Podcast Episode 25: The Strength of Fear

Podast episode 25 marks back to back discussion episodes without a band interview. This hasn’t been done in a few months! It doesn’t mean we are done with the interviews we have tons lined up and lots of people to talk with. For this episode though we pile up the album discussions to three. We discuss debut albums from BC local progressive metallers Apprentice and Seattle heavy metallers Greyhawk. Both of which put out debut releases which are both stellar in their own ways.

I’m not sure if you have heard this already but Tool has released an album. It has been out now for almost a couple weeks and that has given us time to digest it and allowed our discussion to deep into what makes this album a top notch progressive rock/metal release but the legendary Tool Band. It has taken a long time for the band to get around to releasing this album and not without good reason.

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Terry Fox Run

The Terry Fox run is taking place September 15th at the Mission Sportsfield in Kelowna, BC. Richard is volunteering there and it would be great for people to come out get some exercise and support a fantastic cause! Registration is at 10:00am and the non-competitive run starts at 11:00am. Terry Fox truly was metal before the term was created.

Apprentice

In podcast episode 25 we discussed Apprentice’s debut album. They are coming to Kelowna on September 14th to Muninn’s Post and thought it would make for a good chance to listen to and discuss their album The Strength of Mortality before seeing their live show.

We clipped the album discussion and embedded it above for those who want to see just that section. We highly recommend listening to the album and consider coming out to any shows they may have going on near you.

They are on Spotify and also Bandcamp for those who want to support the band by throwing a few bucks their way in the digital world.

Greyhawk

A ripping good time is had by anyone who listens to Greyhawk. Somewhere between traditional heavy metal and power metal these guys find themselves the right spot of showing off their influences but not without their own flair.

Tool Band

Tool released a new album. The first in many years. 13 to be exact. How is it? What did we think? We dive deep into the album and exactly what it means to us and how it will be received by the masses of rabid Tool fans that are out there.

Thanks for taking the time to listen to podcast episode 25. It really means a lot to us as we continue to advance this project further into the realm of multimedia.

Greyhawk – Ride Out Album Discussion

Our neighbors from the south have produced yet another traditional heavy metal band! Greyhawk Ride Out review is here and kicking it 80’s style. Another release from last year that we are going over here but that doesn’t mean anything. My favorite saying, there is no such thing as old music just music you’ve never heard before. Yeah, if you are a continuous listener of the podcast I am sure you’ve heard that saying before and it won’t be the last time.

Greyhawk Ride Out Review

greyhawk ride out review

This review comes on the heels of our Apprentice album discussion which both come before their show here in Kelowna.

Hailing from Seattle these traditional metallers really wear their influences on their sleeves. Judas Priest, Dio, Manowar, there are so many influences heard here that it is hard not to enjoy this EP. For me it is Rev Taylor’s vocals that really stand out. His range is fantastic and should translate very well on the stage during the live experience.

The title track with its screaming solo, catchy chorus, fun melodic interlude and great outro all add up to a killer track. The skill level is high with these dudes. They do have a little bit of experience behind them to help reach this level with the bass player Darin Wall bringing lots of known experience with him to the band.

I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys shred on stage. I’m not deep into traditional heavy metal but I do highly enjoy and appreciate it. There is one thing I know about the genre is the bands that are nested in it always put on a great show.

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Now you’ve watched our Greyhawk Ride Out review video and read the little bit I added here. Maybe checked out some of their links. It’s time to listen to the EP below and throw them a few bucks in support!

Apprentice – The Strength of Mortality Album Discussion

Apprentice Review

Welcome to our Apprentice review of their album The Strength of Mortality. As I sit here with a cup of black coffee while listening to this album again for the first time since our recording I can truly say this is a real treat of an album. It has that raw energy and atmosphere of a new band. With that tho is so many styles and techniques that they sound like a well established band who are demoing out some new material.

The search for the familiarity continues. I still can’t quite place the vocal styles on whatever other band it was that Eric reminds me of. Either way the transitions from melodic to intense moments is great. The continuous melodies throughout the songs with the change in octave or smooth transition to a new melody is great and well enjoyed by myself and Richard. I’d also like to add that I enjoy listening to the more thrashier parts as the riff is continued but with a guitar melody over top. Top notch stuff with such potential of killer material in the future.

Apprentice review

The artwork is fantastic too. It was done by Everardo Sanchez which from a quick DuckDuckGo search I couldn’t find much about. If anyone out there knows more about his artwork could they drop me a line? It would be nice to see more by him.

This is their first full length album and third release listed on Metal Archives. The first two being a live EP and a studio EP both with the same songs (one extra on the studio EP). Both of which appear on the full length album as Order 66 and Desecrated Miranda.

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Apprentice review

Apprentice is coming to Kelowna this weekend (September 14) and that would be a great time, for those readers and listeners from the Okanagan, to come out and show some support. Buy some merchandise and allow these boys the opportunity to tour more and write/record more material.

If you can’t come out you can show some love to the band by purchasing their album and EP on their Bandcamp page.

Illyrian – The Entity, Unknown Album Discussion

This album slaps hard. It was a huge surprise for me to listen to this. I wasn’t sure what to expect leading into this as thrash metal isn’t my go to genre at all. Having said that when I do listen to the genre I always find myself having so much fun and really getting into the album or band that I am listening to. Illyrian is no different. It reminds me of the new West of Hell album (we even had Chris the Heathen on the podcast back in April) which is a fantastic ripper or the new Invicta album Halls of Extinction which is also a fantastic thrashy metal album.

illyrian the entity unknown

I’d really like to mention here just how awesome to solos are. Some are scaling shred-fests and some are slower and more melodic. Either way they are extremely impressive! It’s amazing that a band can only be on their second release and put out such a strong effort. Stand out solos for me include the closing title track The Entity, Unknown. It’s one of my favorite things to have the closing track of an album have a stand out moment. Be it the catchiest song, a ripping solo that pushes the skill level of the band or a unique song/track to close it out. Well, unless it’s one of those 10 minute droning tracks or a black metal ambient track. No thanks. I’ve even made some in the past and nowadays wouldn’t dream of it again if I were to go ahead and make more music.

Podcast Episode 24: Are We Not Your Kind?

We are now offering the podcast in both audio and video format. Audio podcast for those who listen while on the go and the video for those who want to watch us.

Illyrian album review! Not only did Illyrian recently release a new album but they are making their way to Kelowna on September 19th. So with that the team at Metal as Medicine has gone through and listened to their new album The Entity, Unknown and we lay down our opinions and thoughts on this thrashy death metal album!

Along with Illyrian we also cover the new Slipknot album and dive deep into discussing their entire discography and the band in general.

This also marked our first episode where we were testing the live stream! Yes, we will be live streaming our podcasts, producing them and releasing YouTube videos as often as we can. We have become a full-blown YouTube channel.

Illyrian album review

illyrian album review

This album slaps hard. It was a huge surprise for me to listen to this. I wasn’t sure what to expect leading into this as thrash metal isn’t my go to genre at all. Having said that when I do listen to the genre I always find myself having so much fun and really getting into the album or band that I am listening to. Illyrian is no different. It reminds me of the new West of Hell album (we even had Chris the Heathen on the podcast back in April) which is a fantastic ripper or the new Invicta album Halls of Extinction which is also a fantastic thrashy metal album.

I’d really like to mention here just how awesome to solos are. Some are scaling shred-fests and some are slower and more melodic. Either way they are extremely impressive! It’s amazing that a band can only be on their second release and put out such a strong effort. Stand out solos for me include the closing title track The Entity, Unknown. It’s one of my favorite things to have the closing track of an album have a stand out moment. Be it the catchiest song, a ripping solo that pushes the skill level of the band or a unique song/track to close it out. Well, unless it’s one of those 10 minute droning tracks or a black metal ambient track. No thanks. I’ve even made some in the past and nowadays wouldn’t dream of it again if I were to go ahead and make more music.

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We are not your kind

Slipknot, slipknot, slipknot. Of course the band that is pretty much a 50/50 split on whether or not they are actually metal. While listening to their discography over again I even held an Instagram Story poll last week and the results were almost split. Actually I think it ended up being one vote for YES. So there you have it. Metal as Medicine declares Slipknot a metal band. Well if we really want to split hairs and dive into the details they have only a handful of actual metal songs and are more hard rock or nu-metal (which is it really even a genre?).

So how is the album? I found it quite enjoyable and one of their better albums since Vol 3. Iowa is still my favorite album and what I believe to be their pinnacle moment. That album is just so raw and angry. There are a lot of great tracks and the lyrics and production just rip the listener a new one. Let’s not forget that this is a band so hyped up in North America that they really need to deliver on every aspect. Have you seen their live show? In person I have not but from what I have heard and seen in footage looks like a stellar show and pretty much exactly where they need to be experienced. Live.

Tortilla Man, who is he?

Slipknot has been in the news a lot lately. From the firing of a Chris Fehn, to Corey Taylor constantly being mentioned to WHO THE HELL IS TORTILLA MAN and why is he wearing an actual tortilla on his face?! Reddit will figure it all out. Those redditors always do.

Here is the video of the grandma at the Slipknot concert.

Stratovarius’ horrible video

So we go all over the place in this episode and discuss so many different genres and bands. Here is that horrible music video by Stratovarius:

Hammerfall did team up with the Women’s curling team to make a video for Hearts on Fire. It definitely wasn’t a few years ago. It was quite awhile.

Upcoming shows in Kelowna

September 6th: Seax, Hyperia, Lunattack, Warsenal, Eden Echo at Muninn’s Post.
September 14th: Apprentice, Greyhawk at Muninn’s Post
September 19th: Illyrian, Svneatr, Pharm at Muninn’s Post
September 21st: Empress, Friolento, Heavy Trip, High Horse at Muninn’s Post
September 22nd: Conjurer, The Hallowed Catharsis, Indecipherable Noise at Muninn’s Post
September 26th: Ugly, Plead and The Unending at Muninn’s Post
October 2nd: Vultures, BL00M, Phsycherelics at Muninn’s Post
November 2nd: Atavistia, Solborn, Nomad and Kronikill at Muninn’s Post
November 15th: Alestorm, Aephanemer, Nomad, Traceless Dimensions at Rutland Centennial Hall

Bands mentioned on this episode:

Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, ArkenFire, The Hallowed Catharsis, Truent, Liberatia, Technical Damage, No Faith In Fortune, Iron Maiden, Korn, Creed, Alter Bridge, Fear Factory, Motorhead, Morbid Angel, Circle of Dust, Dawn of Ashes, Zeromancer, Combichrist, KMFDM, Front Line Assembly, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Soilwork, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh, Dimmu Borgir, Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards, Iced Earth, Stratovarius, Hammerfall, Sabaton, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Megadeth, Twelve Foot Ninja, Ninjaspy, No Remorse, Korpiklaani, Amon Amarth, At the Gates, Revocation, Children of Bodom, Trivium, TOOL, Sonata Arctica, Betraying the Martyrs, Lost Horizon, Blood Red Throne, Arctos, Tales of the Tomb, Crystal Eyes, Into Eternity, Order of Chaos, Ashes of Ares,