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  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Do Not Read This Book - Episode 236

    20/09/2020 Duración: 57min

    If we have learned anything about people over the years it is that there is a segment of us that seek out the most dangerous and extreme. So, it should come as no surprise that in the area of the occult and esoteric there are those who seek out the "most evil" and "most terrifying" book.  Several years ago, people searching for just such a book on the internet began being directed to a vague page about a documentary for the most evil book ever discovered. A book which, after reading, people went mad. What is the true story of the Oriuago?

  • Thrash Metal Show Podcast - Long Form History of Overkill Part 5 - Finding a Guitarist - Episode 89

    14/09/2020 Duración: 50min

    NoFriender continues his deep dive look into the history of the thrash metal band Overkill. On this episode - finding a guitarist. The Thrash Metal Show podcast is a documentary style podcast exploring the origins and evolution of thrash style heavy metal music featuring such bands as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and other highly influential thrash bands such as Overkill and more. The Thrash Metal Show Podcast is part of the When It Was Cool Podcast Network.

  • DragonKing Dark - Mailbag and Feedback - Episode 235

    13/09/2020 Duración: 50min

    A rare mailbag and feedback show for DragonKing Dark Podcast but recently our shows on society, social unrest, and fear have generated a lot of conversation and host Karl Stern is going to share that with you. Despite these seemingly dire times, there is hope and we hear from a number of people this week one topics ranging from masks to social unrest and more. I hope you enjoy hearing from other listeners of the show!

  • Thrash Metal Show Podcast - Long Form History of Overkill Part 4 - Episode 88

    07/09/2020 Duración: 57min

    NoFriender returns with the Thrash Metal Show Podcast to continue his long form history of the band Overkill. In this episode he talks Virgin Killers and the birth of Overkill. When he can bothered to do a show, NoFriender, the enigmatic host of the Thrash Metal Show Podcast covers the origins and evolution of thrash style heavy metal often with the speed of a sloth and the grace of gazelle.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Devil and Father Amorth - Episode 234

    06/09/2020 Duración: 58min

    The Devil and Father Amorth is a 2017 documentary film directed by William Friedkin showing the ninth exorcism of an Italian woman in the village of Venafro referred to as "Cristina", this time performed by Father Gabriele Amorth.  William Friedkin was, of course, the director of The Exorcist in 1973 and he wanted to see an actual exorcism, so he finally got to and filmed it for us all to see. What did an actual exorcism look like? Did it make me a believer? What can we make of exorcisms and demonic possession? Join me as we examine The Devil and Father Amorth.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Anger Within Us - Episode 233

    30/08/2020 Duración: 57min

    I can feel the temperature rising, can't you? You can't escape the images of anger and violence in today's society, but what are we all so mad about? Turns out, there are plenty of reasons real and imagined.  Periodically, humans seem to lose sight of all reason and embark on witch hunts. Even a cursory study of history shows over and over again we collectively need to hunt and burn perceived evil and impose our vision of good... and we seem to be doing it again. Let's talk about it.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Distrust of Government and Each Other - Episode 232

    23/08/2020 Duración: 01h18s

    I'm sure you've noticed... we are having a hard time getting along with one another lately. Even the simplest of things seem to trigger people. One would think simply asking the public to wear a mask to slow the spread of a disease would be met with, "Oh sure, that's easy." Instead it's been met with wild eyes, slobber, and the insinuation that this easy request is an act of humiliation and enslavement. Seems like there's something deeper to it. And there is. There is a reason that Karen is going nuts in Walmart, there is a reason people are destroying property and burning cities, there is a reason we distrust even the mildest things the government asks and are now turning on each other. We've been conditioned to do it.

  • Thrash Metal Show Podcast - Howard H. Smith (Acid Reign Part 3) - Episode 87

    17/08/2020 Duración: 01h37min

    NoFriender is joined on this edition of the Thrash Metal Show Podcast by Howard H. Smith to continue our look at the history of Acid Reign and the process of putting a band together. The diabolical duo conclude by singing Vio-lence’s opus Kill On Command a cappella. The origins and evolution of thrash heavy metal continue on the NoFriender Thrash Metal Show Podcast from When It Was Cool.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Devil We Know - Episode 231

    16/08/2020 Duración: 52min

    DragonKing Dark gets darker again this week as we look at a 2011 documentary titled The Devil We Know. This documentary takes a look back at the historic origins of Satan. You might be saying, hey Karl, the origins of the devil are from the Bible, and while that is true the devil we know is really different than the one presented in the pages of the scripture. So how did we get from this etherial prosecutor for God to the lord of evil and master of demons? The answers are surprising.

  • Thrash Metal Show Special (What If Neil Peart Joined Metallica)

    10/08/2020 Duración: 39min

    Make no mistake about it. NoFriender, host of the Thrash Metal Show Podcast, made this show for one reason only- to mess with When It Was Cool founder Karl Stern. Still, it's not as ridiculous a question as it may seem on the surface. What if the most superhuman in-time drumming machine were the drummer for thrash heavy metal's most legendary group rather than Lars who, let's just say, may have questionable timing issues. Anyway, this is all pretty fun.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - The Most Evil People in History - Episode 230

    09/08/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    DragonKing Dark Podcast continues to get even darker this week as we continue the theme of the faces of evil.  On this episode, host Karl Stern from WhenItWasCool.com asks the question, who are the most evil people in history? Several immediately come to mind for obvious reasons but are there any we overlook? Are there people who's evil acts and evil nature are completely evident until later on? Did these evil people meet a terrible end or did their unholy works go unpunished in this life time?

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 229 - 1971: The Manson Family Trial

    02/08/2020 Duración: 50min

    Host Karl Stern celebrates his birthday all week long with a look back at the year he was born- 1971. On this episode, we look back at the insane circus that was the Manson family trial. While the killings took place in 1969 and the trial began in 1970 it wasn't until 1971 that a verdict could finally be reached. The Charles Manson family trial was a media circus and the cult played continuous mind games with the court including some outrages antics.

  • Those Who Wander Podcast - Do You Really Want to Know - Free Bonus Show

    31/07/2020 Duración: 01h42min

    This is a fun show and a real mind bender. Tonya and Karl discuss some very esoteric questions including: What if you were born with an expiration date? You know the date of your death but not the nature of it. It would impact the world in lots of ways you might not think of. We also discuss time travel, the butterfly effect, and how seeing into either the future or visiting the past would impact your life in very profound ways. This is an example of the Patreon only content you get at WhenItWasCool.com

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Trilogy of Wrestling Murders - Episode 228

    26/07/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    This week DragonKing Dark takes a turn toward true crime with a look at three wrestlers whose careers were tainted by murder accusations. Most everyone is very familiar with Chris Benoit who killed his wife and child and then himself. But did you know I once had dinner with him? I'll tell you about it and discuss the crime. Jimmy Snuka never went to trial on the killing of Nancy Argentina, he died of cancer first, but we will discuss the night in 1983 she was killed. Finally, a deep dive into wrestling history finds that the World Welterweight champion and his wife were also indicted for murder but ultimately acquitted. I'll tell you about that too.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Wrestling's Curse of July - Episode 227

    19/07/2020 Duración: 57min

    Professional wrestling has had it's share of tragedy, accident, and true crime over it's lengthy American history but, July as it seems, has historically been the worst month of all.  A major superstar comes to America and is the darling of the press and would spawn imitators for decades later. He also literally goes down with the ship. Car wrecks, freak boating accidents, and even murder.  July is a month that, as a pro wrestler, should bear extra caution. 

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Who Were the Olmecs - Episode 226

    12/07/2020 Duración: 54min

    DragonKing Dark takes another journey back in time to study ancient civilizations in our continuing effort to make sense out of the history of mankind, a timeline which seems to have a lot of pieces that don't fit. One of the great central American cultures surrounded by a lot of mystery are the Olmecs.  They left us several giant carved heads. We presume these heads represent the Olmecs but why are they all wearing helmets? Have some of these same heads also been found in Africa? We try to cut through the information and misinformation surrounding the mysterious Olmec culture and attempt to determine where they fit into our story of human civilization.

  • Thrash Metal Show Podcast - Episode 86 - Long Form History of Overkill Part 3

    06/07/2020 Duración: 53min

    To date, Overkill has released nineteen studio albums, an album of cover songs, two EPs, one demo tape, and three live albums. They were one of the first thrash metal bands to sign to a major label, having signed to Atlantic Records in 1986, and rose to fame as part of the genre's movement of the mid-to-late 1980s, along with the "big four" Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and other bands such as Exodus and Testament.  Join NoFriender for part 3 of this series.

  • DragonKing Dark - The Most Ancient of Civilizations - Episode 225

    05/07/2020 Duración: 55min

    This week on DragonKing Dark, host Karl Stern returns to the topic of ancient civilizations and tries to unpack the question - what is actually the most ancient organized civilization we know of? Most of us know of the Sumerians, and ancient Egypt of course, but recent archeological investigation is beginning to shed light on even older civilizations which are moving more north of the "cradle of civilization" of the Persian Gulf region.  And what beyond that? Do we really even have a grasp of the history of our planet? The answers are interesting.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Funerals, Tombs, Memorials - Episode 224

    28/06/2020 Duración: 52min

    This week on the DragonKing Dark Podcast, we are going to look at how we remember the dead.  In years past, the veneration of the deceased was a big deal. Historically, mankind has built elaborate tombs, pyramids, even cities to the deceased.  As recently as the early 1900s it was not uncommon for families to erect massive memorials to departed loved ones. On this weeks episode Karl discusses the differences between then and now and visits a historic cemetery in Nashville, TN to pay respects to a pop culture legend.

  • DragonKing Dark Podcast - Episode 223 - Secrets of Archeology the Mayans

    21/06/2020 Duración: 54min

    The mysterious Mayan civilization built cities, roads, and elaborate complexes throughout central America. An amazing advanced civilization that evaporated in a remarkably short period of time.  Host Karl Stern watched an episode of Secrets of Archeology and reviews it and relates his experiences visiting a Mayan holy sight a few years ago.

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