Amazing Metal You’re Not Hearing – 6.30.12

Greetings all,

As you may or may not know, things are a bit slower around KSSU during the summer, and while I have taken the hot part of the year off, there are still plenty of awesome metal records dropping in stores near you.

Shall we go over a few in the first installment of AMYNH? (Pronounced “Amy-neh.”)

in this first post I will be covering some great albums that you may have missed by artists from the far off lands of Australia, Norway, France, Sweden, Canada, and Miami!

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Interview – Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

Fredrik Åkesson is the lead guitarist for the progressive death metal band Opeth. He is also known for his guitar work in numerous projects that include Arch Enemy, Tailsman, Krux, and Tiamat.

Åkesson is currently on tour with Opeth promoting the band’s latest album Heritage (which I was a fan of).

Here is a phone conversation we had in which we discussed the current tour with Mastodon, Mikael’s recent injury, the dark lyrical content of the band he had when he was nine, his favorite beers, and more. He even divulged the band’s post-festival season tour plans, although he is unsure if he was supposed to or not.

Listen to the full interview with clips from Åkesson’s work after the jump…

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Ovacord’s Top 25 Albums of 2011

Greetings all!

Your friendly neighborhood Loud Rock Director for KSSU here bringing you the list of my favorite albums of 2011.

See the full list here…

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New this week to KSSU Loud Rock – 9.12.2011


After an eight year gap and countless singer swaps between Joey Belladonna, John Bush and the relatively unknown Dan Nelson, Anthrax has returned with Worship Music. In some ways it is a return to form to the band’s former sign with both Bush AND Belladonna. Musically, it sounds super heavy like the Bush-era We’ve Come for You All (see: “In The End”) but retains the melody and thrash of Belladonna’s State of Euphoria (see: “The Devil You Know”). Old school fans should dig the first Belladonna ’Thrax since 1990 but later day fans might be put off by him. Regardless this record is awesome.

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Music Review: Opeth – “Heritage”

Opeth - Heritage





Following the release of their acclaimed Watershed and the longest wait between albums since the band’s inception 20 plus years ago, Opeth return with the Heritage which is sure to be a head-turner for a few reasons. For one, the album completely lacks growling vocals from frontman/founder/only consistent member/all-around cool dude Mikael Akerfeldt. This is by no means a jab at Akerfeldt though as he produces one of my favorite singing voices not just in metal but all any genre. I point out this fact knowing that there are a number of fans that will actually care about this. To these naysayers I must point out that it is not the first time the band has gone this route. Please see 2005’s masterpiece Damnation. [Read more…]

Music Review – The Devin Townsend Project “Deconstruction”

The Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction

By: Daniel Cordova (Ovacord)

Host of “Far Beyond Metal” on

The Strapping Young Lad ringleader has returned with his newest batch of of sonic madness, “Deconstruction.”  This comes just two years after his triumphant comeback to the metal world with the hook-driven (and frankly addicting) “Addicted” and his homage to new age and atmospheric music, “Ki.” Heavy Devy fanboys, or the casual SYL fan, will not be disappointed with the symphonic, chaotic, unrelentingly heavy new album.

Most Townsend albums are expected to vary slightly in style but “Deconstruction” takes the listener to the strangest places within the mind of a genius both lyrically and musically. This is part three of a series of concept albums that narrates a character’s quest to find the meaning of life. In this chapter the character comes face to face with the devil and finds his purpose in life is to be “The Mighty Masturbator,” or so the song would imply. The album’s opener, “Praise the Lowered,” begins with a calm electronic jam reminiscent tracks of the aforementioned “Ki” before erupting into a epic signature Townsend wall of sound. The song then bleeds into a “Ziltoid The Omniscient” esque “Stand” which features guest vocals from a fairly well known metal vocalist named Mikael Åkerfeldt from a little band called Opeth (yes, you read that right). In fact, every track excluding the album’s finale, “Poltergeist,” features a friend of Devin’s to help out.

Guests include vocals Paul Kuhr (Novembre’s Doom), Mikael Ålerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath), Ishahn (Solo, ex-Emperor), Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me, Tommy Giles), Joe Duplantier (Gorjira), Paul Masividal (Cynic), Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever), Oderus Urungus (GWAR), some drums by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), a guitar solo from Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), and Townsend’s alter-ego Ziltoid, Not since Ayreon’s “The Human Equation” has such an all-star group of metal musicians come together in such a great way.

Other awesome cuts would be the short but sweet Ishahn duet “Juular,”  the Strapping Young Lad Alien-era “Poltergeist” which closes the album and, my person favorite, the bi-polar “Sumeria.”

I give this wild ride of an album a 9 out of 10.

DTP will be on tour with Obscura and Septic Flesh as support for Children of Bodom. The tour hits Slim’s in San Francisco on June 25th. See you there.
Sidenote: See this man live whether it be DTP, Solo acoustic, or in the unlikely event of a SYL reunion. He will ALWAYS entertain!

Those interested in a taste should peep this video posted by Devin himself

“Deconstruction” hits stores on June 21st, 2011.

Hear a handful of tracks on over summer.