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.
On this special episode of Talk Toomey, Bobby Burns and I remember Jason J-Sin Luttrell. Bobby talks about his early day with Jason and starting Primer 55. We share some of our favorite moments on the road with our late singer. Jason was truly one of a kind.
Today is a triple threat of interviews. First up is Chuck Billy of Testament. Chuck is on to talk about his latest vape products under “The Chief” name. Chuck also talks about Practice What You Preach, Slayer tour and the future of marijuana in America
Next up is Hanno Klaenhardt of Mantar. Mantar is a two-piece band from Germany and have a great sophomore album entitled “The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze” due August 24th. Hanno and I talk about his living in America for awhile, European festivals and the foreign exchange student I hung out with in high school.
And finally, Richie Cavalera of Incite calls in to talk about the upcoming “Burn N Shred” tour. Richie also discusses their new album that is due in January, being a Cavalera and recording with Steve Evetts.
Robb Rivera of nonpoint gives us his weekly Pick From The Kit and a nonpoint update.
Mike Williams of The Agony Scene joins the podcast this week. Mike and I discuss what brought them back from their lengthy hiatus. We also talk about the band’s early days in Tulsa, OK. We also bring up the other big band from Tulsa, Hanson. Mike and I talk about being dads in bands and trying to be good parents. But most of all we discuss “Tormentor”, the band’s latest album.
Before I talk to Mike I give a couple of concert reviews. I went to see The Fucking Pantera Cover Band on Friday and then went to see the mighty Powerman 5000 on Tuesday. Lots of good live music.
Robb Rivera of Nonpoint gives his weekly Pick From The Kit and talks about the upcoming Nonpoint album “X” due out August 24th.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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