Down To Kick Off Eastbound ‘N Down Tour In August

Down is set to kick off their Eastbound ‘N Down tour this August on the west coast…errrrr the east coast. That’s right west coast, you’re fuckin out, and the east coast is in!!! For more info head over to the official Down website


It is time for the next album in In The Pit Radio’s Greatest Albums of All Time series. Next up, is a album that was overlooked by most when it came out, and greatly underrated to this day. Exhorder Slaughter In The Vatican, is an essential album that helped shape the then coming decade of heavy metal. Join us this Friday, January 9 at 7 PM EST, as we talk with Kyle Thomas and Vinnie La Bella and get the scoop on the ‘Slaughter’.Exhorder_-_Slaughter_in_the_Vatican

The List Is In, And The Results Are……….

What a year 2014 has been as far as metal. We have had some great releases this year, and some were good, some not so much. We spoke a bit about each release in our top 10 a bit on the air as we counted the list down. Being the head degenerate in charge at In The Pit Radio, I planned on giving you a top 10 list with an added 2 for an unholy dozen to end the year! I was overruled and 10 it is!  So here is the list, with some honorable mentions that we feel helped make 2014 a great year for many metal heads all around the world.

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Top 10 albums of 2014, and Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza of Exodus Friday December 26

What a year it has been, and what better way to end it then with our top 10 albums of 2014, and an interview with Zetro of Exodus. Join us for the last show of 2014 live at 7 pm EST. Hear Jeff ramble and ramble and ramb……Sorry! We will see you In The Pit this Friday. Until then, Happy Holidays to you all !No-Presents-for-Christmas

All Time Albums- Trouble “Trouble”

Trouble_-_TroubleIn The Pit Radio is proud to bring to you some of our favorite albums, and albums that had a huge impact on the heavy metal scene, and the artists themselves.What better way than to start out than with the self titled Trouble album, and one half of one of the greatest guitar duos of all time, Rick Wartell.Hear what Rick had to say about this landmark album as it approaches it’s 25th Anniversary. Tune in for the debut, Thursday December 11 after The Metal Deli with Kimmi. We will be re airing the special for the entire month of December so don’t miss out. This is the first of many to come, so shoot us some suggestions for albums you would like some time dedicated too!

Machine Head- Bloodstone & Diamonds (2014 Nuclear Blast Records)

Machine HeadBack in 1994, Bay Area thrashers Machine Head released their debut album “Burn My Eyes”. From first listen, I was hooked and knew that Machine Head was my band. A band that would help carry the flag of heavy metal along side Pantera and their game changer “Vulgar Display of Power”. Machine Head resonated with me that much, and for the rest of that year until present day, I have sung the praises for “my band”. I defended and would fight on the spot any one who dare disrespect the Head in my presence. It was hard at times when it was easy to jump on the they sold out on “The Burning Red”  Robb thinks he is a rapper bandwagon. That is easy to do, shit on someone else’s art and passion. Fans, and fellow musicians shit all over the “Supercharger” record for being lame and generic. My retort to that, and this may be a shot but so be it, “Diabolus In Musica”. Bad timing coinciding with the tragic events of September 11 helped hault Machine Head as the first single for the album was “Crashing Around You”. By this time I was pissed because in my mind Machine Head were big time and got no respect, and seemed like the band got no push from their record label. Then something happened that started a buzz in the metal community….. “Through The Ashes of Empires” was released. The Maiden riffing, the aggression, the early stages of complexity, and all of a sudden Machine Head were back. Back I ask? They never left, they always were a band that wore their heart on their sleeve, and all you fools that took shots had to feel pretty stupid right about now! The progression continued  with the release of “The Blackening” and “Unto the Locust” Enter the end of 2014, and what we have is a masterpiece. Continue reading

The Skull- For Those Which Are Asleep ( 2014 Tee Pee Records)

For Those Which Are AsleepBack in June of 2011, a happenstance of historic proportion took place at the initial installment of The Days of The Doomed Fest. Eric Wagner of Blackfinger, Ron Holzner of Earthen Grave, and Jeff ‘Oly’ Olson of Retro Grave were all scheduled to play the Doom in June. What happened was that former members of Doom Legends Trouble, reunited onstage to play a few classics the doomsters were known for. What started as a very casual jam, turned into more. A few shows here, a few shows there, playing some Trouble favorites. Oly left the band, citing he would wait for a proper Trouble reunion. Wagner and Holzner carried on and continued to have fun, belting out some of the songs their former band were leaving off their current set list. The beast began to take on a life of it’s own, and fans were excited to hear some of these classics again with the original voice singing them. After a few line up changes, Oly has returned and the the guitars have been solidified by Lothar Keller and ex Pentagram riff slinger Matt Goldsborough. All the while fans wondered what the band had planned as far as original music. Wonder no more, as 2014 sees The Skull drop the debut album “For Those Which Are Asleep” Continue reading

Exodus – Blood In Blood Out (2014 Nuclear Blast Records)

ExodusBloodInBloodOutExodus have long been a thrashers salvation. The band have endured the loss of original frontman Paul Baloff, record companies jumping on the grunge bandwagon, numerous line up changes, and members time devoted to other projects. They were there in the beginning, in the thrash metal capital of the United States, the Bay Area, helping pioneer the genre. Often going unrecognized due to the success of other bands that broke at the same time. To the fans however, Exodus has always had the respect and street cred for staying true to themselves and not pandering to the times trends. 2014 is a new beginning for the band again, as they welcome back former vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza to the fold for the first time since 2004′s “Tempo of The Damned”. When a band makes a change of this magnitude to a “classic line up”, sometimes the expectations can be difficult to live up to. Continue reading

Sanctuary – The Year The Sun Died (2014 Century Media Records)

sanctuary “Into The Mirror Black”, Sanctuary’s last record was released in Europe in 1989. Stateside, we saw a release in February of 1990. Anyway you slice it, it has been almost a quarter of a century since the band had any recorded evidence of existence. The band seemingly fell off the face of the earth. In the wake of the growing popularity of the grunge scene, Sanctuary was Nevermore……Literally Continue reading

Apostle of Solitude – “Of Woe and Wounds” ( 2014 Cruz del Sur Music)

Apostle Doom isn’t always low and slow, and it most certainly isn’t a forced eleven minute opus with the same recycled riff churning over and over. Doom is so much more than any of that.You feel it in your bones, it consumes you. The pain, the sadness, the despair, and the ugly becomes the most beautiful feeling in the deepest corner of your mind and your gut. Black Sabbath, were the first to fame the devil’s note. Witchfinder General followed suit. In the States bands like Trouble, Saint Vitus, and Pentagram planted the seeds of American Doom. Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, and The State of Maryland helped further the melancholic movement. Enter Apostle of Solitude, and their latest offering “Of Woe and Wounds” Continue reading