Doc has an in-depth talk with Benny Horowitz, drummer of über successful rock band, The Gaslight Anthem, about coming up in the New Jersey hardcore scene, gush over local metalcore band For The Love Of..., discuss Benny's struggle in the underground playing with bands like The Low End Theory and The Killing Gift, battling with the pressures of "real life", and finally coping with having his dreams come true as a successful musician. Benny and Doc also engage in some NBA talk, and pore over the doldrums of being a Brooklyn Nets fan, and try to figure if anyone has a chance against the Golden State Warriors.
This episode features the songs "Crawl To Hide" by For The Love Of... from the 1998 album Feasting On The Will Of Humanity and "Stay Vicious" by The Gaslight Anthem from the 2014 album Get Hurt.
Mark Heylmun, lead guitarist of Suicide Silence joins Doc to discuss the harsh criticism of their creative changes on their forthcoming album, the band's "old school" approach to jamming and chemistry, their personal artistic process and how it relates to fans, and Mark ends up interviewing Doc a little bit to get some insight on what hindered God Forbid's career.
This episode features the song "Doris" by Suicide Silence from their self-titled album set to be released February 24th 2017 on Nuclear Blast Records.
Doc returns from a break from the show with special guest, Bill Hudson, a prolific and virtuosic guitarist for bands like Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Circle II Circle, Vital Remains, and Ex Man of Westfield Massacre, Cellador, Power Quest, and many more. They discuss how Bill emigrated from Brazil to join the band Cellador, his early missteps and attitude problems, his transition into becoming a hired gun, and his philosophy on how to make it as a pro musician.
This episode features the song "Of Dirt" by the band Firefly Atlas, and a demo version of the song "E.G.O." by Bill Hudson.
Doc rings in the New Year by thanking his gear sponsors ESP Guitars, EVH Amps and Cabs, Dunlop Picks, MXR Effects, Planet Waves Cables, D'Addario Strings, Toontrack Software, Kemper Profiling Amps, Zoom, Samson, and Sennheiser.
He also speaks with Mutiny Within bassist, Andrew Jacobs, about how AJ hustled and masterminded their way to a record deal with Roadrunner even as an inexperience band, navigating the local New Jersey metal scene, the art of networking, the trouble the band ran into with touring and member changes, burning out, working at Warner Music Group, and the current state of Mutiny Within.
This is episode features the Mutiny Within song "Justify" from their album Origins due Feb 10th 2017.
Doc vents about the holiday blues, and speaks with Century Media A&R guy, Mike Gitter, about his start as a journalist in the early punk and hardcore scene, his time in the major label world at Atlantic records, the process of making records with bands, his legacy at Roadrunner Records and working with bands like Killswitch Engage, Glassjaw, and Ill Nino, and reveals what he looks for in upcoming bands.
This episode features the song "Calculating Fate" from Death I Am and a live version of "Numbered Days" from KiIlswitch Engage.
Doc talks with his old friend Tommy Vext, vocalist of Westfield Massacre about growing up in a rough environment in Brooklyn, NY, his first band Vext, how he got involved with Dino Cazares to join Divine Heresy, singing at Roadrunner United, his messy exit from Divine Heresy, joining Snot, his long journey to get sober, surviving attempted murder, entering the witness protection program, and his flirtation with suicide.
Songs featured on this episode are "Horizon" by Animus Complex from the Immersion album and "Build Your Thrones" by Westfield Massacre from their self-titled debut.
Doc talks with ex Fear Factory bassist and guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers about how Christian originally joined the band, Fear Factory's influence on metal, how and why the band split up, potential of a Fear Factory reunion, and dig into Christian's passion for firearms.
Doc laments on the election results, and speaks with his old friend friend Bruce Lamont, vocalist and saxophonist of bands like Yakuza, Corrections House,Brain Tentacles, and Led Zeppelin 2. They discuss Bruce's journey as a career musician who has found a way to balance art and commerce over 20 years.
This episode features the track "Fruitcake" from Brain Tentacles' self-titled debut release available through Relapse Records.
Doc talks with virtuosic, solo instrumental guitarist, Angel Vivaldi, about his humble beginnings in New Jersey playing with Black Market Hero, how he launched and built his solo career using social media, how he dealt with the traditional music industry, his role as a gay man in the heavy metal world, his dedication to environmentalism and worthy causes, and his recent tour with Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, Gus G.
This episode features the Angel Vivaldi song "A Mercurian Summer" from the 2011 Universal Language EP.
In this inaugural episode, Doc and John discuss John's exit from Devildriver, life after the band, his artist management career, his new band I of Tongues, and his relationship with Phil Anselmo.
This episode features the song "Pull Me Out" from Doc's band Vagus Nerve from the Visceral EP available now.