Are You Morbid?: A Heavy Metal Podcast

3 friends discuss metal with varying degrees of seriousness

Prototype 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

Prototype 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)


Prototype 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

Prototype 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

Prototype 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. 

Prototype 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

Prototype XXII - 90’s Euro-Power Classics

January 24th, 2018

Lost Treasures and genre staples from the heart of Europe. Plus a discussion on our thoughts on the Lords of Chaos movie debacle


Intro & Outro Music

Seven Thorns -

Depression -


Albums Discussed

White Skull - tales from the north
Labrynth - Return To Heaven Denied
Axel Rudi Pell - Magic
Grave digger - Excalibur
Tarot - for the glory of nothing
Blind Guardian - Tales from the twilight world
Gamma Ray - Somehwere out in space
Hammerfall - Glory to the Brave
Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica
Stratovarius - Dreamspace
Elegy - Labrynth of Dreams
Nation - Without Remorse
Crush - Kingdom of the Kings
Athena - Inside the Moon
Dream Child - Torn Between Two Worlds

Prototype XXI - Concept Albums II

January 24th, 2018

Does what is says on the label, a looser than normal discussion of 15 of our favorite concept albums....


Intro music by Wizard's Union


Albums Discussed


Scanner - Hypertrace

Kings X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

Cloven Hoof - Dominator

Manilla Road - Atlantis Rising

Mekong Delta - The Music of Erich Zann

In Flames - Whoracle

Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Ancient - The Cainian Chronicle

GWAR - America Must Be Destroyed

Ulver - Themes from William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell

Nocturnus - The Key

Edge of Sanity - Crimson II

Bal-Sagoth - Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule

Angra - Temple of Shadows

Dodecahedron - Kwintessens


Prototype XX - The Origins of North American Tech Death (1988-1997)

December 29th, 2017

A look back at the origins of Tech Death, exploring the debuts and stylistic evolutions that built the genre. The musicians, the studios, labels and cities that took old school death metal beyond its roots and into the realm of virtuosity. From all time classics to forgotten treasures we cover virtually every debut album released within the first years of the genres existence  and the pinnacle moments in genre forefathers Death and Sadus' existence that took them beyond their roots. up until the dawn of the 21st century. 

Albums Discussed

Nile - Early Works
Cynic - Focus
Cryptopsy - Blasphemy Made Flesh
Martyr - Hopeless Hope
Capharnaum - Reality Only Fantasized
Oppressor - Solstice of Oppression
Gorguts - Considered Dead
Death - Human
Suffocation - Effigy Of The Forgotten
Immolation - Dawn Of Possession
Atheist - Piece Of Time
Timeghoul - Discography
Lethargy - It's Hard to Write with a Little Hand
Quo Vadis - Forever...
Hellwitch- Syzygial Miscreancy
Obliveon - From This Day Forward
Dominion - Soul's Redemption
Deeds of Flesh - Trading Pieces

Plus more!

Prototype XIX - Guitar Gods & Godless Guitarists

December 14th, 2017

The Great Kat will always be the podcast teams favorite guitarist, but here's 15 albums featuring some guitarists we like almost as much.  From shed legends to death metal gurus, we cover a wide range of styles and genres and time periods 

CORRECTION: Martin Birch did not produce Quartz's debut, it was Tony Iommi. For more info see next episode. 

Albums Discussed

Impellteri - stand in line
Cacopheny - speed metal symphony
Yngwie malmsteens rising force - rising force
Vinnie Moore - minds eye
Racer X - Street Lethal
James Murphy - Convergence
Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick
Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack
Nile - Ithyphallic
Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
Deep Purple - Burn
King Diamond - Conspiracy
Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
Control Denied - Fragile Art of Existence
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell