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ATX Metal Podcast
33 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Kick It With Kittie - Nahaya
Welcome back to another episode of Kick It With Kittie! In this episode, Kittie has a chat with a close homie of the podcast, Mr. Jake Wayman. Last time Jake was on the podcast was when he was in a band named "Avarice" which there is news on the horizon with them as well. This go around he is now the front man of Nahaya. Kittie and Jake chat about his personal journey through the bands he has been in and says he has finally found his group of band mates that allow him to express himself more clearly. Also, Jake takes on the hard question of "does the peanut butter on a PB&J belong on the bottom or top of your sandwich?"......(choose wisely)Nahaya is a mixture of American thrash metal with Eastern melodies and influence from the famous Gothenburg sound. As every band has its own unique story, Nahaya has a very unusual story itself. Semir Ozerkan from Istanbul, Turkey moved the United States currently living in Texas to pursue his goal with music and started this band with his friend Ryan Peters in 2013.
63 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Have You Heard - Astrixion
Astrixion is an American heavy metal band out of Killeen, TX. Formed in 2011, our founder Ron Flores, Guitarist Lj Whaley, and Bassist Kurt Savage have crafted the Astrixion tone from various genre styles.The guys have been busy to say the least. Now working with members of Austin, TX hometown favorites Fire From The Gods, Astrixion have been in the studio with some amazing results and can't wait to share it with their fans. The guys take the deep dive on how the band originated and came to be the line up you see and hear today. During the chat, its discovered that there is a military connection between everyone in on the interview which ties into how the band was formed.From new music to new merch to a new website, the Astrixion guys are ready to get back out there and mix it up.Today's featured track is Astrixion's latest release "My Resolve"
33 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Kick It With Kittie - Whore of Bethlehem
Welcome to our newest series "Kick It With Kittie". We have brought on one of our local musicians to join the podcast team to get even more involved with our Texas metal bands. This is the pilot episode where she talks to Phil and James of Whore of Bethlehem straight out of Austin, Tx. Whore of Bethlehem is an extreme metal band that hails from Austin, TX. Originally formed in 2009 by Ryan Sylvie, TJ Rodriguez, and Rene Martinez the band was established to break away from the signature brutal death metal sound of Texas with a more blackened and sinister approach. Phil and James joined the band in 2014 and rounded out the lineup for the debut album "Upon Judas" Throne which was unleashed in the May of 2014 to high acclaim of metal fans all over the world. After the album's release the band added Alan Berryman on bass and Sam Axelrad on drums to the fold as the band continued to build a solid Texas fan base.The guys have a chat with Kittie about what they have been up to over the past few years, who their influences are, what's coming up as far as new music/shows and what shampoo they use as well as other little goodies. Good news is new music is just around the corner but they are taking their time to do it right the first time.The song featured in this episode is "Invocation" of their 2017 release "Extinguish the Light"
89 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Have You Heard - Pala
This episode features our very own Taylor Anderson and his band mate Andy McErlean of Pala (ATX). This one is close to the chest as Pala and the podcast have been close since they performed down in San Antonio for the podcasts first out of town showcase and the bands first time down there as well. Pala was founded in late 2016 by front man Andy McErlean (vocals/guitar). He recorded his initial demos with Chad Rockwell at Westfall recording Studio in Austin, Texas. For their debut EP, "The Seven Earths", McErlean and Taylor Anderson teamed up to hone in the sound of Pala. The EP was produced at Anderson's production studio, Titan Audio, located in Austin, Texas.Pala has been a steady presence in the local Austin scene and have continued to progress and grow as a band. With the news of them recently signing to Perennial Talent Agency to break into markets, the guys explain where they are taking the band and what's to come.
73 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Have You Heard - Death Of A Dream
Death Of A Dream are one of those bands that can be considered the "glue" that helps hold this metal scene together here in Austin, Tx. The guys have been around the local metal scene for decades. As a band though, they have been jamming since 2015. If you have ever been to a metal show here, you have probably bumped into one or all of the members.With only one EP to their name, they took the time during COVID to really have a strong comeback. With the release of the second EP "SENTENCED TO SUFFERING" finally hitting the airwaves and earholes, their EP release during Dime Fest 2021 will be without a doubt, a banger. They also have a music video to go along with the release.This episode is full of good memoires. From the way back days of The Back Room, to the old stomping grounds at Dirty Dog Bar, these guys have been doing the damn thing for some time now. Shaun shares an epic line cut story, as does Ryan. They guys also share their experience from when they went to the Community First Village, a 51-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.Todays featured track is "Moving Targets"
49 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Have You Heard - Transient
In this episode, Ryan has a chat with Jody Linnel (formerly of Smile Empty Soul / 12 Stones) to see what all the fuss is about with his newly formed band Transient that was formed in 2020.Jody says he is ready to take the band all over the map and ready to throw down with some heavier riffs. Linking up with Sam McIntosh of The Diamond Noise Agency, and with a recent tour under their belt with Pig Weed, Jodi shares a few snippets of that run and their relationship with Sam. While out on the road, he said that one of his favorite things to do is to take in the local food spots and see the town. Ryan and Jodi now have a dinner date at Taco More when Transient comes to Austin Texas.A fun fact that got exposed during the interview is that Jodi is a North Carolina boy, just like Ryan. Therefore, they must be distant cousins. Also, the guys talk about one of Transient's latest singles titled "Goodbye" and how it was crafted.Todays featured song is "Goodbye" by Transient
57 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Have You Heard - Spineless
You may recognize some of the band members from Spineless as they have many projects they are a part of but this episode is all about Spineless. The roughly, newly-formed 4 piece from Dallas/Ft. Worth is making moves by jumping on plenty of shows this year and getting their name out there.The last show they threw down at was with Spite, Varials and Dealer (2019) and are hitting the stage again in Aug for the first time since that show. The guys talk about what they have been up to since the last show, what they are looking forward to and new music to come. And for some reason, Ryan really wanted to know their Taco Bell eating habits.Their latest release "Glassblower" is their first track with everyone in on the writing process. They breakdown how they came up with it, wrote it, tweaked it and the entire process from front to back. They also breakdown their understanding of the ever talked about algorithm and how important it is for bands like themselves to make it into playlists and shuffles. They close out the show with swapping mosh pit stories.Today's featured song is the bands latest track "Glassblower"
62 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Have You Heard - In The Trench
In this special episode, the podcast crew sits down with members of In The Trench, John and Steven, to discuss their newest single "The Cycle" and what the band has been up to since their hiatus years ago. On top of getting to know more about In The Trench, we had a special call in guest, Matt Noveskey (Blue October/Orb Studios), who helped produce the bands track. Listening to these guys just vibe and describe their relationship and work flow was a great time.And if that wasn't enough, also in on this interview were the guys behind the upcoming documentary "Bloody and Bruised: The Back Room Documentary", Budro Partida and John Robert Jew. The duo describe how they took advantage of the COIVD lockdowns to knock out 50+ interviews from all walks of life that have passed through or have an attachment to what used to be one of THE places to either perform or watch heavy metal/rock with in the Austin city limits. This is going to be one of the best documentaries explaining and reliving the memories of how the Austin music scene was shaped and still continues to this day.Today's featured song is "The Fall" by In The Trench
56 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Have You Heard - Parallax
Formed in 2015 in Wichita, Kansas, Parallax are instantly identifiable as a breed apart. With a sound that hurls all manner of disparate elements into the sonic blender, and the intensity and conviction to make the resultant hybrid count, this shape-shifting quartet have steadily forged a reputation as modern metal mavericks, releasing a series of acclaimed EPs and playing countless shows with everyone from Whitechapel and Suicide Silence to Mushroomhead and Goatwhore. Their latest album, Awaken, is their most potent statement yet, and represents the culmination of five years of dogged determination and creative fearlessness.As they prepare to shake off the shackles of inactivity and erupt into violent life once more, Parallax are secure in the knowledge that Awaken is an exhilarating and eccentric one-off. The perfect, furious antidote to post-pandemic lethargy, songs like the cudgeling, doom-laden Descent and the mutant thrash assault of Blood Moon are custom designed to snap necks and blow minds. As Jason explains, the band’s next moveis to take this epoch-shattering storm of sound to the people. Awaken, or be crushed! - excerpts taken from write up by Dom LawsonTodays featured song is "Esoteric" off their latest album "Awaken"
54 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Have You Heard - Decayer
Decayer is a 5-piece deathcore outfit from Tucson, Arizona that brings the heavy. After gathering their members in 2016, they got right to work. Their first Ep dropped in 2017 and shortly after signed We Are Triumphant (now with Seek & Strike). Just before the process of getting on the label, Sean departed the band due to a change of pace but has since returned to his place as vocalist. Since 2017, Decayer have been doing their thing with release after release gaining traction along the way. With the exit of Harrison who replaced Sean, they talked it over and Sean rejoined the band and started getting to work on new music. Sean explains how he came to rekindle those spirits partly due to the formation of his Instagram page “Filthy Breakdowns”. The guys talk about streaming platforms, MySpace (yeah we went there), work life, the real estate market and how hot it is in Arizona. Also, the band recently just joined The Dreamer Agency to support their passion. Their latest release “Pestilence” is no slouch. If you are fans of Fit For an Autopsy, The Acacia Strain, Bodysnatcher, Whitechapel, you will have no issue banging your head to these tracks. Today’s featured song is “Dead Soul”
76 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Have You Heard - Otis Archer
If you are not familiar with Otis Archer, fear not, this episode is for you. In this episode, Ryan sits down with Otis and Jordan to get the details on the project and what is to come soon.The episode started off with the guys just shooting the shit and talking about past and present vacations, along with Otis’s announcement that he is newly engaged! Once the guys get all caught up, Otis explains how he got a really good deal at the Verizon store when he got an email and had to head in. Little did he know he would find Jordan Jensen (formerly of Dark Sermon) dressed to the 9’s and the bond over metal band shirts began their journey. With two Ep’s out, alive and breathing, the guys are prepping the next iteration of the project with a third ep. With a bass player on board, they are looking to hit the stage this fall.Today’s featured song is “The Old Ways” by Otis Archer
66 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Have You Heard - Marked;Life
Previously recorded in April 2021, Marked;Life is a 5 piece Progressive Nu-Metal band from Phoenix, AZ that pushes the limits of normal song structure and music with weird time signature and tempo changes. From musicians hair care to Taco Bell "feed the beat", this episode was fun.Marked;Life has been around in concept for a long time. Thanks to an Architect's show where Sam (vocals) and Caleb (guitar) linked up at, the band began to take form. After getting some friends in other projects to help them on their first music video, they moved on to song 2 and rounded out the band line up with Reid (drums) and James (bass). Within 5 months of being a full time band Marked;Life received a few record label contracts and decided to sign with ‘We Are Triumphant Records' where they remain at the time. This episode is all over the place. We talked about wallpaper (trust me, its worth it), to Taco Bell's "Feed the Beat" to creating our very own signature men's 4-in-1 body wash/hair care product line for touring musicians. Huge shout out to Cameron of The Dreamer Agency for hooking the podcast up with the band. Todays featured song is "Lose Someone"
61 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Have You Heard - Notions
From SoundCloud rapper to tasty metal tracks, Notions front man Kalan Beal has plotted his path and is staking his claim on what he considers a new way forward with his band mates and also his solo performances.Notions has been around for a few years now, grinding it out here in central Texas. The guys talk about how Notions came to be and how they are continuing to push their music to the next level. Kalan brakes down what the future holds for the band by working with Third String Productions to work themselves into a rap shows to include continuing with booking metal shows.Notions was signed to Stay Sick records late 2019, early 2020 and only stayed with them for 1 year. The plan was to tour heavy on their album but COIVD hit and stopped it dead in their tracks. Now on their own, they have a little more creative freedom to try this and that and it shows in their latest release "TxxthTxker" with help from members of UnityTX and Backwordz.On a personal note, the guys swap stories about being honest and not lying, requesting your song to the local radio station and trying to record it on cassette, as well as recoding DragonBallZ on VHS.
34 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Have You Heard - The Worst Case Scenario
The Worst Case Scenario is a 5-piece death-metal/deathcore band from Lubbock, Texas. They released their last album fall of 2020 and are venturing out on their first tour in summer 2021. Ryan had a chance to catch them before they hit the road. TWCS is a new find for the podcast but may not be to you. If you’re into blast beats, then you have found the right band. Formed in 2016, they went through a couple ups and downs and almost hung it up. But 2018, they added some new members and got back on the grind. COIVD has impacted everyone differently. For TWCS, they had their latest album written in late 2019/early 2020 and had to hit the brakes on shows and spreading the word about their band. Now that shows have returned to a venue near you, they are hitting the road to show you what they have been cooking up.TWCS is touring on their latest album “Drowning in Insanity”. Todays featured song is "Throne of Decay"
51 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Have You Heard - Heliocentric
This episode features the Tale of Two Jared's. The young one, our Jared, talks to the one-man band Jared Smith that is, Heliocentric. The young one discusses Jared’s sophomore album “Ishmael,” which provides a look into the sometimes-tumultuous relationship between the three Abrahamic religions. The episode opens with Jared (not ours) on how he submitted his proposal to a bunch of old, Christian professors for his application to be approved for his undergraduate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Wheaton in Chicago. He summed it up as “turning in a metal album to get his degree.” Jared went to Wheaton to study ancient languages even though he claims to have the intelligence of an under-baked potato. A few years in, he felt a little pigeonholed himself and decided to switch gears and go for interdisciplinary studies which. Jared spent time overseas in a study abroad program with about 20 people based out of Jordan and traveled to various locations. This episode takes a deep look into Jared's experience into the teachings of religion and what he took away from his time there. Heliocentric’s second full-length album, “Ishmael,” presents the band’s most intense soundscape yet. Tackling issues regarding the religious conflicts in the Middle East, the psychology of religion, and the three Abrahamic faiths, the intensity of the album mirrors the gravity of its subject matter, delivering many of the band’s heaviest riffs to date.
50 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Have You Heard - Basilica
Basilica is a 4 piece “hair-slam” band out of Boone, North Carolina. The term “hair-slam” hails from the draw of the earlier days of hair metal but with an updated twist. They like to blend multiple flavors of metal to help create their sound.The band had their self-titled album “Basilica” ready to go in the early days of 2020 but had to press pause on the release due to COVID. They all took the time during COVID to keep their chops up and were able to work on their reach outside of the mountain range of the Appalachia Mountains. The podcast featured “Grinding Teeth” on the “Does It Stank” segment and after hearing the track, decided to set up a chat to learn more.Being a North Carolina boy himself, Ryan wanted to know how the music scene is fairing in the Carolinas. The guys go in detail about how they go about spreading their sound throughout the surrounding areas. They also discuss their signing to Innerstrength Records. With everyone being in school for music related studies, the guys go around the room and talk about their side projects. Everything from country to R&B to Emo to math rock. They all studied at the Hays School of Music at Appalachia State and essentially have all the bases covered with it comes to DIY. Todays featured track is “Grinding Teeth” of the self-titled album.
67 minutes | May 4, 2021
Have You Heard - Bystander
BYSTANDER is an up and coming American heavy metal outfit based out of Portland, Oregon. Blending more technical styles of death metal riffs with groove inspired deathcore breakdowns, BYSTANDER brings forth a crushing sound reminiscent of the golden era of heavy metalcore & “djent,” appealing to fans of Whitechapel, Meshuggah, Thy Art Is Murder, Volumes, Born Of Osiris, After the Burial & more.Bystander came out to Texas in mid March to get a feel for the Texas music scene to see if this was the place to be when they got back to playing gigs. Taylor gives his run down of their time here. They visited Rainy St, checked out some comedy clubs and of course, had to get some Texas BBQ. The guys take a dive into the lyrics from the latest Ep "Product of Misinformation" that dropped earlier this year and touched a little on how the band faired during their COIVD lockdown. Now that shows are returning to a stage near you, they are excited to get back out and mix it up with what is hopefully a new fan base here in Austin, Texas.Todays featured song is "Isolation Campaign" of their latest album "Product of Misinformation" Link below to their Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/artist/4uYbgRkkg520ViIcz0KXdK
52 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Have You Heard - Convictions
As stated on the bands website, “Hailing from Fremont, OH, the four piece Christian metalcore act known as Convictions is starting to make an impact on the world. Dubbing themselves “Aggressive Worship,” the band is not your everyday Christian band. Setting out to write lyrical content based on their own “convictions,” the band covers topics that push the boundaries.Michael explains that navigating the waters of being a Christian metal band isn’t the same as it used to be in the heyday of the 2000’s with bands such as Underoath and the likes thereof. One of their newest singles, “The Price of Grace”, revolves around the passing of a close friend of theirs due to suicide. As Ryan stated, its heavy music with a back story you normally would not call a “banger” but yet it is in a way.The guys finish out the episode talking about how the band operates with everyone so spread out and how they are going to approach touring given the COIVD restrictions are different in every state for the most part.Todays featured song is “The Price of Grace”, one of Convictions latest releases.Photo Credit: @johnfmedia
66 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Have You Heard - A Dark Halo
If you are into gaming, Spotify algorithms, Spiritbox and "progressive gerrymandering" then you are going to enjoy this episode. As they put it "A Dark Halo is wallet friendly, middle entry-tier, slightly prog cyber-metal (Assembled in Austin, TX, USA using Global Materials)."The band has been around for a while but has taken many forms over the years like most bands. They way it all came back to life was when Dave took a gig out here in Austin, Texas to work for a game developer and started to get the itch again to get ADH back up and running. Not only do they enjoy programming for the gaming community they also make music for the game industry.One of the interesting things that Dave mentioned was a comparison to the animation industry. in each of the say Pixar movies', they are trying out different animations to see what works. He said he wanted to mimic that per say and try and push each song with "something different" so the music is a new experience for the listener. The guys also chat about who they are listening to today and how the band is attacking getting more ears on their music by understanding and working the algorithm. Todays featured song is ADH latest release "Flame Betide" and can be found wherever you get your music.
53 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Have You Heard - Defamed
In this episode, we travel virtually to the UK to have a chat with Josuha Rocchi of Defamed. Josh breaks down how he came to be in the band, how COIVD has impacted his personal and band life, along with his weekend getaway to shoot music videos and their upcoming shows. This will be the first time Joshua will perform with the band. Josh admits to his love for Asking Alexandria (so does Ryan) and also talks about how Defamed's remix to "Gasolina" came to be and fan reactions to it.From the bands Spotify Page "Savagely rising from the ashes of previous band "Drown in Sulphur", after they'd been betrayed by one of theirs, new Deathcore act Defamed is fueled with the rage that defines the genre. Introducing themselves with their intense and relentless debut single "Circles" and a parody cover of Daddy Yankee's reggaetón hit song "Gasolina" early 2020, Defamed deliver impressive tracks again and again, compiled in their debut EP Aeon released on December 4th 2020". Head over to Defamed's socials and give them a like/follow/share, check out their Patreon and stay tuned for more to come. The song featured is "Wounds" of their debut EP "Aeon". Photo credit: Nadia Camilleri (Instagram @youreinruins )
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