Open Metalcast: Indefinite Hiatus Announcement

This year would have marked the 11th anniversary of the first episode of Open Metalcast (August 17th, 2010 was the first episode debut). Over that time we’ve released 192 main episodes, 12 Instrumetalcasts, and 15 Club Metal podcasts. We’ve featured hundreds, if not thousands of artists during that time. And when I posted that the show was going on a Summer Hiatus I had every intention of continuing to make new episodes. I just needed a break to work on other things.

It’s been two years since that announcement. What I thought would be a short break turned into a multi-month break. And honestly I haven’t missed doing the show since then. Sure, there were the occasional twinge of wanting to put out an episode here and there but overall I feel like the show has run its course (for now).

Thank you to the bands who make this show possible. I hope you’ll not only check out the bands in this podcast but also the bands they recommend. There’s so many great musicians out there that need your support, now more than ever. Thank you to the labels that support and surface these bands to make them easier to find (Big shout-outs to Hypnotic Dirge, Discos Macarras, Nooirax, Irish Metal Archive, Torn Flesh Records, Core to the Core, and so many others who are constant sources of joy and great music.)

And most of all, thank you, dear listener, for helping me to make so many episodes for your enjoyment. Your support, recommendations, and downloads kept this show going, even when I was thinking of quitting. You’re all the best, and I’m grateful to have such an amazing audience.

This isn’t the end of Open Metalcast. The spirit may move me to once again tickle your eardrums with the best in Creative Commons metal music. When it does you’ll be the first to know (RSS feeds are amazing for polling sporadic content). And I’m still looking for metal music (I’m a programmer by day, so I need something to help keep the programming flowing). I purchase most of my music via Bandcamp so that has the latest and greatest music that is currently filling my eardrums with music.

Until next time, whenever that may be.

Open Metalcast Summer Hiatus Announcement

Hey all,

Just wanted to give a quick announcement that Open Metalcast is going in hiatus for a few months. Part of it is because I’ve been a little burned out trying to get shows together every other week. I got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying putting together a show. So I’m taking the summer off at the least. I might release a few odds and sods episodes in the interim so keep those podcatchers locked just incase an episode manages to escape into the wild.

Thank you all for your continued support of this podcast. Hoping to be back soon!

Save the Internet – Article 17 (was Article 13)

If you’re in the European Union I urge you to take part in the Save the Internet Campaign. Save Your Internet is a drive to stop some particularly bad proposals that are floating around in the European Parliament. This will have severe consequences not only in the EU but also outside the EU. Hosting content could become incredibly problematic, and things like Open Metalcast could be affected.

I’m in the USA so I’m not represented, but if you are represented please make your concerns heard. Thanks!

Six years of Open Metalcast

Today marks the sixth year since the first episode of Open Metalcast. It’s been quite a journey and I thank you all for accompanying me on it. We’ve found a lot of Creative Commons Metal Music along the way, and I hope there are many more episodes of discovery together.

Rather than bore you with statistics of how many tracks we’ve played or hours of music we’ve generated I just want to invite you to keep listening and sharing these episodes. We’ve barely scratched the surface.

Here’s to many more years to come!

Open Metalcast: Hiatus Announcement

Hey all,

After some deliberation I’m putting the show on temporary hiatus. Reason being life is getting in the way of making the show you deserve to hear.

We’ve had a good five year run and I fully intend to bring you many many more years of the best in Creative Commons Music. But now is not that time, and the show will suffer in the interim.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have some special episodes when the mood arises; far from it. But the regular every-other-week transmissions are not happening until further notice.

Nobody is more bummed about this than I am, and I’m looking forward to when I’m able to share music with you. That’s important to me, but other things need to take precedence.

Take care and stay metal!

— Craig