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A podcast about Metallica, hosted by longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey, featuring in-depth interviews filled with stories, insights, and more.

Speak N' Destroy Ryan J. Downey

    • Music Interviews
    • 5.0, 175 Ratings

A podcast about Metallica, hosted by longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey, featuring in-depth interviews filled with stories, insights, and more.

    Jeremy Spencer

    Jeremy Spencer

    Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer talks about discovering Master of Puppets; what makes the early Metallica records so special; Lars Ulrich; his early Indiana band, Cornucopia Of Death; Metallica on the Monsters of Rock Tour in 1988; moving to California at 19; playing with one of the BulletBoys and briefly, W.A.S.P.; the formation and rapid ascent of Five Finger Death Punch; dinner with Judas Priest; Jason Newsted; what led him to step down from FFDP; the theatrical metal band he now fronts, Psychosexual; and his top five favorite Metallica songs. 

    Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger.

    Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow Speak N' Destroy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Doc Coyle II

    Doc Coyle II

    BAD WOLVES. Doc Coyle returns! The first repeat guest, with all new Metallica-related stories to tell. Doc was one of the guitar players in The Wedding Band, alongside Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, performing a set of songs by AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Billy Idol, Kool & The Gang, and more, first in July 2019 and then again in March 2020. Doc tells the story behind his role in both shows. He also talks in-depth about the success of Bad Wolves (a platinum single with "Zombie" and a bunch of No. 1 songs at Rock Radio), creative partnerships, movies and TV shows he's watching, and politics. 

    Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger.

    Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow Speak N' Destroy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.


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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Scott Mellinger

    Scott Mellinger

    ZAO guitarist Scott Mellinger talks about discovering Metallica; learning his first Metallica songs and covering them in his first band; the unique partnership between him and the rest of the guys in Zao, past and present; and to top it off, he's composed an original theme for Speak N' Destroy! 

    Follow Scott on Instagram to keep up with Zao, Pack (featuring members of the Juliana Theory), and The Lonely Ghost Parade. 

    Speak N' Destroy podcast theme composed, performed, and produced by Scott Mellinger.

    Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com. Follow Speak N' Destroy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Speak N' Destroy is part of the PopCurse podcast network.


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Diamond Rowe

    Diamond Rowe

    TETRARCH shredder Diamond Rowe, who AfroPunk described as "the guitarist repping for black women making metal," talks about growing up with a music business father; discovering Metallica via the MTV: Icon television performance; learning "Enter Sandman" on guitar; covering "Master of Puppets"; seeing the band for the first time; her favorite bassist; the nuances of each member's playing; her Top 5 Metallica songs, and more. 

    Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com

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    • 56 min
    Dewey Halpaus

    Dewey Halpaus

    PEER PLEASURE podcast host Dewey Halpaus (founding member of Fearless Records recording artists Anatomy Of A Ghost and a onetime touring guitarist for Portugal. The Man) talks about growing up in Alaska, including the role a mayor named Sarah Palin played in helping his local scene; discovering punk, metal, and Metallica; the origin story behind the Peer Pleasure podcast; and his personal Metallica album ranking. 

    Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com

    Follow Speak N' Destroy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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    • 46 min
    Mark Menghi

    Mark Menghi

    METAL ALLEGIANCE and BPMD bassist Mark Menghi talks about jamming with James Hetfield, playing one of Cliff Burton's basses onstage as the late Ray Burton looked on, discovering Metallica, and the origin stories behind both of his bands: Metal Allegiance with Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), and David Ellefson (Megadeth) and BPMD, with Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), and Portnoy. 

    Keep up with the podcast at SpeakNDestroy.com

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Psychostickler ,

Deep info from a real Metallica head

Downey explores all the little trails and overgrown pathways that Metallica lifers will LOVE. Interviews with the dudes who you’ll recognize from 80’s liner notes and songwriting credits. Just a rad knowledgeable trip through all the nooks and crannies that others wouldn’t even consider.

SDP Yak ,

Entertaining and Informative

Very good podcast. I like the wide range of guests and some of their backstories relating to both Metallica and the metal music scene. I’ve learned a lot and I haven’t even listened to all of the shows yet. Keep up the good work.

baptizedbyfire75 ,

Demon Hunter!

Great Podcast

I am listening today to your review of the S&M2 show you went to. My aunt who passed in 1998 was a harpist in the San Francisco orchestra in the late 70’s I believe and when I was starting a band in the 90’s she wanted to see the sheet music of the music I liked so I showed her the “music book” from Puppets. I will always remember that she told me that everything she saw in this book was equally arranged and flowed like a traditional classical piece.
It was around a year the first S&M came out and I remember watching the video from it and because my aunt played the harp in this same orchestra I wanted to see the harpist. If you look the dude had a colored mowhawk and a sleeveless tux with his tattoos showing if my 43 year old jäger memory serves myself correctly. I mention this because in the podcast you mentioned how you were wondering if any of the musicians listened to MetallicA. I am willing to bet that harpist did.

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