Investigating the death metal scene in Tampa, FL

My podcast is about music.

Not as an artist, because I have zero musical ability no matter how many times I tried, but as a listener.

My show is about the history and stories behind some of the great bands, and the music they created. Over the last three years my show has taken me all over the country chasing stories. My favorite deep dive into a musical genre was about death metal music. Personally, I don’t enjoy this kind of music, but I still wanted to find out where it came from. My path led me to Tampa, FL of all places, which was an incubator for the death metal scene in the 80s and 90s. I spent a few nights attending death metal shows in a huge warehouse that used to house an HVAC manufacturer. I guess the company outsourced all of the jobs to some other company, so what used to hold hundreds of furnaces and air conditioners is now the home for Tampa brand death metal. While I was there I saw several Tampa area bands, and also drove around to talk to some locals who remember the old days, when it was first starting out. Tampa Florida is a city of contrasts, if nothing else, because for such a sleep retirement community on the water, it can rock pretty hard when the sun goes down. In that old HVAC warehouse I saw a lot of raw, uncompromising death metal bands, and it showed me that the future of hardcore music may still be Tampa, FL.

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