Talk Toomey

Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast is hosted by Joshua Toomey formerly of Primer 55 and his co-host Jon Drake. The podcast encompasses all sub-genres of rock and metal from hardcore to hair metal. Interviews, new music and in depth conversations about everything and anything happening in the world of hard rock and heavy metal. Episodes are published every Thursday.



Ep. 165 Skinny (Mushroomhead) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Skinny from Mushroomhead calls in this week to talk about their upcoming DVD release “Volume III”. Skinny and I also talk about the Cleveland music scene, water drums and the process of masking up a new member. Skinny also talks about the departure of Jeffrey Nothing. We discuss why Mushroomhead is not on Spotify and other streaming services and many more topics. PREORDER MUSHROOMHEAD VOLUME III HERE

I give a quick review of the recent Smashing Pumpkins show in Louisville.

Robb Rivera of nonpoint gives us his weekly Pick From The Kit and some updated nonpoint news.

Ep. 164 Joey Jordison (Sinsaenum) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast

Joey Jordison of Sinsaenum joins the podcast this week. Joey talks about the new Sinsaenum album that is due out soon. Joey and I also talk about working with a band that is half in America and half in France. We also discuss his time in Korn, news on a new Vimic album and the future of Murderdolls.

Music on this episode from Sinsaenum, Foxbat and don’t miss Nonpoint drummer Robb Rivera’s Pick From The Kit as he chooses a Slipknot classic.  Continue reading

Ep. 163 Ro Kohli (War Machine Marketing) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Ro Kohli of War Machine Marketing returns to the podcast to talk about their exclusive Mini Pantera guitars. The guitars will only be available at the San Diego Comicon this weekend. Ro and I also talk about our love of Pantera, should I go and see a Pantera Tribute band and his thoughts on the Star Wars franchise. As most of you know, Ro is a talker and has great stories. Hit that play button and sit back for the ride!

Ep. 162 Spider One (Powerman 5000) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Spider One joins the show for a nice almost hour conversation. Spider talks about the history of the band and giving props to his heroes. We discuss PM5K opening for Kiss on the 1997 reunion tour. Spider tells about the transition from Mega Kung Fu Radio to Tonight The Stars Revolt!. Spider also talks about the current state of rock radio and the mostly ups of touring.

Ep. 161 Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Rob “Blasko” Nicholson joins the Talk Toomey Podcast this week to discuss his latest venture entitled “A New Level”. A New Level podcast recently dropped 10 episodes with interviews from music business veterans from all levels. Blasko also talks about his time in Drown, one of favorite bands in the 90s. We go over his talk of retirement from playing in bands once Ozzy is over and how often they play when Ozzy is on tour. But the main thing we discuss is podcasting and our love of the medium.

Ep. 160 Skye Sweetnam and Matt Drake (Sumo Cyco) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast

Skye and Matt from Sumo Cyco call into the show this week. We discuss Vinnie Paul being at their recent show in Las Vegas and their favorite Pantera albums. They talk about their video making process and how they do it totally DIY. I talk with Skye about her pop past and getting to tour with Britney Spears and being the singing voice of Barbie. The band also talks about the pluses of being an independent band and the future of Sumo Cyco.

Ep. 159 Mikey Doling (Snot) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast

Mikey Doling of Snot and Channel Zero is the guest this week. Mikey calls in to talk all things Snot, his time in Soulfly and Channel Zero. Mikey tells great Lynn Strait stories and how the band formed. Mikey also discusses how he quickly joined Soulfly and played Australian Festivals without any rehearsals. We have to talk Pantera and the late great Vinnie Paul. He also catches us up on his management company and the band Channel Zero.

I talk a little more about Vinnie Paul in the intro to the episode. We play some Pantera.

Robb Rivera gives his Pick From The Kit

Music on this episode from Snot, Pantera, Channel Zero and Skribbal

Ep. 158 Briton Bond and Cody Quistad (Wage War) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Two great interviews this week. First up is the vocal tandem of Briton Bond and Cody Quistad of Wage War. Both guys come on the podcast to talk about the upcoming Warped Tour, Johnny Cash and their history with A Day To Remember.

Second on the bill is my chat with Ron Williams of Ronzworld Guitars. Ron is an artist that specializes in custom paint jobs. Ron has painted guitars for Louder Than Life, Carolina Rebellion and more. Awesome chat with a guy that went for it and made his dream a career.

Music on this episode from Judas Priest, Wage War, Megadeth and Snot

Ep. 157 Robb Rivera (Nonpoint) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Robb Rivera joins the show for the 3rd time to talk about the upcoming Nonpoint album “X”. Robb took some time out from the sightseeing on Venice Beach and touring with Butcher Babies. Robb and I discuss the writing and recording of the latest album, taking time off and the future of Nonpoint. Robb and I also talk about which is better Song Writing or Technical Ability.

Jeremy Owsley is one of my oldest friends in not just the music world, but life. Jeremy is a tour bus driver and has driven such bands as Tool, Megadeth and Paramore. Jeremy comes on to talk about our first times meeting Metallica, Pantera and Life of Agony. Jeremy also talks about the horrors of driving Marilyn Manson. Jeremy has great stories about driving Dave Mustaine and talking with him for hours on the road.

Ep. 156 Morgan Lander (Kittie) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast



Oh man, what an episode. The podcast has truly gone global on this one. Morgan Lander of Kittie calls in to the podcast. We talk about their new documentary “Origins/Evolutions”. Morgan and I discuss the history of Kittie and what were we all thinking with our fashion choices! Morgan also sets me straight on the Canadian delicacy, the back bacon sandwich. This was a fun trip down memory lane.

First up on the episode is my chat with Matt Karpe, author of Nu Metal: Resurgence. Matt is also the host of the Head For The Barricade podcast. Matt and I discuss the history of Nu Metal and his latest book.

Music on the episode from Kittie, Mudvayne and Skindred.