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RIVERS OF NIHIL guitarist Brody Uttley was born in 1991, the year the Black Album was released. He talks about the musical journey that led to his tech-death metal band and production work, with an emphasis on the crucial role of Metallica in his life. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials…
 
BYZANTINE vocalist/guitarist Chris "OJ" Ojeda and bassist Ryan Postlethwait talk discovering Metallica; the failure of old-school tab books; high school talent shows; winning a pair of Lars Ulrich's drum sticks in a MetClub contest; meeting the band in a VIP experience; the Metallica monitor mix; each of the Metallica albums; how metal fans react t…
 
AMENRA / OATHBREAKER guitarist Lennart Bossu counts Ride the Lightning among the five heavy albums that changed his life. The Belgian musician ranks the Metallica catalog, talks about meeting Kirk Hammett, his favorite riffs, seeing the band live, the spiritual side of post-doom collective Amenra, and more. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott M…
 
ALLUVIAL guitarist Wes Hauch has plenty to say about Metallica. This is a deep dive conversation covering the band's different eras, puzzling and unique tuning choices, and the importance of certain opinions in the fan ecosystem. He even puts on his guitar and explains something by playing a bit of Metallica during the conversation. Hauch's guitar …
 
Guns N' Roses & Metallica! The incredible co-headlining tour, filled with cancelations, a death-defying pyro accident, a riot, the ego ramp, debauchery, and so much more. It's the 30th anniversary of the Black Album this year and a perfect time to revisit 1992's infamous Guns N' Roses/Metallica tour. Andrew Carter and Eric German return to share me…
 
LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia fell in love with heavy music when she first heard Metallica's 1991 self-titled fifth record, aka the Black Album. In this episode, she talks about the impact of that album and the band on her career; the formation of Lacuna Coil; the story behind the band's signing to Century Media; the relationship between band…
 
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider once declared Metallica had "a lot of heart, but they’re never going to go anywhere.” In this fun and spirited conversation, Dee reflects on Twisted Sister's feuds with Manowar, Hanoi Rocks, Mr. Mister, and the PMRC; how Metallica ended up headlining over Twisted Sister in Holland in 1984; the role of Kirk Hammett…
 
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM drummer and cofounder is talented, intellectual, spiritual, and a consummate Metallica fan. We talk about the band's influence on Aaron and his brother, Nathan; Lars Ulrich behind-the-kit and behind-the-scenes; plotting epic length songs; and more. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destr…
 
BAD WOLVES guitarist Doc Coyle becomes our first three-peat guest! This episodes collects highlights from the Speak N' Destroy live takeover of the Knotfest Twitch channel. Downey and Doc talk Black Album box set, Metallica Blacklist, cover songs, movie posters, Twitch streaming, and more. Doc knows a little something about covers: the Bad Wolves v…
 
BOKASSA frontman Jørn Kaarstad tells the behind-the-scenes story of the huge helping hand the Norwegian group received from Lars Ulrich, which ultimately led to an opening slot on Metallica's 2019 tour. As Lars himself said, "Bokassa are incredibly good. The songs they write, their whole energy and vibe is such a breath of fresh air. When I heard t…
 
EVILE began as a cover band called Metal Militia, playing mostly Metallica classics. Frontman Ol Drake talks about the English thrash band's beginnings, the strengths of James Hetfield's rhythms and Kirk Hammett's leads, the missing bass on ...And Justice for All, his love for the Load/Reload era, his 2015 solo album on Earache Records, taking over…
 
When TikTok star and R&B musician Zaria wore a Ride the Lightning shirt in a video, commenters challenged her to "name three Metallica songs." She didn't just answer that challenge with words. She strapped on her guitar and shredded through sections of four different Metallica classics. Her troll-slaying caught the attention of Loudwire, NME, and G…
 
FEAR FACTORY guitarist, cofounder, and band leader Dino Cazares on his upbringing; discovering Metallica; the righthand of James Hetfield; touring with Metallica in 2010; making sandwiches for Dave Mustaine in the early 80s; getting Fear Factory music to Tom Araya in a brick of weed; the history of his band, the search for a new singer to replace B…
 
HJELVIK. The former singer for KVELERTAK now leads his own band, HJELVIK. He talks about discovering Metallica and heavy metal; growing up in a small Norwegian village, pop. 1000, where he listened to Slipknot while milking cows; meeting James Hetfield at a Kvelertak show; touring with Metallica for eight months; and much more. Speak N' Destroy pod…
 
Phil Towle is the man who, according to Lars Ulrich, saved Metallica. He's best known as the performance coach immortalized in the documentary film Some Kind of Monster. This conversation covers Phil's background, methodology, and of course, Metallica. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various…
 
BUDDERSIDE (and former Adler’s Appetite) vocalist Patrick Alan Stone crossed paths with Lemmy and his entire life changed. The Motörhead frontman and his bandmates all made regular appearances at his home. When Velvet Revolver searched for a new singer, Lemmy recommended Patrick, which led to several demos. Lemmy personally signed Budderside to Mot…
 
BUDGIE cofounder Tony Bourge is the man behind the riffs in "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" and "Breadfan." Budgie classics have been covered by Soundgarden ("Homicidal Suicidal"), Iron Maiden ("I Can't See My Feelings"), Megadeth ("Melt the Ice Away"), as well as Metallica. Van Halen opened early club shows with "In for the Kill." Tony talks about…
 
JAMES HETFIELD’s GUITAR TECH talks about getting the Metallica gig in 2003; his first visit to HQ and interview with James; his early days of touring with The Breeders, Hole, Veruca Salt, and Garbage; Courtney Love and the legacy of Kurt Cobain; Hetfield’s playing and tone; and more. Check out Chad's line of wireless stage gear, Lite-Time, right he…
 
JUSTICE FOR ALL: THE TRUTH ABOUT METALLICA author Joel McIver is responsible for more than 25 books about rock music, including TO LIVE IS TO DIE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF METALLICA’S CLIFF BURTON (with a foreword by Kirk Hammett) and biographies on Black Sabbath, Slayer, Tool, Motörhead, and Slipknot. He’s also the co-author of memoirs from Max Caval…
 
SPIRIT ADRIFT frontman Nate Garrett is the former guitarist for Gatecreeper and a massive Metallica fan. Three different Spirit Adrift albums have landed in the coveted Top 40 Albums of the Year list in Decibel Magazine - two of them in the top 10 and one, Enlightened in Eternity, at No. 5 for 2020. The album was also included in the Top 10 of the …
 
KVELERTAK guitarist Vidar Landa met James Hetfield when the Metallica frontman came to see his band at a club in San Francisco. The Norwegian metal act - who are also a favorite of the guys in Mastodon, Converge, and Ghost, among other bands - went on to play multiple shows with Metallica, including the historic gig at London’s O2 Arena in 2017 whi…
 
STATE OF MERCURY YouTube channel guitar shredder C.J. Cox is a master of the rework, where he re-records and often rearranges a Metallica song from one album in the style of another. His most popular videos include “What if ‘Enter Sandman’ was on …And Justice for All?”, “What if ‘Master of Puppets’ was on The Black Album?”, and “What if ‘Blackened’…
 
Ex-KERRANG! Global Head of Brand Strategy Ethan Fixell is a former standup comedian and rock musician who headed up the U.S. division of the long-running UK magazine just a few years ago. As of the time of this conversation, Ethan is Head of Production for the Custom Podcasts division of iHeartMedia. He’s written extensively about alcohol and appea…
 
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