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Irelands Premier Metal Music Podcast. The Metal Cell Podcast sets out to promote the Irish Metal Scene by talking to the bands, promoters, artists and fans of this musical genre. I hope to interview as many generations as possible involved in the Irish Metal community from those who create the music, design the artwork, promote the gigs or simply fans of the music itself. It's one of the most exciting times ever to be a Metal fan in Ireland with so many home grown and international metal bands touring our cities and releasing incredible music. This Podcast has become a solid link in communicating our voices throughout the world wide Metal community. The bonds forged in the Metal Scene are strong, loyal and lasting. Friendships created that traverse oceans and continents linking us to Europe, the America's, The Far East and even into the Eastern Block. Thank you all for listening and for your support, Richie. #supportyourlocalmetalscene

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Irelands Premier Metal Music Podcast. The Metal Cell Podcast sets out to promote the Irish Metal Scene by talking to the bands, promoters, artists and fans of this musical genre. I hope to interview as many generations as possible involved in the Irish Metal community from those who create the music, design the artwork, promote the gigs or simply fans of the music itself. It's one of the most exciting times ever to be a Metal fan in Ireland with so many home grown and international metal bands touring our cities and releasing incredible music. This Podcast has become a solid link in communicating our voices throughout the world wide Metal community. The bonds forged in the Metal Scene are strong, loyal and lasting. Friendships created that traverse oceans and continents linking us to Europe, the America's, The Far East and even into the Eastern Block. Thank you all for listening and for your support, Richie. #supportyourlocalmetalscene

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Latest release on Jan 21, 2021

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Rank #1: Episode 70: Producer and Mixing Engineer Series: Josh Robinson. Show also features members of Survivalist and Heel of Achilles who all have worked with Josh.

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I was so pleased to welcome Josh Robinson on the Producer and Mixer Series as I have been a massive fan of his work and bands that he has chosen to work with for a long time. Joining us on the Podcast also were Taylor and Gavin from Survivalist and Paddy, Daire and Steve of Heel of Achilles. It was a huge edit considering it was all done using Zoom, the sound outcome was patchy enough in stages during the interview due to connection issues and apologies for that. Nevertheless all the band members were terrific and very informative in helping us the listener understand what Josh brings to the mixing desk as a producer and sound engineer. His creativity in lyrical videos, willingness to move past financial gain to work with bands is very unique and refreshing. Thanks to Oracle, Survivalist and Heel of Achilles for the songs as well. Hope you enjoy the Podcast and remember please share, convert or subscribe to the YouTube channel. Thanks Richie. #supportyourlocalmetalscene.

Songs featured and permission granted:
In which I Envy (c) Survivalist, 2020 all rights reserved.
Hollow (c) Oracle, 2020 all rights reserved.
Stratosphere (c) Heel of Achilles, 2020 all rights reserved.

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Apr 30 2020

1hr 58mins

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Rank #2: Episode 69: Dave Moore (DJ with Today FM) and Evan Prendergast (Worn Out) talk about their love of the Metal Scene.

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I was delighted to welcome back long-time contributor to the show Evan from Worn Out/The Metal Cell Forums along with his legendary DJ pal Dave from Today FM's Dermot and Dave Show to talk about their love of the Metal Scene. Dave talks about his teenage years following Metal and as he grew older how his love for Metal music stayed with him through various stages of his professional working life. So many great Metal acts are talked about on this show, with Evan offering his insights into his influences and talking about his terrific Irish Metal/hardcore band Worn Out. The banter and laughter are second to none on this show so be sure to share it, leave a rating if you enjoy it. The bands suppling the absolute HEFT on this week’s Podcast were King Witch from Edinburgh, Wolf Acid Ritual from Kilkenny and Diamir from Lisburn.

Songs featured and permission granted:
Body of Light (c) King Witch, 2020 all rights reserved.
The Hidden Secrets (c) Wolf Acid Ritual, 2020 all rights reserved.
Behind the Facade (c) Diamir, 2020 all rights reserved.

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Apr 23 2020

1hr 40mins

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Rank #3: Episode 68: Producer and Mixing Engineer Series: Aidan Cunningham.

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Aidan Cunningham is a mixing, recording engineer and music producer with a life-consuming obsession of sound. Aidan's fascination with recorded music formed as a young teen and has flourished into a full time career creating music with artists from around the globe. In this episode the first of my Producer and Mixing Engineer Series, Aidan gives us an insight into his world working creatively to produce incredible music with artists from Zhora to The Scratch. We also have some seriously heavy tunage from Survivalist, Enshroud, Death Can Wait and Ruairi O'Baoighill. Thanks for listening and support your local Metal Scene.

Songs featured and permission granted:
Bound In The Sacrafice (c) Enshroud, 2020 all rights reserved.
Left (c) Death Can Wait, 2020 all rights reserved.
Greed and Obsession (c) Survivalist, 2020 all rights reserved.
Parish Law (c) Ruairi O'Baoighill, 2020 all rights reserved.

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Apr 17 2020

1hr 22mins

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Rank #4: Episode 67: The Crawling. Andy Clarke invites us for a drink in his virtual bar.

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Andy Clarke of The Crawling invites us for a drink in his virtual bar and we talk about the current state of Irish Metal in the middle of a pandemic. There's lots to discuss, the last few gigs of The Crawling, their merch, future plans and the state of Irish Metal at the moment. We have the now regular news round-up of the Irish Metal scene and 2 exclusive songs from So Much For The Sun and The Grief. Thanks to Peasant to a King and Words That Burn that also contributed killer songs to this episode. All these bands are some of the finest Irish Metal acts out there at the moment so be sure to check out their Bandcamp pages.

Enjoy and support your local Metal scene by checking out all the merch your favourite bands and artists have for sale.

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Selfish (c) Peasant to a King, 2020 all rights reserved.
Deathgrip (c) Words That Burn, 2020 all rights reserved.
Carmilla's Embrace (c) So Much For The Sun, 2020 all rights reserved.
Departed (c) The Grief, 2020 all rights reserved.

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Apr 09 2020

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: Episode 66: Classic T-Shirt/Art edition Pt.2

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This episode is examines the thought process that goes into an artist designing a brief for a band and the work that goes into achieving a final product that will represent both the band and the artist. Contributions by Kym Horner of Kym Horner Design, James Sheridan of James Sheridan Does Art/deadxactress, Colin Bolger of Dabulga Design and Mick Carey of Zealot Cult to help to understand the thought process with the design, concept and final product. There's that infamous Gary Holt story when Exodus played Cork. I also want to thank Witchkicker, Dirty Power, Drakonis and Durt Burd for summiting their brilliant songs for this episode. Enjoy and support your local Metal scene by checking out all the merch your favourite bands and artists have for sale.

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Oh God (c) Dirty Power, 2020 all rights reserved.
Nature, Nuture or Resent (c) Witchkicker, 2020 all rights reserved.
Of Dusk and Of Pyre (c) Drakonis, 2020 all rights reserved.
Shuffle Monkey (c) Durt Burd, 2020 all rights reserved.

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Apr 02 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #6: Episode 65: Classic T-Shirt/Art edition Part 1.

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This episode is spent examining the connections between the t-shirt, art and the Metal Fan. Contributions by Sean O'Sullivan of Ten Ton Slug, Ciaran Coughlan of Obsidian Design and Alex Fitzgerald of Absurd Merch help to understand the thought process with the design, concept and final product. I also want to thank Conjuring Fate, Sectile and Grief Eater for summiting their brilliant songs for this episode. Enjoy and support your local Metal scene by checking out all the merch your favourite bands and artists have for sale.

Songs featured and permission granted:
Night Of The Knives (c) Conjuring Fate, 2020 all rights reserved.
Black Cloud (c) Sectile, 2020 all rights reserved.
Imithe in êag (c) Grief Eater, 2020 all rights reserved.

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Mar 26 2020

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: Episode 63: The Metal Cell Forums IV. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Jack for banter and chat about all things Metal.

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Delighted to welcome back my wonderful co-hosts on this terrific episode where we covered gigs attended, festival gossip, a Grief Eater single review and lots of banter. The main subject was professionalism in the Irish Metal Scene which hopefully will answer a few questions or kickstart another discussion on it. The insights that Jack and Evan offer as musicains playing in the scene are really brilliant and Danielle who has been attending these gigs regularly always adds a compelling view to the mix. We are lucky as listeners to have such a great team on board for these special shows. Once again I must ask to leave a rating if ye enjoyed the show. Thanks Richie.

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Mar 12 2020

1hr 52mins

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Rank #8: Episode 62: Dog Tired and Skypilot at Urban Assault 2020.

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Part 1 features Dog Tired. The lads had just finished playing a stormer of a set, upstairs in An Spailpin Fanach for Urban Assault 2020, when we had a great chat about the creation of one of their best releases yet "The Electric Abyss". There was plenty of stories of hairy princesses, sheep punching and life growing up in the wonderfully named Penicuik. Dog Tired are playing Bloodstock this year and it was very interesting to hear them talk about how being an independent band can be a positive thing without relying on a major labels help.
Part 2 features Skypilot. Recorded at The Old Town Whiskey Bar it was chaotic right from the start. A large hen party was in the room next to us as I was joined by Skypilot and James Loveday from The Distortion Project. Despite the unsettling sight of a naked male model the lads tried to be as professional as one can be given the circumstances. There was plenty to talk about as the lads had enjoyed a very successful 2019, having played Bloodstock and recorded a new album, the excellent "The Affront". With another Siege of Limerick appearance on the horizons and a tour with Blind River, it's shaping up nicely for the Northern Ireland three piece. It was also terrific to have James there as well to give us insights into the thriving Belfast Metal scene that he helped create.

Songs featured: Beyond The Grave (c) Dog Tired, 2019 all rights reserved.
Superdupernaught (c) Skypilot, 2019 all rights reserved.

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Mar 05 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #9: Episode 61: Con Doyle of Paranoid Beast/Soothsayer talks about his two day Monolith 2020 Festival and discusses his many projects that are coming to fruition in 2020.

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Delighted to welcome back Con Doyle to talk about all things Metal. Con is a local legend of the Metal scene and discusses his many projects that are coming to fruition in 2020. The main subject of course is his two day Monolith Festival on July 31st and 1st of August. We run through all the bands that are on the bill and share some of their music for those that may not have heard of them. Con also reveals an exclusive gig in October 2nd at Cyprus Avenue and not only that we have a great chat reflecting on his career in Rap/Hip Hop as Grandmaster Cash, culminating in his debut at the Cork Film Festival. There's so much jammed into this episode that it will keep those that wanted a longer episode happy and also gives a interesting snapshot of the scene in Cork at the moment. Thanks for listening and be sure to rate the show if you enjoy it. Richie
Songs featured:
Burden's Root (c) Vehement 2020 All rights reserved and by kind permission
Exiles Necronautical (c) Mord'A'Stigmata 2020 All rights reserved and by kind permission
Here Begins The Fall (c) Necronautical 2020 All rights reserved and by kind permission
SOL (c) Jupiterian 2020 All rights reserved and by kind permission

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Feb 27 2020

1hr 56mins

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Rank #10: Episode 60: ZHI REN, Chris (vox) and Pavol (guitars) leave nothing to the imagination in this audio journey into the mind of their band.

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I was delighted to welcome Chris (vox) and Pavol (guitars) of Cork band ZHI REN. The lads also sent on 4 demo's of new songs, one of which is featured on the show...the brilliant "Feed the Beast" and after hearing those songs, their appearance at this years Siege of Limerick cannot come fast enough! Chris and Pavol take us on a crazy adventure recalling the lunacy of their appearance at GOTHOOM Open Air Festival in Slovakia and the song writing process in a isolated wooden cabin. Podcasts are made for these stories! Enjoy the show and if you enjoy it leave a rating. Thanks Richie.

Feed the Beast (c) ZHI REN, 2020 all rights reserved.

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Feb 20 2020

57mins

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Rank #11: Episode 54: Spirit Merchant's Colin, Ollie and Leon discuss the creation and shaping of their new songs as a big year approaches for them as a new band.

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The Metal Cell was delighted to start off 2020 with the first of a series of new acts to look out for in the Irish Metal Scene. Spirit Merchant's Colin Bolger (Vox/Guitars), Leon (Bass/Effects) and Ollie (Drums) all have a wealth of experience between them in their respective bands Zhora, Coroza and Medicant. It was great to sit down with the lads and explore the fundamental building blocks of Spirit Merchant. Having seen their debut last year, I was intrigued to hear how they've progressed as a three piece and they were quick to tell me that they had no shortage of new songs. It didn't surprise me to hear they were experimenting with various tones to bring a earthier soundscape to enrich the listeners experience and the conversation flowed around such topics as their band name, lyrics and festivals. The next few months will be important for Spirit Merchant with an upcoming appearance in Metal 2 The Masses and the release of a debut E.P. Colin, Ollie and Leon are seriously talented musicans and it was great to chat about the Metal Scene from their perspective. I have no doubt that they are ready to take a giant step into making 2020 a year to remember for those who witness them live and hope that whatever they release will live long in the memory of Irish Metal music.

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Jan 09 2020

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: Episode 44: The Crawling. Andy Clarke (guitars/vox) recorded interview live at The Triskel Art Theatre Cork.

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The Metal Cell was delighted to sit down with Andy of The Crawling in the beautiful surrounds of The Triskel. I was fascinated about the many roles he undertakes to help make The Crawling one of the most important bands in the Irish Metal scene. We talk about his Vlogs, production work, creating the bands videos and his work with Kerri and brother Paul from Grindscene Records. The Crawling have put down a busy year with tours both here and the U.K. Andy gives us a great insight into the previous eleven months including cassette launches, reporting at Bloodstock and dodgy Walkmans. It's a great interview and Andy is without doubt a key member of our Metal community so enjoy, convert and share.

Songs: Wolves and the Hideous White & A Time For Broken Things (c) The Crawling, 2019 all rights reserved.

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Nov 07 2019

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Rank #13: Episode 36: Jambinai’s Lee Il-woo (guitar, piri, taepyeongso, vox) and Choi Jae-hyuk (drums) live from The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival.

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The Metal Cell Studio travelled to Clonakility to sit down and have a chat with avant-metal band Jambinai. Lee and Choi were preparing for the first show of their four week tour by playing The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. Appearances at Hellfest,
Roskilde, Coachella and the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics have definitely helped Jambinai along the way. We had a good chat about the new album Onda, tours, social media, horror films and some famous residents of West Cork.

Songs featured: Sun Tears Red and Onda (c) Jambinai 2019 all rights reserved.

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Sep 26 2019

39mins

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Rank #14: Episode 30: Robert O'Halloran award winning film & video producer talks about working with Bailer, Worn Out and his career to date.

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The Metal Cell was delighted to welcome award winning film & video producer Rob O'Halloran to the studio. I have been a huge fan of Robs talented work so it was a pleasure to listen to him talk about his work with Bailer, Worn Out and his journey to becoming an award wining independent film maker. Rob explains how hard it is to forge a career working in Ireland within the media of film production and his own company Mint Video. I have nothing but admiration for Rob after hearing his story, I hope you enjoy it too.

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Aug 16 2019

53mins

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Rank #15: Episode 29: King Witch at Monolith Festival 2019 in Cyprus Avenue Cork.

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The Metal Cell Podcast was honored to sit down with Jamie, Laura, Rory and Lyle, straight after their brilliant set to talk about whales, the Edinburgh metal scene, touring stories and the recording process for their new album later this year. Absolutely great company and it was one of those episodes that I didn't want to end. Cannot wait to catch them live again and have a beer afterwards with this class act from Scotland.

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Aug 08 2019

23mins

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Rank #16: Episode 13: Coroza. Riff merchants Ciaran Coghlan and Jack O'Neill discuss the bands six month hiatus, recording new material and preview of two tracks from the yet to be released new album “Chaliceburner”

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The Metal Cell Studio is proud to announce that Coroza are back to bring the heaviness to bear on the Irish Metal Scene with an exclusive preview of two tracks off their yet to be released new album “Chaliceburner”. The first song to open the episode is the actual title track “Chaliceburner” Heaviness rests well in the arms of Coroza and this is a fine example of a band that deliver it in huge slabs. Closing the show is the instrumental track “Scaltheen” sure to level any audience and leave them slack jawed in a drooling mess when that saxophone kicks in. Absolutely blown away by these two songs and remember they're not fully mixed yet but if this is a taster then we all can look forward to another huge release from one of our own flying the flag for Irish Metal. Ciaran and Jack delve into the time frame its taken to navigate through replacing a band member, recording an album, side projects and emerging through the other side ready to go for the jugular with a series of gigs right through the summer.

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May 16 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #17: Episode 9: Tommy Tighe interview recorded live at his famous Sound Cellar record store.

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Tommy Tighe and The Sound Cellar is an essential visit when travel to Dublin, in fact many metal fans and bands across the world have all frequented his downstairs shop including Metallica. Tommy is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to all genres of metal and you'll never leave his store empty handed. He is celebrating fifty years in business next year and I thought it was only fitting that I paid him a visit to thank him for his huge contribution to our Irish Metal Scene and enjoy having a bit of banter with him as well. Hope you enjoy it...the sound improves after a minute as we were chatting using hand held mics and customers were still coming in. Please like and leave a comment on iTunes or Spotify.

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Apr 23 2019

31mins

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Rank #18: Episode 1: Talking Old School Metal with Donie G and Martin Walsh

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I was pleased to have Donie and Martin in the studio to talk about being into metal for over 45 years and the changes to the Irish metal scene they've experienced over the years. The Old School Metal series will be a regular feature of the show. I recorded this episode using Audacity so it limited us to two mics instead of 3 so the pops and bumps are a result of the lads sharing the mic. All my other episodes are done in Reaper. Thanks for listening Richie Le Faux.

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Mar 14 2019

56mins

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Rank #19: Episode 2: Colin Bolger of Zhora and why his feet are nailed to the ground!

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The Metal Cell was delighted to have Colin of Zhora at the studio to talk about his passion for music and art. It was a terrific chat that covered his journey from a shy teenager picking up a guitar in Clonmel to a prowling frontman on the stages of Wacken and Bloodstock. Hope you enjoy it and thanks to Erica for coming along for the support. Richie Le Faux

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Mar 14 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #20: Episode 3: Deccie O'Shea ex Cyclefly and Mako DC with some tales from the fishbowl.

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The Metal Cell was delighted to have been joined in the studio by Deccie O'Shea. A top class singer and all round great guy. Deccie delves into the past to describe how Cyclefly signed to a major label, took on the big U.S acts and toured successfully stateside for a number of years winning fans over like Chester Bennington, Gavin Bush and top producers like Sylvia Massey (Tool, Peppers). He talks about the transition to Mako DC and having to build a new musical legacy again.

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Mar 14 2019

46mins

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