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Coming to you weekly wherever you get your podcasts, Mark talks with the underground metal scene from Vancouver all the way to Botswana, the UK to California. Each podcast is dropped at High Noon (EST.) and ranges in times of 40 Minutes to 1.5 hours. The Archives were on Louisville, KY Radio Station 100.9 FM WCHQ and featured live performance, as well as play lists and interviews.
West Coast back in The Metal Forge with April Dimmick, Kevin Ross and Alex Avery from Soul Grinder. Come on out and hammer away at some Black Thrash! No prisoners will be taken on this one!
It's the first episode of 2021 and we are here to have a HELLRIPPER of a great time! James McBain joins me on the phone from Scotland to talk about some Black Thrash and so much more. This is going to be a show you don't want to miss, and will possibly want to listen to it over and over again along with the archives!
SABER from LA will be coming into The Metal Forge for episode 100. New acquisition of Church Recordings, they are here to talk about their upcoming album "Without Warning" This is an episode to not miss, you never know who might show up!
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE WEEK AT THE METAL FORGE!!!
HIGH OCTANE CLASSIC STYLE EPIC POWER METAL FORCE! » Packing high energy, old school influenced, power metal punches out of Canada since 2009!
Lüger is a four-piece band from Montreal, Canada that emerged from the murky roots of Heavy Music. From the F.W.O.B.M to Biker Metal lingering between Speed and Savage Rock 'n Roll , the band explores the darkest, sleaziest corners of underground music. Lüger offers performances that are unrelenting as they are sinister, preaching debauchery and occultism.
Evoking the glory of an early 80s garage band Oath is a reverb drenched haze of twisting riffs and serpentine solos. Lose yourself with Oath. Conceived in 2018 by Steve Waddell as a solo project, taking inspiration from the Diy ethic of bands like Fetid Zombie and Darkthrone combined with the melodic feel of bands like Praying Mantis and Angelwitch with a touch of prog for good measure.
Coming from the wilderness of Virginia, a BAT flies into The Metal Forge in the form of one Ryan Waste. Spanning over 4 releases and various other ties to metal, BAT Bassist/Vocalist Ryan Waste will be my special guest for a Friday the 13th episode!
The Warriors gathered slowly around the sacred city Hell. and from long distance from England, "Demolition Man" Tony Dolan comes in The Metal Forge to forge out his Mpire of Evil broad sword to slay the Metal Monsters. Join us as Tony talks about his illustrious career in music and film and overall life. Have a safe, METAL HALLOWEEN!!!
One Rip for man, One giant Rip for Mankind! "Dirty" Mike Alcala hammers out the bong of destiny in The Metal Forge for a Devil's Night Spectacular show. A Passion project of epic proportions is at hand. This is not one to miss with all the havoc and chaos being caused!
More epic power fantasy metal from Pittsburgh! Vidarr The Silent, front man and guitarist of Legendry will be my guest. Forging a sword to call their own and cutting down all the evil hell spawn in the epic month of Halloween. Do not miss this!
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Steve Gatrost from Louisville. Steve is a tattoo artist who is currently taking residency at Spring Street Tattoo in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He has toured extensively and worked on several high profile musicians. He is also the creator of an independent comic titled: "The Elixir". I was going to include this episode on another show with a band in the mix, but we had so much content I have decided to include it as a BONUS EPISODE (a first for The Metal Forge). Please visit Steve's IG account and give him a follow and if you are in the local area or plan to be, please look him up, and book an appointment with him. Background music is provided by Hillsfar, please go to their link listed below and grab a copy of their material.
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The frozen tundra of Canada comes back this week on The Metal Forge™. VILLAIN a heavy metal power trio from Toronto call in to discuss so much awesomeness, and to put YOU in your place. Don't miss this one, because if you do, VILLAIN will come looking for YOU!!!
Louisville, KY is back on the list. Another awesome Metal Forge Local band, SHI. Loud, depressing stoner doom. They credit themselves as: Stoner Doom from Louisville, KY. Dudes playing riffs that are discount versions of better riffs. But all around is sheer greatness.
Evildead was initially formed in 1986 by Juan Garcia and Mel Sanchez as a side-project, but became a full-time band after their respective bands Agent Steel and Abattoir broke up. Upon the reformation of Agent Steel, Juan brought Karlos Medina with him. After the demise of Evildead in 1995, Garcia, Medina and Dan Flores formed the band Terror that would follow in the same vein of Evildead, but with lyrics in Spanish.
Reunited in 2008, the band played and headlined its first show in over 20 years at a small thrash festival named "Thrasho De Mayo" in Los Angeles. They split-up once again in October 2012.
Evildead reunited once more on March 12th, 2016 to celebrate the 50th birthday of Rob Alaniz. The band revealed on their Facebook page that there will be more shows, meaning that they are active again.
Barbaric Heavy Metal from Texas... EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas, even the metal! Tune in to this Episode, you are going to enjoy it. Check their links below and give them a like and a follow!
Ghanzi, Botswana. A group of Death Metal Cowboys are descending on the Metal Scene, OVERTHRUST. From a start in 2009 to being recommended by Lemmy to perform at Wacken Open Air Festival in 2016. A sure fire episode to not miss. Check their links below and give them a like and a follow!
With over 25 releases in 5 years, A man is working at his home studio in Fresno, CA. He is Trevor William Church, he is the leader and Mastermind behind Beastmaker, and Haunt! Coming from a musical family, he is on fire with plans of world domination...The only question is...which world?
Live from Gothenburg, Sweden it's time to set off a GERM BOMB. The guys call in to the show and we discuss their musical career along with life in general, an episode you don't want to miss!
Get out your dice bag and Player's Hand book and roll up a new character. Feed the NPC to the Dragon and tell the DM to fuck off! I have Indiana's own D&D thematic band Throne of Iron coming on!
Oh! The Hell You Say! what a great tag line. THYS come in and forge their own type of metal this week. Where all you can do is run home to mom's tit and curl up. Join Josh, Beenee and me while we talk about good ol times in the Louisville music scene, and listen to a couple of tracks.
Wraith....Black Thrash from Hammond, Indiana. There really isnt much more to say other than: pull up your pants, put your shit kickers on and get in the socially distanced pit! Wraith are coming for YOU!!!
Louisville's own satirical metal band coming LIVE from Mike Taylor's Sound Cellar. Coming on the show to reunite to the great of good to promote Metal Fest 9.
Metal Fest 9:
Louisville's own hooligans will be reuniting this year at Metal Fest 9 at the end of July. I will be featuring Rod Mac in the Metal Forge on location. But not only is this hooligan going to be talking about music, he is also a Cryptozoology and Bigfoot expert.
Kentucky Doom Noise Masters: Bastard Sons of a Judas Goat are pounding out some Metal in the Forge today. Talking about their upcoming performance at Metal Fest 9 and the plethora of Dark Ambient material they release is going to be a must listen for everyone!
Portland's other favorite son is on this week's show, Bryce Vanhoosen from Silver Talon. Bryce calls in to talk shop with me and show us that the Talon's are cast in .999 Fine Silver.
Paramus, NJ...A land of GIANTS...AND WE WILL TORMENT THEM today! Torment of Giants joins me on Zoom and we will discuss their debut album and more. It is truly a fun time. Oh and go buy their song "Paper Crown" from their bandcamp page listed below! Because on Juneteenth Bandcamp is donating their profits to The NAACP Legal Defense Fund. So please support where you can!
If Idle Hands are the Devil's workshop then we will be making some sweet metal this week! Gabe Franco is my guest from PDX's Idle Hands, Fresh off of touring with King Diamond and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, they put their Gothic spin on Metal, a must listen...
But wait, there's more!!!
In the wake of all the shit going on, the Louisville Metal Scene unites every year to say one thing...FUCK CANCER! Allen Ashbaugh Presents: Metal Fest 9! Everyone has been affected by this horrible disease in some way, or another. Whether it is you, your loved ones, or friends, the message we want to share is: GET CHECKED, as often as you can. All proceeds are donated to The V Foundation. This annual festival features over 30 bands from the Mid-West. $15 per day or $25 for the entire weekend. Friday July 24 and Saturday July 25th. Featuring 3 Stages of Metal Fest mayhem!
Papa Shango once put a curse on The Ultimate Warrior, it made him spew out green shit from his mouth...That is not a FATAL CURSE! Fatal Curse from central New York will be dropping in to talk about their album "Breaking the Trance" It's such good shit!
A Black Knife is being forged this week. Josh, Tiffany and Matt are joining me on the phone to talk about their new Split 7" with Whipstriker and even more, like Lexington legends Hookers, and Hot Sauce! A definite listen!
Releasing at Midnight in HONOR of MIDNIGHT's Vanik as this week's guest. Super Awesome conversations about Ohio, Halloween, Horror and KISS, plus so much more. ENTER IF YOU DARE!!! Please check out the links below! Songs featured on this show are:
Vanik - One More Dose
Midnight - Rebirth By Blasphemy
Vandallus - Barricade
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A War Cloud of groove metal is dropped in The Metal Forge™ this week when Nick Burks calls in to discuss their new release "The Earhammer Sessions" Also we talk about some awesome Spinal Tap moments along with what a dick Ted Nugent is along with being a "Facebook informed American".
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Maxwell Jeffries from United Kingdom based UNDERKING calls in to The Metal Forge™ to discuss their DUAL ALBUM release from April 3rd 2020! And an unexpected surprise toward the end of the episode. Fun times to be had by all on this one!!!
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The Metal Forge is casting some musical magic with Cam Mesmer from Vancouver B.C. Hypnotic Heavy Metal band SPELL will be pounding out the beats to the hammer strikes. With a discussion of their new album "Opulent Decay" Cam will join me on the phone for The Metal Forge's FIRST non-United States band interview!
Tales from a Punk Rock Icon, Chad Castetter from WiiRMZ calls into The Metal Forge to talk about all kinds of goofy shit and even more. From Puddle of Crud Covering "About A Girl" to Zakk Wylde being an unwashed metal madman, and then there is the Chris Holmes segment. Really fun times to be had by all!!! Check out the Patreon page where you can get the Episode a full 24 hours early when you subscribe to any tier! www.patreon.com/metalforgeradio
Covid-Casting from the fires of the forge again. This week, I interview Guy Hinton from EchoSoul (Ft. Wayne, Indiana). A blend of Power and Thrash, Guy's story is the comeback story you have all been waiting for. With Special Guest appearances on vocals by Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, The Three Tremors) and various other awesome musicians this will not be an episode you want to miss!!!
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Akron's own Emerald Rage is featured this week, Jacob Wherley on Vocals and Guitar calls in to talk about their new Collaboration with Tim "Ripper" Owens formerly of Judas Priest and now The Three Tremors. Loads of fun on this one. I hope you are all safe out there. Head to www.metalforgeradio.com and check out the Merch Links!!!
Jason Caruana calls in to The Metal Forge from Chicago based Her Worst Nightmare. Recently picked up on Misanthropik Records from Lexington KY, they are an 11 year old band finally making their way in the world and delivering us some killer metal. Visit their bandcamp at herworstnightmare.bandcamp.com to get some music and other goodies. (PS: They need to record their cover of Postmortem!!!)
LOCK DOWN week 2. Deb Levine calls in to The Metal Forge to talk about their new album "The Vulture's Amulet" due out on 4/3/20 from Reaper Metal Productions. Check out their Bandcamp Page to obtain their newest album along with other albums and cool merch! Ladybeast.bandcamp.com
LOCKDOWN Social Distance EDITION: Time to take your Wyld Ryde of life. Opening for Tom Kiefer (Cinderella) in Feb. 2020 I dropped in to the Mercury Ballroom (Louisville, KY) to play a little catch up with the guys. Fun times to have by all. A little shorter than normal, but just as much balls! To get access to the shows early, head to patreon.com/metalforgeradio and any donation will grant access, check out the other tiers!
Deep in the pit, the bowels of the boiler room a monster is lurking, conjured by only the darkest magic of metal. Majutsu summon the dark ones. Happy Friday the 13th kids! Stay tuned for ticket giveaways www.metalforgeradio.com
Pick up your Hammer and Chisel this week, we aren't pounding out any Metal. We are Stonecutters! Brian Omer joins me at a local StarSucks where the staff gets unruly toward the end of the interview, all good though. Please send me some 80-2004 Metal, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to THE MIDNIGHT METAL FORGE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA Part 2: a fiery group of Louisville hoodlums drop in on this 2 part, 5 HOUR show. Mark Jackson (The Metal Forge) and Zak Becher (The Midnight Oil) host as MoTHRoG, Ashley Vega, J-Riff, Ed Black (Lunch Break Live) all drop in PLUS MORE!!!
Welcome to THE MIDNIGHT METAL FORGE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA Part 1: a fiery group of Louisville hoodlums drop in on this 2 part, 5 HOUR show. Mark Jackson (The Metal Forge) and Zak Becher (The Midnight Oil) host as MoTHRoG, Ashley Vega, J-Riff, Ed Black (Lunch Break Live) all drop in PLUS MORE!!!
Is it Nut Juice? Do Almonds have nipples to get milk from? ruminate with The Deacons of Doom!
In hour #2, TTTTTTony Dynamite drops in to talk about his upcoming match with GoGo at EWE Wrestling!
Flip The Switch meet up with Mark at 21st Amendment Tavern in Louisville, KY to talk about their upcoming shows, new vocalist and even more shenanigans. Was Evil Dead 2 a remake or a sequel? First person to read this and email me will win tickets to see OM at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY on 3/11/20 email: email@example.com
Justin Zych from Ft. Wayne, Indiana Metal Masters Zephaniah calls in to discuss their new vocalist and up coming show dates. I also talk about the Album that started METAL 50 years ago from 4 dudes in Birmingham, England.
Piranhasarus unleashes a feeding frenzy in the studio with their 1st ever public performance as a band, of any kind. So cool! love these guys and want to have them back as soon as their schedule permits!
Happy Valentines day you bunch of Metalheads! In this episode I will be dropping in on the guys in Provoke the Punishment, newest addition to Misanthropik Records. They perform two tracks Live. As always, head over to metalforgeradio.com and check out the upcoming guests, along with heading over to patreon.com/metalforgeradio and throwing some in the jar, because it is really you all who listen who make the difference. Much love and Metal!!!
Sweet Whiskey Pussy - Because its a name you can't say on FM radio pounds out some Metal on their first release "Trans Am Jams" a few days before they release it at Louisville's Illustrious Tiger Room.
Mike Watkins from Lexington's Palewalker calls in to talk about their upcoming shows, along with his own brand of Metal. A definite listen is needed here for all metalheads into thrash and sludge metal! KILLER Interview!
I visited The Barrelhouse on Market in Jeffersonville Indiana on 1/25/2020 and ran into some friends. Also caught a few awesome live performances from Banshee Child and Julius. Tyler Hill the featured guest, formerly of Lurker at the Threshold calls in to shoot the shit and cut up with me. Thank you too all the Patreon subscribers and to everyone in general! KEEP THE METAL FLOWING!
Chris Black from High Spirits, Aktor & Professor Black called into The Metal Forge to shoot the shit and talk about some music. This was truly an awesome interview. Thanks for checking it out and please go to their bandcamp site along with their Facebook. If you feel the need, head to www.patreon.com/metalforgeradio and check out the tiers, get mentioned on the podcast! Thanks again!