#52 - On the Metaphysics of Death
Philosophical roundtable on the metaphysical and ontological side of reality in terms of the inevitable expiration date, correlations to metal, the human condition, and so forth. There’s a lot to unpack in this episode. Brett Stevens from www.deathmetal.org and the author of “Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity” joins alongside David Burke who is a PhD student specializing in Metal Studies, as well as Raphael who is a metal writer and psychology major. Brett’s book on Nihilism can be bought here: https://www.amazon.com/Nihilism-Philosophy-Based-Nothingness-Eternity/dp/0994595832
August 07, 2022
#51 - Dead Space Chamber Music
Coming soon to a crypt near you! Ellen and Tom from the avant garde early music industrial quartet Dead Space Chamber Music join the program to discuss their philosophy, motives, and perspectives. Their music is hard to categorize yet very accessible. Ellen and Tom grant much insight into the numerous variables of the band. Shelley from www.hatemeditations.com and Metalegion Magazine returns as cohost. Music at the end of the episode are tracks ‘Mari Lwyd - Morfa’r Frenhines (Grey Mare - Queen's Marsh)’ and ‘Douce Colombe Jolie’ from their newest album The Black Hours. Stream and buy The Black Hours here: The Black Hours | Dead Space Chamber Music (bandcamp.com)
July 31, 2022
#50 - Mike Hill (Tombs, Scorpion Throne, Everything Went Black Media)
Mike Hill from USBM bands Tombs, Scorpion Throne, and the progenitor of Everything Went Black Media joins for today’s episode. Topics include the enigmatic nature of Tombs, Mike’s assimilation of influences into his expression, as well as other topics such as elitism. He is a very thoughtful guy in addition to having a natural inclination to create thoughtful music. Shelley (www.hatemeditations.com and Metalegion Magazine) returns as cohost. Music at the end is the first track from the debut Scorpion Throne.
July 28, 2022
#49 - Sleepwalker Pt. II
Sleepwalker from A Transylvanian Funeral/Temple of Abraxas returns to talk about his next video game soundtrack, the one for Project Warlock II. We further discuss his music and idealogy beyond mere formalities; to get to the gist of why he happens to be one of the best USBM artists. Shelley from hatemeditations.com and Metalegion Magazine returns as cohost. Sleepwalker's former magazine's omnibus can be bought here: https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/forbiddenrecords His RPG games: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/18363/Chaotic-Evil-Games Project Warlock II: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1640300/Project_Warlock_II/ Project Warlock II trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLk7EMOzceY
June 19, 2022
#48 - Bruckner Discussion, Part II
The time is now to speak more about Anton Bruckner! More specifically, the Bruckner Red Book by William Carragan. In addition to covering the Red Book, we delve into some other subjects such as Wagner's influence on Bruckner, which composers Bruckner influenced, tempo approaches to the symphonies, etc. Joining the program today is esteemed musicologist William Carragan and composer Sébastien Letocart, both of whom are Bruckner experts of the highest caliber. William Carragan information: Carragan website: https://carragan.com/ Buy the Bruckner Red Book here: https://brucknerredbook.com/ Bruckner Society of America (Carragan is Vice President): https://www.brucknersocietyamerica.org/ Sébastien Letocart information: Letocart website: https://sites.google.com/site/letocartsebastien YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Tracotel Music in this episode: Bruckner’s 8th Symphony, Finale, conducted by Benjamin Zander with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra – full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEcZpfF_g-I Additional resources were supplied to this episode via John Berky at https://www.abruckner.com/
May 31, 2022
#47 - Metal Revelation
An easy-going episode after a hiatus. The topics of today are how we discovered and got into metal, what metal means to us, and some personal thoughts on metal. Cohost Shelley (www.hatemeditations.com and Metalegion Magazine) returns with liver intact with guests Brett Clarin (Journey into Darkness, Sorrow), Daniel Valdez (Gored and visual arts illustrator), and Metal Jaime (former street rep for Relapse, Century Media, Nuclear Blast, etc).
May 22, 2022
#46 - Classical Music (Anton Bruckner)
This episode mainly focuses on the profound music of Anton Bruckner. Guests include professor, conductor, and timpanist John Godoy (Lux Musicae), and composer and organist Sébastien Letocart who is one of the few to have “completed” the finale to Bruckner’s 9th symphony. Sébastien Letocart information: Website: https://sites.google.com/site/letocartsebastien/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Tracotel Information about John Godoy can be found on his Lux Musicae chamber music ensemble website www.luxmusicae.org Bruckner music excerpts included in this episode recommended by Letocart: 16:29: Introduction of Bruckner's 4th Symphony conducted by Georges Prêtre (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d80Ml3she0o) 28:24: Adagio of Bruckner's 7th symphony, transition to the second thematic group conducted by Claudio Abbado (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_IbwlSXHpQ) 41:08: Excerpt from the finale of Bruckner’s 5th Symphony conducted by Claudio Abbado (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjbdT8Zho5M) 1:09:58: The coda from Sébastien Letocart’s completion of the finale of Bruckner’s 9th Symphony Further recommendations for those wanting to explore the music of Anton Bruckner: 3rd Symphony (Haitink): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMAFwLvnsKo 4th Symphony (Kabasta): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIrWYqQ5bPI 7th Symphony (Wand): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUEoSGKWYGI 8th Symphony (Haitink): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbjsVQfso9U 9th Symphony (Kabasta): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG7FR01tEU0
April 17, 2022
#45 - On Death and its Influence on Metal
We chat about the cessation of mortal existence and its influence on metal for an hour. Shelley from www.hatemeditations.com and Metalegion Magazine returns with guests John Smith (Beithioch) and Joseph Aprill (metal writer and podcaster). Many aspects of death and its relationship to metal are discussed, as well as prior and current world events that heightened mortality salience.
March 27, 2022
#44 - Paul Ledney pt. III
Paul Ledney returns for more conversation. We chat about why Profanatica dropped from Steel Fest in Finland, his views on Satanism, compositional aspects of Profanatica's sound, his view on Morbid Angel, etc. Shelley returns after recovering from the 'rona,
March 20, 2022
#43 - The Psychology of Metal
Much conjecture but more informed than the running sparse opinions on this subject. Shelley from Hate Meditations and Metalegion Magazine joins with Raphael from Hessian Firm, who is a current student of psychology. We delve beyond the catharsis of metal, which is what most outsiders of metal think the positive attribute of metal music is on the brain. Hopefully this is the starting point to a greater conversation.
March 13, 2022
#42 - Khand
Jim from Khand joins. Beyond being a central figure in the current Dungeon Synth scene (he should be the main leader of DS, in my humble opinion), he has been heavily involved with metal and other forms of music. Shelley returns as the cohost as we delve into some of the nerdy aspects of Khand’s exploits.
February 28, 2022
#41 - Sam Biles
Sam Biles from Hideous Mangleus and Goblin (US) joins Necropolis to talk about his exploits, the old days of death metal in the US, the PA scene, some elements about Gary from Goblin being someone truly unique, some of his philosophy about why new “old school” death metal misses the mark, why Marie from Derketa has aged so well, etc. The music at the end is by Goblin (US). Also thanks to Shelley from www.hatemeditations.com and Metalegion Magazine for continuing to be the cohost of this podcast.
February 20, 2022
#40 - Goths
Shelley (hatemeditations.com) takes the lead today for an outside of the box episode focusing on goth culture. Tim, aka The Blogging Goth, runs a popular goth blog https://theblogginggoth.com/ which focuses on news, commentary, and upcoming events in the UK goth scene. Whenever a major media outlet does a feature on goth culture, Tim will usually be the first to march out and fact check it. He is also one half The Scarlet Hour (https://thescarlethour.bandcamp.com/). Also joining is Joel from Goth City Promotions (https://www.facebook.com/gothcityleeds/) and from Byronic Sex and Exile (https://gothcityrecords.bandcamp.com/album/unrepentant-thunder). Today the discussion focuses on entry-level what is and isn't goth.
February 13, 2022
#39 – Giuseppe (Thecodontion)
Giuseppe from Thecodontion (also one of the individuals behind Xenoglossy Productions) joins Necropolis to discuss the prehistoric theme surrounding Thecodontion, the ethos of Xenoglossy Productions, metal in Italy and other elements of Italian culture, and some dialogue about metal related matters such as the metal publications that we read.
January 23, 2022
#38 - Daniel Lake (USBM Book)
Daniel Lake, author of 'USBM: A Revolution of Identity in American Black Metal', joins Necropolis for the formal episode about his book. USBM has always been a point of confusion in terms of its placement within the black metal lexicon. It is often reviled by its European counterpart but has found footing in recent years. Shelley, writer for www.hatemeditations.com and Metalegion Magazine, returns as a valuable cohost to help drive conversation along.
January 09, 2022
#37 - Bryin Dall
Another episode from left field! Prolific musician Bryin Dall (Thee Majesty, Hirsute Pursuit, Throbbing Gristle, etc) joins to discuss his innumerable projects, background, personal experiences, insights, gay culture, etc. Special guest co-host AJ Martinez (owner of Propaganda Palace in San Antonio) joins to lend his expertise on Bryin's exploits and industrial music.
January 02, 2022
#36 - Dobber Beverly (back with a vengeance)
Dobber Beverly (Oceans of Slumber, Necrofier, Malignant Altar, etc) returns to Necropolis to talk about his bands. Much insight of the industry is cast in this episode. We originally just planned to talk about Necrofier but decided it would be best to just cover Dobber in general. Oceans of Slumber will take a different direction, which people will hear a sample this coming January. It is great to have a fellow Texan back with a vengeance!
December 19, 2021
#35 - Boyd Rice
Boyd Rice joins for an interview. Music talk is sparse, a great deal of time is spent talking about his worldview, some of which may be controversial. A legend and pioneer in his own right, we thank him for his time and to pick his brain. Disclaimer: some of Boyd's views go against convention and may be difficult for some people to listen to
December 13, 2021
#34 - Hod / Pious Levus
Carl (Lord Necron) and Beer (Vladibeer) join from the band Hod to discuss their music. Also, some bants. Being that both men are veterans of the metal scene here in San Antonio, we went in-depth into the scene here, their other projects, and so forth.
November 28, 2021
#33 - Awen
Neofolk band Awen joins to discuss their motivations, experiences, outlooks, their uniqueness in the Texas music scene, and so forth.
November 21, 2021
#32 - Paul Speckmann
Death metal legend Paul Speckmann (Master, Deathstrike, etc) joins to discuss his music, general lifestyle, worldview, and other aspects.
November 14, 2021
#31 - Classical Music
Although not directly related to metal, classical music has been a force of nature in terms of cultural relevance in the western world for the past four hundred years. Music professor, timpanist/percussionist, and conductor Emmanuel Godoy (music director of Lux Musicae www.luxmusicae.org) joins to add to the discussion. About midway, we get into the meat and potatoes of Romanticism, which is undeniably metal.
October 23, 2021
#30 - Spirit of Metal
Discussion on the spirit of metal (still hard to pin down) and metal adjacent music. In addition to Shelley from Hate Meditations, Daniel Lake (Decibel) and Joseph Aprill (Invisible Oranges) join to add their two cents. Broadly speaking, is metal adjacent music the path forward for metal since metal seems to be stuck in nostalgia and assimilated into rock music (postmetal)? Is it time to stop using the term 'hipster' since hipster metal seems to have died down?
October 17, 2021
#29 - Brett Clarin
Brett Clarin joins from Sorrow/Journey into Darkness. Beyond being in a band which was signed to Roadrunner in the 90s, doing all of the instruments in his current band Journey into Darkness, formerly owning his own record shop and record label, he happens to be very educated in physics. We discuss quantum mechanics at length, perhaps tying some loose threads into philosophy.
October 10, 2021
#28 - Michael W. Ford
Author of 24 books and founder of the Greater Church of Lucifer, Michael Ford joins to discuss the dichotomy between Satanism and Luciferianism, black metal, and his philosophy.
October 03, 2021
#27 - Vincent Crowley
A former reverend in the Church of Satan, legendary death metal musician Vincent Crowley joins to discuss Satanism, his music in Acheron, Infidel Reich, Vincent Crowley, and the general vibe of death metal today.
October 02, 2021
#26 - Jarrett Pritchard
FL death metal legend Jarrett Pritchard joins to discuss his music in Eulogy/Pulchra Morte/Brutality, sound engineering, and producing. One of the pillars of the Floridian death metal scene, he has become a prominent name in extreme metal with his exploits outside of being a guitarist. Shelley serves as the main host whereas Jason takes a more relaxed approach to the episode. The new intro + Shelley's introduction is a humorous juxtaposition.
September 26, 2021
#25 - Politics in Metal
Spurred on by the controversy surrounding Finland's Steelfest, this episode focuses on political expression in metal and the reactions thereof. Shelley from www.hatemeditations.com returns as his first time as the official cohost of Necropolis. Guests include David Burke (PhD student specializing in metal studies) and Tyler (former metal essayist). The episode is comprised of civil discussion regarding politics in metal.
September 19, 2021
#24 - Death Metal Underground (ANUS.com)
Prozak/Brett Stevens joins to discuss him having the title of the oldest and longest running metal website on the internet, his influence on metal throughout the years, etc. Shelley from www.hatemeditations.com serves as cohost. Many 30+ year-olds in metal are acquainted with Brett's influential writings on metal. He's a legend in his own right, and his mark on metal is undeniable.
August 15, 2021
#23 - BlightMass
Jesse Jolly (bassist/vocalist) and Jean-Philippe aka JP (guitarist) of BlightMass join Necropolis to talk about their new album, what being in an international band is like, as well as other aspects of their endeavors together. Their new album Harbinger of Lucidity will be out this September!
August 08, 2021
#22 - Roundtable #6
The last roundtable of Necropolis; Shelley (Hate Meditations), Joshua Armijo (YouTuber RunnerJMA), and Paul (Condemner) join to discuss Texas metal and how the internet has reshaped metal. Sinus infection be damned!
August 01, 2021
#21 - Paul Ledney Pt2
USBM legend Paul Ledney (Profanatica, Havohej) returns to Necropolis for a wild west of an episode. In addition to a further line of inquiry with Mr. Ledney, Daniel Lake (USBM book author, Decibel Magazine), Shelley (www.hatemeditations.com) and Diego (www.elnegrometal.com) join for a packed house full of unbridled excitement. The host might have been inebriated during this episode.
July 16, 2021
#20 - Paul Ledney pt1
US Black Metal legend Paul Ledney (Profanatica, Havohej) joins Necropolis to discuss his music, motivations, ideology, thoughts on what metal music is nowadays, etc. Also on the episode is Shelley from www.hatemeditations.com. This is part one of two, where Ledney will return and answer more questions at a later date.
July 04, 2021
#19 - Roundtable #5
An impromptu episode after a nice vacation. Daniel Lake (Decibel Magazine, USBM book author), Nick (Hessian Firm), Raphael (Hessian Firm) join to discuses an array of topics. First we discuss Daniel Lake's travels across the US to see people in the metal scene, which then the conversation morphed into the edginess of some of the metal scene. We then discuses some newer releases, then USBM. The music at the end of the episode is by Beacons of Revolt.
June 27, 2021
#18 - S. Craig Zahler
The writer/director of films such as Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Dragged Across Concrete, as well as the entire creative mind behind the comic book The Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr. Divinus, joins Necropolis to discuss his comic book, movies, music, and many elements that comprise his outlook and endeavors. Shelley from Hate Meditations serves as a cohost. This episode can't be missed!
June 07, 2021
#17 - Roundtable #4
A casual roundtable episode with Ivan (Black Metal Daily, Order ov the Black Arts) and Shelley (Hate Meditations). Topics discussed are politics in music, the spirit of metal, and black metal being tribal but also individualistic.
May 30, 2021
#16 - David Burke (PhD student specializing in metal)
A curious episode which includes David Burke (metal academic PhD student) as the main subject. His work can be found here: bathspa.academia.edu/DavidBurke . Also featured in this episode is Shelley from the website Hate Meditations (hatemeditations.com) who serves as a cohost. Many topics are discussed relating to metal. David Burke's take on the essence of metal being inherently existential is thoroughly discussed. Follow Necropolis on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/01DVu2oqZeA12CYHshHWFc
May 23, 2021
#15 - Order ov the Black Arts
Duncan from The Order ov the Black Arts joins to discuss the community, YouTube channel, etc that The Order has a propagated. With around 5k members in the Facebook group and over 11k subscribers on YouTube, Duncan has been a very positive influence in the metal world by promoting black metal and black metal adjacent projects of all walks of life. Song featured at the end of the episode is by CaveGhoul, also a member of The Order.
May 16, 2021
#14 - Scale It Back
Jerry from Scale It Back joins Necropolis to discuss his YouTube channel. Topics are broad in this episode, but we discuss his motivations behind what does and why. Also featured in this episode is Shelley from the website Hate Meditations.
May 09, 2021
#13 - Excuse The Blood
Excuse The Blood (name taken from Dead's suicide note) joins Necropolis to talk about his exploits on www.excusetheblood.org and his YouTube channel. Further topics include interviewing subjects and cinema. Diego (El Negro Metal), Nick (Hessian Firm), and Rafael (Hessian Firm) join once again to add to the discussion.
May 02, 2021
#12 - Belial Koblak
Belial Koblak returns to discuss his involvement in metal beyond his work in Nocturnus AD. Lethal Prayer, Incantation, Acheron, etc are discussed, as well as delving into personal territory with what metal means to him, his thoughts on what Satanism means to him, etc.
April 18, 2021
#11 - Roundtable #3
Nick (Hessian Firm), Rafael (Hessian Firm), Shelley (Hate Meditations), Diego (El Negro Metal), and surprise guest Daniel Lake (USBM book, Decibel Magazine staff writer), join this roundtable royal rumble to discuss elitism, metal adjacent music, and art in metal.
April 11, 2021
#10 - Texas Metal Pt. 1
In this episode of Necropolis, Hellpreacher Johnny (Merciless Onslaught internet radio program) and Metal Jaime (veteran of TX metal), join to scratch the surface of Texas metal. We will return to discuss Texas metal more in-depth later. One hour cannot do it justice.
April 04, 2021
#9 - Roundtable #2
Shelley (Hate Meditations website) returns for his third time on the podcast joined with new guest Diego (the Spanish website El Negro Metal) to discuss the occult and philosophical aspects of extreme metal, and a conversation about music criticism.
March 28, 2021
#8 - Islander
One of the internet's most prolific metal bloggers, Islander from the website No Clean Singing joins to discuss how he came into metal via his children, the inner workings of his website, his involvement with Northwest Terror Fest, etc. He's very personable and was great to speak with.
March 25, 2021
#7 - Roundtable #1
Shelley (Hate Meditations), Jesse Jolly (BlightMass, Amon, ect), and Deadite join to discuss the relationship of horror movies and metal, the reason why OSDM misses the mark, and how the music industry has changed by the internet and the current pandemic.
March 15, 2021
#6 - Mike Browning & Belial Koblak
Mike Browning (Nocturnus, Morbid Angel, etc) and Belial Koblak (Nocturnus AD, Incantation, Lethal Prayer) join to discuss Nocturnus AD, some aspects about Morbid Angel that people don't know about, and other interesting things!
March 10, 2021
#5 - Shelley (Hate Meditations)
This episode features Charles Shelley from the site Hate Meditations as the main guest, but also included is Raphael Alecto (editor of Hessian Firm) as a kind of fly on the wall cohost. I had a lot of fun with this episode. This was also the first international Necroplis episode. We discussed some brainy aspects about metal, philosophy, metal, dungeon synth, metal, psychology, metal, classical music, metal etc in a casual conversational atmosphere. Check it out!
March 10, 2021
#4 - Mike Poggione
In this episode of Necropolis, Mike Poggione from Monstrosity (+10,000,000 other bands) joins to discuss his life as a professional bassist. We discuss some of his bands, life in Eastern Europe, and some finer aspects about the Tampa metal scene. Also included at the end is an unreleased Eulogy song.
March 10, 2021
#3 - Sleepwalker
Sleepwalker from A Transylvanian Funeral, Temple of Abraxas, and Forbidden Records joins to discuss his music, mysticism, entrepreneurship, etc. A very delightful guest to have on Necropolis.
March 10, 2021
#2 - Dobber Beverly
Arguably Texas’ best metal drummer, Dobber Beverly joins to discuss his bands (Oceans of Slumber, Nercrofier, Insect Warfare, etc), his background, general atmosphere in music today, classical music, as well as a lot of other things! A great chat was had with this fellow Texan!
March 10, 2021
#1 - Jesse Jolly
Necropolis is my new podcast where I interview interesting people from all spectrums of extreme metal. Being that I am an outlier in the metal scene (I’m not in any metal bands), I feel that I present a musician’s perspective without being involved with the industry too much. The first episode was conducted with the immensely talented Jesse Jolly from BlightMass, Amon, After Death, Crimson Massacre, Diabolic, Blastmasters, Lull Me To Larvae, Promethean Horde, etc. We discussed his background in-depth with him starting out as just a kid from the hills of Tennessee to someone who has been called ‘the future of metal’ by George Fisher (Corpsegrinder) from Cannibal Corpse. This episode is a must-hear for people interested in what the general Tampa death metal scene is like.
March 10, 2021