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Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall gets you up close to your favourite heavy metal/hardcore/pop-punk rock bands and musicians whilst updating you with the latest music news, reviews, tour announcements and playlist to get your week started heavy and loud.
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Episode #50 feat. Winston McCall of Parkway Drive
We are celebrating 50 Episodes of Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall with a Very Special Parkway Drive dedicated show featuring the band's legendary frontman Mr Winston McCall who is on co-host duties chatting all about the band's new #1 album Reverence and their upcoming tour with Killswitch Engage and Thy Art is Murder.Since the band formed in 2003, they've released six incredibly mesmerising albums, each release outdoing the last in terms of style, ferociousness and progression, however, when you accumulate a fanbase who are too hellbent on living in the past, you constantly find yourself having to defend your motives and actions when changing up styles as the years go by and Winston isn't afraid to address the backlash and resentment targetted towards him and the Parkway boys in his chat with podcast host Browny. The conversation also leads to why they have never brought their European shows to Australia (considering they formed here in Byron Bay) and what it's like having Killswitch opening for them now, years after their guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz perduced their first two releases.We've also got two very special guests joining in the conversation including Graham Nixon, the band's Manager and head honcho of Resist Records, who signed them wayyy back in the day. He talks about their early years, how he discovered them and shares a few stories along the way + Dan McMaster, frontman for the now defunct pop punk act Skyway also chats about how they managed to get Winston McCall to do guest vocals on one of their songs and what it was like working with him in the studio and on the stage at one of the shows both bands played.Plus we travel through the band's extensive back catalogue of albums, kicking things off with 2005's Killing with a Smile, then stopping by Horizons (2007), Deep Blue (2010), Atlas (2012) and Ire (2015), all the way through to their 2018 release Reverence. There's also a few surprises along the way too, so strap yourself in for one of the most extensive Parkway Drive podcasts available, coming in at just over two hours, we guarantee you'll love every minute of it.WoSUATW #ParkwayDrive #WinstonMcCall #Reverence #Metalcore #Hardcore #HeavyMetal #ResistRecords #Epitaph #AustralianBands #ReverenceTour #KillswitchEngage #AdamDutkiewicz #KSE #GrahamNixon #DanMcMaster #Skyway #Podcast #MusicPodcast #Ire #DeepBlue #KillingWithASmile #Horizons #Atlas #ByronBayHardcore
Episode #49 feat. John Floreani of Trophy Eyes
Australia's pop punk scene is in great hands, especially with Trophy Eyes at the helm, their new album The American Dream is the topic of conversation in Episode #49 of Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall with frontman John Floreani on co-hosting duties. The band, while still young into their careers, have achieved so much in a short amount of time, worldwide success, signing to a top label and unfortunate accumulation of hate/negativity from so-called fans. John explains that they didn't start the band to be famous, they just wanted to release music that they liked playing and if people enjoyed it along the way, so be it. What they didn't expect was the wave of unruly fans who think they know what's best for the band and how their sense of entitlement really puts a dampener on it all.No one wants to be told they suck or that they're making music one person isn't a fan of and (on a far worse end of the spectrum) that someone thinks they should die because they're doing something different to what they started with. Its keyboard warriors and scum like that who really put a dampener on the music industry, but Trophy Eyes are doing their part to stand their ground and fight back, calling out the "haters" with new track 'You Can Count On Me' and a new stance on how the music industry perceives them.John Floreani more than happily addresses the current state of music with podcast host Browny and how the band's maturing over the years has assisted the band's progression in sound and direction. Their new album kicks arse and should be heard by everyone. Also, being a pop-punk hero, our 'Ultimate Pop Punk Song' is back and John more than happily joins the likes of Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory), Scott Eckel (Makeout) and Mitch Chamberlain (Satellites) by contributing his lyrics to the cause. If you're new to the idea, take a listen to how it all plays out.There's also plenty of pop punk goodness to get you through the day including New Music from Hands Like Houses, twenty one pilots, Stateside, Eat Your Heart Out, Grizzlyshark and Alkaline Trio, throwbacks from +44, Satellites, Paramore, Green Day, Tonight Alive and Introvert + former Heroes for Hire frontman Brad Smith recalls some of his favourite memories whilst playing in the band and how things have changed since his very public ousting back in 2013.#WoSUATW #TrophyEyes #JohnFloreani #PopPunk #PopRock #AustralianBands #StadiumRock #HandsLikeHouses #Satellites #HeroesForHire #BradSmith #EatYourHeartOut #Stateside #TonightAlive #JaredLeto #ThirtySecondsToMars #TheAmericanDream #30SecondsToMars #Introvert #Grizzlyshark #Paramore #GreenDay #Plus44 #AlkalineTrio #twentyonepilots #21Pilots #Podcast #MusicPodcast #WallOfSoundAU
Episode #48 feat. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
It's always a pleasure whenever a Grammy Award Winning artist joins us on the podcast but none have been as fun and energetic as Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale who is this week's special guest co-host and she is ready to chat all things Vicious, the band's fourth studio album which saw the Nashville natives recruiting heavy music (and Halestorm) fan Nick Raskulinecz who was more than willing to whip the awesome foursome into shape, whilst also being a bit self-indulgent in helping them make the album he (as a fan) wanted to hear.Lzzy also reveals some of the major struggles she has faced being the frontwoman for a rock band including (jokingly) finding a clean bathroom when you're surrounded by male only bandmates and crew and on a more serious side how industry people didn't accept or take her seriously until she made it, something she didn't buy into too much, but would always be in the back of her mind.There's also a shit-tonne of New Music on the playlist including Thrice, Atticus Chimps and mother-fuckin Beartooth who officially announced their new Disease this week, as well as the new Australian supergroup Wither featuring members of Belle Haven, Dream On, Dreamer and Pridelands. Plus there's plenty of throwbacks from Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, KISS, Iron Maiden and heaps more…#WoSATW #LzzyHale #Halestorm #Vicious #InThisMoment #RobHalford #JudasPriest #BulletForMyValentine #BFMV #Wither #AustralianBands #Shinedown #AvengedSevenfold #A7X #IronMaiden #KISS #BadWolves #Thrice #Beartooth #AtticusChimps #TrophyEyes #WallOfSoundAU #MusicPodcast
‘A Discussion About Metal Health’
Mental Health. Suicide. Depression. Anxiety. A long time ago those words would scare even the strongest person away from engaging in conversation with someone struggling with their own mental-wellbeing or force someone to close up and hide behind their own brick walls unable to discuss their issues, however, now, the awareness for mental health issues and struggles hasn't been as thought provoking and supportive as it is today in 2018.Today, July 20th 2018, we are remembering Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington who took his own life one year ago at 41 years of age, a decision which shocked not only those closest to him but his vast array of fans across the world. A decision which instantaneously caused the world to ask one question to ourselves and those around us, are you ok?In this special edition of Wall of Sound: Up Against the Wall podcast host Paul 'Browny' Brown creates his own 'Discussion About Mental Health' and takes a look back at the year following Chester's passing, including how his wife Talinda swore an oath to #MakeChesterProud by becoming the Executive Advisor for the Campaign to Change Direction and co-founder of 320 Changes Direction, an organisation created to change the way we look at and address mental health, especially the Five Signs to look out for.Browny also shares his own personal battles with mental health and how turning to music was only a minor step in getting his life back on track. He also speaks to Don't Fret Club founder Jess Hope about her podcast series and mission to change the way mental health issues are addressed within the music industry, especially with bands/musicians on tour who struggle with being alone and the everyday challenges they face whilst trying to make it in one of the toughest, most unforgiving industries.And Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix also joins in on the conversation, explaining how he overcame his struggles with drug addiction, alcoholism and substance abuse in the early years when he was fighting his own demons and how that battle then became the lyrical content to some of the band's biggest songs. He also shares an anecdotal story about how he met up with Chester Bennington weeks prior to his passing, discusses his behaviour at the time and why you should never assume anyone is fine, despite the warning signs surrounding them.We hope this podcast can (and will) create more discussions around mental health awareness and suicide prevention in Australia and around the world for our international listeners.If you or anyone you know needs help with their own mental well-being call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or find your closest Suicide Prevention/Crisis Support Organisation on Google...#WoSUATW #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #SuicidePrevention #ChesterBennington #ChangeDirection #320ChangesDirection #MakeChesterProud #IAmTheChange #TalindaBennington #LinkinPark #JessHope #DontFretClub #JacobyShaddix #PapaRoach #MikeShinoda #Beartooth #Lifeline #BeyondBlue #Headspace #Podcast #MusicPodcast #MentalHealthPodcast
Episode #47 feat. Pagan and DevilDriver
What do you do when two great bands have albums out on the same day? You get them both on the podcast for a double co-host special edition and that's what the plan is this week with Nikki Brumen of Pagan and Dez Fafara of DevilDriver.Firstly, the heavy/black metal Pagan from Melbourne are about to release their debut album Black Wash and so far we've heard nothing but great things from the band of misfits. In the time we were first introduced to them at Big Sound 2017, they've blown up across the country playing shows all over the joint and even securing an East Coast support slot on Rise Against's Wolves Tour. Being a women in the heavy music industry can be hard, but Nikki's "no holds barred" and "no-fucks-given" attitude towards topics such as gender imbalance and bigotry will certainly result in her leaving her mark and becoming a voice/force to be reckoned with. If you haven't listened to Pagan before today, guarantee you'll follow them up following this podcast.Dez Fafara on the other hand needs no introducion, but for the uninitated, he's been a key member of the heavy music industry fronting the bands Coal Chamber (RIP) and DevilDriver who are releasing their new album Outlaws 'til The End: Vol. 1 on Friday July 6th. The approach with this new album at first raised a few eyebrows, because the band have tackled country songs like 'Copperhead Road', 'Ghost Riders in the Sky' and Willie Nelson's 'Whiskey River' but with a heavy metal twist. All the songs have been given a heavier, faster and better makeover and even feature some special guests including Johnny Cash's son John Carter Cash, his wife Ana Christina, Lamb of God's Randy Blythe and Mark Morton, Burton C. Bell, Brock Lindow and many more. The heavy metaller turned country man more than happily explains his reasons for taking on this interesting approach and the stories behind the recording process, including Johnny Cash's love for heavy metal.There's also new music from A Breach of Silence, Temtris, Daybreak and Hellions, throwbacks from Sensaii, Heaven The Axe, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage + heaps more...#WoSUATW #Pagan #NikkiBrumen #BlackMetal #HeavyMetal #DezFafara #DevilDriver #BlackWash #OutlawsTilTheEnd #OutlawsTilTheEndVol1 #LambOfGod #JohnnyCash #ABreachOfSilence #Daybreak #AustralianBands #Hardcore #Sensaii #Temtris #HeavenTheAxe #Anthrax #ScottIsn #KillswitchEngage #KSE #Hellions #Podcast #MusicPodcast #WallOfsoundAU
Episode #46 feat. Ezekiel Ox of Mammal
Australian musicians are a whole lot different compared to international acts, when they sing/write about certain subjects and topics, especially hard-hitting political issues, there's a sense of passion unlike anyone else doing the same thing and every now and then bands come and go, sometimes for short periods of time, however they leave a mark on the music industry which lasts for years to come, thats exactly what happened with Mammal when they burst onto the Australia heavy music scene a decade ago. They were much loved and appreciated, then they called it quits.However, like all good things, new life has been given to the band and they're back bigger and better than ever and this week charismatic frontman Ezekiel Ox is our guest co-host and he's not holding back when it comes to discussing the issues most important to him. A well known and respected political activist and talented musician whose credits include fronting other acts such as Superheist, Full Scale, Over-Reactor and his solo work, the man has built up a legacy of fighting for what's right in the world and fighting to fix the world his son will grow up in, in years to come. Mammal are about to kick off a three-month long tour of Australia which has already proven to be one of the most sought-after gigs of the year with shows selling out all over the joint.Podcast host Browny also pays tribute to the late Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera and HellYeah fame who lost his life over the weekend after suffering a major heart attack at age 54.There's also a plethora of old-school Australian bands on the playlist this week including the newly reformed Magic Dirt who have announced some exclusive shows at the end of the year and into 2019, Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect, Superheist and Pagan as well as New Music for Circles, Flynn Effect, The Fever 333 and Falling In Reverse.#WoSUATW #Mammal #EzekielOx #AustralianBands #Superheist #FullScale #Karnivool #Circles #MagicDirt #TheButterflyEffect #TBE #Saliva #NuMetal #Pantera #VinniePaul #VinniePaulAbbott #RIPVinniePaul #DimebagDarrell #HellYeah #TheFever333 #BareBones #FallingInReverse #RonnieRadke #FlynnEffect #Pagan #DevilDriver #WallOfSoundAU #Podcast #MusicPodcast #iTunesPodcast #SpotifyPodcast #GooglePodcasts #HeavyMetal #HardRock
Episode #45 feat. Matt Tuck  of Bullet For My Valentine
When bands are around as long as Bullet For My Valentine, they tend to get an idea pretty quickly of what they can nail musically and what they'd like to try to challenge themselves and their fans. That seems to be the case with their brand new album Gravity which frontman Matt Tuck explains in this week's episode of Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall.After scoring a #1 album in Australia with their last (heavy) release Venom, Matt is more than happy to explain why he's broadening the band's horizons with a more mainstream approach this time around with the band's sound and lyrical content... and he doesn't care who disagrees with him or gets in his way in the process. If you've doubted why bands/musicians changed their style over the years, this is one chat that should hopefully clear things up and explain why, more now than ever, the acts you love are trying new things that they hope will make you open your mind a bit more.There's also plenty of old school metal anthems from Metallica, Harlott, Machine Head, DragonForce and Iron Maiden, newer tracks from Trivium, Epica, Power Trip and a fresh track from The Amity Affliction + heaps more...#WoSUATW #BulletForMyValentine #MattTuck #BFMV #Gravity #ScreamAimFire #Poison #TearsDontFall #Venom #Metal #HeavyMetal #ThrashMetal #DragonForce #Darker Half #Metallica #IronMaiden #MachineHead #Epica #Trivium #TheSinAndTheSentence #PowerTrip #Harlott #AustralianBands #TheAmityAffliction #TAA #AmityAffliction #Pendulum #InFlames #IvyDoomsday #Misery #Mammal #Podcast #MusicPodcast #iTunesPodcast #SpotifyPodcast #WallOfSoundAU
Episode #44 feat. Karina Utomo of High Tension
If someone asks you if you've seen High Tension, chances are they're not talking about the brutal horror movie from 2003, but more so the brutal, heavy band from Melbourne featuring frontwoman Karina Utomo who we have been huuuge supporters of since first coming across the band back in 2015 at the annual Big Sound conference. Since then, the band has gone on to support for Cancer Bats, they've played at Splendour in the Grass and even opened the main stage at Australia's first ever Download Festival, so it's safe to say the future of heavy music in Australia is on good hands with this foursome.Podcast host Browny spoke with the singer ahead of the release of the band's new album Purge (out Friday) to find out more about the inspiration behind the record, which was conceived after conversations with locals who were unfortunately involved or experienced the Anti-Communist Purges of Indonesia back in the 1960's. Karina explains the struggles she faced when researching the stories, which in turn, became songs on the record and what she hopes fans of the band will take from her story re-telling through the band's music.There's also plenty of heavy music to get you through the week including new stuff from Alpha Wolf, Chelsea Grin, Dimmu Borgir, Bleeding Through, Gravemind, Antagonist A.D. and DevilDriver, throwbacks from Aversions Crown, Emmure, Falcifer, Arch Enemy, Earth Rot and heaps more...#WoSUATW #HighTension #KarinaUtomo #AustralianBands #HeavyMetal #DeathMetal #DeathCore #BleedingThrough #Falcifer #ChelseaGrin #DevilDriver #RandyBlythe #MaxCavalera #CavaleraConspiracy #Emmure #AversionsCrown #ArchEnemy #AntagonistAD #AlphaWolf #BlackMamba #DimmuBorgir #EarthRot #Gravemind #BulletForMyValentine #BFMV #Podcast #MusicPodcast #WallOfSoundAU
Episode #43 feat. Brent Smith of Shinedown
There's something about bands who put out album after album that fans resonate with and appreciate as the years go by, essentially growing up with the band you could say, and it's even better when they nail it with every release, that's how most of us feel about Shinedown. The band who first graced our shores through their commercial radio hit 'Second Chance" before showcasing a fantastic hard rock style that caught the eye of promoters in 2010 who brought the guys over for the annual Soundwave Festival.From there the band have yet to return to Australia and in that time they've released a further three album, their latest one being Attention Attention which frontman Brent Smith was more than happy to discuss on this week's episode of Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall. From their progression as musicians, multiple lineup changes and the "concept" behind their latest offering, nothing is off limits.Podcast host Browny (and big Shinedown fan) gathers a decade worth of knowledge about the band and throws it all Brent's way, including why they haven't return to Australia in eight years.There's also stacks of New Music from Halestorm, Tired Eyes, Faux Bandit, Mammal, Bad Wolves and Theory of a Deadman, throwbacks from The White Stripes, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Garbage, Sick Puppies and heaps more...#WoSUATE #Shinedown #BrentSmith #AttentionAttention #TheSoundOfMadness #HardRock #SoundwaveFest #TheWhiteStripes #FauxBandit #TiredEyes #AustralianBands #Seether #Halestorm #BiffyClyro #LinkinPark #TheoryOfADeadman #Mammal #Garbage #SickPuppies #PearlJam #StoneSour #HighTension #WallOfSoundAU
Episode #42 feat. Jason Aalon Butler of The Fever 333
With the current state of the world we need hardcore punk musicians fighting for what's right through their music more than ever and the latest band to emerge from the ashes of the fallen is The Fever 333 fronted by Jason Aalon Butler (ex-letlive.) who is this week's special guest co-host on Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall. Everything this man touches, turns to gold, so you can imagine the hype behind their new EP Man An America which was produced by John Feldmann and features the iconic Travis Barker as a guest drummer, alongside Aric Improta and guitarist Stephen Harrison. But as it turns out, being Butler's project, he wasn't afraid to tell the industry professional how it should sound as he explains the band's conception and purpose to podcast host Browny.He also explains how The Fever 333 is a band, for the people, especially people of colour who still to this day are being racially profiled, treated like shit and are losing their lives all because of the colour of their skin. If the #BlackLivesMatter movement needed a band to champion their efforts, this is the outfit to do it. So get to know them and find out more about Jason's new side project Pressure Cracks, a Southern Californian hardcore band guaranteed to bring you our of mosh retirement.There's also new music from Sensaii, Serene, Jonathan Davis and Parkway Drive, throwbacks from Architects, Killswitch Engage, Rage Against The Machine and Every Time I Die + everything you need to know about AWS who devastatingly should have won Eurovision this year...#WoSUATW #TheFever333 #JasonButler #JasonAalonButler #PressureCracks #letlive #HardcorePunk #POCPunk #TravisBarker #JohnFeldmann #JonathanDavis #KoRn #Architects #Marmozets #AWS #Eurovision #ParkwayDrive #Reverence #KillSwitchEngage #KSE #PWD #RATM #RageAgainstTheMachine #Sensaii #Serene #AustralianBands #PostHardcore #NuMetal #Hardcore #ETIF #EveryTimeIDie #SystemOfADown #SOAD #Pennywise #Shinedown #WallOfSoundAU
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