Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kai's Metal Dungeon playlists September - December 1999

When I was in college, I had a radio show. It was on a 300-watt station in the middle of the night and heard by the best approximation of just about nobody, but it was something to do, and it was the expression that I could do, at least of myself as a metalhead in a context where the numbers of such could be counted on one hand. For the first season, in the fall of '99, I taped every show, until I realized I wasn't going to do anything with them and stopped. In the third stage of my closet clearout (CDs are done, VHS tapes are done, cassettes are next, DVDs are after that), I ended up digging them out again, and while I still have no desire to listen through them again and hear crap versions of songs I have on CD, interspersed with my fumbling 19-year-old voice mangling PSAs and decade-old news, the content listings are interesting.

I wrote down the content of all but one of the shows (#4, a memorial for Erik "Grim" Brødreskift, who died that week, which was devoted to bands he played in; mostly early Borknagar and Gorgoroth, but if I recall correctly some very early Immortal in very bad recording was in the mix as well) and only lost the tape from show #5, so what remains is 12 cassettes' worth of information on how a 19-year-old from the last generation of metalheads to grow up in isolation, still finding his feet but unaware of quite how little he knew, programmed a midnight college radio show at the turn of the century. Feel free to laugh at the programming choices, but it's still of historical interest: nowadays, everyone everywhere is plugged into the same scene and understands the same canon the same way. It's a lot harder to be in this kind of state where you hear a selection of stuff based largely on luck and have to make the connections yourself.

Most of the content is pretty mainstream; bands that I don't expect everyone to have strong familiarity with are linked, except Pyrogenesis, who have like completely disappeared off the internet.

Show #1
Borknagar - The Eye of Oden
Old Man's Child - The Millennium King
Sigh - Hail Horror Hail
Emperor - Opus A Satana
Arcturus - Wintery Grey
Blind Guardian - Lost In The Twilight Hall
Manowar - Guyana (The Cult of the Damned) [live]
Satyricon - Mother North
Nokturnal Mortum - Bestial Summoning
Iced Earth - Diary
Hypocrisy - Until The End
Burzum - Om Ring Til Herske
Blind Guardian - Into The Storm
HammerFall - Steel Meets Steel
Einherjer - Far Far North
Flotsam & Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
Destruction - The Pink Panther
Destruction - Life Without Sense
Metallica - The Small Hours (cover)
Manowar - Kings of Metal

It should surprise no one that I opened my first broadcast with a song off The Olden Domain. This may be the only time anyone has ever played that particular Nokturnal Mortum track on the radio.

Show #2
Hypocrisy - Roswell 47 [live]
Emperor - I Am The Black Wizards
Incantation - Desecration of the Heavenly Graceful
Metallica - Am I Evil? (cover)
Blind Guardian - Tommyknockers
Borknagar - Dauden
Destruction - The Ritual
Kataklysm - Eternal, I Reach Infinity
Gorgoroth - Maneskyggens Slave
Morbid Angel - Invocation of the Continual One
Type O Negative - Day Tripper
Metallica - Fade To Black [live]
Manowar - The Demon's Whip
Nokturnal Mortum - The 13th Asbath Celebration
Tartaros - Dark Red Light Upon The Bones
Bifrost - All Creation Wept...
Dawn - Everflaming

I had a stupid bug in my ear about Incantation that I thankfully had got out at this point. I have to give up needling my friend with the all-Manowar kutte, though; I seriously played "The Demon's Whip" over the air?

Show #2.5
Blind Guardian - Bright Eyes
Bathory - Blood And Iron
Metallica - One
Manowar - Kingdom Come
Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
Katatonia - Murder
Pyrogenesis - Son of Fate
Type O Negative - World Coming Down
Iced Earth - I Died For You
Noktural Mortum - Gates of Basphemous Fire
Emperor - Thus Spake The Nightspirit
Bifrost - We Dance Till Dawn!
Dissection - Night's Blood
Sigh - Curse of Izanagi
Morbid Angel - Covenant of Death
Borknagar - The Black Token
Old Man's Child - Behind The Mask
Iced Earth - Disciples of the Lie
Metal Church - Beyond The Black
Manowar - Blow Your Speakers

This was a fill-in for the other metal DJ, who was in his last active season and next-to-last semester. This is also the first point where spending hours in the station listening to stuff after signing off and turning off the system actually made any impact on the show.

Show #3
Rosicrucian - Edge of Silence
Morgana Lefay - Maleficium
Nokturnal Mortum - The Forgotten Age of Victories
Emperor - The Source of Icon E
Borknagar - The Winterway
Einherjer - Far Far North
Einherjer - Naar Hammerern Heves
Einherjer - Naar Aftensolen Rinner
Gorgoroth - Begravelesnatt
Gorgoroth - Crushing The Scepter
Gorgoroth - Ritual
Gorgoroth - Drommar om Dod
Gorgoroth - Katharinas Bortgang
Gorgoroth - Huldrelokk
Gorgoroth - (Under) the Pagan Monolith
Gorgoroth - Maneskyggens Slave
Mayhem - Silvester Anfang
Mayhem - Deathcrush
Mayhem - Chainsaw Gutsfuck
Mayhem - Witching Hour
Mayhem - Necrolust
Mayhem - (Weird) Manheim
Mayhem - Pure Fucking Armageddon
Manowar - Kings of Metal [live]
Manowar - Herz Aus Stahl [live]
Manowar - Metal Warriors [live]
GWAR - The Road Behind
Morgoth - Odium

This was a theme show; as you can see, much of the content was from playing the EPs/short albums Far Far North, Pentagram, Deathcrush, and Live in Germany down in order. This is the first show with any repeated content from previous shows, something I was trying to avoid.

Show #6
Nokturnal Mortum - [several]
Borknagar - [several]
Burzum - [several]
Satyricon - Transcendental Requiem of Slaves
Incantation - Unheavenly Skies
Emperor - The Wanderer
Flotsam & Jetsam - Flotzilla
Old Man's Child - Wounds From the Night of Magic
Iced Earth - 1776
Bal-Sagoth [several]
Savatage - Prelude to Madness
Mayhem - Silvester Anfang
Manowar - [several]
Morgana Lefay - Nemesis
Sigh - Pathetic
Sigh - Burial
Blind Guardian - Weird Dreams
Morbid Angel - Disturbance In The Great Slumber

The liner notes on this tape are incomplete, probably because it was a memorial for one of my friends who had died recently and I wasn't especially thinking straight. Most of the content on this is instrumental.

Show #7
Iced Earth - Angels' Holocaust
Blind Guardian - Another Holy War
Iron Maiden - Total Eclipse
Morbid Angel - Dominate
Sigh - The Zombie Terror
Dark Angel - An Ancient Inherited Shame
Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
Bal-Sagoth - The Splendor of a Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon of the Hyperborean Empire
Bal-Sagoth - The Splendor of a Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon of the Hyperborean Empire (part II)
Emperor - I Am The Black Wizards
Nokturnal Mortum - Under the Banners of the Horned Knijas
Morbid Angel - Where The Slime Live
Hypocrisy - Osculum Obscenum
Samael - Black Trip
Bal-Sagoth - Dreaming of Atlantean Spires
Sigh - Beyond Centuries
Incantation - Ethereal Misery
Satyricon - Du Som Hater Gud
Emperor - Decrystallizing Reason
Iced Earth - Disciples of the Lie
Hypocrisy - Inquire Within

It should be apparent by this point that I had only the one Incantation record, and was rationing it out song by song. Contrast to firm evidence of three Bal-Sagoth records in this one broadcast.

Show #8
Nokturnal Mortum - Veles' Scrolls
Manowar - Achilles; Agony and Ecstasy In Eight Parts
Enslaved - 793 (Slaget om Lindisfarne)
Incantation - Unto Infinite Twilight, Majesty of Infernal Damnation
Sigh - The Last Elegy
Bal-Sagoth - Into The Silent Chambers of the Sapphirean Throne
Metallica - Mercyful Fate (cover medley)
Opeth - Nectar
Iced Earth - Dante's Inferno

This was a theme show on long songs; nothing under 10 minutes. The Manowar song written mostly for Deena Weinstein to have something to point to is not, and was not, worth the 28 minute runtime.

Show #9
Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
Amorphis - Forgotten Sunrise
Borknagar - Universal
Blind Guardian - Tommyknockers
Nokturnal Mortum - Kolyada
Emperor - Cosmic Keys To My Creations and Times (EP version)
Morbid Angel - Blasphemy
Centurian - Blasphemy (cover)
Morbid Angel - Blasphemy (remix)
Dawn - Diabolical Beauty
Arch Enemy - Tears of the Dead
Centurian - God Got Killed
Hypocrisy - Adjusting The Sun
Nile - Stones of Sorrow
Emperor - Witches' Sabbath
Nile - Rameses, Bringer of War
Iced Earth - Last Laugh [live]
Apocalyptica - Master of Puppets
Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
Arch Enemy - Bridge of Destiny
Hypocrisy - Request Denied
Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
Bathory - Blood And Iron

This show broadcast on the 20th November 1999, so I picked up Centurian's Of Purest Fire EP sometime in the week before. Lulz. I probably got the Wrath of the Tyrant reissue that week as well.

Show #10 tape 1
Blind Guardian - The Last Candle
Arch Enemy - Black Earth
Exhorder - Legions of Death
Hypocrisy - Request Denied
Emperor - An Elegy of Icaros
Borknagar - To Mount And Rove
Metallica - The Thing That Should Not Be [live]
Iced Earth - Pure Evil [live]
Emperor - I Am The Black Wizards
Hypocrisy - The Final Chapter
Manowar - Guyana (Cult of the Damned) [live]
Iron Maiden - Kill Me Ce Soir (cover)
Iced Earth - Creator Failure
Metal Church - Beyond The Black
Borknagar - Oceans Rise
Savatage - One Child
Flotsam & Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
Megadeth - Train of Consequences
Arcturus - Wintery Grey
Savatage - Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)
Blind Guardian - Welcome To Dying

This was the last show of the semester, so in what would become a tradition -- mostly because there was nothing after me, ever, and I could get away with it -- I stayed in overnight and kept broadcasting rather than turning the transmitter off at 1 AM or whatever. Hence the four tapes; there was a fifth, but there were no notes on it.

Show #10 tape 2
HammerFall - I Want Out
Megadeth - Family Tree
Bolt Thrower - Ritual
Dark Angel - Never To Rise Again [live]
Emperor - Thus Spake The Nightspirit
Megadeth - A Tout Le Monde
Blind Guardian - Nightfall
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Iced Earth - Dante's Inferno
Manowar - Fighting The World
Megadeth - Victory
Arch Enemy - Tears of the Dead
Satyricon - Forhekshet
Nokturnal Mortum - Kolyada
Bal-Sagoth - Return to the Praesidium of Ys
Rammstein - Seemann
Bathory - Blood And Iron
Einherjer - Far Far North
Borknagar - Fandens Allheim

Show #10 tape 3
Old Man's Child - Funerals, Swords, and Souls
Burzum - Om Ring Til Herske
Celtic Frost - The Heart Beneath
Cathedral - A Funeral Request
Unleashed - Countess Bathory (cover)
Master - America The Pitiful
Forbidden - One Foot In Hell
Death - God of Thunder (cover)
Brujeria - Padre Nuestro
Cynic - Uriboric Forms
Fear Factory - Martyr
Body Count - There Goes The Neighborhood
Iron Maiden - Mission From 'Arry
Metallica - So What (cover)
Mayhem - Necrolust
Centurian - Invoking Hell
God Dethroned - Bloody Blasphemy
Bifrost - Dreaming The Dark
God Dethroned - Execution Protocol
Bifrost - Without Soulcontrol
God Dethroned - Soul Capture 1562
Metallica - No Leaf Clover [live]
Nevermore - Beyond Within
Blind Guardian - Bright Eyes
Old Man's Child - The Millennium King

In these dead hours, I took full advantage of the 'nobody is listening to be offended' thing. Those who somehow own the At Death's Door II comp from Roadrunner will see the cheat I used to pick up a bunch of diversity in here, including a wicked, wicked rare Death cover.

Show #10 tape 4
Nokturnal Mortum - Cheremosh
Arch Enemy - Vox Stellarum
Hypocrisy - Roswell 47
Metallica - One
Iced Earth - Watching OVer Me
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Metallica - Fade To Black [live]
Borknagar - The Winterway
Hypocrisy - Until The End
Iced Earth - A Question of Heaven [live]
Manowar - Bridge of Death [live]
Hypocrisy - Adjusting The Sun
Blind Guardian - Lost In The Twilight Hall
Celtic Frost - Nemesis
Dark Angel - Trauma and Catharsis
Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
Manowar - Achilles; Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts

At this point my brain was probably shutting off; note the default back into 'hits' material and also playing the half-hour of Manowar again so I can try and figure out wtf to do with the rest of the runtime.

This is the all of it; all the information that remains anyway. This was what the show that became Point of Impact in its last five seasons was at the start, and if the delivery and diversity of the show improved, the style stayed more or less the same.

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