• In The Land of Five Seasons: An Interview With Erang

    Greetings fellow Toilet and Dungeon dwellers! Today I have the great pleasure to present an in-depth interview with one of the world’s most popular Dungeon Synth artists, Erang.

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    January 11, 2017 • Interviews, Nerd Shit • Views: 746

  • Toilet Radio: Talkin’ Slime with Matt from SLUGDGE

    Matt from slug-and-riff-obsessed death metal band Slugdge joins us on this episode of Toilet Radio! We’re talking about smart doggos, packing CDs in slime, parasites, how wolves aren’t even all that badass tbh, silly song titles, proper metal attire, nazi metalheads, Brexit, and metal across the globe. If that isn’t enough for you, 365 and I also delve into the most horrific film we’ve ever seen, Last Ounce of Courage. You’ll never be the same again.

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    January 9, 2017 • Interviews, Radio Free Toilet • Views: 1404

  • I Interviewed Dragonforce In The Smallest Venue They’ve Played In Years

    Saint Vitus Bar is a special place, and seeing a band as big as Dragonforce in a 200 cap room like that one is a unique experience. Preceding a set that saw the band cover both Journey AND Hall & Oates, the band’s iconic guitarist Herman Li was kind enough to sit down with me and answer every question that a teenage guitar nerd Matt Bacon had always wanted to ask. The next couple of pages are pretty much that, a stoked kid freaking out over the magic of one of his boyhood heroes and talking about their passions. Please don’t judge me. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

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    January 5, 2017 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 772

  • An Interview with Dave Ritzlin, DMR Books

    Back in August, DMR Books released two short-story collections titled Swords of Steel, featuring stories written by metal musicians. Recently, I had the chance to briefly chat with Dave Ritzlin from the publishing company. Continue Reading

    January 4, 2017 • Interviews, Nerd Shit • Views: 651

  • Digging Into The Past With Ghoul’s Digestor

    Ghoul is a band that understands the magic and sheer stupidity of heavy metal. They dress up, have crazy back stories, and they sell us on their brand of violent nonsense time and time again. Their music has only gotten better with recent releases; most notably Dungeon Bastards is a veritable masterpiece, hell it even includes a copy of the bands own board game with the vinyl! Recently, Digestor answered anything and everything I threw at him, and Jesus Christ things got weird…

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    January 4, 2017 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 1708

  • An Interview With Tower: Our Country’s Rock And Roll Hope For The Future

    Tower are probably my favorite new band from 2016. Their rock and roll is a perfect blend of everything from the Ramones to Led Zeppelin, Death Angel to The Donnas. This is a band who hint at a brave new future for rock and roll and put on a goddamn hell of a live show. I’m over the moon that I got to see them on New Years and can’t help but to swoon over this band. Point being – my chance to sit down with them before their release show was a special opportunity and one that I won’t soon forget.

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    January 3, 2017 • Interviews • Views: 1204

  • BONUS Toilet Radio: Talkin’ #Pizzagate with AXESLASHER

    On this very special BONUS episode of Toilet Radio, Joe gets to the bottom of everyone’s favorite new conspiracy theory, #pizzagate. Join for a great interview with Axeslasher, a California-based death metal band that somehow got implicated in all of the nonsense about pizza restaurants and child sex rings. Do your best unhinged Alex Jones impression as we dive into John Podesta, death metal, and Pizzagate!

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    December 27, 2016 • Interviews, Radio Free Toilet • Views: 1473

  • Frost, Fenriz, Sci-Fi, and the New Album: An Interview With Execration

    A little while back I helped you find your new favourite Norwegian metal band in the shape of a four part quiz, and one of the most frequently occurring results seemed to be the amazing four-piece band Execration. After relentlessly spinning their most recent album (2014’s Morbid Dimensions) for the last year or so, I became incredibly excited to learn that they have been studiously working on a new record for us to immerse ourselves in. Read on to find out details regarding the recording process, some of the inspiration behind the music, winning a Norwegian music award (a Grammy with integrity), Fenriz, and some of 2016’s best albums.

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    November 29, 2016 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 1176

  • “We Like to Hang, Man!” An Interview with Fister

    Fister are the kind of doom metal band who reflect the blackened fucked up magic of the genre. These Saint Louis maniacs understand the pain of existence and there is something almost existentially terrifying about what Fister do. When I saw them in New York City it felt like we were about to die, drowning under crushing waves of sound. I got a chance to sit down with them before the show, shoot the shit and dig into the existential and demented magic of the genre. Catch them now on their West Coast tour with Un!

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    November 18, 2016 • Interviews • Views: 700

  • Between Thought and Instinct: An Interview with Enslaved‘s Ivar Bjørnson

    Enslaved has been active for over 25 years, formed by guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson in 1991 as a raw black/Viking metal band among the Norwegian second wave. Since that time, the group has taken its place at the forefront of heavy music by nurturing an increasingly progressive and eclectic set of influences. They have developed a sound that is entirely unique and constantly evolving without forsaking the aggressive roots or inspiration from Norse lore. I was able to speak to guitarist Ivar Bjørnson as Enslaved prepared to perform a sold-out gig in Paris. We discussed their newest album, a compilation of two rare EPs titled The Sleeping Gods – Thorn, his thoughts on the band’s history and creative process, and the ongoing celebration of a quarter century of metal with the New York by Norse event on December 9th and 10th. Continue Reading

    November 14, 2016 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 953