Reviews, Interviews, and Podcasts concerning the best Extreme Metal music

  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 12 – Art vs Artist
    For our twelfth episode, we discuss Art vs Artists within Metal. Are we able to separate the music from the musicians, especially if those musicians are questionable? We have strong opinions, and are forgiving towards some and take a harder stance on others. Of course, we also discuss each of our top three tracks from…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 11 – Metal & Mental Health
    For our eleventh episode, we discuss Metal and Mental Health. How does metal help us cope with our negative emotions? Are all Metalheads violent sociopaths? Is Metal akin to therapy? Christian, the Metal Therapist has answers to all these questions and more! Of course, we also discuss each of our top 3 tracks from the…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 10 – What is Heavy?
    For our tenth episode, we discuss what makes music heavy, and how some music can be considered heavier than others. How can power metal and black metal both be so different, but both be considered heavy? Of course, we also discuss each of our top 3 tracks from the past two weeks as well as…
  • Harsh Vocals – An Interview with Splatterpvnk of Saidan
    On this special episode, we had the opportunity to interview Splatterpvnk – The Songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist behind punk-infused black metal band “Saidan”. We talk in depth about his creative process, his love of horror movies, punk music, and Japanese folklore. It was a blast getting to know him a bit, and it’s an honor…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 09 – Lyrical Themes
    For our ninth episode, we discuss Lyrical Themes and their importance in Metal. Can good lyrics ever save bad music? Can good music make up for poor lyrics? Listen as we go deep. Of course, we also discuss each of our top 3 tracks from the unbelievably stacked past two weeks as well as several…
  • Harsh Vocals – An Interview with Johnar Håland of In Vain
    On this special episode, we had the opportunity to interview Johnar Håland – the main songwriter, guitarist, and one of the vocalists of the incredible band In Vain. We talk in depth about his creative process, his passion for music, touring, vinyl, and much much more. We had an absolute blast getting to know him…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 08 – Gatekeepers
    For our eighth episode, we decided to talk about Gatekeepers in metal. You know, those guys with the elitist mindset who judge people based on their music taste, or how Kvlt they truly are. We’re not big fans of that mindset and we discuss our personal experiences with it, as well as our general takes…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 07 – Frisson
    For our seventh episode, we wanted to talk a bit more about ourselves and our musical tastes/journey, but we also ended up discussing the importance of emotion in metal music. Hence the episode title – Frisson. Frisson is defined as a psychophysiological response to rewarding stimuli – or getting goosebumps when the emotionally driven music…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 06 – Physical Media
    For our sixth episode, we discussed the topic of Physical Media. Both of us are huge Vinyl collectors, and we wanted to talk about why we got into collecting, the best places to shop, preorders, and some tips and tricks of the hunt. We each brought our top 3 tracks from the past two weeks…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 05 – Live Shows
    For our fifth episode, we discussed the topic of Live Shows, including what we like and dislike about them, what could be done better, and some innovative things we’ve noticed at recent shows. We each brought our top 3 tracks from the past two weeks to the show and discussed them at length. We also…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 04 – A.I. In Metal
    For our fourth episode, we discussed the topic of A.I. in Metal, following a slew of bands using A.I. for their cover art, and Unleash the Archers using it in every facet of their upcoming album . We each brought our top 3 tracks from the past two weeks to the show and discussed them…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 03 – Genres and Subgenres
    For our third episode, we discussed the topic of Genres and Subgenres in Metal, including what is necessary to help with expectations, and when descriptions go too far. We each brought our top 3 tracks from the past two weeks to the show and discussed them at length. We also covered a few “Honorable Mentions”…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 02 – Battle Jackets
    For our second episode, we discussed the topic of Battle Jackets including Christian’s history with them, and Justin’s plans for creating one. We each brought our top 3 tracks from the past two weeks to the show and discussed them at length. To close out the show, we discussed a blast from the past –…
  • Harsh Vocals – Episode 01 – The Best of 2023
    In our inaugural episode, we talk about the music trends we saw in 2023, and discuss our top 10 lists! For a larger look at our lists, visit harshvocals.com to see our full top 30’s, as well as links to our spotify playlists! Follow us on Facebook, X, and Instagram – Just search for Harsh…