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MALICIOUS INTENT – January 15, 2017

After a long hiatus (I guess?  I’m usually in the dark when it comes to what’s going on with the show), Malicious Intent is back in action!!  CJ is out of the studio for this episode, but instead of flying solo, Judge Dredd is joined by none other than MI legend Professor Grindstein, who happened…


Of Woven Dirt and Luster: CJ’s Top Metal Albums of 2015

Every year, I make a fairly concerted effort to compile my list of favorite releases in a way that makes the listening experience dynamic. Overall, many of the releases that make my lists are those that command both melody and quirkiness, grimy dissonance and luster. I enjoy so many different genres that my selections even…


The State of Metal 2015: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10

I will preface this by saying this is probably the most curmudgeony end-of-the-year write up that I have ever done. Fitting that it’s also the end of the first year of my 3rd decade on this hell called Earth and I’m quickly approaching 20 years of listening to Metal. So, just the natural course of…


WULF’S (& FRIENDS’!!) MAYHEMIC TOP 10 METAL ALBUMS OF 2015 BLITZKRIEG OF BRUTALITY

This year, I’m going to be doing something a bit different.   Of course, I’ll be including my own top 10 (which, I think we can all admit, is going to be much better than everyone else’s you’ll find on this blog or any other place on the internet (ESPECIALLY Judge Dredd’s wack-ass list, but…


In The Beginning…There Was METAL

The following is the retelling of the early days of Malicious Intent on KJHK re-imagined as mythical lore, and was provided by previous MI DJ, Nietch. The Bible of Malicious Intent Book Two: The Era of Nietch As told by the scribe Witgen  VERSE 1: It was a dark time in the land of Jayhawks….


Malicious Intent: Reunion of the Deviants

Clockwise, from top left: Judge Dredd, Mark of the Beast, CJ, Mean Dean the Metal Machine, Metal Al Unholy hails to thee, loyal Malicious Intent legions!!  This blog has been slightly inactive the past few months, mainly due to Judge Dredd and I being busy with our scholarly post-graduate studies and CJ venturing into the…


ASIA METALHEAD

When it comes to metal or extreme music, living in South Korea can be extremely frustrating.   It’s obvious that there are enough bands and fans here to make a halfway decent “scene”, so why is it that the turnout at most of these shows is always a little disappointing?…


My Favorite Metal Albums For Different Situations and Settings

I’ll own up to it…I have a problem with complete silence.  Whether I’m hanging out in my apartment, driving in my car, or working out at the gym, I always have to listen to music. The only time I DON’T feel compelled to listen to music is when I’m in the company of others.I don’t…


Terra Australis Merch + Nature Is Metal

Whoa!!  They had offered to send me some stuff, but I had no idea that they would actually follow through!!  Thank you so much to Terra Australis for hooking up Malicious Intent with these CDs and patches!!  Can’t wait to check them out (and of course give them to some friends who think they can…


OUR EVIL NEW LOGO!!

Malicious Intent has a brand new logo, courtesy of Erick Neyra (Goat Semen, Evil Damn, ex-Black Angel) / Austral Holocaust Productions!! BEHOLD: More exclusive artwork for Malicious Intent is on the way as well!   In the meantime, you can follow the links below to check out all of Erick Neyra’s stuff! Also, if you’re…


Review: Ghost Bath – Moonlover

We recently did an interview with Ghost Bath, so it could only make perfect sense to follow up with some thoughts regarding the album. All of us here at Malicious Intent were pretty eager to hear this album in its full context, and these are my thoughts towards that end.  It is not often that…


Introducing: CJ, current Malicious Intent Host at KJHK 90.7FM

Hey there folks, I arrive bearing good news! Despite a brief absence, Malicious Intent is live once more at KU and after connecting with Wulf a couple of weeks ago it became apparent that my presence in the extended MI family was an absolute necessity. I’m glad to be a part of this blog, and…


Dungeon Synth Explorations – Part 3 – Deivlforst Records

  You can read Part 1 of the series here, and Part 2 here. For this part of the series, instead of exploring the works of one particular artist, I’d like to look at a group of artists that make up a black metal / dungeon synth collective that are also the brains behind Germany’s…


Dungeon Synth Explorations – Part 2 – Lord Lovidicus

 I feel like it wouldn’t be appropriate to write a piece about Erang without talking about his American counterpart, Lord Lovidicus!   Apparently, the dude behind Lord Lovidicus is a mysterious fellow known simply as…Crow. Crow (who hails from the forsaken mountains of Idaho) also has another project called Jotun, but that’s not really dungeon…


WULF’S TOP 10 METAL ALBUMS OF 2014 BRUTAL BLOWOUT EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

WHATTUP SHIT HEADS!!!   Fashionably late as always, your boy Wulf is back in the motherfuckin house to bring you his list of the top 10 metal albums of 2014 like every other goofy metal blog and website out there this time of year… As a bonus, I also heard some albums, that, while not…


The State of Metal 2014: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10

As the dreaded Judge Dredd, I have to admit that I did a pretty poor job of keeping up with the Metal world this year – especially in the last few months of the year. Despite this unpardonable sin, 2014 was a pretty amazing year for me.  I spent the first 8 months finishing up…


ZOOM!!

What’s up sluts and slut-shamers!!  DJ Wulf is back in the house, here to just make a quick post and get everyone caught up on what’s going on here at Malicious Intent Enterprises- 1.   Everyone welcome Tanelorn!!  He was the last DJ for Malicious Intent’s radio show at the University of Kansas’ own 90.7…


On Metal.

Hey bastard sons and daughters, I’m Tanelorn. I think I was the last host for MI, before it died its sorrowful death. I unveil myself today to talk about a topic that has been on my mind. “What the hell are we going to do after Maiden and Priest hang up leather?”or, more broadly, “where…


Evil Has No Boundaries…Or Maybe It Does?

Does Metal have boundaries?  This is an interesting question implicitly brought up by none other than Dave Lombardo. In a recent interview, Lombardo was quoted as saying the following:…


Wulf’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013 Insanity

So there it is, another year down the drain!! I really wish I had spent more time listening to what came out last year because there seems to have been a lot of good stuff, but unfortunately these days I spend most of my time listening to stupid podcasts and comedians 🙁 Anyway, that being…


The State of Metal 2013: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10 of 2013

Listen, I’m Judge Dredd…so, that’s what you call me – or El Dredderino if you’re not into that whole brevity thing.  I have a very particular, humbug taste in Metal.  If a band is only trying to sound as br00tal or as kvlt as possible, then chances are I will not like said band.  I…


Mark of the Beast top 10 of 2013 So here’s the only top 10 in the world of metal that actually matters, and to think 99% of metalheads won’t even see it… shame. 2013 was a fun year. As far as the top 10 goes, the top 2 are top-notch material while the rest are…


Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013 Preamble

The Malicious Intent crew in the middle of a typical debate.  Mark of the Beast is usually the first one to burst into tears and run from room, calling us all “assholes” and slamming the door on his way out.  One of the most annoying things I find about myself is that I can get…


Sergeant D is Coming…AND WE’RE ALL ON HIS LIST

Love him or hate him, infamous Metal (and non-Metal) writer, Sergeant D, has made a valid point about the collective obsession that Metal fans have with the past. If I may summarize his point, he writes that there are far too many Metalheads who are content to listen to nothing but Metal music from the…


Assault and BA-TAH-RY!

The other day I was watching some live footage of Converge, and there was a point in the clip where Jacob Bannon’s hoodie is getting pulled on by a fan who is attempting to stage dive (around 5:40).  Bannon proceeds to knee the guy in the face and then punches some other fan in the face…


Seasons in the Abyss

    Well, another autumn seems to be abruptly coming to an end. Autumn always makes me feel reflective and a bit nostalgic, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. For some reason, during this autumn in particular, I happened to listen to a lot of albums and bands that remind me of specific…


The Grym Kym Interviews: Episode 1

One of my favorite things ever is to ask people what their opinions are on music, especially when under the influence of alcohol or other things.  This interview with Grym Kym was conducted sometime in the freezing Winter of 2012, in the middle of the night outside of town….


Extreme Fecal Impaction – Music from the BOWELS of Hell!!

This post is dedicated to Anson the Ornery….


Grim Brew, TRVE Brew

Ever since I started going to Metal shows at the age of 14 or 15, I’ve noticed the extent to which beer and the consumption thereof has played a part in the Metal experience.  With the surge in interest of craft brews and homebrewing in the last 10 years, I’ve noticed the subtle ways in which Metal…


The Land of the Morning Grim

It’s actually not too cold out right now, but it looks relatively grim outside as I type this from my office in Daejeon, South Korea. It’s overcast, rainy, and overall just pretty miserable-looking(kind of how I imagine London to be all year ha), so what better time to make a quick MI update? Since I’ve…


Insider Gnosis

Like any other Metal Nerd, I have watched countless documentaries, read tons of articles and interviews, and looked at tons of photography concerning Metal’s history, fanbase, and of course, the music and bands.  What I still find interesting after all of these years of Metal Nerdom is how much more unconsciously critical I am of work…


A Late Night Experiment With Cult of Luna’s new album “Vertikal”

So a couple weeks ago I was on the Amtrak heading into downtown Chicago (long story) and decided that it was the perfect moment to check out the new Cult of Luna joint, “Vertikal”. From the review that I had read in Decibel they had mentioned how this album was heavily influenced by the infamous…


WULF’S TOP 10 METAL ALBUMS OF 2012 EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!

This has been one hell of a year!! While most of it was spent working in Sydney, Australia (and exploring its seedy underbelly of thrash, doom, and black metal via some killer metal fests such as Evil Invaders IV and The Devil’s Arcana), as of this writing I am now back home in the forsaken…


We All Faulter

Man, the end of the year lists really take it out of me.  Around November and December I usually scramble to catch up on all the Metal releases I may have missed over the course of the year.  What usually happens after that is I get completely overloaded on Metal and need to take a…


Cate The Great’s Top 15 of 2012

Top 15?!  Say it ain’t so! Yes, I totally folded and had to add five more in because my “Honor Roll” list was just ridiculous looking.  According to my records (and yes, there are records), I listened to somewhere in the realm of 110 new albums this year (I’d like to thank Spotify and this…


Blasphemous Panthera Leo

So, a fellow Kansas metalhead made this, and I’m baffled to why it doesn’t have thousands of views.


The State of Metal 2012: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10

On a personal note, this was probably one of the best years of my life.  I spent the first half finishing up a year teaching English abroad in Santiago, Chile.  Then I spent a great summer home with my family and friends.  Finally, in August, I came to South Korea to teach English for an…


Malicious Intent on the Facebooks

Sadly, none of us hosts the Malicious Intent radio show any longer (I haven’t for well over a year and a half while Mark of the Beast and Wulf haven’t for about a year, I think).  In lieu of an ACTUAL radio show that we host, we have a Facebook page on which we’ll post…


Why So Serious?

As any casual listener can infer, Metal bands often take themselves very seriously.  Even as an avid Metal listener and musician for the last 15 years, I’ve often felt the same way.  One of the first images that comes to mind when thinking of overly serious Metal musicians is the now infamous clip from Gaahl’s (of Gorgoroth) interview…


One Man Metal

Noisey, a sub-site of the uber-hipster king of irony, Vice Magazine, recently completed a surprisingly unironic video interview trilogy entitled “One Man Metal”.  These videos focus on three “One Man” Black Metal projects:  Leviathan, Xasthur, and Striborg.  I was a little skeptical at first, but the interviewer seems like a veteran metalhead.  In fact, to…


Moshing in Bangalore

(photo credited to Hindustan Times) Salon.com recently posted (OK, it was a whiiiiile ago) an article about Metal fandom in the tech-world of India.  Unfortunately, the author, Jason Overdorf, follows some of the same mistakes made by other media sources with limited knowledge of the genre (Dire Straits?  Metal?  HAHAHA).  Nonetheless, it is still a good read.  The author…


The Death of the Hydra Head

While I was well immersed into the world of underground Metal by 2000, I was still naïve and impressionable in terms of my metal tastes.  I obsessed over sub-standard bands like Deeds of Flesh or Thyrfing.  I thought Vinnie Paul was one of the best drummers in Metal.  I thought “Re-Load” wasn’t THAT bad of…


We’ll Do It Live! Fuck It!

I had a laugh recently when The Dillinger Escape Plan posted a note dating back to a gig in 2008 on their Facebook page.  The note was passed to them by the management of a venue and it reads, “If they dive in the crowd with guitars or climb the truss or get anyone else…


I’M THE MAN

(Warning: gratuitous pseudo-intellectual masturbation) Something Corey Taylor of Slipknot (ugh…I know, but bear with me) said during one of those lame-o history of metal shows on VH1 struck my fancy.  He said, “Metal is probably the last bastion of real rebellion, real masculinity…real, real men basically getting together and beating their chest.”  If you ignore…


New Releases and Rumors

I think the latter half of this year is shaping up to be the better half of 2012 in terms of new metal releases.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, sludge/noise supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of Cave In, Converge, and ISIS) reconvened earlier this year to play a string of shows in…


‘Grim’ Kim Kelly’s NPR Article

Seasoned and well-respected metal writer Kim Kelly recently wrote an article for NPR.  The scene is set at Maryland Death Fest while she muses on stereotypes regarding metalheads and also the way in which American Metal is differentiated from that of Europe, etc.  It’s a good read! You can check it out here.


No More Mr. Nice Guy

Being that Metal is an international phenomenon that transcends race, class, gender, culture and everything else*, one might think it difficult to really pinpoint common characteristics amongst its brethren.  However, there is one element that I have found to be not quite universal, but surprisingly common, is how fucking NICE everyone is. I couldn’t recover…


Attention Metal World: I’m Not A Kid

It’s time to rant, and as a note, a rant deserves to be unrevised and unedited to reflect its immediacy. I’m not sure if anyone else feels the same way I do, but to me, one of the most maddening aspects of being a fan of heavy music is the fact that I am (not…


Old Man Gloom Announce Shows

As a seasoned metal head, I have “geeked out” in an extreme fashion only a handful of times over the last couple of years. This includes “geeking out” from news items, albums, band formations/reformations, etc. One of my “geek outs” was concerning Deathspell Omega’s most recent album, “Paracletus” (2010). Another one was the announcement of…


I Just Want to Check In

I know, I know. I have been missing in action for the past couple of months or so. It’s not you, it’s me. Just the normal stuff: contemplating the eternal void, crushing posers, and conducting Satanic sacrificial rites. You would be surprised how much time all of that takes up! In the meantime, I have…


The Devil’s Arcana

I don’t know how many readers there are of this blog that are in eastern Australia, but there’s a two-day black metal festival here in Sydney coming up presented by Seance Records called The Devil’s Arcana. I’m taking this opportunity to do my best to spread the word of this show by putting the information…


Album Review: “Becoming” – Abigail Williams

I don’t know what the deal is with me wanting to defend shit that no one likes. I already white-knighted Liturgy in an earlier post on here, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I really like Celtic Frost’s notoriously shitty “Cold Lake” (“Seduce Me Tonight” fucking rules) and brain-dead guttural slam (Cephalotripsy, Devourment, Cemetery…


Option Paralysis: It’s Me Or The Drugs!!!

Despite the title, this is not intended to be a post focusing on gossip. A little while ago I pointed out that Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan (DEP) publicly stated that he had the trip (*wink, wink*) of a lifetime. Read Greg’s original statement here. Metal Insider recently posted an interview with Ben…


Cate the Great’s Top Ten of 2011

Ok, I know, I suck. What is it, almost February already? Sheesh. My apologies for my poor time management skills, but my blogging has recently been competing with my preparations for an upcoming show (shameless art plug here: caterichards.net). Finally, it is time. Being dead last in the group, many of my top albums from…


WULF’S TOP 10 METAL ALBUMS OF 2011!!!

Well, well, here we are again!! 2011 was a hell of a year, went to Korea, living in Australia now, and, most importantly, enjoyed some killer metal releases during my travels! I really don’t have too much to say about 2011 that wasn’t already covered by Judge Dredd, he pretty much nailed it with this…


Greg Puciato: Calculating Infinity…On Drugs

We’ve all been there. You eat a little bit. You tell your friend a few minutes later, “Man, I don’t feel anything.” Your vastly more experienced friend says, “Just chill out, man. Drink some OJ or something.” Instead, you grab the bag and ingest another handful or two…and BOOM! Half an hour later, you’re wading…


Kvlt Beyond Kvlt

While meandering around on YouTube watching Wolves in the Throne Room interviews, I came upon what I believe to be representative of the unattainable “kvlt beyond kvlt”. Seeing and hearing is believing: Apparently, they’re called Goats int Throne Room (sic) and they are an actual band as evidenced by this concert footage: So trve. So…


The State of Metal 2011: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10

I read a quote somewhere on Metal Review that this wasn’t exactly a good year for great metal music, but rather a great year for good metal music, and I couldn’t agree more. However, this was THE year for United States Black Metal (USBM). Don’t believe me? How about the fact that we got releases…


“Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm” – Inquisition: The Best Album of 2010

I’ve been meaning to write about Inquisition‘s latest album “Omininous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm” for quite some time now, but after seeing this album pop up all over metal critics’ “Best of 2011” lists within the past couple of weeks, I feel like now is the perfect time for me to weigh in…


In Defense of Liturgy

Obviously, I’m sticking myself out here for tons of ridicule by white knighting for notorious post-BM upstarts Liturgy, but before I stick up for these guys I’d like to catch everyone up on all the basic drama via some embedded videos and links because I’m lazy: The Video That Started It All: HHH’s Manifesto (most…


Ones That Got Away: Lost Interviews

Over the several years that I was a DJ for Malicious Intent, I conducted as many interviews as I had time for and have posted almost all of them on here. Unfortunately, there are some that I either lost, conducted live on-air and didn’t record, or found the audio to be too garbled (ESPECIALLY with…


Music Recommendations for the Open-Minded Metalhead

My friend once told me that he met someone at a show who only listens to Death Metal, but not just that-he only listens to Death Metal that MAKES him feel dead. Depending on how you feel about that will probably indicate how you feel about this statement: I consider myself an open-minded metalhead. In…


Most Underrated Metal Albums of the 2000s

The definition of “underrated” is one that is hard to grasp if you don’t have a pre-determined scale that you’re utilizing. In my opinion, the few albums I’ve listed here were unique for their time (and still are), and may have even been highly lauded when they first came out, but I feel like they…


Metal Inspired by the Works of George R.R. Martin

Since the premiere of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a whole new group of people have been introduced to the vivid world of writer George R.R. Martin. Martin’s high-fantasy series Songs of Ice and Fire, which includes the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of…


Funnest Live Shows

We go to see bands live for a variety of reasons. We go see bands for the music (obviously), the musicianship, and sometimes just to have a raunchy time. Some of the following bands are bands I don’t always listen to in my free time, but I sure as hell see them live whenever they…


Finally, The Vikings Are Taking Acid!

Since its advent, one indelible element in metal has always been the musicians’ use (and abuse) of substances. Whether it be Electric Wizard’s or Sleep’s (and essentially the rest of the stoner metal/rock genre) non-stop smoke-a-thon, Iron Maiden’s legendary Herculean drinking, Sigh’s use of hallucinogenic mushrooms, or EyeHateGod’s use of…well, everything. As legendary comedian, Bill…


Most UnMetal Band Names

I think we can all agree that there are a plethora of utterly ridiculous names for metal bands: Fuck…I’m Dead, Goblin Cock, Cock and Ball Torture, Anal Cunt (R.I.P. Seth Putnam), Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation, and Clotted Symmetric Sexual Organ just to name a few. Hell, there is even a Turkish band called …Aaaarrghh……


Art History for Metalheads: A Cover Art Review

By Cate the Great Two of the most important things in my life coming together beautifully – metal and art. Below are a few select albums and the famous artists whose work was used for the covers. The artists I chose are notable not just for their album artwork, but for having established careers beforehand…


WULF’S BEST OF 2010 EXTRAVAGANZA

Yeah, yeah, it’s officially 2011 now, but I really wanted to wait till the end of the year to make my list for two reasons:1. So that I could consider any releases by bands that pulled a Nokturnal Mortum and put out their album on like New Year’s Eve.2. I could listen to as many…


“Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” by Bane – REVIEW

http://www.myspace.com/baneband While I expected Bane to sound similar to other Serbian black metal bands such as May Result and the Stone, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this album. This is by far one of the best melodic black metal albums I’ve heard this year, and I could definitely see this band…


The State of Metal 2010: Judge Dredd’s Dreaded Top 10

Overall, I unfortunately don’t think this was a very strong year for metal when considering how colossal the last few years of the decade have been as far as supplying great and innovative releases. However, there is certainly hope with a number of bands releasing their debuts. Some of these debuts made my top ten…


Deathspell Omega: Les Mystères De Satan

With the release of their newest album, “Paracletus” (“Comforter” or “Holy Spirit” in Greek), Deathspell Omega has completed it’s unholy trilogy of Satanic spiritual awakening which includes albums “Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice” (“If you seek his monument, look around you” in Latin) and “Fas-Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum” (“By Divine Law, go you Cursed, into…


Metal Nostradamus: The Shape of Metal to Come

I’ve never portrayed myself as a soothsayer, nor even as a Nostradamus impersonator, but I feel as though I have somewhat of a good prediction of what the next “big thing” in metal will be. That “next big thing” is going to be Post-Death Metal and I will tell you why. For years we have…


“Die By the Sword”: Heavy Metal, the ‘Culture of Alienation’, and Hipsters

Arguably, one element of the heavy metal subculture that has allowed it to not only survive but to thrive (albeit, with some droughts) during the several decades it has been in existence is the culture of alienation that exists within it. With some exceptions, there has been little that has changed concerning the social norms…


The Girlfriend’s Guide to Metal Shows

Hails! Grym Kym here! Let me begin with a brief preface to assure you that I am qualified to dispense advice on the subject of having breasts and attending metal shows. I’ve been going to metal shows for years now and have finally perfected the formula for having a fucking awesome time. It’s quite simple…


WULF’S 10 Favorite Metal Albums of All Time

I really can’t make a “Top Ten” list because it’s just too damn hard! I had a difficult time as it was coming up with this list… Also, I noticed when writing this post that most of the albums that are my favorite aren’t necessarily the best album of a given band, but they mean…


Judge Dredd’s Top 10 Metal Albums of All Time

I think a good way to introduce ourselves and establish all of our specific tastes in metal by providing the list of our top 10 favorite metal albums of all time and the reasons behind the choices. Although I will always be a metal fan, there are a comparatively small number of bands and albums…