Doc welcomes Five Finger Death Punch drummer, Charlie Engen, to the show and they talk about how Charlie built a big following on Instagram, going back to college to get a Master’s in music and why he regretted it, almost losing hope in the industry, how his prog band, Ideology, came together, his time playing and touring with Scale The Summit, the challenges of playing very technical, progressive music, how the Five Finger Death Punch gig came about, and how he’s adjusted to the newfound notoriety.
This episode features the songs “My Last Goodbye” by Alyxx and “Making Monsters” by Five Finger Death Punch.
Doc welcomes Front of House Sound Engineer, Steve Lagudi, to the show and they talk about Steve’s break in the industry working for Metallica’s fanclub, learning on his own how to do sound by doing demos for Emmure, meeting God Forbid and hitting the road as their sound guy, his close relationship to the band and helping save the God Forbid by doing demos for their last album, Equilibrium, how he got the Machine Head gig after God Forbid broke up, what he has done to grow as an engineer, and why he gets so invested with his work that he almost becomes a “6th member”.
This episode features the songs “Wesley’s Theory” by Kendrick Lamar and “Circle The Drain” by Machine Head.
Doc welcomes solo artist, Diamante, to the show and they talk about how she got her start in the music business in musical theatre, moving to LA from Boston, touring with Whitesnake as an 18 year old, getting a record deal with Eleven Seven, working with legendary producer, Howard Benson, what it was like getting her break being featured on the Bad Wolves song, “Hear Me Now”, hitting the road with her band, being a label free agent, and looking to to the future with new material.
This episode features the songs “Ground We Wander” by exit.dream and “Obvious” by Diamante.
Doc welcomes guitarist and bassist, Shaun Glass, to the show and they talk about Shaun’s background working behind the scenes for Pavement records, his time playing bass for Broken Hope, why he got tired of death metal and decided to start rock band Soil, the process of finding a singer and courting major labels, achieving mainstream radio success with “Halo”, his urge to play heavier metal inspiring him to launch Dirge Within, why he ultimately left Soil, his difficulty with singers over the years, Dirge Within changing it’s name to The Bloodline, then back to Dirge Within, starting his new band Repentance, venturing into artist management, and his reputation as a metal gossip.
This episode features the songs “Left Untold” by To An End and “Only The Damned Die Young” by Repentance.
Doc welcomes Bad Wolves drummer, John Boecklin, for his second appearance on the show to talk about how John feels about the success of Bad Wolves 3 years removed from his last time on the pod, dealing with the growing pains of developing the band’s sound on the second album, how the writing process is evolving, how Bad Wolves fits into the metal scene, Tim Lambesis and morality, the fallout of the success of the “Zombie” single, and John’s girlfriend, Madison, jumps on the show to give us some insight into and from the perspective of Generation Z.
This episode features the songs “Right of Center” by Ceraphym and “Junkie Girl” by Madison Braddy.
Doc welcomes music producer, Mark Lewis, to the show and they talk about what he thinks the role of a producer is, growing up as a metalhead and guitarist in Maryland, going to recording school at Full Sail University, how he was hired by Jason Suecoff to be a recording assistant and engineer, what he learned from Jason, eventually stepping out on his own to fully produce his own records with bands like Devildriver and Black Dahlia Murder, what he think about the current state of metal production, his experience working with God Forbid on Equilibrium, how he ended up re-mixing Megadeth’s debut album Killing Is My Business…, and moving to Nashville to build a new recording studio.
This episode features the songs “Affliction” by Revanchrist and “Back Foot” by Dinosaur Pile-Up.
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 Skinlab vocalist and bassist, Steev Esquivel, to the show and they talk about meeting each other in the late 90s, his early days with thrash metal band, Defiance, the downturn in thrash leading to the groove metal scene in the bay area and starting Skinlab, how much Robb Flynn and Machine Head helped with their career, working with producer, Andy Sneap, their relationship with Century Media records, seeing the scene change again with the rise of the NWOAHM, going on hiatus after the ReVolting Room album release, his time with rock side project, Re:Ignition, reforming Skinlab, and what life outside of the music industry has been like.
This episode features the songs “Resurgence” by Sons of Texas, “Take What You Want” by Re:Ignition, and “Overcoming” by Skinlab.
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 drummer, Jason Costa, to the show to talk about their collective belief in aliens, his early days coming up in the Boston hardcore scene as a metalhead, how he developed his playing style, his time with Diecast, how struggling to make it and living in poverty convinced him to quit the band, getting away from playing drums altogether, how he was convinced to play with All That Remains, what it has been like to finally get some success as a musician, and how All That Remains has persevered in lieu of lead guitarist Oli Hebert’s death.
This episode features the songs “You Push Me Away” by Dead Defined, “Plumbus” by Doppelganger, and “The Consumerist” by Bad Wolves.