The Rockstar Superhero Podcast

The Rockstar Superhero Podcast

The Rockstar Superhero Podcast examines the personal lives and creative careers of your favorite classic rock artists. We are obsessed with understanding the inner workings of the music business and all that it takes to remain in the public eye for as long as possible. Join us as we pursue conversations with legends and legends in the making.

Episodes

July 26, 2021 30 min
Thyrfing is a legendary Swedish metal band, and they have created something new. After decades of performing various versions of their catalog as well as keeping the Norse myths alive in full force, Thyrfing has made a significant change.

There are new members and new sounds. New tales are being told. New webs are being spun. The sagas and the mythology remain but the sound is fresh. Check out the new record, Vanagandr, and enjoy ...
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Artists are known far and wide as being unintentional narcissists. To be fair, I include myself in this definition, as I'm a creative as well. When I heard I was going to be interviewing Jason Blake from Aziola Cry, I was worried because I loved the music so much that I feared all I would do is make it clear that if their drummer ever died in a bizarre gardening accident, that I'd be the perfect fit to replace him.

Fortuna...
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I've spent the past few days trying to figure out the appropriate words to describe Frontierer, the band, the music, and these 2 souls, Pedram and Calum. Given that it's taken me so long to form my words might give you insight into exactly what makes Frontierer so epic.

If you listen to the radio, or love traditional pop music, there's an extremely good chance you have never heard of them or would even care to. Howeve...
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Matt Flood and Chris McIntosh are 2 of the 5 members of Caskets, a musical force of nature from Leeds in the UK.

I had the opportunity to connect with these kind guys as they are starting the promotional rollout for their major label debut on Sharp Tone Records. The new record, Lost Souls, drops on August 13th and I admit I'm pretty excited about it.

The guys were super cool, put up with all my fanboy action, and gave you, the ...
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His name is Davidavi Dolev, but you can call him "Vidi," and his band is Subterranean Masquerade. Wow is the word.

I don't know if I've ever had a more intimate conversation and the honor was all mine. Vidi lives in Israel, and like life in that torn country, there is a great dissonance hidden inside. What sets Vidi apart is his ability to speak truth and meaning into every day trauma. This catharsis allows him to...
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Yawn has created a new thing. Yes, it's common to say this about a band you love or are inspired by, but oftentimes, there is little truth to the statement. However, Yawn have made something unlike anything else in music. I have to admit that I didn't know what to ask the guys even though I wrote a number of questions down because I just wanted to hang out with these curious strangers.

And hang out, we did. I'm als...
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Kayhan Vaziri, of the band Yautja, is such an intriguing man. Well spoken, purposeful, and lacking snark, my conversation with Kayhan was exactly like I'd hoped it would be. His mind-blowingly heavy band, Yautja, is currently riding a singular wave that he and his band mates have crafted.

When I first heard Yautja, I wasn't so sure it was my jam, but as I'd mentioned to Kayhan, within a few moments, coupled with the ri...
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So, here's a twist. Tom and Seth from Weston Super Maim and yours truly has struck up an interesting new friendship, seemingly out of the blue. I can't tell you why, but these 2 guys are just what my heart and ears needed, when I probably didn't think I did. How does it happen that two completely different men on two different continents would jive with weird little me? Well, it happened.

So, here's the other par...
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Billy Cobham's existence is one of the few reasons I play drums at the level I do. His surprise appearance in my life, at a key juncture in 1977, was an indirect influence on me, and gave my parents the go ahead to invest in their young, ambitious son. You'll hear that story today.

Bill, as he prefers to be called today, is a man full of energy. As he nears 80 years old, he still looks like he's in his 50's and act...
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There is nothing traditional about Gridfailure but it's still the greatest new thing I've heard in awhile. Forget the idea of songs. This is where chaos, tragedy, happiness, joy and insanity all meet in a place built for the listener to escape the day to day aspect of living a so called normal life.

Gridfailure are made up of David Brenner and Mac Gollehon. When they're not creating nightmarish soundscapes, Dave runs E...
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I first heard Digital Negative in early May of this year. The music takes me back to a time when synthesizers had that new analog smell and to a world that didn't understand their impact until much later in the 90's.

Like its predecessors, Digital Negative is exactly what you'd expect: Angry throbbing dissonance, lyrics that question everything, and beats for days. Who knew this synthetic style of music would be so ...
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You probably know Eric Bazilian from the well known 80's group, the Hooters. Eric has played the biggest stages in the world, opening Live Aid in 1985, playing the huge Amnesty International gig in 1986, and even participating in Roger Waters epic 1990 performance of The Wall, at the site of the former Berlin Wall. Eric has seen it all.

So, why did Eric end up in Sweden, working with a plethora of different European artists an...
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Heli Andrea is unlike anyone I've ever met or heard.

Sure, you can hear certain aspects of other voices or styles in her , but it's impossible to deny that this incredible woman just does things in a different way.

Everything is different with her. Her style is understated. Her vocals are understated. Maybe that's not only her normalcy but when coupled with the complex music her band Mobius creates, perhaps it's ...
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Raphael Weinroth-Browne is an otherworldly talent in a universe of exceptional musicians.

Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Raphael discovered multiple genres of music through his parent's own musical influences. Almost immediately, Raphael knew what he had to do in his life and it involved the woody resonance of the cello, an instrument typically found in orchestral work.

Raphael had other plans.

I was thrilled to discover that Raph...
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Farhad Hossain is the creative force behind Shumaun, a DC area progressive rock band of epic power and ethereal melodies.

I discovered Shumaun through my relationship with Freeman promotions. Freeman works with a number of fantastic artists, and Shumaun is one such act.

As a songwriter, Farhad credits both his love for progressive rock bands like Rush and Dream Theater that preceded him in his creative journey, as well as songwriter...
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If you've listened to Vexed, the UK based deathcore band recently signed to Napalm records, chances are you think you know what you're in for and what kind of people you're listening to...and if there's anything I have learned, it's that appearances and certain sounds are deceiving.

Megan Targett, the singer of Vexed, is an intense person, but way more lover of people than initially appears. Sure, she's not ...
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Living in the United States presents difficulties when you're trying to find new music for inspiration. Oftentimes, I leaf through YouTube, watching some older favorites and the algorithm points me towards a band I might enjoy.

This happened again recently with a Danish band called VOLA. This band writes incredibly thoughtful, engaging melodic songs with complex rhythms that speak to the drummer in me.

Having reached out via soc...
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Mari Sandvær Kreken and Tor Egil Kreken are known to the world at large as Darling West, a Spellemannprisen award winning folk music duo from Oslo Norway. They have striking musical talent, writing soaring love songs of bittersweet power and heart tugging Lyrics. Their music is an amazing twist on Americana and Bluegrass.

An intensely personal and private couple, I was elated to be able to collect their thoughts on life and music fo...
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I fell in love with Oliver's music when I heard the dreamiest sounds around via an emotionally charged sonic masterpiece, Open Season, The song was written in collaboration with Jack Milas, his partner in the Australian duo HIGH HIGHS.

Oliver's music has evolved tremendously over the years, weaving in and out of the dream pop space into dance, techno, house, industrial and ultimately some of the most lovely vibey music aroun...
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Ghost Iris, the monstrous and brutal metalcore band from Denmark, has a unique human being as their vocalist.

Jesper Vicencio Gün is the singer of the band, all melody snarl and violence. The off stage version of Jesper is anything but intense. Quiet and kind, he clearly exhibits the exact reason metal music exists in the first place: It's an artistic style that one might exorcise one's demons and a place to find cathars...
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