Garry Brents (Memorrhage) interview

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I am joined again by prolific musician Garry Brents on the podcast, this time to discuss his latest project Memorrhage. We discussed the inspiration for the project, the nostalgia for nu-metal, and also the impact of bands like Korn and Slipknot

There is a segment reminiscing on the heydays of nu-metal.

Tracks played on the episode 

Memorrhage – Reek
Memorrhage – Utility

Dive into the Memorrhage DNA

Check out Memorrhage

Buy Memorrhage vinyl and merch


Garry Brent’s previous appearance on the podcast

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June 10, 2023 at 11:38 am

Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) interview

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This is one more episode from the bucket list ticked off!

I was introduced to Scar Symmetry as a teenager listening to melodic death metal, bands like Amon Amarth and Soilwork. Both of who I managed to speak to last year.

Per Nilsson is the creative genius behind Scar Symmetry. We spoke in advance of the release of the band’s much-awaited album, The Singularity (Phase II – Xenotaph), and unravel the connections and key themes that bind the Singularity Trilogy together. We also dive into the production and creative process behind the album and also Scar Symmetry‘s recent tour.

“It’s a bit like I’ve been baking this cake for such a long time and now I get to eat it.”

Tracks played on the episode 

Scar Symmetry – Chrononautilus 

Listen/Order The Singularity (Phase II – Xenotaph)

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June 2, 2023 at 12:39 am

Abhorred interview

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It’s finally live! This episode has been a few years in the making.

I managed to get Serge Lutfi and Pravin Mukhi of Abhorred on the podcast. Abhorred was one of the earliest metal acts in the UAE and released 2 EP, The Empire’s Fall and The Infinite. 

I first heard Abhorred when I lived in Abu Dhabi in the early 2000s and was getting into metal. On the episode, I got Serge and Pravin to look back at the band’s origins dating back to 1999, recording and performing live in the UAE and much more. 

It’s a trip down nostalgia.

Tracks played on the episode 

Abhorred – Eternal Hell

Abhorred – A Lifelong Philosophy

Check out Serge’s bands

Verdict –

Aramaic –

Check out Pravin’s band PENGSHUi –

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May 25, 2023 at 9:46 am

Olof Wikstrand (Enforcer) interview

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Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer released their 6th album Nostalgia earlier this month. I caught up with vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand to discuss the album, being pioneers of NWTHM, their upcoming festival dates, and more.

Disclaimer: The audio on Olof’s end is not the best as he was in a train during the recording.

Tracks played on the episode 

Amogh Symphony – Ares
Enforcer – Coming Alive

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May 17, 2023 at 9:53 am

Mixtape 2023 # 1

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It’s #BandcampFriday and the first mixtape of the year is here! A mix of tracks that I enjoyed in the first quarter of 2023 along with a few upcoming releases. Here it is (Bancamp links below)

Tracks played on the episode (in order)

Katatonia – Birds (Sky Void of Stars)

Latest album from melancholic metal act Katatonia, Sky Void of Stars.

Ardent Nova – Rise from the Ashes (Ardent Nova)

American blackened heavy metal act Ardent Nova. Highly recommended for fans of NITE, AMON AMARTH, and BATHORY’s viking era 

Majesties – In Yearning, Alive (Vast Reaches Unclaimed)

New act Majesties featuring members of Obsequiae and Inexorum in my opinion topped the latest In Flames release.

Blood Star – Cold Moon (First Sighting)

American heavy metal act Blood Star’s debut album, First Sighting released last month and has been a regular on my playlists. 

Daath – No Rest No End

American extreme metal act Daath are back after 12 years and they have a new single.

Kruelty – Unknown Nightmare (Untopia)

Japanese act Kruelty meld heavy beatdown hardcore and ‘90s American/Scandinavian death/doom metal.

Enforced – Hanged by My Hand (War Remains)

American band Enforced epitomize the term no-frills thrash.

The Supervoid Choral Ensemble – |​|​|​|​| (The Supervoid Choral Ensemble)

Ben Sharp aka Cloudkicker and features Vinny Roseboom from Gospel on drums. This scratches the Cloudkicker itch.

Haunt – Fight the Good Fight (Golden Arm)

Trevor William Church takes it up a notch on Golden Arm courtesy  Darren Trentacoste who produced, mixed and mastered the album.

Cattle Decapitated – We Eat Our Young (Terrasite)

American death grind act Cattle Decapitation’s 10th studio album, Terrasite is out next week. It smokes!

Chepang – Asha/Avilasa/Anumati (Swatta)

Chepang evolve their IMMIGRINDCORE sound on Swatta.

Memorrhage – Reek (Memorrhage)

Garry Brents, the busiest metal musician, is back with a new release; this time, it’s in a new avatar Memorrhage. It’s a tribute to nu metal from the 90’s.

Gene Mayer (Bandit) interview

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Back with some grindcore again.

My guest is the vocalist of American grindcore act Bandit, Gene Meyer. We spoke about the band’s latest release, Siege of Self, writing and recording the album through the pandemic, performing live with the band and Gene also recommends a few bands to check out.

Tracks played on the episode 

Bandit – Juniata

Bandit – The Hopeless Romantic

Bandit – Seige of Self 

Bandit – United in Torment 

Whoresnation – Gueules Cassées

Sick of Stupidity – Blazing Surge fist

Check out Siege of Self

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April 30, 2023 at 6:45 pm

Lukas Swiaczny (Stillbirth) interview

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German brutal death metal act Stillbirth are one of the most intense bands I have seen live. I saw them on the Gutted At Birth South east Asian tour in 2018 when they passed by Bombay/Mumbai.

I had done an email interview with vocalist Lukas Swiaczny back then.

Here is a short video I took from their set.

On this episode I spoke to vocalist Lukas Swiaczny about the band’s latest album Homo Deus, touring around the world, plans for their 25th anniversary and more.

Tracks played on the episode 

Stillbirth – Proclaim the Anarchy

Stillbirth –  Tribunal of Penance

Groinchurn – The lies that bind us at

Check out Homo Deus –

Check out Stillbirth –

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April 19, 2023 at 4:36 pm

Him (Sermon) interview

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One of the anticipated albums of this year is Sermon – Of Golden Verse.

I got a chance to speak to Sermon mastermind Him ahead of the album release. We discussed the writing & recording process of the album, Him’s rapport with drummer James Stewart (Decapitated, ex – Vader) and even the current state of the music industry.

The episode starts out with Scorched Quadrant, the single from the upcoming Scar Symmetry album, The Singularity (Phase II – Xenotaph).

Tracks played on this episode

Scar Symmetry – Scorched Quadrant

Sermon – Departure 

Sermon – Senescence

Check out Of Golden Verse

Tom (Allfather) interview

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Allfather are no strangers here, I first featured the band in 2016. That was post the release of their 2nd EP, Bless the Earth with Fire.

I spoke to Allfather vocalist Tom ahead of the release of their upcoming album, A Violent Truth. We discussed the challenging writing and recording process behind the album, his side projects, and more.

Tracks played on this episode

Allfather – Take their eyes

Check out A Violent Truth

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March 30, 2023 at 9:54 am

Jakub Zytecki interview

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I have been following Polish guitarist Jakub Zytecki for some time now. I first heard of him through his old band, Disperse. Last month he released his 3rd full-length album, Remind Me.

Jakub Zytecki shared with me the inspiration behind his latest album, composing heavy music again, and also his upcoming European and US tours.

Tracks played on this episode

Jakub Zytecki – Remind Me

Jakub Zytecki – Heart

Stream/purchase Remind Me here:

Follow Jakub Zytecki on Facebook

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March 8, 2023 at 11:16 am