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SCREEN CRUSADES features in-depth interviews with the coolest talent in film and TV. Hosted by Ryan J. Downey, who has reported on pop culture for MTV News, MSNBC, MovieWeb, Marvel, and more. Downey is also the host of The Disc Dive, presented by Knotfest, and the podcasts PopCurse, Speak N’ Destroy, and No-Prize From God. He is based in Southern California.
 
The Disc Dive, where artists dive deep into their discographies with longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey. Downey has worked as writer, editor, correspondent, and producer for MTV, Billboard, and the Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the MI Conversation Series and the Speak N’ Destroy podcast, as well as a longtime artist manager in the rock, metal, and punk genres.
 
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Jordan Graham discusses how he handled the writing, directing, editing, composing, cinematography, set design and more on 2021's most buzzed about and acclaimed horror film, Sator, on the latest episode of KNOTFEST's Screen Crusades with Ryan J Downey.0:00 - Doing more with less5:45 - Early filmmaker influences 12:45 - The critical reception to Sat…
 
The director shares what it was like to work with his mentor and why a film like The Exorcist merits such a comprehensive examination like the Shudder documentary, 'Leap of Faith'.Philippe's most recent feature length project, Leap of Faith, takes an in-depth look at the genesis and execution of one of cinema's most enduring entires directly from t…
 
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…
 
METAL INJECTION co-founder and editor Robert Pasbani is also the co-owner of the Blast Beat Network, which handles digital advertising for his own site as well as Metal Sucks, Lambgoat, The PRP, Gear Gods, and Metal Insider, among others. He’s a former on-air host for Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal and hosts The Metal Injection Livecast and Squared Circl…
 
STERN PINBALL Senior Director of Licensing and New Business Development Jody Dankberg is directly responsible for the awesome Stern Pinball machines involving Game Of Thrones, KISS, and Metallica, among others. As one of the founders of Krank Amplifiers, he was particularly close with the late Dimebag Darrell. Jody talks about his career in music, …
 
OVERKILL drummer Jason Bittner is also a longtime member of Shadows Fall and has filled in for Charlie Benante in Anthrax. He performed on Marty Friedman’s 2011 solo album and was briefly the drummer in reformed thrash band Toxik before his three year stint behind the kit for Flotsam & Jetsam. Jason spent a year at the Berklee College of Music, bef…
 
COMEDIAN Don Jamieson is a standup comedian who first rose to prominence in the metal world as co-host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show. A prolific joke writer heard on The Howard Stern Show and an Emmy Award-winner for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL, Jamieson has released four comedy albums and toured as the opening act for Andrew Dice Clay and …
 
SLAYER cofounder Dave Lombardo talks about Slayer and Metallica's first show together; filling in for Lars Ulrich; the Big 4; which Slayer song was influenced by Metallica; designing the Slayer logo; how he almost joined Megadeth in 1986; Grip, Inc.; The Misfits; Mr. Bungle; Rick Rubin; holiday text messages from Glenn Danzig, and much more. Check …
 
METALLICA: THE CLUB DAYZ, 1982 - 1984: Live, Raw and Without a Photo Pit! collects the multitude of killer pictures of Metallica captured in their formative years by Bill Hale. He was there for six of the band’s early shows, including their first with Cliff, the band's last with Dave, and the first Metallica show with Kirk. Megadeth: Another Time, …
 
Ex-MEGADETH lead guitarist and solo artist Marty Friedman on discovering KISS, his formative bands in Hawaii, hearing the Metallica demo, Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, the behind-the-scenes similarities between Megadeth and Metallica, what makes "Enter Sandman" and "Through the Never" so hilarious to the Japanese public, and …
 
COMEDIAN Dean Delray draws upon a life of heavy metal and Harleys that began in the Bay Area, telling stories as a standup and longtime host of the Let There Be Talk podcast. His show bears the distinction of being the first podcast to feature all of the current guys in AC/DC. He spent four hours talking with Kirk Hammett for one episode and has hi…
 
SKYLANDERS ACADEMY creator Eric Rogers tells the story of getting James Hetfield to voice werewolf musician Wolfgang in the hit animated series, which ran for three seasons on Netflix. Based on the Activision game series, Skylanders Academy also featured the voice talents of Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks, Bobcat Goldthw…
 
MUSIC ATTORNEY Eric German worked with the record companies in their lawsuits against Napster, including A&M Records v. Napster. He’s also a massive Metallica fan and spent his teenage years playing in rock bands. These days, his clients include Five Finger Death Punch, AWOLNATION, Bad Wolves, and Asking Alexandria. This conversation is filled with…
 
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT lead guitarist (and sole consistent member!) Buck Dharma on meeting Metallica; the band’s cover of “Astronomy”; the famous Saturday Night Live sketch with Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken; writing, recording, and making music videos during the pandemic; participating in the 1986 metal all-star project Hear ’n Aid; his solo work;…
 
ARMORED SAINT (and Fates Warning) bassist Joey Vera discusses the band’s long career and the group’s history with Metallica. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Visit SpeakNDestroy.com. Support us on Patreon. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downeyon Twitter, Instagram, and …
 
ARMORED SAINT vocalist and former Anthrax frontman John Bush talks about turning down an invitation to sing for Metallica; touring with Metallica and W.A.S.P. back in the day; Sound of White Noise; balancing life, family, and career; singing with Metallica at the band’s 30th anniversary shows; and the possibility of a solo tour doing material from …
 
ARMORED SAINT: THE MOVIE director Russell Cherrington tells the behind-the-scenes stories of interviewing James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich for his documentary. His relationship with Armored Saint goes all the way back to the tape trading days of the early ‘80s metal scene. Metallica once extended an invitation to Armored Saint vocalist John Bush to j…
 
ALL WITHIN MY HANDS Executive Director Edward H. Frank talks about his relationship with Metallica and the work they do together. Ed worked in the computer industry for more than 30 years, including a stint as Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Engineering at Apple, where he led the development of several generations of Macintosh computers. In ad…
 
AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ talks about growing up and his band's fantastic relationship with Metallica. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Visit SpeakNDestroy.com. Support us on Patreon. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Faceboo…
 
For They Know Not What They Do filmmaker Daniel G. Karslake deals with the intersection of religion, sexuality, gender identity, and social justice in his work. Every Three Seconds (2014), which he began as a visiting scholar at Stanford University, amplified practical solutions to global poverty and hunger. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) premier…
 
DIRTY DONNY hand-illustrated the Metallica Stern pinball machine and is responsible for several of the band’s posters and the artwork that adorns Metallica HQ. Donny talks about his career in the arts, meeting Metallica, how he ended up working at HQ for several months, and more. The work of Dirty Donny (aka Donny Gillies) can be seen on skate deck…
 
BAY AREA GODFATHERS director Bob Nalbandian met Lars Ulrich in Huntington Beach before the formation of Metallica. Envious of the young Dane's New Wave Of British Heavy Metal records, Bob was witness to the first shows by Metallica: Lars, James, Dave, and Ron. In 1982, at age 17, he started a fanzine called The Headbanger, interviewing then-unsigne…
 
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