It's no secret we love Ripped to Shreds, the caustically good death metal project from Andrew Lee, who also masterminds Houkago Grind Time (new album Bakyunsified (Moe to the Gore) released last week) and a few other rip-roaring projects. Beyond the music, too, Lee has spoken in the past about the Asian-American identity and how it contextualizes in the heavy metal world and beyond, so we began our conversation by picking Lee's brain on that topic before broadening things to death metal in general. Check out a stream of the episode below.

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We want to offer Lee our special appreciation and thanks for spending the time to talk death metal, one of our favorite things to do of all time. Also, you can expect future episodes of this nature -- these approximately one-hour interview features with important figures in the heavy music scene -- because, well, we get tired of hearing our own voices. Actually, it's because we find great value in straight-to-the-source analysis and discussion, especially in an immediate group interview format, to help elevate the voices in the scene that keep it chuggin' along.

To death metal, to heavy metal, to life: ough!

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