Q: What's a Pantera? A: 1) A class of jungle cat 2) A bitchin' Italian sports car 3) One of metal's most influential and kick-ass bands 4) All of the above. If you answered 4, you are correct! And we're talking about them all! But mostly that last one. This week we discuss; the hairspray and Disco Owl Demons involved in 'I Am The Night' (1985), smoking a honey-dip joint to 'Cowboys From Hell' (1990), Chris Pratt's favourite metal album - 'Vulgar Display Of Power' (1992), the at-least-heavier-than-Lionel-Richie 'Far Beyond Driven' (1994), and Phil Anselmo's Boomhauer-esque stage banter on 'Official Live: 101 Proof' (1997). We also touch on Devin's legit trypophobia, Fraz's love of Dunkaroos, and if getting punched in the face thirty times for $300 would be worth it (SPOILER: it would). It's an episode so full of southern flair and all-day aggression, you'll be positively pawing at yourself by the end! WHATIDJA SAY?!
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Set those Home Alone traps and bleach those anuses, it's time for the GWAR episode! Devin and Fraz have a real swell time talking all things Scumdogs of the Universe, from their discography and origin story to their has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed live act to their appearance on the Joan Rivers Show. This episode's discussion also includes but is not limited to: the GWAR comic book, viking funerals, how the 90's were a decade of farts, which movie Devin saw nine times in the theatre, and just how sweet a GWAR/No Doubt collab would be. Devin spends most of the show under a dark metal cumulous cloud of airborne influenza, but Fraz makes up for it with cool action figure ideas. We make a Slipknot/GWAR comparison. We discuss how GWAR's costumes look like melting Disney mascots. AND we give shout-outs to classy Vancouver musicians Devin Townsend and Woolworm! In short, this one has it all. Why are you my mom? GWAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR.
Well, we kick off our first proper episode in too long by gathering around ye olde youtube machine and watching a lizard squirt blood from its own eye, so you know we've got a real corker on our hands. Eventually we get around to talking about Incantation and their logo of questionable substance, Autopsy and their hidden-baby cover art, Cryptopsy and their penchant for taking the Nestea plunge, Vomitory and their namesake's theatrical roots, and how Bloodbath are the Travelling Wilburys of death metal! All of this, plus Devin scares some construction workers, Fraz sings some Miley, and we get down to the bottom of a few fathomless mysteries. It's a mixed bag of death in an episode heavy enough to scare ghosts! BRUTAL.
Homework for Episode 15 GWAR:
1. Scumdogs of the Universe - 1990
2. Ragnarok - 1995
3. Violence Has Arrived - 2001
4. Beyond Hell - 2006
5. Blood of the Gods - 2017
After a brief and brutal hiatus, the lads are back and answering mail from our *fans! Devin and Fraz take to email and Twitter to answer your (church-)burning questions, and give you a death-whispering glimpse into what's to come on the next round of gore-obsessed episodes! And Devin gets a few cool new nicknames along the way. It's time to peer into the most Satanic sack of all!
It's the second part of our EPIC Black Sabbath episode, and it's a doozy! Devin drops some major car knowledge (Triumph Spitfires, Disco Cars, Ozzy-Mobiles, et al) AND describes his latest run-in with a post-apocalyptic desert space cowboy! Then Fraz sneezes out brain! Eventually, we get around to talking about: Bill Ward's wife's sweet red tights on the cover of Sabotage (1975); how 'It's Alright' from Technical Ecstasy (1976) should have been called 'Invasion of the Flower People'; the fact that Heaven and Hell (1980) would have been EVEN better with a guest appearance from Tom Sizemore; Born Again (1983)'s definitely-not-shocking cover; and how the band that put out 13 (2013) should have been called Sabbath Against The Machine. Plus, 1992's Dehumanizer is hidden gem you should consider thinking about listening to eventually. And further discussion on becoming a professional Ozzy-wrangler, as well as on our potential spin-off show, 'Dentures and Hell'. It's part two of our first-ever two-parter! We're all out of parts! JOIN US.
Homework from Hell for Episode 12 BLACK SABBATH P2:
1. Sabotage (1975)
2. Technical Ecstasy (1976)
3. Heaven and Hell (1980)
4. Born Again (1983)
5. 13 (2013)
There are 666 reasons why this is a milestone Devin and Hell episode. Here are just a few: It's our first two-parter, because we're finally talking Sabbath! Specifically, their first five untouchable albums (Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)! Devin gets rid of his weird old curtain! Fraz does is Sega impression! The lads witness a real-life car accident during the show! And Devin tries to keep the episode on the rails while Fraz polishes off a peanut butter cookie! Plus; we use an unreasonable amount of movie analogies, discuss Tony Iommi's role as metal's 'Riff Santa', unpack Devin's dislike of cymbals, make fun of Ozzy Osbourne being scared in a castle, and Fraz likes the song 'Changes' so much, it will likely make you uncomfortable! Finally, a podcast you can grow a beard to! It's Black Sabbath! Part 1!
Homework from Hell for Episode 12: Black Sabbath Part 2
2. Technical Ecstasy
3. Heaven and Hell
4. Born Again
On this very special episode, we welcome our very special and first-ever guest, Amy Shostak! Amy is comedy jewel and metal wizard, and leads the lads down the hazy path of Stoner and Sludge metal! In this episode we: Roll up some jazz cabbage and talk about Weedeater's cool carny vocals; Blaze some Devil's lettuce and talk about how Sleep makes you want to put out burning pillows with wet blankets; Puff on a left-handed cigarette and talk about the Melvins creating a visceral, two-drummer-induced dreamlike state; Dole out some dank-ass nugs and talk about how Kylesa's worth a road trip to Georgia; AND become total weed-heads talking about Mastodon leggings and how much the book Moby Dick totally, totally sucks. Plus we discuss Fraz's famous Napalm Death hoodie, Devin's famous Maui shirt, and answer Twitter questions! It's the Stoner/Sludge episode! Congrats, Julian!
Homework from Hell for Episode 9: Metallica
1. Ride the Lightning (1984)
2. Master of Puppets (1986)
3. The Black Album (1991)
4. St. Anger (2003)
5. Death Magnetic (2008)
In an especially silly - even for us - and surprisingly touching episode of Devin and Hell, the lads discuss a very popular and polarizing act; Slipknot! We run down the band's entire discography, as well as partake in some big-time mask talk (which members' masks need daily uncorking, anyway?), pitch a Slipknot cartoon, and discuss how the band was the exact metal gateway drug the early-00's needed. Fraz celebrates Devin's tastes getting heavier, and finds the time to have a complete breakdown and make up a few words again. All this, and Devin gets a parcel delivered! So fun! Liberate your bananas and get in here!
Homework from Hell for next week: Episode 08 - Stoner Sludge
1. Sleep - Dopesmoker (2012)
2. Kylesa - Static Tensions (2009)
3. Weedeater - Jason the Dragon (2011)
4. Melvins - Senile Animal (2006)
5. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun (2014), Leviathan (2004)
You know damn well that any podcast about grindcore that starts off with a discussion about Olympic male figure skaters has got to be good. In this episode, we talk Napalm Death (of course), Cattle Decapitation, Nasum, Pig Destroyer and Fuck The Facts (amongst others)! We also try to pronounce 'anthropocene', watch a video of a cow taking a dump on a guy's head, and make references to Launchpad McQuack AND Roch Voisine - all in one show!! More uncomfortable than falling asleep on pile of lock boxes, more terrifying than Kelowna: Land of the Stilt-Walkers, it's the grindcore episode! (Spoiler: the drums are fast.)
Here is some more information about Napalm Death. Click here! And here's the world's shortest song:
Here is some more information about Pig Destroyer. Click here!
Here is some more information about Cattle Decapitation. Click here!
Here is some more information about Fuck the Facts. Click here!
Homework from Hell:
Ep 7 - Slipknot:
Slipknot (1999), Iowa (2001)
Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) (2004)
All Hope Is Gone (2008)
5: The Gray Chapter (2014)
It's our first ever tech problems-free show, and we couldn't be more excited! In this episode, Devin gets schooled in and terrified by the ways of old-school death metal!
We talk Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, At The Gates, Death, Carcass, and so much more! We come up with some sweet ideas for Cannibal Corpse merch (don't steal them), and wonder which death metal band is the richest (monetarily, not in grotesque imagery; that would really be splitting hairs).
Plus Devin does his best impression of an owl laughing, and Fraz dishes out a gold star (or is it a pentagram?)! EPIC.
Homework from Hell:
Ep 5 - Slayer - Reign In Blood (1986), South Of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss (1990), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Christ Illusion (2006)
It's our first, full-length, proper episode and we hit the ground running (from the shadows of our nightmares)! Fraz revels in the fact that Gorgoroth's 'Under The Sign Of Hell' is Devin's initial exposure to metal!
We also talk about Immortal, Behemoth, Inquisition, Watain and some other classic black metal acts, and invent some sweet metal jargon along the way, including but not limited to: 'triple-kicking', 'fast sweeps', 'founding forebearers', and the mythological 'metal trance'.
Creepier than an old gypsy lady emerging from a crypt! More inane than a youtube comments section! Welcome to your new favourite 60-minute nightmare!
Homework for next week:
Ep 3 - Iron Maiden - Killers (1981), Number Of The Beast (1982), Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988), Fear Of The Dark (1992), Brave New World (2000)
Episode 01: Welcome to Hell
In this very special deview (debut/preview) episode of Devin & Hell, Fraz and Devin give their TOTALLY BRUTAL mission statement, discuss 'v-neck guitars' and 'precious metal', do some metal myth-busting, and go over some sweet, sweet metal tropes including, but not limited to; feathered hair, snakes, boiling flesh and buying bread in Scandinavia.
They also talk about how the next episode probably definitely won't give Devin nightmares, maybe. Download if you dare! Devin & Hell awaits…
Next week's homework:
Gorgoroth - Under The Sign Of Hell (1997), Destroyer (1998), Incipit Satan (2000)
Inquisition - Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
Immortal - Pure Holocaust, At The Heart Of Winter, Sons Of Northern Darkness
Behemoth - The Apostasy
Watain - Casus Luciferi, Sworn To The Dark, Lawless Darkness