Podcast Episode 99 – Decades – Volume 2 with Chris Vaglio

Posted in Audio, Decades, Feed on January 29th, 2015 by marsaries

This episode jumps right back into the Decades Series, this time around we are joined by Chris Vaglio a friend and college radio cohort from back in the early 90s. Although we had some technical glitches, thanks to having my Zoom H2 MP3 recorders setup as a back up, we were able to pull the interview off. During this episode we will visit tracks from the present, 2015 that is, and start jumping back 10 years at a time to 2005, 1995, 1985 and 1975. Both Chris and I pick some cool tracks, and discuss music that affected us, enjoy, etc. for each of the years in question.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear our selections, including sound samples from Angelus Apatrida, Municipal Waste, Down, Quicksand, S.O.D., Anthrax, Black Sabbath and Rainbow. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Podcast Episode 98 – Worship Spanish Metal – Angelus Apatrida

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews, Worship on January 14th, 2015 by marsaries

This episode is a new entry into the Worship Series, it focuses on the band Angelus Apatrida and metal music from Spain. The episode contains an interview with Angelus Apatrida’s Guillermo Izquierdo, and showcases music by the band, and others from their native Spain. Guillermo discusses everything from the band’s forthcoming album Hidden Evolution, touring Japan, to their upcoming tour with Suicidal Angels and Dr. Living Dead.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear tracks by Angelus Apatrida, Crisix, Toundra, Vita Imana, Hell’s Fire, and Wayne. Although not all of the track are available for sale, we remind you to support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Best Of 2014 Playlist

Posted in Spotify Playlists on January 10th, 2015 by marsaries

Just setup a playlist on Spotify with some choice cuts that came out in 2014. Will update if suggestions come my way, in the meantime here are 200 songs that I think is some of the best material to come out in 2014.

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Podcast Episode 97 – Best Of 2014

Posted in Audio, Feed on January 8th, 2015 by marsaries

This episode contains the top ten albums of 2014 as per host Victor M. Ruiz and his subjective taste. Here is a mock list that was put together in the vein of many metal sites that have to force their metal cred down your throats at every turn by concocting lists of the most extreme bands out there on the web.

1. Anal Fissure – Pain From Below
2. Putrid Rage – Still Trashing The Stage
3. Malevolent Flatulence – Bowels of the devil
4. Spontaneous Boredom – Attentive
5. The Fisters – In Through The Front Door
6. H.A.R.T.S. – Swedish Dirty Knights
7. Hermaphroditic Split – One Becomes Two
8. Vnder Grovnd Kvlt – Black Mammoth Pelts
9. Ear Peeler – If The Thrash Don’t Make Your Ears Bleed….
10. Left Ventricle – Vas Deference Last Pass

But seriously, check out the episode to find out what bands actually made the 2014 list.

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My Favorite Kiss – Guitarists Part 1 – Playlist

Posted in Audio, My Favorite Kiss on January 5th, 2015 by marsaries

If you want to check out the tracks Mitch, Chris, and Victor discussed during the first installment of the My Favorite Kiss series, you can check the songs out and judge for yourself here, just one track missing, the Best Buy exclusive from Monster, Right Here Right Now:

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Podcast Episode 96 – My Favorite Kiss – Guitarists Part 1

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews, My Favorite Kiss on December 29th, 2014 by marsaries

During this episode we roll out another new series called My Favorite Kiss. Joining us for this episode is Mitch Lafon of One On One With Mitch, and Chris Czynszak of the Decibel Geek Podcast. This first episode in the series pertains to Kiss guitarists, during the show we discuss Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Mark St. John. You’ll also hear plenty of other Kiss talk throughout the episode.

There is a slight glitch in audio during the episode, we apologize in advance, and have tried to recover as much of the original audio as possible.

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Classic Albums Column – Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell

Posted in Audio, Classic Albums Column, Feed on December 19th, 2014 by marsaries

This month’s Classic Albums Column focuses on Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell. Mars Attacks Podcast episode 95 features comments from former Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice, Charlie Benante, Gene Hoglan, Michael Wilton , Jon Schaffer, Sharlee D’Angelo, Ernie C, Alan Tecchio, Dave Reffett, author Martin Popoff, Mark Strigl from Talking Metal, and from One On One with Mitch Lafon, Mitch Lafon. As we established with the previous podcast we also discuss why this album was selected. You will find the podcast at the bottom of this post.

Remember that you can go here index page to find out further details on everyone involved in the column.

We are switching things up a bit, and offering this episode music free, if you want to check out the album Heaven And Hell, or the work by any of the artists featured in this episode, please use the links featured on this page.

You may check the album out on Spotify below, you may purchase it from here if you are so inclined.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – The thing about Sabbath is that whatever they did, whatever changes happened, the music never suffered for it. Ozzy, Dio, Gillan, Hughes, Gillen, they always had the best of the best. The Dio era Sabbath albums were classics.

Greg Prato – Heaven & Hell: Sabbath’s Ozzy era is responsible for countless all-time metal anthems, but you cannot underestimate the greatness of the 2 albums Ronnie James Dio did with the group in the early ’80s. In fact, I can honestly say I’ve listened to those 2 albums (‘Heaven and Hell’ and ‘Mob Rules’) nearly as much as ‘Paranaoid,’ ‘Master of Reality,’ etc. The guitar riff to “Heaven and Hell” is one of metal’s greatest, and Ronnie James Dio was one of the few soulful metal singers in history.

Dave Starr – A landmark album in metal. I think Sabbath sounded better with Dio, and Ozzy sounded better after he went out on his own.

Dan Lorenzo – I remember buying this album (yes, album) and being very curious to hear the combination of Dio and Sabbath. After listening to side one, I thought this may be the best Sabbath album ever. Ronnie is obviously a superior vocalist and the band sounded re-energized. Side 2 never really meant much to me. Not even close. I’m not sure I can think of any classic album where the first half of the record is so much better than the 2nd.

I also have a very clear memory of Twisted Sister playing a medley of Neon Nights, Lady Evil and one other song (I guess my memory isn’t THAT clear) from side one and Dee Snider just killing it vocally. Killing it in a good way. It might be hard to imagine Dee being able to handle those songs, but back when Twisted were a cover band Dee had more vocal range and handled RJD’s vocals commendably. When this album came out HADES were a cover band and we did Children of The Sea. I wanted to also cover Neon Nights, but there were parts of that song where the bass is louder than the guitar and I couldn’t hear the guitar chords.

On an unrelated note: Anthrax (who I’ve never really been a fan of) kick ass performing Neon Nights on the new Dio tribute cd.
Where was I? Oh yeah, the first 4 songs are monumental. The rest of the album is OK, but I still consider this a classic.

Chris Shrum – The original Classic metal album for all time.

Will Carroll – A question that has been asked backstage at DA shows-“Which album is better, Heavan And Hell or Blizzard Of Oz?” The answer has yet to be uttered. Thats how fucking AMAZING H&H is. I pick H&H.

Steve Smyth – One of the all-time classic metal albums! Strong songs, brilliant performances from Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Vinnie Appice, and the irreplaceable Ronnie James Dio. I love this album from start to finish! I actually was successful in convincing Forbidden that we should do a cover of this song,(soon to be released), and we do play it live every now and again, and get everybody to sing along. Great, great album! Neon Knights!

David Ellefson – This album ushered in a whole new melodic, yet heavy era for Metal music. Every song is flat out great on this record! “Neon Knights” is so catchy it’s hard to even call it Metal but yet it’s got everything a great Metal tune should have…a riff, moving bass lines and Ronnie James Dio!

Bat – I love this album, the title track again a classic, “Die Young” is another great track, fuck it the whole thing is brilliant.

Bruce Moore – Absolutely killer album. It was Dio’s debut in Sabbath and still ranks as one of my favorite Sabbath albums of all-time.

Patrick Kennison – I remember diggin the Dio sabbath more than the Ozzy stuff. He had an evil mystical quality to his voice that I really dug. Even though Ozzy created metal w/ Sabbath, Dio kept the torch burning bright.

Jose Izquierdo – I’m more of an Ozzy guy, I’ve really never paid attention to any other era of Sabbath. I’ve listened to Ozzy era to death, and still love it.

Peter Ellis – I have always been one of those people that actually prefer Sabbath with Dio behind the mic instead of Ozzy and to me Heaven & Hell is not only one of the best Black Sabbath album but one of the best albums in the history of Metal. This was the album that revived Black Sabbath and gave them new life at a time when it seemed their best days were behind them. The vocals from Ronnie James Dio on this album are a masterclass in Heavy Metal singing!

Jon Leon – I have always said and still maintain Sabbath truly became a metal band with this release and reaffirmed the argument they started heavy metal. Though Iommi did create the concept of scaring people like a horror film does musically and the sound of a power chord, early sabbath to me is hard rock, psych and garage. I feel Sad Wings by Judas Priest was the first Metal Album, with the Ripper and Tyrant being the first songs that really shape what Heavy Metal is to me….. This album to me, is when Sabbath and Dio both became “METAL” In rainbow DIO was not metal yet. It was progressive and cutting edge-but not metal. I think the NWOBHM inspired both sides to create the album that would set the tone for the whole movement. It was a perfect timing of events to have them all come together, be inspired and Metal would never be the same. The definitive Metal album. I would rate it one of the most important of all time in metal history . It, along with Back in Black and British Steel started something very special for the next few years and planted seeds that still reverberate. Every song is classic and it is the best work DIO or Sabbath ever did.

Joel Gausten – The title track features the best Metal drumming of all time. Such a deceptively simple groove that no other timekeeper has ever been able to properly duplicate.

Phil Rind – Black Sabbath Mach II. Neon Nights! First concert I saw was Mob Rules

James J. LaRue – Ronnie was one of the most amazing singers and performers in any style, a virtuoso and master. I don’t listen to Ozzy Sabbath at all, after hearing Dio. I never get caught up on how ‘classic’ something is, and always side with people who put in hard work to build their craft to amazing levels through study and practice.

Kevin Estrada – This album blew me away.  Another cassette that was in my pocket or the boom box at all times.  The band re-invented themselves with the addition of Ronnie James Dio – a new sound and new energy, and not to mention a new fan-base.  The first song I ever heard from that album was Die Young – it changed my life!

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Extra Video Episode – 001

Posted in Talking Metal, Video on December 3rd, 2014 by marsaries

This is a segment that was cut from episode 93 of Mars Attacks Podcast. The discussion took place between Mark Strigl of Talking Metal back in October regarding the news that Black Sabbath would be recording one last album in 2015. Although the news is a few months old, I thought it was still a cool conversation that others might want to listen to and discuss.

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Podcast Episode 94 – Worship Middle Eastern Metal

Posted in Audio, Feed, Worship on December 1st, 2014 by marsaries

Episode 94 of the podcast kicks off our Worship series. During the episode we are joined by Travis Beard who has put together a documentary called Martyrs Of Metal. The documentary focuses on District Unknown, the first Afghan metal band, and how they came together, and the subsequent highs and lows they encountered playing in Afghanistan. The documentary also focuses on what it is like to be a metal head in the middle east.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music from District Unknown, and other middle eastern bands such as Orpahned Land, Khalas, and Betzefer. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

You can also get a hold of the District Unknown at the following locations, Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify

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Podcast Episode 93 – Decades

Posted in Audio, Decades, Feed on November 20th, 2014 by marsaries

Episode 93 of the podcast helps usher in a new era for Mars Attacks, introducing the new series Decades. This musical journey will start in the present and go back ten years at a time revisiting all types of classic hard rock and metal. Joining us on the pilot episode of this series is the one and only Mark Strigl of Talking Metal.

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