Headbanger’s Hangover Radio Show Now Airs Saturdays at 6pm

The Headbanger’s Hangover radio show that I host every weekend has moved from Sunday mornings to Saturday evenings at 6pm! Since the show isn’t in the morning any more I have changed the name to the Metal Embassy, yes, the same name of my short lived podcast. You can listen to the Metal Embassy radio show live in the DMV area on 1190 AM every Saturday from 6pm to 7pm or livestream it here OR if you are busy at that time you can listen to the latest episode any time during the week by going here and clicking “download latest episode” to either stream it (left click) or download it as an mp3 (right click).

I’ve been trying to do something different on Metal Embassy than what I’ve heard out there in other places. I’ve found that Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube Music are all suggesting new music to people based on similar algorithms that are designed to steer people to larger and more established bands. I’m not saying larger bands shouldn’t get promotion, hell I’ll even play some on the show when they release something interesting, but maybe they shouldn’t be the only bands getting promotion, ya know? So with that in mind each week I’m scouring local releases, national bands and bands from all over the world (yes the entire world, not just the Western world) for new hard rock and heavy metal music. If you’re looking for a metal show to play a bunch of classic Slayer and Metallica songs this is not it. If you’re frustrated trying to find new music beyond the same old algorithm suggestions, well give my show a listen and maybe you’ll discover some new bands at least. Additionally, near the end of each episode I talk about the upcoming week’s metal shows in the DMV area and I’ll usually play a track or two by some of those bands to help you discover some new live music as well. You’re not going to find a show that does that anywhere else!

To give you an idea of what the show is about, check out this past week’s track list (4/9/2022), and give it a listen here.

Pink Floyd – “Hey Hey Rise Up (featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of BoomBox)”
From England/Ukraine – Release Date: 4/7/22

The Zeta – “La flor de la palabra”
From Venezuela/Florida – Release Date: 4/22/22

Clutch – “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)”
From Maryland – Release Date: 4/5/22

Cave In – “Blinded By a Blaze”
From Boston – Release Date: 5/20/22

Kontinuum – “Hafið Logar”
From Iceland – Release Date: 4/5/22

End Boss – “Nail and Tooth”
From New Zealand – Release Date: 4/8/22

Steak – “Papa’s Special Custard”
From England – Release Date: 4/1/22

Sakis Tolis – “Nocturnal Hecate”
From Greece – Release Date: 3/22/22

Eric Wagner – “Maybe Tomorrow”
From Chicago – Release Date: 3/4/22

Animals As Leaders – “Monomyth”
From Los Angeles (Maryland originally) – Release Date: 3/25/22

Heavy Temple – “A Desert Through the Trees”
From Philadelphia – Release Date: 6/18/21

First Nations and heavy metal on the new episode of Metal Embassy

On the new episode of the Metal Embassy podcast Metal Chris interviews Josh Cayer, a First Nations Algonquin in Ottawa, Canada, that performs bass and vocals for the bands Longhouse and Dismal Aura. Josh goes in depth about the recent discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of indigenous children at schools across Canada and the impact this has had on the country’s indigenous population.

You can listen to this episode on the player below or by searching for Metal Embassy in most podcast apps (such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music/Audible, iHeartRadio and more). We’re on Bandcamp now too!

Metal Embassy – 011 – Longhouse (Canada)

I have also released a longer version of the podcast as a Bandcamp exclusive. It features an extra 20 minutes of the interview with Josh and includes several questions and answers not found in the shorter version that went out everywhere else. You can stream it below if you’d like or stick with the tighter, shorter version above.

Heavy metal from Kenya on the new Metal Embassy podcast episode

Metal Chris speaks with Preston and Barbara, the vocalist and drummer, respectively, of the Nairobi, Kenya, based metal band Chovu on this episode. They cover a wide range of topics from African mysticism and mythology to what it is like to be a woman in a heavy metal band in Kenya.

You can listen to this episode on the player below or by searching for Metal Embassy in most podcast apps (such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music/Audible, iHeartRadio and more). We’re on Bandcamp now too!

Metal Embassy – 010 – Chovu (Kenya)

Black metal from Bangladesh on the newest Metal Embassy podcast episode

On the new episode of the Metal Embassy podcast, Metal Chris talks to Rubayet Hussain, stage named Katatonic, the man behind the black metal band Brajangngana. The band focuses on Hindu mythology and blends South Asian influences with black metal to create a unique sound unlike anything else I’ve ever heard.

You can listen to this episode on the player below or by searching for Metal Embassy in most podcast apps (such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music/Audible, iHeartRadio and more). We’re on Bandcamp now too!

Metal Embassy – 009 – Brajangngana (Bangladesh)

The New Metal Embassy podcast episode explores The Simpsons with Dr Colossus

I wanted to do a light hearted episode this time and what could be better for that than talking to Jono Colliver of Dr. Colossus, a stoner/doom metal band from Australia that is dedicated to the Simpsons TV show. They just released a new album in May titled, “I’m a Stupid Moron With an Ugly Face and A Big Butt and my Butt Smells and I Like to Kiss My Own Butt” and as you’ll quickly be able to tell by listening to the track “Pickabar” at the end of the episode, unlike most funny theme bands, they’ve actually got some sick riffs!

You can listen to this episode on the player below or by searching for Metal Embassy in most podcast apps (such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music/Audible, iHeartRadio and more). We’re on Bandcamp now too!

Metal Embassy – 008 – Dr. Colossus (Australia)

New Metal Embassy episode about overcoming the murder of a band member

On this episode Metal Chris interviews Rodrigo Salguero of the Salvadorian death/thrash metal band Apes of God. The band’s vocalist was murdered on stage during a performance in 2019 and Rodrigo explains how the band managed to overcome this tragedy and continue on, even recording a new full length album that was just released in April. For some reason this story was never really covered much in the English press, until now!

You can listen to this episode on the player below or by searching for Metal Embassy in most podcast apps (such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music/Audible, iHeartRadio and more). We’re on Bandcamp now too!

Metal Embassy – 007 – Apes of God (El Salvador)