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I figured I would start to blog about some of the heavier music that does not get as much exposure, but still kicks ass. I'm not saying that all (or any) of this music should get masive AirPlay. Our sales people wouldn't be able to sell it. Sad but true, but it's the nature of the business. I'm not going to get all technical in my reviews. I'm not a musician. I don't think or act like I'm a be all end all of music. I can just tell what I think rocks. The subject today is the band Surgical Meth Machine. It is the new band started by Al Jourgensen of Ministry. Al brings the speed and aggression on this industrial beat down. Most songs clock in around 220 beats per minute. Fast, furious, and in your face is the way they bring it. Listen to it while driving and try not to speed. Impossible! The vocals aren't straightforward though, if you are looking for a standard song structure. They are at times shouted, distorted, and contorted. On the song Unlistenable, he takes shots at Iron Maiden, Megadeth, and Lamb of God. It all turns out to be in jest (?) though as he even slags his own Ministry. The last song I'm Invisible is slow and lo-fi. Al has said that the tempo slowed once he moved to Texas and got his medical marijuana card. As a whole, this album is a fierce industrial juggernaut. It deserves to be played at insanely loud volume!

04/14/16     View Comments >
Pete Burns's Bio
Name: Pete Burns

Hometown: Allenton, WI

Birthday: November 16

Why I got into radio: Music was the only thing that I felt passionate about.

Other jobs I've had: Warehouse and delivery work.

Hobbies: Organizing my music collection.

Obsessions: Music, music, and music

Strange Phobias: I fear I will die of a brain anuerysm.

Favorite Movies: Goodfellas, Tommy Boy, Happy Gilmore, Taxi Driver, Talladega Nights.

Favorite TV Shows: The Office, Rescue Me, The Shield, Scrubs.

Best concerts I've attended: Pantera, White Zombie, and Trouble - Racine Memorial Hall - August 25, 1992

Death row meal: Hardee's Jalapeno Thickburger, Northern Lights ice cream from Hansens, and a Mr. Pibb.

People say that I look like: My mom told me that they broke the mold when they made me... is that a bad thing?

Cartoon character I'd most like to have sex with: You guys are weird.

Favorite monkey: Even weirder.

Random radio memory: Getting excited when we got our first request when we started the Razor - people were actually listening!

If I could have any super power: I would like to read people's minds.

Quote: She wanted nothing and I delivered.

What I'm listening to: Cause for Revelation, Dax Riggs, Ghost (if you like early Mercyful Fate you'll love this!), Cavalera Conspiracy, metal, metal, and metal!

What I'm watching: Milwaukee Brewers, racing

What I'm reading: I just finished Dave Mustaine's autobiography. Definitely an interesting take on the beginning of the thrash metal scene!

Where I'd rather be right now: Playing with my kids.
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