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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!..... See acast.com/privacy for privacy ...
 
Damnation organiser (and newspaper editor) Gavin McInally chats to fellow promoters, metal artists, tour managers and agents with a tale to tell about the world of extreme music. With 20 years of journalism and 15 years of festival promotion under the hood, Damnation Versus allows the most interesting people in the "business" to share their experiences about what makes the machine tick, from Anaal Nathrakh to ArcTanGent and Bloodstock to Bossk...
 
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In E 39 AA reflects on current events in the US, reacts to a statement about touring and the hermit lifestyle from Nick Cave, considers the implications of the stage being taken from us, it's spiritual, magical, physical and emotional worth, why we feel awkward saying that in a modern world where music seems to be more and more reduced to a commodi…
 
After releasing one of the best albums of 2020 - Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic - as the pandemic brought touring to a standstill, The Ocean's Robin Staps spent his unexpected spare time at home writing the follow up. He also spent lockdown in Berlin growing his label, Pelagic Records, and his planning to take the label's live show, Pelagic Fe…
 
AA looks back over the dumpster fire of 2020, the year the world lost its mind, rakes the coals and sifts the ashes looking to make some sense of it and decide whether he lost his mind also, or not. The culture wars reaching boiling point, what the Arts really means to people, coping mechanisms, why Bruce Springsteen is sentimental schlock, digital…
 
In E 37 Alan discusses what it's like to release music under lockdown, how all roads lead to Rome and the music industry needs to know when bands can play again. Then in a more serious episode considers how we got here heading into lockdown again, is it possible to pull the brakes on endless rolling L Down, should we trust big Pharma, how class is …
 
Stepping into Myrkur's slot on the black metal stage at Hellfest, being commissioned to perform new music at Roadburn and storming Damnation with her electric cello, before introducing Venom Prison... Jo Quail is a unique talent causing a stir in the extreme scene. She discusses all the above, touring with Winterfylleth, Mono, Caspian, the receptio…
 
In this Episode AA chats to an old and dear friend, comedian STEVE HUGHES, when an irresistible force meets an immovable object this is a long chat that puts the world to rights and then some! What Art means during the P Demic to the skill of letting go in lockdown, wokeness, cancel culture and being middle aged white dudes who might be wrong about…
 
Music streaming deals barely covering two pints a month, living in an "open prison" during the pandemic, no live shows for two more years, cancel culture, freedom of speech... and Mgła playing Damnation. Primordial's Alan Averill is not a man you turn to for light-hearted banter. Strap yourself in. For further info on Damnation Versus, or Damnation…
 
In E 35 AA talks soccer in the wake of the death of Maradona and looks back at how one man....Jack Charlton, the Irish soccer manager lifted the Irish Nation in the 80s and early 90s, his own experiences of attending all the early matches and what spontaneous joy feels and looks like for a country divided by sectarianism and poverty. What soccer an…
 
Maybeshewill’s John Helps discusses playing in (one of) the world’s best post-rock band, inadvertently calling it a day at their biggest ever show, returning in the middle of a pandemic and why he’s the reluctant “thank you” guy. He also talks about the promoters’ life with his role in Handmade Festival, pinching a blueprint from Damnation and usin…
 
Bonus Episode 34 is a slightly different one in light of Alan releasing some new music with his other band Dread Sovereign. This slightly shorter podcast tells the story of the band and ends with the new single itself! A blatant bit of self promotion. Normal service will be resumed next week! www.metalblade.com to order the album!! See acast.com/pr…
 
In E 33 Alan unwisely does some Ozzy impersonating, plays his dusty old acoustic guitar, and attempts to explain the Devil's Interval. Before launching into an unplanned ramble on why Punk never killed metal, why it always claimed the moral high ground and is not the working class social wedge some believe it to be, with tongue firmly in cheek, bef…
 
Orange Goblin frontman and booking agent Ben Ward explains how losing his day job during the pandemic led to the birth of his own agency, Route One Booking, with a roster boasting the likes of Voivod, Discharge, Mutoid Man and Fu Manchu. The importance of strong relationships between booking agents and promoters, finding festivals for his emerging …
 
In what we can consider part 2 of the sidebar 'Freedom is not the Default setting of Society' Alan looks at the year 1974 and the simple thesis that if you were a betting man you would have backed Communism, Military Juntas and Crypto Fascist Authoritarianism for the Win when looking at a Map of the World, and that we as a society take the F word f…
 
In Episode 31 I talk to my old friend Ivar from ENSLAVED We discuss the positivity of cultural differences, what it feels like to be cultural 'ambassadors' for your country as you travel the world, what it was like to go against the Black Metal grain back in the day and embrace the Old Gods, his emotional return to the stage and the future for Arti…
 
In Episode 30 Alan can not avoid the unavoidable and this one is dedicated to the US Election. He pulls up a front row seat, dons a cape and some spandex and gets ready for a good old fashioned Royal Rumble of a wrestling match. Even though he admits to being born in 1876 and not knowing who any of the wrestlers were......as if......remember, don't…
 
BONUS PODCAST In this bonus podcast Alan takes a more light hearted look at how we can keep our sanity during lockdown and why giving a F about Art, Culture, Theatre, Community and things beyond our screen is more important than ever.... Published before the Election! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In this Episode Alan discusses political polarisation, and the lack of nuance in modern society. What does conspiracy theory even mean? Are we about to enter some dystopian world of digital social control? ....where does the rubber meet the road between fact, fiction and madness? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In E 27 Alan discusses what returning to and living under Level 5 of Lockdown means in Ireland. The reasons why this has happened and what the reaction is. Have Irish people only a romantic notion of themselves as rebels and lost the stomach for questions of Liberty and Freedom? What does this mean for wider society as we enter a winter of disconte…
 
In this Episode AA considers the city, his love/hate relationship with Dublin, do cities have a future and what place do we have in them in the 'new normal'. Might just be time to up and leave. Is the party over? maybe we outstayed our welcome at the Tavern and it's now kicking out time. A brief look back at almost getting into a fight with Tygerta…
 
In E 25 Alan recalls a trip to Chernobyl in the Ukraine, formerly the Soviet Union which was the site of the worlds biggest nuclear disaster. A place that fascinated him as a child, this story describes what it is like to stand 20 metres from the Reactor, ramble through radiated forests, the ghost town of Pripyat and stand beneath the towering Wood…
 
We did it! We landed a booking agent, and not just any old agent, the man responsible for putting more bands on Damnation's incredible line-ups than anyone... Haydn Britland of NMC Live. Alcest, Mono, Sólstafir, The Ocean, Cult of Luna, Enslaved, Nordic Giants, Maybeshewill, Leprous, Ihsahn, Amenra, Talons, Ne Obliviscaris, Arabrot, Agent Fresco, O…
 
In Episode 24 Alan exercises his newly found mastery of the Russian Language! and lays out the new 12 point plan for the satellite communist state of Dublinistan. A satirical yet kinda serious look at Dublin under the strictest lockdown in all of Europe. He takes a look at the political timeshare mess the state finds itself in politically and then …
 
ArcTanGent and 2,000 Trees talent buyer, James Scarlett, opens up about the pressures of booking almost 300 bands each year for his festivals. Why won't Mogwai just say 'yes'? How realistic is it that we'll see The Mars Volta finally take the stage in Bristol? The challenges of booking a line-up for fans two decades younger than him... Puscifer's w…
 
Episode 23 is again a very special guest and also another videocast!! This time it's the enigmatic and reclusive Mat McNerney (Grave Pleasures/Hevvessel/ex Beastmilk/Dodhaimsgard/Code and more) who was more than kind to give me his thoughts and opinions on the current situation we are in, what it might mean for Artists and Art and how we can pull t…
 
Beating Covid-19, tour managing Machine Head, playing with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax in Czech Republic, Wes Scantlin's bus antics, silver service at Graspop vs dodgy meal tokens at Download, handling huge production for Red Hot Chilli Peppers, losing £20,000 on Drowning Pool and cops interrupting his "rock star moment" threesome. Test…
 
In Episode 22 Alan looks at the state of the Live Music Industry and who is trying to take to the stage and where, and what the future might look like. How can sub cultures survive the lockdown? as local bars and venues will surely go to the wall. He also examines why Ireland has the most strict lockdown, what the figures and science mean and how w…
 
Suicidal black metal shoegaze enigmas Ghostbath, of North Dakota, China, screech and howl about life on the road in the States vs Europe, making their UK debut on Bloodstock's main stage at 11am, headlining Damnation against Napalm Death, signing with a major label and not-so-major booking agency and having lyrics on the next 'nameless' record. Fro…
 
In Episode 21 Alan returns with a special guest! Andy Sneap is the current stand in guitar player for Glen Tipton in Judas Priest, ex played in both Hell and Sabbat and producer/engineer of metal albums from Accept to Exodus to Nevermore over two decades in the business! They discuss touring and playing in the 80s, the influence Sabbat had on the B…
 
Serena discusses the band's sudden departure from Holy Roar Records following allegations of serious sexual assault made against the label's owner. What's next for the album that is due to drop in just a couple of weeks, the uncertain immediate future for the band and how they digested the news along with the public in a stressful 24 hours. She als…
 
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