Doc welcomes Vio-Lence guitarist, Phil Demmel, to the show and they talk about how Phil has been dealing with life during the pandemic, how his decision to leave Machine Head has affected his life positively, confronting and questioning his playing abilities, why filling in for Slayer saved his music career, how the two bonded during the touring cycle for Through The Ashes of Empires in his early days in Machine Head, his new cover project, BPMD, reuniting with Vio-Lence, and take a walk down memory lane about the late 80s thrash scene and why Vio-Lence hung it up the first time around.
This episode features the songs “The Fall” by The Silencer and “The Permanent Decay” by Echoes of Reckoning featuring Phil Demmel, Brandan Schieppati, David Ellefson, and Dave McClain.
Doc welcomes Bullet For My Valentine lead guitarist, Michael “Padge” Paget, to the show to talk about how BFMV has maintained so much consistency over the years, his philosophy of personal humility despite great success and fame, how the UK metal scene evolved out of obscurity with breakout artists like BFMV, what is was like working with producer Colin Richardson and having massive early success, the pain of losing band members, the downside of success and how money and excess almost destroyed the band, and how the pandemic has affected the UK and shaped their prospects to start playing live.
This episode features the songs “Whiskey Mistress” by Beneath the Hollow, “Obscene” by Halcyon Wander, and “No Easy Way Out” by Bullet For My Valentine.
Doc welcomes Twelve Foot Ninja guitarist, Stevic MacKay, to the show and they talk about Twelve Foot Ninja’s career, his personal struggle with the pitfalls of trying to break the band internationally, and then the two discuss the Stevic’s disagreements with The Punk MBA’s Finn McKenty about how rock and metal bands deal with the Spotify pay structure.
This episode features the songs “Shooken To The Core” by Generation Underground, “Beliefs” by The Silencer, and “Invincible” by Twelve Foot Ninja.
Doc welcomes HELLYEAH guitarist, Tom Maxwell, to the show and they talk about all the political and social unrest in the world at the moment, how his old band, Nothingface, came up in Baltimore and Northeast scene, why he thinks they didn’t get past certain hurdles of success, losing their singer, Matt Holt, to drug addiction, how HELLYEAH came together, learning how to adjust to not being the only guitar player in a band, evolving creative with the band over the years, and how Vinnie Paul’s death has affected his will to keep going on with the band.
This episode features the song “Low” by Royalty Kult and “Can’t Wait For Violence” by Nothingface.
Doc welcomes Fozzy and Stuck Mojo guitarist, Rich “The Duke” Ward, to the show and they talk about guitar gear and the secret to Rich’s signature tone, his early diverse musical influences, how he met Bonz and formed Stuck Mojo, grinding it out in the early days of the band, what the experience was like working with Devin Townsend and Daniel Bergstrand, why he thinks the band struggled to get over the hump, how Fozzy came together, when he almost quit music and the turning point that brought him back, what it’s like being in a band with Chris Jericho, and how he has evolved as a writer and musician as Fozzy becomes more successful.
This episode features the song “Unforgiven” by New Saviors and “Raise the Dead Man” by Stuck Mojo.
Doc welcomes founder and owner of War Marching Marketing, Ro Kohli, to the show and they talk about how Ro got into the metal scene in Central New Jersey as a teenager, how he went from releasing a local rock zine to eventually landing a job at Roadrunner records as a Tour Coordinator, his transition from that job to becoming the head of the Roadcrew, the Roadrunner street team, what he learned about marketing from touring, how he ended up as head of marketing for Century Media records, securing Alien V. Predator bus wraps and tour support money for God Forbid and Lacuna Coil during Ozzfest 2004, and why he left Century Media and eventually started his own company, War Machine Marketing.
This episode features the song “Judith” by Vagus Nerve featuring Aaron Bruch, Meytal Cohen and Mark Vollelunga.
Doc welcomes, Dale “Rage” Resteghini, to the show, music video director and the writer and director of the forthcoming, controversial television show, CRACKA. They talk about Dale’s early brushes with the law which led him to spend time in prison, how he cleaned up his life by getting into acting, writing and directing his first film, Colorz of Rage, how he fell into directing metal and hardcore videos by meeting Jamey Jasta on the Tattoo The Earth Tour, his transition into becoming one of the biggest music video directors in hip hop, what inspired him to create CRACKA, his connection to black culture, and the two debate the backlash from the CRACKA trailer and the current state of race relations in America.
This episode features the songs “Witch City” by Carnivora and “Colossus” by Avatar.
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!