Are You Morbid?: A Heavy Metal Podcast

3 friends discuss metal with varying degrees of seriousness

XXXI - Proto-Metal Summer: Cult Classics

August 3rd, 2018

Obscure gems and international favorites.

Quartz - Quartz
Trapeze - Medusa
Thor - Keep the Dogs Away
Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend
Dust - Dust
Buffalo - Only Want You For Your Body

The Godz (OH) - The Godz
Detective - Detective
Target - Target
Moxy - Moxy
Starz - Violator
Heavy Load - Full Speed At A High Level

The Boyzz - Too Wild To Tame
Rose Tattoo - Rose Tattoo
Ram Jam - Portrait of the Artist As A Young Ram
The Bob Seger System - Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Third World War - Third World War
Hard Stuff Bulletproof

Bow Wow - Signal Fire
Blackjack - Blackjack
Jerusalem - Jerusalem
Granicus - Granicus
Sorcery - Sinister Soldiers
Cactus - Cactus

XXX - Proto-Metal Summer: Hard Rock Classics

July 18th, 2018

A rapid fire discussion of the most obvious and not so obvious heavy hitters of 60s and 70s hard Rock and how they relate or in some cases don't relate to heavy metal. 

Also hear us get overly sensitive about an iTunes review

XXIX - Hellenic Hellraisers: Greek Black & Death

June 30th, 2018

The Hellenic Sound & Beyond early favorites, rediscovered gems and a few modern takes on the genres

The Elysian Fields - Adelain
Wampyrinacht- We Will Be Watching. Les cultes de Satan et les
Order of the Ebon Hand - The Mystic Path to the Netherworld
Zephyrous - Entrance and Wandering on the Seven Zones
Agatus - Dawn of Martyrdom
Obsecration - The Inheritors of Pain

George Kollias - Invictus
Thy Darkened Shade - Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs
Exhumation - Seas of Eternal Silence
Sickening Horror - The Dead End Experiment
Rotting Christ - Genesis
Astarte - Quod superius sicut inferius

Septicflesh - Mystic Places of Dawn
Necromantia - Scarlet Witching Evil Black
Varathron - His Majesty at the Swamp
Zemial - For the Glory of UR
Horrified - In The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Condemnation - Entering The Gates Of Doom EP

Legion of Doom - Kingdom of Endless Darkness
Nightfall - Parade Into Centuries (Melo-Death)
Thy Art Lord - Eosforos
Nergal - The Wizard of Nerath
Medieval Demon - Demonolatria
Death Courier - Demise

Intro Music by Athame

I - Albums of Badness (Revisited & Re-recorded)

June 1st, 2018

A Re-recording of our long lost first episode, where we talk about some of the biggest disapointments by some of our favorite bands. We also touch on some unfairly written off periods and albums by titans of the genre, or trash that we love in spite of itself.


The Bad
Cryptopsy - The unspoken King
Destruction - The least successful human cannonbal
Van Halen - Van Halen III
Savatage - Fight For the Rock
Benediction - The Dreams You Dread
Bathory - Octagon
Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying
Morbid Angel - Incorrect Latin Grammer
Megadeth - Risk
Celtic Frost - Prototype

The Good
Black Sabbath - Born Again
Celtic Frost - Cold lake
Bruce Dickinson - Skunkworks
Glaze-era Pantera
Bayley-era Maiden
Ripper-era Priest
Discharge - Grave New World

XXVIII - Hardcore Grab Bag (NYHC, Swedish D-Beat, Hardcore Goes Metal)

May 16th, 2018

3 topics, one theme, Hardcore Punk's connection to heavy metal. First Don examines some of the more metal minded bands of the NYHC scene, then Iain covers the Swedish D-Beat scene through the years, and finally Zach explores some 80's hardcore dudes who decided to abandon the genre they came up in to try their hand at full on metal to mixed results. 

Zach (H/C goes metal)
YDI - Black Dust
Wasted Youth - Black Daze
Straw Dogs - We Are Not Amused
Onslaught - Power From Hell
Sacred Denial - Sifting Through Remains

Iain (Swedish D-beat)
Disfear - Live the Storm
Skitsystem - Svarta Tankar
Anti-Cimex - S/T
Wolfbrigade - Progression/Regression
God Mother - Vilseledd
Martyrdöd - In Extremis

Don (NYHC's Metalcore connection)
Vision of disorder - S/T
Earth crisis - Destroy the machines
Life of agony - River Runs Red
Cro-mags - Age Of Quarrel
Madball - Set it off
Sheer Terror - Just can't hate enough

XXVII - The Golden Age of Christian Metal

April 25th, 2018

A thorough, respectful, secular but far from complete look back at a sub-class of music that is mostly ignored by many metal fans, the Christian metal scene of the 80's and 90's. A time when labels like Intense, R.E.X. and Pure Metal were putting out albums on par with some of the heaviest hitters of the secular thrash, death, glam and power metal scene. Plus Forays into Goth, Industrial, Prog, Groove, Black and surprising connection to everyone's favorite horror punk band.    

Albums Discussed

Daniel Band - On Rock (1982)

Barnabas - Hear The Light (1980)

Resurrection Band - Colours (1980)

Jerusalem - Dancing on the Head of the Serpent (1987)

Petra - On Fire (1988)

Tourniquet - Stop the Bleeding (1990)

Mortification - Mortification (1991)

Vengeance Rising - Human Sacrifice (1988)

Believer - Extraction from Mortality (1989)

Deliverance - Deliverance (1989)

Seventh Angel - The Torment (1990)

Kryst the Conqueror - Deliver Us From Evil (N/A)

Veni Domine - Fall Babylon Fall (1991)

Saint - Time's End (1986)

Betrayal - Renaissance by Death (1991)

Matthias Steele - Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past (1991)

Sardonyx - Majestic Serenity (1992)

Sacrament - Testimony of the Apocalypse (1990)

Eden - Adam's Dream (1993)

Bride - Live To Die (1988)

Barren Cross - Rock For The King (1986)

Whitecross - Whitecross (1987)

Messiah Prophet - Masters of Metal (1986)

Bloodgood - Detonation (1987)

Leviticus - Setting Fire to The Earth (1987)

Stryper - Soldiers Under Command (1985)

Trouble - Psalm 9 (1984)

Mortal - Lusis (1992)

Horde - Helling Usvart (1994)

Incubus - Serpent Temptation (1988)

X-Sinner - Get It (1989)

Living Sacrifice - Living Sacrifice (1991)

Paramæcium - Exhumed of the Earth (1993)

Savior Machine - Savior Machine I (1993)

Holy Soldier - Holy Soldier (1990)

Rage of Angels - Rage of Angels (1989)

Neon Cross - Neon Cross (1988)

Haven - Your Dying Day (1990)

Precious Death - Southpaw (1993)

Armageddon USA - The Money Mask (1989)

Recon - Behind Enemy Lines (1990)

Creed - The Sign of Victory (1990)

Detritus - Perpetual Defiance (1990)

Xalt - Dark War (1988)

Ashen Mortality - Sleepless Remorse (1996)

Ordained Fate - Ordained Fate (1992)

Zion - Thunder from the Mountain (1989)

Die Happy - Die Happy (1992)

Guardian - First Watch (1989)

Sacred Warrior - Master’s Command (1989)

Joshua - Surrender (1985)

The Crucified - The Crucified (1989)

Impellitteri - Answer to the Master (1994)

Kings X - Out of a Silent Planet (1988)


XXVI - Putting the Fun in Funeral Doom

March 28th, 2018

A look at some early innovators and modern masters of Funeral Doom plus some surprises to cleanse the palette and the soul.


Funeral - Tragedies

Skepticism - StormCrowFleet

Ysigim - Ain Soph Or

Esoteric - Epistemological Despondency

Вой - Кругами вечности (Howl - Circles of Eternity)

Thergothon - Stream from the Heavens

Bell Witch - Longing

Tyranny - Aeons in Tectonic Interment

Mournful Congregation - The June Frost

Ahab - Call of the Wretched Sea

Worship - Dooom

Pantheist - O Solitude

XXV - Nerd Metal

March 13th, 2018

Classic Literature, Comics, Video Games, Cartoons, Stupid fashion trends a subset of goth kids seem to like for some reason. We spend a few hours decompressing after a month of depressing ass black metal to talk about 18 bands that make music that would have gotten you bullied up until the release of Avengers. The usual histories with plenty of asides.

Albums Discussed

Payne's Gray - Kadath Decoded

Agent Steel Official - Skeptics Apocalypse

Rebellion - A Tragedy in Steel Part II: Shakespeare's King Lear

A Dream of Poe - The Mirror of Deliverance

Robot Monster Army - Monsterpiece

The Veil - An Electrical Sun

The Axis Of Perdition - Physical Illucinations in the Sewer of Xuchilbara (the Red God)

Tomb Mold -Primordial Malignity

Iced Earth - The Dark Saga

Bolt Thrower - Honor-Valor-Pride

Karaboudjan - Sbrodj

Metroid Metal - Varia Suite

Nephren-Ka - The Fall of Omnius

Vomitron - No NES For The Wicked

PowerGlove - Saturday Morning Apocalypse

Devin Townsend - Ziltoid The Omniscient

Outsiders - Year one

Khazaddum - Plagues upon Arda

XXIV - Black Metal Grab Bag II : The Modern Age

February 24th, 2018

A continuation of last episode, this time we talk about some of our favorite black metal albums from the past 10 or so years. Old School revivals, genre bending, and just plain bizzare variations of one of our favorite genres. 

XXIII - Black Metal Grab Bag

February 8th, 2018


Some of our favorite first, second and third wave Black Metal Bands.

Enslaved - Vikingligr Veldi
Blasphemy - Fallen Angel of Doom
Master's Hammer - Ritual
Emperor - Nightside
Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon
Sarcofago - INRI
Bathory - Under The Sign Of The Black Mark
Tormentor - Anno Domini
Darkthrone - Under A Funeral Moon
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
Necromantia - Crossing the Fiery Path
Martyrium - L V X Occulta
Bestial Summoning - The Dark War Has Begun
Pervertum - Creature of Ungod
Grimoire - A Requiem for The Light
Hoth - Odes to My Black Goddess
Mutiilation- Vampires
Bethlehem- Dictius
Bulldozer- Day of wrath
Sigh- scorn defeat
Mystifier - Wicca
Hellhammer: Satanic Rites
Von - Satanic Ritual
Odium - The Sad Realm of the Stars