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The Demons Within: Stories of heavy metal and mental health

The Demons Within: Stories of heavy metal and mental health

By Liam Frost-Camilleri
Mental health advocate and metalhead Liam Frost-Camilleri marries his two passions by speaking to individuals in the industry about their experiences.
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My conversation with Matt Young (King Parrot)
I recently had a conversation with King Parrot’s Matt Young who spoke about his battle with addiction to drugs and alcohol. We spoke about the role music has played in him becoming and continuing to be sober. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
34:46
April 1, 2021
My conversation with Thomas J Bellezza
I recently had a conversation with Thomas the owner of BBR Productions, we had a fascinating conversation about how to build a community, how to market, and how these things work in with our mental health. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
50:53
March 17, 2021
My conversation with JD McGibney
I recently had a conversation with musician and hired gun JD where we discussed the nature of art, music, metal and his own mental health journey. He provided some fascinating insights for us to ponder. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
31:52
February 24, 2021
My conversation with Alex Dontre (Psychostick) and Mats Eriksson (Swedish Researcher and metal head)
I recently spoke with Alex Dontre the drummer from Psychostick and Mats Eriksson, a metal head from Sweden who is also a researcher. They relayed some fascinating stories about vulnerability, childhood, work and the concept of control. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
55:38
February 17, 2021
Destruction, romance and grief - Luke's story
Is the nature of art destructive? Is there a romance to heavy metal? And is anger addictive? We answer these questions and more on today’s podcast, the demons within. My guest today is vocalist Luke who is about to release an album with his new band Growth.  Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
30:29
December 9, 2020
Redemption, fatherhood and band love – Adam’s story
What is metal’s role in redemption? What is fatherhood from afar like? And how can our band mates be there for us during our darkest times? We answer these questions and more on today’s podcast The Demons Within. My guest today is drummer Adam, a metal head that has sought redemption from the people he has wronged in his life. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
17:57
December 2, 2020
Vocals, small towns and trauma – Māra’s story
Is being a metalhead a calling? What is 'good vocal technique'? And what is the link between trauma and death metal vocals? We answer these questions and more on today’s podcast The Demons Within. My guest today is vocalist Māra, a death metal vocalist and teacher who found solace in screaming. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
30:40
November 25, 2020
Grief, processing emotions and seeking help – Troy’s story
How can heavy metal help us with grief? What is wrong with the idea of ‘processing out emotions? And what kind of problems can you run into trying to seek help? We answer these questions and more on today’s podcast the Demons within. My guest today is sound engineer Troy Mccosker, a musician who suffers from Fibromyalgia and has use music as a tool to stay mentally healthy. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
20:54
November 18, 2020
Healing, stigma and changing with metal – Michael’s story
Can heavy metal be there for you? Does listening to metal carry a stigma? And how can metal change you? We discuss these ideas and more on today’s podcast, the Demons Within. My guest today is Michael from Metal Roos, a passionate supporter for heavy metal bands across the country and fellow advocate for good mental health. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
14:35
November 11, 2020
Artistic outlets, overthinking and positivity – Ryan’s story
Can heavy metal be a legitimate artistic outlet? What role does overthinking play in the lives of metal-heads? And can heavy metal be a shining light of positivity in our lives? On this podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to Ryan Kilpatrick, a heavy musician who has found a way to remain positive using heavy metal. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
18:56
November 4, 2020
Heavy metal stigma, $9 chorus pedals and mango trees – Sam’s story
Is heavy metal a vehicle for good mental health? What is the bond between metal musicians? And does heavy metal have a stigma?  On this podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to Sam Haycroft, a heavy musician who exudes positivity. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
19:09
October 21, 2020
Self-discovery, negativity and the path of metal - Tim’s Story
Can metal help you discover who you are? Is pop more negative than heavy metal? And what are men missing that leads them to the path of metal?  On this podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to Tim Grey, a heavy musician who has found himself in metal and alt-rock. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
17:22
October 14, 2020
Heavy metal life, seeking happiness and missing Visas - AJ’s Story
Are we born into heavy metal? Is heavy metal a gateway to artistic happiness? And what happens when your band goes on tour without a Visa? On this podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to AJ, a heavy musician who has spent his life chasing happiness through his craft. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
17:18
October 7, 2020
Fitting in, changing moods and alcoholism - Dante's story
How can metal stop you from feeling like an outcast? What role does metal play in our changing moods? And does heavy metal promote alcoholism? On this podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to Dante Thomson, a heavy musician who has struggled with alcoholism and feelings of being an outcast. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
17:14
September 30, 2020
Judgement, production and toxic masculinity - Chris' story
Are we quick to judge the mental health of others? Does heavy metal help us to solve our issues and heavy metal a part of toxic masculinity? On this podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to Chris Thelmeco, a music producer who works with metalheads on a daily basis. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
20:07
September 23, 2020
Family, friendships and severed fingers - Brock’s story
Can heavy metal be part of your very make-up? Can it be a safe space that promotes togetherness? And at happens when that togetherness is lost? On this podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to Brock, a metalhead who seeks family togetherness in his metal groups. After severing his fingers, Brock struggled to connect with the most important parts of his life. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
18:24
September 16, 2020
Anger, exercise and seeking help after suicide - Russ' story
Is heavy metal actually helpful for our emotions? What role does being physical have in exercising anger? And what is it like to reach out after attempting suicide? On this first podcast, Liam Frost-Camilleri speaks to Russ, a metalhead who carefully balances his anger and emotions through exercise and seeking help. After trying to hang himself (and succeeding), Russ turned to metal to help him through his dark times. Supported by Black Roos entertainment. Some elements of this podcast may be triggering. If you feel triggered, please seek help.
16:42
September 9, 2020