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Not Your Mother’s Swap Meet

Metalheads outside the Queen Bees raise their horns for the Metal Swap Meet in 2015
(Photo courtesy of  Blake Morgan on YouTube)

San Diego may not be known as the metal city… yet, but this fine ass city offers a place where heathens can ditch their lairs for a moment and let down their L’Oreal hair. No, it’s not a goat sacrifice or a demon conjuring, but the annual Metal Swap Meet in broad daylight! This year’s gathering will be held on April 29 and will usher in its eighth birthday with a bigger location and bigger everything ‘cause Texas ain’t the only well endowed state.  

Before the Metal Swap Meet became the grand heavy metal ball, it was an intimate gathering that was held at Brian Parker’s drive way. Who is this fellow, you ask?! Why he’s the Metal Swap Meet supreme overlord/creator, silly! Parker created a haven for metalheads with an itch for some good metal and goodies.

“I used to work at a record store called Blue Meannie Records. It specialized in heavy metal, and was a gathering place for local people into metal music.” Said Parker when he dished out the origin story on the Metal Swap Meet. “I enjoyed the social environment, as well as the social aspect. When the music industry depression hit, the store was forced to close. After a few years, I started missing that atmosphere.”  

San Diego Metal Swap Meet offering all the goods in vinyl format in 2015.
(Photo courtesy of Blake Morgan on Youtube )

Parker along with his friend and fellow overlord, Israel Pelayo, partnered up to launch the first edition before joining forces with Jared Wills. These three musketeers nourished this get-together and transformed it into a staple in the San Diego metal scene with the help of their dedicated and faithful henchmen/volunteers.  Metal Swap Meet flew away from North Park after outgrowing Queen Bee’s and  reached capacity with a whopping 1,200 attendees! This year, however, Parker and co. are ready to reign the Quartyard located in Downtown San Diego from 11-5:30 which is sure to reach their capacity of 1,500.

Admission for the annual gathering will be $10, no virgin’s blood or arm carvings needed! Why should you spend $10? Glad you asked. Remember how I mentioned that this year is BIGGER? Aside from the spacious location, this year they’ll be having more than 40 vendors, food trucks, an actual bar (for 21+, sorry kiddies) and meet and greets. So you can bring your mother, your grandmother… you know what, just have your family reunion here because ALL AGES ARE WELCOME. Some of the high profile sponsors are none other than Metal Blade Records, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Dark Descent Records.

Once you gathered your fam, enjoy a musical set from DJ Katon W. de Pena who is also the vocalist of veteran thrash band Hirax. Did you love his set and Hirax? You can tell him yourself at the meet and greet! Pena is not the only legend gracing the greet by the way. This meet will also include the original Dark Angel vocalist Don Doty, former Metal Blade Records VP/ legendary music producer Bill Metoyer who has worked alongside many greats such as Slayer and Morbid Angel, and Nunslaughter vocalist Don “Don of the dead” Crostley.

Slaytanic killin it at the 2015 Metal Swapmeet at Queen Bees

Do you idolize Iron Maiden and their beloved Eddie? Well now you can meet and worship Eddie’s father, artist Derek Riggs who will be selling his very own prints and art book. And added to the meet and greet is none other than the Metal Swap Meet After Party headliners, Superjoint! The guys will be signing at 3:30 PM at Brick By Brick’s booth, you just gotta purchase a goodie from their booth before 1 PM to get the coveted wristband. Now, a BIGGER party needs a BIGGER closer right? So this year’s Metal Swap Meet reeled in Power Metal legends Jag Panzer to blow out this party’s candle and leave you ripped with epicness and merch! *Muscles and loin cloth not included. Good time guaranteed.*

Can’t wait for the 29th and wanna pre game really really badly?! No worries, the Soda Bar’s got you covered with the Metal Swap Meet’s official Pre-party on Friday, April 28. Feast on death metal from locals Condemned, Eukaryst, Sergulath and catch all the rogue waves with Dethsurf. REMEMBER, the fun does NOT end after the Metal Swap Meet. Assuming you’re not too high on all the metal goodness ahead of us, chill at the Brick By Brick and take a big hit of Phil Anselmo’s Superjoint at 8 PM! Be sure to get your tickets ASAP ‘cause tickets to this smoke circle are running out!

“In the future, I’d like to have heavy metal industry people giving music lessons, and tips. Also Comic Con style panels.” Said Parker when asked what his hopes are for the Metal Swap Meet’s future. “I’m a metal geek, and that’s stuff I would enjoy, and I don’t think I’m the only one.”

The Ugh Metal team along with the legion of rabid metalheads can confirm that you are not the only one, Mr. Parker. So be part of this fun metal shindig and see ya there with our horns held high!

Wanna Be Part of Our New Segment?!??

Kicking off this segment are Nattevakt, from our backyard... literally. (L to R: Bassist/backing vocalist Brydø, vocalist/lead guitarist The Lunacy and drummer/backing vocalist LaVey)
Kicking off this segment are Nattevakt, from our backyard… literally.
(L to R: Bassist/backing vocalist Brydø, vocalist/lead guitarist The Lunacy and drummer/backing vocalist LaVey)

UP AND COMING/UNSIGNED BANDS AND MUSICIANS OF PUNK, AND METAL (Industrial and Goth are welcomed too!) LEND US YOUR EARS!

It’s not all fun and games and beers in the life of an unknown band or musician, which is why we would love to help you get willingly exploited! 😉

If you have new and brootal music and not enough people to indulge on it, send us any new material you have lying around the ol’ demo bin to our email address below. You can also be our brazen but psycho EX and cyber stalk us…by messaging us through our Facebook page with the goods you gots to offer.

ONE MORE THING. In order for us to properly wine and dine you and show you off to our friends, don’t be shy and tell us a little bit about your band. If you’re a strong and independent  musician who don’t need no band, tell us about your musical conquests. A little bio never hurt anyone and bios are bae. 🙂

Can you smell the beer and the rock stardom?! We can’t but doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! We may not get to everyone but we will try our best to keep up and shine the spotlight on different  bands and musicians.  Whoa there!!!! Settle down guys! Don’t rush all at once….

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Ugh Metal Presents: The Best Albums of 2016

WARNING: Some of the following albums did not have the pleasure to be reviewed by us, but they were certainly doted on.

We have finally crossed the finish line in to 2017! 2016 will go down in history and infamy (depending on how you see it) but not all was bleak and surreal because the devil sent us a lot of fine albums down our chimney… Here’s our top 5 best albums.

Chuggo’s Pick

5. Death Angel- The Evil Divide AND Testament- Brotherhood of The Snake

Bare with the Klown a bit, he had a tough time truly pinpointing what the best was. After all, yours truly is the primary judge of the album reviews for Ugh Metal. But the number five spot kicks off with the underrated Bay Area Thrash legends, Testament. This album has been out for a month and immediately had the Klown blasting this mother a little too much. It was great and it proved that Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick have no plans of slowing down.

Death Angel, on the other hand, had this permanent two legged New Year’s party really high. The Klown loves Death Angel and for some reason still remain underrated, the best thing about this album was the fact that Death Angel explored something they’re not entirely known for. What the Klown speaks of is speed, nothing wrong with Death Angel’s usual M.O. but this time they really wanted everyone to know of their return with a vengeance. This album was angry but therapeutic.

Favorite Song(s): Death Angel: The Moth, Father of Lies and Lost

Testament: The Brotherhood of the Snake, The Pale King and Stronghold

Death Angel and Testament can not divide the crown
Death Angel and Testament can not divide the crown

 

4. Nails- You Will Never Be One Of Us

What can the Klown say? This album was an adrenaline junkies’ dream! From beginning to end it was pure testosterone and mayhem… and it was fucking awesome. This album was highly anticipated before its release and it delivered! 1000%! Todd Jones showed the world that whether the tracks are seconds long or up to 8-plus minutes, the results are all about quality not so much quantity. But most importantly, when “You Will Never Be One Of Us” was set as the first single, you knew you were in for a treat and know that Nails were beginning to set the bar high!

Favorite Song(s): The whole album

nails album cover

3. Avatar- Feathers And Flesh

Before you judge, this judge, the Klown is well aware that he didn’t give a verdict to this album. To be fair, Ugh Metal wasn’t born yet at the time of this release. With that said, allow the Klown to tell you peeps that he loved this album. My clown-like mentor, Johannes Eckerström, did a great job showing off his mastery of his vocals and eccentricity to us Americans! When the Klown first heard “The Eagle Has Landed” he was entranced and wondered who they were when his YouTube Music randomly played it… then of course, the radio soon followed. Unfortunately, Avatar have been given the Rammstein treatment here in our humble abode. “Du Hast” isn’t the only song Rammstein has, just like Avatar has more songs to offer than “The Eagle…” Rock 105.3! So when yours truly invested on the album, he was blown away!

Favorite Song(s): New Land, Tooth, Beak & Claw, For the Swarm, Fiddler’s Farewell and Black Waters

Ladies and gentlemen, our heroes have returned again...
Ladies and gentlemen, our heroes have returned again…

 

2. Fleshgod Apocalypse- King AND Vader- The Empire

Alright… the Klown won’t invest too much time on Vader. Don’t get the Klown wrong, he loved the album but not enough to take the number one spot. That’s due to the fact that it’s been out for a little over a month! Still, he loved the shit out of this highly anticipated album! It definitely made him believe that Welcome to the Morbid Reich had found an equal. But most importantly, he also rated this album.

With that said, the Klown will talk about another album of the pre-Ugh-Metal existence, Fleshgod Apocalypse’s King. Since he heard about the album’s development last year, he was stoked and giddy like a children’s party clown! Of course, when “The Fool” came out, the Klown knew that he was going to be in for a treat of epic proportions. It was incredibly imminent once their intro track “Marche Royale” began and finished. This Italian powerhouse, proving that you can take the Italians out of Italy but not the Italy from the Italians, give you class without having to sacrifice your headbanging, moshing and horn-raising tendencies. Fleshgod Apocalypse brought some elegance with their Soprano opera singing beauty, Veronica Bordacchini, and gave her and their pianist, Francesco Ferrini, a platform on their seventh track “Paramour (Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden).”

Favorite Song(s): Fleshgod Apocalypse: In Aeternum, The Fool, Mitra, And The Vulture Beholds, A Million Deaths and Syphilis

Vader: Angels of Steel, Genocidius, The Army-geddon, Feel My Pain, Parabellum

Vader and Fleshgod Apocalypse were two powerful empires that reigned together.
Vader and Fleshgod Apocalypse were two powerful empires that reigned together.
  1. Abbath (Self Titled Album) AND Dark Funeral- Where Shadows Forever Reign

Just like the previous, the Klown will not invest too much time on Dark Funeral because its an album he rated. Since his verdict, the Klown hasn’t really stopped playing this dark masterpiece. Just to give you peeps an idea, the Klown unchained his ears and speaker volume, when he heard “Unchain My Soul.”

On that note, allow the Klown to place the shared crown on this black metal legend’s head. Abbath released his self titled debut album on a pre-Ugh-Metal album era, which was January and since then, I haven’t stopped playing it. Thankfully, one of the masters of Bergen, Norway released this masterpiece in 2016 and gave us a much needed touch of epicness for what already began to look like a gloomy year. Abbath gave us some Immortal and the short lived supergroup I, followed by some more original material. Most importantly, he unleashed his inner Rob Halford and gave it a touch of kvlt. Just to conclude this coronation, whether or not you are “kvlt” this album spoke volumes and demonstrated why Abbath is a legendary king, even if his departure from Immortal wasn’t.

Favorite Song(s): Dark Funeral and Abbath,The whole album.

Abbath and Dark Funeral will share the icy throne as #1
Abbath and Dark Funeral will share the icy throne as #1

Honorable Mentions: *Rotting Christ- Rituals, Anthrax- For All Kings, Hatebreed- Concrete Confessionals, Darkthrone- Tundra Leech, Soulfly- Archangel, Nephilim – Disciplined and Witchery – In His Infernal Majesty’s Service

*Chuggo’s Note: A mea culpa is in order for the underrated and legendary Rotting Christ. Before the list was finalized, he thought Rotting Christ’s Ritual was a 2015 release. Boy… does the Klown need a new hobby; it should have been a top 5, because he loved that album! Nevertheless, they deserve a mention because it was a superb album and shows that these Greeks’ gifts need no precaution!

Jenny Oh’s Pick

  1. Lordi- Monsteroephonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)

Regardless of how you feel about bands that have a specific gimmick, you will love these guys if you enjoy a good dose of keyboards with a dash of some old school heavy metal… but not too old school! In Monsterophonic these Finnish monsters return back to the nostalgia along with their recurring theme of b-horror movies making it a scary, good ride!

Favorite Song(s): Hug You Hardcore, The Night The Monsters Died, Mary Is Dead, Let’s Go Slaughter He-Man.

Lordi invades Earth in time for Halloween with "Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)"
Lordi invades Earth in time for Halloween with “Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)”
  1. Avatar- Feathers and Flesh

These guys have been quietly bubbling beneath the surface and have finally made their grand entrance in to American airwaves (I’m looking at you “The Eagle Has Landed”). These Swedes have been at it for almost 16 years and grabbed everyone’s attention with Feathers and Flesh because it’s as eccentric and entertaining like their vocalist Johannes Eckerström. Avatar adds a much needed lightheartedness and fun in to metal and fearlessly play with different musical styles in this album.   

Favorite Song(s): The whole album!

Ladies and gentlemen, our heroes have returned again...
Ladies and gentlemen, our heroes have returned again…
  1. Abbath (Self Titled Album)

ABBAAAAAAATH! He blew me away much like the rabid arctic winds with his debut self titled album. The moment you hear the distinct and orgasmic riffs of “To War” followed by “Winter Bane” you know its game over. Whatever your feelings are about Abbath’s new solo endeavors, you gotta give credit to where credit is due. Abbath is seething with raw pent up energy and oozes kvlt. It was an exciting and mind blowing start for this Norwegian Black Metal legend and let me just say, I can’t wait to see what Mr.Abbath will craft next.

Favorite Song(s): Winter Bane, Ashes Of The Damned, Nebular Ravens Winter.

Abbath
Abbath returns with a vengeance.
  1. Pain- Coming Home

This album had the ability to take you on a journey of debauchery and growth. Coming Home had all the good stuff we can all relate to and tapped in to the most common and primal desires. For those that have explored the world and have gone through hell and heaven and back, “Coming Home” will tug at your heart strings and voices that yearning we all have to return to where we came from. Mastermind and vocalist, Peter Tägtgren, has been a very busy man and after five years, he still managed to create an album that will slowly creep into your brain and voice your most basic wants. It was a fun, dirty and wide-eyed little album with a heart of gold. Peter Tägtgren is bae!

Favorite Song(s): Coming Home, Call Me, Black Light Satellite, A Wannabe… THE WHOLE DAMN ALBUM!

The artwork for Pain's 8th studio album "Coming Home"
The artwork for Pain’s 8th studio album “Coming Home”
  1. Rotting Christ- Rituals

 There’s so many things to say about this particular album and not enough syllables, intonations and words in the English language to express my feelings about Rituals. This is why I will state it in Greek. Jk! I’m not that talented or cultured but I will say this, listening to this album felt otherworldly and casted some serious magic. These Greek extreme metal vets have been creating dark, theatrical and heavily underrated masterpieces for 30 years and have yet to get the praise they deserve. Rituals will change your life and will make you dust off your ceremonial robe or prepare for battle!

Favorite Song(s): In Nomine Dei Nostri, The Four Horsemen, Konx Om Pax.

Rotting Christ reigns supreme in my countdown!
Rotting Christ reigns supreme in my countdown!

Honorable Mentions: Vader-The Empire, Serpentine Dominion, Okilly Dokilly, Thrown Into Exile-Safe Inside, Sonata Arctica- The Ninth Hour, Ghost- Popestar (EP), Death Angel- The Evil Divide, Opeth- Sorceress

A Message From Chuggo

Allow me to sit on my lawn chair, smoke my pipe and sit by the heat of my garbage can fire, which I have started to start to address the following.

*clears throat* Hello, y’all! I’m not even going to guess when or what time of the day, you decided to read this “PSA.”

As you all may or may not have known, there was a tragedy that took place in Vienna, Austria during the Rock In Vienna festival, on Sunday night. Austrian news site, The Local reported a 47 year-old Swedish man drowned on Sunday night right after the Iron Maiden performance. According to Vienna.at, the man decided to go for a swim on the Danube River to cool down and frolic after Maiden’s performance. Now this is the part where this drunken sack of failings gets concerned: The man was drunk, or so the authorities claimed through wien.orf.at, when he decided to go for the swim in the Danube. The tragedy worsened when the Swede was caught in a whirlpool in the middle of the Danube and though his girlfriend made an attempt to rescue him officially died at the hospital after briefly recovering consciousness.

First off, no one parties hard and chugs harder than this mother lover. Despite of how this news sounds like, this walking frat house reject still felt like he had to express some concern. If you guys are gonna drink, be sure to be safe. I, sure as hell, am not the best example of this. I’ve done plenty of things while under the influence. My male stripping career was cut short because of it; damn you, Channing Tatum! Magic Mike was supposed to be about me! Yes, the media may have portrayed this as an irresponsible and careless act because of the events that took place prior to the incident. However, the bottom line is that when figuring out what led to the events prior can be significant factors that can help figure out root causes. In this case, whether this fellow headbanger was really shitfaced or barely had a drop, EMTs and authorities will look at it as a factual and probable key factor to his demise. I’ll digress and leave you with this, have fun and PLEASE be responsible. You live everyday but you die once. As the most interesting man told me personally after seeing my stripping routine ages ago, stay thirsty, my friend but be responsible.

In Memorium: Nick Mensa A Mega Icon

On Saturday night, May 21st of 2016, this drunk clown became Pagliachi. Don’t expect you to know that reference, but much like the global metal community, I too was sad to hear about the passing of the former longtime Megadeth’s drummer, Nick Menza.

Menza’s death took the world aback upon hearing that his passing was not only unfortunate but sudden during his third song performance with jazz-based band, OHM, at the Baked Potato in Studio City, California.

Before this klown informs you, the reader, about Menza’s cause of death, a quick memorandum of his contributions to metal is in order. Although, he partook in a few musical projects throughout his whole career, Menza will always be known as a former member of Megadeth.

Menza’s percussions thundered through four Megadeth albums, most notably Rust In Piece and Countdown to Destruction. Despite his departure with Megadeth after the album, Cryptic Writings, he and front man/guitarist, Dave Mustaine still remained close.

“We, like all brothers, would disagree at times, but our bond was strong throughout,” Mustaine said of Menza, in a recent interview with Guitar World Magazine. “We’ve been in touch all along, he had come out to our shows recently, and he had remained a great friend, a true professional and a larger-than-life personality.”

Megadeth
Nick Meza was the drummer in Megadeth from 1989- 1997. Left to right are David Ellefson, Marty Friedman, Nick Menza and Dave Mustaine.

Life after Deth, was a bit of a swerve for Menza and experienced some hardships. Upon Menza’s departure from Megadeth in 1998, a tumor on his right knee temporarily derailed his drumming career. In 2007, Menza almost lost an arm in a power saw incident that required surgery and metal plates to fully heal.

The autopsy revealed that Menza’s death was nowhere near drug related taking away a stereotype often associated with the deaths of heavy metal/rock stars. Despite Menza having dabbled with narcotics in the past, he had been clean since 2008. The infamous gossip news site TMZ was one of the first sources to shed light on his death, revealing Menza succumbed to heart disease.

Despite the setbacks the drummer endured in life, he continued his musical career and persevered. From joining Orphaned to Hatred in 2006 to his recent reunion with Chris Poland, former Megadeth guitarist, when he joined OHM. Menza proved that music was in his blood, no matter the roadblocks in his way. By next month, Menza, alongside with J. Marshall Craig planned to release a biography titled MenzaLife. No word whether or not it would still be released next month.

“I miss it,” Menza told the podcast The Wave Northwest. “I miss the playing part of it, very much so, in front of the big crowds and just rocking people and having people come up afterwards. That’s the only part of it I miss.”

And we will miss you, too, Nick. Rest in peace.