Dustin began his heavy metal journey around the year 1999/2000 at the young age of 12. It all began with the majesty of punk rock with bands like Black Flag, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Damned etc..which eventually piqued his interest in the Nu Metal genre but quickly got out of that. In 2002 that changed drastically with one album, Hatebreed’s “perseverance”. From there Dustin would traverse as many genres and bands as possible, quickly getting into Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, The Black Dahlia Murder, Darkest Hour and Converge. At the age of 21 in 2008 Dustin began touring with a band from Chattanooga, TN called With Faith or Flames, they would embark on a nationwide tour with Killwhitneydead, Carnifex, Salt the Wound and Dance Club Massacre. The tour would last for 2 months and go on to change his life forever. After that tour the band Carnifex offered to take him on the road and Dustin would continue to tour with them for almost 5 years, this is also where he would gain his infamous “Wildcard” nickname (Yes around the same time as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia did it). Those years are filled with stories, friendships and all kinds of life experiences that cemented his love for music and heavy metal. During those years touring Dustin fell in love with the podcasting world by listening to hours upon hours of them while traveling. In 2011 Dustin started a podcast that was somewhat similar to this one, it would only last a year, but it cemented his passion for the medium.
In late 2016 the idea to start Heavy Metal History was devised after a viewing of the film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, he thought “What if Rufus had a podcast and taught the history of the genre” and thus, the podcast was born. Through many trials and tribulations the podcast has managed to grow and change and be refined through experience. It is his hope that the listener will find and learn about everything this genre has to offer since its inception.