Are You Morbid?: A Heavy Metal Podcast

3 friends discuss metal with varying degrees of seriousness

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

Prototype XVIII - Supergroups

November 28th, 2017


A discussion of 15 metal supergroups. Both  supergroups by design and those created by circumstance, ranging from 80s grind revival to hair metal holdouts. The men behind the music and the bands that made them famous.  

Correction: Carmine Appice was not in Golden Earring.


Badlands - S/T
House of lords - S/t
Blue murder - s/t
Arcade S/T
Junkyard - s/t
Fantomas - Directors Cut
Brujeria - Raza Odiada
Asesino - Cristo Satánico
The Haunted - Exit Wounds
Death - Individual Thought Patterns
Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
Borknagar - the Olden Domain
I - Between Two Worlds
Lock Up - Pleasures Pave Sewers
Blotted Science - Machinations of Demetia


Link to homoerotic James LaBrie glam band.  Track 3.


Prototype XVII - Genre Benders

November 14th, 2017


On this Episode we explore 15 albums that push the boundaries of metal through the integration of other styles of music.  Jazx, blues, IDM and more. Early experimental pioneers, avant garde supergroups and the latest innovators.  Plus dumb Tool fans, praise for GWARcast, cosmic prisons and more. 

QUICK NOTE: Forgot to give all members of Mr. Bungle's real names so for reference in their section the Stage names  translate to:

  • Vlad Drac – Mike Patton
  • Heifetz – Danny Heifetz
  • Scummy – Trey Spurance
  • Bär - Clinton McKinnon

 full show notes on website


Panopticon - Kentucky
Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle
Mordred - In This Life
Creaming Jesus - Guilt by Association
Dub war - Wrong Side of Beautiful
Ghengis tron - Boarding Up the House
Unexpect - In A Flesh Aquarium
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
GWAR - Carnival Of Chaos
Arcturus - La Masquerade Infernale
Fallujah - Dreamless
Duobetic Homunkulus - Ani já ani ty robit něbudzeme, šedněme do koča, vozit še budzeme
Shining - Blackjazz
Glorior Belli - Meet Us at the Southern Sign
Benighted in Sodom - A Resplendent Starless Darkness


BONUS EPISODE: An Interview With Justin Curtsinger (Zud, Gift of Tongues, Grime Studios)

November 4th, 2017

A long over due interview Max & Zach did with Justin from perenial favorites of the podcast Zud back in Sepetember, just before seeing them live, and the same night we interviewed Mary. This was our first interview, recording was bungled a bit, and we were in a parking lot, so forgive the less than stellar audio. For some great quality audio, head over to Zud's bandcamp and buy their new album:

Prototype XVI - Magic(k) Metal; or, With Apologies to Ashencult

October 31st, 2017

What happens when 4 sleepy dudes attempt to talk about esoteric occult knowledge and heavy metal? the episode length gets out of control. From Thelema to Heathenry, Celtic pagan revivalists to cosmic luciferians. We talk about magick and the men who love it while our own coherance slowly drifts away. Listen as a semingly dignified and respectful discussion of occult knowledge devolves into recollections of Spongebob in-jokes from 6 years ago. Oh yeah we had a guest host.

Albums Discussed

Nefilim - Zoon
Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Venenum - Trance of Death
Jacula - In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum

WATAIN - The Wild Hunt
Dissection (Official) - The Somberlain
Thy Darkened Shade - Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet
Therion - Sitra Ahra

Blood of the Black Owl - A Feral Spirit
Haxxan - Loch Ness Rising
SKYCLAD - A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol

Arckanum - Antikosmos
Ashencult - Black Flame Gnosis/My Tenth Death
Kaamos - Lucifer rising