Are You Morbid?: A Heavy Metal Podcast

3 friends discuss metal with varying degrees of seriousness

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


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



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!


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


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.



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:


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



XV - Lovecraft & Metal: A Beginner’s Guide

October 17th, 2017

Tonight, on a very special Are You Morbid? we welcome our friends from Night (Bobby & Matt) over for a a discussion of Author H.P. Lovecraft. Taking a break from our usual album by album breakdown format, we instead give an EXTREMELY brief overview of the author, and take an in depth look at his long association with Heavy Metal and his influence on our own lives. We discuss how Lovecraft's literary rediscovery corresponds to his work being integrated into heavy metal, the genres that use his work most commonly, the effectiveness of their attempts to capture the spirit of his work, and the overall use of his imagry vs. his philosophy. Asides a plenty as we also discuss Lovecraft's stories themselves, cinematic adaptations, and which public figures may be one of Nyarlathotep's thousand forms. Eventually we do get around to recomending some albums and songs for you to try, and talk about where we'd like to see Lovecraft's work taken musically in the future. 



Recomendations List

Black Metal
Arkham - Chapter III, the Madness from the Sea (Black Metal/Dark Ambient)
Fiendlord - Neuromancy (Symphonic Black)
Hypnos - Arcane Moon (Atmospheric Black)
The Great Old Ones - Everything (Post-Black Metal)
Astrophobos - Remnants of Forgotten Horrors (Black Metal)
Crafteon - Cosmic Reawakening (Black Metal)
Ancient Niggurath - Horrors and Wonders (Avant -Garde Black Metal)
Barabas - The Arrival of Yog-Sothoth (Black)
yag kosha - Demo/Dagon Comp (Black Metal)
Ultar - Kaddath (Post-Black)
ceremonial castings - Cthulue (Symphonic Black Metal)
Bal-sagoth - Starfire Burning upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule (Symphonic Black)
teen cthulhu - Everything (Black Metal/Hardcore)

Brown Jenkins - Dagonite & Death Obsession (Doom/Black Metal)
Drowner - Everything (Blackened Drone/Sludge/Doom Metal)
Head of the Demon - S/T (Black/Doom)
Swampcult -An Idol Carved of Flesh & The Festival (Black Doom)

Death Metal
Them Vultures - Weird Tales (Death Metal)
Portal - Everything (Experimental Death Metal)
Chthe'ilist - Le dernier crépuscule (Death Metal)
Giant of the Mountain - Moon Worship (Technical Death Metal)
The Lurking Fear - Out of the Voiceless Grave (Death Metal)
Philosopher - Thoughts (Death)
Beast Conjurator - Summoned to the Abyss & Strange Aeons Comp (Death)
Smothered - The Inevitable End (Death)
Puteraeon - Everything (Death Metal)
Sulphur Aeon - Everything (Death Metal)
Yogth Sothoth - Abominations of the Nebulah Mortiis (Death)
Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (Death)
Massacre - From Beyond

Innsmouth - Consumed by Elder Sign (Death/Black Metal)
Cosmic Horror - Tales of the Macabre (Black/Death/Slam)
Coffin Birth - The Bowels of Chaos (Black/Death)
dawn of relic - Lovecraftian Dark (Melodic Death/Black)
temple of the demigod - the great old ones (Symphonic Black/Death Metal)
the uncreation - Dreaming in R'lyeh (Black/Death)
Apparatus - S/T & Cthulhu Trilogy (Experimental Black/Death)
Serapheum - Serapheum (Black/Death)
Azrath-11 - Everything (Black/Death)

Death/Doom & Funeral Doom
Obed Marsh - Innsmouth (Black/Doom Metal)
Thergothon - Stream from the Heavens (Funeral Doom/Death)
Aldebaran - Dwellers in Twilight & Buried Beneath the Aeons (Funeral Doom/Sludge)
Solemn They Await - Sanctuary in the Depths (Funeral Doom)
Colosseum - Everything (Funeral Doom Metal)
fungoid stream - Everything (Ambient Funeral Doom Metal)
throng of shoggoths - The Cosmic Reconfiguration (Death/Sludge/Doom)
eyes of leigeia - Everything (Death/Doom) (Later work is Doom/Black)
Catacombs - In the Depths of R'lyeh (Funeral Doom)
Innzmouth - Lovecraft’s Dream (Funeral Doom Metal)
Tyranny - Tides of Awakening & Aeons in Tectonic Interment (Funeral Doom Metal)
The Disciples of Zoldon - Blackened Theological Tome (Doom/Death Metal/Grindcore)

Ripping Corpse - Dreaming with the Dead (Death/Thrash Metal)
Revenant - Prophecies of a Dying World (Death/Thrash)
Deathchain - Death Gods (Death/Thrash)

Doom, Sludge & Stoner
Aarni - Bathos (Avant-garde Doom Metal)
Shoggoth - Mythos (Stoner Metal)
Tentacle - Ingot Eye (Drone Doom)
Skyler Alexandre - Whispers in the Dark (Traditional/Doom)
Arkham Witch - Legions of the Deep & I Am Providence (Doom/Traditional)
Space God Ritual - Everything (Doom)
Mad God - Tales of a Sightless City (Stoner/Doom)
Evangelist - In Partibus Infidelium & Doominicanes (Epic Doom Metal)
Black Temple Below - Into the Black Temple (Sludge/Doom)
Tyrant’s Kall - Everything (Death/Doom/Traditional)
Yzordderex - Everything (Drone/Doom/Sludge Metal)
aeon sphelion - Visions of Burning Aeons (Doom)
tortured spirit - Arkham Sanitarium (Doom)
Bretus - Everything - (Stoner/Doom)
Keziah - The Ocean Is Not Silent (Doom/Sludge)
evoke thy lords - Escape to the Dreamlands (Goth/Doom) 

Living Death - Protected from Reality (Thrash)
Mekong Delta - The Music of Eric Zahn (Thrash)

Olÿphant - Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (Traditional)
Terrible Old Man - Cosmic Poems & Fungai from Yuggoth (Hard Rock/Trad)
Dunsmuir - S/T (Traditional)

Everything Else
Payne’s Grey - Kadath Decoded (Progressive Heavy Metal)
Back to R'lyeh - The Awakening- Last fight of the Primordial & The McMurdo Expedition 1909 (Avant-Garde)
Infinite Spectrum - Haunter in the Dark (Prog Metal)
space mirrors - Everything (Progressive Metal/Space Rock)


BONUS EPISODE: Of Derby and Demiurge

October 9th, 2017

Former and future co-host Max (Horde of The Eclipse, The Beyond, Storm of Damnation) sits down with Issac, Andy, Will, & Darren from MoMe at the third and possibly final Shadow Woods Metal Festival. They talk about the bands music, past and present, and the unique vibe the Shadow Woods Metal Fest has provided fans and musicans a like.  plus Ray of Panopticon/Falls of Rauros and Tim from Zud stops discusses former project if and it. If you enjoyed our talk With Mary about putting this fest together, you'll want to hear this. 

if and it



Falls of Rauros