Toby Wright recently joined the Talk Toomey Podcast and the classic album …And Justice For All was discussed. Click player above for the audio.

On the missing bass on …And Justice for All:

“Here’s the real story: The bass was recorded by me and Jason Newsted, in all of its glory. At the time, the theology in the room between Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield) was that if you can hear the bass it’s 2dB too loud. So when it moved over to Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero mixing it, they brought that same theology with them. No matter how hard Steve and Michael tried to fight them on that’s not right, that’s not right, they still insisted that’s what they wanted so that’s what the world got.”

On the …And Justice for Jason YouTube videos:

“Jason played a lot better than those mixes that are out there. There are some amazing riffs, there are some really finite definitive moments that happened on that record that you really can’t hear because it was buried.”

On the 30th anniversary possibilities of a remix/ remaster of …And Justice For All:

“I’d like to remix it and I’ll show you exactly what was laid down on tape and then the world will be stunned, I think. Keep in mind I would love to remix it, Lars. If you are hearing me, I would love to remix it. I think it would be a bit more powerful. Fill out some of that tonality that’s missing from it. If you listen to the Black [Album] which was done a year and half, two years later under Bob Rock, that’s a full band. I don’t know if anybody fought him on all that kind of stuff, because I wasn’t in the room, but you never know. And it turned out how it turned out and 20 million records later. There was some success there.”

 

 

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John Connolly of Sevendust is on to talk about his other musical venture “Projected”. We talk about the writing process for both Sevendust and Projected. John talks about his relationship with Dimebag and how Dime was fan of Sevendust. We discuss releasing a double album in 2017 and if he is crazy. John also talks about his relationship with the Creed guys and touring with Metallica.
Jon Drake is out of commission this week after singing all Labor Day weekend, so I called in Mark Strigl of the Talking Metal podcast to fill his shoes. Mark and I discuss meeting at the Rock N Pod Expo in Nashville and the festivities. Mark and I also talk about local band festivals and the future of podcasting. You can check out Mark and Talking Metal at TalkingMetal.com

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Brendon Small was recently on the podcast (click player above to hear the interview) to discuss the upcoming Galaktikon release, Galaktikon II: Become the Storm.  During the conversation, Brendon shared his thoughts on his acclaimed animated metal band DETHKLOK being welcomed by the metal community.
“As much of a dummy as I may be, I was smart enough to realize that the metal community is very protective of itself. And as a fan of metal, I would be too. So, I thought we were going to get a bunch of dudes wearing black with their arms folded, frowning, saying this does not represent us. I just anticipated that. So I did everything that I could do to make sure that everyone knew that this is for metal fans, and if anybody else wants to check it out, they can. But my first thing was to make sure that the metal community knew that they were a part of the joke. It wasn’t a joke about them. It was a joke that they would understand first, before anybody else. So we did something. We would make inside jokes that were just for metal fans. And then we would cast people. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to meet all my metal heroes, my guitar heroes, and my acting heroes all in the same place. It was kind of deliberate that the first episode has METALLICA on it, and then a few episodes later we have KING DIAMOND, and then guys from ENSLAVED, and all these different kinds of people from the guitar and metal world being funny, being part of the joke. Not being made fun of, what we do make fun of is just the isms of a band. The close quarters of being in a family situation. The show when you boil it down, it has nothing to do with heavy metal. It’s a family show. It’s a family that has to work together. It’s more like what if the KARDASHIANS played death metal. It’s about celebrityism. It’s about inept celebrities being given too much responsibility and destroying things at the same time. So it was kind of ahead of its time in that way, but at the same time all those challenges were things that I foresaw and thought, we would make a couple wrong moves and this could be a real disaster. But if we do it right were going to get all these people to realize that this is an audience that hasn’t been spoken to yet. And lets make sure we do it right because some jerk is going to come along and do it wrong and blow it for everybody.”
Galaktikon II: Become The Storm follows the space-age theme of 2012’s original Galaktikon album, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound.In addition to Brendon Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild (who also worked on the Dethklok albums), Galaktikon II: Become The Storm features the distinct rhythmic powers of drum legend Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel) and bassist extraordinaire Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai). With uncapped time and creativity on their side, the aforementioned artists have created a heavy metal opus that Dethklok fanatics will covet and newcomers to the world of Brendon Small will add to the top of their playlists.
The album will be available August 25th through Megaforce Records. 

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