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Speak N' Destroy - Interviews About METALLICA

Speak N' Destroy - Interviews About METALLICA

By Ryan J. Downey
In-depth interviews about METALLICA with folks who have worked with, toured with, inspired, and/or been inspired by the band. Hosted by longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey (MTV, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter).
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Dirty Donny
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.
49:33
October 27, 2020
Bob Nalbandian
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.
56:37
October 20, 2020
John Gallagher
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.
46:59
October 12, 2020
Mark Weiss
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.
50:50
October 6, 2020
Donny Hillier
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.
32:23
October 1, 2020
Dave Hill
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.
1:25:55
September 24, 2020
Metallica At The Drive-In
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.
50:50
August 31, 2020
Christian "C.C." Coma
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.
1:35:47
August 21, 2020
Jeremy Spencer
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.
1:09:12
July 28, 2020
Doc Coyle II
BAD WOLVES. Doc Coyle returns! The first repeat guest, with all new Metallica-related stories to tell. Doc was one of the guitar players in The Wedding Band, alongside Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, performing a set of songs by AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Billy Idol, Kool & The Gang, and more, first in July 2019 and then again in March 2020. Doc tells the story behind his role in both shows. He also talks in-depth about the success of Bad Wolves (a platinum single with "Zombie" and a bunch of No. 1 songs at Rock Radio), creative partnerships, movies and TV shows he's watching, and politics.  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.
1:53:07
July 20, 2020
Scott Mellinger
ZAO guitarist Scott Mellinger talks about discovering Metallica; learning his first Metallica songs and covering them in his first band; the unique partnership between him and the rest of the guys in Zao, past and present; and to top it off, he's composed an original theme for Speak N' Destroy!  Follow Scott on Instagram to keep up with Zao, Pack (featuring members of the Juliana Theory), and The Lonely Ghost Parade.  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.
1:26:12
July 14, 2020
Diamond Rowe
TETRARCH shredder Diamond Rowe, who AfroPunk described as "the guitarist repping for black women making metal," talks about growing up with a music business father; discovering Metallica via the MTV: Icon television performance; learning "Enter Sandman" on guitar; covering "Master of Puppets"; seeing the band for the first time; her favorite bassist; the nuances of each member's playing; her Top 5 Metallica songs, and more.  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.
55:20
July 6, 2020
Dewey Halpaus
PEER PLEASURE podcast host Dewey Halpaus (founding member of Fearless Records recording artists Anatomy Of A Ghost and a onetime touring guitarist for Portugal. The Man) talks about growing up in Alaska, including the role a mayor named Sarah Palin played in helping his local scene; discovering punk, metal, and Metallica; the origin story behind the Peer Pleasure podcast; and his personal Metallica album ranking.  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.
45:57
June 29, 2020
Mark Menghi
METAL ALLEGIANCE and BPMD bassist Mark Menghi talks about jamming with James Hetfield, playing one of Cliff Burton's basses onstage as the late Ray Burton looked on, discovering Metallica, and the origin stories behind both of his bands: Metal Allegiance with Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), and David Ellefson (Megadeth) and BPMD, with Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), and Portnoy.  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.
1:03:25
June 29, 2020
Mark O'Connell
TAKING BACK SUNDAY drummer Mark O'Connell (who has an ...And Justice for All tattoo) talks about discovering the band; which songs he plays in the dressing room before going onstage; seeing the band live for the first time; his two favorite songs from each record; almost meeting Kirk Hammett; and the St. Anger snare. Plus, he gives a full-throated and detailed endorsement of Lars Ulrich's drumming ability, style, and significance to the overall band.  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.
1:05:46
June 1, 2020
J. Bennett
DECIBEL and Revolver Magazine contributor J. Bennett joins the show. Bennett wrote the exhaustive Hall Of Fame piece on ...And Justice for All for Decibel, featuring all four of the guys on the record, in which Jason Newsted went into detailed specifics for the first time about how the bass was recorded (among other treats). He's also a longtime contributor to High Times, Vice, Bandcamp Daily, and multiple other outlets. There is, of course, a lot of Metallica talk, as well as a bit of inside baseball banter about interviewing bands, as J. and Downey share much in common.  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.
1:23:50
May 25, 2020
John Kevill & Carlos Cruz
WARBRINGER vocalist John Kevill and drummer Carlos Cruz join Speak N’ Destroy for our 50th (!) episode.  The duo share a dense knowledge and passion for the genre and dive in here on the chemistry, serendipity, and near scientific structure that makes Metallica and bands like Slayer, Bathory, and Kreator, so great. It's a deep conversation about art vs. craft; the accidental brilliance born of limited resources; plus, the stories about how each of them discovered and became involved in heavy music in the first place.  We rank the first five Metallica albums and talk about all of the ways Warbringer has drawn inspiration from Metallica as the Neo-thrash survivors have created six well-received albums, including their latest, Weapons of Tomorrow.  Carlos is the former drummer for the band Hexen, filled in for his friends in Power Trip, and replaced the late Nick Menza in OHM, the instrumental rock/jazz fusion trio led by Chris Poland, the lead guitar player on the first two Megadeth albums. 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.
2:02:50
May 18, 2020
Keith Wallen
BREAKING BENJAMIN. "Through the Never," "Sad But True," and "Enter Sandman" have all been part of the Breaking Benjamin setlist. In addition to playing guitar for the multiplatinum band, Keith Wallen is a former member of Adelitas Way and has cowritten songs with Saint Asonia, Red, Fuel, and Saving Abel. Keith talks about discovering Metallica; seeing them live for the first time; the first riffs he learned; his Top 5 Metallica songs; his favorite Metallica album; his solo music; and much more.  We talk about his first Metallica show, his favorite Metallica riffs, his top 5 Metallica songs, his solo stuff music, and more. Learn more about Keith and his music at KeithWallen.com.  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.
42:16
May 11, 2020
Mark Tremonti
ALTER BRIDGE. Mark Tremonti first rose to prominence as the guitar player in Creed, but his high school years were informed by Venom, Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Death Angel, and most of all, Metallica. He talks about swiping his older brother's tape; learning "Sanitarium," "The Call of Ktulu," and and "Orion"; meeting James, Lars, Kirk, and Rob over the years; his early bands; his many fantastic stories about Eddie Van Halen; Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy nearly joining a reformed Led Zeppelin; getting a guitar from Hetfield; his dream Metallica setlist; and much more.  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.
57:49
May 4, 2020
Biff Byford
SAXON. Metallica played their second and third shows ever, at the Whiskey A Go-Go, opening for Saxon. Lars Ulrich marked the 37th anniversary on Instagram, writing, "For us at the time, this was like winning the lottery. Not only was this our first Hollywood gig, but in the early 80s, Saxon were one of the biggest, most exciting & influential hard rock bands in the UK & Europe. All in all, an incredible night for ‘Tallica." Saxon vocalist Biff Byford talks about that legendary night in 1982; the metal scene of the early '80s; hanging out with Lars in 2007; performing "Motorcycle Man" with Metallica at the 30th anniversary shows; British humor; his 2019 heart attack; and his debut solo album, School of Hard Knocks.  Naked Six is the name of the band fronted by Biff's son, Seb.  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.
52:19
April 27, 2020
Jon Zazula
MEGAFORCE RECORDS. The first manager for Metallica, Jonny Z, issued the band's first two albums through Megaforce, the label he cofounded with his wife, Marsha Zazula. As managers and label executives the duo worked with Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Ministry, and Raven, to name just a few. Jonny talks about the No Life 'Til Leather demo; his first conversation with Lars Ulrich; bringing the band across the country from California to Old Bridge, New Jersey; what Lars, Cliff, James, and Dave were like; meeting Kirk Hammett; the making of Kill 'Em All; asking John Bush to sing for Metallica; 12" singles; Ride the Lightning; losing the band to bigger management and a major label; the Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony; his relationship with the guys today; and his brand new memoir, Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula.  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.
51:28
September 23, 2019
Andrew Carter
Ex-TERRORIZER Deputy Editor Andrew Carter joins Ryan J. Downey for a full report, recap, and discussion of S&M²! Andrew is former Deputy Editor of Terrorizer Magazine; ex-manager for Raging Speedhorn and Iron Monkey; and worked for nearly a dozen years in music licensing for one of the major film studios. Andrew explains the fateful role Metallica played in his life decisions, including his experience at the fan club only London Astoria 2 show in 1995; and the pair break down their experience during the first night of the S&M² event in San Francisco. A cinematic version of S&M² hits select theaters in October 2019. Learn more about Andrew in this extensive Q&A published by Decibel Magazine a few years ago.   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.
1:28:36
September 22, 2019
Joel Grind
TOXIC HOLOCAUST mastermind Joel Grind talks about the massive influence of Metallica; his favorite riffs; the connection between album artwork and vibe; Cliff Burton; Lars Ulrich; the time he distilled Hardwired down to its thrashiest elements as a labor of love passion project; the 20th anniversary of Toxic Holocaust; soundtrack and production work; and his new album, Primal Future: 2019.  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.
57:51
August 27, 2019
Trey Pemberton
CREEPING DEATH guitarist Trey Pemberton talks about his first Metallica record; personal Metallica album ranking; favorite riffs; his musician mother; the various death and thrash metal ingredients that make up his band; the rich history of heavy metal in Texas; Creeping Death's visual aspects; and the band's full-length debut, Wretched Illusions. This episode contains the Creeping Death song "Bloodlust Contamination."  Creeping Death "Bloodlust Contamination" Music Video. 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. 
45:55
August 15, 2019
Dave Baksh
SUM 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh takes us behind-the-scenes of MTV Icon: Metallica, the 2003 event where his band brought down the house with a ripping Metallica medley that stood in stark contrast to some otherwise questionable band/song pairings. Dave talks about the feedback he received from James and Kirk; discovering Metallica; his favorite Metallica riff to warmup with; the infamous Guns N' Roses / Metallica show in Montreal where PapaHet stepped into a huge "tower of flame"; Sum 41's latest album; and much more.  The St. Anger fan re-recording we talk about can be found here.  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. 
1:13:08
July 24, 2019
Chris Bubacz
KILL 'EM ALL engineer and mixer Chris Bubacz joins the show to talk about recording and mixing the seminal debut album from Metallica in a tiny studio in Rochester, New York. Meeting the guys; the state of their gear; Lars Ulrich's hands-on approach; Cliff's bass solo; Megaforce Records founder Johnny Z; plus a little bit about his work on the debut album from Anthrax and records by The Rods, Ace Frehley, and Znöwhite.  Chris runs a studio monitor-loudspeaker company called Guzauski-Swist Audio, named after his business partners, Mick Guzauski and Larry Swist. Info can be found at gsstudiomonitors.com.  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. 
43:04
July 15, 2019
Jeremiah Scott
DEMON HUNTER guitarist Jeremiah Scott, who also produced his band's most recent albums, talks about hearing Metallica for the first time; learning his first Metallica song; the guitar teacher who tried to steal his girlfriend; having "For Whom the Bell Tolls" played at his wedding; the inherent silliness and/or awesomeness of certain band names, from Smashing Pumpkins and Pantera to Metallica to Demon Hunter; seeing Lemmy join Metallica onstage in Nashville; Bob Rock; sneaking into concerts as a 16 year old kid and as an adult; becoming a producer; and much more.  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. 
1:24:28
July 10, 2019
Bryan Giles
RED FANG was handpicked to join Metallica's inaugural Orion Music + More as part of a diverse specially curated lineup that included Modest Mouse, Eric Church, Best Coast, Ghost, Baroness, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Torche, and Sepultura. Red Fang guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles tells the story behind that day and talks about hearing "For Whom the Bell Tolls" for the first time; facts vs. feelings; propaganda; pinball; high school humiliation; Ronnie James Dio; James Hetfield; Red Fang's experimental music video; their next album; and much more.  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. 
1:16:22
July 3, 2019
Billy Duffy
THE CULT. Metallica and The Cult have a long history of friendship and touring, so naturally, Billy has a ton of great stories! He also talks Bob Rock, Rick Rubin, Sire Records; the Cult’s trio of classic albums; the story behind the iconic Sonic Temple album cover; and so much more. 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. 
1:16:00
June 24, 2019
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
OVERKILL frontman talks about falling in love with music; hearing Metallica for the first time; meeting the guys; the formative years of thrash metal; Metallica's collaboration with Lou Reed; Metallica cover songs; punk vs. thrash; taking care of his voice; Overkill's longevity; and Mickey Mouse.  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. 
49:05
June 17, 2019
Who Was H.P. Lovecraft? (Mini-Episode)
Journey into the Weird Tale of H.P. Lovecraft in our first ever bonus / mini-episode and learn a bit about the literary giant who inspired "The Call of Ktulu," "The Thing That Should Not Be," "All Nightmare Long," and "Dream No More." A genius, a visionary, a recluse, and a person with very problematic personal views, Howard Phillips Lovecraft continues to influence and fascinate metal musicians, film directors, and authors alike, including Opeth, Dream Theater, High On Fire, Guillermo del Toro, and Stephen King. Show Notes:  The Enduring Influence of H.P. Lovecraft on Extreme Music Writers of Color Continue to Wrestle With Lovecraft’s Racist Legacy The Gates Of Slumber
24:12
June 13, 2019
Deryck Whibley
SUM 41. Frontman for the Canadian pop punk band on their ripping medley at MTV Icon: Metallica (2003), with all of the behind the scenes detail; his favorite Metallica riffs; and his band’s new album.
53:13
June 10, 2019
David Davidson
REVOCATION. David Davidson, the Berklee College of Music educated frontman for death/thrash metal merchants Revocation, talks about his band's ripping cover of "Dyer's Eve"; ...And Justice for All; Master of Puppets; the Black Album; "Johnny Got His Gun"; H.P. Lovecraft; "Weird" Al Yankovic; his songwriting process; seeing Metallica live for the first time; his band's latest album, The Outer Ones; and his new project, Gargoyl.  Follow Ryan J. Downey Follow Speak N' Destroy Make sure to visit Speak N' Destroy online.   Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network. 
1:10:25
June 3, 2019
Adam Dubin
A YEAR AND A HALF IN THE LIFE OF METALLICA director Adam Dubin on the behind-the-scenes story of the classic home video, including his first meetings with James and Lars, speeding down the 405, the Kip Winger dartboard, and hazing Bob Rock; his new Bay Area thrash documentary MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW; his college roommate, Rick Rubin; co-directing the Beastie Boys videos "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"; working with Danzig; the pivotal role of Kirk Hammett; and more. Find out how to watch his new film at https://mitfr.com/.  As always, keep up with everything Speak N' Destroy:  SpeakNDestroy.com RyanJDowney.com PopCurse.com 
1:17:53
May 27, 2019
Frank Bello & David Ellefson
ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE. Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) and David Ellefson (MEGADETH) live from the Musicians Institute, part of the MI Conversation Series presented by Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock. In this wide ranging conversation with Ryan J. Downey and the audience Q&A that followed, the two Big 4 bassists talk about their band together, Altitudes & Attitudes, meeting for the first time while on tour in their respective bands, and the early days of thrash. Frankie does the best impression of Gene and Paul from KISS ever, both guys remember Alice In Chains opening for the first US "Clash of the Titans," David talks about the influence of original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney, and both men share thoughtful reflections on the late Cliff Burton. Keep up with the podcast at Speak N' Destroy dot com and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Keep up with Ryan J. Downey at Ryan J Downey dot com and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 
1:12:10
April 10, 2019
Joe Satriani
CHICKENFOOT. Kirk's guitar teacher! Recorded live as part of the MI Conversation Series at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, presented by Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock. This is an in-depth (and at times very emotional discussion) about his life and career. Joe talks about switching from drums to guitar as a kid; jazz music; teaching his neighbor, Steve Vai; recording and releasing his classic records; his songwriting process; and working with a young Mr. Hammett as the Bay Area badass figured out what to do in Metallica.
1:49:44
March 6, 2019
Christopher Swinney
ex-THE ATARIS. Christopher Swinney is the former guitarist for gold-selling pop punk band The Ataris, host of That One Time On Tour podcast, and of course, a massive Metallica fan.
1:08:06
February 26, 2019
Dennis Lyxzén
REFUSED. Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén performed "Whiplash" with Mikkey Dee (King Diamond, Motörhead, Scorpions) and a cellist at last year's Polar Music Prize ceremony, in front of Lars, Rob, and the King and Queen of Sweden. Dennis tells stories from that night, talks about meeting Metallica when International Noise Conspiracy shared a stage with them, his love for the early Metallica records, and even his respect for Lulu. 
1:02:35
February 13, 2019
Jonas Åkerlund
LORDS OF CHAOS. Jonas Akerlund talks about directing the Metallica videos "ManUNkind," "Whiskey in the Jar," and "Turn the Page," as well as his new film about the early days of Norwegian black metal. Before he made award-winning music videos with Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, U2, and Paul McCartney, the Swedish born filmmaker was the drummer for Bathory. His first music video was for the song "Bewitched" by his friends in Candlemass.
47:26
February 7, 2019
Tommy Rogers
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME. The prolific and versatile Tommy Giles Rogers on using Metallica riffs to teach himself guitar; the first five Metallica albums; Some Kind of Monster; Death Magnetic; the stylistic evolution of bands like Metallica, Opeth, and his own; James Hetfield's voice; why Between The Buried And Me chose to cover "Blackened"; and much more. SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:06:17
October 8, 2018
Connie Burton
THE SALVATION KINGDOM. Cliff Burton's big sister talks about the late Metallica bassist growing weed in the closet; his organ from Sears; his earliest influences; his Misfits tattoo; Trauma; Cliff Burton Day; Jagermeister; Day on the Green; Ozzy; and of course, the early days of Metallica. She is the subject of the documentary The Salvation Kingdom, which examines the spiritual side to Cliff Burton and his musical legacy. SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. The Salvation Kingdom can be watched in its entirety here: https://salvationkingdommovie.com/ Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:12:28
October 1, 2018
Gary Holt
EXODUS/SLAYER. Gary Holt on Kirk Hammett teaching him his first chords; Kirk leaving Exodus for Metallica; the early days of the Bay Area thrash scene; "Creeping Death" and the old Exodus song "Die By His Hand"; the magic right hand of James Hetfield; the Big 4; Paul Baloff; honoring Jeff Hanneman in Slayer; the next Exodus album; and more. SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:06:54
April 26, 2018
Chuck Billy
TESTAMENT. Chuck Billy on joining the band that became Testament; the 30th anniversary of The New Order; first hearing, seeing, and meeting Metallica; his love of Metallica's ballads; Metallica at Day on the Green; the Black Album; the Load/Reload era; writing the foreword for the unofficial James Hetfield biography; his late 90s audition for Sepultura; the relationships within Testament; and more. SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
55:29
April 19, 2018
Perttu Kivilaakso
APOCALYPTICA. Perttu Kivilaakso reflects on more than 20 years of Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos; the support from Metallica over the years; seeing the S&M taping; playing the 30th anniversary shows; collaborating with members of Slayer, Sepultura, and Slipknot; artistic courage; life as a classically trained metalhead; and more. SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
45:45
April 12, 2018
Andreas Kisser
SEPULTURA. Andreas Kisser on his audition to fill in for James Hetfield in 1992 after the Metallica frontman was burned in a pyro accident; Sepultura's first meeting with Metallica in 1989; his Sexoturica side-project with Jason Newsted in the '90s; his thoughts on Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, the Black Album, Load/Reload, and St. Anger; the guys who auditioned for Sepultura after Max Cavalera's departure; working with Newsted on Sepultura's Against album; jamming with the Big 4 all across Europe; and more. SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:03:53
April 3, 2018
Mike Portnoy
ex-DREAM THEATER. Dream Theater fans received a massive surprise one night in Barcelona when the band tore through the Master of Puppets album from start to finish. Lars Ulrich would later tell Mike Portnoy it helped inspire Metallica to do the same thing. The legendary rock drummer (who played in Dream Theater for 25 years and has recorded and/or performed with Avenged Sevenfold, Twisted Sister, and his own prog-rock supergroup, Sons of Apollo) talks about discovering Kill 'Em All, seeing Metallica in 1985, getting to know Lars, and so much more. SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:09:28
March 21, 2018
Brian Tatler
DIAMOND HEAD. Metallica played four Diamond Head covers at their very first show. Since that gig on March 14, 1982, they've played "Am I Evil?" more than 700 times. As Lars Ulrich attested during his band's 30th anniversary celebration, "[Diamond Head] is the reason Metallica exists, it's that simple." Cofounder and lead guitarist Brian Tatler joins Speak N' Destroy to talk about Metallica and their relationship with his band, the NWOBHM group responsible for such songs as "Sucking My Love," "Helpless," "The Prince," "It's Electric" and of course, "Am I Evil?." Music: Diamond Head "Helpless" (1980) SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:02:36
March 14, 2018
Animal
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE. “SO WHAT?” Anti-Nowhere League vocalist Animal tells about the origin of the wonderfully outrageous lyrics to the English punk legends’ best known song; his background as an outlaw biker; the U.K. punk scene of the 1980s; getting thrown off Top of the Pops; how performing with Metallica at Wembley in 1992 resurrected the band; behind-the-scenes of his visit to San Francisco for the Metallica 30th anniversary shows; his forthcoming autobiography; and much more. Music: Anti-Nowhere League, "So What?" SpeakNDestroy.com has details about our guests, plus deep dives into Metallica history, with flyers, photos, YouTube video playlists, and more. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:09:16
March 7, 2018
Rex Brown
PANTERA. Rex Brown on the massive influence of Metallica on Pantera; when he and Dimebag Darrell played a half-dozen Metallica songs with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in a tiny Texas bar; the night Metallica stuck Pantera with the strip club tab for both bands; the historic 1991 Monsters of Rock show in Moscow that united AC/DC, Metallica and Pantera at the twilight of the Soviet Union; fellowshipping with Hetfield and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains as all three of them journeyed into recovery from alcohol abuse; the ways classic Pantera albums intersected with Ride the Lightning and the Black Album; and more. Music: Rex Brown, "Buried Alive," from Smoke on This. Follow @speakndestroy_ on Twitter and @speakndestroy on Instagram for news and details about our guests and deep dives into Metallica history, with photos, flyers, and facts. Also check out SpeakNDestroy.com Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:14:42
February 27, 2018
Stavros Giannopoulos
THE ATLAS MOTH. Born on Cliff Burton's birthday, the same year Kill 'Em All was released, Stavros first concert was Metallica, at age five. In addition to his role as guitarist/co-vocalist for The Atlas Moth, Stavros was part of American black metal supergroup Twilight alongside members of Leviathan, Nachtmystium, and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. Stavros has an extensive collection of rare Metallica recordings from over the years and is an unapologetic super fan. In this episode, he even makes a playlist of Load/Reload songs, trimming the fat to make one killer standalone album that may convince the most diehard of skeptics. Music: The Atlas Moth, "Galactic Brain," from Coma Noir. Follow @speakndestroy_ on Twitter and @speakndestroy on Instagram for news and details about our guests and deep dives into Metallica history, with photos, flyers, and facts. Also check out SpeakNDestroy.com Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:15:26
February 22, 2018
David Ellefson
MEGADETH. Megadeth co-founder and bassist on meeting ex-Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine; No Life 'Til Leather; hearing Kill 'Em All for the first time; meeting James and Lars; "Mechanix" / "The Four Horsemen"; "Go to Hell" / "Enter Sandman,"; behind the scenes of the Big 4 shows; Lars Ulrich's favorite Megadeth song; James Hetfield's evolution as a lyricist; the Black Album; A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica; the late Nick Menza and Gar Samuelson; what makes both Dave Mustaine and Metallica so special; and 35 years of Megadeth. Don't forget to follow @speakndestroy_ on Twitter and @speakndestroy on Instagram for news and details about our guests and deep dives into Metallica history, with photos, flyers, and facts. Also check out SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:13:23
February 13, 2018
Alex Skolnick
TESTAMENT. Alex Skolnick of Testament, Metal Allegiance, The Alex Skolnick Trio, and ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra on the Bay Area thrash scene; taking guitar lessons from Joe Satriani in high school; Metallica at the Keystone Berkeley in 1983; the Black Album; Load/Reload; Lars; Exodus; the Big 4; LuLu; MetalliGaGa; that time Kanye West wore a Testament t-shirt; and so very much more. Don't forget to follow @speakndestroy_ on Twitter and @speakndestroy on Instagram for news and details about our guests and deep dives into Metallica history, with photos, flyers, and facts. Also check out SpeakNDestroy.com Follow @ryandowney on Twitter and visit RyanJDowney.com
1:54:25
February 6, 2018
Doc Coyle
BAD WOLVES. Doc Coyle was invited to stand in for Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton on three weeks of the World Magnetic Tour with Metallica. As a cofounder of God Forbid, Doc had gone from DIY shows to Ozzfest and Mayhem. Metallica? That's his favorite band of all time and he wasn't going to miss that chance. In this episode, Doc talks about discovering metal; the Metallica catalog; the World Magnetic tour; playing with Robert Trujillo in Mass Mental; how to "fix" St. Anger; his new band, Bad Wolves; and his podcast, The Ex-Man. Be sure to check out SpeakNDestroy.com for more information on all of our past guests and for genuine passion about the greatest band in the world.
1:12:00
February 2, 2018
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
HESHER. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and writer/director Spencer Susser of the movie HESHER, from Ryan J. Downey's interview archives. Cliff Burton was the inspiration for the title character's look, mannerisms, and spirit. The cast and crew made Metallica a central part of the film's story. Thanks to a personalized letter, the band ultimately approved, even lending their iconic logo for the film's poster. Plus: Downey makes a list of the 6 Most Metal Movies Ever.
28:30
January 20, 2018
Josh Bernstein
LOUDWIRE. How do you book Metallica for your television show? Josh Bernstein shares all the behind the scenes details about Metallica's performance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, including collaborations that almost were, and more. Josh is the Director of Live Events for Townsquare Media and the co-creator of the Loudwire Music Awards, Revolver Golden Gods Awards, and Alternative Press Music Awards.
1:23:05
January 11, 2018
Iggor Cavalera
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY. Was Jason Newsted asked to join Sepultura? What was it like discovering music in Brazil? Iggor Cavalera, legendary metal drummer and cofounder of Sepultura, talks about the new Cavalera Conspiracy album and of course, Metallica.
54:03
December 14, 2017
Jose Mangin
SIRIUS XM. Jose Mangin is Director of Programming & On-Air Host for Liquid Metal, Octane, and Ozzy’s Boneyard on Sirius XM Radio. He joins Ryan J. Downey to talk about discovering Metallica and heavy metal, his first experiences meeting and interviewing the band, and to share great stories about his personal interactions with Metallica. Jose talks about trading emails with James about the lineup for the Orion Music festivals, meeting Cliff Bernstein on the subway, jamming with Lloyd Grant, and more.
57:05
November 28, 2017
Lzzy Hale
HALESTORM. Halestorm singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale talks discovering Metallica via the Garage Inc. release; seeing Metallica live for the first time; what makes the band great; choosing to play a Gibson Explorer; Halestorm's cover of "Ride the Lightning"; opening for Heaven & Hell at what turned out to be Ronnie James Dio's final performance; working with producer Nick Raskulinecz; the next Halestorm studio album; learning to riff early on; discouraging guitar teachers; friendly neighbors; and more.
54:07
October 14, 2017
Jamey Jasta
HATEBREED. Jamey Jasta on the Black Album; Napster vs. Metallica; the wisdom of Torben Ulrich; what may have caused Metallica to release that Lou Reed album; the impact of illegal downloading on Hatebreed's first major label album, Perseverance; the politics and challenges of putting together a touring package; discovering heavy music as a kid in Connecticut; his first band; his popular podcast; his dream Metallica tour line-up; and why he sells a t-shirt that says, "Lars Was Right."
1:04:01
October 3, 2017
Michael Alago
Ex-ELEKTRA RECORDS. Michael Alago signed Metallica to Elektra Records on September 12, 1984. As a major label A&R executive, he worked with Metallica, White Zombie, Metal Church, Dokken, Nina Simone, Cyndi Lauper, and more. He was a kid with a fanzine about the Dead Boys when he was plucked from obscurity to be a talent booker at legendary New York rock club, The Ritz. Michael talks about his early interactions with James, Lars, Kirk, Cliff, and Jason; “Alcoholica”; signing Flotsam And Jetsam; bringing the reformed Misfits to Geffen; working with John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten; his relationship with Metallica today; and the genesis of the new documentary, "Who the F is that Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago."
1:01:55
September 19, 2017
Mark Morton
LAMB OF GOD. Mark Morton talks with Ryan J. Downey about performing on three continents as part of the World Magnetic Tour; the production extremes between Garage Days, …And Justice for All, and the Black Album; switching from drums to guitar; struggling and persevering through personal tragedy; trying to make sense of life, death, and the mystery of it all; collaborating with the late Chester Bennington; Van Halen; Circus Of Power; crucial regional scenes in the pre-Internet era; and keeping the good riffs flowing.
1:09:58
September 6, 2017
Robb Flynn
MACHINE HEAD. Robb Flynn of Machine Head tells Ryan J. Downey about coming of age in the Bay Area during the dawn of the thrash metal scene; seeing Metallica, Exodus, Raven, D.R.I., and other crucial acts in the ‘80s; the highly influential KUSF radio; the prominent role of Dave Mustaine in the early days of Metallica; the formation of his third wave thrash band, Forbidden Evil; supporting Metallica on the Death Magnetic tour; and his small role in bringing Slayer and Metallica together for the Big 4. Flynn and Downey also discuss Black Sabbath, Jason Newsted, “Mechanix” vs. “The Four Horsemen,” the first five Metallica albums, the Load/Reload era, St. Anger, and yes, that Lou Reed record.
1:23:44
August 21, 2017
Rob Halford
JUDAS PRIEST. Rob Halford, legendary frontman for metal icons Judas Priest (a huge influence on Metallica), sits down with Ryan J. Downey live at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California for an in-depth and wide-ranging talk about his career, going all the way back to the band’s humble beginnings in Birmingham, England.
1:40:56
June 29, 2017
Blasko
OZZY OSBOURNE. Blasko, longtime bass player for Ozzy Osbourne (and former bassist for Rob Zombie), joins Ryan J. Downey for an in-depth conversation about the early days of thrash metal; seminal Los Angeles shows from Kiss and Slayer; signing to a record label as a teenager with his crossover band, Cryptic Slaughter; his career with Rob Zombie and Ozzy; and of course, Metallica. Blasko is also an accomplished artist manager, representing Black Veil Brides, Zakk Wylde, and Andy Black, among other notable musicians.
1:12:13
June 26, 2017
Mark Eglinton
SO LET IT BE WRITTEN. Mark Eglinton joins Ryan J. Downey to talk about his new book, So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica’s James Hetfield. Eglinton is the coauthor of recent memoirs from Rex Brown (Pantera) and Nergal (Behemoth) and several other works of nonfiction. Plus: Speak N’ Destroy’s first contest!
52:15
June 23, 2017
M. Shadows
AVENGED SEVENFOLD. M. Shadows joins Ryan J. Downey on the first ever episode of Speak N’ Destroy, a podcast about all things Metallica. During a lengthy conversation at the singer’s home in Orange County, the pair discuss childhood, the very early days of A7X, meeting Metallica, the current tour, the unconventional rollout of the band’s new album, The Stage, the state of hard rock/metal in the modern pop cultural landscape, and much more.
1:22:35
June 12, 2017