Have you supported any local death metal shows in Rochester over the last few years? Do you have a pulse? If you answered yes to both of these questions, odds are, you’ve seen Rick Horton.
Rick has been supporting just about every extreme metal band in Western and Upstate New York since first getting involved with his local music scene in Newark, NY. Now, he’s a DJ on The Metallic Onslaught radio show in Interlakin, NY and has also played emcee at just about every local death metal show we’ve been to in Rochester in recent years.
So, just who is this guy? As usual, we’re here to tell you.
Mike Marlinski: Hey, Rick. Shoot me some background info. I know nothing of the scene out your way, nor do I know anything really about your radio show. How long have you been doing Onslaught? What are your favorite memories from the radio show and all the live shows you’ve attended?
Rick Horton: I have been a part of The Metallic Onslaught for 20 years. I was a fan of the show before I was a part of it. Our show can get pretty crazy sometimes. I once smashed a hollowed out DVD player over someone’s head just for fun. There’s a YouTube video to prove it (laughs). Being a part of The Metallic Onslaught has taught me over the years that it’s not always about the big name bands and what is heard on regular radio.
As far as live shows go, my first introduction to moshing was seeing Suicidal Tendencies open for Queensryche in ’91. Rochester, NY local band, Hate Machine, later in ’90s, is the band that made me pay attention to local music more. We have so many great bands in our area that need to be heard. As far as airplay goes, I try spread the wealth as much as I can.
MM: Name your favorite bands in New York State?
RH: Ire Clad, Fox 45, Saints and Winos, Order of the Dead, Inhumatus, Gutted Alive, Seplophile, Hate Machine, Sulaco, Ruination, Undead Messengers, DramaScream, Spit Nickels, Spire, Divinex, Anabasis, and DredNeks. There are so many more to name but these are ones that stand out in my mind.
MM: Do you have anything big coming up on the show? Bands or individuals?
RH: I will be the emcee for the Incantation show in Rochester March 22 (Mass Casualty opens). I think in March there is a show every weekend (laughs). Dying Fetus and Rivers of Nihil, I am looking forward to.
MM: Put together your dream show bill.
RH: Behemoth, Meshuggah, Septic Flesh, Gojira, Between the Buried and Me, Abnormality, Entheos, White Wizzard, Bleeding Gods, Skeletal Remains, Fu Manchu, Alkaloid and Corrosion of Conformity. I like a lineup with diversity. I find the overseas festivals to be far more superior to what we have here in the states. Over here it just seems to be about radio rock. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you are into, but to me, that all blends together after a few bands.
MM: Thanks for all you do for the metal scene, Rick! I’m looking forward to seeing you at least 100 times this month.
Rick is also heavily involved with the annual Finger Lakes Metal Fest, which normally takes place towards the end of May in Clyde, NY. Local bands with interest in that festival or others, or radio play on Onslaught, should definitely get their music out to Rick asap!