out of all the bands I just listed, I think I’m the most stoked to see Alcest, Agalloch and Opeth. Being that they’re a pretty underground French melodic-black metal band, Alcest never tours the U.S., and well, Agalloch and Opeth are just downright amazing. While certainly not as metal as many of their past releases, the new Opeth album, “Heritage” contains just as much music wizardry. At this point, we should expect nothing less of Mr. Akerfeldt.

As I type this blog of miscellaneous awesomeness, I’m giving my first real, true, listen to the new Mastodon album, “The Hunter.” My first thoughts: they’ve come a long way from the band my friend described as “Rush meets Metallica” back when their first full length, Remission, was blasting on my CD walkman (Pre-IPod, yo). Sure, they might not be as heavy or as hard, but anyone with an ear for melody and a taste for mind-bending art can find something meaty within “The Hunter” to chew on.

I had listened to a select few tracks from the album a ton, most notably “Curl Of The Burl” – the Queens Of The Stone Age-ish single you’ve probably heard a couple times during the daytime on the Rock. But this is an album, a start to finish ALBUM, not a smattering of singles thrown together in the studio, no, this, my friends is a beast of a thing to try and describe, so why even try? Other than the fact that it’s my job, I just want you to know how rad this new record is. It rules. Got it?

A handful of solid metal releases hit record store shelves and online digital sales ports. This weekend, expect to hear brand new stuff by the aforementioned Southern beasts, Mastodon, along with tracks off the newest albums by Machine Head, Anathema, Brutal Truth, Warbringer and Landmine Marathon. Additionally, we will be debuting a new track from Little Rock sludge-lords Rwake. You might be wondering how the hell you would say a word like that? Them there letters don’t usually go together, amirite? Turns out the R is silent…so it’s just Wake. Rad. My name is now RKevin. Pronounced Kevin. Join the (R)evolution. Here’s a taste of what you’ll hear on the show, the 11-minute epic “It Was Beautiful, But Now It’s Sour” from their third LP, “Rest.” I think it’s about milk.

Oh, and that Metallica/Lou Reed song…yeah…that’s gonna have to grow on me. Might take a while.
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Metal Shop preview and update - Sept. 24th, 2011

Hey guys, Ian here. Just kickin' back with a beverage and enjoying the "calm before the storm" so to speak, and just wanted to drop a line to say hey and give you a heads up on what's been going on with the Metal Shop camp.

Funeral Age - KISW Studios

First things first, I wanted to take the time to say thanks to local band Funeral Age for coming in to the KISW studios last week to hang out with us and play music from their record Thy Martyrdom Come. These guys play a cool style of blackened death/thrash metal, and have been playing shows here in the Northwest for years. Go check them out if you get a chance - they are playing the Decapitated/Decrepit Birth show at Studio Seven on October 14th. Find them on Facebook HERE.

Kevin and Jabroni John
Next up, we say goodbye to our intern Jabroni John. He's been an integral part of the show since June when he jumped abord the Metal Shop train. Following Chip, John was the 2nd intern here on the "new regime" of Metal Shop, and despite all of our ripping on him, he helped us learn alot and really pulled the show together. Besides, when a straight edge kid buys you beer, you know he's committed! We wish John the best of luck, and we'll keep you posted on the awesomely brutal band he's got in the works. We have a potential NEW intern coming up tonight so prepare a new barage of insults and berating comments, 'kay?

Hey guys, remember clip art? Well if you're not still using MS Paint and actually know how to navigate the internetz, we need your help. Or rather, help us help you! Unfortunately we outgrew our old Facebook page and Metal Shop has found a new home on the king of social networking. GO HERE now and like our new Facebook page. We've laid off of the updates during the week a bit, but if you go click "like", you will be able to follow us live in real time as the show goes on every Saturday night. You'll have an insider heads up on ticket times for giveaways amongst other surprises. DO IT!

This last week has been FULL of awesome bands putting out really creative and innovative music videos, and I'd like to share a few of my favorites from the last few days.

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First up is Kvelertak - a band from Norway whose name is constantly up to pronuncial interpretation. But one thing is for sure - we can all speak the international language of banging your god damn head. Turn this one way up and bum out all your neighbors!

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Up next we have the seminal modern entertainer, Devin Townsend, returning with the Devin Townsend Project's new video for their song Juular. My warning would be to put the bong down before pressing play on this one. Devin himself is a quirky individual, but this video contains Devin riding some type of steam-punk train through Hell/Mordor and a crazy grandpa on meth being restrained by a leash. Plus there are some muppets. Yeah. All in all, two thumbs up for Devin on this one!

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Aaaaaalright, now you can pick that bong back up because Opeth is going to take you on a 6 and a half minute long psychedelic journey with their newest video for "The Devil's Orchard." It's obviously not incredibly BROOTAL, but we all need a break from the blast beats once in a while, corrrect?

Now that you're warmed up, here's a quick preview of what we're going to be doing tonight on Metal Shop. Obviously I mentioned earlier that our former and most recent intern Jabroni John has moved on to "greener" pastures, so we are having our friend and metal compatriot Travis The Virus come up to the show to help us answer phones and provide general metal knowledge for your every-day needs. We are also giving away tickets to FIVE different shows this week. They are as follows:

*Dream Theater/Trivium
*Premonition 13
*Death Angel

Go hit up our new Facebook page or tune in tonight at 11pm for more details on exact ticket times and show info. We'll be hitting all of these before the night is over!

Alright, that does it for me, at least for this time around. Kevin and I are in the process of developing a new system for getting these blogs out, so you'll soon be hearing from us a lot more frequently here on the KISW website. Thanks again for checking this out, and we'll see you every Saturday night at 11pm!
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Pain In The Grass 2011 - Behind The Scenes

Before we move forward, I'd like to take a little look back at this past weekends debauchery. As most of you know by now, this past Saturday was KISW's huge yearly blowout, Pain In The Grass, featuring none other than Korn, Five Finger Death Punch,Queensryche, Chevelle, Metal Shop favorites All That Remains, and more!

We got the day started off right with a little BBQ action. Here's Miles from the Men's Room manning the battle station.

After that, we got ready to do the stage announcement for All That Remains! Even after a years worth of stage announcements, I still get nervous when I look out into a crowd this size.

All That Remains kicked ass! If anyone says otherwise, punch em in their jabroni-ass jaws.

Later on in the afternoon, we were able to unwind a bit with Queensryche, as we tasted some of Geoff Tate's signature wine.

Though we had to leave a little early to get back to the KISW studios in time for Metal Shop, the party wagon came to us! Much to our surprise, Thee Ted Smith, Ryan Castle, Ben The Psycho Muppet, Vicky Barcelona and Jolene came strolling in to crash Metal Shop just like the good ol' days. So there it is. A wicked weekend fueled by metal. Until next time, horns up!

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Bumbershoot Earns Their Horns - Now Earn Your Free Tickets!

If you're from the Pacific Northwest, chances are you've heard of Bumbershoot. The first time I went to Bumbershoot, way back when I was a youngin in Jr. High, I was fortunate enough to see Reverand Horton Heat and David Lee Roth all in one day. This year, Bumbershoot has upped their metal output, and will be providing you with a doomy night of awesomeness - The Bumbershoot Metal Stage will feature Witchburn, Red Fang, Valient Thorr and the almighty Pentagram!

The Metal showcase will on Saturday September, 3rd. Single day and three-day-passes are available for sale at, but if you want to save yourself some bones, make sure to listen up to Metal Shop this week and next! We have free tickets! What more could you ask for? Sorry, you're gonna have to buy your own beer, bro.

Listen up tonight at 11pm for your chance to win!
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Technical death metal band Archspire reaches new heights with "All Shall Al

On my way down to California last weekend I was scrolling through my iPod to find something to jam on to help kill the time while driving. I came across this band I uploaded a few months ago called “Archspire.” I figured “What the Hell, I may as well see what these guys are all about.” After listening to them for one minute, I found myself unprepared and enamored by the sheer speed and brutality that possessed my eardrums. The album brought to mind bands like Spawn of Possession, The Faceless, Necrophagist and other technical death metal bands. After snapping out of my metal trance, I realized I was pushing the van more than 80 miles per hour and hadn’t even noticed because of the music.

All Shall Align

Vancouver, B.C. natives, the technical death metal band Archspire released “All Shall Align” on Trendkill Recordings in April of this year. The 7 track album reaches new heights of speed and technicality while still maintaining a sense of melody, even through intense instrumentation. Each member of this band holds an amazing amount of skill, which shines through on each of the album’s tracks.

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The album opens up with “Deathless Ringing,” my favorite track on the record. The riffs reminded me of Origin - lots of blast beating and fast riffing. Over the brutal riffing, vocalist Oli Peter’s delivers a mid-range growl with back up high screeches from bassist Jaron Evil which gives a truly wicked sound. The song doesn’t stick to this formula though, but goes into parts that seem almost to soothe the ears. During the buildup to the solo, the guitars take a break from constant riffing, and Jaron fills in those spots with smooth bass lines. The guitar solo isn’t sporadic, but is definitely insane in its own way. The melody of the solo is super catchy and really gives the listener a nice break from the intensity of the music. After that, it takes you right back to the amount of brutal vibes this band gives off.

The next track, “Archspire,” features excellent use of bells and cymbals, really showing that drummer Spencer Prewett can do more than fast double bass and blasting. Obviously his forte is slamming the skins hard and fast like a rabbit in heat, but it is refreshing to hear the diversity that he shows. Also featured on this track is a clean and ambient guitar part, giving the song an eerie vibe. The listener is then growled back to the music by the thundering bass.

Through the rest of the album, each instrument is very present in the mix which is surprising as usually the bass is the unsung hero in these types of bands. Instead, at times, the bass is almost the driving factor of the riff, which in a genre that is dominated by the talent of the guitarists and drummers, it is nice to hear the bass spearheading the charge. “All Shall Align” keeps you listening to every track because you never really know what will come next. Whether it is dazzling drum parts, driving bass, or laser fast guitar riffs, it keeps your eardrums entertained.

The album ends with the title track “All Shall Align,” an instrumental, which utilizes orchestral sounds to give an epic end to the CD. It reminded me of Dimmu Borgir, as it’s a cleaner sounding black metal influenced track.

A complaint people may have with this album is that there are no “short” tracks. They aren’t extreme epic 12 minute long songs, but you won’t find any 2 minute thrash tracks. Each song is fast, but they like to take the listener to different places and it takes time to build up to get to where they’re going. Sometimes the places are a little too awkward, as some of the guitar effects seemed a little odd to me.

A fair warning: this album is intense. I can’t imagine it would be ideal if you are trying to smoke a bowl and relax. You may find yourself wide-eyed and unsure how to handle yourself.

Overall, I am extremely excited for whatever this band does next. Since they are just across the Washington border, I hope they will come down and play a show or two. If they do, you can definitely catch me in the pit.


Until next time, HORNS

John “The Jabroni” Intern
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Getting Midi Wit It

Hello again my fellow horn-raising, fist-pumping, poseur-smashing metalheads of the Northwest. Kevin here, and I'm about to drop some viral knowledge bombs on yer candy asses. Anyone who knows me is surely aware of my addiction to YouTube. It seems as though every group of friends has a guy like me, someone who is always seeking the most screwed up, hilarious, offensive or just downright strange content uploaded from throughout the world. Babies getting kicked? Love it. Ghost-riding the whip vids gone wrong? Even better.

I can even recall the week that Ian and I found out about YouTube. We were both working in 'upper management" at the student-run college radio statio KGRG, and our friend told us about this fantastical website where you can stream videos of anything you want. Needless to say, that week wasn't such a productive one around the KGRG offices. By the end of the week, IT had blocked YouTube. Bummer.

But I digress.

Another cool thing I'm all about is old school video gaming. I know, I know, Halo and all those new-fangled video games are lightyears better than Super Mario Brothers and Excitebike, but I have terrible hand eye coordination when it comes to fast-paced shooters, so I usually tend to go for the NES or SNES systems, personally.

This is what you get when you combine three of my favorite things - YouTube, old school video games, and the obvious one, METAL. Check out these completely fan-created 8-bit versions of a couple Metal Shop classics.

Wouldn't you just love to see Little Mac punching out King Hippo while Raining Blood is blasting in the background!?!

Or how about blasting some fools to oblvion with "Domination" ripping your 8-bit ears apart?

I love these things so much that it's a new goal of mine to learn how to program one. I will start with Nasum.
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Metal Shop Takes On Mayhem

Last Tuesday, we were fortunate enough to attend the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. With a lineup as stacked as this years, we saw no reason not to speak with each and every band. And that's exactly what we did! When we weren't out in the pit, or filming side stage, we were in the backstage/press area, chatting it up with a crap load of our favorite Metal Shop bands.

First things first, we were able to speak with the man, the myth, the living legend, Mr. Dave Mustaine of the almighty Megadeth. Here's the full video interview

Here's our conversation with Jamey Jasta, frontman of Kingdom of Sorrow and Hatebreed. Also, check out his new solo project, "Jasta." Their debut full length is out later this month on E1 records.

Last but not least, we spoke with Robb Flynn, vocalist/guitarist for the legendary Machine Head. Make sure you watch the whole thing, as there is a brutal skull bite hidden toward the end...

We will be updating this soon with video interviews from Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, In Flames, Trivium and more!
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Decapitated’s “Carnival Is Forever” Leaves Head Attached After an Albums W

As I walked into KISW’s studio last week, Ian gave me one of the best gifts I could have asked for all summer.

“Hey dude, I just got the new Decapitated! You should do a review of it.”

Carnival Is Forever

I was immediately stoked as I have been asking for this album since I started interning there. I was curious how Decapitated would sound since the departure of their vocalist, Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, original bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel, and the tragic death of Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka, the band’s drummer, co-founder, and brother of the guitarist Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka. The task was daunting as I knew I would constantly be thinking about their previous releases.

Carnival Is Forever starts off by instantly stunning the listener into death metal bliss. No lame bull$#17 intro, just fast and in your @$$ death metal. The first track, “The Knife” makes it evident that like previous releases, it will be very riff heavy. The new vocalist, Rafał Piotrowski, has a mid to higher range growl giving a unique twist to the typical guttural death metal vocalist. Drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner keeps up with the fast, technical riffs while not being too flashy and taking away from the riff or vocals. The guitar tone is clear and articulate, making the individual picked notes easy to discern, not mashed and lost in the mix. This track also features Vogg’s signature solo style: eerie, fast, and melodic. The solo goes to some unexpected but satisfying places.

The next track, “United” keeps up the pace with being extremely fast and in your face. It has what I like to call a “mechanical” sound. The track features guitar start and stop parts, with the distorted bass playing between, almost giving a Fear Factory feel to it.

By the title track “Carnival Is Forever” something changes - it starts off with clean guitar. This was a change from their previous album, Organic Hallucinosis which featured almost no clean guitar parts. The riff itself gives off a very dark and foreboding sense, which lasts about a minute. After this clean part, the song gets insanely heavy. The guitar riff stays slow and chuggy, while the drums do machine-gun fast double bass, creating an excellent juxtaposition to induce headbanging.

“Homo Sum” brings the album right back up to almost super-sonic metal speed, but also features cool slow Meshugah-like leads, giving off a creepy and twisted vibe.

The album continued to surprise me in new ways I didn’t expect. On track “404” they make a screeching type of noise that adds a new dynamic to the song. This track also features melodic build up parts, making it one of the most interesting and diverse tracks on the album, and includes an awesome drum break which shows how Krimh shreds on the skins.

“A View From A Hole” starts off with another clean guitar intro, much like the title track. But instead of going into a slow chug riff, it keeps the pace and has more of an ambient vibe to it. Then it hits into your riff heavy death metal with spots of dark ambience.

“Pest” I think shows the band off at its best. It has fast death metal riffing, start and stop parts with distorted bass filling the gaps, sour-sounding notes, individually picked ambient sounding guitar parts, floyd rose squeals, and groovy breakdowns. This track to me is what Decapitated is all about.

The album ends with “Silence”, an echo-ey clean guitar instrumental. The track hits notes that sound depressing and dark. This track was the exact opposite of how it started; it's slow, clean, and part finger-picked. After it ended, I was happy and thought that Vitek would be proud. I then immediately hit play again on my CD player to hear the ensuing carnage and metal pleasure.

My complaints are fairly limited, but one complaint I had with the album is sometimes the bass wasn’t as pronounced and present as I would have liked it to be. You could hear it, but really the only time it stuck out was during select parts. Also, if you aren’t a fan of long songs then this album may not be for you. Each track is longer then 4 minutes, so for all you ADD metal heads, you may not be as into this album.

Overall, this album is something the band should be proud of. “Carnival Is Forever” is sure to be one of the best death metal releases of the summer. If you were a fan of the last album, this album will not disappoint.


Until next review, HORNS

- John the Intern

“Carnival Is Forever” will be released on July 12th via Nuclear Blast Records.
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Videos from Obscura, Septic Flesh and Devin Townsend - 6-27-2011 at The Showbox

Ugly World Tour 2011

June 27th, 2011 proved to be an awesome day for metal here in the Northwest, as the Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend Project, Septic Flesh, Obscura tour rolled in to brutalize the Showbox at the Market.

Obscura opened the show, and damn near stole it! They blazed through some older tracks before playing the title track from their latest record, Omnivium, out now on Relapse Records. You'll notice that there's a bit of a lack of "audience participation" but I think that's because people were busy collecting their jaws up off the floor. Here's the video:
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Septic Flesh
Up next were Septic Flesh from Athens, Greece. These guys definitely killed it! They combined a great stage set-up, spooky ethereal samples and face slamming riffs that left me feeling refreshed on the epic death/slam sound. Here's the first song from their set:
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The Devin Townsend Project
Up next were the Devin Townsend Project, or as Devin put it, "the turd in the punchbowl" for the evening. Haters are gonna hate, but as far as I see it, the man is damn near impossible not to like. Despite being the odd band out on the bill, Devin and company brought the heavy in one of the most entertaining sets I've witnessed all year long. Check out our full interview with Heavy Dev himself to find out more about his two latest records, "Deconstruction" and "Ghost" out now on InsideOut media. Here are a couple songs from The Devin Townsend Project that night:
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Children Of Bodom
Last but not least were Children Of Bodom. Unfortunately the camera froze up during their set so we have no video footage, but below is a photo of their set list taken earlier in the night. As you can see, they played mostly newer material, with a few old school jammers peppered in here and there. I know Kevin will disagree with me here, but as far as this blog and reviewing this show goes, I couldn't help but feel a little let down by my dudes in Bodom. Don't get me wrong, musically COB was on point. They did everything right, they whipped up the crowd, Alexei killed the riffage, and Janne Wirman made setting that keyboard on fire look as easy as breathing air (I even saw him yawn once). They played being Children of Bodom to a T. But as new song went into new song after new song, I couldn't help but feeling that COB has reached their musical plateau. For being some of the most talented musicians in metal, they are wayyyy too good at sounding the exact same, record after record. Or maybe it's just me.

Children of Bodom setlist - June 27th, 2011

Thanks for checking out our blog, keep coming back for new videos, reviews, and other surprises! See you on Metal Shop this Saturday night at 11pm!

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Save This Date: NXNW Metal Fest

Just yesterday we experienced the first official day of summer, so it's only fitting that we start previewing some of the major shows going on in the next couple months. There are certainly a ton of amazing tours coming through the Seattle area - Mayhem Festival, Summer Slaughter, The "Hell On Earth" tour, etc - but right now I want to put something local on your radar.

Over the weekend of July 22nd - 24th, Uncle Sam's in Spanaway will be presenting the first ever NXNW metal fest, a three day non-stop dose of blast beats, beer, and solid local metal. As you may know, South By Southwest, aka SXSW is one of the biggest yearly music industry schmooze fests/showcases for up-and-coming talent. So it might not be as grand in scale as Austin, TX, but NXNW brings you a crapload of up and coming music, and you don't have to sit through any boring, overrated indie rock bands.

In couple next few weeks, we will have free tickets to give away to a few callers, but you might want to jump on securing your ticket before we do so, as the lineup is friggin' packed.

Here are the bands confirmed so far
Super Happy Story Time Land
Keeping Secrets
Monsters Scare You
The Day I ate the moon (CA)
We were dreamers
From deeper seas
They Charge Like Warriors
Prepare The Bride
I Delilah
Ellis Armor
Crowd War
Thief River Falls
Plague ships
It was written in the sky
Dead Pilots (slc)
Dismember the dream
Doom of babylon
Jean Grey (PDX)
The fool (PDX)
Black Heart Blight
Curse of the North
Devils Of Loudun
Charlie Drown
Deathbed Confessions
Osama Bin Rockin
Corpus Mortem
Blood and thunder
Seize the sun
The Scarlett Escape
This is Treason
Shatter The Sky
A Solemn Goodbye
I Defy
A City Screams in Terror
Ground level Vertigo
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Album Review: Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus

The first of many record reviews to come over here at the Metal Shop blog.
Meet Travis the Virus. He's the unofficial official Metal Shop "man on the streets," a no-nonsense dude who's a walking encyclopedia of all things metal. He originally posted this review over here at the Travirus blog. Here's what he thinks about the long-awaited return of Morbid Angel. Please keep in mind, all reviews are strictly opinions of the reviewer, and may not particularly represent the opinions of KISW or Metal Shop as a whole.

Morbid Angel
Illud Divinum Insanus
Season of Mist

1.5 out of 5 Skulls

I don’t think I ever wanted to like an album as much as I wanted to like Illud Divinum Insanus. This is, after all, Morbid Angel’s first album in roughly 8 years, and the first since Domination to feature David Vincent on bass/lead vocals. I was disappointed that Pete Sandoval had to sit this one out due to health problems, and to be honest I could give less than a s*** about whoever besides Trey Azagthoth plays guitar on the album, since I’m pretty sure Erik Rutan won’t be rejoining. And I’m always skeptical whenever any band talks about “experimenting” on an upcoming release. But what was there to worry about? Morbid Angel have experimented in one way or another on nearly every album, and Tim Yeung has a very impressive track record. It’s not like the band would ever turn their backs on what Morbid Angel was at its very core, right?

Well, I usually love being the bearer of bad news, but this is the most masochistic review I have ever had to write, because Morbid Angel are one of my all time favorite bands, a big influence on my own music, and Illud… is the worst thing they have ever done. I have loved everything else they’ve ever released, even Gateways to Annihilation, but if this is the best they can do in between 8 years of touring and lineup changes, I am not impressed.

Of the 11 tracks on Illud…, only four of them are what I would consider good. “Existo Vulgore” is classic Morbid Angel, like Covenant by way of Heretic. “Blades for Baal” and “Nevermore” are what you would expect from the band at this point. They’re good songs, but a little stock sounding. While “I Am Morbid” may come off as a little corny to some, with its self referencing and pseudo “live” intro, it has a really good groove to it. This is the kind of out of the box playing I can get behind. It’s the most straight forward song Morbid Angel has ever done, and it’s definitely the most overtly personal,like a mission statement without all the “Sumerian Gods” metaphors. The rest of the songs are somewhere between so-so and just plain bad.

The intro track is very lacking as far as Morbid Angel instrumentals go. The beat is dull, and the strings and horns sound really fake. Seriously, the keyboards on some of Blessed Are the Sick’s tracks sounded more convincing. I know that lots of bands use synthesized instruments rather than hire real players when they want horns or strings, but this is Morbid Angel! They can afford to hire a f*****g string section! And besides, after hearing Dimmu Borgir kick so much ass with a full orchestra on Abrahadabra last year, it’s tough to settle for anything less. Speaking of less, I’m suspecting that Tim Yeung was instructed to not deviate from the original demo tracks, because for most of the record his beats just sound kind of half assed. Even when he’s playing closer to what I’ve heard him do in Hate Eternal and Divine Heresy, I can’t help but think how much more interesting the drums would be if Sandoval were playing them. S***, there’s a lot of the record that just sounds like a drum machine! Which brings me to the worst aspect of Illud…: the “industrial” influences...

Let me preface the following by saying that I don’t hate industrial, nor do I think its’ elements have no place in metal. Godflesh, Ministry, Prong, Neurosis and Fear Factory have all shown how Industrial’s heavy beats, samples, loops and dissonant guitar noise can be used to augment metal into brutal, cybernetic music. But Morbid Angel should never have tried to do this, because they suck at it!

Let’s look at the three songs on the album I hate, starting with “Too Extreme!” (how does a band go from titles like “Lord of All Fevers and Plagues” to “Too Extreme!”?). This is the second track on the album, right after the instrumental intro, so I guess the band thought that this song would be THE killer cut to signal their triumphant return, and I can’t for the life of me imagine why. It sounds more like a remix of a Morbid Angel song than their actual work. The guitar riffs are very simplistic (some of them only seem to have 1 chord!), and I don’t know if Azagthoth is using a whammy pedal or what, but it does not sound good at all. I’m not convinced the drums are real on this track. Oh, and there’s no guitar solo. You have to wait until the record has been playing for 12 minutes!

Next we have “Destructos vs. the Earth/Attack”, which sounds like the title of a s***y anime. I’m not opposed to hearing a sci-fi song on a death metal album, but I’m wondering when Azagthoth stopped worshipping Mozart and Hendrix and decided that Rammstien were worth emulating. The chorus is so bad it wouldn’t make the cut on a KMFDM record. It doesn’t even sound like Morbid Angel until the end, when there’s 15 seconds of silence followed by 28 seconds of relentless sonic assault. I get it. The song is about aliens destroying the earth, and the last part represents the fury of their extinction level death ray, very clever. But after listening to nearly 7 minutes of the worst Morbid Angel song I ever heard I just can’t be bothered to give a s***!

Actually, “Destructos…” was the worst Morbid Angel I’ve ever heard, until I got to the song “Radikult” (Radikult? What am I listening to, f****g Soulfly?), which sounds more like Marilyn Manson or Powerman 5000 than I think is acceptable from any band that dares to call itself extreme, let alone "too extreme". Not only are the drum effects dangerously close to hand claps, but Vincent needs to stick to growling and the occasional spoken word segment, because when he tries to ape Raymond Watts he sounds like an idiot. This is a Morbid Angel record; I should not be hearing anything even remotely resembling handclaps! And these 3 songs are not only awful, they’re between 6 and 8 minutes each, meaning a third of this record sounds like the audio smegma I just described.

I’m not against bands trying new stuff, but I gotta call bulls*** when failed experiments are released on official albums as part of a bands’ catalogue instead of being put down like the mistakes they are, or relegated to an artistic side project. Trey Azagthoth can go on and on about shifting paradigms until The Ancient Ones return to Earth, but no matter how I alter my own absolute reality, Illud Divinum Insanus just plain blows.
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Orange Goblin packs a punch!

I may not be Jeetz, but my friends, I believe it is safe to say I'm blogging under the influence right now. You see, I am getting ready for this Friday's Orange Goblin show at Studio Seven the right way. Recently, I've been jamming the new Orange Goblin 5-disc box set recently released on Rise Above/Metal Blade. Heady, heavy stuff. But why stop there? To bask in the pure decadence of Orange Goblin, I decided to make a toast. I headed over to The Highline, a bar right down the street from my apartment on Capitol Hill, and ordered myself a cocktail. Yeah, yeah, call me a sissy if you may, but this isn't just ay cocktail. The righteous staff at The Highline dubbed this special cocktail the "Orange Goblin," after the seminal UK-based stoner rock group. Other cocktails include the Crowbar, the Electric Wizard and the St. Vitus. Now that's my kind of cocktail!

So, you might ask...what exactly would one include in an Orange Goblin?
Here's the mix, straight from the menu board:
Vanilla-orange-infused bourbon
Luxardo cherry liqueur
Navan liqueur

Orange Goblin plays Friday, June 10th at Studio Seven with The Gates Of Slumber, Naam, Brokaw and Witchburn.
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Book Of Black Earth On Metal Shop TONIGHT

Tonight on Metal Shop, Seattle blackened death metallers Book Of Black Earth will be up in the studio debuting tracks off their new album, "The Cold Testament," which is being released this Tuesday on Prosthetic Records. They will also be taking phone calls and playing songs they picked out from the metal shop library.

Never heard of 'em? Well, my friend, you're in luck. Here's a video I shot of Book Of Black Earth performing one of their new songs, "I See Demons" at last year's Capitol Hill Block Party.

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Bands announced for Rockstar Uproar tour

Rockstar Uproar Tour

Earlier today, the organizers of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour announced the lineup for this year's edition of the "counterpart" of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.

Headliners confirmed so far:

Avenged Sevenfold
Three Days Grace
Bullet For My Valentine
Escape The Fate

Second Stage:

Black Tide
Art Of Dying
The Black Cloud Collective

Our friends at Metal Underground reported:

"When we started hearing from our fans they wanted to see us back on Uproar this year, we thought, last year was a blast so let's do it again. The fans are crazy and the bands kick ass,” says Avenged Sevenfold's frontman M. Shadows. “We're spending the first half of summer playing some big European festivals so we're going to be ready to get back home and play America's top rock festival."

"We're thrilled to have Avenged Sevenfold back as headliners,” adds tour producers John Reese and John Oakes. “Their epic stage show helped elevate Uproar 2010 far beyond the standard outdoor festival. The fans wanted more, and we listened."

A portion of the proceeds of each Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival ticket sold will benefit Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation. More information on Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation can be found

"We’re excited to work with the Road 2 Recovery Foundation, since so many of the Uproar crew are fans of Motocross or just love to ride," says Mike Kelso, Marketing Director for Rockstar Energy Drink.
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2011 Release dates for Unearth and Cannabis Corpse

Two of our favorite bands here in the Metal Shop camp announced yesterday that they'd be releasing brand new albums in 2011, and we wanted to dish out the scoop.


We shall begin this blog with one of the main progenitors of metal-core here in the US! Unearth from Massachusetts have been tastefully blending some of the best in hardcore and metal since 1998, and their latest effort, "Darkness In The Light" will be hitting shelves June 4th through Metal Blade Records. The tracklist looks like this:

1. Watch It Burn
2. Ruination Of The Lost
3. Shadows Of The Light
4. Eyes Of Black
5. Last Wish
6. Arise The War Cry
7. Equinox
8. Coming Of The Dark
9. The Fallen
10. Overcome
11. Disillusion

Here's the video for Unearth's, "My Will Be Done," off their 2008 record, The March.

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Cannabis Corpse

Secondly, we feature a band called Cannabis Corpse from Virginia. In case you couldn't tell by the name, this parodic death metal band draws a huge portion of their influence from classic death metalers Cannibal Corpse. And weed. Lots of weed. Featuring members of Battlemaster, Volture, and Municipal Waste, these heshers have created enough marijuana-themed metal to keep both long-hairs and short-hairs choking for hours. Following up classic records like Blunted At Birth, Tube Of The Resinated, and The Weeding, Cannabis Corpse is back to announce their new record, "Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise," out July 12th through Tankcrimes Records. The trackrecord looks like this:

1. Visions From The Dank Side
2. Lunatic Of Pot’s Creation
3. Blame It On Bud
4. Chapel Of Bowls
5. Dead By Bong
6. Immortal Pipes
7. Where The Kind Lives
8. Sworn To The Bag
9. Blaze Of Torment
10. Gateways To Inhalation
11. Slave To The Chron
12. Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise

Here's their video for, "Skull Full Of Bong Hits," off their 2009 record The Weeding.

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Thanks for checking out our blog, and stay tuned here for more early record info and artwork!
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The First Ever From The Vault Text Face-Off

If you're even just an occasional listener of Metal Shop, you're probably already aware of a little segment that comes on at the stroke of midnight; From The Vault, a segment where we clean off the cobwebs from some of the old CD's and LPs here in the Metal Shop library and give an old school track a spin for old time's sake. This past week, we recognized the awesomeness of Nocturnus, a band whose signature proggy-tech-death style was years ahead of it's time, and in the past we've featured everyone from Carnivore to Cryptic Slaughter and Forced Entry.

Now the time has come to give us your input. Here's your chance to decide this week's From The Vault!

In one corner, we have a hometown band from the Eastside. You might know them from their breakout smashes like "Silent Lucidity," but, we here at Metal Shop would like to recognize a bit of an older track from these dudes. Wearing purple and yellow spandex, with a combined weight of something close to 1000 pounds, Queeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnssssssryyyyyyyyccccchhheee! The tune we chose from them is "Queen Of The Reich" from their 1983 debut EP Queensryche.

Having trouble remembering just how rad this song is? Here ya go!

And in the uhhh...other corner, we have another awesome local band! Serpent's Knight. Now you might not recognize him underneath all that hairspray, but Serpent's Knight was fronted by then-future Sanctuary and Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane. I'm guessing they weigh close to the same amount as Queensryche and they wear leather, lots and lots of leather.

The song we chose from Serpent's Knight for this From The Vault Face-Off is "Long Live Heavy Metal" from their 1983 album Released From The Crypt.

Not familiar? Check it, brah.

So there you go! Two awesome local bands, but only one From The Vault.

Here's how it goes: Text either "Queensryche" or "Serpent's" to the number 77999 along with the word "HORNS" to cast your vote.

All votes will be tabulated and ready to go for Saturday's episode to decide who will be the victor in the The First Ever From The Vault Text Face- Off (catchy name, eh?)

Queensryche - Queen Of The Reich


Serpent's Knight - Long Live Heavy Metal

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Sepultura announces release date for their new record, "Kairos"


Earlier today, Brazilian thrash legends Sepultura announced the release date for their latest effort, Kairos. It will be released on July 12th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. Since the release of The Cavalera Conspiracy's record Blunt Force Trauma in February, all eyes have been on the Sepultura camp, most notably after a series of public comments and finally an official video statement (below) denying rumors of a potential original-lineup reunion with the Cavalera brothers.

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Over the last few months, Sepultura has been releasing a series of studio updates on their new record, and we compiled them all here for you to get a little deeper insight on what the new Sepultura sounds like. Plus, it's just easier this way!

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(Update #4 is actually Sepultura taking a break from recording to practice playing "Arise" in its entirety.)
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    The tracklist:

Kairos Deluxe Edition:
Just One Fix (Ministry Cover)
Born Strong
Embrace The Storm
No One Will Stand
Structure Violence (Azzes)'

Bonus Tracks:
Firestarter (The Prodigy cover)
Point Of No Return
Plus bonus making of DVD

Finally, here are two videos of Sepultura playing tracks off their new record. GOT ENOUGH YET? Well hot damn, they're also coming to town on Friday, May 13th at El Corazon with Belphegor, Hate, Keep Of Kalessin, Neuraxis, Bonded By Blood, and local band Doom Of Babylon.

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See you next Saturday at 11pm for Metal Shop!
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August Burns Red announce tracklist, album artwork for "Leveler"

A few days ago, Pennsylvania's August Burns Red revealed their tracklisting and artwork for their latest record, "Leveler" out June 21st, 2011 on Solid State Records.

August Burns Red - Leveler

1. Empire
2. Internal Cannon
3. Divisions
4. Cutting the Ties
5. Pangaea
6. Carpe Diem
7. 40 Nights
8. Salt & Light
9. Poor Millionaire
10. 1/16/2011
11. Boys of Fall
12. Leveler

Stay tuned in to Metal Shop Saturday nights from 11pm to 2am to hear the newest music from August Burns Red!
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Ain't Too Old To Thrash!

I don’t want to sound like a cynical jabroni, but after seeing dozens of “old school” bands re-unite only to phone it in and rake in the dough, I have a tendency to be a bit apprehensive when it comes to seeing classic bands from the 80’s in 2011.

My hopes were high for Accept, though, as their first full-length in 14 years, “Blood Of The Nations,” brings it hard, adding a little more thrash to their already awesome onslaught of rock n’ roll fury. Their new vocalist, Mark Tornillo (who takes the place of Udo Dirkschneider) blew me away, so I couldn’t wait to check out the newly re-formed German legends in the flesh.

Let me just say that these dudes do not disappoint! Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stunned the jam-packed El Corazon crowd last night, as he traded off solos with bassist Peter Baltes. One look around the venue and you could tell everyone was having a blast as they chanted the words to both their hits (yknow… “Balls To The Wall”), and their new songs, a feat not often accomplished by “reunion” bands. And by the looks and sounds of things, Accept is not just a “reunion” band. It’s obvious that these five metal gods have the fury within themselves to continue on for many years to come. These guys have more energy at 50 + than half the young bands I see today.

If you missed out on Accept, well, that’s a bummer, but don’t fret. You have a chance to redeem yourself and see another classic German metal band at the same time.

Tomorrow night, the almighty Destruction will be crashing through town and performing live at Studio Seven. They might not be quite as old school as Accept, but in the 80’s, Destruction was considered one of the “big three” of German thrash, alongside Kreator and Sodom. Listening to their brand new album, “Day Of Reckoning” is like a windmill kick to the stomach – fast, devastating and very memorable. This will be my first time seeing Destruction, so come join in the pit and show a hall-of-fame worthy band just how Seattle does it.

Die Sau Rauslassen!!!
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Seattle date announced for the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour

Summer Slaughter 2011

The Summer Slaughter Tour is one adventure that metal heads all over the country look forward to each and every sunny Summer season, and we're pleased to announce more details regarding the Seattle date on this quest for brutality.

So far the lineup consists of the following bands:

The Black Dahlia Murder
Darkest Hour
Six Feet Under
Dying Fetus
As Blood Runs Black
Fleshgod Apocalypse

As well as a special "Halftime" peformance from Powerglove.

This year, Summer Slaughter will go down on July 26th at the King Cat Theater just northeast of Downtown Seattle.

Voting for the opening bands has recently been closed, but the following bands were in the running for the opening slot:

Dawn Of Ashes
Conducting From The Grave
The Contortionist
Within The Ruins
7 Horns 7 Eyes
Rings Of Saturn

More information as it comes, but we hope to see you all at the King Cat Theater on July 26th, 2011 for another great installment of the Summer Slaughter Tour!
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Nevermore - No More...Or At Least For These Dudes

Just woke up to some BUMMER news for Northwest metal. Today, it has been announced longtime Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have decided to leave the band. Things started to look shaky in the Nevermore camp when we first heard about them dropping from the upcoming Symphony X and Soilwork (who also dropped) tour, but I would never have guessed this.

Who knows if Nevermore will continue on, but if they're trying to replace the guitar wizardry of Loomis, they'll have to look far and wide. Now that Warrel Dane declared that there WILL be another Sanctuary record, will this be the end of Nevermore? Unfortunately, that is only "What Tomorrow Knows"...

Here's the official press release...

In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams (above, right) have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.
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4/20/11: A Night For The Vikings

Oh Lordy, the epic-ness (epic-osity?) of tonight's much anticipated Amon Amarth showcase at Showbox At The Market will be out of hand, I can already tell. Fresh off the release of their 9th studio album, "Sutur Rising," these Swedes are set to play TWO, count them, TWO full sets of originals. No openers, no special guests, no foreplay, just straight to the main course - five Viking metal heads who want nothing more than to send you home deaf.

So, what do you think we can expect for the set lists tonight? Being that they're playing two full headlining sets, I'd love to see some of their new songs, but I'd also appreciate a wide variety of old jams, particularly a few off my personal favorite Amon Amarth record, 2004's "Fate Of Norns." But when it comes to Amon Amarth, I'm not picky.

See that's the beautiful thing about these dudes. When you pick up a new album by them, you know what to expect. It might be a little faster or a little slower, but for the most part, Amon Amarth has stayed the course, presenting us with consistently badass albums since 1996. Happy 4/20 Folks. Raise your swords and let's rage like true Vikings!

Here's the info for tonights show in case this is the first you've heard of it!

Mike Thrasher presents
An Evening With
Amon Amarth

Wed, Apr 20, 2011
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Showbox At The Market
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Judas Priest announce the retirement of guitarist K.K. Downing

Judas Priest Epitaph Tour

In an extremely brief press release issued early Wednesday morning, UK heavy metal legends Judas Priest announced that K.K Downing, one of Priest's founding guitar players, has retired from the band effective immediately.

The press release, issued on the Judas Priest website reads as follows:

"It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph tour.

The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.

Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let the fans down all around the world.

Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement - 31 year old British guitar player Richie Faulkner - he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to help set the stage on fire!

The Epitaph tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites!

With a new album due to be released next year the Metal Gods are preparing to tour the planet once more - heavy metal at it's best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!! It's a show not to be missed!!

April 20th, 2011"

No North American tour dates have yet been announced, but based on the trajectory of their announced tour dates, the earliest we could see Priest in the US would be late October to early November 2011. Stay dialed in touch with the latest on the Judas Priest Epitaph tour here on Metal Shop and 99.9 KISW.
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None Heavier

A HUGE thank you to Crowbar, Down & Kingdom Of Sorrow mastermind Kirk Windstein for sitting downto chat with us this past Friday while he was in town playing the Metalliance Tour alongside Helmet & St. Vitus at El Corazon.

Listen to the full interview here.

Not only did we get a chance to interview the dude, we also dropped by a local watering hole, The Highline bar & cafe on Capitol Hill to show him something very unique about our neighborhood - a cocktail known as The Crowbar.

The recipe for "The Crowbar" is Habanero tequila, agave and muttled lime. According to the bartender we spoke with, the agave is the key ingredient, as the bartenders named the drink after it. One night, after they had closed the bar and were tossing a few beers back and attempting to name the new cocktails, Book of Black Earth and Skarp drummer/Highline bartender Mr. Joe Grindo came up with "The Crowbar" by inserting the key ingredient into the lyrics of his favorite jam by the NOLA sludge-masters.

"All I Had I Gave" became "All I Had Agave"

Agave = Crowbar
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SLAYER!!!!! (They're coming back)

Yeah, you read the title right. The almighty SLAYER will be making their triumphant return to the Northwest on August 6th alongside Rob Zombie and thrash legends Exodus. The tour is being dubbed the "Hell On Earth" tour and I can guarantee they will stay true to their word. If you've never seen Slayer before, just picture a fiery pit of hell with the gnarliest thrash band of all time providing the soundtrack. When people stagedive and crowdsurf, it looks like they're rising above the flames from their pitted doom.

Here are all the dates for the "Hell On Earth" tour.
20 Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
22 DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
23 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
24 Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON Canada
27 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB Canada
29 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK Canada
30 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB Canada
31 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB Canada

2 Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, BC Canada
3 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC Canada
5 Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
6 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA

Aaaaaaand last but not least, here's a photo of our good friend Chris "Cricket" Johnson's head. Now that's what I call a DIEHARD!
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Time Flies By When Your Head Is Banging

Has it really already been a year since we took over as hosts of Metal Shop? It still feels like yesterday when we were throwing together our audition tape, trying out on air and receiving that live phone call from Steve and Kevin, announcing the show was ours.

I couldn't believe the news. After screaming my face off for a good minute or so, I ran out of my apartment screamed "F_ _ _ YEAH!" as loud as I could. What an epic feeling. But it didn't end there.

Over the past year, we've had trunk loads of ridiculously good times. Special thanks to all the awesomely brutal local bands for making it up to the studio: No Living Witness, Bloodhunger, Owen Hart, Lenore, Sanctuary and The Accused!

Because there are so many awesome memories from the past year, I've decided to throw together a top five personal moments.

5. Interviewing and meeting Danzig: We had the chance to set up a meet and greet with the one and only Glenn Danzig when he came to town a few months back for the Blackest Of The Black Tour. I'm a huge Misfits/Samhain dork, so meeting Glenn was a bit of a teenage dream come true for me.

4. Interviewing Vinnie Paul: When Hellyeah played the sold out KISW Holiday Hangover Ball this year, Ian and I had the chance to sit down with the badass himself, Mr. Vinnie Paul. We talked Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan and life in general. Awesome, awesome dude.

3. Interviewing Dave Mustaine: I went into this interview thinking we would bomb it. I know, I know, that's not the right kind of attitude to go into an interview with. You gotta assert yourself, be confident, etc. But being as it was our first "big" interview, I was nervous as hell. Dave immediately made us feel right at home, answering all our questions and even laughing a little. But just a little.

2. Introducing Megadeth and Slayer: Standing in front of a rabid Slayer audience and yelling SLAYER while throwing up the horns has to go down as one of the coolest things I've ever had the chance to do.

1. Winning Metal Shop: Nuff said.

Thank you to all the Metal Shop loyals who stuck with the show as it went through this transition. We can only promise to bring you much more brutality in the weeks to come!

Horns up!

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Q&A: Whitechapel Guitarist Zach Householder

Just a couple hours ago, I was standing on the side of the El Corazon stage in downtown Seattle watching the Tennesse titans themselves, Whitechapel, bringing the heavy to the sold out Tuesday night crowd. Alongside I Declare War, Chelsea Grin, Veil Of Maya and The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel is zig-zagging across the nation on the "Welcome To Hell Tour." A couple weeks back, we had the opportunity to speak with guitarist Zach Householder about tour snacks, "deathcore" and "hardcore dancing," among other things. We aired the interview during the February 12th episode, but you can listen to it here.

What you are reading from here on out is the unedited interview transcript thanks to our almighty intern, Chip.

Kevin: We are on the phone right now with Zach (Householder) from Whitechapel and he is on tour right now in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s the second day of the “Welcome to Hell” tour. How is the tour going, man? It's a heavy one.

Zach: Yeah it's definitely a heavy one. It started off in Knoxville. That's our home town and it was outrageously amazing. We played the Valarium and it was sold out. It was a good home show for the first time in a long time and tonight is supposed to be sold out as well, so you know hopefully it will keep it's momentum going. We'll see what happens.

Ian: You guys have obviously done a lot of touring, making a lot of pit stops at the gas stations convenience stores. Tell us what are some of the crucial tour foods that you gotta have with you.

K: Some snacks!

Z: Oh man, you know when you first start touring you know your budget is always kind of low. You don't eat the best in the world, but man, as far as snacks go, I know me personally, Chex Mix is something I always gotta have. I'm a huge water fanatic. I love water. I just always gotta have bottled water. Those Clif bars, man those things saved my life cause you don't get to eat too god on the road sometimes and you gotta have....ya know those clif bars are a good pick me up. Thats definitely some of my snacks anyway, or the healthier snack, we'll put it that way.

K: Each band probably has some sort of ritual that they go through before their show, whether it’s going to the gym and working out or maybe even drinking a bottle of Jack Daniels. What is the Whitechapel pre-show tour ritual?

Z: Actually it's a probably little bit of both of that.

K: Nice.

Z: We all tend to work out on the road and we do a lot of kettle bell exercises and stuff like that and we do that during the day after sound check. And then you know after we're done working out and we eat dinner, we hang out and then we'll probably have a few drinks before we play go on and play and you know that’s usually the ritual before we play. Now not everybody in the band drinks or anything like that, but the one that do have their drinks and the other ones just warm up and hang out. We just try to make it as stress free as possible and sometimes a few brews help with the stress relief.

I: Thats for sure. Now, Whitechapel, you guys have a reputation for playing with some of the heaviest, gnarliest bands out there. Tell us about one of the craziest pit experiences you've seen on tour while you've been playing.

Z. For us or another band?

K & I: Either or.

Z: Either or? On Warped Tour somewhere in NY. It was probably the biggest wall of death I've ever seen in my entire life. It was the biggest circle pit too. It had to have been a football field and a half of people.

I: Damn.

Z: It was incredibly insane. As far as heavy acts, I was just astounded by the heaviness when we got to play with Meshuggah. That’s one of the heaviest bands I've seen in my entire life.

I: Like Kevin said earlier, people like to fight the invisible ninja.

Z: Oh yeah dude, oh God. I guess I'm a little too old for that, I don't know. I’m not super old but I never got really into the hardcore dancing thing. I was always, kind of a mosher and then the dancing thing started catching on. That’s cool and all but you know, I'd rather sit in the back nowadays and just not get hurt.

I: I don't have health insurance, man. I'm gettin old.

Z: Yeah me too, man. We pretty much have stage insurance. If we get hurt on stage we're covered but anything outside of that we're not covered.

K: And the dance floor doesn't count as on stage.

Z: Nope. (Laughs)

I: Now that there's been a whole new generation, or wave of bands that bands like Whitechapel have influenced, what do you think of the term “deathcore”?

Z: Oh man. It's funny like when I got in Whitechapel they were already a band in my local town. And I was already a fan of them, I was like, "Man these guys are heavy, I love it." And to me it was just death metal. I didn't care, hardcore or death metal, I don't know. And then the different term “deathcore” came later on. Even then we know that the deathcore” term is associated with the pig squeal and all that stuff. I just wasn't a fan of it, at the time, I wasn't big into the pig squeals. You know, granted, some bands did it right and made really gnarly death metal, which is cool. But like, the term “deathcore,” when it came about I just heard it used here and there and I never really paid much attention to it. I don't hate the term but I don't prefer it. Just put it that way.

K: Just let the music speak for itself for once.

Z: Exactly. Exactly.

K: One thing I was surprised with is when death metal bands will have guest vocalists on their record it will usually be someone more related to the death metal band. What inspired you guys to have Chino Moreno from the Deftones on your record?

Z: Well, I don't think there's anybody in our band that's not a Deftones fan, so what happened is our manager that we have currently, our manager Sean, he used to manage Team Sleep which was Chino's side project . He was good friends with Chino and you know, Chino's son likes Whitechapel and we just asked him if he would do it as a sudden whim, and he decided to do it. And it just worked out. It was kinda lucky for us you know we had the hook up with our manager, he was nice enough to do it and we love Chino and the Deftones, so why not do it? Right? I mean there's no rules for who you can have on your album or in metal or anything like that. You know the point of metal is to break rules.

I: If you can do it, why not?

Z:Yeah, exactly. Absolutely..

I: This is our last question. It's also one of our favorite questions. Pick a scar on your body and tell us how you got it.

Z: Oh gosh I got a lot of those. Uhhhhh……

I: Feel free to pick a couple if you want.

Z: I have one on my head. I had to get five staples in my head at one point. I was playing in a band at the time. This is before Whitechapel. It was a local band back home. My friend Clint was playing bass in the band and he got pretty sauced that night and the headstock of his bass came down and hit me in the back of the head. I wasn't lit, but I was kinda drunk too and and you know, I didn't feel it right away and I was like, “Man, that really hurt.” So I just kept on playin’ and every time I kind of nodded my head, I would see blood squirt everywhere and it was going all over my head and the neck of my guitar…

K: That's brutal.

Z: Yeah. I put my hand up on my head and looked at it as it was covered in blood. I was like, “Oh, God.” At the end of the night I had to go to the hospital, but that was a good one. That was a good fifteen-hundred dollar trip to the hospital. Just for five staples.

K: That's gnarly!

I: You didn't get all woozy and pass out on stage?

Z: Nah, man. That stuff don't bother me. I don't know man, I've had so many scrapes and scars. A lot of my scars are from BMX and skateboarding when I was younger and all that. My elbows are eaten up entirely, my shins are all kinds of messed up so there's lots of them.

I: Thank you so much to Zach from Whitechapel for talking to us. See them on March 8th at El Corazon. They're on tour with the Acacia Strain, I Declare War, Veil Of Maya and Chelsea Grin. It’s gonna be a great show.
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Sad to announce today that one of the early death metal greats, Master, have cancelled their upcoming US tour. The Seattle date was set for March 16th at El Corazon alongside Lightning Swords of Death and Bone Sickness.

This was issued by the Master camp, and forwarded to us here at KISW.

Death metal legends MASTER, who were scheduled to kick off their long-anticipated U.S. headlining tour earlier this week with support from Lightning Swords Of Death and Mobile Deathcamp, were denied entry into the country and forced to return to the Czech Republic.

Said MASTER mainman Paul Speckmann in a statement:

“We arrived Tuesday morning in Holland and after intense questioning we proceeded to the eye and body scan machine. Along with the other passengers, we proceeded to the plane. We arrived in Detroit and went to passport control. I waited for about two hours for any word on the guys. The police came to explain that the visa waiver program didn’t apply to musicians. So they sent me to customs and proceeded to tear apart everything and sent me on my way. I waited for six hours to get on another airplane and return to Europe. Thankfully the lady at the Delta checkout counter was very helpful and confirmed that the guys would be on the next plane in the evening and I could return with them. The guys were escorted to the plane by four police officers and returned their passports when we arrived in Amsterdam. Since when are musicians and terrorists in the same category? Again I apologize to all the bands, organizers and fans of course. I guess the CD cover of the Human Machine CD (seen below) has become a reality!”

More to come, I'm sure.

Master - Human Machine cover art
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All Pigs Must Die signs to Southern Lord Records!

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If you haven't heard All Pigs Must Die, check out their debut self titled EP, which you can find here. APMD features members of Converge and the Hope Conspiracy!

Just announced today, here's the official press release from our friends over at Southern Lord Records:

"Massachusetts-based hardcore/metal squad All Pigs Must Die have recently signed a deal with Southern Lord Recordings for their upcoming full-length, due to be unleashed this Summer.

The band's members hail from known modern hardcore/metal acts yet turn their more crust punk/d-beat-driven aggression outward with All Pigs Must Die. The band released their self-titled debut EP on their own Nonbeliever Records in 2010, and have toured regionally over recent months, already amassing a diehard legion of followers.

While little info on the upcoming new album is available for public disbursement at press time, we do know that the unit recorded the upcoming full-length album, entitled God Is War, at Kurt Ballou's infamous Godcity studios, and the album will be coming together for a release during the Summer months of 2011. Complete album info will be released in the coming weeks.

All Pigs Must Die will perform at several events during this year's SXSW, including the Full Metal Texas showcase alongside Rwake, Trap Them, Hull and more, as well as the Power Of The Riff/Southern Lord showcase where they'll tear it up with Trash Talk, Trap Them, The Secret, Eagle Twin, Masakari and The County Bucks. APMD will also be on tour with 'Lord labelmates Nails on their upcoming East Coast dates in March."

As huge fans of both Converge AND The Hope Conspiracy, Kevin and I both look forward to seeing what these forces will be capable of!

To say goodbye, here's a clip of All Pigs Must Die playing live in New York City at the Cakeshop last January.

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Thank You Ray!

Before I get into exactly how rad Malevolent Creation is, I would like to say that just a couple hours ago I was over at Studio Seven watching a badass show on a TUESDAY night. It's nice to know that even on the slowest of weeknights, Seattle metalheads know what's up. Unfortunately, the Absence had a little van trouble and they weren't able to make the show. Colorado thrashers Havok tore it up, though, adding a bit of speed to some pretty classic-Slayer-sounding riffs. Enough to get my head banging, that's for sure. Those dudes have a new full length coming out on March 29th titled "Time Is Up."

If you're a fan of the chuggity chug, make sure you check out Full Blown Chaos. These burly New Yorkers play heavy, in-your-face metalcore chock full of pit-clearing breakdowns to punch your friend in the face to.

I especially have to thank Full Blown Chaos' frontman Ray for this timeless quote...

"If you're not moving, you're a target. First one to bleed gets a free t-shirt. Let's beat the sh*t out of each other."

It was nice to see the show mixed up, too, as we saw a thrash band, a hardcore band and a classic death metal band share the stage in one tour package.

And then there was Malevolent. This band is on a whole new level of heavy. You wanna talk about brutal? These dudes were slamming pretty hard in 1990 and that was 21 years ago! Damn straight they're still at it!

And remember, when this Friday rolls around, you best be at one of these badass shows!!!

KISW Metal Shop Presents Deicide
El Corazon
With Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis, Pathology and Super Happy Story Time Land. Tickets are $25 ADV / $55 VIP and available through This all ages show starts at 7PM. Doors open at 6:30PM.


KISW Metal Shop Presents Atheist
Studio Seven
With Gravenloch, Terra Morta, Triosis and Tunsa Fun. Tickets are $15 ADV / $17 DOS and available through This all ages show starts at 7PM.
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The Making Of A Metal Shop Mascot

Over the years, we've all become very familiar with the Metal Shop logo. How could you miss it? With the name plastered on pretty much every huge metal show in the northwest, it's a little hard. Now that we've all gotten so comfortable with it, I think it's time to push things a little further. A couple nights ago, the inspiration hit me to take it to the next level, I purchased a blank "Dunny" action figure down the street and went to work, creating the officially unofficial Metal Shop mascot.

As you can tell, I was heavily inspired by Norwegian black metal legends Immortal and Dimmu Borgir, as the little dude dawns a fresh coat of classic corpse paint.

What's his name, you ask? Well, that is to be decided. And yes, I understand that the little guy needs some clothes. Bear with me! It's a work in process...This week, I have plans to add spiked armbands, a leather vest and a long main of black locks.

Check back here soon to view the transformation firsthand!

Horns up!

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Iron Maiden "Ed Force One" airplane tour with Bruce Dickinson

To cement their baller status as Metal Gods, Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson released today a short series of videos giving a brief tour of what it's like traveling through the air via "Ed Force One" - the Iron Maiden tour plane - a unique Astraeus Boeing 757. Maybe they will use their 2010 Metal Record Of The Year Grammy as a hood ornament!

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m/ In case you've been living under a rock, go pick up the latest Iron Maiden record - "The Final Frontier" at the coolest, most independent record store you can find.
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Valentine's Day Brutality

First off, I just have to say that Seattle has the best metal scene in the world! Booking a metal show on Valentine's Day, a holiday that is frankly quite un-metal, can be kind of a crap shoot, so it was amazing to see so many people come out to support worldwide metal. After cruising back from work via the wonderful people at Seattle Metro, I showed up just in time to catch Vancouver, BC's Judas-Priest-like powerhouse 3 Inches Of Blood open their set. Within the next day or so, I will be posting a video I shot during their set.

It's a bummer that Holy Grail had to cancel, but when you're out there on the road and things look icy, sometimes it's better to just take the night off, as we have lost too many amazing musicians, friends and heroes to accidents that could have been prevented this way. Sucks as the fan, but put yourself in their shoes, yknow?

I think it's pretty safe to say that Switzerland's folk-metal force known as Eluveitie blew everyone away last night. It's nice to see a band continue to keep it fast and brutal while incorporating interesting instruments like the hurdy gurdy and mandolin into the mix.

There's no way I'd rather spend the most un-metal of holidays.
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New Amon Amarth song - War Of The Gods!

Amon Amarth - Sutur Rising

Founded in 1992 in Tumba, Sweden, Amon Amarth have cemented their place as viking metal masters of the universe! We've been waiting for new music from these guys since the release of their record Twilight Of The Thunder Gods in 2008. It's been a long wait, but your patience is about to be rewarded!

Here is a link to the new Amon Amarth song - War Of The Gods. Tell your friends, and don't forget to listen to Metal Shop every Saturday night at 11pm on 99.9fm KISW!
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Owen Hart: Radio's Most Brutal Phone Screeners

Remember when Tacoma grindcore badasses Owen Hart joined us in the studio to debut songs off their new full-length "Earth Control?" Sure, it was awhile back, but it took me forever to censor all the foul language that spewed from the mouths of these heathens! Enjoy the video and be sure to check out Owen Hart's new music right here.

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The Big Four Announce U.S. Tour Date(s?)

...But you're going to have to make the drip down to Cali to see it all go down. For now, at least. As reported on Metal, alongside every other reputable music news site, the famed big four - Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax announced this week they will be playing their first ever U.S. show together April 23rd at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This is just one weekend after said venue hosts the yearly 3-day blowout Coachella. This news has been eagerly anticipated for years, but more so in recent months, as all four bands united for several European dates last spring. It was only a matter of time. Earlier reports mentioned that there would be a small "Big Four Tour," but those rumors have been laid to rest, for now, by the news that this will be the only U.S. date.

Who's down for a road trip?
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Sanctuary Meat!

This past weekend, the dudes from classic Seattle metal band Sanctuary graced us with their presence in the studio for a little hang out sesh. Not only did they bring along a ton of awesome music to play, but they also brought TWO HUGE dishes of BBQ pork and chicken!

Come out tonight to see SANCTUARY play a reunion for the first time in 20 years!!!
Here's all the vital info, yo.

Friday, January 21, 2011 7:30 PM

KISW (99.9 FM) Metal Shop & El Corazon Present:

After The Fallout

All Ages / Bar w/ID
Price: $25.00
Doors Open At: 7:00 PM
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None Heavier

After six years, Crowbar is back at it, releasing their newest full length "Sever The Wicked Hand" on February 8th. What does this mean to you? Well, first, it means that we wioll have another 10-or-so servings of meaty NOLA sludge filled with what I'm only guessing will be some of the heaviest riffs recorded this year. What it also means is that Crowbar will be touring in support of the record, which brings us to our next point.....

Friday April 1st (All Ages/Bar W/ID)
KISW (99.9 FM) Metal Shop, Revolver Magazine,, Brooklyn Vegan, Mosh Potatoes Cookbook and Giddy Up! Sauces and El Corazon Present:
The Metalliance Tour featuring:
Helmet (Performing their multi-platinum album "Meantime" in its entirety + hits)
Saint Vitus

Atlas Moth

Helmet, Saint Vitus and Crowbar all in one show? Damn, son, are you trying to tear down El Corazon or something? This will be, hands down, the heaviest show of 2011. I'm declaring this now with full confidence and we're only what, 12 days in?

If you aren't too familiar with Crowbar then you should know now that most of their discography has been out of print for a couple years and if you ever see one of their CD's or records, grab it. You might not see that thing again for a loooong time. Here's a taste of their new record.

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Counting Down The Top 20 of 2010

It's the last few hours of 2010 and we are counting down the top 20 releases of the past year. Because we won't have quite enough time to cover all the kick ass releases from the past 365 days, we put together a little podcast as a way to keep up with us. Listen in and hear us countdown Number 20 up to Number 11. Here's the playlist to accompany the audio brutality!

Click here to listen to the podcast!
20. Kataklysm- Heaven's Venom
19. Misery Index- Heirs To Thievery
18. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
17. GWAR- Bloody Pit Of Horror
16. High On Fire- Snakes For The Divine
15. Malevolent Creation- Invidious Dominion
14. All That Remains- For We Are Many
13. Carnifex- Hell Chose Me
12. Terror - Keepers Of The Faith
11. As I Lay Dying- The Powerless Rise
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A few holiday greetings!

Here are both Gwar and Winds of Plague's holiday greeting videos for 2010!

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Season's beatings and enjoy the brutality!
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Have A Very Brutal Christmas

As you may have heard by now, we have unveiled a new holiday tradition for us metal heads....

Death Metal December!

So just what is "Death Metal December?"
Simply put, some of us just aren't into all that holiday cheer they're selling at the shopping mall. While we're certainly not hatin' on anyone's good time, as I certainly love getting free crap and seeing my family while consuming large amounts of egg nog, it's time that we take back this month and claim it as our own. Besides, decking the halls is cool and all, but slamming down a few beers and headbanging to some classic Cannibal Corpse sounds about ten times better. Amirite? So here's the deal! Every week during the month of December, we will be playing an entire 30 minutes of straight death metal, from classic bands like Obituary, Death and Deicide, to new up-and-comers like Fleshgod Apocalypse. Death Metal December airs at 11:30 each week. Prepare to be devastated.

Still, we understand that there's a fair amount of that holiday cheer stuff hidden deep within the ashy souls of many metal heads, so we've made it a point to play one Christmas themed metal song each week during the month of December. This week's was too damn good to be true. In 2007, local band I Declare War recording a short EP titled "Bring The Season." Here's their extremely brutal rendition of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer." Fun for the whole family!

Chances are, your only hope to hear this song played live this year is next Saturday, December 18th at El Corazon with I Declare War, 7 Horns 7 Eyes and Cascabel. Visit for more info.
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Intern Search 2010

Yo College students. Here's your calling! If you're a metal head who wants to break out of the normal, daily ins and outs of the classroom, you might want to consider applying to be the new Metal Shop intern.

This position requires a solid 10-15 hours of your week. So, you might ask...what are the tasks of an intern? First, you would be helping with the on-air production of the weekly radio show (Saturdays 11pm-2am), so you'll definitely need to have Saturday nights free. From there, you'll be phone screening, interviewing metal bands, reviewing music, potentially posting blogs and most importantly...GOING TO TONS OF FREE METAL SHOWS. We're talking 2-5 per week!

This is what we need from you: cover letter and resume + proof you'll be getting school credit for your internship.
Send these on over to: by December 20 and we will go from there.

I look forward to hooking up another Metal Head with a dream gig. Horns up!
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Behemoth frontman Nergal finds Bone Marrow doner.


So riding the coat tails of MOvember, and seeing as how it's the season of giving, I wanted to write a quick post about Nergal, frontman for sweet Polish Black/Death metal band Behemoth.

We've talked in episodes past about Nergal's unfortunate leukemia diagnosis, and both his search for a bone marrow doner, and the overwhelming support that the metal community has provided to support his battle. Good news was reported a few short weeks ago that Nergal has found an identical genotype match and will begin bone transplant therapy very shortly!

I took a few minutes to do some research on where you can sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program, so I'll drop a few quick links.

It took about 5 minutes for me to register for the national registry:
Apparently, they're going to send a kit to my house and I get to go all CSI with a cheek swab and everything. Look out, David Caruso!

Locally, you can contact the Puget Sound Blood Center here:

Thanks to one person out there who decided to sign up for the registry, we get to look forward to Nergal's recovery and hopefully more future US Behemoth shows! If you've got 5 minutes, please sign up for the registry. You never know who's life you could save!

I will leave you with the final trailer for the new live Behemoth DVD, which came out on November 9th. You can pick it up from Metal Blade records here.

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Metal Shop takes part in MOvember!

So in case you've been living under a rock and avoiding our friends on the MEN'S ROOM lately, then you know that the month of November has been transformed into MOvember.

What is MOvember you might ask?

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I know that I personally see a lot of fundraisers for women's health issues, but it is fairly rare to see such a creative and entertaining way to raise funds for men's cancer and some of the other health problems men face.

That being said, it's not too late to get started ladies and gentlemen!

Both Kevin and myself (Ian) have joined our friends on the Men's Room, as well as the rest of you rockaholics by initiating moustache growth as well as fund raising for this worthy cause.

If you'd like to donate (even $5 helps!), then you can find my team page here:

We will begin posting picture updates of our 'staches soon, and keep our blog updated on our fundraising status. So far we on Metal Shop have raised $460! Let's keep it going!
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I remember Halloweeeeeeen!

Wow, what a weekend! We sure hope you enjoyed the special all-covers edition of Metal Shop this week. For Halloween, we figured it would be fitting to hear all your favorite metal bands dressing up as their favorite bands. From Pantera covering The Nuge to Devildriver taking on Iron Maiden, we made it our duty to unearth the coolest metal covers in existence.

When all is said and done, I ask you, the listener one question: What makes a good cover? Do you prefer sticking to the original source material closely, or do you more so appreciate artists who deviate from it and create their own twisted take on it. I can appreciate both, but I always love hearing a band take a classic and throw their own flavor with it. Two of my favorite covers from this past Saturday night were songs that were originally the antithesis of heavy – The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and Gary Wright “Dreamweaver.” But when placed in the hands of Botch and Crowbar, these songs are re-imagined, re-energized and therefore given a new life for an entirely different audience to appreciate.

Coming up in the next couple weeks we have some pretty huge shows! On Friday the 12th, Nile will be returning to El Corazon with an uber brutal lineup rounded out by Pathology, Ex-Deo and Australian powerhouse Psycroptic.

The next day, the touring satanic mass descends upon Seattle. On Saturday, November 13th, black metal masters Watain will be playing Seattle alongside Goatwhore. If you can’t stand the sight of animal carcasses, you might want to sit this one out.

I can’t wait to check out this Big 4 live DVD that is sitting right in front of me as I type. For those unfamiliar, the big four thrash bands from the 80’s – Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax united for the first time ever last spring for a handful of concerts overseas. They filmed the reunion and the DVD was released just yesterday. Just think, now that all the bases are covered, a United States Big Four tour is looking more and more likely by the week. Truthfully, though, what would be a Seattle venue that could host a concert of this size? I’m going to have to go with Qwest field, as Metallica rocked that place hard for their St. Anger tour.

We can only hope to be so lucky….
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Complete and Utter Failure, But Music Is Still Here

So, remember all those movies I posted about last week? Yeah, still haven't seen any of them. FAIL.
Don't you worry, though, I will get to them very soon and when I do, I will post full reviews of each.

Sunday nights Suicidal Tendencies show was off the chaaaaaaaaain. Vocalist Mike Muir is still as psycho as he was back when he wrote the classic anti-establishment tirade "Institutionalized" back in the early 80's. All he wanted was just one Pepsi. I have a feeling he drank many of them after writing that song, probably all of them being for free. As it turned out, Suicidal was focusing most of their set to songs from the crossover album, "Join The Army." This is a good thing not just because the album was one of the seminal records in Suicidal's switch from punk to metal, but also because we finally got to hear all those songs the way they should have been heard. No offense to the Suicidal Family, but the recording quality on Join The Army is straight up raunchy.

This week, I awarded the FCC's most wanted award to the one and only Devourment. As I mentioned during the show, I was looking through all my Devourment discs for something to potentially play on the show, but nothing comes close to even being easy to even censor. Due to the vocalists indecipherable inward pig squeal, I can't distinguish an F word from a V word, a C word from an SH word. It's all the same. And while their lyrics aren't exactly for the faint of heart, or easily offended, their brutal brand of slamming death metal speaks for itself. Though Cattle Decap is headlining their Studio Seven show on the 28th, I'd say I'm a bit more excited for Devourment, see as how they have never been to the NW area during their entire 10 + year existence. Stoked.

This Thursday is Triptykon, which should be a trip. Har Har. If you are a fan of Celtic Frost, you gotta make it out to this show. Triptykon is the new project from Tom G. Warrior of CF. As a metal fan, what more could you want? Okay okay, there's a lot of things - namely free beer- but all in all, this is one of the shows I've really been looking forward to. I have been jamming Celtic Frost a ton too lately. Maybe I should get one of those bullet belts. Hahahaha.
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Horror Movie Whore

Hey there Metal bloggers, it's Kevin here. I have a bit of a confession - I'm addicted to ridiculous movies. I call them movies because all in all, the kind of things I watch could barely be considered "films." There's nothing better than a great movie, but in a close second is a terrible movie worthy of a thousand laughs. With Halloween coming up, I decided to make a wish list of ridiculous horror movies I have to see before October 31st.

Monkey Shines (1988)
It seems that this is a George Romero film that has been overlooked over time. As the writer of all the best zombie movies ever, I pretty much go with whatever he puts his name on. That being said, I've always heard this movie is totally ridiculous to the point of being funny. Now that's MY kind of movie.

Troll 2 (1990)

It seems as though this failed sequel has made a bit of a resurgence as of late, due to the attention it's getting from the always influential bloggerati. Being recently named as the "Best Worst Film" has paid off well for Troll 2, as it has been released on, of all things, the Blu Ray format. Yes, Troll 2 on Blu Ray. Wow. Either way, just watch this trailer and tell me you aren't titilated. Get into it!

Bones (2001)
Here's a movie I've picked up at the video store probably somewhere around 50 times, yet I've never once grabbed it as the final choice. Not only does this classic gangster/horror flick star the one and only Snoop Dizzle Fo Rizzle, but it also features one of the mot righteous badasses of our time: Ms. Pam Grier!

Here's what IMDB has to say about the premise...

The time is 1979. Jimmy Bones is respected and loved as the neighborhood protector. When he is betrayed and brutally murdered by a corrupt cop, Bones' elegant brownstone becomes his tomb, Twenty-two years later, the neighborhood has become a ghetto, and his home has turned into a Gothic ruin. Four teens renovate it as an after hours nightclub, unknowingly releasing Jimmy's tortured spirit. Its thrills and chills when blood spills when Jimmy's ghost sets about its frightful revenge, his killers unaware of the gruesome fate that awaits them. With each new victim, the terror mounts, and Bones' vengeance spins out of control, threatening everyone in his path, including his former lover, Pearl.

Convinced yet? If not, I suggest you take a little look-sy over here, my friend.

So join me this month in celebrating both the best AND the worst in horror movie cinema. I might even re-watch Phantoms!
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As I Lay Dying announces a 2nd show this weekend!

As I Lay Dying add last minute minute Seattle show at El Corazon for October 9th!

THIS JUST IN - Tickets for Friday's show will be valid for Saturday's show as well. Just know this, once your ticket is used, it is used!

As I Lay Dying announces 2nd show!

October 7th, 2010 - Agoura Hills, CA - This just in from San Diego's As I Lay Dying!

To all of our Seattle fans: "We were just informed that due to a ticketing glitch the Friday Oct-08 Seattle show at El Corazon was oversold by 150 tickets. Since the venue is not by law able to hold this many people, and since we certainly don’t want anyone to get turned away at the door on Friday, we have decided on short notice to do a second show on Saturday Oct-09 at El Corazon. Due to the short notice, tickets will be at a reduced price as compared to the Friday show, and the venue will be refunding the $2.50 difference in ticket price to the first 150 ticket holders of the Friday show who are willing and able to attend the Saturday show. We hope this resolves the issue and we look forward to playing two great shows for all of our Seattle fans."

Tickets can be purchased at:

Here are the details for the Saturday show:

Saturday, October 9

7:00 doors 7:30 show

El Corazon

109 Eastlake Avenue East

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 381-3094

All Ages bar w/ID

Line Up:

As I Lay Dying

All That Remains


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Metal Shop updates for this week!

So in case you have been living under a rock, or you're a broke ass jabroni like Kevin and I and can't afford cable, then you caught the season premiere of METALOCALYPSE on Adult Swim last sunday. Finally, the gang is back to provide us a new season of metal-filled cartoon entertainment. Here's a bit of what you might have missed last week:

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Metal Swim Compilation
Along with bringing us a new season of Metalocalypse, Adult Swim released a metal compilation that they put together this last week. It features several unreleased and B-side tracks that we will be playing this week on Metal Shop. If you'd like to get your grubby little hands on it, here's where you can download this sweet comp.

Here is the "Metal Swim" tracklisting:
1. Death Angel -Truce
2. Skeletonwitch – Bringers of Death
3. Torche – Arrowhead
4. Ludicra – Path of Ash
5. Kylesa – Forsaken
6. Black Tusk – Fatal Kiss
7. Red Fang – Hank Is Dead
8. Black Cobra – Frozen Night
9. Saviours – Dixie Dieway
10. Witch Mountain – Veil of the Forgotten
11. Isis – Pliable Foe
12. Jesu – Dethroned
13. Pelican – Inch Above Sand
14. Zoroaster – Witch Hammer
15. Withered – Extinguished With the Misery
16. Boris – Luna

-Bing, bang, boom. Following up the Metal Swim compilation is the video for Skeletonwitch's song, "Bringers Of Death," found on the compilation listed above. Watch, download, and headbang!

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-Powerglove, our favorite cartoon/video gamed theme cover band released their new record Saturday Morning Apocalypse this past week. We aired their cover of the X-Men theme song last week, and they also do tracks like Batman, Transformers, and even have Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko making guest apperances on Pokemon's "Gotta Catch Em' All" as well as the Simpson's theme. Here's a video of a bit of their recording process -

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Everyone's favorite space alien trash talkers GWAR have been running around the media circuit lately. Frontman Oderus Urungus recently appeared on Red Eye (although I never thought I'd make a link to a Fox News video here), and will appear on the Jimmy Fallon show on October 28th in support of their new record, "Bloody Pit Of Horror" out on Metal Blade - November 9th, 2010.

-Despite frontman Nergal's recent health struggles, Polish Death/Black metal band Behemoth has been pushing forward, recently releasing a trailer for their upcoming live DVD, "Evangelia Heretika."

Here's the trailer:
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-Immolation and Vader are coming back to town with Pathology and local band No Living Witness on Sunday, October 10th at El Corazon.
But if you can't wait that long, then you can check out the Immolation set live from The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (of all places) on Thursday, October 7th at 6pm Pacific right HEEEYA.

Last but not least, this weekend we're going to be interviewing Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine. They'll be in town at El Corazon on October 8th with Unearth and Carnifex, and we have a ton of tickets we'll be giving away. AILD has announced they will be doing signings outside of El Corazon for 30 minutes from the moment the doors open. So if you're going to be standing in line, bring a shirt or CD to get signed!

Here's the video for "Parellels" off The Powerless Rise.-

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Thanks for checking out our blog, we'll see you Saturday night at 11pm for three hours of the most righteous riffage - METAL SHOP!
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Request Log = Democracy In Action

You read correctly. Along with our weekly playlist, Ian and I have decided to start posting a weekly request log. Not only will this give you a sense of validation for the request that we might not have gotten to, but it will also help us create an almighty masterlist to input into the electronic mainframe of the digi-computation screen.

What does all of this mean?

1.) It means I've been watching too much of Hackers with Angeline Jolie....But who could resist?

2.) It means that at the end of the year, we will have a list of the top requested artists and songs of the year. Of course, being that we weren't the hosts of the show for the whole year, it's not 100 percent accurate. But who's counting? Us, apparently.

So get ready to start requesting more music. Ian and I are working hard to get as much underground independent metal on the air, so do us a favor and throw your favorite song at us as a request. Even if it's something we've already played, there's always room for a request.

Also, listen to Crowbar. That is my one request for you this week. If you dig Crowbar, then we can be friends. Guess what? They've got a new album on the way, and I just saw on their Facebook page that Kirk is recording vocals...probably as I type this. None heavier than Crowbar. All hail the riff.

Until next time. Horns up!

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Wolves In The Throne Room: Uncut!

If you were able to catch Metal Shop this week (if you weren't, check out that podcast, sucka!) you may have heard a band known as Wolves In The Throne Room. This two piece melodic black metal band comes from a small farm somewhere along the Olympic Peninsula. Apparently, the members are both organic farmers and have put on black metal shows (by candelight!) out in their barn. Epic.

So here's the deal: I edited this song down. Why? Well, it's a somewhat raw recording of a new-ish band, and I just couldn't justify taking up 13 minutes of precious Metal Shop airtime for it. I want to fit as much metal and as many requests in as possible. I cut the song in half and what you heard was the most "building" 6 minutes of it. Because I dig this band so much, and I really don't have any desire to "censor" any artists in my time as a DJ, I went and found the entire version of "Vastness and Sorrow." This song appears on their, Two Hunters album, a record that gained them quite a bit of notoriety in the underground black metal scene. It's really cool that these guys are from Olympia and they're doing such interesting and original music. It's so pretty yet oh so brutal.

Here you go. Tune in, zone out. Enjoy. From one music nerd to another.

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Can you tell we're excited? That's right, folks, the one and only Slayer is making their triumphant return to the northwest this Friday alongside the almighty Megadeth and let's not forget Testament. To make it THAT much cooler for us metal dorks, the fine folks in the SLAYER and MEGADETH camps took it upon themselves to up the anty x10 - this tour would for the true diehards! Slayer will be playing their underrated and classic "Seasons In The Abyss" album in its entirety and the Megadeth machine will be busting out all the jams from "Rust In Peace."

Now that you realize how stoked I am for this show, I'm okay with admitting I'm also a little bummed. Just a half a month after the Washington stop on the American Carnage tour, Anthrax is meeting up with Slayer and Megadeth to continue their path of destruction. All this needs is Metallica to sign on the dotted line and we have ourselves the big four touring the United States like they should be. People said it couldn't and wouldn't happen, but we saw all 4 bands unite on one stage just a few months back for a short European tour jaunt. Now it's time to get these 4 together for all the fans that live in the country all the bands reside from. If they can forget beef for a few nights in Europe, why not in America?

On another note, I realized that the planets were aligning in favor of Slayer being insanely epic this Friday. While shopping at a local thrift store, I caught a glimpse of an old school SLAYER t-shirt in mint condition for just under 4 dollars. My first thought: Grab it. My second: Who the hell gives up a Slayer shirt? This guy either got married or gained a bunch of weight. Is this a coincidence? I find a crucial Slayer shirt the same week as the big Slayer concert in Seattle? Maybe. But c'mon, maaaaaaaaaaaan, don't you want to believe?


Slayer- Seasons In The Abyss
Decrepit Birth- Polarity
Periphery- S/T
Insect Warfare- At War With Grindcore
Electric Wizard- Dopethrone
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Thank You Owen Hart!

No, not the late professional wrestler. Well, definitely thank him, but what I'm trying to say is that we would love to thank the Tacoma grindcore band named after him - Owen Hart- for coming up to the show on Saturday and debuting some songs off their new LP "Earth Control." Things got a little crazy in the studio and I'm really excited to post some of the behind the scenes footage from the band taking phone calls. First, I gotta download some 40 dollar program so I can edit it all together into one legit piece of ridiculousness.

For now, though, you can trot on over to the Owen Hart band camp page to hear a ton of their new songs (including two that are on the Relapse Records comp "This Comp Kills Fascists 2").

Look at Tony!
Tony from Owen Hart getting stoked to be on Metal Shop!
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Metal and Video Games

Hey, Ian here.

I just wanted to drop by to say that things are just meant to go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Summer and swimming pools. Good food and beer. Beaches and beer. Beer and beer. Haha, you get the point.

That being said, metal and video games have always gone hand in hand for me! Ever since I was a kid listening to Ride The Lightning and dropping bombs on fools while playing Galaga, I knew that I had been bitten by a bug of dual faces. Metal and video games, what a better combination? Whether it be old school NES to SNES through handhelds all the way to today's gaming technology, you better bet i've been there!

Not much has changed. I still love metal, and I still love video games!

Hit me up on Xbox Live:

Gamertag: AxisOfIan

I look forward to hanging out with all the metal head fans of Metal Shop every week after the show is over. All week long, feel free to hit me up and hang out with me live! Consider it the direct link for all the metal head video gamers just like me. Drop me a line, hit us up with requests, or just kill some zombies with me!

The link between video games and metal will always be strong!

Just ask Powerglove:

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Anyway, if you're a metal head video game addict like me, hit me up and we'll complete some missions before next week's Metal Shop!

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The Road To Mayhem

I would just like to take a quick second to post about how freakin stoked I am for Tuesday and the 3rd annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. It was just last year that Slayer and Manson ruled the main stage and it's incredibly wild for me to think that this time around I will be interviewing all of my favorite Mayhem bands...

So who am I really excited to see? Hmmm...let's take a look here..

Hatebreed - You can never go wrong with a little Jamey Jasta and co. in your life

Rob Zombie - face it, the dude is one of the best entertainers in hard rock!

3 Inches of Blood- Only one thing you need to say, "Kill The Orcs, Slay The Orcs"

Lamb of God- Nuff said.

Now that I'm really getting ready for things, it's coming down to just preparing for my interviews...

I want to include you, the listener, in on this as much as possible, so I will leave you with this question:

If you could ask a question to one Mayhem band, who would it be and what would you ask?

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The Number Of The Beast!

Holy wow, what a crazy 24 hours it has been. Let me just get this out of the way and admit that this time last week I was a Maiden virgin. Yes, I, Kevin, one of the hosts of Metal Shop had never seen the supreme kings of the NWOBHM until yesterday. That being said, Dickinson and company rocked my balls off.

The entire set was spot on, with the band throwing in some newer jams alongside classic staples like "Hallowed Be Thy Name," but I would have to say one of the best moments of the night came when Bruce made a special toast to fallen icon Ronnie James Dio. The entire hill lit up with BIC lighters swaying to and fro in appreciation of a true metal legend.

If you went to Maiden last night, what was your show highlight?
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The newest Kingdom Of Sorrow album...

Is the best thing you will hear this year...

Okay okay okay, maybe that's going a little bit too far with my excitement over how bone crushingly awesome this record is, so how about I just say it's going to be a staple on the weekly playlist until the disc breaks or gets stolen!

So, you might ask, who is Kingdom of Sorrow? For those not yet initiated with their greatness, Kingdom of Sorrow is one half Crowbar and one half Hatebreed, taking the groove of the former and mixing it with the straight forward crunch of the latter.

Their new album is called "Beyond The Blackest Tears" and is available now on Relapse.

They have a couple jams from the album posted here. Check em out and give them the support they deserve! Until next time...horns up!
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What a weekend....

Yes, that's right - you saw it all in the title so why do I have to write it again? Eh? I'm sitting here listening to the new INTEGRITY CD that the wonderful people at Deathwish Inc just sent us while nursing my war wounds from this past weekend. If you're not aware, this past weekend was Rain Fest - a three day metal, hardcore and punk festival in Tacoma.

By far, the heaviest set of the weekend was by a recently reunited Minnesota band called Disembodied. Pretty sure they've come damn close to hitting the brown note, so please note that if you plan to see them in the future, bring a diaper.

This weekend was also the triumphant all 80's episode of Metal Shop. Putting together the playlist for this episode was too fun! The 80's were the real formative years for underground metal, so it was awesome to be able to pick through mountains of old discs to highlight some of the gems.

Here's my question for you....

If we were to do an all 90's episode, what are some of the essential bands that you think represent that decade in metal?
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It's been a rough couple of months...

Since we've started here as hosts of Metal Shop, the metal world has experienced three major losses.

On April 14th, we mourned the loss of one of metals largest personalities - the one and only Peter Steele, vocalist of Carnivore and Type of Negative.

Just last week, we were all saddened by the death of Metal legend Ronnie James Dio. If it wasn't for this man, the metal horns wouldn't even exist.

And today, it has been confirmed that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray aka #2 was found dead in an Iowa hotel room.

Each of these individuals had unique and interesting things to add to the world of metal.

And while it's important that we mourn the loss of our fallen metal heroes, it's in their honor we continue to headbang. Instead of moping around, I suggest your rock "Bloody Kisses," "Holy Diver" and "Iowa" all week long  - trust me, it's the only way they would have wanted it!

Horns up to that!

R.I.P Paul Gray

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Conquering The Throne

Yo, it's my first time entering into the KISW blogosphere so please be easy on me.

The last few months have been a dream come true. From the anticipation of the DJ search contes to  the shock of winning and the brutality of the first few episodes.

Very stoked to be one of the new hosts of the heaviest show on the dial.

In the future, you can expect interviews (both video/audio and trasncribed), record reviews, interesting news stories and well...whatever you listeners want (cake recipes?)

For now, though, I'm going to sit back, relax and watch this here video. I suggest you do the same. And hey, maybe afterwards you can click to the right of it and watch a few more. Sick, sick band.

See you soon. Mosh. watch?v=IifXxZfgLis

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Playlist For April 3rd, 2010

Carcass- this mortal coil

Dillinger escape plan- 43% burnt

Meshuggah- rational gaze

Sepultura- roots blood roots

Darkest hour – devolution of flesh

Sonata arctica- paid in full

High on fire- holy flames of the fire spitter

Dethklok- the gears

Amon amarth- runes to my memory

YOB- Ball of Molton Lead

Napalm death- wretching on the dirt

Children of bodom- aces high

Black breath- escape from death

Dying fetus- one shot one kill

Nevermore- final product

Fear factory- edgecrusher

Owen Hart- You;ll See 8 Year Olds in hell

Danzig- Long Way Back From Hell

At the gates- blinded by fear

Down- on march the saints

Blood has been shed- greetings from the gallows

Hatebreed- last breath

Xibalba- bright sun

Strapping young lad- love?

Integrity- micha: those who fear tomorrow

Mayhem- visual aggression (celtic frost)

Amon amarth- an ancient sign

Metallica- Creeping Death

3 Inches Of Blood- Premonition of Pain

Morbid Angel- Vengeance Is Mine

Shadows Fall- Destroyer of Senses

Nile- Hittite Dung Incantation

Premonitions of War- Mother Night Revisited

Acrassicauda- Message From Baghdad

The Black Dahlia Murder- Funeral Thirst

Dillinger escape plan- farewell mona lisa

Megadeth- this day we fight!

Brutal Truth- Perpetual Conversion

Graf Orlock- The Dream Left Behind

Slayer- Post Mortem

Kylesa- Scapegoat

Mastodon- The Wolf Is Loose

Dethklok- Bloodlines
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Metal Shop Blog #28: Fear Factory

"Fear Factory is like a business and I'm just reorganizing. We won't talk about their exclusions." - Burton C Bell regarding ex Fear Factory members Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers.

So there's a new Fear Factory album out.  But it's not the fear factory we all know and love, or even most of it.  That's because Burton and Dino are having a little hissy fit with Christian and Raymond.

"Christian and I are actually still in Fear Factory...[Burton and Dino] decided to start a new band, and furthermore, they decided to call it Fear Factory. They never communicated with us about it" - Raymond Herrera

My thoughts?

Get over it, guys.  The new album rules with the Gene Machine on drums and Byron on bass, but it would be soooo  much better with the real members of Fear Factory.

Here's a tune from the new album. It comes out on February  9th. Dig it, buy it, play it for friends.  It's still rad... and it's the GENE MACHINE!  That makes it mandatory by default.


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Metal Shop Blog #27: Top (insert # here) of 2009!


We do it at the end of every year.  Our Top Whatever We Feel Like of 2009.  Usually it's the Top 20 or Top 25.  At any rate, it's coming up THIS WEEK on Metal Shop.  There were tons of great metal albums released this year.  A few of my personal favorites were Crack the Skye by Mastodon, Those Whom The Gods Detest by Nile, Heart of Darkness by Burnt By The Sun (sleeper album of the year... had no idea it was even good, much less AWESOME when I heard it the first time).

What were YOUR favorite albums of the year?  E-mail us ( or or Facebook us, or leave a comment on this blog and tell us what needs to be on our countdown this week!  We set up our list based on the most requested and asked for albums, with a little sprinkling of personal preference thrown in for good measure.

As for me and my #1 album of the year... well it's not even metal.  Simon Posford is my favorite musician of all time and his main project, Shpongle, put out their fourth album this year after a very long 4 years since the last one.  Needless to say I was very excited to hear this.  Shpongle's music is nearly indescribable, spanning just about every kind of sound you can imagine.  Lots of worldly rhythms, plenty of huge grooves that will make you dance without realizing it, crazy sound effects that will completely tweak your brain and it's perception of what it's trying to process.  It's difficult to explain, so I'll just give you their artist's own interpretation which I think sums it up pretty well:

"Dongle and Mongle are the only two other words rhyming with Shpongle...a strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midgets with frozen digits squeezing the envelope and crawling through the doors of perception, find a new pair of dice... extra numbers and colours an infinite expanding bubble, filled with a bizzare, strange world of dripping halucinatory wallpaper, a garden of earthly delights........... Shpongleland..... a place of well being, and reflective surfaces, morphing like an Anacondas skin and shimmering like a million colour changing squid, at fifty fathoms.. truly unfathomable like seperating water from it's wetness, the Ineffable Mysteries unweave ....."

If you've got 10 minutes to spare check out a track from the album.  It's called "Shpongolese Spoken Here" and it's very glitchy through the first half and chilled out with a big ol dub beat in the second half.  The second half is my favorite part of the entire album.

Let us your favorite albums of the year!  The countdown is THIS WEEK!

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Metal Shop Blog #7 11/01/08; The Metal Shop Mouth Off


We're a week late on this update, but we totally have to spend some time talking about the show last week and also the Throwdown in T-Town.  I'll start with the show last week since it was awesome and not as much typing is involved.  Basically, we had Jeff Loomis on the show.  If for some unfortunate reason you're not familiar with him, he's the guitarist for local Seattle band Nevermore.  Jeff has a new solo album out now called Zero Order Phase.  If you appreciate great guitar playing on any level (especially shredding), this album comes highly recommended by Metal Shop.  Click on Jeff's name a few sentences back to check out some tracks.  You can also listen to the entire show last week, including the interview with Jeff and a couple songs from the album on the Metal Shop On Demand player.  Good times were had, it's always fun to have Jeff on the show, and he brought Skittles this time!!

So by now you've probably heard a lot about the Throwdown in T-Town.  Well, we had were a part of it with The Metal Shop Mouthoff.  The concept is basically Steve and I talking smack to one another for three 30 seconds round.  This was destined to turn into one of those "Yo Mama"-offs.  Of course, with Ryan Castle's "expertise" involved, of course a stipulation was brought up that would result in the loser doing something absolutely humiliating.  In this case, dressing up like Britney Spears and singing "Oops I Did it Again."  Now to be completely honest, I knew as soon as this idea was conceived that I'd end up on the losing end of this battle.  First of all, I'm completely terrible at talking smack and making fun of people.  I find it pretty hilarious when other people do it, but unless something hits me an instant due to perfect circumstances, I'm pretty much unskilled in the trade of degradation.  Second of all, Steve Rock is master of it.  He's also a lot more recognizable to more of the station's fans with his random BJ Shea appearances.  So by the time it came to really prepare for the event, I had pretty much accepted the fate I was most likely about to be given.  And when all was said and done, it turned out I was right.  Whether accepting that fate before it happened actually affected my performance remains to be seen.  Oh well.  It was still a fun night and dressing up like Britney was as terrible as I thought it would be.  But don't get me wrong, it was definitely not enjoyable, rather humiliating and embarassing, but I cna take it in stride and besides... I got to throw Steve to the ground like a ragdoll and bang up his shoulder while I was dressed like a woman.  That was the best part of the night.  Here are some pics.

Jolene makin' me pretty backstage:

And a Rock Girl Pillow Fight pic just to put this blog post back on track.

It's now 10:30pm and there's exactly 30 minutes until Metal Shop starts for this week.  We get 4 hours tonight because of daylight savings time.  2am is the official time change, and since this time we "fall back", that means the clock goes back to 1am and we have an extra hour of metal.  Pretty awesome if you ask me.  Now I go make some coffee and switch around a few letters on Steve's keyboard.

Until next time...
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Metal Shop Blog #12

Metal Shop Blog #12 - The Top 20 of 2008!

If you tuned in to the show this past week, you heard our Top 20 of 2008.  There were a lot of great albums put out this year, so as usual we turned to you guys to compile the list.  This list reflects everything that YOU want to hear and everything you called us about throughout the year.  Additional marks were given to albums that are just plain awesome, which albums have been successful and which bands have toured the most.  All of these things are variables in determining what goes where on the list.  So, in case you didn't listen and follow along, here is the list.  Below it you find both mine (Kevin) and Steve's personal top 10 albums of 2008.

The Metal Shop Top 20 of 2008:
20. Origin - The Antithesis

19. Abigail Williams - In The Shadow of A Thousand Suns

18. Soilent Green - In The Presence

17. Unearth - The March

16. Arsis - We Are the Nightmare

15. Exodus - There Will Be Blood

14. The Faceless - Planetary Duality

13. Trivium - Shogun

12. Kingdom of Sorrow - Kingdom of Sorrow

11. Misery Index - Traitors

10. Cavalera Conspiracy - Inflikted

09. Children of Bodom - Blooddrunk

08. Testament - The Formation of Damnation

07. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God

06. Meshuggah - obZen

05. Gojira - The Way of All Flesh

04. All That Remains - Overcome

03. Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown

02. Opeth - Watershed

01. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone

KEVIN:  Pretty decent looking list there.  A couple albums I've moved around a bit for my Top 10, a couple that stayed the same and a couple I'd throw completely away to never come anywhere near my personal list again.  This is the first time I've put together my list this year so most of it is right off the top of my head:

Kevin's Top 10 Albums of 2008:

10. Textures - Silhouettes

09. Arsis - We Are the Nightmare

08. Rotten Sound - Cycles

07. Misery Index - Traitors

06. Meshuggah - obZen

05. Origin - Antithesis

04. The Faceless - Planetary Duality

03. Neuraxis - The Thin Line Between

02. Opeth - Watershed

01. Gojira - The Way of All Flesh

And I have to give an honorable mention to my other favorite album of the year because I can't include it on this list.  It's not metal at all:  Ott - Skylon -  here's a sample if you're interested in some nice dub beats with fat basslines.

Steve will add his top 10 when he he decides to not be lazy.  So check back soon and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Meshuggah and The Faceless at ElCo in February!  What a way to start the year!

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Metal Shop Blog Dimebag Night

12/06/08 - Tonight is DIMEBAG NIGHT on Metal Shop.  By now everyone knows WHY this is Dimebag night, so there's no reason to go over it any more.  Instead, we want to know "WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DIMEBAG ALBUM?"  We're going to be playing nothing but Dimebag's music tonight, so your votes will help us decide what Dimebag stuff we need to play the most of!  So pick your favorite below and let us know!  If there's something out there that you love that's not on the list, call us and tell us!  206-421-ROCK or 800-783-ROCK.

Prepare for an awesome show tonight!  We even still have tickets to give away!

UPDATE!  Here's Steve telling everyone his most memorable Dimebag moment...

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Metal Shop Blog #10 12/3/08


Metal!!  Yeah!  Love it!!  Holidays!!  No!  Don't love it!  And I will tell you why...

OK, I am a fan of certain PARTS of this beautiful blizzardy time of year:  SNOWboarding, peppermint tasting stuff (yes it's metal), SNOWboarding....uhhh.  And then the rest of the stuff I could live without:  Commercials everywhere you look, overpriced holiday themed food and speacials, people asking me what Hanukkah is and if I celebrate it, people thinking they can cook when, in actuality, the spirit of Christmas can NOT make you stop sucking at making brownies...

I'd probably be in a better holiday mood if there was SNOW in the MOUNTAINS, but alas...  Perhaps my jobs affords me a slightly more magnified look at the world ,media-wise, but it seems that it's all about getting you out of the house and into every and any store out there to take what money you may have slaved for and hand it over for cheap slave labor crap.  Now, I like stores.  I like shopping.  I do.  It's been programmed into my skull since birth that shopping and buying is where it's AT!  BUT, that does not mean I have to give in to the machine and agree to suck up everything my friends and I see on commercials.  We need new stuff because we are TOLD we need them.  We feel obliged to buy toys for everyone because we are TOLD to do so.  It just ain't the case, man.  This is my 2 cents, if nothing else.

I am going to spend every spare buck I have, traveling to see my family and taking my friends to events that will last in their memories far longer than any music player and give way more happiness than any DVD of Shark Story 17 can bring.  I just think that if you or I die tomorrow, it's better to have a memory of something radical (maybe a metal show or a trip to Canada) than having the last memory of me or you, one more present.  One of thousands that we get ina lifetime.  We are buried in life with stuff we just do not need, though we are told we do.  Get up, get out!  I'd rather receive nothing at all than something I know was manufactured five million times, for profit, without heart.
Saturday night!  El Co!  With Soilent/Misery/BoBE!! The BDM.  Be there.

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KISW Metal Shop Blog #9: Videos

Metal Shop Blog #9

Awesome videos... check all of these out!

All Shall Perish

Amon Amarth


Beneath the Massacre

All That Remains

And just for fun, one of the greatest videos ever: Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy

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Metal Shop Blog #8 11/8/08


Blogggggin!  THE most fun you can have on the internets....IF it's Metal Shop doing the bloggin, of course.  Yah.  And yes, Kevin is correct in saying that I am rad and he is not....when it comes to talking about mothers, at the very least.  Honestly, we both had a ton of fun at the Throwdown and were happy to see a bunch of insane and drunk friends hanging out, enjoying themselves.  The EQC was infiltrated that night by Rockaholics and a better time could not have been had!  The other Steve and other other Steve thumb wrestling just cracked me up!  I thought WE were funny....

And really, who doesn't enjoy a huge pillowfight between a bunch of good lookin dames, huh?  Yeeah.

Good times... and ONE o these days.... we SHALL get back to our Dick's Burger Off....uhhh, I think Part THREE...

So many good shows lately!  (Bragingly speaking)  I've hung out with ol Tom Morello (he covered Dirty Deeds too) and Sir Danzig (always in leather) in the last week or so.  Saw Dimmu own it live, Dragonforce shred beyong shreditude and Down was groovingly crunchy!

Aaaand, Gwar soon, Exodus on Saturday playing Bonded live all the way through, In Flames with Goji and I am stoked to see All Shall Perish at the Job For a Cowboy show!  And the Emerald City Deathfest with The Faceless coming up...

Mucho metal.  Always.  Great local shows as well.  The NW is chock full of em!  You just have to look.

You ARE your scene.  Make it happen!  Get clicking on the MySpace action and find yer new favorite band!

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Metal Shop Blog #26 October 19th, 2009


Hey!  A Blog!  Nice.  So the year is coming to a close and that leads to us thinking back, recalling all the radicalness that the year 2009 gave us.  And there was LOTS!  Good shows, good releases and good times all around.  And we will GET to some of that action soon enough.  For NOW though, a couple stories.  Only a couple, although we have MANY... because Kev and I were talking about how awesome we have gotten to be in the last few years thanks to The Rock and our fav three hours of the week: METAL SHOP!  Here's a story that's near and dear to my heart.......

It was approximately SIX years ago.  Hanging out alone, backstage at The Moore, waiting for Arch Enemy to hit the stage...  Now, I had gotten there a little late, but it was hard to be bummed out on the fact because a lil band we call SLAYER (they ripped that place apart by the way) was hitting the stage shortly after good ol Arch Enemy was done jud jud shredding us.  I always take advantage of free... ANYthing, so there I am enjoying some fresh salsa, chips and a can of Sprite when a man I had never met at that point, a man by the name of Tom moseyed over to the food table.  I had met a couple of the dudes in Slayer but never TOM!  Did he look menacing?  Not really.  Was he Tom Araya, the FRONT man of a band that not only every bro I have respects, but has been fronting this "Slayer" metal act since when my Mom had to dress me and cut up my french toast?  Yep.

I don't get nervous often.  I pride myself on this.  It DOES happen, though.  Once in a blue moon.  USUALLY when someone I look up to ends up being more generous with their time and even COOLER than I expected.  That's what went down.  I HAD to do SOMEthing.  It's just Tom and I in this huge room (almost actually a floor underneath the stage) at The Moore.  I had no interview planned and no greeting ready for the quiet and relaxed-looking Mr Araya.  Fishing through my pockets like people tend to do when thinking, almost hoping to find an answer deep down in there somewhere, I come upon a couple trading cards.  BINGO!  One, being a Rock Girl 2003 Trading Card and the other, METAL SHOP.  Yes!  I can give him my card!

So with a non intrusive, "Hey there...Tom?", I shove my hand out with the cards, tell him about my little radio thing I do, quickly, thank him for being so BADASS all these years and give a grin.  He returns it and thanks me, takes the cards, and well, what more do I need!  I walk back over to the chips and chow on a few, feeling quite satisfied with myself.  It could end there and the night would be an 'A' in my book.  But no, Mr Reign in Blood walks over to the table and starts interviewing ME about Metal Shop!  I think it was the combo of it being HIM on top of this look he had.  Not like, jeans and sleeveless shirt look.  Like, the look of a dude that has been around the world a few times, knows what he stands for and will judge YOU far slower than you, him.  That's it!  I don't even know what we talked about.  It was only five minutes, but one of my favorite five I can recall.  It was a lil bit like hanging with Santa Clause!  But if like, he was from Chile and sang about Dead Skin know?

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Metal Shop Blog #6 9/25/08


Lots of kickass stuff has been happenin on Metal Shop lately.  We had local greats HATEFIST in, a week back, and just the otehr day, local greats (TJ and Joe of) BOOK OF BLACK EARTH were hanging out.  Both have new music which you must check out, if you are badass.  There is much in the way of local heaviness, and you'd KNOW that if you went out to shows, like yer s'posed to!  And yes, thanks to all the folks we DO see out and about, be it at a lil show at the Comet or a sold out evening at the Showbox....

CARCASS was amazing, yes.  CoB, the BDM and BTBAM owned the Showbox!  Just saw Book o Black Earth at the Comet AND August Burns Red at El Co this last eve.  All fantastic and mind blowing and you blew it if you attended none of these.  "But I got WORK, Steve.  I got obligatory obligations, maaaan"....  Uh, I don't care.  So do I!  I show up for BJ's morning show on zero sleep (yes, he gets mad at the fact) and halfdead to the WORLD, but I am HAPPY.  Happy I made the right choice in rocking as opposed to sleeping.  If ya don't wake up tomorrow, you'd be, wait, YOU may not.  I will be pleased that I did the right thing and exercised my freedom to drink, be merry, support people that I envy and respect, headbang and fraternize with fellow humans that GET IT.

OK, I'm done.  Just, like, go to shows.  AND listen to Metal Shop.  We got Obituary, Opeth, Helloween, Amon Amarth and Overkill tickets!  What whaaat!  And no, you cannot buy my Metallica tickets from me.  Stop asking.  ROCKout
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Metal Shop Blog #5 9/11/08

Yes, 'tis 9-11 and we should remember the victims of that bad business that happened a ways back BUT (and this is all I have to say on the topic of THIS day) it's sad that as greedy humans, we are a race that would exploit any one horrific event to better their own personal political agenda...!  But as we know, as any soul vying for power over a coutry, well, NO thing is sacred.  (can you tell my view of politics is kinda grim? yep.)  I've been rethinking communism.  Hey, Stalin did GOOD stuff too, ya know.  You just don't hear about it much....hehheh.  OK.

MS, last weekend was Raaaaad, capital R, cause Kevin was gone!  Out of the state, leaving me HAPPY to be rid of the fool, but MAD cause he couldn't be there to do crap during a BUSY show.  Lot's of Nightwish tix, for starters.  Thanks for comin out, by the way, to Showbox SODO.  Many folks were there, getting a healthy dose of Epicness...

Now, personally, (click on that last word to see video of how much of a dick BJ Shea can be to his best Toppy replacer...heh, which I will BE tomorrow and Monday...whooh) I must thank a certain kind of person.  I LOVE love love.  I mean, I love to ride bikes.  Nothing against MOTORbikes but I LOVE pedaling hard and fast for a couple hours on a bicycle.  My roomie, Michael Moore, (real name, cool dude) gives me full reign of his sick $1k plus racing bike, which I just USED to go from here (home in Ballard) to the U. Village, a good 10 miles, round trip.  Long as I have my tunes rumbling deep in my ears, I am GOLDEN.  PROPS to the ol Burke Gilman Trail!!  Love it.  I've gotten up to Bothell on it!

SO, the kind of individual I would like to thank right now, who I SEE on this fine trail every single time I take it, to UW and beyond, is the pretty looking ladies of the 206.  Namely the U District.  You are on bike, or, maybe jogging with headphones on too, flashing me a smile cause I headbang even on a bike.  You have dreds and look like you wouldn't mind chatting about your second year at UW and how HERE is so much cooler than Utah, where you are originally from, but you're walkin yer little dog and I am headed the other way at 15 MPH.  Or perhaps you are half Japanese and just finally got on the cycling team, though you really don't need to work out, if you ask me...

I see EVERY kind of person on this trail, (and I do love people watching) but the females of the Burke-Gilman (ages 18-40) deserve props.  If not for just making my usually radical day a touch above what it might have been.  It's already the premier trail around these parts.  In THIS PIC, you can see how you hit the water a lot!  Amazing views, in many ways.  I go from the red line ALL the way on the left to the top curve, when able.  I've felt few things more rewarding than getting OUT and DOING it, man.  Seriously.  (ps, the blog pic is of Kev and me ON the B-G trail, messin around)

There's Steve Rock's 2 cents, at least, for the time being.  What is coming soon that I am ultrastoked for?

Ohhhhh man.  My kingdom for a life of endless powder with no wait for the lifts....hhhm.

Steve's Recommened Webnetintersite:  Please, learn and listen to a Band I Could Not Live Without and will be here on the 21st!!!!!  Never thought I'd see the day they reunited and came BACK!  This is like Christmas.  If Christmas involved Suffocation playing right before the GrindGods, Carcass, that is.  (I was not allowed to go to their last one at RKCNDY with Napalm back in the  If you know Metal Shop very well, ya may know I loove Michael Amott and will follow him from Arch Enemy to the ends of any epic brutal or bluesy rock he may ever create.
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Metal Shop Blog #4 9/2/08


Sept. 3rd, 2008 - I'm taking top spot this time cuz I can!  I'm pretty excited today because it's my last day here before I head out to my other favorite place in the world... Arizona!  I have lots of family around Phoenix so I've always spent a lot of time there, mostly summers when I was a kid and in school.  I really love the hot weather.  I always say it can never get hot enough for me and ever since I realized that, I haven't really found many people that feel the same way.  I don't know what it is... I can't get enough heat.  Summer is my favorite season and I lvoe being outside.  The only time I don't like heat is when I'm stuck in my car in traffic, and that's only because I don't have air conditioning.  Talk about irritating!

Anyways, so yeah I'm going to Arizona tomorrow and seeing a whole bunch of family I've not seen for a couple years. We're all actually going to head to Sedona, which if you've never heard of it, is one of the coolest cities in the USA.  It's claim to fame are the huge red rock cliffs and red dirt, and the ONLY McDonald's in the entire world that doesn't have golden arches.  The city planners thought they yellow wouldn't mesh well with the color of the rest of the buildings in the city, so they asked them to change it.  McDonald's agreed and there you have it.  The red rocks and cliffs are amazing and they really are red.  LIke, bright red!  Google it and check out some pics.  Last time I was there (just a few months ago in March, actually) we were driving in and there was road construction going on.  You could see the fresh upturned earth where they were digging and it literally looked fruit punch.  So bright, so awesome... I love it!  I also don't have to deal with Steve on air this week, so yay for that too!

Maybe I'll post some of the pics I'm destined to take in Arizona for the next blog.  Until then, check out this hilarious video I just put on YouTube.  Remember Steve's blog about the camping trip we went on recently?  That would be the origin of this video.  I don't think Steve's ever tried to chop wood before in his entire life, but I guess the Infected Mushroom album that we were listening to inspired him to try.  Watch for LOLs!

Until next time..... don't forget that Cliff Yablonski Hates You!


Man, I love Dying Fetus!  iTunes is always on random with five or six thousand songs for it to choose from.  Right now ol iTunes picked me a lovely tune from Destroy the Opposition.  Ahh...wait, damn it!  This reminds me of how I (by minutes) MISSED these dudes the other night at Studio 7!!!  I was working, soorrrry!  I DID make it in time to see Necrophagist, tho,  who ripped the place apart!  Thanks for coming down if you did.  A breúal show it was.  Necrophagist are brutal brutal Germans that are as technical as they are judjud bruuutal.  BUT Dying Fetus shall always remain higher on my list for the years they have served me in my disc playing machines for the last 10 or so years.  Wish they even had older stuff on their Myspace there...

Darkest Hour is tomorrow at Studio Seven.  Pretty cool lineup.  Check out the Thrash n Burn tour!

I am going to try to add a bunch of hyperlinks here so you can actually LEARN stuff.  That's why we're here, right....?

(ahh iTunes just picked a fine old Soilwork song.  Good call, iTunes)

So, I wanted to let ya know that Bumbershoot yesterday was pretty cool.  Nothing too metal...  I WILL give props to the random metalheads, like the Judas Priest shirt kid that wanted to "hang out" near the VIP area.  No time, man, sorry.  I was runnin around like CRAZY!  The Offspring were...ok.  No suprises there.  Del the Funky Homosapien was very entertaining and the show was quite...foggy.  Quite.  Saw some film festival action, which was cool.  Saw some good comedy and many moments of crappy indie rock wanna rock bands that well... they ARE trying...they're just failing.  And in the VIP area.... DICKS BURGERS!  Huge bowls of them.  And bar b q chips.  And cheese.  It was a good day.

Oh, and Flatstock kicks ass!  I bought many rad stickers and ALMOST bought many SICK posters ranging from Mudhoney and Melvins to Danzig and Slayer...

I will let Kevin type some stupid crap now.  And screw you Kevin for messing with and posting my photobucket pics, last blog!!

Good thing they have to do with me, and the exploitation of....or I'd be really pissed.
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Metal Shop Blog #3 8/26/08


Yeah!!  Blogs!  What.  Oh yeah, Metal.  Metal Shop kicked ass AGAIN as usual. (no suprise)

NEW Slipknot and Dragonforce was played.  Dude, if you have not gotten the new Slipknot and you LIKE Slipknot, you should probably obtain it.  I was not really suprised by the disc, but more got what I was expecting... in a good way.

Same with Dragonforce, really.  Bands doing what they doin and doin it welll!  Slipknot captured my love with their very first big label release and I been lovin em ever since.  LIVE, there is no one superior, in this day and age... (Gwar ties with them)

Kevin, we should post up a bunch of the Mayhem pics cause that day was NUTS!  Seriously.  We/everything were/was SO badass that day, at White River Amph.  Slipknot, Machine Head and the open bar, for starters...

(blog picture is me and Troy (Mastodon) and Justin (3IoB) and his bro, drinkin drinks)


Folks, if you haven't figured it out yet... Steve's brain doesn't appear to function quite as well as everyone elses... especially when it comes to things like properly posting a blog on our website, or saying the right things at the time right times, or choosing what to do with that rat nest on his head that he calls hair.  Steve, for the record... I really hate your idea of posting joint blogs.  But I'm willing to amuse you and give it a shot because I'm always open to other people's ideas and am usually willing to try them, a concept I'm not entirely sure you know anything about LAWL!

Anyways, as if we needed more proof that Steve's mental elevator doesn't quite reach the top floor, he decided it'd be a good idea to give me the link to his ENTIRE PHOTOBUCKET ALBUM.  He wants me to post the pics he took at Mayhem Fest, which I will do, but not before I take advantage of this glorious oppourtunity that he just conveniently dropped in my lap.  So, without further ado, let's take a peek into good ol Steve's photobucket account, whatta say?!?!?!

What do we got here?  Steve jumping.  Go figure!


I think I may have actually taken this one and in hindsight, I'm not really sure how I feel about that.

The many (stupid) faces of Steve.

Here's a BEAUTIFUL Steve Rock MySpace photo!!  hahahaha

Yeah Steve, suck it down!  Whatever it is...

"Thar she (my mom) blows... just at the edge of shore!"

OK I could keep going and I would love to, but I'll save some embarassment for later.  There are actually things here that even I won't post anywhere haha.  But yeah, Steve was right about Mayhem Fest.  It was completely nuts.  Probably the most fun we've ever had at any show as hosts of Metal Shop.  Here are some good pics from that day.  I am bummed I forgot my camera at home because I actually put it out next to my keys and wallet the night before and STILL managed to forget to bring it with me.  All pics below courtesy of Steve.  Enjoy!

Dragonforce and I became fast friends!  There's a similar picture like this with Steve in it, but he's too cool for school and won't post it anywhere.  Just so you guys know it DOES (or at least did at one point) exist!!!

Blogging is kinda fun!  Tell us if this joint blog makes any sense to you guys and if you can tell who's writing what.  It'd be much appreciated!  Thanks a ton! - Werd.
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Metal Shop Blog #2 8/16/08

The Internets Are Fun To Type On With Thought Ideas by Steve Rock

Is this thing on?  Hello?  Hello.....  Yes.  Cool.  OK, well then...  A "blog" of "metal" is what you have stumbled upon.  You are welcome, yes.  I am approached daily by people asking to share what is inside this big head of mine.  Well here you go!  (Kevin's blogs will suck by comparison)

LAST Metal Shop, Kev was not THERE!  Equals badass evening of brutal badassness.

Bitter sweet though as it was also the evening of (Seattle's own) Himsa's FINAL show!  Sold out at El Co, I had to run down there (two blocks) DURING Metal Shop for one last stage dive... which was extremely successful.  I had a standing ovation, in fact!  Though that MIGHT have been for the

I have enclosed a picture of Kevin on a ferry..........  Yeah, take that for what it is......yeah.

Heh, we did have a rad camping trip out at his property on the peninsula and the boat rides to and from were quite excellent.  Get out!  That's my advice for those who have NOT gotten to be in the wilderness for even 24 straight hours this summer.  Sets yer head straight and gets you more stoked on the many fantastic toys we have today, in civilization.

Thanks for peeping this sah-weeeet blog!  MUCH more to come!  And metal.  And beer.

Steve's Recommened Webnetintersite:
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Metal Shop Blog Entry #1 08/10/08

What's up everyone! Kevin here... can you believe this... Hairclub actually decided to let us do a blog!  As if putting us on the air together isn't a terrible enough idea in the first place haha.  So here we are with our very first one ever!  Basically these blogs are going to serve to recap the show a bit, talk about some of our thoughts (me and Steve) on whatever the hell we feel like talking about, show videos of bands we like or played, crazy debauchery that goes down in the studio during the show, and all the other stuff you've come to expect from a blog in 2008.   I'm not sure how often we're going to do them, but I can say for sure it will be at least once a week.  My brain is always burning with randomness that needs an outlet, so I will post here whenever I feel the urge.

I can't speak for Steve, but I plan on covering a lot of ground with my posts on this blog.  In addition to all things metal, I am into a bunch of other stuff that rules as well and I always like to share.  I know there are some of you out there that love sports or video games or really good beers or hot girls or all of the above!  Nothing is off limits in my posts.

The show this week was somewhat bittersweet.  It was the first show in 3 weeks that Steve and I actually did together.  I was gone last week, he was gone the week before.  But this we week we reunited for more of the same old jokes about my mom from Steve and me shaking my head and just laughing in ironic comedy (Steve's mother is a very delightful person who I enjoy visiting frequently).  We had some good tickets to give away for Blackest of the Black with Danzig and Dimmu Borgir, and also for Himsa's final show on Saturday.  We also had Derek, Kirby and John from Himsa in the studio with us and it was a totally awesome and hilarious time, as it always is when those dudes join us!  It just kind of sucks that this will most likley be the very last time they're all in there with us.  They all sound excited about their futures though and that's the most important thing, so I'm happy for them and what they've already accomplished so far.  We should have taken a picture with them.  It would have been perfect for this first ever Metal Shop blog.  But they brought special treats them, of the adult variety and I don't know if any of you have ever tried that kind of stuff before, but sometimes it can make you forget things.  We apologize!

As you may have noticed, there are some new things on the Metal Shop page here that are pretty cool.  We now update our playlist in real time, so you can see what we play as we play it (well, almost).  Also, the new On Demand player will feature entire episodes of Metal Shop completely commercial free, interviews, and other cool stuff.  Check it all out.  Look at us go!

All right, I'm going to try to get this thing posted now.  We'll see what happens.  I'm going to bug Steve about getting into posting mode, so maybe in a day or two you'll see something from him.  Who knows though.. his computer brain doesn't always work so well.  Hopefully he won't figure out how to edit my posts haha.

Before I go, check out this delicious pizza:
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Metal Shop Blog #24: July 10 2009


SLAYER!  Slayer.  A simple enough word, that in English means:  The best thrash to ever come out of this fine land we the people call AMERICA.  They will rock us next Tues, like they always have in the past.  For some, their 20th Slayer show.  For others, their very first concert, period.  It should tell you something that SLAYER have been around since the early 80's and is, to this DAY... relevant.  "How did they manage THAT, Steve?"  Well, I will tell ya... by just... BEING Slayer.

I can usually tell when a band is doing what they WANT to do, or when musicians are being swayed by producers or otherwise to streamline the sound for whatever reason... Slayer is in the former category.  I have seen them many times in many venues and I ALWAYS get the same thing... Slayer.  Nothing more and nothing less and I could not be more happy with this.  Having gotten chances to see what the guys in the band are like has only made stronger the feelings I have for ol Slayer.  I could go on and on... but I shall not.  They continue to inspire more musicians and metalheads daily than most any other force... and they're OLD.  I mean, c'mon, they ain't spring chickens anymore but, MAN, they get on a stage and it could be opening night of the Seasons tour for all ya know... ya know?  See ya Tuesday at White River!  I'll be the guy headbanging to the band that I can always count on making my month.  With blood.

Oh, also, a shout to Kevin, keeping it real in Bonney Lake today for rockin the BJJ at the tournament.  I had never been to anything like that and found it cool that there were constantly four pairs of dudes throwing down.  The girls seemed JUST as brutal out there, too!  And as long as I got friends that can do that stuff... I don't have to.
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Metal Shop Blog #23 June 10th, 2009 ABSU and BJJ!

by Kevin
Sup!  Kevin here with a bit of some blog action once again.  As always, tons of stuff is going on in regards to METAL and SHOWS and GOOD TUNES.  Tonight is the Candlelight Records tour at El Corazon with ABSU.  If you've never heard Absu, I'd recommend it.  They're basically a black metal band from Texas with a singing drummer.  Check this out, this is from their performance at this year's Maryland Death Fest back on Memorial Day Weekend:

So yeah, this is something you probably don't want to miss if you've got the ability to make it to the show tonight.  Tickets are still available.  You can get them at the door or by clicking here.  Steve and I will be there tonight, so come up and say hey if you see us, but don't buy me a drink this time! Let me explain:

I would never have time to talk about stuff like this on air, but a blog is different which is why I'm excited to finally have one for the show.  I can talk about whatever the hell I want!  I may have mentioned this briefly in the past on air, but my rememberer isn't what it used to be.  For the past 9 months or so, basically right around the time Thee Ted Smith fought Double R at the Throwdown in T-Town back in October, I've been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  It was something I was always interested in but never had the time to pursue due to work and my band's schedule and what-not.  Ted was learning BJJ in addition to boxing and he invited me to come check out the club after my band broke up and I had time.  So, I did and now I'm hooked.  If you have no clue what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is, just watch this video.  Marcelo Garcia is one of the best in the sport right now and my personal favorite grappler.  He's the ultimate when it comes to a little guy working over bigger dudes.  Watch how fast and slick he is!

Long story short, I've been training 3 days a week since then, learning tons of stuff and getting into really good shape.  3 or 4 of us from our club have signed up for our very first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition.  There's a tournament in Bonney Lake on July 11th and it will be my first time ever officially competing in a grappling sport.  I've since given up drinking and junk food to prepare.  Basically, for the last 6 or 7 weeks before the competition I am living 100% clean.  Nothing but the healthiest foods and nothing beyond that.  If I'm going to do this, I might as well go all the way and prepare myself as best I can.

So don't buy me a beer because I won't drink it, even though I definitely appreciate it!  Keeping my focus for this tournament is something I really don't want to lose track of, because I've never been in a situation like this before and I want to challenge myself and see if I really can stick to the program and see it all the way through.  I'm really excited to see what kind of shape I can get myself into and how I feel the farther along I go.

BJJ has definitely changed my outlook on life and especially myself.  It's so hard to explain, but I think it can be summed up pretty well by simply saying you never know what you can accomplish until you just try it.  I was worried that it would be painful and I'd be really sore a lot, and I might tweak my joints, and the possibility of a big injury would increase in such a hands-on, aggressive sport.  All of this is true, but the thing I've learned most is that I definitely have it in me go through that stuff to realize the payoff when it's over.  I might be black and blue and a bit sore, but I'm not lying when I say I feel a million times better and stronger than I ever did before I started.  Realizing this also puts your mindset in a better space.  It may sound cliche, but martial arts really is exercise for the body AND mind.

So wish me luck on July 11th!  I'm excited and admittedly a bit nervous as well, but that's all part of the reason I'm doing this.  What's the point of life if you don't try to experience things that take you out of your little comfort bubble?

If BJJ sounds interesting to you and you think you may want to give it a shot, you're more than welcome to come check out the club.  Shoot me an e-mail and let me know!  I train out of a place called Summit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Capitol Hill.  Here's our website with general info and our Facebook page.

Aside from all that, it looks like summer is just about here.  I don't know about you guys but I am STOKED.  I come alive in the summer.  The hotter the better.  I'm definitely not a cold person.  I'm ready for camping and longboarding until the sun goes down.

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Metal Shop Blog #25 May Ham


FINALLY got some pictures off the camera, on the computer, off the computer, to the internet and now to THIS blog.  Yeah!  Mayhem was sick, if you were there you know this, and everyone just kinda kicked ass and did some Best Of sets!  I was already content by the time BEHEMOTH (see right here) was done.  They sounded better outside than in the past.  Ezkaton!

Then Corpse just came out and murdered every single person usual.  True professionals here.  The END of their set was excellent as Trevor from the BDM came out to help Corpsegrinder out on the vocals.  (see.  look.)

And WHAT can I say about Slayer.... nothing that has not been said before.  I was proud to have met many fans, first timers as well as a bro who has now enjoyed em twenty one times, live.  i enjoyed my spot on the side of the stage.  Oh and the whole Everything On Fire Even The Slayer Logo thing... it was righteous.

And ending the night... well Manson... he was Manson, and that man puts on a great live show.  He will hopefully continue to creep out and entertain for years to come.

Mayhem was exactly that.  I wish I had my camera out for all the truly insane and epic moments but they tend to happen too quickly for the camera to see...  Thanks for coming out to the show!

Big shout to Killswitch who rocked it as well as Howard for being good company.

Ya'll better go to the Down show soon!  Go. Go.  Go be metal.  Or who will........
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Metal Shop Blog #22: May 30 2009

It's Steve:
Wow, we are really unconsiderate… wait, Kevin just told me that word is not… a word.  Inconsiderate.  We are very IN…considerate.  I was just thinking of all the people we have dissed, yelled at and talked trash about in the last few years.  The list of people we support and admire… it is long.  The list of people we do not like…. Much longer.  I won’t get into it now, for fear of the people we hate… hating on us in return….. I don’t like it.  I want this to be a One Way Hate bridge.  ANYway, the list grew to Swedish people this evening as I have decided that they talk funny.  They look like Skwisgaar from Dethklok and talk funny.  At least that is the stereotype I am trying to put out there.

Kevin says he has nothing against the Swede’s funny voices or the people in general… but I know he is just saying that for fear of getting his ass kicked by Amon Amarth.  Psh.  I had the slogan, “Hate in ‘08” and now we are trying to get going, “Hate is Fine in 2009” and the momentum is picking up!  Hey, I am no racist.  I hate all people equally… I just wish more people would come out of the hate closet and let their hate shine!  It’s the Half-Haters that really make the real haters look bad.  All or nothing, bro.  Like anything else in life!  Go all out or get out.  That is why I love Swedish metal.  They are completely committed to their shredding and judjudding metal of awesomeness…  See?  I love Swedez.  I just wishs theys didn’ts talks sos funnies.  Also, I hate people that think their baby is better than everyone else’s.

Mayhem and Marduk and Cephalic and Cattle and MUCH MORE on Friday at S7!

Get there or get kicked….   (ps – get the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed… it’s kosher)
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Metal Shop Blog #21 May 17th 2009

by Kevin

So tomorrow is GOJIRA!!!!!  So stoked, but we've already been over that.  You should go.  Awesome.  With Gojira headlining?  Awesomer.  Awesomest!

As promised, here are the photos of Unearth and Lazarus AD in the studio with us!  Good times were had by all!

Thanks to everyone who rocked with us this week!  We gave away tons of tickets to Gojira, Mayhem Fest, Psyopus, Rose Funeral, etc.  Congrats to the winners, we will see you there!

Watch this crazy KO!  Badr Hari is the man.

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Metal Shop Blog #20 May 9th, 2009


Hello friends.  Welcome back to our mighty blog!  I was hoping this would be our badass amazing blog full of photos of Unearth in studio with us, but I"m going to blame it on Steve.  He still hasn't given me the photos off his camera, so you should all send him some hate e-mail and get on him to download them already so we can post them!!!!  COME ON STEVE!!!!! UNEARTHHHHH!!!!!! NOOWWWWWWW!!!!!!

Anyways, I want to tell you all how stoked I am for the Gojira show coming up on May 18th (a week from today).  If you pay attention to the show, you probably know by now how much I love that band.  As much as it pains me to say it, I have to give a little bit of credit to Steve for helping me discover how awesome they are.  Way back in the day Steve played them for me and I kind of wrote them off as "decent" and didn't give it much thought beyond that.  A couple weeks later we got a copy of their latest album (it was From Mars to Sirius at the time) and I held onto it for a few days before actualyl listening to it.  I remember that first play very vividly.  I was on my way to a friend's house and we were going to carpool the rest of the way to band practice.  I really dug the cd this time, maybe because I had put it in and checked it out on my own accord this time.  And when I got to my friend's place, we jumped in his car and I put it in.  He loved it right off the bat too, which probably amplified my love for it too.  It's always a lot easier to really fall in love with an album when it blows your mind AND your friend's mind at the same time.

Gojira has been my favorite band ever since, and Steve and I have already seen them 3 times.  The first was in Portland with Lamb of God.  We got to interview Joe (vocals/guitar) and he was a totally cool guy who shares a very similar outlook on life and the way the world works (or the way it doesn't work) as me.  One of my favorite aspects of Gojira's music are the lyrics.  I could talk about them and what I think of them and what they mean forever and if I started I wouldn't be able to stop, so I will just recommend that you check them out.  They make the music even more powerful than it already is.

Anyways, getting sidetracked... what I want to talk about is their HEADLINING show at El Corazon on the 18th.  The 3 times we've seen them already, they've been a support act, meaning they only play for probably 25 minutes tops.  Sucks when they have so many badass tunes.  Not this time however!  They have a great new album out called The Way of All Flesh that we've been spinning for quite a while now.  I've seen some setlists from this tour and they're playing all the best songs from this album as well as a bunch of killer tunes from the older albums also.  They're headlining, there are only 3 bands on the bill, so this means they're going to play FOREVER!  So stoked.  Tickets are still available so go get some.  What else are you going to do on Monday May 18th?!  Trust me, it'll be worth it.  Gojira is amazing in a live setting and probably one of the heaviest bands you'll ever see!  Do yourself a favor and don't miss it!

Here's a video from their performance in Dublin, Ireland on St. Patrick's Day.  Needless to say, it's completely insane. I hope you people go crazy like this for Gojira at El Corazon!  I will be!

What’s good:  Us giving away Slayer and Kreator and Napalm Death and Testament tickets all in ONE Metal night

What’s bad:  You missing any of them shows

What’s good:   The sun continually shining upon the NW for lazy or intense outdoor activities

What’s bad:  Those cyclists that think gay neon spandex makes them go faster

What’s good:   Ricker’s High Five on this fine internet website

What’s bad:  Standing near the fence at Talladega these days

What’s good:   Mastodon laying waste to Neumo’s last week with new album played all the way through

What’s bad:  People still like Insane Clown Posse

What’s Best:  Metal Shop


OK so maybe we'll get those pics next week I suppose.  COME ON STEVE!!!!!
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Metal Shop Blog #19 April 14th, 2009


*pic* Does Troy from Mastodon look a little like Steve?

Yo!  Since l last spoke, we've seen Cattle and Pigs and Lamb.  All did a fine job of blasting the brains out of my ears, and there's more on the way!  Hope you got Mastodon tickets cause they's gonnne.  Look on the concert calendar and scope out some judjuds that are in the near future!  Mucho Metalo. (Much Metal to be, so GO!)

No Kevin this week so expect an above average show!  No dead air, it will have little to no complaining...! Wow.

Here's my What's good/What's bad list.  New and improved!  Well... I've never done one, really but this is IMPROVED compared to any other thing that may ever resemble such an honest and importat list.......ya.

What's good:  Mastodon and their new judjud disc entitled Crack The Skye.

What's bad:  Snowboarding season is coming to a close.

What's good:  Watching Ichiro Slam a Grand one, with his bat as his sword....

What's bad:  Getting jabbed right in the eye with a tiny sharp fork.

What's good:  BBQin it up at Golden Gardens in Ballard on a sunny day

What's bad:  Ben Affleck

What's good:  Metalheads at the LOG concert at the Paramount

What's bad:  Waiting for news on the new Slayer release

What's good:  Slayer and Corpse are on the Mayhem Tour.

Whats bad:  405...all the time.  Even at night.

Whats's good:  Testament is coming. (May 2nd)

What's bad:  Led Zeppelin is not coming. (Never)

What's good:  Downloading music

What's bad:  Scratching a CD

What's good:  A free drink

What's bad:  Buyin someone else a drink

What's good:  South Park still being retarded and intense

What's bad:  Oprah

What's good:  Being here in Seattle

What's bad:  Being in the AIDS part of Uganda

What's good:  Chips and garlic salsa

What's bad:  Chips without garlic salsa

What's Best:  Metal Shop
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Metal Shop Blog #18 March 28th, 2009


All right so Pig Destroyer played at El Corazon tonight.  Since they played during our show, Steve and I decided we would take turns checking it out, so that way one of us is in studio while the other is at the show.   I made the stupid decision  to offer to let Steve see the first half.  When I said that, his eyes got wide and I instantly knew I'd just made a dumb mistake.  So today, he tells me he'll be at the station by 11:30, which would leave me around 25 minutes worth of Pig Destroyer.  Well, I rush down there to discover they had already finished.  I ran into one of Steve's friends who told me they'd finished right as Steve left.  So potentially Steve could have screwed me on purpose.  I'll choose not to believe that, but my gut is already disagreeing with that decision.  This is what I missed and Steve didn't.  Grrr.

Tonight we're kickin' out some Cattle Decapitation  tickets for the show Thursday.  It's gonna be awesome... I will NOT miss this one!!!  Cattle Decap features a drummer Steve and I both know from around these parts named Dave.  He also plays in Sleep Terror.  Awesome to see him tearin' it up around the world with CD!  You should really go to this show, Cattle is ALWAYS awesome live, it's worth going just to see Travis sing, but the entire band kills.

OK I'm gonna let Steve type something now.  I hope it doesn't take him 3 days to do it.  Lamb of God soon, bitches!!!


OK, I did NOT screw Kevin over on the Pig Destroyer on PURPOSE.  They SHOULD have played longer.  I dunno what is up with that.  The GOOD news is I SAW THEM and it was RAD!  Finally.  I regret nothing.  I headbanged to some Pig Destroyer and it was overdue!  JR was a nice guy from what I gathered with our little chat backstage.  Skarp, Iron Lung and Owen Hart were kickass as usual, too.  Ratatat is tomorrow too and that makes me happy.  A very different kind of shredding, but rad nonetheless...  And yes, Cattle on Thurs!  Always sweet live as Kev pointed out.  True fact.  Grind yer mind, folks.

We rocked NEW Mastodon tonight.  I gotta say, they always play by their own rules and their releases show it.  I have always dug those guys and I have seen more of an evolution in THEM as a band than most.  And it's MastOdon.  Not MastAdon.  So many folks think there is an "A" in the middle.  It just isn't so, you idiots!  We were speaking of this tonight.

New Static X, we been rocking...  It's good.  New God Forbid is better though!  And new Lamb of God beats both!

These are my opinions and you are free to disagree, you will just be wrong.  I listen to a good deal of electronic music as does Kevin.  I love me some reggae too.  Lots of fantastic releases in the last year in those categories..... oh, ok, I gotta go cause the show is over but tonight was mind blowing for all who listened and you are welcome!  It's a public service to YOU, the human with taste.  This is for the ones that think for themselves when it comes to taste and actually enjoy music that takes a fair amount of skill and even more passion.  Thanks for being worth doing a radio show for!  Keep it realz.
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Metal Shop Blog #17 March 19th, 2009

PIG DESTROYER is coming!  El Co.  Grind.  Fantastico!  Should be a sick show.  Skarp and others shall grind the night away, BUT....  What if Pig Destroyer toured with... Cattle Decapitation.  A fine combo, and they've shared the stage before but what if... Goatwhore was then on the bill, too?
A Barnyard Brutality Tour!  Hell yeah!  Pigs and Goats n Cattle, oh my!  But THEN, what if... LAMB of God jumped all up in there and completed the Barnyard Beatdown tour, to a perfectional point?  Ya know, we could even throw in Wolfmother on an opening slot once or twice just so we'd have a band to throw all of our Miller emptys at!  IN....tense.  I'm smart.  I should really be booking shows and takin care of some biiizness.  Also in the works, a Whitesnake/Modest Mouse tour.

Oh yeah, LOG is coming!  Great bill.  We've been dishing out some serious tix so far on MS.  Call.  Win.  It's really just a two step process!  Get on it.  And the Rock Girl Gala is about to be badass and Kevin and I shall have beverages and make fun of people and take tooo many incriminating photos and have people make us erase some of them...

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Metal Shop Blog #16 February 28th, 2009

Two words: BACON EXPLOSION!  Today, right before the show, Steve and I experienced what could possibly be the meatiest meal we've ever eaten.  Our friend Pat invited us over for his Bacon Explosion party and there was no way we're saying no that.   If you've never heard of it, the Bacon Explosion is basically a lot of meat rolled up together like a fat, baconed hot dog.  Here's a description of what it's all about.  Pat's was a bit different, it didn't have any BBQ sauce or rub.  Instead he included some nice clumps of cream cheese in the middle that I personally felt really improved the overall awesomeness of this crazy bacon creation.  Also, Pat cooked his in the oven as opposed to a grill.  Here are some pics, and video at the end.

This is the uncooked bacon weave, awaitng it's sausage blanket:

This is the crispy bacon waiting to get rolled up fat:

Pat prepares some sausage:

This is the first bacon log that was finishing up just as I arrived:

Pat preps log #2 for cookage:

Bacon Explosion!

Pat enjoys his creation.  Thanks buddy!!!


Bacon Log #2!

Now Steve wants you all to know:






Hope you all enjoyed the bacon.  We did!
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Metal Shop Blog #15: 02/15/09


BLOG of BRUTAL....NESS! Breutalllllittteee! We're brutal. that's the point we're making, here. So, tonight was badass, duuuh, Metal Shop. We rocked a bunch of Soilwork tickets as well and HANK 3! I don't know the last time we played Hank on Metal Shop... We love the guy but he IS country, at heart. Although THIS Country man, Hank Williams III, well, he's pretty damn metal. Having been in no less than two of Phil Anselmo's bands and even rocked on the Rebel/Rebel disc with Dime and Vinnie! The dude is legit. Kevin and I have seen him MANY times and always leave satisfied, drunk and ready to punch out some chumps. You get TWO sets with Hank. The first is his ol school country action and the SECOND... well, the second is what we call "Metal". Comes back out in an old Misfits shirt and a guitar with a Superjoint sticker on it and starts to THRASH!!

Uhhh, OK, Kevin, give em yer two cents, not that I PERSONALLY "care" but ya know, I hear other people might so... Oh, and V Day is stupid and beer without alcohol in it is stupid and YOU are stupid if you don't get up n out to a show soon, cause there's a BUNCH of Badassness coming our way.... or get kicked.


Check it out, I'm going to try TYPING like our good buddy "Steve". Hey this is FUN! I should really DO this more "often." Lots of capitalized words, quotation marks, YEAH I really look "smart" now, DON'T I? Yeah that's right I am STEVE and I am SO MUCH "cooler" than you!

Really though, Hank III is awesome and missing his shows is the worst idea in the world. It's just an all around good time. Everyone is happily drunk and rockin' out... it's how every show SHOULD be. Just don't order any non-alcoholic beer cuz that's a bad idea at a Hank show. So, even if you didn't win tickets from us, you should still go.. it will definitely be worth every penny and plus you'll get to hang out with me, Steve, and maybe even Hank (he drinks REAL alcohol, FYI).

I remember one time when Superjoint Ritual came to town, we saw Hank in the crowd passing out these little tiny skinny white things. There was a big crowd around him of really excited screaming fans. After a few minutes Hank took off and wasn't seen again until he came out on stage. About halfway through the set I turned around one and looked over where he was passing out the tiny skinny white things and everyone there was laying down with big smiles and bloodshot eyes. I don't know what happened to them but they looked happy! Hank must have given them some "good advice."

We love Hank III and you should too!  Check out the video below for a little insight!

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Metal Shop Blog #14 01/23/09

Hahah Steve what the hell is that last excuse for a blog you posted?  Ravioli for dinner?  Haha man, some really enlightening stuff to discover all over that one!  You really outdid yourself, bro!

Anyways, here's a real blog.  What it's about, I haven't even figured out yet.  But I do remember a week or so ago we mentioned Dave Mustaine's coffee on air and said we'd blog about it.  So I guess I'll tell you a bit about it:


That's really all that needs to be said, but I will elaborate a bit further.  One day while working up here in the toaster buildings (I work up here full time every day in addition to doing Metal Shop) I received a package addressed to me personally.  It was a large box, which isn't typical for us to receive.  Usually the packages we get only have CDs in them and they're always small envelopes.  This was a big ol box, so I knew it was gonna be something unusual.

When I first opened it there was a typed letter on top from Dave himself explaining the product, why he decided to make his own coffee and some info on the charities that benefit from the purchase of the coffee.  Underneath that was some packing paper and a full bag of Dave Mustaine's Peruvian Blend.  Full beans, not grounded.... the real deal.  One the front of the package is a red silhouette of Dave shredding it up.  I had real nice laugh at that when I saw it the first time!

It was a couple weeks later that we finally tried it.  We actually have a coffee grinder and coffee maker here in the kitchen at work, so we decided to try it on air.  This was probably halfway through 2008 or so, so it's been a while and my memory of the coffee and it's taste is hazy.  One thing I do recall however, is that it was really good and ten million times better than the normal coffee we have here that gets put into our pots every day and is really rather disgusting.

We haven't tried Dave's coffee since... we're saving it for another "rainy day".  But the bag of beans is sitting in my desk drawer right here, just waiting for it's next opportunity to unleash it's delicious fury once again.  If you're interested in trying this stuff, you can buy it online here.  There are multiple different varieties and even other musicians and celebrities who have their own line as well.

Here are some pics:

Before I go, have a throat kick, courtesy of Metal Shop.

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Metal Shop Blog #13: 1/10/09

Metal!  It's what's fer dinner.  Ravioli and other foods as well.
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