Keep on rollin', baby. It's a monthly podcast where Bryan Quinby (Street Fight Radio) and John Cullen (Blocked Party) dissect a classic nu-metal album and wonder why they just can't give up thinking nu-metal is good. Probably because it really, really is.
Alien Ant Farm's "ANThology", or Lessons in How Not to Be La-Hoo
It's an episode that begins with us talking quite frankly about our balls (and our strength), and you might need a lot of strength to get through almost two hours on an album that just doesn't quite get to where it thinks it's going, as the risks hardly ever pay off and at the end of the day, its biggest song is still a cover. But WHAT A COVER IT IS. We discuss what it means to have a cover hit huge, how we perceived it then and now, and whether or not "Movies" can hold a candle to "Smooth Criminal" as the album's first (and third!) single. We also learn that Alien Ant Farm really wants you to know they're good musicians, actually, and it took us 36 episodes but we also figure out that every band categorized as "nu-metal" in the early 2000s could actually be divided into one of two groups: Ozzfest or Warped Tour. And finally, we wax poetic about skaters and "skateboard bands" and Dryden Mitchell's "write the words, worry about what they mean later" strategy of songwriting.
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Coal Chamber's "Coal Chamber", or the Silliness of Nu-Metal Realized
BIG TRUCK! BIG TRUCK! After literal years of trying to get this album to win a Poll, Bryan's dream finally comes true and the boys cover Coal Chamber's debut, self-titled album and it does not disappoint. Perhaps the first nu-metal band to recognize the inherent silliness of the genre, from the lyrics to the interviews, we also recognize that this record absolutely kicks ass. It's clearly inspired by Korn's first record in all the right ways, with gritty production, chunky riffs, and a great rhythm section holding it all down. Bryan talks about loving this album as a kid and John loves it now, and it's got one of the genre's best album covers too. Just a real "great job, gang!" situation all around.
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Slipknot's "Iowa", or The Episode Where We Start To Get Serious
It's a truly wild episode of the POD Kast this month, as Bryan talks about the first time he did acid...at the age of 12. It sets the tone for the entire episode, as we discuss Neighborhood Jesus, Mick Thomson's "sense of humor" and just how it became that a very heavy metal band made a very heavy sophomore album and still managed to capture the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Of course, this was also right around the time Slipknot began to take themselves VERY seriously, and John wonders if borrowing some of Corey Taylor's recording techniques, like smelling animal remains and puking and pissing everywhere while recording might make the podcast better (it won't). Slipknot also loves to tell you how much they hated making this album and we get into one of the most egregious examples of a band giving Rolling Stone exactly the type of coverage they would want from them, and Rolling Stone eating it all up with a giant, masked spoon.
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Hollywood Undead's "Notes From the Underground", or 10 Years Too Late
It's time for one of the most puzzling albums we've ever covered on this show, a pure nu-metal album that came out in the complete dead zone of 2013 from a bunch of guys who don't seem interested in anything other than trying to be famous. From a "club banger about football" to a myriad of ballads to songs about drugs and killing everyone, this album literally has it all. And it's all bad. So of course, Bryan loves it! We dive into some of the more questionable lyrics on the album, why they love lions so much, and how you can possibly write songs when everyone in the band is a singer and they don't seem to have worked out any sort of writing process. Oh, and their old lead singer definitely made up a story about them jumping him after a show, they're all Scientologists, and they've worn more masks than any other band in history. It's a wild ride.
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Mushroomhead's "XIII", or A Collection of Anthems
We finally get to talking about the band responsible for the best artist biography in the business, Mushroomhead. Covering their most popular album, "XIII", we take a read of the infamous bio as well as the "News" portion of their site, which we find is just as fluffily written as the biography is and purports their albums to be "a collection of anthems". The album is...ok. We discuss the songs and how they try to find nu-metal's middle, as we find out that turntablist Stitch is a haunted house aficionado, and gives the longest interview answer of all-time. Plus, John becomes a Crocs guy, the band just can't help continuing to compare themselves to Slipknot even though they insist there's no bad blood, and Bryan comes up with his latest hot take just one day before the Machine Gun Kelly debacle: there is no such thing as a bad cover.
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Faith No More's "Angel Dust", or A Decade Under the Influence
It's the first time that Bryan & John have been forced to tackle a band that isn't a nu-metal band, but greatly influenced a vast majority of the bands we've covered on this show. Named the Most Influential Album of All-Time by Kerrang! in 2003 (a list we investigate...it has some holes), it's easy to see how many bands of the nu-metal era were inspired by this record, even if they really didn't want to be seen as the progenitors of the genre. We get into the weirdness of Mike Patton, some of the more bizarre musical elements, and Bryan is blown away by the covers on the record. And just to ease a lot of listeners' concerns...we didn't hate it.
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Almost as good as Dream Theater
I love this podcast, but I love Dream Theater more.
Bryan rules as always, but John just doesn’t like this music, and can’t even fake an ironic defense or discussion of it. Roach Koach is better for Nu-Metal talk/retrospective.
I was at the performance where Disturbed filmed the ‘Down With The Sickness’ music video, which is a memory I successfully repressed for 20 years until listening to this podcast. Thanks fellas