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Episode #250: Megan Targett – Vocalist of the UK Alt-Metal Band VEXED, Debut Album ‘Culling Culture’ Out Now Via Napalm Records

For this episode, we are talking about the debut album from UK Alt-Metal band Vexed titled Culling Culture, released on May 21, 2021 via Napalm Records. Joining me for this episode is the band’s lead vocalist Megan Targett. After dropping a pair of brutal singles in 2019, “Elite” ft. CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder and “Dominate”, the Hertfordshire foursome made enough noise to link up with Napalm Records for the release of their debut album. With Culling Culture, the band dives into topics of hate and anger that is so prevalent in today’s society as a way to show that people dealing with any sort of struggles in their lives are not alone and they can prevail.


Episode #247: Rick Giordano – Synth-Driven Horror Metal Trio The Lion’s Daughter, New Album ‘Skin Show’ Out Now Via Season of Mist

The guest for this episode is Rick Giordano, member of the synth-driven horror metal trio from St. Louis, The Lion’s Daughter. They have a new album out, Skin Show, via Season of Mist that dropped on April 9th, 2021. The thing that really pops out with Skin Show is the visuals, from the album cover artwork to the cinematography of the music videos. It really makes them stand out, almost intriguing to someone who has never heard them before. During our conversation, we talked about those visuals and how they complement the music, the making of Skin Show and how that differed from previous album, how they got discovered, and 80s horror and action movies!


Episode #240: Prika Amaral – Co-Founder/Guitarist of All-Women Thrash Metal Band NERVOSA, New Album ‘Perpetual Chaos’ Available Now via Napalm Records

The guest for this episode is Prika Amaral, co-founder and guitarist of all-women thrash metal band NERVOSA. They have a new album Perpetual Chaos available now via Napalm Records. Originating in Brazil, Nervosa has a whole new line-up – featuring Prika along talented new members Diva Satanica on vocals, Mia Wallace on bass, and Eleni Nota on drums – all hailing from various parts of Europe. Nervosa has a series of videos on YouTube (shown below) to get everyone up to speed and introduce you to the new members. During our chat, we talk about the new album with a new lineup, being a role model to young women, and the realities living in Brazil, along with so much more.


Episode #233: Fenrier – Drummer of Varg, Pagan Metal Band from Coburg, New Album Zeichen Out Now Via Napalm Records

The guest for this episode is Fenrier, drummer the Pagan Metal band Varg from Coburg, Germany, who just released a new album Zeichen via Napalm Records. With this seventh full length release, Varg go back to their Pagan Metal roots, and in my discussion with Fenrier, we talk about the band’s vision for this album and their origins. We also go into Pagan history and how that is perceived in Germany, along with how his home place has been dealing with the pandemic along with social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement. It was great to almost exchange notes on the similarities and differences between our respective societal and political climates. It’s always fun to learn about different cultures through music and this episode with Fenrier is a good piece of education.


Renaissance Soul Podcast – The Circle Of Darkness Episode (w/ Eric Lauder, Guitarist of Detroit Thrash/Death Metal Band Plague Years)

For this episode, your host Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier is joined by Eric Lauder, guitarist of the Detroit thrash/death metal band Plague Years, as we talk about their debut full-length album Circle of Darkness released September 18th 2020 via Entertainment One (or eOne). While the idea of the band has technically been around for about a decade now, the four guys of Plague Years only started to make it a serious band within the past few years with the release of two EPs, 2017’s self-titled EP and 2018’s Unholy Infestation EP. Eric shares with us the origins of the band, how they got signed to eOne, along with his vision for the band has the main songwriter going into making Circle of Darkness. We go track-by-track throughout the album, talk about the videos they shot, along with the album’s amazing cover artwork.


Episode #228: Cammie Gilbert – Vocalist of Houston Prog Metal Band ‘Oceans of Slumber’, New Self-Titled Album Out Now

The guest for this episode is Cammie Gilbert vocalist of the Houston prog metal band Oceans of Slumber. They just released their newest self-titled album this past Friday via Century Media Records. We talk about the new album, the importance of being a Black woman fronting metal band, her musical influences, the cathartic nature of heavy metal, releasing this album during the Black Lives Matter movement.


Episode #212: Melissa Bonny – Vocalist of the Symphonic Metal Band ‘Ad Infinitum’, Debut Album Chapter 1: Monarchy Out Now Via Napalm Records

The guest for this episode is Melissa Bonny, vocalist of the symphonic metal band Ad Infinitum, who just released their debut album Chapter 1: Monarchy on April 3rd via Napalm Records. Melissa is also the lead singer of the trance metal band Rage Of Light, and most importantly, we share the same birthday on January 23rd!


Episode #211: Jennie Skulander – Lead Vocalist of the New Zealand Metal Band ‘Devilskin’, New Album RED Available Now

The guest for this episode is Jennie Skulander, lead vocalist of the New Zealand metal band Devilskin. The four-piece band formed in 2010 released their fourth studio album RED this past Friday. During our talk, Jennie Skulander shared with us the making of RED, her upbringing in music including previously fronting the band Slipping Tongue, the culture in New Zealand, and so much more.


Episode #207: Zuberoa Aznáres & Gorka Elso of the Classically-Inspired Spanish Metal Band ‘Diabulus in Musica’, New Album Euphonic Entropy Available Now

The guests for this episode are Zuberoa Aznáres and Gorka Elso of the classically-inspired Spanish metal band Diabulus in Musica, who have a new album Euphonic Entropy available now via Napalm Records. During our chat, we talked about the inspirations behind the new album including the birth of their second child. We also go into their family traditions and how that goes into their music, along with the song “Otoi”, which features lyrics entirely in the Basque language. They share a lot of historical knowledge about their homeland, language, and their families in this interview that was incredibly interesting to learn.


Episode #206: Dirk Scharsich aka Danger Dirk 3000, Guitarist of Ninja-Themed Power Metal Band ‘Victorius’, New Album Space Ninjas From Hell Available Now

The guest for this episode is Dirk Scharsich aka Danger Dirk 3000, guitarist of ninja-themed Power Metal band Victorius, new album Space Ninjas From Hell available now via Napalm Records. The band combines ancient Samurai stories and intergalactic mystery. During our chat, Dirk shares with us the making of Space Ninja From Hell with all if its Japanese myths and bold anthems about the most intergalactic space adventure, along with his love of Batman.