Podcast

August 01, 2019

Dan Cleary (Striker)

A conversation about how he started playing music, the soundtrack to his youth, his favorite style of beer, the Edmonton craft beer scene, a tour horror story, what it was like opening for Metallica & how he keeps his voice strong on tour. This episode was recorded at Le Saint-Bock tap house, one of Montreal's premier tap rooms. Striker was here to play a show as a part of the Heavy en Ville portion of the Heavy Montreal festival. Throughout this episode we drank Brasseurs du Nord's Boreal du Nord Est. Photo Credit: Michael Kovacs

August 01, 2019

Nicky Calonne (Nekrogoblikon)

A conversation about how Jon Goblikon came to be, his foray into craft beer, what the LA craft beer scene is like, how he started doing scream vocals, his influences & how he stays healthy on the road. This episode was recorded on site at the Heavy Montreal 2019 festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Throughout the episode we drank Brasseur de Montreal's L'Amer IPA, which was graciously given to me to share with my guests by Marie-Mado Langlois from Brasseur de Montreal. Photo credit: Pierre Bourgault

August 01, 2019

Dirk Schlächter (Gamma Ray)

A conversation about how life lead him to meet Kai Hansen, how he spent his time during the Helloween reunion tour, the Pumpkin's United lineup's new Helloween album, releasing an EP with Gamma Ray next year & the 30th anniversary of Gamma Ray. This episode was recorded on site at the Heavy Montreal 2019 festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Throughout the episode we drank Granville Island Brewing's Double IPA, which was graciously given to me to share with my guests by Marie-Mado Langlois from Brasseur de Montreal. Photo credit: Patrick Beaudry

July 25, 2019

Nick Farkas (Heavy Montreal)

A conversation about how he got started booking bands in the late 80's in Montreal, the hustle that was required to make it happen, what venue he misses most, some crazy DIY events he promoted, the development of the punk & metal scene in the 90's, the craft beers which will be available at this year's Heavy Montreal & where you can find them. The beer that we drank during this episode was La Pitoune from Le Trou du Diable, which was a clean, clear & smooth easy brew which is available at this year's Heavy Montreal.

July 18, 2019

Jim Gregory (Solium Fatalis)

A conversation about the history of his band Solium Fatalis, his early influences growing up as a young metal head in the early 90's, his journey into becoming a craft beer enthusiast, his memories of his first beer when he was 9 years old, what it was like being stationed in Florida in 99, the struggles of attempting to start a death metal band during the Nu Metal era, his experiences and thoughts about Hell Over North America, what would be a dream tour lineup for Solium Fatalis, what obstacles have been hindering Solium Fatalis to get to the next level & we discuss the track which I did guest vocals for called, "A Gathering of Storms". This episode was recorded at Le Trèfle Noir a wonderful craft beer brewery and pub in Rouyn Noranda, Quebec, Canada. The beer that we drank was L'Houblon-Sûr-Quévillon which was a sour pale ale that clocked in at 6.5 %ABV. It was fresh, drinkable and extremely delicious treat.

July 11, 2019

Richie Cavalera (INCITE)

A conversation about his first experience with alcohol, how playing Policia on stage at a young age got him hooked, if he ever felt pressure when starting a band due to his father's success, how he dealt with schooling whilst on the road, how Ozzy Osbourne is partly responsible for his smoking habit, how his band Incite came to be, what his hometown of Las Vegas' metal scene is like, how he developed his stage persona, what a dream tour for Incite would be, how he got arrested in Switzerland after a show, his personal favorites of his Father's bands & if he thinks there will ever be an original member Sepultura reunion. The beers that we drank during this episode were the Heller Bock & Ostsee Stout by the Hoppen un Molt Brewery. If you would like to become a Sponsor of the Vox&Hops Podcast please send me an email!

July 04, 2019

Aaron Savas (Arcane Stone Sculpting)

A conversation about how he fell into the world of making monsters for people, his early artistic influences, his creative process when designing monsters, how he creates stories in his mind to help shape his creations, how he built the new stage props for Aborted, how he designs them to be transportable for touring bands, how growing up and living in "Crime Town" Saskatchewan helped shape as well as hinder his career, what the consequences of creating his monsters are & what music he has been listening to for new inspirations. This episode was recorded at Beer Street in Brooklyn, NY. The beer that we drank was the fantastic Fancy People, a hoppy blond ale with coconut, guava, pineapple & dry hopped with mosaic hops by the Finback Brewery. Get your tickets for Cryptopsy's "The Laws of the Flesh 2019", the very first extensive Asian tour today! If you would like to become a Sponsor of the Vox&Hops podcast please send me an email.

June 27, 2019

Bradley Zorgdrager (BangerTV & Exclaim!)

A conversation about how he got his start in the world of Metal Media, his past experiences on the road as a tour manager for pop punk bands, the reason he has never tasted alcohol, how he has grown as an interviewer over the years, how he approaches creating interview questions & writing reviews, how he discovered metal through Sum 41 & where he pictures himself in 10 years. Photo by: Dustin Rabin As Bradley doesn't drink we compromised and shared a delicious craft soda instead. During this episode we drank The Great Jamaican Ginger Beer Company's "The Spicy Ginger Beer". Get your tickets for Cryptopsy's "The Laws of the Flesh 2019", the very first extensive Asian tour today! Make sure to pick up Keith Wampler's, the Vox&Hops Alumni, new album "Monuments of Misery" from his band The Convalescence which drops today (June 28th)! I had the pleasure of lending my voice to a track on it called "The Return". Check it out!!! If you would like to become a Sponsor of the Vox&Hops podcast please send me an email!

June 20, 2019

Andrew Gerrity (Wolvhammer)

A conversation about touring in a Bandwagon, how he fell into the world of addiction at a young age whilst dealing with anxiety & depression, how he coped & managed his time in school, that time he detoxed at his Girlfriend's house during Christmas, his reverence for amphetamines, the physical toll on his body, how he got kicked out of the Navy & ended up working in a porn shop, the darkest moment of his life & how he manages his addictions today. The beer that we drank during this episode was the wonderful The Love Below by Funky Buddha. It was a delicious Imperial Stout aged in Cabernet Sauvignon & Bourbon Barrels with cherries, chocolate & natural flavors added. Get your tickets for The Laws of the Flesh 2019, Cryptopsy's very first extensive Asian tour today. Check out & support a long time Cryptopsy fan & Vox&Hops' Head Ryan Ball who got his drums stolen last week after playing a gig. There is a fundraiser that was organized by one of his friends that you should support if you can. If you would like to become a Sponsor of the Vox&Hops podcast please send me an email!

June 13, 2019

Jason Evans (INGESTED)

A conversation about how he spent 90% of his youth in his Nan's Pub called The Pineapple Inn, how his Grandfather tricked him into tasting his first beer, his first drunken adventure at 12 years old, how Ingested manages to remain all original members, the real reason that Sam went home from The Summer Slaughter Tour in 2016, how he was asked to take a break from the band, the steps he took to rehabilitate himself in order to get back into the band, how Ingested went through hell and back to get to where they are now, how he juggles touring and fatherhood, we discuss their new EP Call of the Void which he describes as heavy yet different & a bit more experimental (which comes out today June 14th) & their very busy touring schedule for the rest of 2019. We recorded this episode at the Protokoll taproom in Berlin, Germany & the beer that we drank during this episode was an American IPA from Eindhoven, Netherlands called the Doerak by the Van Moll Craft Beer Brewery.

June 06, 2019

Alexander Kendrick (Tour Manager & FOH Sound Engineer)

A conversation about how he got into the crazy world of touring, what exactly the roles of a Tour Manager are, his personal favorite beers from the Georgia area, his first experience with alcohol, his worst tour experience, his own musical project called Gaia, his vocal approach & his vocal inspirations, the best vocalist he has ever mixed & his love for the WWE. The beer that we drank during this episode was graciously brought to me by Aaron Mendiola a fellow podcaster from The Beer Metal Show Podcast from Austin Texas. It was the delectable collaboration between Jester King & Evil Twin called Even More Metal which was an Imperial Stout aged in Maple Bourbon barrels with smoked vanilla. Get your tickets for The Laws of the Flesh Asia 2019 Cryptopsy tour today!

May 30, 2019

Mike Caputo (Rings of Saturn)

A conversation about playing in a pop punk band growing up in Long Island, getting his first drum set at the age of 5, his early drum influences, his first experience with beer, what it was like to get asked to play drums for Rings of Saturn, what steps he had to take to improve his drumming over the years, what it is like playing in Lucas Mann's band, his opinion about Lucas' infamous quote, his top guitarists of the modern era & how he got thrown off of Atilla's tour bus. The beer that we drank during this episode was Saint-Arnold Brewing Company's Fancy Lawnmower which is a German-Style Kölsch. Photo Credit: Trevor Sweeney

May 23, 2019

Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation)

A conversation about the upcoming Cattle Decapitation record, what it is like recording immersed in seclusion with Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado, where he draws his inspirations from, how he develops new vocal ranges, what his best Mexican Tour package would be & his thoughts on the controversial Forced Gender Reassignment video. The beer that we drank during this Episode was graciously brought to me by Alex Ward in Denver Colorado. It was the George Washington's Secret Stash IPA by Dad & Dudes Breweria which is an IPA that has been infused with CBD. Photo Credit: Becky DiGiglio

May 16, 2019

Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn)

A conversation about growing up as one of the only metal heads in his high school, how living in Los Angeles shaped his musical path, working for one of the biggest metal record labels & all about his band Abysmal Dawn. The beer that we drank during this episode was brought to me by Brian Spencer & his wife Liu it was the great B-Bomb which was a coffee cinnamon barrel aged by Fremont Brewing. It was one of the best beers I have ever been given!!! Huge thanks to the following Vox&Hops' Heads who came out and brought me some sick brews over the past week on my European tour alongside Ingested, Gloryhole Guillotine, Incite, Demonical & Nightrage! Thank you: Courtney Flores, Christian Wolfgang, Michael Sandfeld & Robin Johansson!!!

May 09, 2019

Daniel DeFonce (Continental Concerts USA & Unique Leader Records)

A conversation about how he started booking bands, his early years playing in bands, working for Unique Leader Records, how Devastation on the Nation came to be, his thoughts about this years lineup & an epic drunken tale! The beer that we drank during this episode was Rahr & Sons Brewing Company's Seasonal. Get your tickets for the Cryptopsy European tour alongside Ingested, Demonical, Nightrage & Gloryhole Guillotine now! Get your tickets for this years Devastation on the Nation!!!

May 02, 2019

Chris Soutsos (JHOFFFILMS)

A conversation about how he got into the art of YouTubing, his favorite Seinfeld episodes, his opinions on the MetalSucks news website, his love of hockey & his opinion about the new Trailer Park Boys animated series. The beer that we drank during this episode was a Waterloo Brewing's Waterloo IPA. Huge thanks to my friends Natalka & Grant for bringing me out some great brews during the filming of this episode!! This episode is the result of a collaboration between Vox&Hops and the JHOFFFILMS YouTube channel. Be sure to follow and subscribe to their channel if you enjoy funny metal parodies and skits!!! My band, Cryptopsy is now on tour in Europe alongside Ingested, Incite, Nightrage, Demonical and Gloryhole Guillotine until May 19th! You should come out and drink some beers with us!

April 25, 2019

Monte Barnard (Casting Metal)

A conversation about no longer being in a touring band, the local Portland craft beer scene, what inspired him start his podcast Casting Metal, the creation of his no bullshit news site & his worst days on the road. We recorded this episode at the Belmont Station in Portland Oregon and we drank a delectable Hazy RyePA called Solar Oath by Modern Times Beer. Huge thanks to the following Vox&Hop Heads' who brought out some sick ass brews during the final week of Hell Over North America: Etienne Dore, Christian Mongrain Theriault, Chris & J Hoff Films crew, Corey Hofing, Cat Ashcroft , Jamie Morris, Natalka Alissa Xavier & her lover Grant. Beer of the Week My beer of the week was the very first Vox&Hops themed beer which was brewed by Jamie Morris called Lotz of Hopz which was a delicious double dry hopped double Ipa. The hops used were cryo citra, chinook & mosiac along with wheat and malt & a California yeast. I was completely blown away and had no idea that this beer was coming. I was floored and extremely grateful to say the least. Get your tickets for the upcoming Cryptopsy tour alongside Ingested, Incite, Demonical, Nightrage & Gloryhole Guillotine on the cryptopsy website!

April 18, 2019

Dave Otero (Flatline Audio)

A conversation about the insane craft beer scene in and around Denver Colorado, how he began brewing his own beer, how he got into recording bands, how he goes about creating interesting textures & sounds for his projects & who inspired him the most. The beer that we drank during this episode was graciously provided by Alex Ward! He brought us out some TRVE Brewing Co.'s Cosmic Crypt which was a delectable Farmhouse Pale Ale. Thanks again Alex Ward! Huge shout out to the following Vox&Hops' Heads for bringing out some sick craft beer for me & the rest of the Cryptopsy crew: Bob Williams, Marcus Giuliano, Nick Shaw, Dante Dalton, Steve Miller, Kenneth Hora, Davis Ayotte & Ryan Andrade!!! You are all amazing people with some sick ass beer tastes, thank you all! My Beer of the Week was brought to me by a Vox&Hops Alumni who is also the first return guest to the podcast. Huge shoot out to Andrew Gerrity for sharing his Funky Buddha Brewery's The Love Below, which was an imperial stout aged in Cabernet & Bourbon barrels with cherries, chocolate & natural flavors. It was hands down the best stout I drank on this tour. Cryptopsy's last show on the Hell Over North America is tonight in Toronto so come out and rage with us if you can! My next adventure continues in Europe beginning on May 3rd at The Netherlands Deathfest. Get your tickets for the Cryptopsy, Ingested, Nightrage, Incite, Demonical & Gloryhole Guillotine now it is going to be SICK!!!!

April 11, 2019

Mike Miczek (Broken Hope, The Atlas Moth & Powermad)

A conversation about growing up and learning drums at a young age, what bands he thinks is the next big thing, his worst tour memories, his favorite local brews & what it is like working at Dark Matter Coffee. The beer that we drank during this episode was the Daisy Cutter Pale Ale by the Half Acre Beer Company. Huge shout outs and thanks to the following Vox&Hops' Heads who came out to the Hell Over North America Cryptopsy tour and brought me and the boys some ridiculously delicious brews!!!! Thank you Rob & Sofia Lutterman, Nicole Elizalde, Angeles Martinez!!!! But the Beer of the Week award goes to a fellow metal head podcaster Aaron Mendiola!! Aaron brought me out some serious brews and my personal favorite was a collaboration beer between Jester King Brewery & Evil Twin Brewing called Even More Metal which was an Imperial Russian Stout aged in maple bourbon barrels with smoked vanilla. It was a boozy dream! Check out Aaron's podcast The Beer Metal Show!!! Get your tickets for Hell Over North America featuring Aborted, Cryptopsy & Hideous Divinity!!!! You don't want to miss this Blast Beat Party!

April 04, 2019

Hiran Deraniyagala (Battlecross)

A conversation about how he got into beer & death metal, his craziest tour stories, why he believes Battlecross is at a slower rate than before, his dream tour & personal favorite tour of his career, his venture into the land of 7 string guitars for his new project Portal of Pazuzu & his new passion for brazilian jiu-jitsu. The beer that we drank during this episode was Shorts Brewing Company's Huma Lupa Licious Ipa. Get your tickets for the Hell Over North America "The Ultimate Blast Beat Party" featuring Aborted, Cryptopsy, Benighted & Hideous Divinity now!!!

March 28, 2019

Keith Wampler (The Convalescence)

A conversation about touring Canada in the middle of winter, recording his new album with Chris Donaldson at The Grid Studio in Montreal, a few absolutely horrible tour stories, who he believes was the artist that had the biggest ego he has ever encountered, some of the sacrifices he and the rest of the band had to make in order to tour 200 plus shows a year & what it is like working as a booking agent when not on tour. The beer that we drank during this Episode was Brasserie Dunham's Sirkawa. Huge thanks to the following fans for coming out the the Hell Over North America Tour & bringing out some delicious brews for Matt & the rest of the Cryptopsy crew to taste: Ryan Ball, Jordan Lannert, Michael Wagner, Alex Wards & Brian Spencer! Thank you all for your very kind hop sharing!!!!

March 21, 2019

Branislav Panic (Bane)

A conversation about how he first discovered metal living in Serbia through tape trading & buying albums based upon their cover artwork, his dream tour lineup for Bane, his worst tour horror story, who he believes is the next big band in metal & why he relocated to Montreal to pursue a more serious musical career. This podcast was recorded at Station Ho.st which is a quaint little brewpub in Montreal. Throughout the interview we drank a Belgian style Pale Ale called 7 Sisters Mérope by Hopfenstark. Matt's Beer of the Week & Album Pairing Microbrasserie Riverbend's 100% Brett IPA & Dream Theater's Distance Over Time Be sure to come out to see a show on Hell Over North America "The Blast Beat Party"!!!! All ticket links are available on Cryptopsy's website.

March 14, 2019

Jean-Francois Michaud (evenko)

A conversation about how he started out booking his first show at the age of 17, his time working for Universal Records as well as Extensive Enterprise, his transition to evenko, his involvement in as well a whole bunch of interesting facts regarding Heavy Montreal, his advice for people considering creating their own music festival & what he believes is the best beer he ever drank. This interview was recorded at Brasserie Harricana, which in my opinion is one of the most interesting breweries from Montreal. The beers which we drank during this interview were Brasserie Harricana's own Fruity Berliner Wiesse & their Coffee Berliner Weisse. Matt's Beer of the Week & Pairing of the Week This week the top beer award goes to a collaboration brew between two of the top breweries from Quebec right now. Microbrasserie Vox Populi & Brasserie du Bas Canada joined their spectacular forces to create a monster of a beer called Nightcaller. The beer is an imperial NEIPA and it clocks in at an impressive 11% ABV with a nice 50 IBU. The colour of the beer is a nice deep hay like hue but could be a tad more cloudy to hit the standard NEIPA Haze Craze. The nose is intensely tropical with some hints of floral notes it is very delectable. As for the taste, this is why this beer got the win of the week for me. It starts of fruity and juicy and it stays there right till the end of the flavour wave when it swings into a classy boozy hum. This beer is so drinkable but at such a high ABV we must be careful, it is extremely dangerous. On the back of the can the brewers have included a subtle note stating that they wish that us hop heads don't overindulge. The album that I would pair with this beer is Carpenter Brut's Leather Teeth which was released last year and was included on my personal top 10 of 2018 list. This metal induced synth wave album has warm overtones like the beer and I find myself returning to it often to overindulge in its superbly catchy rhythms and melodies. But I must be honest and say that the artwork on the beer's can heavily influenced this pairing. Don't forget to get your tickets for Cryptopsy's next tour Hell Over North America "The Blast Beat Party" alongside Aborted, Benighted & Hideous Divinity which starts next Thursday in Detroit!!! It going to be....a BLAST!

March 07, 2019

Filip Ivanović (Flat Bathtub)

A conversation about how he discovered craft beer, how he travels to Metal & Beer Fests throughout the United States, how he became an artist, his involvement with the Heavy MTL festival, how he inspires himself artistically and what beers and bands he is into right now. This Episode was recorded at Le Saint-Bock which alongside Vices & Versa is one of the best taprooms in Montreal. The beer that we drank was The Bruery's 9 Ladies Dancing. Which was a delectable little treat! It was an old ale style beer which was brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla, coffee and lactose. It clocks in at 11.3 % ABV, it was a great way to start the afternoon! Matt's Beer of the Week was NONE! That is because I attended La Cuvée d'Hiver. This was one of the best beer events I have ever been to!!! The beers were just out of this wold and I could not just pick one for this week because there were just too many fantastic brews. Matt's Album & Beer Pairing of the Week This week I would like to pair two odd things which fit perfectly together. The album is called New Flesh by the band Priest. It is a retro sounding synth-wave album which has heavy rhythmical beats and interesting hooks. It is an album that caught me by surprise and that I really found myself enjoying. The beer which I think fits so well with it is Brasserie Maltsrom's L'Écume est mauve et la nuit Séduisante. Now this beer is a real mind fuck...It is a Sour Dark Lager to which they have added Blackberries and Haskap berries. The colour is an odd reddish brown almost like an off cola soda and its nose is malty yet sweet. The initial mouth experience is malty and then it swooshes to an intense yet pleasant sour tone. It is a very strange yet totally enjoyable beer just like Priest's album New Flesh.