Spheres of Madness
Nov. 11, 2013, 4:59 p.m.
This week's featured show is Spheres of Madness--one of WBAR's only heavy metal programs. Below, DJ Stephen Merwin answers all of our burning questions. WBAR: Where are you from? Stephen Merwin: I'm from this neighborhood of Manhattan. I did not have to travel very far for school. W: Where does your show title come from? SM: Spheres of Madness comes from a song by Decaptitated (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KZQNxWjgao). They were one of the first bands to get me into death metal, especially this song. I've seen them live twice, and I've rarely seen shows get crazier than when they play this song. W: How long have you been a WBAR DJ? SM: I've been a WBAR DJ since the beginning of my sophomore year in Fall 2010. W: What do you play on your show? SM: I play all kinds of heavy metal on my show. Generally, I play mostly stuff I've been listening to recently (both new and old stuff) as well as classics. I try to have a balance between older music and newer music, but it really depends on which of the two I've been spending more time listening to recently. I try to limit songs to one per band so I can have a diverse playlist and play some more obscure tracks. Lately I've been listening to a lot of New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) from the early 80s, especially bands who didn't release much material. One of these bands was Trespass, who only released a few singles. I played their song "The Duel" from their "Bright Lights" single from 1981 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTTlM0hsfRU). W: See any good shows lately? SM: I haven't been to a concert in a while, but last winter I saw Enslaved and caught a toy version of Mjolnir that was thrown into the crowd. I also saw Brutal Truth at St. Vitus in Brooklyn and hung out with Dan Lilker for a few minutes. St. Vitus generally has great shows even if you go in not knowing any of the bands. I'm also going to see High on Fire this Friday, as well as Red Fang and Gorguts in December.