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katakysmDid that get your attention? This weekend Maurizio Iacono the lead singer for Canadian death metal band Kataklysm. Since 1991 this band has been winning over fans of heavy music all over the world. They aren’t your average death metal band, but don’t listen to me, listen to them. Start with Iron will their career retrospective celebrating their 20th anniversary. Then check out their latest album Waiting for the End to Come that came out in 2013. Of course do that after this weekend’s show.

Then we are going to go In The Vault with the one of the story of one of the greatest guitar riffs the world has ever knows. The Story of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”

far beyondThis week’s Power Set is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first “extreme” metal record to debut at number one on the billboard charts. It’s Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven. The re-issue is now out and features the remastered full album and the live disc Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94. 

dh-extremeistThen our Then & Now comes from the Christian Metal Band Demon Hunter who just put out their 7th studio album Extremist. 

Finally this week’s Heavy Metal Soundtrack recommendation is a completion called Thor – Superhero Heavy Metal. Thor is the most heavy metal superhero after all.

This plus 3 hours of classic heavy metal on Hangar 19.



Randy-Rhoads (1)While you are cranking out three hours of classic metal this weekend inside Hangar 19 use this is your guide to enjoy. On March 19, 1982 we lost a metal hero, a huge talent that we didn’t get to experience enough. His name is Randy Rhoads and after forming Quiet Riot in the late 70′s he then left to play guitar for the newly formed solo band by then former Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne. This week in the Hangar we celebrate is life.

ozzy-tributeOZZY OSBOURNE: Tribute

This live record was put out in 1988 as a tribute to Ozzy’s original guitarist Randy Rhoads. It was released on the 5 year anniversary of Randy’s tragic death. Most of the album is a live album recorded during a 1981 tour stop in Cleveland, OH and not only features some Ozzy classics but also a few choice Black Sabbath songs. This is a live record that every metal head should own as it shows off Randy’s playing so well.

(album artwork courtesy of Epic Records)


This is the band that Randy formed in 1973. Although they didn’t have any real success until after Randy’s death and with the release of Metal Health in 1983. Although this is their 3rd album their first and second have been long out of print and are the only ones to feature Randy.

This week’s guests:

ZAKK WYLDE: Zakk played guitar with Ozzy from 1987 until 2009(ish) Randy was one of Zakk’s idols growing up and you can hear is full conversation with us right here.

GUS G.: Gus is Ozzy’s current guitar player and like the guy he replaced was heavily influenced by Randy Rhoads. To hear his talk with us from a few weeks ago check it out here.

Rudy Sarzo: Rudy played bass with Randy in an early incarnation of Quiet Riot, plus joined up with Ozzy’s band shortly before Randy’s death. Rudy also recently wrote a book about his time with Randy Rhoads, among other touring stories, that is really worth the read. You can check out that book at rudysarzo.com

Ozzy Osbourne: Randy’s death may of hit Ozzy more than anyone else. During their time together Randy and Ozzy became best friends.

Enjoy a tribute to a guy who died at the age of 25 long before his prime but is as just as influential today as he was in 1982 this week inside Hangar 19.


matthiasI still remember that Scorpions promo vid from early days MTV. The Scorpions in 2014 are actually still going strong even though their farewell tour ended in 2012. With the release of MTV Unplugged: The Scorpions at this point as this week’s guest will explain they are really just doing cool projects like this one. In 1979 just before the release of their Lovedrive album Matthias Jabs joined The Scorpions on guitar and has been with them ever since. This week Matthias has stepped into the Hangar to discuss their “farewell” the new Unplugged album and if there is anything up their sleeves for the 50th anniversary of The Scorpions next year.

(Matthias promo pic from Scorpions.com)

Then we are going to go In The Vault with a much younger band, but a band that has had a huge impact on melodic death metal in the last 15 years. The band is Finland’s Children of Bodom talking to Mistress Julia in 2003 about their album Hate Crew Deathroll.

ballsWe will stay in Germany for this week’s Power Set as it comes from the band Accept. Their 1983 album Balls to the Wall is by far still their best selling album, and most controversial. Get the image of the cover art in your head…got it? Now think about how that went over in 1983 America. Take songs from the album like Lovechild or London Leatherboys and the fact that then lead singer Udo Dirkschnieder is homosexual and the press was all over it. Here’s some trivia for you the album although released in late 1983 actually didn’t come out in the U.S. until the end of January 1983. We celebrate it this week in the Hangar.

(Balls to the Wall artwork from Portrait records)

W6There seems to be a theme of European metal going on this week so why not stay there for this week’s Then & Now. The band Within Temptation’s debut came out in 1998 but it took almost 10 years for us in the states to hear of them. With the release of a new album called Hydra they are continuing their success streak.

(Within Temptation photo from the “Paradise” single artwork)

Then this week’s Soundtrack recommendation is much more American. We take two songs featured in the Marvel’s original Iron Man movie from 2008. This includes some Black Sabbath and Suicidal Tendencies. Comic Books, Movies and Heavy Metal, there’s nothing better.

All this plus another 3 hours of classic heavy metal this weekend inside Hangar 19.


Zakk1We love Zakk though from his long time work as Ozzy Osbourne’s right hand man to his own band Black Label Society Zakk Wylde has become one of the most recognizable and influential people in hard rock and heavy metal. After 4 years and one acoustic record Black Label Society are back with Catacombs of the Black Vatican. A record that sounds just like you would expect, heavy with some melody, a couple of piano ballads and more guitar solos then what should be allowed. Zakk joins us in the Hangar to discuss all the above and play some records.

Then we are going to go In The Vault with The Melvins. Who were on tour with Nirvana in Europe in early 1994, the same tour that Kurt Cobain od’d before being sent home to recover where he eventually killed himself with a shot gun blast to the head. One of Nirvana’s biggest influences were The Melvins and in this quick interview in Slovenia they pay their sarcastic respects.

liveeargnrThis week’s Power Set will come from Gun’s N’ Roses who will be doing another residency in Las Vegas at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in May. That’s of course right after they headline some festivals and play the Revolver Golden God Awards. So this Power Set is taken from their live album Live Era ’87-93 that came out in 1999.

(Live Era artwork courtesy of Geffen Records)

LC-BlackcrownSpeaking of Revolver this week’s Then & Now comes from a band co-headlining the Revolver Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour. The band is Lacuna Coil and with their new album coming out the same week as Black Label Society’s we have a new song to debut plus an old school gem.

(Black Crown Halo artwork courtesy of Century Media Records)

We are also going to revisit the Last Action Hero soundtrack for this week’s Heavy Metal Soundtrack review.

All this and another 3 hours of old school metal only inside Hangar 19.




(This is a screen shot from movie based on the 1949 novel by George Orwell called 1984)

We could make arguments for other years, but it was 30 years ago that saw some of the best and most popular metal albums of all time hit the street. Album titles that are instantly recognizable like Ride the Lighting, Stay Hungry, Powerslave, Out of the Cellar, or Defenders of the Faith. Plus the year some more underground but incredibly influential releases from the likes of Celtic Frost, Venom or Saint Vitus. This week in the Hangar we are hitting them all and relieving one of the greatest years of metal.

First though our heavy metal soundtrack recommendation is in honor of Valentine’s Day. In 2001 a horror movie came out called Valentine and the soundtrack kicked some serious ass. We will hear two songs from the album by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.

defenders of the faithThen for this week’s Power Set it could have been a coin flip on which one of these amazing albums came out in ’84, but it ended up being Judas Priest. Their 1984 album Defenders of the Faith ended up being the last of the great Priest records during their hay-day. To read more about it check out last week’s classic album spotlight here.

(Judas Priest artwork courtesy of Columbia Records)

NightonbrokenOur Then and Now comes from Fates Warning who put out their first new album in 8 years in 2013, but in 1984 they put out their debut album Night on Brocken. That album helped usher in progressive metal.

(Fates Warning artwork courtesy of Metal Blade Records)

Also we are going In the Vault with a band who had one of the greatest years in 1984 but a year for them that ended in tragedy. The band is Hanoi Rocks and it was their drummer Razzle that was killed in a car accident by Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. This clip had lead singer Michael Monroe talking about the very start of the band.

3 hours of metal all from the year 1984 this weekend inside Hangar 19.