MetalSucks Episode 246: Obscura's Steffen Kummerer

This week we talk to Obscura mastermind Steffen Kummerer about the band’s new record, Diluvium, why it took four chapters to tell the narrative behind it, the meaning of the title, his approach to making the record sound three dimensional, the importance of a good chorus, his study of German philosophy, which philosopher he feels best represents him today, the difficulty of misinformation, and the misunderstanding about the band breaking up when promoting the new record.

Petar, Brandon, and Jozalyn also tackle the latest drama surrounding The FacelessRex Brown’s kind tribute to the late Vinnie Paul, how death brings closure to petty beefs, and whether or not Rex and Phil Anselmo should perform Pantera songs again.

MetalSucks Episode 245: Devin Townsend

This week we talk with Devin Townsend about his latest release Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theater Plovdiv. We discuss Devin’s decision to disband the “Devin Townsend Project” moniker, the various albums he’s writing now and the 100 songs that are currently in the works, the trial and error process he goes through prior to committing to a project, the autobiography he released in 2016 and what the future may hold for him at this point. As is always the case with Devin, it’s quite the interesting chat and a pointed look into the brain of one of metal’s most eccentric characters.

Pete, Brandon, and Joz share their favorite metal albums of 2018 so far, discussing why these records should all be heard and how established artists sometimes don’t get the credit they should because of nostalgia.

MetalSucks Episode 244: Devildriver's Dez Fafara

Dez Fafara from DevilDriver is our guest this week. We discuss his new country covers album Outlaws Til The End Vol. 1, how he handled people who told him it was a bad idea to mix metal and country, why this is a “Volume 1,” his trip to Johnny Cash’s cabin, singing on stage with Lee Ving of Fear, masculinity and its representation in country songs and an update on the future of DevilDriver.

Pete, Brandon, and Jozalyn talk about the passing of legend Vinnie Paul, our personal experiences with him in Vegas, how important he was to the the younger bands in the scene and the legacy he leaves behind.

MetalSucks Episode 243: Code Orange's Jami Morgan

Jami Morgan of Code Orange is our guest this week. We discuss the band’s latest standalone single “Only One Way,” the ways he sees the band releasing songs, albums and other content in the future, his fondness for MMA and wrestling, the importance of validation from established artists, touring Europe with System of a Down, which era of hardcore most inspired him and the youthful energy that is irreplaceable in music.

Petar, Brandon, and Jozalyn discuss the latest drama involving The Faceless (and Michael Keene’s bogus comment on the ordeal) and our joy about Ghost’s recent achievements for our genre.

MetalSucks Episode 242: Orange Goblin's Ben Ward

Ben Ward of Orange Goblin is our guest this week. We discuss the immediacy and sound of the band’s latest record The Wolf Bites Back, the reason Ward believes no rock band has captured a generation like in the past, how popular artists rest on their laurels after achieving success, the English metal scene and the unity that used to make it special, why retirement doesn’t make sense for musicians, and the successful crowdfunding campaign he launched to help out Metal Hammer.

MetalSucks Episode 241: Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley

This week we talk to Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley about his new novel Watch. We also discuss his first novel Scale, the authors that influenced him, the importance of writing what you know, the risks he took on the new book, the difference between turning in finished records to labels and books to an editor, the magic behind the song “Map Change,” the importance of producer Will Putney on the lyrics of Every Time I Die’s latest album Low Teens, an update on new music and much more.

MetalSucks Episode 240: Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, The Ex-Man Podcast, ex-God Forbid)

Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves & The Ex-Man Podcast (ex-God Forbid, Vagus Nerve) joins the podcast this week. We talk about Bad Wolves' recent rise to success, the difference between metal and hard rock, the disparity between fans of those genres, how quickly change occurs in life and the anxiety that brings, how the president has become pop culture and the importance of mobilizing young voters. We also talk a whole lot of NBA: why LeBron James is or isn’t the greatest basketball player of all time, if the argument between him and Michael Jordan is fair, which team LeBron should get traded to, how the Golden State Warriors have affected the competition in the game, and much more.

Petar, Brandon, and Jozalyn introduce the world to the Pedro and Pedro Law firm, talk about Marilyn Manson’s claim of pissing on Korn’s catering, Ghost's Tobias Forge stating that the lawsuit brought against him by former members needed to happen, Between the Buried and Me's decision to release their latest record in two parts, and much more. 

MetalSucks Episode 239: Nick Holmes of Bloodbath and Paradise Lost

Bloodbath vocalist Nick Holmes (also of Paradise Lost) is our guest this week. We discuss the North American tour Bloodbath are about the embark on, his passion for Florida death metal and horror films, his fear of checking Twitter after a night of drinking, the challenge of writing “gore” lyrics and an update on the new Bloodbath record. Meanwhile Petar, Brandon, and Joz discuss MS co-founder Vince Neilstein's claim that Ghost will be the next arena rock band, the newly announced Pig Destroyer record, Maynard’s plea on stage for his bandmates to finish the Tool record, and much more.

Songs: Bloodbath - “Grand Morbid Funeral” Witch Casket - “Hatred Index”
 

MetalSucks Episode 238: Lamb of God's Mark Morton

This week we talk with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton about the band’s new covers album Legion: XX, released under the band’s original moniker Burn the Priest. We discuss how the band selected which songs to cover, which ones were the most difficult to learn, his favorite covers by other bands, the honor of being on the bill for Slayer’s farewell tour and his passion for hip hop.

This week we have a new segment of “Vince Neilstein’s Metal Mysteries” in which the MetalSucks co-founder addresses the age-old conspiracy: is there more than one Andrew W.K.? Petar, Brandon and Jozalyn discuss the news about Bill and Ted 3 finally getting the green light, the disappearance of Yuimetal from Babymetal’s ranks, the absence of “One in a Million” from the Guns N’ Roses reissue of Appetite for Destruction, and the dangers of ignoring and rewriting history.

MetalSucks Episode 237: Mike Scheidt of Yob

Mike Scheidt from Yob joins The MetalSucks Podcast this week. They talk about the trials and tribulations caused by his near-fatal diagnosis of diverticulitis, his near-death experience prior to surgery, the power of being mentally strong when dealing with health issues, the process he took to rebuild his singing voice and the precautions he’ll be taking on Yob’s upcoming tour with Bell Witch, how our emotions are tied into how we feel physically, learning how to say thank you when you are shown an overwhelming amount of support, and how he got a guest spot on the latest record by Will Haven.

Petar, Brandon, and Jozalyn give you a glimpse into the exciting week Guns ’N’ Roses fans had, try to understand what bankruptcy means for Gibson guitars, talk about Babymetal’s decision to start a record label, and discuss the recent slew of surprise releases from Sleep, Cancer Bats and Dead Cross.

MetalSucks Episode 236: TesseracT Guitarist James Monteith

TesseracT guitarist James Monteith is our guest this week. We talk about the meaning behind the title of the band’s new album Sonder, the dark storytelling process for their music video “King,” how shorter records make more sense these days, the importance of trends and timing in modern music, his day job as a music publicist, the correlation between Brexit in Monteith’s native U.K. and Trump’s America, how technology is a part of the identity of today’s youth, the psychology of the modern music fan, how big retailers are to blame for the mainstream fashion trend of metal shirts and more.

Petar, Brandon, and Joz tackle John Travolta praising Fred Durst, our excitement level for the new Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway recordBurn the Priest’s voicemail advertisement, and the food that best represents America (according to Jozalyn).