On this very special 100th episode of The Ex-Man podcast, Doc welcomes Hatebreed vocalist and Jasta Show podcast host Jamey Jasta and they talk about Hatebreed’s place in the NWOAHM, the state of rock radio, dealing with politics within the music industry, how Entombed and Sepultura influenced early Hatebreed, how growing up poor in urban Connecticut shaped his world view in feeling Iike an underdog, where his entrepreneurial ambitions stem from, how his time as a booking agent informed him on Iearning from the mistakes from other underground bands, helping create a community by extending an olive branch to up and coming artists, being an innovator as frontman with stage banter, and the Chvrches/Gojira controversy.
This episode features the songs “Home” by Eclipsica, “Are You In There” by NeverWake, and “13 Appears” by Jasta featuring Tommy Victor.
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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 YouTube music Crash Thompson aka The Rock Critic to the show to discuss the modern state of music criticism, the new Tool album Fear Inoculum, and how Tool engages outside of the norms of the rest of the industry.
Doc welcomes Emmure guitarist, Joshua Travis, to the show and they talk about his time with The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, how he developed his sound, the genesis of “the yuck”, his early guitar influences, his time with Glass Cloud, how he joined Emmure, how his musical personality has fit into Emmure’s creative process, and the complexities of racial identity and culture have shaped Josh’s artistic interests.
This episode features the song “Living Dead” by We’re All Wrong and “Flag of the Beast” by Emmure.
Doc welcomes Volumes vocalist Myke Terry to the show to talk about coming up in the Richmond, VA metalcore scene with his first band Cassius, how he joined Bury Your Dead, developing his vocal style and experimenting with singing, the aftermath of quitting Bury Your Dead, experiencing racism in the metal scene, moving to Des Moines, IA to start an indie rock band called IVA, eventually heading west to try at professional wrestling, his stint as a solo R&B artist, being an early vocalist for Bad Wolves when it was called Eye of Tongues, and eventually joining Volumes.
This episode features the songs “Legacy Hampton” by Suspicious Minds, “Skingraft” by Cassius, “Hurting Not Helping” by Bury Your Dead, “Hot Blood” by IVA, “Red Handed” by Myke Terry, and “Finite” by Volumes.
Doc welcomes Chimaira lead guitarist, Rob Arnold, to the show to talk about Rob’s disappearance from the public eye after quitting Chimaira, the early days of Chimaira, evolving from nu-metal to the NWOAHM, the backlash of becoming more progressive on their self-titled album, the band growing apart over the years, what led him to quit, focusing on becoming a producer, and Rob interviews Doc a bit asking about his time playing touring with Metallica.
This episode features the songs “Survivor’s Guilt” by Pangaea, “My Last Murder” by The Elite, and “Disposable Heroes” by Chimaira.
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 Baroness frontman/guitarist and visual artist, John Dyer Baizley, to the show to talk about Baroness’ creative process, his philosophy as an artist, feelings on fame, what inspired him to make creative work his life, and dealing with the politics of sexism in the touring environment.
This episode features the song “Self Repair Manifesto” by Nothing and “Front Toward Enemy” by Baroness.
Doc welcomes host of The Punk Rock MBA YouTube show, Finn McKenty, and they talk about his history as a blogger writing under the satirical alias, Sgt. D, how he fell in love with marketing and business, how a job working at a screen printer led to him being hired by CreativeLive, his approach and enthusiasm for social media, the culture of YouTube vloggers, where heavy music and rock stands in modern times, his philosophy around always learning new things and keeping up with the times, and the positive reinforcement on the Punk Rock MBA Facebook group.
This episode features the songs “Eviscerate” by Matriarchs and “Weeding Out The Thorns” by Human Remains.
Doc welcomes fellow Bad Wolves guitarist, Chris Cain, to the show and they talk about how Chris got into guitar, growing up in Iowa, falling into the hardcore/metalcore scene and almost immediately hitting the road with Too Pure Too Die, getting his 1st break playing guitar with Sacramento band Elysia, how he went from playing with For The Fallen Dreams to playing in Bury Your Dead, why he left Bury Your Dead and went back home to Iowa, getting into guitar teching for pop acts, and why he was willing to sacrifice a stable career to join Bad Wolves.
This episode features the song “Art of Betrayal” by Fate Destroyed and “I Swear” by Bad Wolves.