Speak N' Destroy - METALLICA Podcast

PopCurse

The first METALLICA podcast featuring interviews about METALLICA. Hosted by longtime journalist and music manager Ryan J. Downey, as seen/read: MTV News, Billboard, and The Hollywood Reporter.

All Episodes

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 HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Sep 6

59 min 31 sec

The Acacia Strain guitarist has his wife's name tattooed on him, in the Metallica font! This is a super fun episode. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Aug 31

1 hr 26 min

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 to the evolution of various bands; the righthand of James Hetfield; and the story of the "Quarantine Jam" version of "Shortest Straw" featuring OJ, Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), and Speak N' Destroy veterans Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves). Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Aug 23

1 hr 17 min

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 Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

Aug 16

50 min 57 sec

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 resume includes stints with The Faceless, Black Crown Initiate, and Thy Art Is Murder. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Aug 3

1 hr 57 min

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 memories about the gigs. Andrew is ex-Deputy Editor for Terrorizer Magazine, a former band manager, and a longtime attorney in the film business. Eric, part of the major label lawsuits against Napster back in the day, represents huge rock acts, including Five Finger Death Punch, AWOLNATION, Bad Wolves, and Ice Nine Kills. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Jul 26

2 hr 12 min

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 bands like Paradise Lost, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, and Metallica, whose sound and image evolves over the years, with their fans, and more. It's a wide ranging and insightful conversation. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

Jul 20

1 hr 6 min

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 in the Bay Area thrash scene; the importance of Dave Mustaine in early Metallica; the move he borrowed from Sammy Curr in the movie Trick Or Treat; singing “Metal Militia”; the PMRC hearings; Pee-Wee Herman; and more. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

Jul 12

45 min 22 sec

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' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

Jul 6

1 hr 5 min

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 version of alt-rock hit "Zombie," by The Cranberries, went platinum, and he's part of The Wedding Band, alongside Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, Whitfield Crane, and Joey Castillo. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Jun 30

1 hr 19 min

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 their music, they blew my head off." Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

May 24

1 hr 7 min

DARKEST HOUR guitarist Mike Schleibaum on his lifelong love of METALLICA! Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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May 17

1 hr 14 min

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 vocals duties following his brother Matt's departure, and his Top 5 Metallica songs. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

May 10

57 min 16 sec

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 Guitar World, among other outlets. Miley Cyrus and Metallica themselves took notice, too. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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May 3

40 min 2 sec

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 Burton C. Bell, and how Metallica shaped the Fear Factory sound. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and socials HERE. Part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Apr 27

1 hr 57 min

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 podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCursepodcast network.

Apr 19

50 min 10 sec

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 social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCursepodcast network.

Apr 13

1 hr 24 min

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 Motörhead Music. Lemmy's son, Paul Inder Kilmister, produced their debut. Phil Campbell guests on the band’s second album, Spiritual Violence, released in March, 2021. Patrick talks about his relationship with Lemmy, his upbringing, jamming with Slash and Steven Adler, and of course, Metallica. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCursepodcast network.

Apr 5

1 hr 6 min

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 the band's history, influence, songwriting, recording sessions at the Rockfield Studios in Wales, site of legendary recordings by Black Sabbath, Judas Priest (who opened for Budgie), Motörhead, Stone Roses, Oasis, and many more. He even straps on his guitar and plays a bit of "Crash Course" and "Breadfan." His memoir, Rocking Man - With an Axe to Grind (written with Chris Pike), was released in late 2020, with an accompanying CD. Purchase that here. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Mar 29

1 hr 23 min

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 here. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Mar 22

1 hr 37 min

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 Cavalera and David Ellefson. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Mar 15

1 hr 6 min

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 year-end album list from Revolver Magazine. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Mar 8

1 hr 5 min

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 which broke the venue’s attendance record. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Mar 1

54 min 18 sec

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’ was on Master of Puppets?” 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Feb 22

42 min 1 sec

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 appeared on The Tonight Show, PBS, VH1, and Bravo. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Feb 15

1 hr 9 min

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 Circle Pit. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Feb 8

1 hr

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, including the story behind the Metallica pinball machine. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Feb 1

1 hr 50 min

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, before embarking on a career that’s taken him around the world. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Jan 25

1 hr 2 min

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 the band Pop Evil. He’s hung out with the Metallica guys several times and even performed at the inaugural Orion Music + More Festival, where he was brought onstage and introduced by Lars Ulrich. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Jan 18

1 hr 4 min

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 out the Beloved Ghouls song HERE. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network. 

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Jan 11

1 hr 15 min

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, A Different Place is similarly stuffed with seminal photos, and features a foreword by Dave Mustaine himself. Bill talks about those shows, those guys, that early scene, and his current life in Hawaii. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Jan 4

1 hr 1 min

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 so much more. The YouTube video Marty talks about can be found HERE. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network. 

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Dec 2020

1 hr 16 min

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 himself appeared on the podcasts hosted by his friends Bill Burr, Marc Maron, and Joe Rogan. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Dec 2020

57 min 2 sec

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 Goldthwait, and my favorite comedian of all time, Norm Macdonald. Eric talks about working on the Emmy-winning series FUTURAMA, the ups and downs of developing Skylanders Academy, and of course, Metallica. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme by Scott Mellinger. Visit the Speak N' Destroy website and various social media profiles HERE. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Dec 2020

50 min 55 sec

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 insights about copyright law as it pertains to music. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

Dec 2020

56 min 39 sec

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; and BOC’s fourteenth studio album, The Symbol Remains. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Dec 2020

34 min 6 sec

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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Dec 2020

59 min 21 sec

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 his era fronting Anthrax. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Dec 2020

43 min 9 sec

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 join their band. Russell is also the award-winning director of Nightbreed - The Cabal Cut, a restoration of the Clive Barker horror classic. He’s worked with Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, and Brian Eno, and is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Nov 2020

52 min 20 sec

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 addition to supporting AWMH, Ed and his wife Sarah have focused their personal philanthropy on major US research universities, the arts, and local cultural institutions. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCursepodcast network.

Nov 2020

54 min 23 sec

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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 6 min

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 decks, pinball machines (including Aerosmith’s game), hot rods, posters, album covers, toys, and more. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Oct 2020

49 min 33 sec

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-unsigned bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Armored Saint. He wrote for Hit Parader and Creem through the 90s and worked for Enigma and Roadrunner Records. He was even instrumental in Marty Friedman joining Megadeth. Bob talks about Metallica's early days, his career, and the documentary films he's directed, including 2020's Inside Metal: Bay Area Godfathers. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Oct 2020

56 min 37 sec

RAVEN frontman John Gallagher tells hilarious and candid stories from 1983's Raven/Metallica tour, Kill 'Em All For One. 17 people in a Winnebago, what could go wrong? Plus, Raven's early days, Neat Records, the NWOBHM, and their new album, Metal City. 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 Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Oct 2020

46 min 59 sec

The Decade That Rocked. Mark Weiss is responsible for multiple iconic photos of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Aerosmith. As the main photographer for Ozzy Osbourne, Mark first shot Metallica during the 1986 Ozzy/Metallica tour, and was soon after drafted to do the band's first publicity photos with Jason Newsted. It's all chronicled in his new book, The Decade That Rocked, focused on his work from the 1980s. In this episode, we also talk about Ozzy dressed as the Easter Bunny; Dokken and Freddy Krueger; Sammi Curr; the Moscow Music Peace Festival; Dee Snider at the PMRC hearings; Mark's brush with Glenn Danzig; shooting a very strung-out Dave Mustaine; and of course, a lot of Metallica. Learn more about Mark at TheDecadeThatRocked.com. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Visit SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Oct 2020

50 min 50 sec

TRAUMA is best known as Cliff Burton's pre-Metallica outfit, but they're a solid heavy metal band in their own right. I was hired to write a new bio for them in 2017 and spoke with vocalist/cofounder Donny Hillier by phone. Donny was going to come on to Speak N' Destroy to talk more about Cliff, but we never made it happen. When I heard the sad news of Donny's passing in September 2020, I remembered this recording. This interview covers some of Trauma's history, including some great stuff about Cliff toward the end. I'm posting this to give people a chance to hear the same sweet guy that spoke to me. Donny Hillier, R.I.P., thanks for all of the great music, and for sharing Cliff with the world. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Visit SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

Oct 2020

32 min 23 sec

Comedian! Musician! Metallica fan! Dave Hill is one-half of the psych-garage duo Painted Doll, together with Chris Reifert (Death, Autopsy). As an actor and personality, Dave has appeared on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Tick, @midnight, Inside Amy Schumer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and The Jim Gaffigan Show. He’s written three books, appears all over the world as a standup comic, contributed to The New York Times and GQ, and is the mastermind behind the "mostly imaginary” black metal band Witch Taint. His power pop band, Valley Lodge, wrote the theme song to HBO’s Last Week Tonight. In this episode, we talk about Phil Anselmo, Fenriz, Portal, The Replacements, Dokken, The Jackson Five, depressing pubs in England, Corrosion of Conformity, Mayhem, Emperor, a-ha, a whole bunch of Danzig and yes, plenty of Metallica. Keep up with Dave Hill. Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Visit SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 25 min

We saw Metallica at the drive-in! Andrew Carter returns to Speak N' Destroy along with Kevin Burwick for an in-depth conversation about the Metallica drive-in experience. The set list, the sound, the atmosphere, and a whole bunch of well-researched facts about the vineyard, among other things. Andrew is the former Deputy Editor for Terrorizer Magazine, an ex-music manager, and longtime entertainment attorney. Kevin is the guitarist for Golden Ram and an entertainment news writer for MovieWeb and TVweb.  Awesome California drive-in theater: Mission Tiki.  Sonoma Winery: Gundlach Bundschu Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com and on YouTube. Follow Speak N' Destroy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Aug 2020

50 min 50 sec

BLACK VEIL BRIDES drummer Christian "C.C." Coma details what it was like to work with Bob Rock on the band's 2014 album. The band's self-titled set was recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver and mixed at legendary A&M/Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, just like the Black Album. A ton of relatable stories about Bob reaching out to the band; Paul Stanley visiting the studio; tones, technique, and technology; discovering Metallica; what Lars Ulrich brings to the band; CC's early bands and his introduction to Black Veil Brides; and much, much more.  Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow Speak N' Destroy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Aug 2020

1 hr 35 min

Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer talks about discovering Master of Puppets; what makes the early Metallica records so special; Lars Ulrich; his early Indiana band, Cornucopia Of Death; Metallica on the Monsters of Rock Tour in 1988; moving to California at 19; playing with one of the BulletBoys and briefly, W.A.S.P.; the formation and rapid ascent of Five Finger Death Punch; dinner with Judas Priest; Jason Newsted; what led him to step down from FFDP; the theatrical metal band he now fronts, Psychosexual; and his top five favorite Metallica songs.  Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger. Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow Speak N' Destroy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 9 min