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Irelands Premier Metal Music Podcast. The Metal Cell Podcast sets out to promote the Irish Metal Scene by talking to the bands, promoters, artists and fans of this musical genre. I hope to interview as many generations as possible involved in the Irish Metal community from those who create the music, design the artwork, promote the gigs or simply fans of the music itself. It's one of the most exciting times ever to be a Metal fan in Ireland with so many home grown and international metal ban ...
 
This is the Podcast of Alan Averill aka Nemtheanga, vocalist of the Irish Metal band Primordial for almost the last three decades! It's all about music industry commentary and insider info, rock n roll stories from a life on the road, travel experiences from every continent, piracy and general skullduggery, gallows humour, some political observation, musings on history and culture and some good old Irish psychoanalysis. A Vagabond of the Western World!..... Support this show http://supporter ...
 
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Episode 84 is about Rasputin, the Mad Monk, love of the Russian Queen. AA continues his heavy metal heroes series with a deep dive into the incredible and fascinating life of Rasputin! His influence over the Russian Royal court at the turn of the century up to his part in World War One and the Bolshevik Revolution. Support the show over at www.patr…
 
Myself and my co-host Danielle were delighted to welcome John Collard (Vocals) and Tom Ambrose (Bass) of Dublin based band Neon Empire. The band are an exciting additional to the Metal scene with a clever blend of Metal Core, Electro-Metal added to other elements to form Neon Empires unique sound. The four piece, completed by Guitarist/Vocalist Has…
 
www.patreon.com/AlanAverill to support the show and get bonus content for as little as $1 a month Episode 83 is a spicy meatball.....as restrictions are imposed once again in Ireland, and in many countries across Europe, AA ponders what this really means, is it a clear signpost that there is no endgame? are we being prepped for a climate lockdown? …
 
I was delighted to finally open up the Metal Cell studios to welcome Chris Harte of Bailer. When Chris sent me on 'Disposable Youth' a few days previous, I was nervous enough approaching it. The four singles sounded immense but how would they interact with the rest of the songs and how would it play as a whole album from the start to finish. The re…
 
Episode 82 is the first part of an Instagram question and answers! (follow nemtheanga_primordial to get involved) from who would play AA in a movie all the way through to somehow explaining a tracker mortgage with some opinions on the state of live music and the arts, making a concept album and a very honest internal debate on how long a musicians …
 
It was a pleasure to welcome Pete Clarke of one of Irelands finest Death Metal Bands; Strangle Wire. I was really looking forward to catching up with Pete to find out as much as I could about the new record, release dates and playing Bloodstock 2021. We had a great chat and having heard one of their new tracks it's certainly a lesson in brutal heav…
 
HP LOVECRAFT. This episode is part of the Heavy Metal Heroes series! a look back at the life, times and influence of Howard Philips Lovecraft. One of the most seminal, influential, misunderstood and genuinely dark creative forces of the 20th century. Rather that discuss the symbolism of his writing this podcast digs into his life, upbringing, relat…
 
It was a pleasure to interview Jeff (Vox&Guitar) & Paul (Drums) of Strangers With Guns. The trio including Ricky (Bass) are about to release a brilliant double EP called "Become a Pope" on November the 26th with a headline show in Whelans, Dublin on the following night. Myself and Danielle had a great chat with the lads in relation to self financin…
 
In Episode 80 AA discusses his first week back in the van on a small tour through the Uk, Wales and Ireland with his other band Dread Sovereign. What are the logistics like? can anyone make minimum wage? what were the restrictions like, can you guess which venue won the woke award? was he too pessimistic a few months ago about the prospects for the…
 
I was delighted to welcome Gary Kelly, the Irish vocalist and guitarist of the band. Gary talked about his move from Dublin to Paris which kick started his love for metal and ended up with him creating demos in 2014, It took meeting Steven Andre (guitarist) that planted the seed for the band MOLYBARON to grow. Gary wrote and recorded all the songs …
 
This Episode is a discussion of the Primordial album 'Redemption at the Puritan's Hand' is ten years old! Primordial is 30 and this is a chat about the album, how it was made, lyrics, aesthetics, song writing and recording processes! Available as a video cast over on My Youtube channel, search Alan Averill Support this show http://supporter.acast.c…
 
Myself and my co-host Joe welcomed Dave Brady to The Metal Cell Podcast for a brilliant chat about ForeignWolf. Formed in 2019 the Northern Ireland band have been steadily building an audience with their groove driven and hook laden music. ForeignWolf will appeal to fans of Thin Lizzy, Therapy, Pantera and many more. The latest release of Your Weap…
 
In E 78 AA looks back over the pandemic, lockdown and his own predictions, misgivings, rants, thoughts of the last 20+ months and tries to assess what he kinda sorta got correct and what he might have got wrong, it's a ramble across where we seem to be right now, how shaky the ground is, is the dust settling, is the fog clearing, all those kinda cl…
 
I was delighted to welcome Marco Feltrin (Vocals) and Mat Maher (Bass) of The Risen Dread to the show. The lads along with Colum Cleary (Drums) and Will Ribeiro (Guitars) have been busy preparing for the 2022 release of their much anticipated album "Night Hag". The talented Josh Robinson of JSR Audio is behind the desk for the release and by the so…
 
Episode 77 is a chat with Jonas Renske from KATATONIA! a continuation of various backstage chats we've had over the years, we delve into the formation of the band, early recordings, musical influences, writing techniques, changes in direction, playing live, touring and all sorts of other things. It's a deep dive into the world of Katatonia and Jona…
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is not to be missed as we are joined by Fergal 'H' Holmes of D.M.E Promotions. 'H' gives us an insight into how this year and next year is shaping up for gigs in Dublin…
 
This year is somehow the 30th anniversary of Primordial! so this is the first of a few ramshackle, sprawling stream of consciousness casts about how that happened, how we felt as young men starting on that journey, what our aspirations were if any, those early years, the romance is always portrayed as a 'this is our ticket outta here....' kinda nar…
 
Myself and Evan were delighted to welcome Ian and Darren of Haint. Ian Booth (Vocals/Guitars), Darren Lavery (Bass/Vocals) and Steve Hobson (Drums) are busy recording their much anticipated debut release. The three piece are veterans of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene so there's a lot of excitement building up to their return on stage. Ian and Dar…
 
Episode 75 is a chat with Christian from Portrait, guitar player, Swede and sometime man with both moustache and fringe.....but you can only see that over on the videocast on my Youtube channel! We discuss the 4th industrial revolution, the live music industry unwittingly being used as bait to make regular people meet the demands and restrictions o…
 
Myself and Howard were delighted to welcome John Quill the singer/guitarist with Third Island & Quill Effects and Tomás Hynes of Foraoisí gan Iniúchadh, a one Man DSBM / Atmospheric Black Metal band. John has been involved in the Limerick Metal Scene for years and has slowly built up his reputation as one of the go to guys for customised guitar and…
 
Returning in 74 after a technical glitch which meant AA missed a week this is the long promised and perhaps unwise look at the history of Afghanistan, from the Anglo-Afghan war in 1839 through to the present day, thoughts on the recent withdrawal, some dark and off the beaten track observations and what this means for US/Western influence in the mo…
 
I was delighted to welcome Darragh of Horrenda, Shannon of Aborted Earth, Tony of Restive Nation and Tom of Zhora to talk about the All Ireland Metal Project, an unique collaboration of over one hundred musicians, artists and film makers on this island of ours. The lads give us an exclusive track by track preview of one of the most anticipated rele…
 
Myself and my co-host Howard were absolutely delighted to welcome Alex CF to the Metal Cell Podcast. Alex is a London based illustrator, author, and vocalist, who has been most notably known for his highly influential work with crust/dark post metal act FALL OF EFRAFA whose lyrical content was built around the mythology created by Richard Adams in …
 
In E 72 I dissect the first Primordial gig in 20 months back after lockdown in London last weekend, how did they prepare? choose the setlist, travel procedures. how was it to step back into a busy bar and talk to strangers once again? do shots at the bar with people ya don't know, realising it was something you hadn't done in 20+ months. Anxious? N…
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a cracker as we are joined by Steve Walsh, Riff Lord of Grey Stag. Steve gave us the low down on playing Bloodstock and talked about plans for the rest of the year. …
 
In E 72 I chat with my old mate Chris from Winterfylleth, one of the most stirring and genuine bands of the last decade or so, genuine Pagan Metal in the true definition of the word! What it was like returning to the stage at Bloodstock and then a deep dive into the weeds over politics, cancel culture, the polarisation of the black metal scene duri…
 
It was a pleasure to finally get to chat with Jason Christy (Drums) of Words That Burn. The band had just come back from Bloodstock 2021 after playing a blistering set to a huge crowd on the New Blood Stage. I was interested to see how their terrific new song "Den of Lions" went down and to see if Jason had any updates in relation to the new songs …
 
Does the return of a smattering of festivals across the continent signify the return of live music on some level or are they simply allowed to happen with restrictions simply because they are in the open....will we be back to square one once summer is over gridlocked with health concerns over riding social society and no indoor concerts allowed? th…
 
I'm absolutely delighted to bring these interviews courtesy of Danielle Meehan co-host of The Metal Cell Forums. Danielle kindly volunteered to do this after I had no luck securing a press pass from the festival organisers. The fact that she managed to get six interviews done with a hand held recorder, as she like the other few thousand who attende…
 
In E 70 AA answers some questions that came into his dm's, are musicians competitive? do they watch each others sets, do you want people to succeed or fail, does playing with a great band make you raise the bar of your own performance? when do you believe you are actually a musician and not a hobbyist and how to accept and the pressure and make the…
 
Episode 134 is a brilliant one with Veil of Sound - lifting the veil from underground music! I was delighted to welcome Thorsten Schaeben and Pat O'Regan from @veil_of_sound webzine. When reading a review on Veil of Sound you are immediately aware how accurately the lads convey their feelings for the musical piece. The intimate tracing of the songs…
 
E 69 originally appeared on my Patreon but I thought it would be kinda cool now to share it on the main podcast, just a random list of 90s Metal Records that maybe you overlooked and are worth investigating. 1996/97/98 were in my opinion the lowest watermark for traditional metal but under the surface many great things did come out! DM me if you th…
 
It was a pleasure to welcome Gavin (Drums) & Taran (Drums) of Bicurious. The duo certainly have been making waves in the alternative rock scene with some terrific single releases and crushing live performances. The nine tracks of their new release (re)constructed thematically follows a timeline of events in Gavin's and Taran's life, which included …
 
In E 68 AA talks about confirming gigs finally, what does that mean? will they happen? what does sitting on the fence mean? could it not just mean you are nuanced, don't go for the sexy black and white answers and reside in the nuanced complex middle ground? does speaking out about politics and the situation do my career any good as some people del…
 
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