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.

Ep. 155 Nick Tieder (Frontiers Music) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast

Nick Tieder is the GM of Frontiers Music and he joins the show this week. Nick has a great story in the music industry starting with Roadrunner Records and now with Frontiers Music. Nick is a fan first and an industry vet last. Nick and I discuss the Stryper vs Walmart debacle, working with the Dokken reunion and he tells us about the new bands they are championing.

I begin this episode with an announcement from the Rock N Pod Expo and my thoughts on Vinnie Vincent backing out.

Music on this episode from Stryper, Lords of Black and Animal Drive


Ep. 154 Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast

Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through joins the show this week. Brandan and I discuss Bleeding Through’s return from hiatus. Brandan talks about why they returned, why they left in the first place and whatever happened to his podcast. Brandan peels back the music and touring business. Brandan also tells us his sports loves and talking with Drew Brees.

Graham Hartmann, the senior writer of Loudwire, joins the show to discuss bands continuing on with just one original member. Graham also talks about Loudwire’s Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction series.

Robb Rivera hits us with a Snapcase classic for his pick of the week.

Ep. 152 Dez Fafara (Devildriver) Returns – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Dez Fafara (Devildriver, Coal Chamber) returns to the Talk Toomey Podcast. Dez calls in to talk about the upcoming Devildriver album ‘Outlaws ’til the End: Vol. 1′ which releases July 6th via Napalm Records. We discuss our mutual love of country music and the origins of this country covers album. Dez goes into detail about working with John Carter Cash and John’s stories about his dad.

Chris Czynszak of the Decibel Geek Podcast calls in to talk about the upcoming Rock N Pod Expo.

Robb Rivera (Nonpoint) hits us with a great Prong tune for his Pick From The Kit!


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Ep. 150 Max Cavalera 3 (Soulfly) Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


I recently sat down with Max Cavalera before their show in Louisville, KY. Max and I discuss the new Soulfly album and the return to the tribal roots of the band. We discuss his growing up in Brazil and how he and his friends found new music. Max and I talk about his love for the Killer Be Killed project and more.

Also on this episode is co-host Lorin Kozlowski of the Roach Koach podcast. Lorin and I review the Soulfly show, talk Rock n Pod 2 and discuss the Inkcarceration Fest lineup.

Robb Rivera of nonpoint hits us with a Sepultura classic for his weekly Pick From The Kit!


Ep. 149 Brian “Head” Welch (Korn) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Brian “Head” Welch joins the ranks of the Talk Toomey Podcast. Head and I talk about his upcoming documentary “Loud Krazy Love”, being a rock star dad and some Korn memories. Head talks about playing with Mike Bordin from Faith No More. We talk about his coming back to Korn and what Korn means to him today. Head evens gets a few questions in on me.

Robb Rivera gives us one of his favorite Iron Maiden tracks for his weekly Pick From The Kit

Music on this episode from Korn, Iron Maiden and REdEFIND.

Ep. 148 Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast

Butcher Babies!

Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies) guests this week on the podcast. Heidi and I discuss the ups and downs of being a lady in the music business. Heidi talks about the journey from cover band to one of the most rising bands in metal. We talk about Wendy O Williams (Plasmatics) and the famed nipple tape. We also discuss our love of Garth Brooks. Heidi and I also talk about the latest album “Lilith” and the jam of all jams “POMONA”!!

Robb Rivera of Nonpoint gives his weekly “Pick From The Kit”

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Ep. 147 Sean Yseult (White Zombie) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast

Sean Yseult of White Zombie joins the show this week. Sean and I discuss her history in music and how she met up with the White Zombie guys. We discuss their rise through the ranks and working with the great Michael Alago. Sean talks about her post WZ bands Famous Monsters and Star and Dagger. We also talk about White Zombie’s relationship with Pantera. So much goodness on this episode.

Robb Rivera of nonpoint gives his weekly Pick From The Kit.