Another quiet night, not even a beating to speak of, which is probably all for the better anyway. There's only so much of that kind of thing one person can take, let's face it... Anyway, a good portion of the show was spent featuring members of Rochester, NY's Scholar. Sound-wise they fall into a bit of the punk and pop category, maybe a little happier than what most Onslaught listeners are accustomed to, but hey, they're a part of a diverse local family, and we were happy to have them hang with us for a bit! They were even cool enough to play a couple of acoustic numbers for us ("All The Way To The Sun" and "The Rift"), followed up by guitarist / lead vocalist Steven Blaqart doing a handful of cover tunes for us. So, most listeners are probably aware that Joe and I are both HUGE fans of KISS, so we were pretty excited to hear that one of those cover songs was going to be "Goin' Blind", and you can actually see a clip of that performance on our Facebook page, as well as YouTube! Azkath was recording as well, so there will be more forthcoming. Steven also threw in a Danzig song, as well as an old Misfits number, very cool to hear, I must say! Not much else to tell, to be honest. Outside of our discussion of "Goin' Blind" and just how big of a perv Gene Simmons must be for having written it, I think the funniest moment of the night came when Azkath wanted to play a song for Joe by a band called Mutant Supremacy. Joe was informed that he may have to replace his face after hearing it, and something about that idea didn't sit well with him. As a matter of fact, he got downright petulant about it, displaying all the charm of a child forced to finish his plate, when all that's left is broccoli... I mean, we even told him we'd staple his face back on and everything. He would have been fine! But all we heard was, "No! I don't wanna lose my face! Uh-uh! Not doin' it" and so on and so forth... Eventually of course, we played the song and Joe came out of the experience just FINE! All that moping and whininess was for nothin'. Geeeeez...
Saxon - Back In '79 Karma To Burn - Never Say Die Tyr - Stargazer Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman The Rods - Raise Some Hell Thorr-Axe - Sundering Of the Frost Giant Pagan's Mind - Eyes Of Fire The Muggs - Sturm Und Drang Deceased - Off Kilter Draconian - Wall Of Sighs Autopsy - Always About To Die Black Sabbath - The Fallen A Pale Horse Named Death - Cracks In The Walls 3 Inches Of Blood - Strength Of The Grave Slayer - Atrocity Vendor Funeral - How Death May Linger IKILLYA - Jet Fuel Genetic Morbid Angel - 10 More Dead Scholar - All The WaY To The Sun Scholar - Rift Haemorrhage - Tumour Donor In Solitude - We Were Never Here I.N.C. - It's Coming Vanna - I, The Collector Black Tusk - Fixed In The Ice Scholar - Goin' Blind Scholar - Long Way Back From Hell Scholar - Ghoul's Night Out Scholar - Locke Syndrome Sanjuro Fields - The River's Edge Stone Soul Foundation - Sidewalker Hangman's Heart - Mary Elizabeth Novembers Doom - Buried Thorr-Axe - Hung For Nine Days Order Of The Dead - Bullet Cosmic Sea - March For Flames Mutant Supremacy - Soaked In Hell Unexpect - Mechanical Phoenix Choose - 33 Hammerfall - The Outlaw Queensryche - The Lie Black 'N Blue - Candy Ace Frehley - Wiped-Out Paul Stanley - Tonight You Belong To Me Black Stone Cherry - Killing Floor Cyper Seer - Aftermass Paradyme - Sravanthi Tombs - Passage Ways Behemoth - Wish Paper Thin Disaster - It Takes A Big Dog To Weigh A Ton
Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie (Scatterbrain Rules!!!)
All told, it was a pretty laid-back evening with a focus on some new music, which is never a bad thing. Let's face it, that's one of the things that keeps us goin'! Also had members of Rochester's Order Of The Dead on hand, specifically Bill Lander (vocals), Jody Roberts (guitar), and Matt Zaso (guitar). Very cool guys, I must say, and it really helped that most of us pretty much fall into the same age group, so in between talk segments there was much reminiscing of rockin' times gone by, back when the big acts actually used to play in this area! Nah, I'm not holding a grudge, not at all... Oh well, at least the club shows are still kicking ass! Seriously, though, Order Of The Dead are pretty damned killer and I highly recommend checking them out, preferably on their MySpace page, where a lot of their songs can be heard. And really, how many reasons are left to visit MySpace? Savor it while ya can!
Let's see... Took some time to mention some memorable moments from Finger Lakes Metal Fest. We all had a great time, and we're all looking forward to doing it all again next year! Seriously, it would be extremely difficult to pick a favorite band or moment. Although, I will say that it was really awesome of Croctosquatch to come out and pay a visit... That WAS a Croctosquatch, wasn't it? Hmmmmmm...
Couldn't possibly have a night on the show without a bit of insanity, of course, and this week it all came about because I wanted to hear "Don't Call Me Dude" by Scatterbrain. Now, let's go back to the mid-to-latter portion of the 80's, when there was once a band called Ludichrist. Kind of a quirky, goofy punk/hardcore act. To this day, I've never heard a note played by this band, but I've always heard high praise for them. Now, after disbanding, vocalist Tommy Christ formed Scatterbrain, a quirky, goofy act with elements of punk, metal, hardcore, this and that. One of those hard to define acts. Bob Appel, now-departed host of Saturday Night At The Rock Shop, used to play Scatterbrain's "Don't Call Me Dude" (from the album Here Comes Trouble) pretty frequently, and it wasn't long before I had my copy on cassette. LOVED that album! Of course, things happen. Case in point: Cassettes occasionally fell victim to cassette players, and there was no saving them in extreme situations. Never did replace that damned tape... So, fast-forward to last night, as Josh and I searched the Onslaught cabinet for some requested music. I came across a copy of Here Comes Trouble, and immediately thought "Damn, I haven't heard this stuff in AGES!!!" Joe wasn't overly receptive to playing "Don't Call Me Dude", though. Seems that Scatterbrain really weren't as well-liked as Ludichrist. I mean, even Azkath wasn't wild about the idea of playing it. So, here's the deal: I wanted to hear that song so badly that I offered myself up for an on-air beating. And they went for it! So, ultimately, I got to hear "Don't Call Me Dude". And then I got my ass kicked by both Joe and Azkath. Punches, kicks, clothelines, topped off with some shots from a hard-plastic storage case. All of which has been recorded for posterity, of course. Ultimately, the big question amounted to "Was it worth it?" In the interest of having the beating come to a conclusion, I said "No"... But really, taking a few shots to hear a well-loved song? C'mon, what do you think?
Playlist; Ozzy Osbourne - You Looking At Me Looking At You CypherSeer - Soul Sacrifice Night Ranger - Lay It On Me The Rods - I Just Wanna Rock
King Kobra - Rock This House Anvil - Turn It Up Metallica - No Remorse Cry To The Blind - Tear Us Apart Masterplan - Black Dog Black 'N Blue - Candy
Haemorrahage - Traumaggedon Pagan's Mind - The Master's Voice Mayan - Drown The Demon Autopsy - Born Undead In Solitude - We Were Never Here U.D.O. - Rev-Raptor
Order Of The Dead - What Humans Remain Deceased - Dying In Analog
Order Of The Dead - Subversion Death Of A Dictator - Beaten And Broken Doro - I Rule The Ruins Type O Negative - Christian Woman A Pale Horse Named Death - As Black As My Heart
Order Of The Dead - Bullets I.N.c. - Full Metal Jacket Novembers Doom - Harvest Scythe Inevitable End - Chamber Of Apathy Paper Thin Disaster - Early Grave Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods Here Comes The Kraken - Stoner Sundays
Order Of The Dead - Brotherhood Of Darkness Morbid Angel - Nothing Is Not Job For A Cowboy - Plastic Idols Red Fang - Hank Is Dead The Book Of Black Earth - Antarctica Hell - Let Battle Commence
Of Wrath And Ruin - Forever Unseen Cosmic Sea - March Through Flames Psychopath - OMFG Chamber Law - Get Up And Die Sorrow Of Batavia - A Hollow So Vapid Angels Beneath Me - This Art Is Suicide
Spater - Rat Salad Siegewyrm - Unnatural Condition The Long Cold Dark - Atlas Ana Kefr - In The House Of Distorted Mirrors
Scatterbrain - Don't Call Me Dude Venom - Warhead Cry To The Blind - Better Than Me Ace Frehley - Snow Blind
Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie, who is looking forward to future editions of Finger Lakes Metal Fest!
There was a lot to be excited about, as far as this night was concerned. There WAS one problem, however, and I'd like to take a moment to apologize to God Size Hate on behalf of the show for what really amounted to some communication issues and a misunderstanding. Hopefully we can rectify that in the future and have the guys return some night. Anyhoo, with that being said, we had the honor of having David "Rock" Feinstein of The Rods in the studio. For those who may not be familiar, The Rods formed in the early 80's, and built themselves a healthy reputation as a band to be reckoned with. They toured with some of the biggest names of that time, most notably Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. They also had a fledgeling band called Metallica open for them on more than one occasion. The band split, amicably, in the latter portion of the 80's, and within the past few years have reunited. Things have gone so well, in fact, that they're recorded a new album, entitled Vengeance, that is being released this week, and I highly recommend it. All in all the interview went exceedingly well, with Dave discussing the circumstances that brought the band back together, the new album, some thoughts on their more popular songs, and some upcoming appearances. One show in particular stands out, and it's going to take place on July 10, in Cortland. It falls on the birthday of Ronnie James Dio (David's cousin, and also former bandmate in Elf), and is a benefit show with proceeds going to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Speaking of Ronnie James Dio, David also discussed the circumstance that brought Ronnie to lend his vocal talents to not only one song on Vengeance (entitled "The Code", and it's phenomenal!), but also to a song on David's 2010 solo album, Bitten By The Beast (on the track "Metal Will Never Die"). These songs are quite possibly among Ronnie's final recordings, and well worth a listen. I've gotta say, this was quite likely my favorite among serious segments on the show. It was an honor and priveledge to have David on the show, and he has our gratitude for sharing his time with us!
Of course, having David on was just part of the excitement we were feeling. This show was on the eve of Finger Lakes Metal Fest, and we were all pumped! Wtih the event coinciding with the supposed "End Of The World" and "The Rapture", there was rampant speculation as to whether we should be prepared for an upcoming Zombie Apocalypse, which probably would have put something of a damper on the day. Or maybe Zombie Slaying would have made it more fun, who can say? NOBODY! 'Cuz it didn't fucking happen!!! There WAS, however, what we figured to be a Croctosquatch lurking about... Still, Metal Fest was a blast, and we'd all like to take a moment to thank Dave Henninger and the boys from Spater for allowing us to emcee the event, not to mention thanks to the bands that came out to perform, and the fans who came out to support the whole thing! It was well and truly a great time, with a lot of memorable performances, and it allowed us to meet a lot of very cool people. Can't wait to do it again next year! Okay, on to less exciting stuff. Other discussions of the evening fell on Black Label Society's show in Buffalo last week, where a few of us got caught in what was NOT an indoor shower of rain... Gotta love those beer-guzzlin' Black Label fans! Still, the show was awesome, I had a great time, and I want to go on the record here as saying that a Zakk Wylde guitar solo sounds like somebody strangling a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Which, in my book, is COOL AS HELL!!! Let's see... We discussed the passing of WWE legend, the "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Yeah, pretty depressing, especially when you think of how much better wrestling was back in his time. Seriously, it's gone to hell since the 80's and early 90's. Shit, I'd be happy for a return to a style reminiscent of the Attitude Era. Awww, who am I kidding, we're stuck with John Cena, probably forever... There is something else of note I should mention. It's not like he's really becoming a nuisance or anything, but that Viking personality that came to the forefront on No Pants Day keeps popping in and out, usually whenever I get knocked on the head... Great, now I'm a bad rip-off of Super Dave as well as being The New Jeffie! Somebody just put me outta my misery now, dammit!!!!! Oh well, when all else fails, I guess I just fall back on blaming Jeffie...
The Rods - Violation The Rods - Power Lover
The Rods - The Code The Rods - Wild Dogs
The Rods - Livin' Outside The Law The Rods - Nothing Going On In The City
The Rods - Let It Ripp The Rods - Crank It up
The Rods - Vengeance Anvil - When Hell Breaks Loose Deceased - The Traumatic Sacred Dawn - Demonlover Orange Goblin - Black Shapes Of Doom Hell - Macbeth
Masterplan - Killing In Time Red Fang - Number Thirteen Haemorrhage - 911 (Emergency Slaughter) Autopsy - Sewn Into One INC - Bleed The Line
King Kobra - Turn Up The Good Times Here Comes The Kraken - Nu Beginning A Plane To The Void - Omote And Ura The May 4th Massacre - Slayerfest 2012 Book Of Black Earth - Road Dogs From Hell
Dynasty - Voice Of Truth Black Country Communion - Smokestack Woman Assassin - Strike Back In Solitude - To Her Darkness In Solitude - Dance Of The The Adversary
Novembers Doom - Six Sides Pestilence - Dissolve Ark Of The Covenant - The Book Of Life Nightshade - Final Crop Septic Flesh - A Great Mass Of Death OTEP - Bible Belt Deceased - Cloned (Day Of the Robot)
Most Precious Blood - Upstate Ghost Affiance - A Monster Fed Gamma Ray - Wannabees Caroline Blue - Our Love Is Wasted God Size Hate - Red Rabbit Horse Face - Muddy Boots Lowkey - Porcupine Cannonball
Compressed - Death Of The Flesh Spater - Suckerpunch Punch Drunk Monkeys - Donuts
Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie, who is thinking the man-kini should probably just be burned...
This edition of The Metallic Onslaught fell on Friday the 13th, so of course it was fitting that Alice Cooper's "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)" was played. I actually believe it's become an Onslaught tradition over the years. Fact is, most of us honestly hate that song. Don't get me wrong, we LOVE Alice, just not crazy 'bout that particular tune... So, ironically enough, the big topic for the evening seemed to revolve around No Pants Day and my... ummmm... man-kini episode... Honestly, it was like everybody had Man-kini Madness, and people wouldn't shut up about it all night! I mean, here we are in conjunction with a telethon to help raise money for our parent station, WEOS, and they're talking about me removing a piece of clothing for each $5.00 donation! Ummmm, the idea here is to GAIN money in donations, not lose it! And for the record, if you wanted to be kind enough to make your own donation, just go on to weos.org for all the details! And then, while trying to promote next weeks' Finger Lakes Metal Fest, somebody had the bright idea that I should jump into one of the cages , in my man-kini, during Caged's set! You know, I have a feeling if they really wanted to do one for the ladies, they could find someone who wouldn't make them run screaming OUT of the building! So, for the record, I am stating, right now, that there are no immediate plans of me squeezing my butt into that thing again. That means no pimping myself out in the man-kini for cash donations, and definitely no man-kini moshing at Metal Fest. And DEFINITELY no Mosh n' Bowl in the man-kini! Not happening any time soon, sorry folks... Really, you'll be thanking me in the long run!
Enough about the man-kini, let's move right along, shall we? Further promoting Finger Lakes Metal Fest, we once again had Dave from Spater in the studio with us, along with Wayne Johnson, guitarist and vocalist for Caroline Blue, a solid Syracuse band with a good, old-school style. You can check them out right here on Facebook! Seriously, the closer this gets, the more excited we are to be emceeing it. Your going to be hard pressed to find a better way to kick off the summer concert season, especially around here, where we just don't get metal like we used to... Let's see, what else was there of note... We played some new music from King Kobra and Warrant, and I've gotta say that between the two, I'm definitely more impressed with the King Kobra material. Of course, I knew that adding Paul Shortino to the line-up was only going to up their game in the long run. The guy sounds just as amazing now as he did in the 80's, while fronting Rough Cutt, and for a brief period, Quiet Riot. Not to say that the Warrant track was terrible. The new vocalist, Robert Mason, is damned good, I'd even go so far to say that I prefer him to Jani Lane, who isn't exactly a slouch. Of course, if you're a fan of the old-school 80's hair metal, you'll probably love both discs. For my part, I can't wait to get my hands on that King Kobra disc! Gotta bring this up, because it's actually not a terrible idea, when it all boils down. Somewhere along the line I brought up a conversation that Josh and I had been having during our weekly pilgrimage to Cold Stone Creamery. Josh and I have tossed around a few interesting ideas during my time on the show, among them bobble-heads and posable action figures. (Hey, who wouldn't want a Wulfie figure? It could happen!) Anyhoo, the idea of doing an Onslaught calendar came up, and the more I thought about it, the more that it sounded like a fun concept. It's not like we don't have a ton of photos in the archives that would be usable. I mean, obviously we don't want any man-kini (Shit, there it is again!) photos, but there are definitely some fun pics that could fit the bill. Hmmmmm...any takers? Before I wrap this up for this week, I've gotta express a little concern for Joe's sanity. I think our long-suffering host may have finally been pushed over the edge, because toward the end of the night he was acting a little strange. I'm pretty sure I heard him mention something about genital pizza and pepperoni nipples. This could bear some watching in the coming weeks... And, speaking of coming weeks, our next show is not only going to feature Dave from Spater once again, but also God Size Hate, as we do some last minute promotion for Finger Lakes Metal Fest. And on top of that, we're also getting a visit from New York State legends, THe Rods! Yeah, you read that right! Dave Feinstein, Carl Canedy, and Garry Bordonarro are going to be joining us NEXT WEEK! Really, if I were any more pumped for next weekend, I'd be exploding right now! Can't get here soon enough.
Leaves' Eyes - Spirit's Masquerade King Kobra - Midnight Woman Pentagram - Call The Man
The Rods - I Just Wanna Rock Warrant - Sex Ain't Love Anvil - When Hell Breaks Loose Anvil - New Orleans Voo Doo
Caroline Blue - Our Love is Wasted CyperSeer - Soul Sacrifice Hell - On Earth As It Is in Hell Novembers Doom - Harvest Scythe
Caroline Blue - Nothing Will Satisfy You Deceased - Cloned Nightshade - Final Crop Black Sabbath - The Sign Of The Southern Cross
Caroline Blue - Pain Morbid Angel - Rapture In Solitude - Serpents Are Rising Most Precious Blood - Stuart Is A Dead Man INC - Fist Of Fascista Dynasty - Demolish Strongholds The Gates Of Slumber - To The Rack With Them
Caroline Blue - Out Of My Life (I Want You) A Plane To The Void - The Obstacle's Passion Here Comes The Kraken - A New Leader Kaapora - The Second Wave Of Sorrow Gallhammer - Sober Tokyo Blade - Killing Rays Ark Of the Covenant - Locusts Look Like Horses
Autopsy - Bridge Of Bones The Devin Townsend Project - Planet Of The Apes Assassin - Judas Hope For The Dying - Perpetual Ruin Red Fang - Dirt Wizard Lowkey - Backstabber OTEP - Drunk On The Blood Of Saints Septicflesh - Apocalypse
Infant Sorrow - The Clap The Rods - Power Lover The Rods - The Code The May 4th Massacre - Godfather X KMFDM - Lynchmob Affiance - Call To The Warrior GammaRay - Hold Your Ground Hate Eternal - Deathveil
Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie, who is really, REEEEAAAALLLLLY sorry... (Truly, you have no idea...)
Seeing as how this edition was our annual celebration of No Pants Day, I'm going to break this recap into two parts. Serious (yeah, believe it or not, amidst the chaos there was time for such a thing!) and Seriously Fucked Up...
Part 1. Serious
So, an early discussion centered around an upcoming release from King Kobra, their first new music in many years. This next disc is going to feature Paul Shortino (formerly of Rough Cutt) on vocals, replacing Mark Free, known these days as Marcie Free, after undergoing a sex change. (No disrespect meant, just statin' the facts.) Actually, there's an amusing parallel between both bands. Both had very strong releases for their debut albums (King Kobra had "Ready To Strike" while Rough Cutt's was self-titled), and both had really, REEEEAAAALLLY disappointing follow-up albums ("Rough Cutt Wants You" and King Kobra's "Thrill Of A Lifetime"). Now, Mark Free sounded damned good on "Ready To Strike", and their single, "Hunger", has been a personal favorite of mine for many years, but I got to see Rough Cutt when they opened for Dio back in 1985, and I can personally assure you that Paul Shortino has got some of the best pipes in the business, live or otherwise. Yet Joe seemed to be implying that he preferred Mark Free, and that's quite alright. I quite enjoyed that little bit of banter, and wish we had time for more discussions along those lines. So, later on, somewhere in the random chaos that is No Pants Day, we had time to have a few words with Joe Lupia, who had last joined us in the studio while he was a member of Amelia Is Dead, sadly a now-defunct outfit. Still, Joe remains busy and was more than happy to share some news about his current project, God Astray, and we were more than happy to play some tracks! Of course, there was also the discussion of whether or not Jeffie would show. Azkath had flatly refused to show up on No Pants Day, and really, who can blame the guy? So, yeah, the debate was on, and sure enough, Jeffie showed up, bringing us to...
Part 2: Seriously Fucked Up
Yes, believe it or not, Jeffie had arrived, defying all logic. I mean, the guy is supposed to be dead as a doornail, after all, killed by my hand, torn asunder, shredded into bloody chunks of flesh and grosser things... But, it seems this is a DIFFERENT Jeffie... Okay, since when is there more than one Jeffie active at a given time? After I killed what I thought was the last Jeffie, Azkath INSISTED that he wouldn't make any more, so where in the Nine Frickin' Hells did this one come from? I mean, apparently it's been traveling through time, but did it exist before or after I killed what I thought was the final Jeffie? So many questions, and no real answers forthcoming. And of course, he'll be back... Dammit... Just Joe and Foul Mouth Girl were both on hand. Wouldn't be No Pants Day without either of them, and we hadn't had FMG in studio in a few weeks. We miss her when she's not there. Just Joe was sporting layers of underwear, sort of a throwback to FMG last year, and far less alluring, I must say. Hey, for my part I was sporting a pair of black cut-offs, perfectly within the domain of No Pants Day reason. Bill was in his boxers AND a bath robe, Will (Shades) was in a pair of tuxedo boxers, and Lindsey was in a little black nightie, very cute, and perfectly acceptable. Of course, carnage ensued very quickly. Befiore I knew it, and at Joe's suggestion, I was subjected to the indignity of a Bronco Buster from Just Joe, with a little help from Jeffie. I wasn't overly thrilled by the prospect of having somebody's (ANYBODY'S...) package that close to my face, so it was a mentally painful moment. At some point, Jeffie and Just Joe thought I should give our long-suffering host, Joe Wyatt, a Rikishi-style Stink Face to make up for him suggesting the Bronco Buster. So, I stripped down to my my AC/DC boxers. As it turned out, it was Jeffie and Just Joe on the receiving end of their own respective Stink Faces, and I've gotta tell ya, THAT WAS FUN!!! I made sure they got a good idea of what I'd had for dinner the night before, you'd best believe it! I'll bet their still gargling! So, from there, Jeffie carried out this big suitcase that was full of women's underwear. FMG seemed to think some of it looked pretty familiar, and one pair in particular I recognized from last year. These were all going on Jeffie's head, much to FMG's dismay. As a matter of fact, she showed Jeffie just how dismayed she was when she proceeded to beat the piss out of him. We, of course, cheered her on. Things got a little hazy for me following this. I remember Jeffie attacking me with wooden boards, resulting in more head trauma. Next thing I knew, I was wearing a viking helmet, as well as carrying a plastic sword and shield. Apparently some very bad things had happened up until that point, but I couldn't remember a damned thing. There was a lot of in and out of coherence from there, and each time I came back to myself, I either had the helmet on, or the sword and shieid, or some combination thereof. Chaos doesn't even describe it, to be honest... It wasn't until the evening was over and I'd gotten home that I discovered the truly nasty nature of the evenings most disturbing event. Upon watching what was saved to YouTube via the web cam, I saw myself run around in nothing but a pair of bikini briefs, wearing the helmet, carrying the sword and shiield, and attacking both Jeffie and Just Joe as I screamed like a maniac... Sincerely, my apologies to all who may have (let's face it, PROBABLY) suffered any undue mental distress as a result of viewing any of that. Look on the bright side, I really don't see how next year's No Pants Day celebration could be worse...
Playlist Pentagram - 8 Midnattsol - Spellbound CypherSeer - From The Womb
Anvil - New Orleans Voo Doo Cavalera Conspiracy - Blunt Force Trauma Black 'N Blue - Candy The Rods - Rebels Highway Saviour - Killing Fields
Within Temptation - In The Middle Of The Night Leaves' Eyes - Spirit's Masquerade The Gates Of Slumber - Wretch Here Comes The Kraken - Beverly Hell Motherboar - Croctosquatch
Septic Flesh - Five-Pointed Star Gates Of Slumber - Bastards Born Red Fang - The Undertow Kaapora - Existence And Sickness Hope For The Dying - Perpetual Ruin
God Astray - Dark Grey Tyr - Take Your Tyrant Infant Sorrow - Furry Walls Alestorm - Miget Saw Nine Round - Lost In The Fold
The May 4th Massacre - Flag Of Separation I.N.C. - Swallowed Before The Dawn - Winter Within While Heaven Wept - Saturn And Sacrifice Deceased - Kindred Assembly Combat - The Mutant Inside
Orange Barrel Acid - Useless Arkona - Skal Villian - Kamikaze Pestilence - Malignant Ana Kefr - Parasites Tokyo Blade - Night Of The Blade Diamond Head - Helpless
God Astray - Sex Poison Hate Eternal - Hatesworn Lowkey - Passion Venom - Black Metal Grave Decent - Morbid Extraction OTEP - Fists Fall
Genitortures - Sin City New Lows - Last Of The Rats The Exalted PileDriver - Witch Hunt Here Comes The Kraken - Nu Beginning Cause For Revelation - Another Failure Becoming The Archetype - The Magnetic Sky
The Rods - The Code Thinning The Herd - Chill In The Air Septic Flesh - The Undead Keep Dreaming
Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie, who isn't ashamed to occasionally dance with his cats...
So, as of this writing we are officially just 3 weeks away from Finger Lakes Metal Fest, and in the interest of further promotion we had both Compressed and Lowkey in the studio, as well as Dave and Terry from Spater. We'll be having more bands from the event on the show in a couple of weeks, with Caroline Blue scheduled join us next. No denying it, we're all pretty damned pumped about this show! Speaking of being pumped for shows, a few of us were excited for a grand total of about 24 hours when we heard that KISS was coming to the Event Center at Turning Stone Casino at the end of July. Of course, the excitement was short-lived when we heard the tickets STARTED at $95 and went upward, to $1150. Sorry, guys, no dice, not everybody has that kind of scratch, not even for the nose-bleed seats, I don't care how great of a show you put on. I mean, really, Ozzy was able to do a full round of Ozzfest shows for free, maybe KISS could take a lttle cue from him and REALLY give something back to their fans... Oddly enough, Joe seems to think that I'm somehow made of money, and will be purchasing KISS VIP packages for everybody on the Onslaught. You know, I've discovered that it's really not a good idea to upset delusional people. I figure I'm just gonna let this one slide, and maybe he'll forget all about it!
Speaking of delusional, Joe still seems to think that it was Loverboy I went to see a couple weeks back, when it was Tesla. Can't seem to convince him otherwise. He also seems to think that I dance with my cats while listening to Loverboy, and I made sure that everybody was aware that it's not Loverboy that's playing when I dance with my cats. Oh, come on, don't tell me you're never held onto your pets' front paws and danced with them... I think that covers the important points. Like I said, look for more promotion of Finger Lakes Metal Fest, and more bands featured on that show. Won't be next week, though, because the time is almost here. Yep, that one day of the year that, for obvious reasons, we all dread. Next week is our annual celebration of No Pants Day. For those of you who've followed the show, you have at least a vague idea of what to expect. For those new to the show, however... well, just consider yourself warned...
The Rods - I Just Wanna Rock Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice Brian Robertson - Blues Boy Leaves' Eyes - Spirit's Masquerade
Scheepers - Saints Of The Rock CypherSeer - Red Rain Saviour - Open The Night Conflicted - Torment
Pentagram - Death In 1st Person While Heaven Wept - Obsessions Now Effigies Before The Dawn - Deathstar Becoming The Archetype - Internal Illumination Speed\Kill/Hate - Behind The Mask Otep - Remember To Forget Benedictum - Overture/Temple Of Syrinx
Compressed - Busted Teeth Grave Descent - Feast Of The Damned The May 4th Massacre - Slayerfest 2012 Onward To Olympas - Seeker Amon Amarth - Doom Over Dead Man Overcome - Body Of Death Midnattsol - Spellbound
Compressed - Death Of The Flesh Spater - Stronger Than You Horseface - The Bloated One Lowkey - Porcupine Cannonball
Lowkey - Lay Down Your Guns Pestilence - Salvation Hope For The Dying - Perpetual Ruin The Gates Of Slumber - Castle Of The Devil
Lowkey - Backstabber INC - The Good Bones Stay Down Bane - The True Insomnia Hate Eternal - Haunting Abound Taletellers - The Keepers Of Doom Deceased - Kindred Assembly Graveyard - No Good, Mr Holden
Nazareth - Watch Your Back Motherboar - Zombie Vomit Red Fang - Into The Eye New Lows - Plaguegrounds Thinning The Herd - Oceans Rise The Exalted PileDriver - Witch Hunt Hank III - Pistol Packin
Anvil - This Ride The Rods - The Code Death Valley High - She Wants To Kill Machine Head - Bite The Bullet Testament - Disciples Of The Watch Tokyo Blade - Forged In Hell's Fire Sorrowseed - Eldritch Hunter
Another relatively calm night on the show. We had HorseFace in the studio, one of the twenty bands scheduled to appear at the 2011 edition of the Finger Lakes Metal Fest. Let me tell ya something, here, their name might be worth of a chuckle, but these guys are all business. Good, solid heavy metal, and I'm very much looking forward to hearing them live on May 21st out on Donselaar's! Speaking of Metal Fest, Caged is scheduled to close the night out, and there was some speculation as to who might make guest appearances in the cages with the regular girls, and I believe it boiled down to either Dave from Spater or Rose from Demoness. I think I'd put my money on Rose... Speaking of guest appearances, we had George in the studio for the first time in... Y'know, I can't even remember the last time he stopped in. I'm almost willing to lay money on No Pants Day 2009. Yep, almost two years ago... Stop bein' a stranger, George!!!
An early discussion focused on something that happened on a number of our Facebook pages last Sunday night. I swear, it was just minutes after I posted last weeks' recap. Just MINUTES, and chaos ensued, covering not only my page, but moving onto Bill, Will, Lindsey, Rick, Azkath, and even the Metallic Onslaught Facebook page! The craziness in question, of course, centered around Croctosquatch. Yes, we've become very fond of this song by Motherboar. Hell, we've actually become rather fond of Motherboar, even going so far as to play some more of their music, this time featuring "Camel Puncher". Honestly, how can you not love a band with song titles like that? "Croctosquatch"..."Camel Puncher"..."Zombie Vomit"...they just kinda roll off the tongue! Ummmm... wait... ewwwwwww... Let's see... Our return from our weekly visit to Tim Horton's/ Cold Stone Creamery found us hearing part of a talk break (yes, we stay tuned in when we're not there) that mentioned a spider in the studio. Guess who doesn't particularly care for spiders? So, of course, after returning to the studio, I was very leary about any presence of arachnid activity. Truth is, Bill's not wild about them, either, so as long as they weren't in the Stupid Room, we were fine. Something really strange has occurred in the meantime, though. Something to do with my former smoking habit, which I'm happy to report is STILL a former habit, outside of a couple of minor slips. Anyhoo, the strange part is that cigarettes suddenly look like spiders to me. Big, black, hairy, bloated, eight-legged aberrations of nature. Now, can you imagine how that looks when you see someone actually smoking? I mean, it's WEIRD!!!! People open a pack, pop a smoke in their mouths, light it, and all I see is a burning spider in their mouths! Honestly, what in the HELL is goin' on here? Apparently Azkath's "negative reinforcement" techniques have moved onto some bizarre form of aversion therapy. And, even crazier, IT'S WORKING!!!
Mama's Boys - Lettin' Go Mama's Boys - Needle In The Groove Jag Panzer - Burn Scheepers - Cyberfreak Vicious Rumors - Razorback Blade
Horseface - F.E.A.R. Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody Nightshade - You Can't See Through My Eyes The Rods - Let It Ripp
Horseface - Crazy Lowkey - Backstabber Spater - Stronger Than You Hope For The Dying - Imminent War I.N.C. - Full Metal Jacket Motherboar - Camel Puncher
Horseface - Muddy Boots Deceased - Kindred Assembly Graveyard - Ungrateful Are The Dead Red Fang - Throw Up Foo Fighters - Darling Nikki Behold The Arctopus - Canada
The Rods - The Code Anvil - The Ride Conflicted - Alive KMFDM - Panzerfaust Goes Cube - Thunderheads Victims - Bringing Me Down Havok - D.O.A.
Deafheaven - Language Games Hyperborean - Killing Grounds Tormenta - Tormented Souls Cause For Revelation - Resurrecting The Hostility Bane - Inherited Infection Kampfar - Blitzwitch Taletellers - Nail It Down
Xerath - Sworn To Sacrifice Amon Amarth - For Victory Or Death Thinning The Herd - My Wake Free Reign - Ruins Halestorm - Hunger Strike Becoming The Archetype - The Magnetic Sky Hank III - Hillbilly Joker Evil Madness - Mad Attack Gigan - Suspended In Cubes Of Torment
Anvil - New Orleans Voodoo Psychopath - Illusive Deceptions Order Of The Dead - Neurot Despot Lowkey - Red Moon Winterus - Moonlust
Motherboar - Croctosquatch Combat - The Mutant Inside
Recap by Randy aka Wulfie, who is dreadfully afraid that the Croctosquatch may be real...
Before delving into the meat and potatoes of this weeks' recap, I'd like to point out that I have NEVER owned or worn a Tuggie... We had members of Spater on hand, as we begin some serious promotion for the upcoming 2011 edition of the Finger Lakes Metal Fest. Another upcoming event, one that we're really not as excited about, is No Pants Day, which is really beginning to creep up again. Hard to believe that it's just under three weeks away. I mean, just tossing around suggestions for this years' celebration was disturbing in and of itself. I mean, somebody actually recommended I wear a Tuggie! (For those who have no clue as to what a Tuggie is, just think of a Snuggie for the male parts...) Okay, granted the Tuggie suggestion came after I jokingly mentioned wearing a banana hammock for that show,but I can personally guarantee that the last thing I'm going to do on No Pants Day is subject folks to that sight. I mean, it may be all well and good for Dave and Just Joe to waltz around in their boxers, but I'll probably just make due with a good ol' comfortable pair of shorts. Leave that other crazy shit for someone else! (For those who have no clue as to what the big deal about No Pants Day is, feel free to check out the trailer on our Facebook page, or on the main web page. If you really feel the need to see more after that, check out videos from the past two celebrations, also on the main web page AND on YouTube! Consider yourself warned...)
Sometime after the arrival of Azkath it was mentioned that perhaps we should do a No Pants Day invasion of The Last Exit For The Lost. Personally, I'm pretty sure that one night is going to be more than enough. Actually, I honest think No Pants Day has had more than enough mention for this recap. It'll be here soon enough, unfortunately. Movin' right along... So, one of the more humorous moments of the evening centered around the title of a song by a band I believe to be called Motherboar. The song title being (and I hope I've got the spelling right...) "Croctosquatch". You can imagine the hilarity that ensued, seriously... I mean, what the fuck is a Croctosquatch? The Satanic offspring of Wally Gator and Bigfoot? (As in, "Run for your life, it's the Croctosquatch"! Or maybe some kind of diabolical form of STD? (As in, "I've got a really, REAAAALLLY itchy case of the Croctosquatch!") The name just SOUNDS creepy! EWWWW! Something tells me we'll be playing that one again. Probably frequently...
Recap by Randy, aka The Hoax Formerly Known As MetalWulf
This edition of the Onslaught saw us paying our respects to yet another too-soon-departed Brother Of Metal, this time Scott Columbus. Scott was the drummer for Manowar for many, many years, playing on all but two of their studio albums. This guy was a heavy hitter if there ever was one, and he complemented Manowar's musical style better than anybody else that sat behind the kit for them. To describe his sound as "thunderous" would be an understatement. In tribute, we dedicated a full hour of time to some of his finest work with Manowar, and you'll be able to see our selections once the playlist for this week is posted. I'd say we did Scott justice, all in all. He's gonna be sorely missed...
Really not a whole lot left to mention. Outside of our tribute to Scott, it was a relatively uneventful evening. There was some awkwardness in the early going, as Rick took over the board in Joe's absence. Seems our long-suffering host had gotten himself a dose of the 24-Hour Plague. All told, though, Rick came through with a minimum of difficulty. Wasn't his first time behind the wheel, and probably won't be the last! Josh was in the control room, sitting in Rick's usual spot, which became referred to as the "Rick-hole". You don't really need an overly dirty mind to guess where that line of thought went... Azkath arrived, and surprisingly didn't beat the snot out of me for my continued smoking habit. Although, there was the confession that I'd spent a lot of time during the week calling Joe and trying to sing Bon Jovi songs for him. I say "trying" because eventually Joe just stopped answering his phone. Wouldn't even go to his answering system after the first couple of days... Oddly enough, the whole urge to sing Bon Jovi when I smoked went away after the Demon arrived. Instead, I felt this uncontrollable need to hug somebody every time I wanted a cigarette. Strange... Even weirder is the urge I now have to go to Joe's and give him a hug whenever I have a craving for tobacco. Unfortunately, I now have no idea of how to find Joe. He's been in hiding since the first couple attempts at hugging him at home. Oh well, I've still got a few days before the next Onslaught, and if he's feeling better, he'll probably be there to receive a WHOLE WEEK'S worth of hugs!
Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie My apologies to those who may have hoped to hear Lady GaGa or Justin Bieber on this edition of the show, as we advertised. Actually, if you honestly hoped to hear any of that crap, you probably shouldn't be listening to the Onslaught, anyway... We'd thrown in some fun novelty tracks during the early portion of the show, in the interest of celebrating April Fool's Day, so if you were wondering where "Star Trekkin'" or "Earache My Eye" fit into the scheme, well, now ya know! Let's see, a couple of early discussions stood out. Somehow we got on the subject of video gaming, and Bill and I mentioned how we'd both been having marathon sessions with some recent favorites. For me, it's been Dragon Age II, an amazing sequel to Dragon Age Origins. I mentioned how I'd devoted a straight seven hours in one particular session. Bill, on the other hand, has been mixing it up between Darksiders, Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow, and Dead Space 2. Joe had asked how we handled bathroom breaks for those kind of sessions, to which I replied, "Well, that's what the pause button is for..." Bill, on the other hand, suggested something a little more hardcore, involving duct tape and a hose. Dwelling on that thought kinda makes me cringe, so we'll just move right on from there... Actually, Joe had suggested Depends, an idea that quite frankly never crossed my mind. And probably shouldn't cross my mind for at least another thirty years or so... A discussion about Primus resulted in further head trauma to myself. In a nutshell, Joe was doing a passable imitation of what most Primus songs sound like, leading Bill to mention that it made him feel like whamming his head into the wall. Well, next thing ya know... Wham, wham, wham... Of course, that wasn't the end of the head trauma, Goddess forbid I should catch a break for more than a week at a time. It's like this: Azkath seems to be on a mission to get me to quit smoking. Tough love seems to be be playing a large part in this process, so the blows to the head continued. Among Azkath's implements of "motivation" was a heavy plastic snow shovel. Not as bad as the drill, but damn, still pretty friggin' unpleasant...