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South of Heaven: A History of New Zealand Extreme Metal

Much more than just Satan, gore, and loud guitars

South of Heaven is presented by Craig Hayes, produced by Craig Hayes and Zen Yates-Fill, and engineered by William Saunders for Radio New Zealand National.

Christchurch extreme metal band Sinistrous Diablous courtesy Rebecca Tovey
Christchurch extreme metal band Sinistrous Diablous courtesy Rebecca Tovey.

South of Heaven Auckland band Exordium Mors supplied
Auckland band Exordium Mors. photo by Jake Skipper.

 

Christchurch extreme metal band Sinistrous Diablous courtesy Rebecca Tovey
Christchurch extreme metal band Sinistrous Diablous courtesy Rebecca Tovey.

Broadcast: 4:06 pm Saturdays 7 & 14 June 2014 during Music 101

Extreme metal music incorporates sub-genres such as thrash metal, speed metal, black metal, death metal and doom metal.

To whet your appetite for South of Heaven: A History of New Zealand Extreme Metal, here is a selection of Radio New Zealand back-catalogue features about metal music:

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

Leader of one of the 'big four' of thrash metal - alongside Slayer, Anthrax and Mustaine's former band Metallica - Dave Mustaine traded addiction and rock'n'roll excess for religion. Megadeth are going strong, winning over a new generation of Thrash fans. From October 2009.

Ulcerate

Auckland death metal band released its fourth album, Vermis, to rave reviews the world over, and signed to legendary US metal label Relapse records. From November 2013.

Dying of the Light

Industrial doom duo Dying of the Light whose E.P. Monolithium caught the ear of fans at home and abroad. From December 2013.

Red Dawn

New Zealand's metal landscape is littered with bands taking extremity to its nth degree, but Wellington five-piece Red Dawn discuss why listening to Iron Maiden is more important than anything you'll ever learn in school, and why operatic vocals are 'killer'. From December 2013.

Bulletbelt

Wellington Black Metallers talk about the album Down in the Cold of the Grace and their distinctive take on the genre. From April 2013

Razorwyre

The band email signature reads: "heavy metal music in the true style of the 1980s", Wellington's Razorwyre tell of double kicks and leather lungs on their debut album Another Dimension. From September 2012.

Beastwars Live at The Kings Arms

Wellington sludge-metallers belt out a set of songs live at Auckland's Kings Arms. From March 2014.

Black Sabbath

They are not 'extreme' - in fact these days it sounds just like 'rock' - but they are the granddaddies of metal, and quite hilarious. We buttonholed Ozzy and the band at a listening session for the album 13, ahead of their first NZ concerts since the Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in January 1973. From April 2013.