Doc welcomes Bad Wolves lawyer, Eric German, back to the show and they talk about how the economic shutdown surrounding COVID-19 has altered and hurt the music industry, how artists can possibly take advantage of this challenging time, what the state of the rock and metal genre is in terms of business and commerce, and debate how bands should share equity, and if the concept of traditional band structures is even relevant to the modern music industry.
This episode features the songs “Warrior” by Jazmin Conte and “Bullet” by Hyro The Hero.
Doc welcomes God Forbid bass player, John Outcalt aka “Beeker” to the show and they talk about being back at John’s house where God Forbid used to rehearse and wrote many of the albums, how he maintained stability and his professional work situation throughout his time with the band. how he joined God Forbid, what it was like getting some success with touring and getting a record deal, his experience being the only white guy in the band, how the band evolved creatively over the years, how he dealt with the financial struggles of being in an underground band, his approach to bass playing in genre that often doesn’t appreciate bass guitar, and how his life has evolved since the band broke up.
This episode features the songs “Ministry of Defense” by Pathos and Logos and “A Reflection of the Past” by God Forbid.
I am pretty psyched to announce that I will be joining the weekly heavy metal talk show “Last Words” as a regular co-host. “Last Words” is presented by metal news site The Pit and I join fellow co-hosts Jordan Olds (Two Minutes to Late Night) and Katy Irizarry (Season Of Mist / Loudwire).
It’s pretty funny because I was a featured guest on the show just a few weeks ago and we had so much fun, I was offered a regular slot. Basically, we breakdown select heavy albums that are released each week and debate the metal news of the week. I’m definitely looking forward to talking a gang of shit and listening to lots of new music. I can’t complain. Check out clips of my first episode as co-host below. Subscribe to “Last Words” on YouTube HERE!
Doc welcomes ex-The Haunted vocalist, Peter Dolving, to the show and they talk about the difficulties that led to Peter leaving The Haunted and eventually the music business altogether, why he grew up in Sweden with a more American mentality, how his family’s financial troubles led him to becoming a street musician, his time with his breakout band, Mary Beats Jane, how he ended up joining The Haunted, why he quit The Haunted the first time and then re-joined three years later, The Haunted having a breakthrough album with ReVolver, God Forbid and The Haunted touring together, the spiritual elements of creativity, and how his life has evolved since he left the music industry and became an entrepreneur.
This episode features the songs “If The Antidote Was Real” by The Chase Signal and “Undead” (Demo) by The Haunted.
Doc welcomes Nora vocalist, owner and head of Good Fight Entertainment, Carl Severson, to the show and they talk about how Carl first discovered the hardcore scene, befriending NJHC band, Endeavor, who became the first release for Ferret Records, his time at Roadrunner Records, how the band Nora started, the trial and error process of developing an up-and-coming label, discovering Killswitch Engage, why he sold Ferret Records, Nora’s artistic impact over the years, and branching out into artist management, sports as well as a new label with Good Fight Entertainment.
This episode features the songs “Lex Talionis” by The Human Extinction and “The Goddamn Champion” by Nora.
Doc welcomes Lamb of God bassist, John Campbell, to the show and they go deep on the recent protest movement and civil unrest in response to the killing of George Floyd, and talk about Lamb of God’s decision to release an album during the pandemic, how they’ve dealt with splitting with longtime drummer, Chris Adler, how new drummer, Art Cruz, has energized the band, his perspective on the evolution of LoG’s sound, how the band’s politics and relationship with its fans intersect, and what makes Lamb of God special.
This episode features the songs “Mary Go Round” by Memory of a Melody and “New Colossal Hate” by Lamb of God.
Doc welcomes metal producer, Jason Suecof, to the show and they talk about Jason discovering extreme music and guitar at a very young age, forming technical death metal band Capharnum with his brother, how his guitar skills and creativity influence the bands he works with, producing Bury Your Dead’s Beauty and the Breakdown, his comedy metal project, Crotchduster, why he quit Full Sail recording school, his relationship with Richard Christy and playing with Richard’s band, Charred Walls of the Damned, and how he has continued to thrive his career as a producer as the industry has evolved.
This episode features the songs “The Obsidian Expanse” by Pathos & Logos, “Stars Ingenious Cooter” by Crotchduster, “Icon of Malice” by Capharnaum.
Doc welcomes Suicide Silence vocalist, Eddie Hermida, to the show and they talk about how the time away working on the new has allowed him to grow, the motivation behind the sound of the Self-Titled album, how the critical and commercial backlash affected their career and lives, why they changed direction on Becoming the Hunter, how he got his start in the Bay Area metal scene, what it was like joining All Shall Perish, developing his vocal style over the years, finding their stride with Awaken The Dreamers, dealing with member changes, and how joining Suicide Silence eventually led to the demise of All Shall Perish.
This episode features the songs “Face to Face” by Ovira and “Two Steps” by Suicide Silence.
Doc welcomes 36 Crazyfists vocalist, Brock Lindow, to the show and they talk about 36 Crazyfists starting in Alaska in the mid-90s, moving to Portland, OR and eventually securing a record deal with Roadrunner, the band having a tough time fitting into very heavy tour packages, what it felt like to have some early success in Europe, finding their creative stride with A Snow Capped Romance, dealing with grind of consistently touring for a decade before finally taking a break in 2012, how the band has persevered through member changes and still maintains a solid career to this day.
This episode features the songs “Bleeding Possibilities” by Royalty Kult and “Sleepsick” by 36 Crazyfists.
Doc welcomes 40 Below Summer vocalist, Max Illidge, to the show and they discuss how the band got their break in New Jersey by getting radio play on WSOU, what influenced the diversity of their sound, how they caught the attention of No Name Management which eventually led to a seven-figure major label record deal with London/Sire, the problems they had with their management team, their label eventually folding and ensuing trouble, how they rebounded on their sophomore album, why the band broke up shortly after, starting fresh with a more metal sounding band, Black Market Hero, 40 Below Summer reforming, and the two chit chat about their beloved NY Knicks.
This episode features the songs “Give Peace a Chance” by Aftermath and “Birthright” by 40 Below Summer.