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Ryan Rainbro, star of stage & screen, is joined by a friend to discuss one album in the history of RoadRunner Records chronologically. Find out how your favorite classics or unknown gems fit in the label's canon or informs music today!


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Ryan Rainbro, star of stage & screen, is joined by a friend to discuss one album in the history of RoadRunner Records chronologically. Find out how your favorite classics or unknown gems fit in the label's canon or informs music today!






Machine Head - Through the Ashes of Empires (2003) [w/ Phil Demmel]

NO MEEPING REGRETS!!! It's often said all men think about is tha Roman Empire but in truth, all anybody is ever thinking about is Machine Head's 5th full length album "Through the Ashes of Empires" released on Roadrunner Records. On this episode, king of guitar Phil Demmel takes us through joining Machine Head, collaborating on these songs, recording this landmark album, and subsequent tours that followed in this truly incredible and important time in music and his life. Hear him now, words he vows... on an all new Meep Meep streaming everywhere!!!


Deicide - Serpents of the Light (1997) [w/ Scott Burns, Producer]

MEEPSTERS OV HABIT This episode we're joined by legendary Meepster and producer Scott Burns who produced seminal records by all your favorites including Obituary, Suffocation, Sepultura and even Deicide. We talk about those in addition to lesser-known work with Gravity Kills, his final Roadrunner album "Serpents of the Light", and the new book about his career with author David Gehlke!


To My Surprise - To My Surprise (2003) [w/ Brandon Darner of To My Surprise]

GET MEEP TO GO. Oh sorry...I didn't mean to startle you but we're talking about the 2003 album by tha band To My Surprise, 20 years after it's release. To My Surprise is a fascinating, although be it short lived, project, probably most known for being the side project of Slipknot mastermind and percussionist Shawn Crahan who not only thought it was fun to create with Crayola...but also with renowned producer and former owner of Smokey Mountain Wrestling... RICK RUBIN. That's right, this self titled album was produced by Rick and would be the first time these two would work together, pre-dating even Slipknot's Volume 3 record which Rick also helmed. Shawn was not alone however; Early Slipknot member and current successful producer in his own right, Brandon Darner, was the Crahan Collaborator for this opus and would help it sound like nothing else Slipknot or any of their off-shoots ever created and that's who we're talking to on this very special episode. Brandon tells us all about his relationship with Shawn, tha idea for the band, making tha album with Rick Rubin, his band tha Envy Corps and even early days with Slipknot playing with THE URGE. All this and nothing else on an all new Meep Meep!


Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone (2008) [w/ producer Dave Fortman of Ugly Kid Joe]

I. MEEPED. MY. TIME. 15 years ago Slipknot released their BEST (???) album and tha final one with tha lineup considered classic: All Hope Is Gone. Producer Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne) of Ugly Kid Joe riffage was brought in to continue tha career of tha Nine and found himself in tha middle of a war while half tha band worked on a separate album simultaneously of what we refer to now as "Look Outside Your Window." Tha results? A timeless classic and end of an era and you can hear all about it NOW!!!


Misfits - Famous Monsters (1999) [w/ Michale Graves of the Misfits]

Famous MEEPSTERS! In 1999, Misfits released their Roadrunner debut and 2nd LP with a reborn line-up entitled FAMOUS MONSTERS. Infamous Monster himself Michale Graves himself tells us about how approaching this album differed from "American Psycho", his time in World Championship Wrestling, working with horror icon George A. Romero, hanging with Dark Carnival royalty Insane Clown Posse, and collaborating with Matt Heafy of Trivium for tha legendary ROADRUNNER UNITED! No need to cut off your arms or your legs, you can still love Meep anyway streaming NOW!!!


Fear Factory - Obsolete (1998) [w/ Burton C. Bell and Madchild of Swollen Members]

THIS... IS... OBSOLMEEP!⁣ ⁣ 25 years ago Fear Factory released their possibly perfect follow up to their defining work, "Demanufacture" in tha form of a GOLD SELLING dystopian concept album of banger after banger called OBSOLETE...or "°BSΩLE+e" if you're annoying.⁣ ⁣ Burton C. Bell, tha voice of Fear Factory for over 30 years, tells us everything from expectations going in, revelations coming out, and unlikely inspirations in between. ⁣ ⁣ We're also blessed by a cameo from Madchild, formerly of Swollen Members, who helped form one of FF's most iconic tracks. ⁣ ⁣ All this and NOTHING ELSE on an all new Meep Meep streaming NOW!!! ⁣


The Spider-Man Soundtrack (2002) [w/ Andy Ellis of Black Lab]

On this exciting conclusion to SPIDER-MANIA which began on episodes with Josey Scott about tha song "HERO" and Cone from Sum 41 on "What We're All About", your host Ryan Rainbro (star of HBO's Righteous Gemstones) takes you through every remaining song on this soundtrack, karaokes a couple of them, explains how ringtones work and who Default is, and expands on Corey Taylor's headgear choices over tha years. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! Andy Ellis of tha band Black Lab tells us all about their song on tha soundtrack and tha crazy Aerosmith-related story as to how it went from being tha lead track off tha record to never even released as a single. Also! Is Tobey Maguire tha same person as Jerry Maguire?! There's only one or two ways to find out but this one involves Jerry Cantrell!


Elephant Gun - Elephant Gun (1998) [w/ Sean Dennis of Elephant Gun]

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY HAD GUNS IN AUSTRALIA! We once again down under to Australia with Elephant Gun and their debut EP on Roadrunner Records they released after only THREE SHOWS. Hear about how tha band got signed, changed their name, recorded their debut EP and LP, and what they're doing today! No elephants were harmed in tha making of this episode.


Jupiter Coyote - Here Be Dragons (1998) [w/ Matt Mayes of Jupiter Coyote]

HERE MEEP DRAGONS In 1998, southeast road dogs Jupiter Coyote released their 5th album but first on Roadrunner called "Here Be Dragons" - Coyote with Roadrunner seems like a match made in Acme Acres! But an anvil wasn't tha only thing to drop. Band frontman Matt Mayes tells us about starting their own label, helping Sister Hazel start their career, getting a timely guest spot from Edwin McCain, tha songs on tha album, and heartbreak of being an Atlanta Hawks fan. ROLL WITH IT!


Star Star - The Love Drag Years (1992) [w/ Johnnie Holliday of Star Star]

STAR STAR MEEP MEEP On this episode we're going back to NINETEEN NINETY TWO with an album that pre-dates all of tha false cries that Roadrunner had suddenly moved away from their metal roots. You see, tha same year that RR would release THE END COMPLETE by Obituary, LEGION by Deicide, and SOUL of a NEW MACHINE by Fear Factory among plenty more examples they would also put out an album by a band called STAR STAR entitled tha LOVE DRAG YEARS and Star Star was many things but... decidedly not death metal. What many may not realize is Roadrunner never wanted to be a death metal boutique label and from tha very beginning they were trying out various things searching for great bands that could sell records. So enter Star Star, a 90s band with an 80s sound influenced by the 70s. The Love Drag Years was full of catchy anthems that would have fit in with the sleaze of Motley Crue more than the sludge of Suffocation. The formation of this band and making of this album is a pretty wild ride but luckily we had a guide in frontman and main member Johnnie Holiday, who takes us from New York to LA and back again...


Make Them Suffer - Neverbloom (2012) [w/ Sean Harmanis of Make Them Suffer]

MEEP THEM SUFFER On this episode we celebrate a milestone or in this case... a kilometerstone because we're dicussing 10 years of Australia's Make Them Suffer releasing their debut full length album NEVERBLOOM on Roadrunner Records. Make Them Suffer's story of landing on the big bird is a unique one as they were potentially the only successful use of a system used at the time called SIGN ME TO ROADRUNNER which was a website unsigned bands would upload their demos to in hopes of getting a record deal! Vocalist Sean Harmanis takes us through the band's origins and their process through making this album, the local scene they experienced in Perth, Studio Ghibli movies influencing his writing process, the use of keyboards in their songs, their first tour being exclusively by public transportation, and the natural evolution of their sound to the MTS of today. And if you love this album already or are psyched to jam it after hearing it's biography, it has recently been remastered and re-issued on streaming platforms everywhere and on vinyl for tha first time through Greyscale Records! full color.


Shinedown - Amaryllis (2012) [w/ Brent Smith of Shinedown]

2022 is tha 10 year anniversary of Shinedown's album "Amaryllis" released in all territories outside of tha USA on Roadrunner Records. Amaryllis had tha pressure of following tha biggest Shinedown release to that point, SOUND OF MADNESS, and also was on a new label home of Roadrunner. It produced some of tha best received songs in tha band's live catalog and seems to have grown fonder in their fan's eyes through time, but not without plenty of hurdles to get it there! Brent Smith of Shinedown takes us through a journey of getting to this album, making it, and all tha lessons along tha way!


First Blood - Killafornia (2006) [w/ Carl Schwartz of First Blood]

THEY DREW FIRST BLOOD NOT FRIGGIN' MEEP. ⁣ ⁣ New for Mega Meepsters is a look at First Blood's debut LP, "KILLAFORNIA" and is that a cool name for an album?⁣ ⁣ Lead blood tracer himself Carl Schwartz tells us what he thinks plus tha early formation of FB, inspirations musically & lyrically, as well as his connection to tha Roadrunner catalog!⁣


Brother's Keeper - Fantasy Killer (2001) [w/ Mike Ski of Brother's Keeper]

Brother's Meeper. LIVING WITH A POD COMPLEX ⁣ ⁣ Exploring albums on Trustkill Records ̶d̶i̶s̶t̶r̶i̶b̶u̶t̶e̶d̶ by [former employees of] Roadrunner.⁣ ⁣ BROTHER'S KEEPER released their final LP "Fantasy Killer" in 2001 produced by Brian McTernan with songwriting by Stretch Arm Strong, vocals by Mike DC, and artwork by Shepard Fairey! ⁣ ⁣ Mike Ski of Bros Keep designed for Blue Grape / RR which you may remember from our EARTH CRISIS episode but this time he tells us about writing one of my favorite hardcore albums and tha legacy of these Erie PA Pioneers.⁣ ⁣


Both Worlds - Memory Rendered Visible (1998) [w/ John "Bloodclot" Joseph]

Meepery Rendered Visible. That one's too easy. In tha late 90s, ex-Cro Mags frontman John Joseph teamed up with AJ Novello, Eddie Coen, and Pokey from Leeway and formed Both Worlds. They put out one EP and one album, a full length on Roadrunner Records in 1998 with guest Meepsters Mina Caputo of Life of Agony and Derrick Green of Sepultura. It rocks. Fast forward 20+ years later and John is still surrounded by Meep with his current band Bloodclot in former bassist Manny from Glassjaw, current bassist Christian from Fear Factory, and producer Laz of ill Nino. Memory Rendered Visible is an awesome album that if you're aware of you'll be excited to hear more about and if you didn't know, we're gonna smarten you up to tha business kid!


DevilDriver - Beast (2011) [w/ John Boecklin of DevilDriver / Bad Wolves]

MEEPS MODE!...⁣ ⁣ Get it? HEY! On this episode we kick ROCKtober off spooky style once again with tha Satanic Chauffers, DEVILDRIVER, and their 2011 album BEAST!⁣ ⁣ This episode we are joined with multi-talented mastermind and key member of the DD legacy JOHN BOECKLIN who currently spends his time at the top of the charts and in stadiums with the band BAD WOLVES but was kind enough to tell us all about:⁣ ⁣ Working with Mark Lewis on Beast, what influenced tha sound of it, touring with Arch Enemy, that one Agony Scene album he did, tha best of times, tha worst of times, and slang of 2011.⁣ ⁣ Is Beast your favorite DevilDriver album? Is Beast your favorite X-Men character?⁣ They had Frasier play him.⁣


Sum 41 - It's What We're All About (2002) [w/ Cone McCaslin of Sum 41]

With great power meeps great responsibility... And this episode is hanging upside down with rock as we websling through Sum 41's 2002 single for the Spider-Man soundtrack "It's What We're All About"! Sum 41 bassist Cone tells us about working with Rick Rubin on the song, working with Kerry King in the video, LITERALLY PLAYING UPSIDE DOWN, and even collaborating with Ludacris! We also talk about other movie placements like Bring It On and how Sum 41 single handedly saved the movie Zoolander! All this and NOTHING ELSE on an all new MEEP MEEP!


Bleeding Through - The Truth (2006) [w/ Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through]

Living With a Pod Complex: Exploring albums released by Trustkill Records that were distributed by Roadrunner. Join Brandan and I at the Coconut Banger's Ball where we discuss tha making of Bleeding Through's 2006 album "The Truth", tha state of metalcore at tha time of its' release, eye shadow, and Killswitch Engage.


Still Remains - The Serpent (2007) [w/ TJ Miller of Still Remains]

DANCING WITH THE ENEMEEP!⁣ ⁣ Not bad. Hey 15 years ago this week, Still Remains unhinged their jaw on their 2nd & final album on Roadrunner entitled “THE SERPENT.”⁣ ⁣ Following 2005’s “Of Love & Lunacy”, tha band had a different sound that was the result of personnel changes, sonic evolution and possibly Sonic the Hedgehog.⁣ ⁣ Vocalist TJ Miller tells us about what led up to this record, recording with Steve Evetts versus GGGarth Richardson, that cool EGG on tha cover, and most importantly: top tunes from Mariah Carey’s catalog.⁣ ⁣ It’s all streaming NOW on an all new MEEP MEEP!⁣ ⁣ Slithery.


DevilDriver - The Last Kind Words (2007) [w/ Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver]

MEEPS OVER CALIFORNIA. 15 years ago this week, July 31 of 2007, DevilDriver released their 3rd album THE LAST KIND WORDS, which was a pivotal moment in their career. They were coming off tha good will of THE FURY OF OUR MAKER’S HAND which has distanced themselves from tha shadow of their self-titled debut and larger than life frontman, Dez Fafara, who had already enjoyed success in Coal Chamber. Now it was DevilDriver’s turn establish what they were and would go on to be! Guitarist then-and-now Mike Spreitzer tells us about tha headspace going into it, conflicts during it, working with producer Jason Suecof, Ozzfest, & where The Last Kind Words falls into DevilDriver's canon today. So hop into tha motorcycle sidecar with Beelzebub & his chaperone, because this one is STREAMING NOW!!!