Are You Morbid?: A Heavy Metal Podcast

3 friends discuss metal with varying degrees of seriousness

BONUS EPISODE: An Interview With Mary Spiro of Shadow Woods Metal Fest

August 12th, 2017

Zach & guest host Max Shoop (ex-Horde of the Eclipse, ex-The Beyond, Storm of Damnation) with an on-site interview at a Zud show with Mary Spiro, founder of the Shadow Woods, both the Metal Fest and the production company. We talk about the festival, the financial and logistical issues of setting up a show of this size, and more. Also with us are local promotor's Dustin Davis, the man behind the metal at Guido's Speakeasy and beyond, and Nick from Lokvlt promotions in Philly. We also talk about setting up and promoting shows in a small town vs a larger city, sexism in the metal scene, the problems with pay 2 play, delusional promotors and more. 

Highly Recomend this epsiode to anyone looking to get into promotion and for bands that want to know what an honest promotor looks like, and how to present your music to prospective promotors. Huge thank you to Mary, Dustin, and Nick for talking to us


Shadow Woods Metal Fest


Shadow Woods Promotions




Episode Phlegm: Crunchy Bananas & Record Weasels

August 9th, 2017

Our 10th episode and our first "WildCard" where everyone picks their own topic. We we're joined by close friend and musician Max Shoop (Horde of The Eclipse, The Beyond, Storm of Damnation). Iain and Max give us a glimpse into the complex worlds of perrenial podcast favorites Akercocke, and The Axis of Peridition respectively, Don shares some of his personal favorites recomended by a mysterious CD Warehouse employee, and Zach explores the skeezy world of Cobra Records, and the underappreciated masterpieces they created. Plus the horrible effects of mold on the human esophegus, two anti-natalists laugh about pro-creation and Bob Dylan sings metal.


*Note. There are a few misspoken words and abbreviated segments in the Cobra segmant. I highly recomend reading our notes for clarification and additional info, plus full transcripts of my talks w/ Gord and Conrad. An Additional thank you to Joe Nutt for his help clearing up the Aftermath/Grudge/LoTCA situation* 


Albums Discussed



Converge - Jane Doe

Between The Buried & Me - The Silent Circus

The Black Dahlia Murder - Unhallowed

Cephalic Carnage - Lucid Interval


Akercocke & Co.

Akercocke- The Antichrist

Voices- Voices from the Human Forest Create a Fugue of Imaginary Rain

Talanas - The Waspkeeper

The Antichrist Imperium - S/T


The Axis of Side Projects

The Axis of Perdition - Deleted Scenes From The Transition Hospitol

Undying - A Haunt Within The Mist

The Inmost Blight - The Consuming Essence

Ahamkara - The Ember of the Stars


A Cobra With a Grudge

Piledriver - Metal Inquisition & Stay Ugly

Virgin Steele - Noble Savage

Convict - Go Ahead... Make My Day

Exorcist - Nightmare Theater

Original Sin - Sin Will Find You Out

Grudge - Barbarians of the New Earth

Lords of the Crimson Alliance - S/T

Dogs With Jobs - Shock




Intro Music

Torture Ascendancy 1307

"Phosphorus Crown"


Additional Resources/Product Links


Virgin Steele & David Defeis

Gord & Piledriver
Conrad Taylor & The Denice Given Band

Exorcist & Original Sin Re-Releases

Axis Sources
Links for description:

Axis interview:

Urban Desolation Collective interview:

Buy Axis CDs+Merch (Major discounts):

Buy Ahamkara CD:

Exitium Productions (Cassette reissues. Now defunct):

Inverted Grim-Mill Recordings (Crabsu's label I shouted out to):

Aftermath Re-Releases 


Episode IX: Woman to Woman

July 25th, 2017

*Intro Music*

“Consisting of/or adjacent to” by Wrath of Typhon from the album Kingdom of Fear

Band Page:

Buy The Album:


Our first in what will more than likely be a series of episodes celebrating the oft underappreciated contributions women haved made to heavy metal, we present 15 of our favorite albums featuring one or more female musicians. From bassists to guest vocalists, dominatrixes to anarchists, we turn the spotlight onto some certified classics, and a few controversial picks as well. We discuss the reasons behind the hate some of these women have gotten, their roles in establishing genres we know and love, and the connections to our heavy metal heroes. Plus,  a fuck you to Brian “Dickhead” Welch, The reincarnation of Beethoven revealed, connections to British royalty, iCarly, and a segment destined to push away any of our fans named Cody.

Note: Lots of hard to pronounce names and bands in this episode, full show notes on tumblr/website.

Albums Featured

Derketa - In Death We Meet
Iskra- Bureval
Myrkur- M
Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos
Devin Townsend Project - Addicted
Abnormality - Mechanisms Of Omniscience
Entheos - The Infinite Nothing
Warlock - Burning The Witches
Huntress- Starbound Beast
Plasmatics - Coup d'Etat
Bitch- Be My Slave
The Great Kat - Worship Me or Die
Hellion - Screams in the Night
Holy Moses -Queen of Siam
Rock Goddess - Rock Goddess


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Episode VIII: Doomsayers, Stoners, and Killer Klowns from Illinois

July 15th, 2017

In what is appropriately, and perhaps ironically their longest most bloated episode to date, we start the show with Don’s report on Warped Tour and the recent controversy it’s brought on, and moves right along to a rant about the horrible human being Otep Shamaya has shown herself to be, then Zach continues the ravings with a dig at some shitty Kreator fans. Finally getting on topic (for the most part) the guys discuss 3 subgenres of Doom metal. Don, tackles some early work by the notorious Peaceville Three, and other death/doom from our European friends, Iain takes on the pride of Dixie with some Sludge Metal classics, and Zach struggles to find things to say about the mysterious early ninties forebearers of what would become Stoner Metal. Plus Chumbawumba, the weather’s role in doom appreciation and creation, last week's recommendations and more.



EYEHATEGOD - Take as Needed for Pain
Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops
Crowbar- Time Heals Nothing
IRON MONKEY- Our Problem
Neurosis - Souls at Zero
Down - NOLA
Katatonia - Dance Of December Souls
My Dying Bride - As The Flower Withers
Tiamat - The Astral Sleep
Anathema - Pentecost III
Amorphis - Karelian Isthmus
Paradise Lost - Lost Paradise
Sons of Kyuss - Sons of Kyuss EP
Asbestosdeath (pre-Sleep) - Dejection/Unclean
The Quill - The Quill
Only Living Witness - Prone Mortal Form
Christbait -Yeast EP
Snail -Snail
Thud - Life And Death

Music By


Witch Hazel




Episode VII: The Legend of Listener Picks II: And The Legend Continues

July 15th, 2017

Albums Discussed:
Hour of Pennance - Cast The First Stone
Ten - Spellbound
Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
Deathhammer- Forever Ripping Fast
All Hell - The Red Sect
The Owls Are Not What They Seem - Hearth
Schammash - Triangle
Infernal Majesty - None Shall Defy 
Various Artists - Saw: The Official Soundtrack
Sepultura - Schizophrenia
God Mother -Maktbehov
Otraca/Flesh Born - Faces of the Moving Year

Music By The Owls Are Not What They Seem


Episode VI: Listener Picks Part I: First Blood: Reckoning

July 15th, 2017

Don's normally silent birds had a lot to say for the first third of the episode. you will hear some bird sounds. If it bothers you, they calm down about 30 minutes in, and are completely absent after the first hour. Skip ahead or check out an earlier episode. Birds will be banished next week.

Nothing but fan service as we dig into 11 albums recommended to us by friends and each recommend 1 of our own albums discussed are:
You'll Live - Moving Past This (Mike Mojecki)
KISS - Destroyer (Bryan McMinn)
Behemoth - Demigod (Jesse Keiser)
Axis of Peridition - urfe (Måne Skyggens)
Death -Symbolic (Andy Sheaffer)
Judas priest - painkiller (Jason Brathuhn)
Morbid - December Moon Demo (Joe Bruzga)
Grim reaper - see you in hell (Mad-Dog Matt Jackson)
Coroner - grin (Tony Grottola)
And Hell Followed With - Proprioception (Hunter Heilig)
Fall of Efrafa - owlus (Malice Phallus)

Zach: Sam Black Church - Let In Life
Don: Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked
Iain: Akercocke -Words the Go Unspoken, Deeds that Go Undone

**Music By**


Thousand Pound Destruction

Flesh of the Lotus

Human Collateral

The Beyond


Episode V: Reelin’ in The Metal Years

July 15th, 2017

An in depth look at the Penelope Spheeris cult classic Rockumentary film The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. The Good, the bad, the ass-less chaps. We cover it all, from the bands featured and where they wound up to the deeper themes just under the surface of the debauchery. The exploitation of women, the ethics of the pay to play system touted by Bill Gazzari, the lessons learned from Chris Holmes, and more. Plus the industrial connection between Killing Joke and Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden revisited, half harmonized Jeff Foxworthy impersonations, our weekly praise of Lemmy, and the unfortunate fate of Jaded Lady.

Note: The half developed point I (Zach) was trying to make about Faster Pussycat is that in two years a bunch of bands would be doing what they did 200x better so they suck by retrospective comparison. They suck in general but especially by comparison. Clarifying for sake of future sleaze rock episode….

**Music By**




Horde of the Eclipse

Sloth Herder

Special Thanks to Gravehuffer, who we couldn’t play due to some tech issues. 
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Episode IV: Dr. StrangeLars or: How I Learned to Stop Expecting Quality and Love Death Magnetic

July 15th, 2017


In our first format busting episode the boys of AYM take an emotional journey across the treacherous ocean that is Metallica’s discography. The highest highs, the Lulu-est lows, the stakes are high and tempers flare as we move from the nigh untouchable first 4 albums to the musical equivalent of a flaming skull chain wallet with velcro that is Load and Reload, to the laziness of Garage Inc, the “why?” of S&M, Some Kind of Temper Tantrum that is St. Anger to the “return to form” of more recent years. Plus Iain shares some thoughts on the latest MDF, Zach violates a mother’s trust, Don praises Misstallica, the Pina Coloda Song & much more.

P.S. We made this episode with love for James, Kirk and Lars deep within our hearts. Please for the love of Dave Vincent do not send us angry emails about how much we hate Metallica

**Special Thanks**


Thousand Pound Destruction


Episode III: Concept Albums Volume I: Beyond Thunderdome

July 15th, 2017

In a surprisingly dark but somewhat coherent episode, Zach, Don & Iain take a look back on some of metal’s most beloved concept albums, and a few hidden gems too. Hear Don’s defense of England’s most maligned black metal band, Iain shares the tale of a doomed viking expedition to Ireland, and Zach shed’s light on a mostly forgotten Troma-esque crossover thrash album. Behold as the boys explore Nihilism, the lost appeal of power metal in the states, and what may be the darkest album the podcast will ever talk about. Plus Olivia Hussey’s bosom, Slayer’s lyrical laziness, and Nietzsche's syphilis.
Albums Featured:

Blue Oyster Cult - Imaginos
Lizzy Borden - Master of Disguise
The Plasmatics- Maggots The Record
Macabre - Dahmer
Sabbat - Dreamweaver

Edge of Sanity - Crimson
Opeth - My Arms Your Hearse
Mayhem - Grand Declaration of War
Insomnium - Winter’s Gate
Meads of Asphodel - Sonderkommando

Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth
Cradle of Filth - Cruelty & The Beast
King Diamond - Abigail
Luca Turilli - King of Nordic Twilight/Prophet of the Last Eclipse
Jag Panzer - Thane to the Throne


Episode II : One Album Wonders

July 15th, 2017

In the first episode they aren’t too embarrassed to tell more than 3 people about, an episode so massive its run time exceeds the length of Siege’s entire entire recorded output 10 times over, Iain, Don & Zach select 13 of their favorite “One Album Wonders” bands with one full length release or fewer, and two bands remembered for a single influential release. Bands include Lykathea Aflame, Cynic, Sempiternal Deithreign, Repulsion, Thorns, Morbid Saint, Gotham City, Black Knight and more. Thrill as 3 white men discuss women’s role in music, the irony of intolerance in metal , the importance of comedy, and a horrible Dead Can Dance concert. Plus the early days of Evil D revisited, Satanic drug Cartels, opinions on Ghost, Peter Steele's playgirl shoot and the wonders of geography.

Albums Discussed



Cynic - Focus

Siege - Drop Dead

Terroriser - World Downfall 

Repulsion - Horrorfied

Hellhammer - Apocolyptic Raids EP




Black Knight - Master of Disaster EP

Sempiternal Dethreign - The Spooky Gloom

Gotham City - Gotham City

Witch - The Hex is On EP

Legend - From the Fjords



disEMBOWELMENT - Transedence into the Peripheral

Demilich - Nespithe

Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

Lykathea Aflame - Elvenifris

Thorns - Thorns