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A time machine through the origins of metal music, its connection to darkness and decadence, the lifestyle of many of its followers and how its upped the ante on the phrase "sex, drugs and rock n’ roll." It might be the colossal doom of Black Sabbath, the cutting precision of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden or the graphic lyrics of Slayer, metal is The Devil’s Music. Some fans have fallen under its seductive spell, turning them into rebellious beasts. Bestselling author and music journalist Jon Wiederhorn is your host with insightful and sometimes outrageous interviews with musicians from over 30 years. Take a trip through the tropes of metal and examine — and sometimes celebrate — what makes metal so lasting. Hear from members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Anthrax, Motley Crue and many more as we hunt down the devil within and discover why it’s okay, and even necessary, to keep metal alive.

Backstaged: The Devil in Metal Diversion Audio

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    • 4.7 • 101 Ratings

A time machine through the origins of metal music, its connection to darkness and decadence, the lifestyle of many of its followers and how its upped the ante on the phrase "sex, drugs and rock n’ roll." It might be the colossal doom of Black Sabbath, the cutting precision of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden or the graphic lyrics of Slayer, metal is The Devil’s Music. Some fans have fallen under its seductive spell, turning them into rebellious beasts. Bestselling author and music journalist Jon Wiederhorn is your host with insightful and sometimes outrageous interviews with musicians from over 30 years. Take a trip through the tropes of metal and examine — and sometimes celebrate — what makes metal so lasting. Hear from members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Anthrax, Motley Crue and many more as we hunt down the devil within and discover why it’s okay, and even necessary, to keep metal alive.

    Dio's Wild Ride From Hell To Heaven

    Dio's Wild Ride From Hell To Heaven

    Ronnie James Dio is metal music royalty. From his early days in New York playing the trumpet and singing in small bands to becoming a metal vocal powerhouse with Rainbow, the resurrected Black Sabbath and his own band, Dio experienced it all, riding...

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tour Mayhem

    Tour Mayhem

    Pointless. Spontaneous. Hazardous. Deadly. That’s what mayhem can be like for some metal musicians. Host Jon Wiederhorn dives into the daredevils of metal music’s outrageous pranks, destructive binges, violent outbursts and near-death experiences....

    • 50 min
    Welcome To Their Nightmares

    Welcome To Their Nightmares

    Ever since Black Sabbath named themselves after a horror movie and started writing dark, foreboding songs that buzzed with menace and defiance, fans and creators of hair-raising films and metal made a run into the darkness. In this episode, we dare to...

    • 47 min
    Demon Drink

    Demon Drink

    The bottle has called to many metal musicians since the genre’s early days. Some artists found it as a way to push the boundaries of excess, and in some cases, numb out physical and psychological pain. The late Eddie Van Halen drank to write and...

    • 50 min
    The Unflinching True Story of Judas Priest Vol. 2

    The Unflinching True Story of Judas Priest Vol. 2

    Judas Priest’s success skyrocketed in the early 1980’s. Along with their boom in fame, came a decline in Rob Halford’s emotional and physical health. In the second episode of the two episode arc, host Jon Wiederhorn delves into Halford’s inability...

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Unflinching True Story of Judas Priest Vol. 1

    The Unflinching True Story of Judas Priest Vol. 1

    As one of the most eclectic and popular British metal bands and pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Judas Priest and their vocal powerhouse frontman Rob Halford will forever be one of the greats. In this episode, the first of a two...

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

GeauxSaints1967 ,

Where’d ya go??

Loved the podcast but it’s seem to have disappeared.

Skindeepdc ,

Love this podcast!!!

Growing up a metalhead in the DC area and loving heavy music starting at age 7, a drummer in a local beach rock band myself, the stories this podcast captures bring so many great memories and relatable moments back! This cast is so well scripted and narrated and I can’t wait for more!!! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻

Misfit4x2 ,

Required listening for any metal fan.

Any and all metal fans should listen to this podcast.

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