Doc welcomes Killswitch Engage vocalist, Jesse Leach, to the show and they talk about Jesse coming up in the Rhode Island punk and grind scene with his first bands Corrin and Nothing Stays Gold, how Killswitch Engage came together as side project, what he thinks made Killswitch special and stand out from the pack, breaking through with Alive or Just Breathing, why he quit the band shortly after starting to tour for the album, why he decided to get back on the horse with a new band, Seemless, how struggling to make a living and toiling in the underground scene evolved his mindset, reconnecting with Adam D for the band, Times of Grace, what it was like rejoining Killswitch, getting vocal surgery, and his new hardcore punk band, The Weapon.
This episode features the songs “Sorcerer” by The Periwinkle Massacre and “Pink Tax” by The Weapon.
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, 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 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 YouTube star, Derrick Blackman, to the show and they go deep talking about everything from how Derrick got into being a YouTuber, his background as a musician and getting into metal, the “Anti-SJW” vs “Woke” culture war on YouTube, the complexities of modern politics, and go into race and racism in the modern atmosphere of social media.
This episode features the song “I’m Not Prepared” by I, Conqueror.
Doc welcomes Throwdown founder and vocalist, Dave Peters, to the show and they talk about Dave’s approach to social media and interest in politics, how Throwdown started with him as a guitarist and eventually the singer, what inspired them to infuse Nu Metal into their sound, the Orange County hardcore scene, how being straight edge has impacted their career, dealing with consistent backlash as they changed creatively, the impact of playing Ozzfest, diversifying the music and his vocal style and Pantera influence on Venom and Tears, incorporating melodic vocals on Deathless, why the band went on hiatus in 2010, and what career path he chose after Throwdown.
This episode features the songs “Let Me” by TrineATX and “This Continuum” by Throwdown.
Doc welcomes All That Remains vocalist, Phil Labonte, on the show for the third time to discuss his entry into the metal scene as a guitarist and then a vocalist for death metal band Perpetual Doom, his time with Shadows Fall and why he Ieft the band, what drove him to start and persevere with All That Remains, changing Iineups and improving the sound of the band with the help of Killswitch Engage’s Adam D, his development as a singer, finally achieving success after years of struggling, the challenges of crossing over into the radio market, and Doc picks Phil’s brain on Trump impeachment and the 2020 Election.
This episode features the songs “Serotonin” by Kalt Weiss and “Victim of the New Disease” by All That Remains.
Doc welcomes YouTuber and Jynx guitarist, Justin Whang, to the show to talk about how Doc and Justin met when he was in his former band, PUi, how he began creating content for YouTube, the modern state of social media, the cross-section between video games and YouTube, PewDiePie, censorship and Alex Jones, Jeffrey Epstein and the current state of social mistrust, and his band, Jynx.
Doc welcomes guest, Nelson Blake II, ex-guitarist of NYC-based metalcore band Locked In A Vacancy and professional comic book artist. They talk about Locked In A Vacancy’s recent reunion, the old New York hardcore scene, dissect the complexities of modern black culture and the difficulty going against societally forced identity roles, the psychology behind the toxic aspects of Twitter, get into some NY Knicks and basketball talk, how his career as a visual artist progressed and eventually being hired by Marvel to illustrate Luke Cage and Spiderman, and pick apart the fallacy of God given talent and intricacies of creative work.
This episode features the song “Office Politics” by Locked In A Vacancy from their album Exit The Futility Ward.