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Björn "Speed" Strid on Skulls of Wrath Weekly Ep.11

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SKULLS OF WRATH WEEKLY Ep11
Feature interview on todays show is with Björn "Speed" Strid (Nightflight Orchestra, Soilwork) talking about the new Nightflight Orchestra album, "Sometimes the World Aint Enough."

https://www.facebook.com/thenightflightorchestraofficial/

https://www.facebook.com/soilwork/

We also test drive our  new show host: Stinkface McGee. How do you think he did?
https://www.facebook.com/stinkfacemcgee
https://twitter.com/stinkfacemagee






Skulls of Wrath Weekly Podcast Ep. 10 with Donny Van Straven from Riot V

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QUESTION TIME WITH DALE: Q: Is it impossible to produce a podcast without using XLR microphones? A: No, not impossible at all. Musicians and professional broadcasters will be intimately familiar the the XLR connection, but regarding podcasts that require editing & other post-production touches a basic USB or any other microphone that produces digital files for editing etc later on, will do.

INTERVIEW We talk to Donny Van Stavern from Riot V- Bass player for American Power metal band- all about the bands 2018 new album, Armor of Light.





NEWS - Believe Digital acquires majority stake in Nuclear Blast Records-a giant in the heavy metal world. - At the Gates, The Haunted & Witchery announce Australian tour in 2019. Just a heads up for Kiwi fans, you know, if you happen to be heading over... - Megadeth not only launches 'Megacuise', but also 'Kegadeth'. Sit with that for a minute. - We did not discuss any news relating to koRn, Nickelback, Insane Clown Posse, LimpBiz…

Skulls of Wrath Weekly Ep.9

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FAQ Q: To paraphrase a message we received recently: Why does a new & small reaching podcast, such as us, have the audacity to provide links to an online merch store?

A: all merch we have is available online is there for the sole purpose of fulfilling my own desire to have these items. I like our logo, and so want to see it plastered on all sorts of things.

Please, if our making links to these merch stores publicly available offends anyone, I do strongly encourage those offended parties to refrain from purchasing any of these items.
NEWS
Megadeth announces new cruise based endeavor The RIAA releases financial report detailing the state of the music business and what impact streaming has made. A new 'study': (Spoiler: these two, seemingly, independent reportings are based on the same research for a documentary to come &  be available on the researchers personal website.) Heavy metal is inclusive and governed by rules of etiquette Another new study (?): Mosh pits mimic …

Skulls of Wrath Weekly #8

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NEWS

Scott Ian (Anthrax) kicks off Aussie spoken word tour with, not only has friend Kyle done an interview with him (and published on moviehole.net ) but it comes as spoken word tours are all the rage with Bruce Dickinson (NZ & Aussie dates) and Dee Snider (aussie dates)http://moviehole.net/oz-comic-con-interview-scott-ian-anthrax-talks-zombies-air-guitar/Ozzy Osboune & Judas Priest announce the first run of NZ shows coming off the massive announcement from Download Festival AUhttp://downloadfestival.com.au/https://www.livenation.co.nz/artist/ozzy-osbourne-tickets MUSIC

Saxon- Predator (Thunderbolt)Benighted- Dogs always bite harder than their masterThe Monolith Deathcult- Fist of Stalin (V2- Vergelding)Dee Snider- American Made (For the Love of Metal)Deicide- Defying the SacredPyrexia- Angels of Gomorrah (Unholy Requiem)Grave Digger - The Power of Metal (The Living Dead)Bloodbath- Bloodicide Zao- Hide the LightWitchthroat Serpent- Scorpent Serpion (Swallow the Venom)Outer Hea…

Skulls of Wrath Weekly #7

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NewsBulletbelt (Wellington, NZ) have been added to the Asakusa Deathfest- a 3 day festival in Japan at the end of October. The festival headliners are Finnish death metal legends, Convulse and also features the likes of ‘TeethGrinder”, “Galvaniser”,”Petrification”, and “The Mens Toilet”... https://www.facebook.com/AsakusaDeathfest/The infamous Satanfest is back for 2018, back for another 3 days at The Embankent Tavern in Christchurch; the full 3 day pass is selling for $50. Lineup: Undiscovered moons of saturn (akld), Innominatus (dun), Place of Skulls, Methchrist (dun), Men An Tol, Reaper (Melbourne, OZ) on FRIDAY. Vulthoom (akld), Deathcall (dun), Nystagmus (akld), Contaminated (melb,, OZ), Corpsefeast (napier), Inverloch (melb, OZ) on SATURDAY. And Gormukilliodokus, Decimated King, Voice of the Black Pharaoh, Igni, AbhoR on SUNDAY. 17 bands (total), 3 of which are from Australia, 4 from the North Island. https://www.facebook.com/events/1799351130132285/Beastwars performing at the …

Skulls of Wrath Weekly #5

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NEWS

Download Festival is returning for 2019 and added a date in Sydney, in addition to the previously established Melbourne show.https://downloadfestival.com.auSoundproofing company test their mettle against Heavy Metal at Heavy Montreal.https://vimeo.com/284724233As I lay Dying Euro tour selling like hot cakes.Front man, Tim Lambesis might be highly disliked in the US for his crime / failed attempt to hire a hit man but European audiences disagree.Sepultura still working on securing releases for their official band documentary, 'Endurance".

MUSIC: Fresh new Audio / Visuals.

Downpour- Truth in Suffering from self titled album, due 7th September 2018.Wolfheart- Breakheart from "Constellation of the Black Light", due 28th September 2018.Terrorizer- Invasion from "Caustic Attack", due 12th October 2018.Hate Eternal- What Lies Beyond from "Upon Desolate Sands", due 26th October 2018Omnium Gatherum- Refining Fire from "The Burning Cold", due 3…

Skulls of Wrath Weekly #4

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NEWS

A 'viral' news story reported wrong. News regarding a pair of elderly gentlemen escaping their care facility to apparently rock out with the crowds at Wacken Open Air till 3am, turns out to have been a 58 & 59 year old escaping their Metal Healthcare Facility to party in the town near the festival. Aid was rendered to the men before being returning to their care facility.https://www.apnews.com/b626be4b1bd249e4978fc5c33fad5710Hellyeah seems to be indicating, on social media, that they are moving forward with the album they were recording at the time of drummer, Vinnie Paul's passing. Do to the nature of the post-humus completing production, it seems like they're in a some what unique position. I wonder how their approach will balance the earnest desire to tribute Vinnie Paul & the fans desire to hear the last recorded songs and the marketing.  MUSIC


Side A: Fresh New Audio / VisualsBehemoth- God = Dog from 'I Loved You at Your Darkest" due 5th Octobe…

Skulls of Wrath Weekly #3

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NEWS
Dimmu Borgir announce NZ/OZ show supportsSpoiler- it's one band for all the shows.Fozzy announce an Auckland show for November 2018.Thy Art is Murder announce an NZ tour (Weli, Akld, Chch) for October- with tour support Xile and including local show supports.Extinction Campaign announce the release of a two track E.P / demo, "Scripted to Agitate" https://extinctioncampaign.bandcamp.com/album/scripted-to-agitate
MUSIC
Side A: Fresh New Audio / VisualsConan- VexxagonDoro- If I can't Have You, No One WillPhilip H. Anselmo & The Illegals-  Choosing Mental Illness.Parasite Inc.- Once and For All.
Side B: Metal HomeworkDee Snider- For the Love of MetalDecline of the I- EscapeUltra Violence- Operation Misdirection TUNE INTO THE PODCAST TO CATCH MY RUNDOWN OF LAST WEEKS METAL HOMEWORK, FEATURING NEW ALBUMS FROM THE AGONY SCENE, EXISTEM, SKELETONWITCH & POWERWOLF.




TOURS

TUNE INTO THE PODCAST TO CATCH MY RUNDOWN OF INTERNATIONAL METAL BANDS THAT HAVE UPCOMING SHOWS IN …

Skulls of Wrath Weekly #2

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NEWS

Impressive Sign Language Interpreter at Lamb of God show in Austin, TexasABC News story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2oZ6hSkswMAuckland band, 'Silent Torture' announce new E.Phttp://www.deadboyrecords.com/news/2018/7/19/silent-torture-phallic-self-mastication-in-stores-and-online-3-augustUK Venue releases apparent study saying going to gigs at venues is good for you- says the venue owners.Link to press release- note the lack of reference to a standard type scientific paper. https://news.o2.co.uk/press-release/science-says-gig-going-can-help-you-live-longer-and-increases-wellbeing/RIP Jon Schnepp. https://www.gofundme.com/getwelljonschneppfundraiserMUSIC

Side A: Fresh new Audio/Visuals.Bulletbelt- Faster then Death Krisiun- Demonic IIIJungle Rot- Send Forth OblivionCast the Stone- The Burning HorizonSide B: Metal HomeworkThe Agony Scene- "Tormentor" (Outerloop Records)Existem- "Mantle" Skeletonwitch- Devouring Radiant Light (Prosthetic Records)Powerw…

Skulls of Wrath Weekly: 18th July

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News:
Bruce Dickinson Spoken Word Tour (Aussie dates announced)https://www.facebook.com/tours/638435169847162/Christchurch's Blindfolded and Led to the Woods announce Australia shows.Sydney show: https://www.facebook.com/events/910047229179141/Melbourne show: https://www.facebook.com/events/1602638663171131/Writer, Director, Producer Jon Schnepp in critical condition in a L.A HospitalWorked on Metalocalypse- directing many of the music videosAlso worked on The Venture Bros & Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and much more.https://www.gofundme.com/getwelljonschneppfundraiserMusic:
Taking a look a small handful of newly released songs coming out of albums not yet released. Official music video or other Lyric type video likely.

Dee Snider: Become the Storm. Album, "For the Love of Metal" due out 27th July 2018. Deicide: Excommunicated. Album, "Overtures of Blasphemy" due out 14th September 2018. Pig destroyer: Army of Cops. Album, "Head Cage" due out 7th Septem…

Vinnie Paul Tribute (mini-episode)

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Hi guys,
This is my very small part in honouring Vinnie Paul- RIP June 2018.

In 2007, shortly after starting on radio, Hellyeah had released their debut and announced a world tour- including shows in NZ & Australia.
It was through the promotion of this tour that I was permitted an interview (phone) and eventually a quick meet and greet with the band.

I realise many more people and professionals have given their tributes, all no doubt had more interaction with Vinnie Paul than my phone call & hand shake, but despite how insignificant that might seem, I was left with the indelible impression that here was a man who truly lived up to all the praise and hype.





-- Metalsucks -dot- net with their collation of social media tributes : http://www.metalsucks.net/2018/06/23/members-of-metallica-slipknot-lamb-of-god-and-more-share-tributes-to-vinnie-paul/

Skulls of Wrath Podcast (13th May 2018)

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Welcome to Skulls of Wrath podcast.

In one or two ways, this is another relaunch.
Thanks to John from Kausa Mortis and Ian from Dark Divinity for getting in touch. If you and or your band wants some Skulls of Wrath attention, just msg us on social media or email.
www.facebook.com/KausaMortisMetal
www.facebook.com/darkdivinitynz

BABYMETAL- DistortionHAULT (NZ)- The Valley  [https://doomedandstoned.bandcamp.com/album/doomed-stoned-in-new-zealand ]AMORPHIS- The BeePARKWAY DRIVE- Absolute PowerDIMMU BORGIR- LightbringerDARK DIVINITY (NZ)- ExegesisALIEN WEAPONRY (NZ)- Kai TangataKAUSA MORTIS (NZ)- End of DaysSCORN OF CREATION (NZ)- The Exodus of LimboBLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS (NZ)- The Old Man With the Bell Around His NeckSKINLESS- Skull SessionNERVOSA- Kill the SilenceGRUESOME- Inhumane



Bloodnut- St Ranga

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Bulletbelt- Nine Centuries

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Headroller self titled debut

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Light the Torch: Revival

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Rob Cavestany (DEATH ANGEL) on Skulls of Wrath

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Welcome to Skulls of Wrath.

Today I feature my interview with Rob Cavestany, founding member and guitar player for the Thrash metal band 'Death Angel'.
www.facebook.com/deathangel

The band got their start in the early 1980's in the Bay Area, coming up alongside, or rather apart of the emerging thrash metal scene.

 Death Angel, alongside Sepultura are set to play three shows in New Zealand in May 2018.
Tickets: https://metropolistouring.com/sepultura-death-angel-nz/







D: How’s it going with yourself and death angel, I assume you’re keeping yourselves busy these days? 
R: Oh god yes- beyond. Keeping busy is an understatement with Death Angel that’s for sure. We keep busy, my man.
I’m over here, actually, writing our next album right now- as we are in beween tours, before we come down there, and so this is the time to get creative and write. So, I’m in the writing mode, right now, and just getting a little exciting boost, thinking about our upcoming tour down there, as I’m doing…

Skulls of Wrath Show- 5th Feb 2018

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WELCOME to the Skulls of Wrath Show for 5th February 2018.


Playlist:
JUDAS PRIEST- Fire power
MEGADETH- Lying In State.
ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
MONOTHEIST- The Grey King
BELPHEGOR- Baphomet (Live)
SUSPERIA- The Lyricist
DEMONICAL- Towards Greater Gods
LIGHT THE TORCH- Die Alone
WITHERFALL- Portrait
DESTROYER 666- Call of the Wild
THE ATLAS MOTH- Actual Human Blood
GENOCIDE PACT- Structural Dissolution
DARKEST HOUR- Enter Oblivion
ULCERATE- Abrogation (live in Krakow) (NZ)
CATTLE DECAPITATION- The Prophets of loss
SCORN OF CREATION- The Exodus of limbo. (NZ)

Info:
 New Judas Priest song from upcoming album of same name (“Firepower”) due out 9th March 2018. Newly released video from Megadeth for Lying in State, coming a full 2 years since the release of Distopia.New Black Label Society album (their tenth) "Grimmest Hits" out nowMonotheist recently signed to Prosthetic Records & are set to release new album 'Scourge" on 16th March. Also, there's a lyric…

BULLETBELT, Ross on Skulls of Wrath

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Welcome to Skulls of Wrath.

Today we have our interview with Ross from Wellington band Bulletbelt.

Bulletbelt have released their brand new, third, studio album, "Nine Centuries" to critical acclaim, and Dale from Skulls of Wrath attempts to wrap his head around the new album in this interview with guitar player, Ross.

The interview was recorded at the end of 2017, ahead of both the release of the album & the addition of new band members Scott and Josh (current as of early 2018)

https://www.facebook.com/Bulletbelt



The Skulls of Wrath Show- 29 January 2018

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Welcome to the Skulls of Wrath show

Playlist:
HIS MASTERS VOICE THE DEVILS BLUES – Woman (NZ)
DEEP PURPLE- Child in time.
HAULT – The Valley (NZ)
SLAYER- Seasons In The Abyss
DIMMU BORGIR- Progenies of the Great Apocalypse
**INTERVIEW WITH BULLETBELT**
BULLETBELT- Dethrone (NZ)
ORPHANED LAND- Only the Dead have seen the end of war
ROTTING CHRIST- I will not serve.
MINISTRY - Wargasm.
HOODED MENACE - Charnel Reflections
TRIBULATION - Lady Death.


Jesse (Vocalist) "His Masters Voice" interview link: http://www.skullsofwrath.com/2017/12/jesse-his-masters-voice-devils-blues-on.htmlhttps://www.facebook.com/thedevilsblues/Full band interview with Wellington's Hault: https://youtu.be/DywQ2bH_yNQhttps://www.facebook.com/hault333.co.nz/Slayer announces retirement/ disbandment.Dimmu Borgir announces first new release in seven years.Bulletbelt releases wicked new album, Nine Centuries, today (29th Jan 2018) https://www.facebook.com/Bulletbelt/New Orphaned Land album, "Unsing …

The Skulls of Wrath Show- 23rd Jan 2018

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Welcome to The Skulls of Wrath Show.
We're back doing the online radio show thing. Makes more sense, dunnit? I mean, I came from radio after all.

Below you'll find a playlist & copy of my notes I used for the show- generally not for public consumption

Motorhead- The Hammer. 
(A: Ace of Spades. 1980.) Fast Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of the classic Motorhead lineup, passed 10th January 2018. R.I.P.

Corrosion of Conformity- The Luddite.
New album- “No Cross No Crown” out now & the band seem to be on tour with Black Label Society across America. I mean, around since the early 80’s, 10 studio albums now, at least, you know- everyone knows these guys, no brainer.

# YoutubeRant 

Headroller – God of Torment (NZ)
Self titled, debut album, out now! 

Dark Divinity – Season of Dark (NZ)
Newly formed melodic death metal band, a super group – i.e. Into Orbit, Cripple Mr Onion, Destructatron, Team Kill. Based in wellington nz, according to their fb page…Debut single (seasons of …

BEAST IN BLACK, Anton Kabanen on Skulls of Wrath

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Welcome to SKULLS OF WRATH
In this episode I feature the full / stand alone interview with Beast In Black guitarist and mastermind, Anton Kabanen.
Fans of Finnish Heavy / Power metal monsters; Battlebeast- or certainly their first 3 albums, might be familiar with the sound/ feel etc of Beast in Black as Anton Kabanen also headed up the creative approach there as well.
I am a huge fan of Antons work; the power, energy and all the other elements he brings together makes for an easy transition into my favoured music collection. Oh, and I'm not even familiar with one of the major (non-music) inspirations, Japanese Anime- that is to say, I'm potentially missing certain contexts of much of the lyrical content, yet I can still thoroughly enjoy the music. 
https://www.facebook.com/beastinblackofficial/
http://beastinblack.com/
The interview is featured in the Skulls of Wrath podcast 3, as well as a very much abridged etc version appears in a youtube "Reaction" video I did (s…

Podcast #3

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Welcome to Skulls of Wrath Podcast #3.
In this podcast- the first from us in 2018, we wrap up 2017 with a run down on all (or certainly most) of the interviews I've done in the past year. (NOTE- The majority of these interviews were conducted under the banner of "HEAVY METAL WANAKA", our old name/brand;




The Skulls of Wrath Podcast #3 featuring interview with Anton Kabanen, guitarist and mastermind behind Finish Power Metal band, Beast In Black.


In NEWS:

It's a short news segment this time around, being the 1st show back in 2018 etc, but I touch on developments coming out of Wellington (NZ) band Scorn of Creation

https://www.facebook.com/scornofcreation

http://deadboyrecords.bigcartel.com/


AND I also mention something about a new E.P from Canadian band, The Order of Chaos.

https://www.facebook.com/TheOrderOfChaos/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aBOVN7_LII

Beast in Black: "Blind and Frozen"

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Welcome to 2018.

To kick things off, I made something similar to the so-called Reaction type videos for youtube. There's a little more to it, if you stick around until the end.

Stay tuned for the upcoming new podcast, our third as Skulls of Wrath, for the full interview with Anton Kabanen from Beast in Black (ex-Battlebeast.)

https://www.facebook.com/beastinblackofficial/