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May 14, 2021 36 min

Metal became part of culture and music’s fabric more than fifty years ago. Host Jon Wiederhorn dives into the dark, outrageous and sometimes raw world at what some call “the devil’s music.” Through never-before-heard audio, Wiederhorn takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the history of metal music to hear how the devil brings heaviness and intensity to the music. Hear wild conversations with Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, and Coven frontwoman Jinx Dawson, as well as exclusive tales from Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine and Bobby Liebling of Pentagram. This is Episode 1 of a 2-Episode arc.




Learn how Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Lynch was turned onto metal music by his brother.


Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares shares how the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s played a role in his teen years.


Exodus and Slayer member Gary Holt tells tales of blood brother rituals.


Coven frontwoman Jinx Dawson talks about how controversial the band was.


Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler reveals how the band’s interest in Ouija boards, tarot cards and black magic derived from curiosity.


Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling talks black arts, occult and Satanism.


Megadeath frontman Dave Mustaine shares what led to the song “The Conjuring.”


Backstaged: The Devil in Metal is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio.


This season is written and hosted by Jon Wiederhorn.


Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman.


Our Consulting Producer is Andrew Kalb.


Production assistance from Anita Okoye and our Social Media consultant is Stephen Tompkins.


The Instrumental guitar music is by Scott Waxman and editing by Chris Schreiner.


Clem Fandango is our Technical Producer and our Director of Marketing and Business

Development is Jacob Bronstein.


Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis. 


Special thanks to Oren Rosenbaum at UTA.


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