The Metal Hammer Podcast

The Metal Hammer Podcast

Exclusive interviews, the essential album reviews and the biggest issues affecting metal courtesy of Team Hammer and guests

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February 16, 2022 74 min
We're feeling nostalgic on this week's show, so we thought we'd take a trip back twenty whole years to 2002! Merl and Steve discuss what was a unique and rather transitional year for heavy music - nu metal had peaked, the metalcore and emo explosions hadn't properly begun yet, and few metal heavyweights released brand new studio albums. And yet, there was still some cracking music, so the lads both picked their five...
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And the big releases keep coming! Merl and Steve sift through some absolute bangers this week as we discuss whether the new Zeal & Ardor album has brought Manuel Gagneux's vision to new heights, whether Cult Of Luna's The Long Road North is up to their usual impeccable standards, how Amorphis have proved they're folk metal's most reliable band with Halo and why Bloodywood may have just dropped the funnest album ...
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It's the first of what we can safely assume is going to be a large number of absolutely stacked review round-ups for 2022! Merl and Steve get stuck into new Korn album Requiem and discuss why sometimes less is more (and why, all these years later, no one does Korn like Korn); we also heap praise on what is surely the best metal album of 2022 so far in Venom Prison's masterful new opus, Erebos; we rate the new Rolo Tomassi r...
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January 27, 2022 45 min
It's finally here! Part 2 of our big 2022 preview has arrived, and on this week's show Merl and El answer all your burning questions about the year ahead. Questions such as: will touring really come back to life this year? What are the best festival lineups of the year? Why can't anyone clash with Iron Maiden at Download? And what's gonna be the Metal Hammer album of 2022?!

We also discuss the When We Were Young Fest...
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January 20, 2022 52 min
With everyone upset by the untimely and, let's be honest, pretty messy demise of Every Time I Die, we decided to push Part 2 of our 2022 Preview to next week and instead have Merl and Steve pay tribute to the career, influence and legacy of one of modern heavy music's very greatest bands.

From debut album Last Night In Town setting them up as one of the more promising hardcore bands on the early 00s scene; to their embracing...
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January 13, 2022 46 min
Happy New Year! Merl and El kick off 2022 with a preview of the year ahead - and what a massive year it's shaping up to be.

Did Avenged Sevenfold's comments about Kanye West give us any clues on their new music? Will we really get new Slipknot and Rammstein albums this year? Who else is in the studio that has us excited? And what does the future of festivals like Download, Arctangent and Reading and Leeds look like?

Get the l...
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December 21, 2021 109 min
It's the FINAL final episode of 2021! Merl, El, Jonathan and Steve analyse numbers 10-1 on the Metal Hammer 2021 Critics Poll, and hand out some fun end of year awards.

Did Gojira's majestic Fortitude merit a runaway victory? Did Trivum make the best album of their career with In The Court Of The Dragon? Was Limp Bizkit's triumphant return the comeback of the year? And where the hell did Merl find those corny sound effec...
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December 15, 2021 62 min
The Podcast so big they had to cut it in two! Our huge look back at the last twelve months in metal has arrived as Merl, El, Jonathan and Steve dissect the Metal Hammer 2021 Critics Poll, discussing the first half of the magazine's official top 20 albums of the year.

With heavyweight releases from the likes of Wardruna, Helloween, At The Gates, Sleep Token, Architects and more making it into numbers 20-11, it's clearly been ...
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It's the final Reader Q+A of the year! Merl and El tackle questions about their favourite recent memories at Metal Hammer, who they'd want to get in a Metallica Secret Santa, the best metal band of the 21st century, what surprised them most about metal in 2021, whether the world is becoming more metal and much more.

Order the latest issue of Metal Hammer at bit.ly/BUYHAMMER
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December 2, 2021 43 min
Tetrarch guitarist Diamond Rowe stops by the Metal Hammer Podcast! Merl and Diamond discuss her journey to becoming a modern day guitar hero, what it was like growing up in Atlanta as a metal fan, the amazing circumstances that saw Tetrarch support Avenged Sevenfold in their early days, how they're channelling nu metal for a new generation and why nu metal is getting so much love again, what she thinks of the new Limp Bizkit al...
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November 25, 2021 72 min
In honour of our latest issue celebrating 40 years of Metallica, Merl and Steve build their dream Metallica setlists! Having both been lucky enough to see Metallica many times over the years, the lads each attempt to craft the perfect, 16-song set comprising of rare cuts they're yet to see live, fan favourites that can't be ignored, underrated bangers and even a few covers. And yes, there's a lot of Load love in there. ...
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November 18, 2021 31 min
It's a big one this week as we're joined by WWE legend, Hall Of Famer and 11-time world champion, Adam 'Edge' Copeland! The Rated R Superstar is a Metallica mega-fan and was one of the 40 people we interviewed for our special 40 Years Of Metallica issue that's out right now!

As well as talking through his lifelong Metallica fandom, including the bizarre way he ended up getting into the band, what he thought of t...
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November 11, 2021 59 min
This week, El chats to Tom Dare of the Hell Bent For Metal Podcast, the LGBTQ+ heavy metal podcast that looks at metal from a queer perspective and offers a platform for the metal scene's LGBTQ+ community. Tom talks about his experiences coming out as a gay man in the metal scene, why he felt the need to start Hell Bent For Metal, why we need to continue holding problematic attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community to ...
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Merl reviews a wondrous night seeing Biffy Clyro play an intimate show at the London Forum as he celebrates his first gig for 18 months, plus he and El review some huge new releases in the metal world. Have Limp Bizkit justified the ten-year wait for a new album with Still Sucks? Does the Bullet For My Valentine album really live up to the hype of being their heaviest ever? How has Whitechapel's evolution continued with Kin? We...
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We're in the mood for Halloween, so who better to get us hyped than the scariest wrestler in the world today, Malaki Black?! The AEW star talks about his fascinating career so far, his lifelong relationship with heavy and extreme music, how mysterious Belgian metallers Amenra ended up doing his AEW theme song, how occult symbolism has influenced his character, his favourite horror movies, whether he'd like AEW to work more ...
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Merl, El and Jonathan run through some of the biggest new albums out in recent weeks. Have Mastodon managed to pull off their first ever double album with Hushed And Grim? Is Cradle Of Filth's great run of form still going with Existence Is Futile? Did Sleep Token match the hype with This Place Will Become Your Tomb? And there's a quick take on the explosive new Every Time I Die album, Radical.

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It's the first ever KILLSTAR Fan Q+A Takeover on the Metal Hammer Podcast as Ice Nine Kills frontman and horror fanatic Spencer Charnas faces questions from some of the biggest Ice Nine Kills fans in the world! Spencer discusses the new Ice Nine Kills album The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood, which horror icons he admires the most (and which he's spend 24 hours with if he has to), his guiltiest playlist pleasure...
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Merl and Steve take a deep dive into the brand new Trivium album, In The Court Of The Dragon! We discuss how it compares to their incredible modern run of The Sin And The Sentence and What The Dead Men Say, how Matt Heafy's vocals have developed over time and got him into the form of his life, how Alex Bent's unbelievable drumming has helped transform the band, why Trivium stand apart from all their peers from the mid-00s m...
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El, Jonathan and Steve answer your questions! We discuss whether metal personalities will ever get on mainstream TV again, why metal from Latin America doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and the evolution of Download and Bloodstock. We also cover some of the most important issues of 2021: which breeds of dog are most metal, and what’s the most metal condiment?
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Merl, El and Jonathan cast their ears over an insanely busy couple of weeks for great albums! We discuss whether Spiritbox's much-anticipated debut album Eternal Blue lives up to the hype; why Employed To Serve may have just made the album of their career with Conquering; how Carcass managed to out-do half the death metal scene once again with Torn Arteries; why the sky's the limit for Unto Others thanks to immense new albu...
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