A quiet Saturday afternoon at one of Wanaka’s multiple new subdivisions.
On the brief commute to work in central Wanaka, I spotted a rather distinct cloud formation that, at that point in the morning, seemed to me to resemble- well, I kinda explained the joke in the photo…
By the time of writing this, we’re more or less up and running over on our re-branded podcast Skulls of Wrath.
We’ve changed names, mostly due to that fact that we were becoming increasingly aware that “Heavy Metal Wanaka” was not representative of what we had intended for the podcast- or rather it was too evocative of an operation that was outside the bounds of where we saw ourselves.
I am, of course, fully aware that within the spectrum of Heavy Metal, as a music genre, branding and titles hold little specific weight in and of themselves- beyond certain niche genre protocols, and that any seemingly nonsensical (i.e. out of context) name will/can be given life and value by the band. For example, just think of some massive legends of the genre; Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Pantera etc, the power and appeal etc of the name / brand is the work, blood, sweat & tears of the bands behind the name.
It is bearing this in mind that I feel more comfortable moving forward with the podcast under the, again, seemingly nonsensical, if not a touch cheesy (in a heavy metal sense) name of Skulls of Wrath.
The Audio only portions of any Heavy Metal Wanaka podcast or interview are lost, due to administrative failures of our previous audio host; luckily, from the outset I made sure to try and include versions posted to Youtube- freely available for anyone for listen to.
Speaking of Youtube, through all the upheaval of rebranding, we will be maintaining the same youtube channel / page, albeit with a title change, so in theory all the old links should still remain valid.
Welcome to the Heavy Metal Wanaka Podcast, episode 3 (S3).
In this episode I speak with NZ heavy stoner / desert rock band Hault. The full band is on the line, Mike, Sean & Grant, talking all about the band, their self titled EP (out now!) and more!
The second interview this episode is with Lupus, guitarist and vocalist for hard retro rock band Kadavar. Their new album, Rough Times, is out now!
Other segments, beyond the Q&A nonsense, is an impromptu Album Recommendation for Auckland band Setentia’s debut album “Darkness Transend”
Also, I saw Black Sabbaths “The End of the End” Live movie / Doco in a theatre. Was cool, I talk about it for a minute or two.
Welcome to Heavy Metal Wanaka.
Here I feature my interview with Hault- a Wellington, NZ based stoner rock band vocalist & guitarist Mike, bassist Sean & drummer Grant, i.e. the full band.
As they say, their heavy stoner sound fuses the 70’s heavy metal with the 90’s grunge sounds.
Welcome to the Heavy Metal Wanaka Paodcast for Episode 2 on Season 2. This time I feature interviews Helmuth, vocalist for Austrian Blackened death metal band Bephergor, talking about their new album, “Totenritual”.
Also, I have my talk with Nicolas Delestrade from French progressive metal band, Novelists, talking about their new album ‘Noir”.
In addition to that I have a product review of some Grimfrost Beard Oil (&comb) from grimfrost.com
As well as a wee talk / run down on the recently new Slipknot movie, and it’s one day only screening in cinemas- that I managed to catch.