This shot of espresso isn’t of your regular, caffeinated variety. Not to spill the beans, but it’s a “Psycho Schizo Espresso.” Wahoo! An exploratory outburst featuring Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and Oxford University psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton. When the duo realized they shared numerous interests, they decided to embark on an intellectual, Indiana Jones-style journey and document their findings in a podcast to learn more and share with listeners.
The podcast’s eloquent description says it all: “If psychology was a country, then it would be the world’s top tourist destination bar none. It’s an enchanted territory with something for everyone: from aliens to drug lords, from serial killers to conspiracy theories.” And these are a handful of subjects we can expect from “Psycho Schizo Espresso” when traveling through topics with Bruce and Dr. Dutton this season.
Throughout the season, the hosts will psychoanalyze dead people, explore if psychopaths such as Hannibal Lecter and Patrick Bateman exist in real life, why ghosts appear more at night, and what theories tell us about society. Upcoming guests will include rock stars, athletes, scientists, thinkers, and soldiers as they delve into eternal questions with the hosts.
The first episode is titled “Decoding the Bible’s Deepest, Darkest Secret: 666 – The Number of the Beast,” and the hosts spoke with biblical scholar and Professor Steve Friesen from the University of Texas at Austin. They discussed theology, eschatology (a part of theology studying the end of humanity), and the Book of Revelation, where the number 666 appears in the Bible. Prof. Friesen spoke about empires, Roman imperial cults, and how the Nazi regime created real-world doomsday scenarios.
Prof. Friesen dove into heavy metal‘s satanic influence, conspiracies, and counter culture with Bruce and Dr. Dutton. They also discussed the Book of Job, and reviewed Revelation 12 and 13 where the number 666 is found. Prof. Friesen explains the number’s implications and how to decode the Number of the Beast.
Bruce discusses the influence satanic imagery has had in his songwriting and cites examples of how he takes well-known stories and twists the narrative to give people new perspectives and challenge their thought patterns.
In the Greek myth of Icarus, the son of craftsman Daedalus disobeys his father’s warnings and flies to his death. In the song, “The Flight of Icarus,” Bruce flipped the narrative into a story about pushy parenting. The second episode is a continuation of Bruce and Dr. Dutton’s discussion with Prof. Friesen. Prof. Friesen previously published the book, Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins.
Pod Prod’s “Psycho Schizo Espresso” will release new episodes every other Tuesday.