Podcast

September 14, 2020

Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Led Zeppelin 2, Brain Tentacles, Corrections House, Circle of Animals & Bloodiest)

A conversation with Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, Led Zeppelin 2, Corrections House, Circle of Animals & Bloodiest.

September 10, 2020

Christian Bonnesen (LLNN)

A conversation with Christian Bonnesen guitarist & vocalist of LLNN.

September 07, 2020

Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault, Stormtroopers of Death, Brutal Truth, Blurring & so many more!!!)

A conversation with Dan Lilker the iconic bassist of Nuclear Assault, Stormtoopers of Death, Brutal Truth, Blurring & so many more!!!

September 03, 2020

Casey Hurd & Daniel Vieira (Hinayana)

A conversation with Casey Hurd & Daniel Vieira the guitarist/vocalist & drummer of Hinayana.

August 31, 2020

John Espen Sagstad (TrollfesT)

A conversation with John Espen Sagstad the guitarist of TrollfesT the Norwegian folk metal band.

August 27, 2020

Brittney Slayes (Unleash the Archers)

A conversation with Brittney Slayes the vocalist of the Canadian Power Metal band Unleash the Archers.

August 24, 2020

Tadeusz Rieckmann (Týr)

A conversation with Tadeusz Rieckmann the drummer of the Faroese folk metal band Týr

August 20, 2020

Gabriel Perron (Overhop Canada)

A conversation with Overhop Canada's Head Brewer Gabriel Perron.

August 17, 2020

Paulo Jr. (Sepultura)

A conversation with Paulo Jr. the bassist of the iconic metal band Sepultura.

August 13, 2020

Ben Griffiths (Nickel Brook Brewing Co.)

A conversation with Ben Griffiths the Head Brewer of Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

August 10, 2020

Neil Fallon (Clutch)

A conversation about COVID- 19, his craft beer journey, the Clutch New Belgium Collab brew, the modern music scene, the soundtrack to his youth, Live from the Doom Saloon & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Neil was drinking Bell's Brewery's "Lager of the Lakes". This Czech inspired Pilsner was crisp, refreshing & ultra crushable. It clocked in with a 5% ABV. & Matt was drinking Bench Brewing Co.'s "Rosé Wildwood". This Golden Sour Ale was aged in oak feeders & refermented on Niagara pinot noir grapes and local strawberries. It was fruity, slightly funky & absolutely divine. It clocked in with a 6% ABV. This is a Heavy Montreal presents Vox&Hops episode! Heavy Montreal is Montreal's premier metal promoter. They host one of North America's best Metal Festivals & present countless amazing events during the rest of the year. I am truly honored & extremely excited to have them involved in the podcast. Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

August 06, 2020

Daniel Mongrain (Voivod)

A conversation about COVID- 19, his craft beer journey, the soundtrack to his youth, Voivod's influence, the 90s Montreal Metal Scene, mourning Martyr, his time with Cryptopsy, filling in with respect, Voivod's Hypercube Session & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Daniel was drinking Brouwerij de Molen's "Bommen & Granaten Barleywine". This English style Barley Wine was sweet, boozy & bold . It clocked in with a 10% ABV. & Matt was drinking Nickel Brook Brewing Co.'s "Uncertainty Principle No. 6". This Wine Barrel-Aged Fruited Blended Sour with red currants & tart cherries was simply divine. It was tart, complex, slightly sweet & super smooth. It clocked in with a 7% ABV. This is the first Heavy Montreal presents Vox&Hops episode! Heavy Montreal is Montreal's premier metal promoter. They host one of North America's best Metal Festivals & present countless amazing events during the rest of the year. I am truly honored & extremely excited to have them involved in the podcast. Massive shoutout & deep thanks to JF-Michaud, the Vox&Hops Alumni, for making this a reality.

August 03, 2020

Eyal Levi (URM Academy)

A conversation about COVID- 19, the soundtrack to his youth, listening to metal in secret, fighting for a guitar, his first time on stage, evolving into an entrepreneur, starting URM, Nail The Mix, Podcasting, turning off the hustle & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Matt was drinking Third Moon Brewing's "Each Beast a God". This Double Stout with Coffee was smooth, slightly boozy, mildly bitter & absolutely delicious. It clocked in with a 8.5% ABV.

July 30, 2020

Vincent Ménard (Messorem Bracitorium)

A conversation about their rapid growth, touring Canada together in 2008, putting the drums aside, Pilsners are easy, continued success during COVID- 19, what is next, their inspirations, KEEP THE BEER COLD mandate, their 1 Year Anniversary Party & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview, we tasted Messorem Bracitorium's new Pilsner "Il Était Une Fois : Soiiiif" which it was crisp, dry & extremely crushable. It clocked in with a 4.4 % ABV. As well as their new mono hopped DIPA "One Hunna: Galaxy" which was juicy, dank & so smooth. It clocked in with a 8% ABV. We finished our chat of with their new Imperial Barrel Aged Stout which was brewed with Hazelnuts & Tahitian Vanilla Beans. It was unbelievably nutty, slightly boozy & sweet. It was so smooth I had no idea just how high the ABV actually was & I was taken aback when I found out it clocked in at almost 12% ABV. I am super stoked to have had the chance to play the new Endast track "Stand By To Get Some" during the intro of this episode. I have known & been a fan of Endast since we started playing shows together back in the early 2000s. I am so glad that they are making music together again. You should most definitely give them your attention & support!

July 27, 2020

Adem Tepedelen (Brewtal Truth)

A conversation about Social Isolation, the soundtrack of his youth, how he got into craft beer, metal & craft beer, Brewtal Truth, Metal Breweries, Metal & Beer Fest, what he is doing now & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Adem was drinking Parallel 49 Brewing's "Filthy Dirty IPA". This West Coast IPA was fruity, tropical & ultra clean. It clocked in with a 7.2% ABV. & Matt was drinking Le Saint-Bock Brasserie Artisanale's "La Machette!". This West Coast IPA was juicy, slightly malty & ultra crushable. It clocked in with a 6.7% ABV.

July 23, 2020

Justin Maranga (Ancestors & Dune Altar Records)

A conversation about COVID- 19, Suspended in Reflections, the soundtrack of his youth, growing as a musician, Live at St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, Dune Altar Records, Ancestors' Hiatus, new projects & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Justin was drinking Lagavulin 16 Year. & Matt was drinking Trailway Brewing Co's "Hu Jon Hops". This NEIPA was juicy, slightly dank & simply ultra crushable. It clocked in with a 6.5% ABV.

July 20, 2020

Matt's Origin Story as told by Joe Martel, Katherina Benoit & Mike Marino

Part 1- Joe Martel A conversation about his first impression of me, growing together, singing his words, his favorite memories of being in NiXtasm, why the band ended, the crazy nights of our youth, his impression about my current projects & NiXtasm 2020. Throughout this interview Joe was drinking a Mojito Tea with a little bit a rum added to it. & Matt was drinking Le Saint-Bock's "CrHazy IPA". This is a cross between a NEIPA & West Coast IPA. It was juicy, slightly dank, ultra crushable yet not too Hazy. It clocked in with a 6.7% ABV. Part 2- Katherina Benoit A conversation about her first impression of me, the crazy parties of our youth, playing music, gaining confidence, always looking out for me, Cryptopsy & Vox&Hops. Throughout this interview Katherina was drinking Tia Maria with almond milk. & Matt was drinking Central City Brewing's "Red Racer's Street Legal Pilsner". This dealcoholized brew was very close to a real beer experience. It was crisp, with a fantastic mouth feel & crushable. It clocked in with a 0.5% ABV. Part 3- Mike Marino A conversation about how we met, bringing me into the Montreal music scene, 3 Mile Scream, great party nights, some of our favorite gigs & his impressions of Vox&Hops. Throughout this chat we were drinking Brewdog's "Ghost Walker IPA". A Non-Alcoholic IPA that was brewed in collaboration with Lamb Of God. It was slightly sweet, mildly bitter & surprisingly non-alcoholic! It clocks in at 0.5% ABV.

July 16, 2020

Christian Hector (AHAB)

A conversation about COVID- 19, his first experiences with beer, the soundtrack of his youth, his first shows, expanding the Doom genre, Live Prey & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Christian was drinking And Union's "Sunday Pale" that was brewed in Munich Bavaria & Arcobräu Moos' "Mooser Liesl" that was brewed in Moos Bavaria. & Matt was drinking Bench Brewing Company's "Short Hills: East Coast IPA". This IPA was juicy, slightly dank & simply ultra crushable. It clocked in with a 6.5% ABV. Photo Credit: Stefan Raduta Photography

July 13, 2020

Albert Mudrian (Decibel Magazine)

A conversation about COVID- 19, his craft beer journey, the soundtrack to his youth, the evolution of Decibel, taking a chance with smaller bands, keeping it fresh, branching out, Hall of Fame Vol 3, Metal & Beer Fest & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Albert was drinking TRVE Brewing Co.'s "Tunnel of Trees". An IPA that was hopped with Citra, Centennial, and Chinook Hops. It clocked in with a 7% ABV. & Matt was drinking Nickel Brook Brewing Co.'s "Metal Head". This Double IPA was juicy, boozy, slightly chalky & simply fantastic. It clocked in with a absurdly sneaky 9% ABV.

July 09, 2020

Jamie Graham (Viscera & Unique Leader Records)

A conversation about COVID- 19, the soundtrack to his youth, the evolution of extremity, what a band needs to do to get signed, independent vs being on a label, the modern music business, "Would Erik Like This?" & signing his own band Viscera. Throughout this interview Jamie was drinking Brakspear Beer's "Oxford Gold". It clocked in with a 4.6% ABV. Throughout this interview Matt was drinking Trailway Brewing Company's "Luster". This Session IPA was fruity, juicy, had a great mouthfeel & clocked in with a 4% ABV. This is the fifth "Spotlight on Unique Leader Records" episode of five! Check out Katalepsy's monster of a track "No Rest No Peace" taken from their album "Terra Mortuus Est" which is played in the intro of this episode. You can get 10% off by using the promo code (VOXANDHOPS) on everything till July 12th on the Unique Leader Records IndieMerch Store!!!

July 06, 2020

Ben Gram (Lesser Glow)

A conversation about these crazy times, the soundtrack to his youth, his first shows, Pelagic Records, finding balance, Nullity, their writing process, a dream tour, Bone Up Brewing & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Ben was drinking Night Shift Brewing's "Hoot Hard Seltzer". It clocked in with a 4% ABV. & Matt was drinking Ras L'Bock Artisans Brasseurs' "Jamais Deux Sans Cinq". This Triple NEIPA was juicy, creamy, boozy, slightly chalky & simply fantastic. It clocked in with a absurdly sneaky 10% ABV. This month is a "Spotlight on Unique Leader Records" month!! You can get 10% off by using the promo code (VOXANDHOPS) on everything till July 12th on the Unique Leader Records IndieMerch Store!!!

July 02, 2020

Grimo (Cytotoxin)

A conversation about COVID- 19, having Sober fun, the soundtrack to his youth, how he got into extreme vocals, molding his persona, Never Forget Chernobyl, Nuklearth & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Grimo was drinking Chiemseer's "Hell". This classic German Hell style brew is said to be a restorative nectar that should be enjoyed after a big workout! It clocked in with a 5% ABV. Throughout this interview Matt was drinking Microbrasserie Vox Populi's "Brunch Kettle Sour". This Berliner Weise was like a delicious Mimosa. It was fruity, light & slightly sour. It clocked in with a 3% ABV. This is the fourth "Spotlight on Unique Leader Records" episode of five! Check out Cytotoxin's monster of a track "Lupus Aurora" taken from their album "Nuklearth" which is played in the intro of this episode. You can get 10% off by using the promo code (VOXANDHOPS) on everything till July 12th on the Unique Leader Records IndieMerch Store!!!

June 29, 2020

Cannibal Cam (The Growl- A Death Metal Documentary)

A conversation about using this time wisely, the 90s Montreal Metal Scene, the soundtrack of his youth, how he got in Canadian Extreme Metal, The Growl, live stream interviews & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Cannibal Cam was drinking a Vodka & Soda out of an Old Schooner glass. & Matt was drinking Third Moon Brewing's "Dust Made Flesh". This Double IPA was juicy, creamy, slightly chalky & simply fantastic. It clocked in with a absurdly sneaky 8% ABV. This month is a "Spotlight on Unique Leader Records" month!! You can get 10% off by using the promo code (VOXANDHOPS) on everything till July 12th on the Unique Leader Records IndieMerch Store!!!

June 25, 2020

Frank Godla (Metal Injection, NiteSoil & Meek Is Murder)

A conversation about COVID- 19, the soundtrack of his youth, why the drums, being a vegan, NiteSoil, the third time is the charm, confidence as an interviewer, Slay At Home, playing drums for Spylacopa & his hangover cure. Throughout this interview Frank was drinking A Take-Away Margarita. & Matt was drinking Microbrasserie Le Fermentor's "Sven Raspberry Pale Ale". This Pale Ale brewed with massive amounts of raspberries was lightly fruited, slightly tart & extremely crushable. It clocked in at a very reasonable 5.5% ABV. This month is a "Spotlight on Unique Leader Records" month!! You can get 10% off by using the promo code (VOXANDHOPS) on everything till the end of June on the their IndieMerch Store!!! Devastation On The Nation 2020 featuring Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams, and Imperial Triumphant has been postponed due to the effects of the COVID- 19 Virus. But Daniel DeFonce, the Vox&Hops Alumni behind Metal Festival Tours & Continental Touring has already managed to secure tour dates for Devastation on the Nation 2021 featuring the exact same lineup. Devastation on the Nation 2021 with run from February 11th - March 14th 2021. Mad love & respect to Daniel DeFonce for pulling this together so quickly...I am impressed! The impact of the COVID- 19 Virus on the entertainment industry is monstrous. Some of your favourite artists may be struggling to get by right now & desperately need your help. The best way to do that is by buying their music, merchandise & other goods. I have created a list of all of the Vox&Hops Almuni's Merchandise Pages for you to peruse so that you can support your favourite artists. Trust me they need it... It is also essential to support our local Craft Beer Breweries now. If you are going to be drinking craft beer during your time in Social Isolation make sure that it is a Local Craft Beer. It would be a shame if we lost some breweries to COVID- 19...Craft Beer or nothing!