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Haunting the Studio

11pm - 1am Thursday with Dr. Rot & Prof. Flesh

Haunting the Studio

In the dead of night Dr. Rot & Prof. Flesh take you down the pits of horror and metal on Haunting the Studio, every Thursday from 11pm - 1am.

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Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Judas Priest - Stained Class

Time to get decked out in more leather and chains than could possibly be practical, we stepped back into the late '70s with one of two Judas Priest albums from 1978 - Stained Class. We discussed the 'look' of classic heavy metal that they pioneered, mixing in genuinely dark & serious themes with upbeat party tracks, and the idea of 'metal culture'.

Urchin - Countdown
Saturn - So, You Have Chosen Death
Budgie - Crash Course In Brain Surgery
Satan - Hear Evil, See Evil, Speak Evil
Def Leppard - The Overture
Motorhead - Dancing on Your Grave
Bad Axe - Mystified
Judas Priest - Stained Class (full album)

If we get back to Judas Priest, the other album from 1978 (Killing Machine) is high up the list alongside 1990s Painkiller for the album we cover.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

From an ancient cemetary illuminated by a blazing church we finally dug into black metal with Mayhem on their infamous debut, 1994s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. We discussed the bloody circumstances of the album's making, the cycles of extremity in the Norwegian blackmetal scene, portraying evil in music, and the production quality of the album.

Venom - Witching Hour
Carpathian Forest - A World of Bones
Deathspell Omega - Devouring Famine
Gorgoroth - Under the Pagan Megalith
Blut Aus Nord - The Son of Hoarfrost
Darkthrone - The Pagan Winter
Bathory - Reap of Evil
Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (full album)

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: The Darkest of Hillside Thickets - Dukes of Alhazred

We're partying with the Great Old Ones in the ruins of The Nameless City with Canadian Lovecraft nerds The Darkest of Hillside Thickets on their most recent album, 2017s Dukes of Alhazred. This was one of Professor Flesh' favourites albums of the show thus far. We dived with gusto into their unique take on punkish power pop, how their clear love of the subject matter translated into music, and having a laugh with Lovecraft.

Bitch - Skullcrusher
Blitzkid - Terror in the Haunted House
Bloody Hammers - The Witching Hour
Rob Zombie - Lords of Salem
Ghoultown - Under the Phantom Moon
Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla
Super Heroines - Night Stalker
1919 - The Hunted
UK Decay - Rising from the Dead
The Darkest of Hillside Thickets - Dukes of Alhazred (full album)

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

As winter starts to give way to spring down here we thought we'd dive into one of the most literally frigid albums ever recorded, Candlemass' behemoth 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. We dug into the pessimism of the album, the impact on the doom metal genre, the early metal scene in Scandinavia, and how the conditions under which the band recorded the album impacted its sound & feel.

Saint Vitus - Return of the Zombie
Flower Travellin’ Band - Hiroshima
Trouble - Wickedness of Man
Black Sabbath - Symptom of the Universe
Crypt Sermon - The Ninth Templar
Witchcraft - Deconstruction
Melvins - Agonizer
Cirith Ungol - Better Off Dead
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (full album)

There's no way we won't be coming back to Candlemass at some point, but hopefully we'll have worked our way through a fair chunk of the genre before we do. For those interested in the poorly conditions that went into the making of the album, this interview with Leif Edling on LouderSound is definitely recommended.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Brojob - Talk Shit, Get Kissed

We finally deviated entirely from the horror part of the show with Professor Flesh's first album pick for the show, Brojob's 2018 debut Talk Shit, Get Kissed. It also happens to be the first instance of deathcore on the show, ticking another little chunk of the metal world off the list which we might not otherwise have touched - which is always nice.

Job For A Cowboy - Misery Reformatory
Opeth - In The Mist She Was Standing
Sodom - The Vice of Killing
Kittie - Severed
Autopsy - Impending Dread
The Black Dahlia Murder - What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
Brojob - Talk Shit, Get Kissed (full album)

It's pretty unlikely that we'll ever get onto the -core genres of the 2000s and 2010s because it's not really either of our things, but we won't rule it out and at least a look at the early development of metalcore in the early '90s is probably on the cards. 

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Perturbator - I Am the Night

After a three week break due to Dr Rot being on bereavement leave, Haunting the Studio is up and running again. Been awhile since our last foray into synthwave so we put our cyber-upgraded heads together to talk about one the album that introduced Dr Rot to the genre - Perturbator's I Am the Night. We covered the gorgeous guest vocal performances on this album, the pan-media cyberpunk revival this album landed right at the start of, and the cultural inspirations the album (and cyberpunk generally) took from the urban disorder/crime films of the 1970s.

Magic Sword - In The Face Of Evil
DEADLIFE - Collapse Is Imminent
Orax - Ectoplasmic
Midnight Danger - Death Comes at Midnight
Carpenter Brut and Yann Ligner - Maniac (Michael Sembello cover)
Perturbator - I Am the Night (full album)

We will be returning to Perturbator at some point, given I Am the Night is arguably the least horror influenced album in their discography.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Yo, we're outta lockdown! And we've knocked off another titan in the metal world by having a crack at Iron Maiden, specifically their '80s prog-era, quasi-concept album Sevent Son of a Seventh Son. Steeped in the trappings of 20th century British mysticism, Seventh Son is one of the key albums in the early development of the prog metal genre along with being one of the bands most ambitious efforts. We took the plunge into their continued dabbling with prog, the fingerprints of Alastair Crowley on the album, and the arguable failure to pull together a truly cohesive story for the bands thus far only effort at a truly high concept album.

Dokken - Don't Close Your Eyes
Mercyful Fate - A Corpse Without A Soul
The Darkest of Hillside Thickets - Shoggoths Away
Misfits - Death Comes Ripping
Candlemass - Ancient Dreams
Fates Warning - The Apparition
Dio - Night People
Queensryche - The Warning
Savatage - Beyond the Doors of the Dark
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (full album)

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Wall of Silents - Looking Through Cadaver Eyes

For NZ music month we excavated the gritty sophomore outing by the self-described cigarette burn in the carpet of Palmerston North, Wall of Silents. Steeped in horror trappings and death rock aesthetics, 2008s Looking Through Cadaver Eyes is an album that could only be held off for so long on this show. Also, we're real pleased to have premiered a track for the first time with the leading track from Bulk Bogan's upcoming EP Suplex - cheers to 'em for giving us an advance copy, it's a ripper.

Bulk Bogan - Minotaur
Stalker - Satanic Panic
HEX - Witches of the Hex
Kaipirau - Patupaiarehe
Igni - The Path of the Dead
Souls of Hades - The Night
Blood Knight - Wasteland Wizard
Voice of the Black Pharoahs - Black Marsh
Demons of Noon - Mike
Filthy Lucifer - Cannibal Holocaust
Wall of Silents - Looking Through Cadaver Eyes (full album)

The interview on the defunct(?) local TV show Off The Stage, on the defunct(?) local station TararuaTV I might add, is somehow still online for those curious about the band. Bless local broadcasting, amirite? One thing I missed during the show which I should bring up is that the band also eerily reminded me musically (or at least vocally) of a less extreme Kettle Cadaver. Possibly just the extremely harsh, borderline death metal vocals over a much more traditional metal instrumental but there's something in that musically as well.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Annihilator - Alice In Hell

Get your sweat stained battevest and a jug of the cheapest beer available, we're finally doing a thrash album. Bucking the obvious choice of kicking off with a Slayer album or something by basically any of the big name German thrash bands, we instead decided to go with the Canadian heavyweights Annihilator's 1989 debut Alice In Hell.

Anthrax - Medusa
Venom - Countess Bathory
Destruction - Confused Mind
Acetic - Nailed to the Cross
Death Angel - Evil Priest
Megadeth - Last Rites/Loved to Deth
Overkill - Deny the Cross
Onslaught - Let There Be Death
Aggression - Blaspheming at the Altar
Exodus - Deranged
Annihilator - Alice In Hell (full album)

Quick note, though I'm not much of a fan of much of Annihilators output for the last couple decades we are pretty likely to come back to them at some point because I'd like to get to their 1990 sophomore album Never Neverland or their 1999 album Criteria for a Black Widow.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Alice Cooper - From The Inside

When one of the scariest men in rock 'n' roll faced down his own personal hell, severe alcoholism, he booked himself in and spent some time among the forgotten people of American society. When he came out, he wrote one of the best albums of the decade about the demons that haunted him and his fellow inmates. We took a reeaally deep dive into Alice Cooper's 1978 album From The Inside, which he wrote after an extended stay in a New York sanatorium.

Holocaust - The Nightcomers
Tokyo Blade - Night of the Blade
Twisted Sister - Under the Blade
Raven - Hell Patrol
Glenn Hughes - She Moves Ghostly
Bruce Dickinson - Dracula
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
Deep Purple - Vincent Price
Judas Priest - The Green Manilishi
Alice Cooper - From The Inside (full album)

We covered a lot of territory on this one, and even at that there was still more to talk about that we just didn't get around to. One thing that really needs said is the original album sleeve the vinyl record came in, which is one of the most clever uses of the packaging itself for a vinyl record - using a series of folding 'doors' to show the sanatorium and the people who live in it, all happening inside Alice himself. It's genuinely ingenious in its simplicity.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark

What if Ian Anderson was into Gardnerian Wicca? Blood Ceremony answer that question in spades and we dove into their 2013 album The Eldritch Dark. Easily some of the spookiest flutes that will ever play on this show.

Black Sabbath - Cornucopia
Angel Witch - Sorcerers
Flotsam & Jetsam - Escape from Within
Blue Oyster Cult - Nosferatu
Alice Cooper - Dead Babies
Budgie - Homicidal Suicidal
Thin Lizzy - Old Moon Madness
Uriah Heep - Too Scared to Run
Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark (full album)

A quick note that we might come back to Blood Ceremony at some point because I had a lot more to say about how the band build on British occultism and Gardernian Wicca in their music.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race

We did a death metal album! Given it's a horror and metal themed show it took us long enough, but we made sure to inaugurate death metal into the roster with one of the strongest metal albums of 2019 - Blood Incantation's arcane ancient Annunaki truth ritual Hidden History of the Human Race. I promise that at some point we'll get onto the real gory early '90s brutal death and grindcore, but that will have to be for later.

Death - Killing Spree
Celtic Frost - Inner Sanctum
Venom - Witching Hour
Rigor Mortis - Mummified
Spectral Voice - Thresholds Beyond
Iron Maiden - Revelations
Jaguar - Axe Crazy
Manilla Road - Return of the Old Ones
Slayer - The Antichrist
Cthe'ilist - Passage into the Xexanotth
Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race (full album)

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone

Dipping our toes into the works of mystical internet music man and in some respects godfather of meme culture Neil Cicierega, with his band Lemon Demon's 2016 urban legend synthpop odyssee Spirit Phone. Took the opportunity to talk a bit about how horror presents itself in a myriad ways, and the elasticity of what we consider to be horror.

W.A.S.P - Phantoms in the Mirror
Dance with the Dead - Eyes of Madness
Perturbator - Grim Heart
Diamond Head - Bones
Agent Steel - Into the Nowhere
Stormwitch - Priest of Evil
Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone (full album)

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: King Diamond - Abigail & Abigail II

A double album episode with one of the most haunted musicians in metal, King Diamond. We took a dive into his seminal 1987 concept album Abigail and followed it up with the sequel released some 15 years later, Abigail II - The Revenge from 2002. Had a chat about KDs skill as a storyteller with metal as his medium and the underappreciation of just how much guitarist Andy LaRoque brings to the band.

King Diamond - Abigail (full album)
King Diamond - Abigail II - The Revenge (full album)

There are some things that will change due to the lockdown and remain in place until at least Level 2, but on the listener end the only one is that going forward Dr Rot's gonna be joined by a new cohost - Professor Flesh. This is so the show can still have multiple people onboard throughout lockdown, the good Professor will stick around though not in every episode after this is over too.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend

Travelling away into the distant past to 1970 to spend some time with one of the earliest inspirations for doom metal, the self-titled debut of German prog rock pioneers Lucifer's Friend. And yes, I know, following a power metal episode with a prog rock episode is dangerous levels of nerd.

Deep Purple - Why Didn't Rosemary?
Necromandus - Orexis of Death
Tygers of Pan Tang - Hellbound
Danzig - End of Time
Darkstar - Spectre
Rush - The Twilight Zone
Van Der Graaf Generator - Necromancer
Pagan Alter - The Rising of the Dark Lord
The 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)
Dust - Learning to Die
Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend (full album)

I really recommend checking out the Lucifer's Friend official website, it's worth a nostalgia chuckle at the least.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Iced Earth - Horror Show

A power metal episode? Yup, a power metal episode. We traipsed through the crypts of classic horror cinema with Iced Earth's thematic 2001 concept album Horror Show.

Brocas Helm - Cry of the Banshee
Manilla Road - Necropolis
Helloween - We Damn the Night
Norden Light - No Escape
Grave Digger - The Reaper
Dio - Dream Evil
Iced Earth - Horror Show (full album)

A couple notes on the content of the album. Firstly a minor addition to the album info that on top of the recording done at Morrisound Studios a few extra recordings are credited to 'Schaffer Sound' studio (which is probably just Jon Schaffer's house).

Many of the lyrics are lifted from the films which inspired the songs on this album with the exceptions of Jack inspired by the real life murders of Jack the Ripper, Ghost of Freedom based on an original story by vocalist Matt Barlow, and Transylvania which is an instrumental Iron Maiden cover. The chorus to Wolf is adapted from a poem recited in 1941s The Wolf Man, the chorus to Damien is likewise lifted from The Omen while the spoken word section is adapted from a speech in Omen III: The Final Conflict, and Dracula includes a quote from Deuteronomy 12:23 likely pulled from the 1992 Coppola adaption Bram Stoker's Dracula.

I might add that my favourite song from the album, Dragons Child, happens to be inspired by one of my favourite classic horror films - Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Haunted Garage - Possession Park

Spat out of the late-'80s malaise of shock rock, budget Americana, and low-quality b-movie schlock that spawned the likes of Green Jello and GWAR; Haunted Garage never broke out of the underground LA scene it once dominated. We dug up their only full length album, Possession Park, to party in the graveyard with its blend of horror punk & crossover thrash.

Black Sabbath - Disturbing the Priest
Cloven Hoof - Cloven Hoof
Queensryche - Gonna Get Close To You
Def Leppard - Answer to the Master
The Plasmatics - The Damned
Bathory - Call from the Grave
Exodus - Strike of the Beast
Judas Priest - Grinder
Haunted Garage - Possession Park (full album)
Misfits - Bloodfeast
Mastodon - Halloween

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Carpenter Brut - Leather Teeth

Descending into the neon-washed, synth-fueled hell of late-'80s slasher + glam metal nostalgia with Carpenter Brut's grissly concept album/homage to the rock 'n' roll horror films of the era about a disfigured nerd who become a murderous underground metal icon.

Perturbator - Humans Are Such Easy Prey
Dance With The Dead - Scar
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - Brain Zero One
Ministry - Everyday Is Like Halloween
The Electric Hellfire Club - Invocation/Age of Fire
Terrortron - March to the Alter
M.A.D.E.S/Daniel Deluxe - Nightkiller (Daniel Deluxe remix)
Carpenter Brut - Leather Teeth (full album)
Type O Negative - Creepy Green Light
Alien Sex Fiend - Mine's Full of Maggots
Xetrovoid - Dark Streets

There isn't much available about Carpenter Brut/Franck Huesco either as a person or as a musical act, he's kept himself quite enigmatic in that respect. Nevertheless these interviews in GRIMM Gent, Decibel, and Vehlinggo were pretty useful. Also the films featured in the music video for Beware The Beast were Trick or Treat (1986), The Dungeonmaster (1984), Black Roses (1988), Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987), and Shock 'Em Dead (1991). Can't speak to the others but Trick or Treat at least is a pretty fun ride.

Haunting the Studio w./ Dr Rot: Black Sabbath - Headless Cross

Feeling the spirits of the damned in the air with Black Sabbath's forgotten cult-classic Headless Cross, from the oft. maligned or ignored Tony Martin era.

Wolfsbane - Killing Machine
Possessed - Shadowcult
Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales
Alice Cooper - Skeletons in the Closet
Kavinsky - Pacific Coast Highway
Twisted Sister - Burn in Hell
Black Sabbath - Headless Cross (full album)
W.A.S.P. - Tormentor
Blue Oyster Cult - Joan Crawford