Razorcake Podcast #195: With Kurt Morris

Jan 20, 2012

Razorcake Podcast #195: With Kurt Morris

Metal was the first non-mainstream genre of music I got into. In middle school I had some older friends that got me into metal (Christian metal, at that! Don’t ask—it’s a long story). Eventually, I found my way into hardcore and punk and, in the process, realized there were a lot of quality (non-Christian) independent metal bands, too. Metal still holds a special place in my heart due to its ability to express the rage and aggression I often feel, even though I’m way past my teen years. (It never really goes away. You just learn to live with it.)

So I present to you some of my favorite independent metal songs (plus Slayer, because, well, they’re Slayer.) Hope you hear something you like!

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High On Fire, “Devilution” (Blessed Black Wings, Relapse)
Cave In, “Juggernaut” (Until Your Heart Stops, Hydra Head)
Converge, “Cutter” (Axe to Fall, Epitaph)
Misery Index, “Occupation” (Traitors, Relapse)
Famine, “Consume, Devour, Repeat” (The Raven and The Reaping, Solid State)
In Flames, “Ordinary Story” (Colony, Nuclear Blast)
Zao, “There is No Such Thing As Paranoia” (The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here, Ferret)
Coalesce, “A New Language” (Functioning on Impatience, Second Nature)
Pig Destroyer, “Gravedancer” (Terrifyer, Relapse)
Slayer, “Cult” (Christ Illusion, American)