Mixtape: New Directions in Bay Area Heavy Metal

This episode first ran on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Metal_Mixtape_2017.mp3 Download: Mixtape: New Directions in Bay Area Heavy Metal (Podcast #418) With the Bay Area's history as a breeding ground for significant heavy metal bands, it's probably not a surprise that emerging Bay Area bands are continuing to find new and compelling ways to cross-pollinate metal's many strains. Succumb and Funeral Chant, for example, are contorting black metal and death metal into unpredictable new sounds. The former band's first LP, arriving on reliable local label The Flenser, debuted to widespread critical acclaim; the latter group's murky, lo-fi demo tape, with its warped, unsettling [...]

Halloween is coming, and so are the tribute bands

Halloween really brings something out of the Bay Area's local bands, because there are a ton of Halloween-themed shows happening this week. But while some groups may throw in a cover or two, or wear costumes on stage, others are going the extra mile and performing full tribute sets celebrating great artists. Tribute bands, as it turns out, likely get a bad rap most of the year because the bands they're celebrating aren't very good; when the right tributes are presented, they sound pretty appealing. Here are five tribute band shows to consider this week. Any other great tribute shows [...]

Mixtape: The Heavy Sounds of San Francisco Metal

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Heavy_Metal_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: The Heavy Sounds of San Francisco Metal (Podcast #346) We don't cover San Francisco heavy metal very much at TheBayBridged.com, but it's not for a lack of music worth talking about. For several decades now, the San Francisco Bay Area has played a significant role in the evolution and growth of heavy metal. Metallica might be the most obvious significant Bay Area metal name to the uninitiated, but, over the years, groups like Neurosis, Hammers of Misfortune, Slough Feg, Ludicra, and Sleep (to name just a few) have pushed heavy music forward in a variety of directions. [...]

Shredification: Floating Goat Double Up

Local outfit Floating Goat is bobbing up and down in the metal ocean, somewhere in the vicinity of its tenth anniversary. Usually a fixture of San Francisco's sweat-stained stages, their raucous jams and distinctive, steer-horned drumset have been absent lately, but with good reason - time not spent onstage has been spent in dark lairs around the Bay, crafting Spawn of Poseidon/Suburban Anxiety, an ambitious new double LP. The ten-year milestone can be a dubious distinction, especially when a long shelf-life leads to frustration or musical calcification. For Floating Goat, the opposite is true: the songs on the new album [...]

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