Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA! WSCA 106.1 FM and Black Night Meditations have been on-air for 16 years and we continue to blast the airwaves with True Heavy Metal music and band interviews. Before I get to the end of years lists, please be aware of the following and update your records as needed.
The only contact you should have for WSCA is me. Please remove Jim Alvino from your promo and email lists (he has been gone for a year). My details are in my signature, so please make sure your database is up to date. I don’t send out update emails often. Let me know if you prefer to get monthly updates. I will update more often.
I do report adds and top 10 to NACC, so if you want to know our charts please check their site. I am working on a different option for our Metal charts for NACC.
Black Night Meditations details are in my signature. While BNM is WSCA's dedicated Metal program, I do add Metal in at other times in the week. As I am also our station’s Program Director, you can reach out to me for general FM radio business in addition to all things Metal, Dark Ambient, Dungeon Synth, and Synthwave. Here are the 12/18 and 12/11 playlists for your reading enjoyment. The BNM link allows you to stream or download the last two months of broadcasts as well as the dozens of band interviews from over the years.
Want to have BNM/WSCA air release announcements? Want BNM to host an exclusive track stream/download? Send me an email! I also do band interviews on-air, but I only speak with bands I like and spin on-air. Refer to the genres in my signature.
Now, for those year-end lists (everyone loves lists). Please forward to band members, labels, managers, agents, significant others, parents, pets, pedicurists, and anyone else you want to. And post on your webpages and social sites. Yes, I am sure I have left some off of these lists by mistake. If it’s missing, that’s the reason (honest, I swear). Ok now can I get a 1986 Dave Lombardo drum-roll please…
*MY PERSONAL 15 FAVORITES OF 2020*
Armored Saint – Punching the Sky
Beyond Shadows – Wolf’s Blood
Blood Star – The Fear
Cryptic Shift – Visitations from Enceladus
Depravity – Grand Malevolence
Funeral Orchestra – Negative Evocation Rites
God Dethroned – Illuminati
Hulder – Godslastering
Obsidian Tongue – Volume III
Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi
Ov Shadows – I Djavulens Avbild
Ringare – Sorrow Befell
Toronto – Under Siege
Vaeok – Vaeok
Ymir – Ymir
Armored Saint “Unfair”
Azure Emote “Solitary Striving”
Beyond Shadows “Never an Answer”
Blood Star “The Fear”
Byfist “Universal Metal”
Dead Carnage “From Dust”
Grift “Vita Arkiv”
Jordablod “Beauty of Every Wound”
Metal Church “Dead on the Vine”
Oranssi Pazuzu “Uusi Teknokratia”
Ov Shadows “Av Kunskap I Kront Till Gud”
Sodom “Nicht Mehr Mein Land”
Nuclear War Now!
Purity Through Fire
*WSCA METAL MOST PLAYED IN 2020*
Artists – Top 50
Flotsam and Jetsam
My Dying Bride
Songs – America’s Top 40 (Casey Kasem approved)
Abduction "Astral Projection"
Abysmal Dawn "Bewitched"
Ambush "Heart of Stone"
Annihilator "I Am Warfare"
Apocryphal Revelation "Constantine"
Azure Emote "Dark Realms"
Beyond Shadows "Never an Answer"
Blood Star "The Fear"
Depravity "Indulging Psychotic Thoughts"
Draconian "Moon over Sabaoth"
Front "Machinegun Blasphemy"
God Dethroned "Book of Lies"
Grave Digger "All for the Kingdom"
Grift "Vita arkiv"
Gruesome "Led into the Dark"
Haunt "Have No Fear"
Hexenbrett "Attraverso Sette Porte All'inferno"
Intense "End of Days"
Ironflame "On Ashen Wings"
Metal Church "Dead on the Vine"
Napalm Death "Invigorating Clutch"
Obsidian Tongue "Anatkh"
Oranssi Pazuzu "Uusi teknokratia"
Paysage D'hiver "Flug"
Rage "The Price of War 2.0"
Reactory "Born from Sorrow"
Revoltons "The Powerless Wrath"
Ringarë "Warlock of Fathomless Plagues"
Sandstorm "Witchman, Sorcerer of Satan"
Schammasch "A Paradigm of Beauty"
Sodom "Genesis XIX"
Testament "City of Angels"
Thrashera "Maré 669"
Vehement Thrower "Traitors of Your Dreams"
Violet Cold "Synced to Darkness"
*MY NON-METAL HIGHLIGHTS *
Project Lazarus – brilliant, melancholic Soviet Synthwave, such sad melodies, early ‘80s film score style
Iron Cthulhu Apocalypse – darkest cosmic drifting, you are gone
Klaus Johann Grobe – “Downtown” is absolute Euro ‘70s-style perfection!!!! Listen on repeat, with headphones
“Blinding Lights” – really does sound like it was produced in 1985, as opposed to a being just a retro tune, excellent song
Gondar – Sword of Gondar has been in my cassette player the most
Black Tape for a Blue Girl – got my ultra awesome mega edition of the Ashes in the Brittle Air reissue
Nebulon – Voyage to Magnus Cerebri is the perfect score to the perfect dystopian science fiction film/documentary that will never be made
Gargoylium – got my vinyl remaster for Mon Royaume
Forndom – possible album of the year
*PSYCHED FOR RELEASES IN 2021*
And those Emperor vinyl half-speed remasters that have been delayed yet again. Ugh. Hurry up.
So reply with your thoughts. And your, “where is _____” or “did you get _____” or “why aren’t you playing _____.” I get it; totally understood. And please forward on these lists to those special souls in your life/business. These make great solstice/xmas/yule/end of the world gifts.
Director - Programming & Metal Depts.
WSCA 106.1 FM
909 Islington Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 USA
Host - Black Night Meditations
Black, Death, Speed, Thrash, Gothic, Doom
Shred, Power, Prog, Folk & Traditional Metal
with Dark Ambient, Dungeon Synth & Synthwave
Fridays 9pm - 1am e.s.t. - Listen Live