The Greatest Thing Youve Never Heard

The Greatest Thing Youve Never Heard

Like a book club for your next favorite record, each episode is an in-depth discussion of a single, under-appreciated album. Many episodes feature a follow up interview with the band that recorded the album.

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Ben and John close out the year with the show's 99th episode by talking to Atavismo drummer Sandri Pow (also Hibrido, Mondo Infiel, ex-Mind!, etc.) about the band's 2017 sophomore album Inerte and its place in the Spain's burgeoning heavy psychedelic scene.  Pow also discusses feeling the pain that music brings, the influence of flamenco, and the importance of passion and chemistry among band members.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 45, Album 52 Listen to Inerte on Bandcamp. We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Listen to Triana's El Patio here. Purchase the split 7 inch box set Grados Minutos Segundos featuring Atavismo, Hibrido and a ton of other amazing bands from the Spanish heavy underground here. Find Atavismo on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Nov 16

2 hr

In this episode, Ben and John delve deep into Spain's fertile psychedelic scene by exploring Andalusian band Atavismo and their sophomore outing, 2017's Inerte.  Featuring members of Viaje a 800 and Mind!, Atavismo incorporate traditional Spanish and North African elements into  heavy psych and prog to create a unique and diverse sound. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 44, Album 52 Listen to Inerte on Bandcamp. We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Atavismo on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Nov 9

1 hr 20 min

Ben and John interview west coast stoner rock band Snail about their 2009 sophomore and comeback album, Blood, and the 15+ years between the album and its self-titled predecessor.  Along the way, the band recount the stories and experiences, including playing with Sleep and befriending Fu Manchu, that influenced their sound and style.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Listen to Ben and John discuss their thought's on Blood, with guest lecturer JJ Koczan of The Obelisk, here. Season 2, Episode 43, Album 51 Listen to Blood on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Snail on social media: Facebook Instagram Find The Obelisk on social media: Facebook Purchase The Obelisk march here. Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Nov 2

2 hr 7 min

Ben and John sit down with Solace founder and guitarist, Tommy Southard, to discuss the band's 2003 sophomore outing, the (literally and figuratively) doomed 13 (previously featured on the show, here). With over four decades in heavy rock, Southard's played in genre defining bands in both hardcore and doom metal in addition to touring with the likes of Black Sabbath and Cathedral.  Here, he discusses the patchwork recording process for 13 and how it led to the creation of the band's accidental masterpiece.    The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 42, Album 50 Listen to 13 on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Solace on social media: Facebook Instagram Check out Lost in Aggression, featuring Mad Lee, here! Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Oct 26

2 hr 6 min

On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, Ben and John sit down with JJ Koczan of theobelisk.net for the third installment of the show's Guest Lecturer series wherein friends of the show will bring in albums with which neither host is familiar.  The Obelisk is an absolute trove of album reviews, music news, and interviews covering everything under and adjacent to the big umbrella of stoner rock, doom metal and heavy psychedelia.  Regular listeners will no doubt recall that Ben and John learned about many albums discussed on the show via The Obelisk. The album discussed in the episode at hand is Snail's 2009 sophomore (and first since the band returned from a nearly fifteen year hiatus) outing, Blood.  Brimming with stoner heaviness and psychedelic expanse, the album foreshadowed trends in the heavy underground that would become prevalent over the subsequent decade.  A fact made all the more impressive given that many of its pummeling tracks and razor sharp hooks were written prior to the band's mid-90s dissolution. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 41, Album 51 Listen to Blood on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Snail on social media: Facebook Instagram Find The Obelisk on social media: Facebook Purchase The Obelisk march here. Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Oct 19

1 hr 27 min

John and Ben sit down with Mike Scalzi (guitar/vocals) and Adrian Maestas (bass) of long running true metal stalwarts, Slough Feg, for a wide ranging interview focusing on the band's 2009 album, Ape Uprising, but also touching on the band's formation and early years, playing on The Grateful Dead's Equipment and the proliferation of ape-accompanied trucker movies in the 70s.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 40, Album 49 Listen to Ape Uprising! on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Slough Feg on social media: Facebook Instagram Check out the Slough Feg Radio podcast Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Oct 12

1 hr 57 min

John and Ben discuss the show's 50th(!!!!) record, Solace's 2003 doom/stoner/hardcore freight train of righteous heaviness, 13.  Originally released on Meteor City, 13 breaks away from the monolithic nature of the band's debut album, Further, and presents a more eclectic and arguably more effective showcase for Solace's unique and powerful brand of heavy.  Throughout, the group uses distortion and seething aggression to create a level of emotional resonance and catharsis seldom found in any of the genres to which one might say the album belongs.    The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 39, Album 50 Listen to 13 on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Solace on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Oct 5

1 hr 52 min

On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, John and Ben tackle the show's 49th album: Slough Feg's 2009 shred-heavy opus, Ape Uprising!  Released on Cruz Del Sur with vinyl from Iron Kodex, Ape Uprising! basks in traditional metal glory while never taking itself so seriously that forgets to entertain.  By grounding itself with a mindset that's as much punk as it is metal, Ape Uprising! puts songwriting first and makes its fretboard wizardry all the more memorable as a result. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 38, Album 49 Listen to Ape Uprising! on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Slough Feg on social media: Facebook Instagram Check out the Slough Feg Radio podcast Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Sep 28

1 hr 45 min

On this episode of The Greatest Thing You'd Never Heard, Ben and John return to Beastmilk's 2013 album, Climax, interviewing vocalist Mat McNerney (aka Kvohst) and bassist Valtteri Arino about the band's formation and their experience recording with Converge's Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios.  The pair recount the unorthodox recording techniques used to get create Climax's unique atmosphere and McNerney expounds on his lyrical philosophy and desire to create emotional resonance by not shying away from life's darkness. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 37, Album 48 Listen to Climax on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Grave Pleasures on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Sep 21

2 hr 26 min

John and Ben sit down with Grails guitarist Alex Hall to discuss the Portland band's 2003 album, The Burden of Hope.  Hall divulges some of the band's unexpected influences such as Hungarian violinist Felix Lajko and explains Grails' experimental approach to songwriting on its early records.  Though the band, and The Burden of Hope in particular, is often described as post rock, Hall explains that the group were more inspired by slowcore than by many of the acts to whom they were commonly compared. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 36, Album 47 Listen to The Burden of Hope on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Grails on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Sep 14

1 hr 18 min

Ben and John return to Serpent Thone's 2013 album, Brother Lucifer, to interview guitarist Don Argott about the album's themes, recording, and inspirations.  Argott discusses the history of the band and the intersection of the band's music with his (and fellow guitarist Demian Fenton's) career as a documentary filmmaker as well as the importance of the album as a format and the joy of music discovery. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 35, Album 45 Listen to Brother Lucifer on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.comand use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Serpent Throne on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform.

Sep 7

1 hr 41 min

Ben and John bring the instrumental summer to a close and return to lyrical records by covering Beastmilk's lone album, 2013's Climax.  Steeped in the traditions of post punk with an edge of apocalyptic garage goth, the album proves to be perhaps the catchiest that the show has covered to date.  Already sharing personnel with Hexvessel and Code, members of Beastmilk would continue the band's legacy with Grave Pleasures. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 34, Album 48 Listen to Climax on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Grave Pleasures on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Aug 31

1 hr 41 min

Ben and John discuss the sixth and final album of the show's Instrumental Summer:  Grails' 2003 debut, The Burden of Hope.  Released on Neurot Records, The Burden of Hope showcases the Portland band's layered and experimental approach that would likely please fans of, but is significantly different from, post rock and post metal.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 33, Album 47 Listen to The Burden of Hope on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Grails on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Aug 24

1 hr 48 min

Ben and John return from their bye week to continue the show's Instrumental Summer by discussing My Sleeping Karma's 2015 album, Moksha.  Filled with Indian and eastern themes, the German group presents their best and most fully realized record to date with complex arrangements, varied instrumentation, and a meditative catchiness that belie's the album's compositional nature.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 32, Album 46 Purchase Moksha on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find My Sleeping Karma on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform.

Aug 17

1 hr 23 min

Ben and John continue the show's instrumental summer by marveling at Serpent Throne's 2013 cinematic masterpiece, Brother Lucifer.  Draped in guitar harmonies and loaded with an emotional poignency not often found in instrumental heavy rock, Brother Lucifer elevates the form and delivers the doom rush of happiness. The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 31, Album 45 Listen to Brother Lucifer on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Serpent Throne on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform.

Aug 3

1 hr 25 min

The show's Instrumental Summer continues as Ben and John return to Triptonus' 2015, self-titled album by interviewing four members of the Viennese collective: Fabian (guitar), Clemens (guitar), Max (djembe, didjeridoo), and Vanya (wave drum, samples). The quartet discuss their writing process and diverse influences as they detail the unconventional studio in which they recorded the album.  In addition, the band's new album, Soundless Voice, is available Friday, 07/30 at the Bandcamp link below.  Highly recommended! The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 30, Album 43 Listen to Triptonus on Bandcamp! We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Triptonus on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform.

Jul 27

1 hr 35 min

As the show's Instrumental Summer continues, Ben and John return to Monobrow's 2014 album, Big Sky, Black Horse, by interviewing guitarist Paul Slater (ex-Sir Hedgehog) and bassist Sam Beydoun.  The pair discuss the evolution of the band's instrumental sound and layered song craft as they bridge old school stoner rock, doom, and classic heavy metal.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 29, Album 44 Listen to Monobrow on Bandcamp and look for their new album, A Decorative Piece of Time! We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Monobrow on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com! Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jul 20

1 hr 37 min

The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard's Instrumental Summer continues as Ben and John delve into Monobrow's 2014 riffsterpiece, Big Sky, Black Horse.  Chock full of stonerrock goodness and dexterous playing, the album displays impressive heft as is its expertly crafted songs continually surprise with musical twists and turns.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 28, Album 44 Listen to Monobrow on Bandcamp. We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Monobrow on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com!   Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jul 13

1 hr 16 min

Ben and John continue their Instrumental Summer with the self-titled, 2015 sophomore effort from Viennese psychedelic metallers Triptonus.  Reveling in diverse song structures and instrumentation, Triptonus defy classification while developing a style that is unique, engrossing, and thoroughly impressive.   The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Season 2, Episode 27, Album 43 Listen to Triptonus on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Triptonus on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com! Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jul 6

1 hr 20 min

The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. Ben and John kick off the show's Instrumental Summer by discussing the Karma to Burn's 2014 album, Arch Stanton.  The band's 6th and ultimately final full-length album, Arch Stanton sees the band in peak form with founding guitarist Will Mecum (also bass) joined by new drummer Evan Devine and later on tour by live bassist Eric Clutter.  The result is a record that compares well next to the band's archetypal stoner rock classics, Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen. Season 2, Episode 26, Album 42 Listen to Arch Stanton on Youtube. We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Karma to Burn on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com! Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jun 29

1 hr 25 min

The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, John and Ben discuss Cop Shoot Cop's 4th and final album, 1994's Release.  Coming out on a major label, Release saw the noise rock outfit expanding their sound into increasingly melodic and nuanced territory.  While the result may have been controversial among long time fans, the album's superior songwriting and clear production makes it an ideal entry point into the band's impressive catalog.   Season 2, Episode 25, Album 41 Listen to Release on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com! Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jun 22

1 hr 32 min

The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in-depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, Ben and John return to the 36th album covered by the show (the lone, 1971 self-titled album by Britsh prog masters Fuzzy Duck) to sit down with the band's two surviving members, drummer Paul Francis and keyboardist Roy Sharland.  The pair expound on a lifetime's worth of music history, recording in the famed Olympic Studios, the realities of the music industry, and Fuzzy Duck's unique legacy. Season 2, Episode 24, Album 36 Listen to Fuzzy Duck on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com. Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jun 15

1 hr 25 min

The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard is a like a book club for your next favorite record.  Each episode is an in depth examination of a single album that's worthy of greater recognition.  Our co-hosts, Ben and John, spend a full episode discussing an album and then often use a follow-up episode to interview the band that recorded it. On this episode, Ben and John return to Sacri Monti's 2015 self-titled debut album to talk with guitarist/vocalist Brenden Dellar and drummer Thomas DiBenedetto.  The pair expound on touring, kraut rock and 70s influences, the role of the skateboarding scene in the San Diego psych community, and the influence of keyboardist and producer Brian Ellis on the area's fertile psychedelic underground. Season 2, Episode 23, Album 40 Listen to Sacri Monti on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps! go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Sacri Monti on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com. Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jun 8

1 hr 17 min

Ben and John take their first dip into the warm, placid waters of the San Diego psych scene with the 2015 self-titled debut album from Sacri Monti.  Featuring members of Radio Moscow, Joy, Monarch, and countless others from southern California's incestuous hotbed of sunbaked sounds, Sacri Monti bring jam and subtle southern rock elements to their take on post-stoner psychedelia.  The result is a landmark album for both the genre and the scene. Season 2, Episode 22, Album 40 Listen to Sacri Monti on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Sacri Monti on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Jun 1

1 hr 28 min

On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, John and Ben discuss Cigale's 2015 self-titled debut album.  Standing at the intersection of post-stoner psychedelia, shoegaze, and indie rock, the female-fronted Cigale blends emotionally resonant vocals with arpeggiated guitar and placidly-paced songwriting.  With the tragic death of guitarist Rutger Smeets only months after the album's release, Cigale's sole album stands alone as a testament to the band's substantial potential and prowess. Season 2, Episode 21, Album 39 Listen to Cigale on Bandcamp We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Cigale on Facebook Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

May 25

1 hr 19 min

John and Ben continue their dive into Wolf's self-titled debut album by interviewing guitarist/vocalist Nik Stalvind.  In a wide-ranging discussion, Stalvind discusses the band's early days, the decision to play a style of metal that was considered extremely uncool in the mid-nineties, and their place in traditional metal's resurgence.  Stalvind also reveals the story behind the album's iconic and divisive Hans Arnold cover art. Season 2, Episode 20, Album 38 We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Wolf on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to the Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

May 19

2 hr 24 min

John and Ben discuss the self-titled debut album by Swedish trad-metal stalwarts, Wolf.  Released in 1999 when real metal was at its nadir, the album is a landmark in the return to the genre's glory days and the eventual rise of the NWOTHM scene.  Boasting classic (if divisive) artwork, the album showcased the attention to songwriting and detail that would become hallmarks of the band's work throughout its 20+ year career. Season 2, Episode 19, Album 38 We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and use code POD20 for 20% off! Find Wolf on social media: Facebook Instagram Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate review and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

May 11

1 hr 21 min

Ben and John return to Vore's 2011 album, Gravehammer, by interviewing guitarist/vocalist Page Townsley.  Townsley talks about his musical and lyrical influences and secret to building the band's massive guitar tones.   Season 2, Episode 18, Album 37 Listen to Gravehammer on YouTube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and enter code POD20 for 20% off. Find Vore on Facebook Listen to The Greatest Thing You'd Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

May 4

1 hr 41 min

On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, Ben and John dive into death metal, discussing Vore's 2011 album, Gravehammer.  Eschewing trends and adulteration, Gravehammer delivers the goods with more depth and dynamic than one might traditionally associate with the genre. Season 2, Episode 17, Album 37 Listen to Gravehammer on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and enter code POD20 for 20% off.   Find Vore on Facebook Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Apr 27

1 hr 19 min

Ben and John go all the way back to 1971 to discuss the lone album from British prog rock band Fuzzy Duck.  Comprised of members of Andromeda, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and the Bill Wyman endorsed Tucky Buzzard, Fuzzy Duck blended inventive musicianship, a powerhouse rhythm section, and an irreverent sense of humor to create one of the more memorable records of rock's most fertile era.   Season 2, Episode 16, Album 36 Listen to Fuzzy Duck on Youtube We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and enter code POD20 for 20% off! Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Apr 20

1 hr 21 min

John and Ben return to Bitch Magnet's influential 1990 album, Ben Hur, by interviewing guitarist Jon Fine and drummer Orestes Morfin.  Fine and Morfin recount the band's early years at Oberlin, the Ben Hur recording sessions, and the band's lasting impact.   Season 2, Episode 15, Album 35 Listen to Ben Hur on Bandcamp Purchase Jon Fine's book, Your Band Sucks, on Amazon Watch for the debut album from John Fine and Orestes Morfin's new band, We Contain Multitudes, coming later this year! We proudly endorse Revo Guitar Straps!  Go to https://revoguitarstraps.com and enter code POD20 for 20% off! Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Apr 13

1 hr 46 min

John and Ben discuss Bitch Magnet's influential second (and final) full length album, Ben Hur.  Originally released in 1990, the album foreshadows much of the sonic ground that independent rock would cover over the ensuing decade as the roots of math rock, shoegaze, post-punk and more are all present in Ben Hur's sonic tapestry. Season 2, Episode 14, Album 35 Listen to Ben Hur on Bandcamp Purchase Jon Fine's book, Your Band Sucks, on Amazon Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!  

Apr 6

1 hr 43 min

Ben and John return to Life Beyond's 2003 album, Thousand Vision Mist by interviewing guitarist/vocalist Danny Kenyon, and bassist Louis Strachan.  The pair talk about their infamous tour to SHOD III with Place of Skulls and go in depth on the meanings and influences of the songs on the album. Season 2, Episode 13, Album 34 Listen to Thousand Vision Mist on Youtube Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingopodcast.com Listen to Thousand Vision Mist and find them on social media: Bandcamp Facebook Listen to Spiral Grave and find them on social media: Bandcamp Facebook Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform.

Mar 30

2 hr 20 min

In this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, Ben and John discuss Life Beyond's 2003 sole full-length, Thousand Vision Mist.  Hailing from the iconic Maryland doom scene, Life Beyond's work compares favorably to the area's more progressive bands such as The Obsessed and Unorthodox.  The power trio blends heavy riffs with searing leads and lyrics which are more upbeat than those for which the genre is typically known.  Members of Life Beyond have gone on to play in Iron Man, Spiral Grave, Wretched, and, named for the album at hand, Thousand Vision Mist. Season 2, Episode 12, Album 34 Listen to Thousand Vision Mist on Youtube Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Listen to Thousand Vision Mist and find them on social media: Bandcamp Facebook Listen to Spiral Grave and find them on social media: Bandcamp Facebook Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Mar 23

2 hr

Ben and John return to Cloud Catcher's 2015 debut album, Enlightened Beyond Existence, interviewing band guitarist/vocalist Rory Rummings.  Rummings discusses the band's roots and formation along with his influences, the recording process for Enlightened Beyond Existence, and touring with the legendary Earthless.  Keep an eye out for Cloud Catcher's third album later this year! Season 2, Episode 11, Album 33 Listen to and purchase Enlightened Beyond Existence on Bandcamp Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Find Cloud Catcher on social media: Facebook Instagram Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and follow us on your favorite podcast platform!

Mar 16

2 hr 10 min

Ben and John discuss Cloud Catcher's 2015 self-released debut album, Enlightened Beyond Existence.  Sitting at an exciting crossroads between the more progressive side of Maryland doom and the heavier end of post-Kyuss psychedelia, the Colorado band brims with power-trio energy.   Season 2, Episode 10, Album 33 Listen to and purchase Enlightened Beyond Existence on Bandcamp Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Find Cloud Catcher on social media: Facebook Instagram Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review and subscribe!

Mar 9

1 hr 36 min

Ben and John return to Kalas's lone, self-titled album with guitarist Paul Kott (High Tone Son of a Bitch, Cruevo) and producer/engineer Willie Samuels (Green Day) in tow.  Kott and Samuels go in depth on the album's sound and the recording process, including the use of backwards effects and playing.  They also discuss working with Matt Pike (Sleep, High on Fire) on the first album of his career where he would not (with the exception of one impromptu solo) play guitar and the time he was almost replaced by the late Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys. Season 2, Episode 9, Album 31 Listen to Kalas Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via http://greatestthingpodcast.com Find Kalas on social media: Facebook Instagram Find High Tone Son of a Bitch on social media: Facebook Instagram Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Mar 2

2 hr 27 min

Ben and John return to Stubb's 2014 heavy rock platter, Cry of the Ocean, for a discussion with guitarist/vocalist Jack Dickinson and drummer Tom Fyfe.  Dickinson and Fyfe expound on the recording experience at Britain's world renowned Skyhammer Studios, touring mishaps, and what's coming next for the band.   Season 2, Episode 8, Album 32 Listen to Cry of the Ocean on Bandcamp Listen the The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via https://greatestthingpodcast.com Find Stubb on social media: Facebook Instagram If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Feb 23

1 hr 43 min

John and Ben discuss Stubb's 2014 sophomore album, Cry of the Ocean.  Released on Ripple Music, Cry of the Ocean mixes blues, psychedelia, and classic rock influences to come up with a sound that is closer in feel to the current San Diego heavy rock scene than what one might expect from the band's native England, thanks in no small part to their powerhouse, power trio lineup. Season 2, Episode 7, Album 32 Listen to Cry of the Ocean on Bandcamp Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media here: https://greatestthingpodcast.com.  Find Stubb on social media: Facebook Instagram Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review and subscribe!

Feb 16

1 hr 9 min

On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, John and Ben discuss the lone album from Bay Area supergroup Kalas.  Released in 2006, Kalas' self-titled album sits comfortably in a pocket somewhere between stoner rock, doom metal, NWOBHM, classic heavy metal, and hardcore while never losing sight of its songwriting and sense of dynamics.  Featuring members of Sleep, High on Fire, Cruevo, High Tone Son of a Bitch, Econochrist, and Grimple, Kalas proves to be far more than the sum of its parts. Season 2, Episode 6, Album 31 Listen to Kalas Listen to The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard and find us on social media via our website. Find Kalas on social media: Facebook Instagram Find Sleep on social media: Facebook Instagram Find High on Fire on social media: Facebook Instagram Find High Tone Son of a Bitch on social media: Facebook Instagram Thanks for listening!  If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Feb 9

1 hr 23 min

Ben and John discuss Warning's 2006 traditional doom metal opus, Watching from a Distance.  Steeped in doom sonics and emotionally raw courtesy of frontman Patrick Walker (also 40 Watt Sun)'s stunning vocals, the album will appeal to fans of intimate songwriting as much as it will to metalheads.   Season 2, Episode 5, Album 30 Listen to Watching from a Distance on Bandcamp Find The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard on the Web Https://greatestthingpodcast.com Facebook, Instagram, Youtube Our terrific intro on this episode was courtesy of Pedro from the My Stuttering Life Podcast.  Check out My Stuttering Life here!! If you enjoyed the show, please rate, review, and subscribe.

Feb 2

1 hr 57 min

On this episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, John and Ben continue their discussion of Offenders' seminal 1985 hardcore classic, Endless Struggle, by talking to drummer Pat Doyle (Ignitor), the last surviving member of the band.  Doyle discusses the early 80s Texas hardcore scene and Offenders' experiences playing with bands such as The Dicks, MDC, DRI and Scratch Acid.  Also on the docket is an in depth discussion of the songs and the recording process with legendary SST producer, Spot.   Season 2, Episode 4, Album 29 Listen to Endless Struggle on Youtube The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard on social media Facebook Instagram Youtube Offenders on Facebook Ignitor on Facebook If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Jan 26

1 hr 54 min

John and Ben discuss Offenders' 1985 album, Endless Struggle and its place in the 1980s Texas hardcore scene.  Deviating from punk and hardcore norms, the album showcased increasingly mature songwriting that would mark the band as an early crossover favorite.   Season 2, Episode 3, Album 29 Listen to the album on Bandcamp Find us on social media: Facebook Instagram Youtube Offenders on Social Media: Facebook If you enjoyed the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Jan 19

1 hr 49 min

John and Ben kick off 2021 by going back to 1999 and discussing Wellwater Conspiracy's sophomore album, Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives.  Steeped in 1960s psych and trading off between hooky garage tracks and instrumental interludes, Brotherhood of Electric displays a breadth of songwriting and layered accompaniment which rewards repeat listens.  Something of a supergroup, the band consists of the two man lineup of John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet) and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) along with several guest musicians including frequent contributions from Josh Homme of Kyuss and a then nascent Queens of the Stone Age. The compilation we mentioned in the episode was called Succour - The Terrascope Benefit Album. Season 2, Episode 2, Album 28 Listen to the album on Youtube Find us on social media: Facebook Instagram Youtube If you enjoyed the show, please rate, review, and subscribe!

Jan 12

1 hr 37 min

Ben and John send off 2020 with a countdown of Ben's Top 50 Albums of the Year in this this episode culled from a three part livestream taped December 30th. Season2, Episode 1, Album NA Find us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube Ben's Top 50 Albums of the Year: 50. Steve Von Till - No Wilderness Deep Enough 49. Witchcraft - Black Metal 48. Switchblade Jesus - Death Hymns 47. King Gorm - King Gorm 46. Jason Molina - Live at La Chapelle 45. Traveler - Termination Shock 44. Cirith Ungol - Forever Black 43. Brant Bjork - Brant Bjork 42. Lightsabres - Darkness on my Trail 41. Brimstone Coven - The Woes of a Mortal Earth 40. White Dog - White Dog 39. Mothers of the Land - Hunting Grounds 38. Yuri Gagarin - The Outskirts of Reality 37. Siena Root - The Secret of our Time 36. Lowrider - Refractions 35. Testament - Titans of Creation 34. The Wizard - Subterranean Exile 33. Valkyrie - Fear 32. R.I.P. - Dead End 31. Second Sun - Kampen Gar Vidare 30. Wolf - Feeding the Machine 29. Spirit Adrift - Enlightened in Eternity 28. Oresund Space Collective - Four Riders Take Space Mountain 27. Oceans of Slumber - Oceans of Slumber 26. Haunt - Flashback 25. Magick Brother & Mystic Sister - Magick Broither & Mystic Sister 24. Hum - Inlet 23. Horisont - Sudden Death 22. Lucifer - Lucifer III 21. Yawning Man - Live at Giant Rock 20. The Swell Fellas - The Big Grand Entrance 19. White Magician - Dealers of Divinity 18. Oresund Space Collective - Experiments in the Subconscious 17. Vestal Claret - Vestal Claret 16. Martin Rude and Jacob Skott Duo - The Discipline of Assent 15. Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep 14. Wayfarer - A Romance with Violence 13. Marmalade Knives - Amnesia 12. Elder - Omens 11. High Spirits - Hard to Stop 10. Kanaan - Odense Sessions 9. Acid Mess - Sange de Otros Mundos 8. Elephant Tree - Habits 7. CB3 - Aeons 6. Kanaan - Double Sun 5. Jason Molina - Eight Gates 4. Pale Divine - Consequence of Time 3. Moura - Moura 2. Ellis/Munk Ensemble - San Diego Sessions 1. Causa Sui - Szabodelico If you liked the episode, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Jan 5

3 hr 1 min

On 2020's last episode of The Greatest Thing You've Never Heard, Ben and John talk to guest lecturer Cary Gordon, aka Cary the Metal Geek, of MSRCast, Metal Geeks, and the Houston Indie Podcast Society, about Ludichrist's pioneering 1986 hardcore/thrash crossover album, Immaculate Deception.  The trio discuss Ludichrist's impact on a variety of heavy music scenes and their chameleon-like ability to pull from multiple styles, even within a single 90 second song.   Season 1, Episode 54, Album 27 Find us on social media: Facebook Instagram Youtube Listen to Ludichrist's Immaculate Deception Find Ludichrist on social media: Facebook Listen to MSRCast and Metal Geeks Podcast Find Cary on social media: MSRCast Facebook MSRCast Instagram MSRCast Twitter Website Metal Geeks Facebook Metal Geeks Instagram Metal Geeks Twitter If you liked the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Dec 2020

1 hr 55 min

John and Ben continue their discussion of Suplecs' 2005 opus, Powtin' on the Outside Pawty on the Inside; this time bringing in bassist/vocalist/founding member Danny Nick for an in-depth interview about the recording of the album with COC's Pepper Keenan, the record's temporal proximity to Hurricane Katrina, and touring with the likes of Clutch, High on Fire, and Dixie Witch.   Season 1, Episode 53, Album 26 Find us on social media: Facebook Instagram Check out songs from the record:  Youtube Suplecs on Facebook Danny Nick's Portside Lounge on Facebook If you liked the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Dec 2020

1 hr 45 min

Ben and John discuss Suplecs' 2005 barnburner of an album, Powtin' on the Outside Party on the Inside.  Produced by COC's Pepper Keenan and full of all the punk, sludge, and stoner riff wizardry that one could ask for, Powtin never loses sight of its New Orleans roots and showcases the groove and swing for which the city is known. Season 1, Ep. 52, Album 26. Find us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/The-Greatest-Thing-Youve-Never-Heard-107841097532407 https://www.instagram.com/greatestthingpodcast/ Check out songs from the record: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKKa5-FopAan9B75ao_gTXL6RaQxeu0n3&fbclid=IwAR0YRW8xGLtEo_4I5BrqJc_3IUhw_txLSHUwiVtn6wNqBRq7ieCK8XFR2lY Suplecs on FB: https://www.facebook.com/SUPLECS-118957221474238 Danny Nick's Portside Lounge on FB: https://www.facebook.com/PortsideNOLA If you liked the show, please remember to rate, review, and subscribe!

Dec 2020

1 hr 54 min

Ben and John return to the show's 22nd album, 2005's Searching Low and High from Japan's Eternal Elysium.  On this segment they talk with with guitarist/vocalist/founder Yukito Okazaki and bassist/vocalist Tana Haugo about the record's layered textures, and heavy, stoner metal grooves.

Dec 2020

2 hr 11 min

Our 50th episode!  Ben and John conclude their discussion of Song's Ohia's 2000 album, Ghost Tropic, by speaking with guitarist Alasdair Roberts and percussionist Shane Aspegren.  In an interview that spans 3 continents, 14 hours worth of time zones, and 2 hours of discussion, the musicians review the improvisational nature of the recording process, their memories of Jason Molina, and source of the record's infamous birdsong.

Dec 2020

2 hr 2 min