Heavy Metal History: The Podcast

Heavy Metal History is a weekly podcast that goes through the chronological history of the Heavy Metal genre, occasionally with guests from the genre to discuss various influences and histories. Heavy Metal History is hosted by Dustin and Matt, two guys that live across the world from each other sharing the savage and unique history of the most intense and aggressive music ever invented. HEAVY METAL!

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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.

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.

It all started the year of `95 when “Smells Like Children” by Marilyn Mason came out. My dad went out to purchase the album, came home, and played it so loud that it shook the whole house, curiosity kicked in soon after and I needed more! I grew up around the guitar grunge era mostly blasting Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Sound Garden, but mostly touching base with classics like Jethro Tull and some good ol Lynyrd Skynyrd. I branched off and found my own around 2004 when I first heard “Carbomb” from the Acacia Strain, after that it has been super loud and heavy for me. Soon after came The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, As I Lay Dying, Every Time I die, and so on. Between 2008-2010 I toured around the country with a lot of Arizona/California bands, really getting the experience of Death Metal first hand. Now in 2019, I have finally decided to step forward and advance in writing reviews for Metal and all its glory, someday I hope to turn it into a career!

It all started the year of `95 when “Smells Like Children” by Marilyn Mason came out. My dad went out to purchase the album, came home, and played it so loud that it shook the whole house, curiosity kicked in soon after and I needed more! I grew up around the guitar grunge era mostly blasting Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Sound Garden, but mostly touching base with classics like Jethro Tull and some good ol Lynyrd Skynyrd. I branched off and found my own around 2004 when I first heard “Carbomb” from the Acacia Strain, after that it has been super loud and heavy for me. Soon after came The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, As I Lay Dying, Every Time I die, and so on. Between 2008-2010 I toured around the country with a lot of Arizona/California bands, really getting the experience of Death Metal first hand. Now in 2019, I have finally decided to step forward and advance in writing reviews for Metal and all its glory, someday I hope to turn it into a career!

Blaine’s musical obsession started in his late teens with hardcore punk, before gravitating to metal in the early 2000s with melodeath and stoner-doom, and then went wandering around the genres like a weird hobbit in a Bolt Thrower shirt. These days he’s probably listening to old albums while painting little figurines or writing D&D stuff. He’s also that dude by the pit in the cargo shorts.

Blaine’s musical obsession started in his late teens with hardcore punk, before gravitating to metal in the early 2000s with melodeath and stoner-doom, and then went wandering around the genres like a weird hobbit in a Bolt Thrower shirt. These days he’s probably listening to old albums while painting little figurines or writing D&D stuff. He’s also that dude by the pit in the cargo shorts.