The Heavy Metal Wanaka Podcast with C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool


Welcome to the third episode of the Heavy Metal Wanaka Podcast, first up this week I feature my interview with C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool, where we talk about the bands (then) upcoming tour of New Zealand & Australia in support of the bands sixth album ‘Hellelujah’ out now- we also touch on Americas Got Talent contestants as well as Marvel comics property & subject of recent monster smash movie, Deadpool.

After the interview, I touch on some behind the scenes happenings & thoughts in regards to The Heavy Metal Podcast #2, particularly about posting an older interview on a new podcast, only to have the major news of that band being announced as touring the country, in mere seconds to minutes before publishing the podcast.

For more info on the podcast visit us at:
https://heavymetalwanaka.wordpress.com
or search ‘Heavy Metal Wanaka’ on facebook and twitter.

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The Heavy Metal Wanaka Podcast with Alex Hoffmann of Fallujah


Welcome to the second episode of the Heavy Metal Wanaka Podcast, first up this week I feature my interview with Alex Hofmann of Fallujah, where we talk about the bands latest album ‘Dreamless’ out now on Nuclear Blast Records.

PLEASE NOTE: During the final stages of getting this podcast ready for publishing, a NZ & Australian tour with Fallujah acting as support to Killswitch Engage, was announced.
http://selecttouring.com.au/tours/killswitch-engage/

After the interview, I touch on the issue of the misinterpretation and misunderstanding of academic studies into metal, though the use of click bait style headlines. This was an off the cuff reiteration of something I had covered in a former podcast (now unavailable)

For more info on the podcast visit us at:
https://heavymetalwanaka.wordpress.com
or search ‘Heavy Metal Wanaka’ on facebook and twitter.

Drowning Pool Interview

I just got off the phone with Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce. The band will be playing shows in New Zealand and Australia throughout the end of July. For more info and tickets check out: http://www.metropolistouring.com/drowningpool

The band is touring in support of their recent new album ‘Hellelujah’, and also recently made headlines after John Hetlinger, a contestant on an American talent show gave a performance of the bands hit song, ‘Bodies’- Mr Hetlinger was then invited to join the band on stage during a live performance at a festival show.

This interview will be featured in an upcoming episode of Heavy Metal Wanaka. (probably the next one as the tour is coming up rather shortly.)

 

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This podcast is recorded in Wanaka, New Zealand. I had to head up the road for a bit and got this photo on the way back.

The Heavy Metal Wanaka Podcast with Alex Erian of Despised Icon


Welcome to the first episode of the Heavy Metal Wanaka Podcast, first up this week I feature my interview with Alex Erian of Despised Icon, where we talk about the bands upcoming new album ‘Beast’ out 22nd July 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.

After the interview, I give my impressions of two Heavy Metal related/themed mobile games; ‘Heavy Metal Tennis’ and Iron Maiden’s ‘Legacy of the Beast’. Both free for download and available on ios and android.

For more info on the podcast visit us at:
https://heavymetalwanaka.wordpress.com
or search ‘Heavy Metal Wanaka’ on facebook and twitter.

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Heavy Metal Wanaka #3

This week we feature an interview with Alex Erian from Despised Icon: the band has reunited and has a new album coming out July 22nd.
Despised Icon: http://www.despisedicon.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/despisedicon/
On top the interview and the wicked music we feature, I talk about recent releases in mobile gaming: http://ironmaidenlegacy.com/ & http://heavymetaltennis.com/ (I take a small measure of mirth from not mentioning the big player in this arena this week: Can’t report them all.)

Here’s the facebook page of the new, more or less local, music shop  opening this week over in Frankton: https://www.facebook.com/mayamusicnz/

Playlist:
TWILIGHT FORCE- Battle of Arcane Magic [youtube]
FREEDOM CALL- Hammer of the Gods [youtube]
SPELLCASTER- I Live Again
BARBARIAN- Absolute Metal
HOLOCAUST- Predator
DESPISED ICON- The Sunset will never charm us (live)
**Alex Erian (Despised Icon) Interview**
DESPISED ICON- The Aftermath
BIG BUSINESS- Diagnostic Front
DEADLOCK- Berserk
GOJIRA- Low Lands [youtube]
ASPHALT GRAVES- No Feast (without cruelty)
DEFILED- Towards inevitable ruin
RENDERED HELPLESS- Pulverised Civilian Casualties (NZ) [facebook, bandcamp]
WINTERBORN- Rolling Thunder (NZ) [facebook, bandcamp]
HIDDEN INTENT- Apocalypse Now [NZ tour facebook event (Welli), Auckland show]
ILL DISPOSED- In Light of the Moon
MEPHISTOPHELES- The 11th Skywalk Travel Stream
VANNA- Circle the Flame
FIRESPAWN- All Hail [youtube]
ABHOMINE- Crown of Flies.

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This podcast is recorded in Wanaka, NZ. Saw this outside the window one morning, camera on my phone fails to capture the full spectrum of colour but you get the idea

 

Heavy Metal Wanaka Ep. 2

HEAVY METAL WANAKA EPISODE 2

Number two done and dusted. I had my interview with Alex Erian from Despised Icon this week- which interrupted my usual flow of show prep so (to me) this weeks episode feels a bit rushed. Despite this, however, I did include a couple of New Zealand bands in the roster;

  • Bulletbelt- who have an upcoming 7″ split with Bastardizer.
  • Ulcerate- who have released info on their upcoming album & North American tour, due to be released via Relapse Records.
  • Depths- who are playing a few shows in the South Island, at it’s closest, a mere several hours drive away.
  • Depraved- who were suggested to me to listen to & their song I featured

From my voice break rant about the video from 2013 that suddenly made the rounds on some of the big metal blogs this last week: Mr. Know-It-All: The Effect of Music on a Child’s Brain Development-WIRED [youtube]

Playlist:
WOLF HOFFMANN- Night on Bald Mountain [youtube]
ORACLES- The Beautiful People
ORACLES- The Tribulation of Man
CHELSEA GRIN- Four Horsemen
GRIMNER- Morkrets Hem [youtube]
BASTARDIZER- Demons Unleashed
BULLETBELT (NZ)- Deathgasm [youtube, facebook]
ULCERATE (NZ)- Confronting Entropy [facebook]
DEPTHS (NZ)- Kingdom Come [facebook]
DEPRAVED (NZ)- Carrion Lord [bandcamp, facebook]
DESPISED ICON- Interfere in you days
ROTTEN CASKET- In search of the perfect skin
INSANE VESPER- Of Serpent’s embrace
BRAIN DRILL- Boundless obscenity
GRAVE DESECRATOR- Mephistophallus in Occultopussy

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This podcast is recorded in Wanaka, NZ. The other morning, I took this photo from out my back door.

Despised Icon Interview

I just got off the phone with Alex Erian, lyricist and one of two vocalists for the recently reunited Canadian band Despised Icon. Absolute monster / legend of the genre.

The band have a new album, “Beast”, their first for Nuclear Blast records, out July 22nd, and fans can get a taste of it with two music videos already out for the singles, “The Aftermath” [youtube] and “Beast” [youtube].

Alex mentioned he’d love for the band to tour down our way, or rather Aussie, but given the bands new look on life as a touring act, I’m paraphrasing & over simplifying but they’re taking things a bit easier for Despised Icon- maybe they could be convinced to spend a wee bit of time in picturesque Wanaka…

This interview will be featured on an upcoming episode Heavy Metal Wanaka.

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I put up a photo with the other posts I do on this blog, may as well continue here: this interview was recorded in Wanaka, NZ & I took this photo on the way to work this morning as it tipped to -3deg Celsius (you can see the frost on the jettie). As I understand, minus three is not unusual for winter in these parts, but it’s rather warm recently- barely cracking into minus temperatures at all.