What do you do when two great bands have albums out on the same day? You get them both on the podcast for a double co-host special edition and that’s what the plan is this week with Nikki Brumen of Pagan and Dez Fafara of DevilDriver.
Firstly, the heavy/black metal Pagan from Melbourne are about to release their debut album Black Wash and so far we’ve heard nothing but great things from the band of misfits. In the time we were first introduced to them at Big Sound 2017, they’ve blown up across the country playing shows all over the joint and even securing an East Coast support slot on Rise Against‘s Wolves Tour. Being a woman in the heavy music industry can be hard, but Nikki’s “no holds barred” and “no-fucks-given” attitude towards topics such as gender imbalance and bigotry will certainly result in her leaving her mark and becoming a voice/force to be reckoned with. If you haven’t listened to Pagan before today, guarantee you’ll follow them up following this podcast.
Dez Fafara on the other hand needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, he’s been a key member of the heavy music industry fronting the bands Coal Chamber (RIP) and DevilDriver who are releasing their new album Outlaws ’til The End: Vol. 1 on Friday July 6th. The approach with this new album at first raised a few eyebrows, because the band have tackled country songs like ‘Copperhead Road‘, ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky‘ and Willie Nelson‘s ‘Whiskey River‘ but with a heavy metal twist. All the songs have been given a heavier, faster and better makeover and even feature some special guests including Johnny Cash‘s son John Carter Cash, his wife Ana Christina, Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe and Mark Morton, Burton C. Bell, Brock Lindow and many more. The heavy metaller turned country man more than happily explains his reasons for taking on this interesting approach and the stories behind the recording process, including Johnny Cash‘s love for heavy metal.
There’s also new music from A Breach of Silence, Temtris, Daybreak and Hellions, throwbacks from Sensaii, Heaven The Axe, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage + heaps more…