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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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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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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September 16, 2021 113 min
We promised you we'd do it, and we're here to deliver. On this week's episode, Merl, El and Steve review every single track on Metallica's mammoth-sized Blacklist project. Yes, that's right: all 53 Black Album covers get rated and slated, including fresh takes on Metallica classics by Ghost, Miley Cyrus, Biffy Clyro, Rina Sawayama, Volbeat, The Hu, Royal Blood, Weezer, St Vincent, David Gahan, My Morning Jacket ...
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This week, Merl chats to Mike Schiff, director of upcoming mega-documentary The History Of Metal And Horror! Mike has spent years amassing one of the most impressive castlists ever as he talks to the likes of Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Anthrax's Scott Ian, the maestro of horror John Carpenter, Hellraiser legend Doug Bradley, Friday The 13th favourite Kane Hodder and many, m...
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The biggest metal album of 2021 has finally arrived, and it's time to go in deep. Merl and Jonathan dissect the 17th studio album from Iron Maiden, Senjutsu, discussing Maiden's journey over the past two decades and how it's led them to this point, why they're never going to be the band that smashes out 10 five-minute bangers, the best songs on the album, how The Writing On The Wall represents Maiden's most inte...
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August 26, 2021 51 min
It's one of the biggest Metal Hammer Podcast guests ever as Metallica legend Jason Newsted joins us for the very first time! Jason talks to Steve about some of the biggest moments of his career with Metallica, including his first reaction to hearing his (lack of) bass on ...And Justice For All, how Bob Rock helped to make him understand that less is more for The Black Album, how he feels about the fans' reaction to Metallic...
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August 19, 2021 110 min
Merl, Steve and Jonathan are back from Bloodstock Open Air 2021 and have just about recovered enough to give you the big review! We go deep on this year's immense bill and decide who stole the weekend, who underperformed (er, hardly anyone really) and who staked their claim as ones to watch in the future.

Featuring in-depth analysis of Judas Priest's blockbuster two-hour set - how had they never played One Shot At Glory befo...
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Bloodstock is BACK and we're excited about it! Merl and Steve run through the evolution of the festival since its humble beginnings in 2001, plus rake their mitts over this year's excellent lineup. Will Devin Townsend, Kreator or Judas Priest be the headliner of the weekend? Will While She Sleeps win over the Bloodstock crowd?…… Continue reading 176: The Ultimate Bloodstock 2021 Preview
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Merl and Steve tackle some questions from you lot - our lovely, loyal listeners! We discuss how new Iron Maiden album Senjutsu will affect their Legacy Of The Beast setlist, the upcoming gigs and festivals we're most excited about (bring on Bloodstock!), underrated musicians, the best five years for metal ever, instrumentals, cover bands, Crystal…… Continue reading 175: Q+A Special – Iron Maiden, Bloodstock hype, Crystal La...
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July 29, 2021 85 min
Merl, El and Steve react to the devastating news that Slipknot legend Joey Jordison has died at the age of 46. We discuss his amazing legacy with Slipknot, from standing out as an anomaly of a drummer in the nu metal era to becoming one of metal's most beloved figures. Plus, we chat about Murderdolls and what a bizarre left turn they were for him, his short-lived Scar The Martyr project, his acrimonious departure from Slipknot,...
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Merl and Steve dig into the latest issue of Metal Hammer - a huge celebration of 20 years of System Of A Down's classic second album, Toxicity! Oh, and we also have a similarly massive review round-up to dig into. As well as analysing new Iron Maiden single The Writing On The Wall, we cast our ears over Beartooth's Below album, analyse all the crazy experimentation from latest At The Gates album, The Nightmare Of Being, dis...
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