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The “Bunkerpoon After Dark” is a bit different than the usual Metal Nerdery Podcast format. It’s stripped down, bare, naked, and not unlike “The Triangle”, it’s unredacted, unfiltered, and completely raw. There’s not a lot of production quality, no shittah, no clinkies, and no beers of the episode, but it’s pure unbridled Metal Nerdery madness at i…
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After catching Damage Inc. live in concert a few weeks back, we felt inspired to investigate the vast conglomeration of artists who have performed their own cover versions of songs originally written by the biggest cover band to have ever blessed heavy metal, the mighty METALLICA. Even though METALLICA have come a long way from their old school “di…
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Before OM and High On Fire, there was the marijuana infused, Sabbath worshipping, stoner metal power trio hailing from San Jose, California known as SLEEP. Just saying the name transports you to a land filled with THC infused riffs, the sweet aroma of sinsemilla, and enough smoke to indicate that the pyramid sized bong is fully loaded and ready to …
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Ahhh, the joys of 1994 and the youthful days of yore. Y’know, there was a time when 1994 actually seemed relatively “recent”, like maybe a couple of decades ago, but we’re actually 30 years beyond 1994, the year when Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in his garage, Quentin Tarantino released an ultra-vulgar display of cinema with “Pulp Fiction”, Sony forev…
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It’s safe to say that 1990 represented the absolute zenith of thrash metal greatness. All you have to do is thumb through everything released that year and you’ll have irrefutable proof. Thrash was at its peak when SUICIDAL TENDENCIES unleashed their 5th studio album, LIGHTS…CAMERA…REVOLUTION! their first to feature “future Metallica bassist” Rober…
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Although they formed in Ventura, California in the early 70’s just a few short years after Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, CIRITH UNGOL (which, if you know anything about J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings lore, translates to mean “Spider’s Cleft”) sound like a band “out of time”. Whether they’re releasing 70’s sounding albums in the 80’s or …
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With the release of their 4th album (a.k.a. one of the finest albums in thrash metal history), MEGADETH conquered new levels of greatness with their progressive thrash masterpiece RUST IN PEACE, featuring Marty Friedman on guitars and Nick Menza behind the drum kit who, along with founding members David Ellefson and Dave Mustaine, would become know…
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After hair metal all but destroyed heavy metal in the late 80’s and early 90’s, things were a bit grim. Grim in the same sort of way that Birmingham, England was grim in the late 60’s. Perhaps one of the silver linings to emerge out of the make-up and hairspray laden aftermath of glam was the down to earth, retro metal infused sounds emerging out o…
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Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Metal Nerdery Podcast “Bootleg Edition” series, recorded deep within the echoey underground confines of The Bunkerpoon, direct from The Bunkerpoon video feed. While we strive to be “The Black Album of Podcasts” (in terms of sheer production quality), we decided to see what it might sound like if Bob Rock prod…
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Given that it was produced and released without the band’s involvement (and likely lacking the front to back awesomeness it would have otherwise possessed), WE SOLD OUR SOUL FOR ROCK ‘N’ ROLL was “technically” BLACK SABBATH’s 7th release; a greatest hits compilation covering “The First Six” albums from the legendary Ozzy Osbourne era of the band. H…
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Spring, 1991. Thrash had hit its apex as a genre and was beginning the transition into what would become “the next wave” of thrash with a sound and identify located somewhere between the thrash, groove, and death metal genres. With SEPULTURA’s 4th album, ARISE, emerging a mere 2 years after their 1989 thrash masterpiece, Beneath The Remains, the Br…
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1984 was the year that saw the introduction of the Apple Macintosh, the launch of the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference, and the year the world learned of the terrifyingly destructive potential of A.I. courtesy of Skynet and The Terminator. 1984 is more than just the title of George Orwell’s cautionary, dystopian novel or Van Halen’s wil…
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Originally formed in the thrash metal mecca known as The Bay Area a year before Metallica was even a thing (shortly before relocating to the Tri-County, metropolitan Seattle, Washington realm), METAL CHURCH continues to bless congregations of faithful metal fans with their own unique brand of thrash infused progressive power metal which has relentl…
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“And in THIS corner…” Already knowing (going in) that our 1988 HEAD-TO-HEAD DEATH MATCH was gonna be “bigger than China”, the Bunkerpoon oversight committee made the executive decision to break this “hog” of an episode into a two-part cliffhanger dangler. At this point, we’ve covered side 1 and now we’re tackling side 2 of Metallica’s …AND JUSTICE …
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The Bunkerpoon is all about passion and “Love Excretions”. Enjoy all the likes and the loves of this year’s Valentines Day Massacre and Happy Valentines Day to all! Help Support Metal Nerdery https://www.patreon.com/metalnerderypodcast Leave us a Voicemail to be played on a future episode: 980-666-8182 Metal Nerdery Tees and Hoodies – metalnerdery.…
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“In THIS corner…” Throughout the thrash community, there’s always been a battle line drawn between the progressive, harmony laden sensibilities of METALLICA and the darker, eviler shades of SLAYER. For many of us, the two albums from these two thrash titans that are most synonymous with summertime and high school are Metallica’s …AND JUSTICE FOR AL…
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Back in the early 90’s (along with hometown thrash titans Ghost Story, Akathesia, and Nihilist) one of the most unique bands to have dominated the local metal scene and trailblazed the path for rap metal before it was even a genre was Atlanta cross-over, groove metal pioneers, STUCK MOJO. Armed with the aural onslaught of Rich Ward’s behemoth guita…
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Eleven years before Metallica released “The Black Album”, AC/DC released “The FIRST Black Album”, BACK IN BLACK, their seventh studio album overall and their first album featuring new vocalist Brian Johnson following the tragic and untimely passing of former frontman Bon Scott. While AC/DC always had an aggressively intense, hard rock sound through…
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When addressing the concept of the THRASH FAMILY TREE, there should be a handful of bands and musicians which immediately come to mind. This week’s docket is a reflection on the vast interconnectedness of the THRASH FAMILY TREE, consisting of The Big Five of Thrash and beyond. Whether we’re talking about musicians snatched up by other bands, replac…
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As of this episode, we will have covered each and every era of every EXODUS vocalist, from Paul Baloff to STEVE “ZETRO” SOUZA to Rob Dukes (and back again) to ZETRO. As the 2nd vocalist for EXODUS, STEVE SOUZA’s voice gave the band a distinct sonic ferocity which set them apart from their “Big Five” counterparts, spewing forth some of the most brut…
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If you thought this episode was going to be all about early Metallica, early Anthrax, or early Slayer, SURPRISE, it’s not! While the above bands do in fact belong under the same umbrella, CLASSIC METAL (relative to today’s heavy metal landscape) falls right in that sweet spot from the late 70’s through the 80’s, when hard rock began its transformat…
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November 18, 1983 Put your ’83 hat on and travel back to the days of yore when OZZY OSBOURNE was still a relatively new solo artist struggling to bounce back after enduring the tragic and untimely demise of guitarist Randy Rhoads following The Ozzman’s first 2 legendary albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Enter Jake E. Lee, Rhoads’ succe…
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Not only were VAN HALEN effectively “the Black Sabbath of shred” but they ultimately paved the way for the L.A. hair metal shred scene that exploded during the 80’s. Not only is this episode an ALBUM DIVE into the first VAN HALEN album (by none other than the mighty VAN HALEN), but If you’re into “reading books with your ears” then check out the au…
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8/21/1990 Relative to earlier ANTHRAX albums, PERSISTENCE OF TIME has a more aggro sound than any album before it. The darker mix and overall vibe represent a departure from their previous albums, with an infusion of S.O.D. along with more progressive sounding elements. Perhaps the most memorable things that stand out about this album in the persis…
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Whether it’s the Kool-Aid man crashing through walls with refreshments, Macho Man Randy Savage snapping into Slim Jims, or James Hetfield just being the most affirmative frontman in all of metal, YEAH is the common denominator among these men of greatness. In our quest for the SOURCE OF THE YEAH, we felt obliged to produce our most positivity infus…
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After 39 years, LIVE UNDEAD may still be one of the finest recorded moments in SLAYER’s budding thrash legacy, capturing a “kinda live” re-recording of the best parts of their hugely successful Metal Blade debut (SHOW NO MERCY) and their follow-up EP (HAUNTING THE CHAPEL) in a room full of rowdy, surly, and occasionally unruly, die-hard SLAYER fans…
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Before CORROSION OF CONFORMITY gifted us with their signature “Southern Fried Sabbath” sound, the metal world was first introduced to BLIND, a unique blending of thrash, doom, and stoner metal tempered with heavy foundations built on straight-up Sabbath worship. Clearly a progression from the punk & hard-core centric sound of earlier COC and their …
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“You know I've smoked a lot of grass, Oh Lord I’ve popped a lot of pills…” – The Pusher Since before the dawn of heavy metal, RELAXERS have been a recurring theme in song lyrics. Whether revered with praise and appreciation or reviled through tales of tragedy and woe, one cannot deny the obvious power and impact RELAXERS have had on heavy music thr…
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“Sure, God’s all-powerful, but does he have lips? Whoa…” It was the early 90’s, and the landscape of metal was undergoing a transformation. Hair metal was effectively dead and gone, the popularity of thrash was rapidly approaching its zenith, and ALICE IN CHAINS were well on their way to becoming one of the most recognized bands in the world, thank…
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“You have to watch it with your ears and listen with your eyes…” There’s a multitude of reasons why we need time travel technology, but the most pressing one is so we can go back to our high school years and re-discover the NOLA based thrash-groove force of nature known as EXHORDER. While EXHORDER may be one of the more obscure artists from the thr…
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LED ZEPPELIN III might just be one of the most perfectly ideal albums for fall as it contains all of the essential components of fall: subtle stoner vibes, a folksy, medieval, Tolkien-esque feel, and a general all around magical and mystical nature. It’s a vastly unique album and is (sonically speaking) more radically different than anything else i…
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“That devil stuff just freaks me out, man…” It’s October, which means it’s Halloween season and the haunted realm of ghosts & ghouls, werewolves & witches, vampires, goblins & zombies will soon be taking over. It also means a brief review of some classic horror cinema and enough sugar to (quite literally) reanimate the dead. To properly commemorate…
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September 7, 2018 One of the finest albums of the fall season that deserves space in your autumn playlist (right alongside everything Sabbath & Zeppelin) is PIG DESTROYER’s 2018 work of grindcore perfection, HEAD CAGE. While the Alexandria, Virginia based grind lords are one of the most recognized bands of the genre, HEAD CAGE has a more “mainstrea…
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November 3, 1992: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s self-titled debut injected some much-needed angst & social awareness into metal in the early 90’s with their own unique brand of vitriolic, sonic vengeance aimed at the corrupt power elite responsible for negatively impacting sociopolitical and corporate landscapes the world over with complete impunity. …
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Who: King Parrot, Lamb of God, & PANTERA What: One of the finest heavy metal concert experiences EVER When: Tuesday, September 12, 2023 Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheater - Alpharetta, Georgia Why: For the celebration of The Abbott Brothers history & legacy On this night, thousands of loyal Atlanta metal fans made the pilgrimage to behold the spectacl…
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“That’s something you could remember to forget later…” One of the most profound things about heavy metal is its natural evolution over time. It’s never forced and somehow everything just flows together with perfection, like some intelligently designed, supernaturally endowed, cosmic jigsaw puzzle. Similar to the way Pantera picked up the baton for …
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“Awww mannn…” As of the recording of this episode, we were hyping ourselves into a frenzy to get fired up and ready for the upcoming PANTERA show (with King Parrot and Lamb of God opening) at the Ameris Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Georgia on September 12th, 2023. And as of the publishing of this episode, we will have already borne witness to the aw…
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September 29, 1986: By this point in time, nearly 2 years had passed since the release of Powerslave and nearly a year had passed since Live After Death was released, commemorating the World Slavery Tour of 1984-1985 that cemented IRON MAIDEN as one of the most legendary bands in all of metal. And just like with any other advancements forward impac…
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If you were to blend the dark, heavy riffs of Sabbath & Zeppelin with the straight-ahead power of AC/DC and then add the incredible vocal crooning style of The Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison, mixing everything with a generous infusion of punk rock angst and Halloween themed, gothic horror vibes to tie it all together, the end result would be DANZIG, …
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The 1970’s is one of the greatest decades in the history of the development of modern metal. Back in the 70’s, it was not at all uncommon to get 2 albums from the same artist within the same year! During the 70’s, you’d drop the needle on the record, turn on the lava lamps and the black lights, indulge in your preferred relaxer of choice, and be in…
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“Let it ring out…okay turn it off now…” Way back “during the late 1900’s” (1998 to be precise), METALLICA released an updated volume of various cover songs by various artists of their youth via GARAGE INC., a 2-disc set (that’s compact disc, btw: those were still pretty popular “during the late 1900’s”) including one disc of brand new cover tunes a…
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It’s always a treat to talk about “hometown” metal, especially when it’s one of the heaviest, most modern, progressive metal bands in the entire genre. Actually, to call them “prog” might be a bit misleading, although “progressive” is certainly an apropos descriptor for the shared artistic odyssey which Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and…
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With a little guidance from Loudwire’s Dumbest Best Metal Band Names listicle, we decided to take the offramp into the offbeat and investigate the most off-kilter, ODDBALL metal bands with the most outlandish names and over the top aesthetics ever to bless metal. Whether it’s the band’s look, their theme, or the simple hilarity of “what’s in a name…
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Less than a year after the release of the crushingly heavy & near flawless masterpiece known as their self-titled debut album, LED ZEPPELIN released their sophomore follow up, LED ZEPPELIN II, on the 22th and the 31th of October 1969 (in the US & UK, respectively). While something of a departure from the blues-centric focus of their debut, LED ZEPP…
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Given the recent release & fanfare surrounding the remixed and remasterized 40th anniversary edition of LIVE EVIL, the “first official” live album from metal founding fathers BLACK SABBATH and the last official album to feature RONNIE JAMES DIO on vocals (until 1992 anyway), we felt obliged to share our own personal experiences regarding LIVE EVIL,…
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QOTSA, aka QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, began back in the late “Nineteen Hundreds” in Seattle, Washington following the breakup of Josh Homme’s former band, desert metal legends Kyuss. With a wide array of sonic textures, layers, and sound design sorcery ingrained within their music, as with Kyuss, QOTSA is another prime example of a band whose albums …
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This episode is dedicated to one of a handful of times in thrash metal history where the first two albums have two totally different singers, giving the illusion of two totally different “first new albums”. And since this is an episode of firsts, we felt that diving into BONDED BY BLOOD (the first album with Paul Baloff on vocals) and PLEASURES OF …
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If you’re gonna describe a riff to somebody…” There are a multitude of MOUTH SHAPES that exist all across the rock & metal landscape, many of which we’re pretty certain you’ve never heard of before in your life. Sure, there’s the typical FLAHNS & DJUNTS. (And thanks to Pantera, there are even super djunts!). But did you know about the muns, the bun…
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July 27, 1979 Perhaps one of the most brilliant & haunting albums of AC/DC’s 1970’s output, HIGHWAY TO HELL shows the band at their peak with the most polished production of their career thanks in no small part to the production genius of Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Not only is it the perfect finale to the Bon Scott era of the band, but it perfectly …
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Summary: Prepare to travel back in time and embrace the dayglo technicolor of the 1980’s, a time when Miami Vice impacted fashion, the PMRC became the best promoters of heavy metal in the world, and JUDAS PRIEST achieved mainstream success and popularity with a shift towards bigger, heavier, more modern metal soundscapes which has become their call…
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