Roots of the Great 1990s Major Label Metal Swindle on SiriusXM
Week of February 24, 2018
Sat 2/24, 6PM ET
Sun 2/25, 1PM ET
Mon 2/26, 9AM ET
Tues 2/27, 4PM ET
Thurs 3/1, 9PM ET
This week’s metal history lesson tracks the brief window between 1991 and 1996 when, anxious to get a grip on the next Metallica or even Nirvana, major corporate record labels signed or aided and abetted the extreme likes of Carcass, Napalm Death, Melvins, Celtic Frost, Sleep, Entombed, and several others. Did bigger budgets lead to compromise? Or were the majors taken for a ride by the headstrong upstarts? Or something between the two? Listen for yourself, and know your Roots!
For a thorough lesson in in five decades of heavy metal music, read CHOOSING DEATH: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, by Albert Mudrian.
MORBID ANGEL – “Angel of Disease” from COVENANT
ENTOMBED – “Wolverine Blues” from WOLVERINE BLUES
NAPALM DEATH – “Plague Rages” from FEAR, EMPTINESS, DESPAIR
CELTIC FROST – “Wine in My Hand” from VANITY / NEMESIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE – “Hammer Smashed Face” from TOMB OF THE MUTILATED
CARCASS – “Death Certificate” from HEARTWORK
MELVINS – “Honey Bucket” from HOUDINI
CANCER – “Who Do You Think You Are?” from BLACK FAITH
FUDGE TUNNEL “Suffering Makes Great Stories” from CREEP DIETS
SLEEP “Jerusalem (excerpt)” from JERUSALEM
CATHEDRAL – “Phantasmagoria” from THE ETHEREAL MIRROR
ROOTS is Sound of the Beast author and Bazillion Points publisher Ian Christe’s heavy metal history show on Sirius XM Liquid Metal ch. 40. Launched in June 2004, each weekly show examines another subgenre, band, movement, country, or theme in metal, punk, and heavy rock. Past episodes are available on-demand online from SiriusXM.com.