Even over a phone line from California, Throwdown frontman Dave Peters is a formidable presence, and during Noisecreep's podcast interview, he took command the same way he does when he's onstage, clutching a mike, sweat pouring down contorted face and tattooed sleeves.

He wasn't all intensity and rage, however. In fact, he actually sounded amiable and captivating as he discussed the issues with mortality that led to the darkness of the band's sixth studio album, 'Deathless,' the reasons he has distanced himself more from hardcore over the years and his fascination with fans who pretend to sing along with songs they've never heard before.

Joining Peters on this week's podcast were moderator and Revolver senior writer Jon Wiederhorn, Noisecreep news guy Chris Harris and Noisecreep head writer Amy Sciarretto. The podcast took place the day of a major ticker-tape parade in downtown Manhattan to celebrate the 27th World Series victory for the New York Yankees, and after praising the accomplishments of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and teammates (hey, if Fox baseball commentator Joe Buck can talk about Pearl Jam on air, we can chat for a bit about the Bronx Bombers), the panel dug into the week's news and album releases.

In our news segment, we talked about WWE Wrestler Hulk Hogan's revelation that back in 1986 he wanted to try out for the bass position in Metallica that eventually went to Jason Newsted. More shockingly, we talked about ex-Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello's former life as a Los Angeles stripper and the moment he and his bandmates dropped trou at Lollapalooza one year to protest the PMRC. In addition, the panel discussed System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan's Halloween party jam together, Hypocrisy and Ex Deo being unable to get into the country due to visa issues and details on the continuing search for missing Metallica fan Morgan Harrington.

Albums discussed this week included the remastered and souped-up reissue of Anthrax's classic album 'Among the Living,' the eclectic and epilepsy-inducing Coalesce seven-track 'OX' EP, and Gaza's terrifying sludge-grind noisefest 'He Is Never Coming Back.' We also told the tale of obscure Swedish death metal band Nirvana 2002 and the release of their retrospective 'Recordings 89-02.'

Also during the artist segment, Peters talked about the similarities between recording an album and getting a tattoo, the departure of Throwdown drummer Ben Dussault and the addition of touring drummer Lance Garvin (Living Sacrifice).

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