122: Lee Buford of The Body
This week's episode of Metal Matters features special guest LeeBuford.Leehas an exceedingly deep resume as a musician and visual artist,but he's probably best known as one half of heavy avant garde heroes The Body. Through constant experimentation and a willingness to explore their natural sonic curiosities, The Body has spent over two decades continually redefining themselves while shattering conventional metal paradigms wherever they tread. We spent several hours speaking withLeeabout The Body's new record, the origins of the band, and his experiences growing up as a punk in the south. This one is a total trip.
121: Aaron Turner of SUMAC, Mammifer, ex Hydra Head, Isis
Our guest is a fixture of heavy music, the one and only AaronTurner. Since the late 1990s, Aaron has been an integral mainstay of the extreme music underground; with a resume that boasts such notable and influential acts as Sumac, Old Man Gloom, Isis, and Mammifer. Through his musical endeavors and artistic endeavors, as well as his curatorial activities in Hydra Head and SIGE records, he has been instrumental in shaping the cultural landscape of metal and beyond. We got into a long conversation thattouches on the transcendental qualities of pure volume, artistic intention and responsibility, and embracing influences from outside of your immediate sphere without falling into cultural appropriation. Aaron brings a kindness and thoughtful introspection to these subjects that is as refreshing as it is necessary. =
120: Jacob Bannon of Converge, Deathwish Inc
For more than three decades, Jacob Bannon has served as the the frontman of Boston's Converge, one of the most influential bands in hardcore and heavy music. In addition to causing major ripples in the water with classics like Jane Doe, You Fail Me, Axe to Fall and more, Bannon has helped shape the hardcore landscape with his mega influential Deathwish Inc label. We spoke to Bannon about the pandemic, being an artist and got super philosophical along the way.
119: Greg Anderson of sunn o))) / Southern Lord
We recently had the opportunity to hang out with the incomparableGregAnderson. In the world of heavy music,Gregis an individual who requires little introduction. He's the man behind the legendary Southern Lord Records as well as a key player in bands that have become nothing short of institutions such as Sunn O))), Burning Witch, Goatsnake, Thorr's Hammer, and countless other projects. As a curatorial and sonic force,GregAndersonstands among the most important of our time. We talked with him about the joys of discovering new music and unearthing forgotten classics, the bridge between hardcore, jazz, and metal, and what it means to be a lifer.
118: Walter of Roadburn
We're honored to have Walter Hoeijmakers as our guest on today's show. Walter is the key creative force behind what is debatably the most important annual event in extreme music: the legendary Roadburn Festival. Every April since its inception in 1999 until the global pandemic shifted the landscape, Roadburn has hosted everything from the best contemporary heavy artists to once in a lifetime performances from living legends such as Hawkwind, Goblin and GISM. Over the years, the fest has become an integral communal event and pollination site for thousands of metalheads, punks, and heavy music lovers the world over. After the necessary cancellation of Roadburn's 2020 installment, they are back this year with Roadburn Redux; a weekend of special livestream events curated with the love and attention to detail the festival is known for. We caught up with Walter to talk about Roadburn Redux as well as his beginnings, some of the wild and unique Roadburn moments throughout the years, and the ever increasing importance of community.
117 - Youth Code
Sara Taylor and Ryan George of industrial titans Youth Code are the guests for this week's episode. Since their inception in 2012, Youth Code's impeccable blend of pulverizing EBM with hardcore and metal sensibilities have cemented them as true torchbearers for much of today's synth driven extreme music. The band has leveled audiences the world over, touring with acts as varied as Skinny Puppy, Chelsea Wolfe, Code Orange, Deafheaven, and Carpenter Brut. In March they self-released A Skeleton Key in the Doors of Depression; a collaborativelp with esteemed producerKing Yosef. We caught up with Ryan and Sara to discuss the new record, the perils of touring, trying to stay creative in the midst of a global pandemic, and the blood feud that is synths vs. guitars. Oh, and I might have gotten myself cursed in the process. Stick around and find out how!
116: Bryan Funck of Thou
This week's guest is Bryan Funck, frontman of THOU, the Louisiana-based sludge-doom favorites who kicked in the door by applying old school DIY and eventually blossoming into one of the bigger names in heavy music today. Formed in 2005, the band's catalog contains literally dozens of releases including several splits, full-lengths and evensome collaborative albums with The Body and Emma Ruth Rundle, the latter of which makes up some of their most recentoutput.Intro/Outro: Thou - By Endurance We Conquer
115: Ian Shelton of Regional Justice Center
This week's guest isIanShelton, drummer and vocalist for Regional Justice Center. The West Coast powerviolence band has released a series of EPs recently including a split with Wound Man and a collaborative EP with Justice Tripp of Trapped Under Ice / Angel Du$t. RJC is welcoming their new LP Crime & Punishment via Closed Casket Activities in March and as a result we sat down to discuss the new album, the world of power violence in 2020 and much more.Intro/Outro: Regional Justice Center - Absence
114: Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man, Vermin Womb etc
This week's guest is Ethan McCarthy, the towering frontman and guitarist for the monolithic doom destroyers Primitive Man. Formed in 2012, this Colorado-based trio has been bruising audiences since the 2013 release of the massive SCORN, touring the world over in support of the effort. Two additional LPs, two EPs and several splits followed along with multiplesplit releases, making Primitive man one of the most in demand doom bands as of late, and increasing the visibility of McCarthy's stark and brutal design work.Intro/Outro: Primitive Man - Consumption