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Often Imitated, never duplicated. Over 113,000 Listens and counting to my archives! The Podcasts account of "Japan Nick" from Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast and Japan Nick's Rock and Metal Pandemonium online exclusively for the time being. 11 of my interviews are on Blabbermouth. I have 63 articles published in the Aquarian Weekly. Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Japan-Nicks-Rock-and-Metal-Pandemonium/145419538831730 facebook page. http://www.theaquarian.com/author/nick-perkel/ http://t ...
 
Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Court Lewis and Associate Professor of History Matt Alschbach discuss the history and philosophy of your favorite rock and metal acts of the last 50+ years. A fun, insightful, and always illuminating look at an often misunderstood genre of music.
 
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Happy 50th Episode!! The Rock and Metal Profs are back to discuss that age-old debate -- which version of the band was superior? Over the years Court and Matt have been in countless debates about which iteration of Black Sabbath was best -- Ozzy or Dio? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Early Iron Maiden with DiAnno or the Dickinson era? 70s KISS or 80s KISS…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast Episode 85 050822 Heterochrome interviewJNQP 85 050822 Heterochrome InterviewWe spoke with Heterochrome’s Mida and Arash to hear about their early years growing up as music fans in Iran. We heard about how they were led to music through their families. They spoke about how the band formed. We covered the various coun…
 
Blister Brigade is a 4 piece rock band from Sweden. We heard them tell stories about getting their first instruments and valuable lessons they learned from being in the music education program growing up. We heard about how Blister Brigade formed. We spoke about their new single "Carousel," and the band's history with the establishment. We also spo…
 
Another round for the ladies! On this episode the Rock and Metal Profs discuss some of the most talented and influential female musicians of the nineties and two-thousands. From Jennifer Batten to Nita Strauss, from Kim Deal to Amy Lee, from Floor Jansen to Simone Simon, Court and Matt do their best to give these incredibly gifted, hard-working and…
 
JNQP 83 041922 Madrost Tanner Poppitt Interview We spoke with Madrost Guitarist/vocalist Tanner Poppitt about his first guitar. He told me about how valuable the lessons he had when he was younger shaped him as a musician. He told me about the history of his band and favorite memories over the years. I asked him about his favorite guitarist, the be…
 
This week Matt brings in long-time friend and life-long Scorpions' fan Bruce Miller to discuss that epic triumvirate of metal albums -- Love Drive Animal Magnetism, and Blackout! What a fascinating run of albums and circumstances it was! Michael Schenker briefly returned to the Scorpions to write and perform on Love Drive before bailing again. Ente…
 
This is the second interview with Gravehuffer’s guitarist Richie Randall from Missouri. The first one was in July 2020. Since then the band has released another split in 2020 with Souls of Hades containing 2 songs from the Your Fault album sessions. We talked about the lyrics on the new album (NecroEclosion) containing many elements of historical c…
 
This one is all about the ladies! On the newest episode of RAMP, Matt and Dr. Lewis cover the history of the most influential and impactful women in rock and metal in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. The Profs spotlight those women who challenged expectations, circumvented barriers, and excelled in music genres dominated by men. How did these women na…
 
Drew Rizzo is the drummer and founder of Midnite Hellion(2011). We spoke about Drew getting his first drumkit and schooling he received over the years. He has been trained to play the piano, violin, tenor saxophone, and trombone. On his own he learned to play the drums, bass and guitar. In his High School years, he studied drums under Tony DeNicola…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast Episode 80030622 InterviewUngodly Rest interview.Ungodly Rest is a black metal band from Mexico. I had an interview with their singer Peste Nocturne. We spoke about his influences as well as favorite Mexican metal bands. There was mention of Greg Wilkinson producing the album.…
 
The Madman is back!!! On this episode of RAMP the profs cover the Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde years, and they even dig into the Joe Holmes and Gus G. tenures with Ozzy. After the departure of Brad Gillis at the conclusion of the Diary of a Madman tour, Ozzy paired with San Diego native and hot shot guitarist Jake Williams (Jake E. Lee). Soon Ozzy re…
 
JNQP 79 030622 In This House of Mourning InterviewWe spoke with In This House of Mourning’s Ben Ianuzzi. He spoke about getting his first guitar. There was some discussion of using the metronome with the recording of Penance. We talked about blogs Ben looks at to stay up to date on current bands. Ben told me the style of his band that fans of bands…
 
We had an interview with Wayne Abney (Vocals, Bass), Michael Huebner (Guitars), and Anthony Walker (Drums) to speak about the new Life of Scars EP Crate of Sins.We talked about what’s been going on with Life of Scars since 2019. The guys spoke about how often practice is and what it’s like being a musician in the DFW area right now putting on shows…
 
We are pumped for this one! With a deranged and maniacal cackle, Court and Matt take a look at the original madman of rock and roll, Ozzy Osbourne! In this episode, we look at Ozzy's break with Sabbath, his fortuitous meeting with Sharon Arden (Osbourne), the genius of Randy Rhoads and his heart-breaking and untimely passing, Bernie Torme' stepping…
 
JNQP 77 021422 Shield of Wings InterviewJames Gregor (guitarist), Aaliah Daye (Vocals), Lara Mordian (Vocals), and Alex Luke (Bass) were interviewed by Japan Nick. The band all spoke about their first instruments, as well as any music education that they received when they were younger. We spoke about various songs like Mind of Myth, The Scarred Cl…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast Episode 76 021322 Xanadoo Zach Su Remember the Wall InterviewWe spoke about Zach's first guitar and early education he had in Singapore.We spoke about him moving from Portland Oregon to Montreal Canada. Thjere was some dialogue on some festivals he saw in Canada like the RRRROOOAARARRRGGGHHHHH Fest. We looked at upda…
 
On this episode of RAMP, Court and Matt throw a "Monkey Wrench" into the gears and take a close look at the Foo Fighters. After the passing of Kurt Cobain in 1994, the popularity of Nirvana was stratospheric. At the same time, the surviving members had no idea what the future would bring. Not one to wait for an opportunity to present itself, Dave G…
 
Interview with Firebreather's singer Mattias Nööjd. We spoke about the new album Dwell in the Fog. We talked about transitioning to new bassist Nicklas Hellqvist, and what his style is like and the songwriting dynamic of the album has changed and more.Από τον Japan Nick's Rock and Metal Pandemonium
 
In this 2nd episode dedicated to the original shock rocker Alice Cooper, Dr. Lewis covers Alice Cooper the solo artist. After breaking with the Alice Cooper Band, Alice took the name for himself and released the epic "Welcome to my Nightmare" in 1975. Court covers Cooper's catalog, his struggles with alcoholism and the so-called "black-out" albums,…
 
The Rock and Metal Prof’s' Court Lewis interviews the Bahamas' born singer, songwriter, and producer, Cello Tha Black Pearl. Cello utilizes raspy deep tones on his latest album, Superhero: the Final Chapter to introduce listeners to a style of music called “Rockin Soul.” Each song on Superhero: the Final Chapter affirms and acknowledges pain, hones…
 
Court and Matt are back and chomping at the bit in 2022! On this episode of RAMP, the Profs tackle the godfather of shock rock, Alice Cooper. In the late-sixties and early-seventies, the Alice Cooper Band was one of the most influential and notorious rock acts in the world. KISS, the New York Dolls and dozens of theatrical rock bands took their cue…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast Episode 74 010922 Canada Striker Pete Klassen InterviewWe spoke about Pete getting his first bass, and lessons he took early on.Pete spent 2013-2018 in Japan and spoke about various earlier bands he was in.We talked about his rehearsal to become the bassist for Striker in 2019 .We also talked about the Alive in the S…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast Episode 73 Home Style SurgeryThere is Only You and Me InterviewInterview with the band's two guitarists Joonas Hiltunen, and Jussi Keränen.We learned about their first guitars, and how Home Style Surgery formed. various concerts played and this year's album Brain Drill Poetry (2021) and discussed various songs from t…
 
In the final "RAMP" episode of 2021, Court and I decided to do something different and discuss our favorite rock and metal albums of 2021. As crazy a year as it was, there were a lot of positives, especially if you are a fan of rock and metal! It is clear that the pandemic provided an opportunity for some of our favorite artists to write, explore a…
 
JNQP 72 120421 The Return of Hail Santa 120421 Tyler Sturgill InterviewWe speak about Hail Santa coming back, look back on past years of the fest. We touch on some new developments of Xoth and more.Από τον Japan Nick's Rock and Metal Pandemonium
 
Well folks, this is it -- Court and I have been looking forward to this episode, and we've had numerous requests from listeners. You might say that "Everybody Wants Some" Van Halen! In this episode of the Rock and Metal Profs, Court and Matt examine the formative years of the Van Halen brothers, the prodigy Eddie, the front-man DLR, the thundering …
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast Episode 71 112821 Four Trips Ahead Peter Wilson InterviewWe talked about Peter's beginning as a musician and earlier bands he was in and how Four Trips Ahead formed.We spoke about the band's beginning. and how the Remnants EP was formed.Από τον Japan Nick's Rock and Metal Pandemonium
 
Japan Nick’s Quarantine Podcast 70 112121 Giveth InterviewInterview with Dark Pop act Giveth’s Ben and Jessica.We spoke about the early history of Ben and Jessica’s musical history and the formation of the group.We talked about what it is like starting out a pop group in 2021 and what it means to be a musician in the post Pandemic landscape. We spo…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast 69 November 12 2021 Gates to the Morning Sean Meyers InterviewWe chatted about his first guitar, getting his drumset.We spoke about forming Gates to the Morning, writing 2019's Return to the Earth album and chatted about a few songs from it along with Sean's trips to Norway and a few topics on Windir.…
 
Warning -- This Episode of the Rock and Metal Profs contains graphic descriptions of genocide and violence -- It is not intended for children. In episode 38 of the Rock and Metal Profs, Matt and Court examine the history and philosophy of the Armenian-American band System of a Down. When SOAD burst on the metal scene in the late-nineties, few peopl…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast 68 Skeletal Remains Chris Monroy InterviewJapan Nick had another interview with Skeletal Remains frontman Chris to discuss his band's tour with Crowbar and Municipal Waste. We talked about things he had to do to get ready for the tour and how things have changed in the past few years.…
 
In this episode of the Rock and Metal Profs, Court and Matt take a laser-focused look at Priest's return to metal form with "Painkiller", vocalist Rob Halford leaving the band, forming "FIGHT" and coming out as a gay man, and bandmates K.K., Glen, Ian and Scott soldiering on with Tim "Ripper" Owens as front man. The Ripper years were a difficult ti…
 
On Saturday October 23rd 2021 Rahway Singer Nick Hade had an interview with Japan Nick for his podcast.We chatted about his early schooling at Monmouth University, the song Only the Strong, new music on the horizon and more.Από τον Japan Nick's Rock and Metal Pandemonium
 
Hey! Check out this week's episode on Sweden's Hypocrisy singer Peter Tagtrgren on his new album Worship, his recording studio The Abyss, and recording Possessed's 2019 album Revelations of the Oblivion!Από τον Japan Nick's Rock and Metal Pandemonium
 
In episode 2 of our trio of shows on Judas Priest, we look at how the band garnered an international following, mainstream success, and millions of fans in the 1980s. The 80s saw Priest defining what it meant to be "heavy metal" with a string of brilliant albums, MTV coverage, fame, excess, and the tumult that accompanies such success. Along the wa…
 
JNQP 66 101321 Bonded Division Of The Damned InterviewInterview with Guitarist Bernemann and singer Ingo talking about both albums by Bonded (Rest in Violence, and Into Blackness. We spoke about the writing of the album as well as working with guest musicians Bobby Blitz, Speesy from Kreator, and Rægina from Dæmonesq. Talk about past concerts from …
 
JNQP 64 100321 Fueled by Fire Carlos Gutirrez interviewWe learned about Carlos’s first drumset and some schooling he got in school.He formed Fueled by Fire with Sal Zepeda. I inquired about what the LA Metal scene was like around the Metalblade release of 2006’s Spread the Fire. We talked a bit about Japan when Fueled by Fire played the True Thrash…
 
The Rock and Metal Profs are back for season 2, and we've got a titanium and steel-plated trifecta in store for listeners -- JUDAS PRIEST! In this episode Judas Priest take their rightful place alongside Black Sabbath as founding members of the heavy metal genre. Priest were a foundational band in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), but t…
 
JNQP 63 JNQP 63 092121 Pale Magus Productions Brian Rush Luctum Ænigmatum InterviewI spoke with Brian Rush of Pale Magus Productions about his first keyboard and early lessons he took when he was younger. We discussed the philosophy of using a metronome and his understanding of time.He spoke about his various bands he was in but we centered his mus…
 
JNQP 62 090621 Witchaven BBB Jerry Garcia InterviewWe learned about Jerry’s first bass. We spoke a lot about Witchaven’s come back concert in August 26th at Long Beach.. Some after thoughts on it along with the setlist. There was dialog asking about Afghanistan and the corona virus and if they will be used for topics on future songs.We finished thi…
 
We spoke about Allison getting her first instrument. There was dialogue about what went on between Veils of Winter and Silence/Motion.Can you tell me about getting your first instrument? We spoke about using Dylan White to record the album. It was recorded Summer 2020. Allison spoke about bringing in Erika Osterhout in as a live guitarist. We spoke…
 
Japan Nick's Quarantine Podcast 60 Withered Singer/Guitarist Dan Caycedo interviewWe spoke about his beginnings getting his first guitar, and music lessons he took early on. We delved into how he got into the band Withered and their new album Verloren. He spoke about some of his favorite albums and an urban legend from Giorgia.…
 
JNQP 59 081721 Void Vator Erik Kluiber InterviewA revisited interview with Erik from the afterthoughts on Great Fear Rising coming out and the Escape LA Tour. The Staple of their tour was the Ripple Fest in Texas. They spoke about the story behind the I Can’t Take It video about the lockdowns from Governor Gavin Newsom with the parallels to Benny H…
 
What a powerhouse trifecta of interviews this week! In our 2nd round of interviews from RockNpod 2021, Court and Matt interview Tora Tora guitarist Keith Douglas, Grammy award-winning producer and engineer Toby Wright, and legendary drummer Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO, The Last in Line). First, we talk to lead guitarist Keith Douglas about hi…
 
Cancion Franklin is a rock and country musician originally from Arizona who has relocated to New York City. He spoke about going back home to Arizona when the Pandemic was taking off. He ended up breaking his arm while he was back in Arizona and spoke about how songwriting was for him while his arm was healing. We spoke about how his songwriting ev…
 
This is an interview with Sergio Ginez, Max Vartanian, And Jimmy Flores of Chaotic Injustice on Friday August 6th 2021 by Nick Perkel We learned about everyone’s first instruments and history in music education.We talked about what kind of new trends going on in music that they are excited about and how shows are going to start happening again.They…
 
On this episode of the Rock and Metal Profs, Court and Matt interview rock icon Pamela Des Barres. "Ms. Pamela" is a true renaissance woman. Throughout her impressive career she's been a groupie, musician, author, actress, soap star, and she was the inspiration for Kate Hudson’s character in “Almost Famous.” Her 1987 book "I'm with the Band: Confes…
 
Portland Oregon Guitarist Gabe Franco discusses how his band Idle Hands changed their name to Unto Others and the trials and tribulations the band has dealt with from the name change, signing to Roadrunner Records, and writing new songs. We discussed a bit about the new album Strength and gave advise for the average working class bands out there.…
 
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent burst onto the rock scene in 1983 when he was announced as Ace Frehley's replacement. With lightning-fast fret work coupled with a gift for songwriting, he wrote and performed some of KISS's most memorable songs of the early 1980s. Sadly, his tenure in KISS was short-lived -- he was kicked out of the band after …
 
JNQP 55 070421 Inhuman Condition The Skunk Ape InterviewOn July 4th Jeramy and Taylor gave Japan Nick an interview to talk about their new band Inhuman Condition which formed from an album they made when they were then Massacre members working on an album together. They spoke about Terry Butler of Death and Cannibal Corpse joining their band and Ri…
 
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