Mon, 29 June 2020
Voivod guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain is our guest this week. We discuss the Canadian perspective on the recent protests inspired by the murder of George Floyd and his country's response to the pandemic, he looks back on Voivod's most recent studio album, The Wake, tells us about how Voivod got invited to play the Montreal International Jazz Festival, why spontaneous composition is difficult for a metal band, Voivod’s experience doing the live-streamed Isolation Festival, and an update on the band's next album.
Petar, Brandon, and Sylvia discuss the guy that got Pete into heavy metal at the age of nine years old, how he knocked out a guy by sucker punching him, and the antics of Pete as a high school basketball player who would pull pranks on his coach.
Songs: Voivod - “The End of Dormancy (Metal Section)," Valkyrie - “Feeling So Low”
Direct download: Daniel2022Chewy2220Mongrain2028Voivod2920Episode20Summary2034420-20FINAL.mp3
Category:The MetalSucks Podcast -- posted at: 1:39pm PDT
Mon, 22 June 2020
Volumes vocalist Michael Barr is our guest this week. We talk about his journey from exiting Volumes to eventually returning to the band, and we get an update on the band's next album. Michaels tells us about their recently-released standalone single, "Pixelate," its message about the dangers of growing up staring at a computer screen, the digital imprint being more important to your legacy than human interaction, getting bullied for staying silent and refusing to add to the daily noise, if caring too much about your own brand can make you disconnected from other people, and the importance of being able to fuck up so you can grow as a person. Michael also shares a memory of Diego Farias, his former bandmate that tragically passed away earlier this year.
Petar, Brandon, and Sylvia tackle the video footage of Doro's drive-in concert, our experience with visiting Las Vegas casinos during the pandemic, the power of regulating the media intake in your life, and Protest the Hero’s statement about fans that have a different political agenda.
Songs: Volumes - “Pixelate," Descend - “Lily”
Direct download: Michael20Barr2028Volumes2920Episode2034320-20Final.mp3
Category:The MetalSucks Podcast -- posted at: 10:09am PDT
Mon, 15 June 2020
The Sword axeman Kyle Shutt is our guest this week. We discuss the recent release of two rarity, b-side and live compilations, Chronology 2006-2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms, the difference between the two, and the effects of taking a hiatus as a band after 15 years. We also discuss how Primus brought the band back together, how the death of Neil Peart put a pause on their reunion shows, his hobby of drawing self-portraits during the quarantine, what having kids has taught him, and the next thing fans can look forward to from The Sword.
Songs: The Sword - “Daughter of Dawn," Mushroomhead - “The Heresy," Aversions Crown - “Paradigm”
Direct download: Kyle20Shutt2028The20Sword2920Episode2034220-20FINAL.mp3
Category:The MetalSucks Podcast -- posted at: 12:10pm PDT
Wed, 10 June 2020
Legendary thrash metal vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill) is our guest this week. We discuss his supergroup cover band, BPMD (featuring Mike Portnoy, Phill Demmel, and Mark Menghi), we break down their album track by track as he shares his memories of seeing the songs performed live in the 1970s, learn how Saturday Night Special and busting balls was the catalyst for the creation of the band, the specific reason why the BPMD record was done by all the guys, the origin of Overkill starting off as a cover band, and how they sent their version of the covers to the original artists and got feedback. We also get an update on the latest Overkill record.
This week we are doing another music episode and compiling our Best of 2020 So Far lists and playing a song off each record we think you need to check out before the summer hits.
Songs: BPMD - “Toys In The Attic” (originally by Aerosmith) and “Evil” (originally by Cactus)
Direct download: Bobby_Blitz_Ellsworth_Overkill_BPMD_Episode_341_-_FINAL.mp3
Category:The MetalSucks Podcast -- posted at: 8:29am PDT
Mon, 1 June 2020
Within Temptation vocalist Sharon del Adel is our guest this week. We discuss the band's latest standalone single, "Entertain You," the song's lyrical exploration of why people film altercations instead of helping humans in distress and the debate of filming being used as evidence versus getting involved. We also talk about how the majority of silent voices aren't represented on social media, the media's contributions to modern day bully culture, and an update on the band's rescheduled tour with Evanescence.
Petar, Brandon and Sylvia discuss the metal and rock community’s reaction to the murder of George Floyd, and discuss the feeling of helplessness we all experience when we see what's going on in the world around us.
Songs: Within Temptation "Entertain You" and "Raise Your Banner," Alestorm - "Treasure Chest Party Quest"
Direct download: Sharon_den_Adel_Within_Temptation_Episode_340_-_FINAL.mp3
Category:The MetalSucks Podcast -- posted at: 9:22am PDT