That's Not Metal

That's Not Metal

Your favourite rock & metal podcast bringing you all the latest news, opinions, honest reviews and laughs every Friday. 100% passion, 100% honesty, 100% of the time. Join us. @notmetalpod on Twitter & Instagram. Come join the discussion with a likeminded community of music fans on the That's Not Metal Facebook Focus Group


September 30, 2022 80 min
One more massive record this month comes from Slipknot with this week's Hyperblasts holding our review of The End, So Far, the record that sees the band double down on dark experimentation and churning gloom for the discerning maggots.

Gaerea - Mirage
KEN Mode - Null
Daufødt - Aromaterapi
Kid Kapichi - Here’s What You Could Have Won
Stratovarius - Survive
Venom Inc. - There’s Only Black
Razor - Cycle of Contempt
Frayle - Skin ...
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It's the review motherlode from 2022's biggest month, with Parkway Drive, The Callous Daoboys, Megadeth, Behemoth, Clutch, Electric Callboy, Sumerlands, and The Wonder Years albums giving us disagreements, ethical discussions, huge tunes, and "ready spaghetti".

Parkway Drive 28:20
The Callous Daoboys 1:04:45
Megadeth 1:25:17
Behemoth 1:49:50
Clutch 2:19:25
Electric Callboy 2:32:11
Sumerlands 2:56:37
The Wonder Years 3:08:57
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September 20, 2022 138 min
For March Album Clubs, time thaws on Judas Priest's poptastic Turbo, doesn't on The Rasmus' school disco goth with Dead Letters, there's Turbonegro's Scandipunk watershed Apocalypse Dudes, and Celtic Frost make metal's most revolutionary ever statement with Into the Pandemonium.

This episode was originally published March 2022 on
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September 16, 2022 59 min
A bumper live reviews pack checks out Machine Head and Amon Amarth's Vikings & Lionhearts tour, Blood Command, and The Xcerts, as well as a consideration of the reviewer mindset, and The Black Dahlia Murder looking to continue on.

Behemoth - Opvs Contra Natvrum
Clutch - Sunrise On Slaughter Beach
The Mars Volta - The Mars Volta
Sumerlands - Dreamkiller
No Devotion - No Oblivion
Blaqk Audio - Trop d’amour
Death Cab for Cut...
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September 9, 2022 46 min
Sam joined Perran for an impromptu weekend at the first and last UK Deathfest, in a week that also saw the first Taylor Hawkins tribute show, Fat Mike hinting that NOFX will be calling it quits, and Darkthrone continually topping their own album announcements like the kings they are.

Parkway Drive - Darker Still
Ozzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9
Stray From the Path - Euthanasia
Bloodbath - Survival of the Sickest
Revocation - Ne...
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This week's Hyperblasts holds the much heralded review of Muse's further dive into lunacy Will of the People. Conversely there is the much more serious and important discussion around the news concerning Neurosis this week.

Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying… and the Dead!
Blind Guardian - The God Machine
The Callous Daoboys - Celebrity Therapist
Miss May I - Curse of Existence
156/Silence - Narrative
Vermin Womb - Retaliati...
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Some big summer album reviews with the massive return of Machine Head, The Interrupters, a melodeath barrage with Amon Amarth, The Halo Effect, and Arch Enemy, Sigh, and Thoughtcrimes, as well a new Botch song after 20 years that people were very normal about.

Machine Head 26:42
The Interrupters 55:06
Amon Amarth 1:11:23
The Halo Effect 1:31:50
Arch Enemy 1:41:30
Sigh 1:52:41
Thoughtcrimes 2:06:03
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August 24, 2022 123 min
Album Club Pack returns for Round 2, landing a hard rocking grunge classic in Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, The Defiled's independent industrial metalcore debut Grave Times, a 2010s alt rock cornerstone in Basement's Colourmeinkindness, and an extreme metal Valentine's Day special on Bloodbath's Nightmares Made Flesh.

This episode was originally published February 2022 on
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August 22, 2022 154 min
A lot later than intended due to the small matter of needing a whole new microphone, but finally the That's Not Metal review of Bloodstock Festival 2022 is here! Perran is joined by Elliot Paisley to talk the UK heavy metal event headlined by Behemoth, Mercyful Fate, and Lamb of God.
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August 12, 2022 33 min
The first new music from Fugitive featuring members of Power Trip and Creeping Death is here, with Ozzy and Iommi appearing at the Commonwealth games, and trying to reach for what are the worst albums we still secretly love.

Arch Enemy - Deceivers
The Halo Effect - Days of the Lost
Norma Jean - Deathrattle Sing for Me
Hollywood Undead - Hotel Kalifornia
Boris - Heavy Rocks
Locrian - New Catastrophisms
AEIR - A Frith Befouled
Acid ...
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August 5, 2022 45 min
There's festival news around the world from Music Midtown's gun-caused cancellation to theorising on the identity of Bloodstock's first ever secret band, picking what bands would be on a TNM tour in 2022, and we cast our eyes over the clues that suggest Botch might actually be reuniting after all. If they're not trolling.

The Interrupters - In the Wild
Amon Amarth - The Great Heathen Army
Soulfly - Totem
Dub Wa...
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August 2, 2022 104 min
On the eve of their new album release we're joined by Cammie Gilbert of Oceans of Slumber to talk about Louisiana sludge, classic Seattle, turbulent Americana and Scandinavian folk-pop.

Agents of Oblivion - Agents of Oblivion

Alice In Chains - Dirt

Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral

Soundgarden - Superunknown

The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

Eivør - Slør

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July 29, 2022 29 min
A heavy rock band are actually up for the Mercury Music Prize for once, we pick the best riffs of 2022 and the best songs to test your headphones with, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are back at it again.

Ithaca - They Fear Us
Dune Rats - Real Rare Whale
Stick to Your Guns - Spectre
Bastions - Majestic Desolation
Dance Gavin Dance - Jackpot Juicer
Beach Rats - Rat Beat
Unwritten Law - The Hum
Anberlin - Silverline
Funeral Chic - Rom...
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July 22, 2022 56 min
It's time for one of modern metal's great traditions, the lowdown on a full new Slipknot era with reactions to new album, new songs and new masks. There's also a contentious new A Day to Remember single coming out of the You're Welcome cycle, as well as heavy discussion on what rising ticket prices at Download Festival could mean, and remembrance of one of heavy metal's great modern painters Mariusz Lewandowski.

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July 19, 2022 150 min
Album Club has a brand new home, giving you a month's worth of classic records in one swoop as our first episode positions Enter Shikari's A Flash Flood of Colour as the springboard for their next ten years, unearths Porcupine Tree's information age prog dystopia Fear of a Blank Planet, considers the untapped potential of Black Peaks' All That Divides, and tries to do justice to the profound heartbreaker that is Woo...
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July 15, 2022 178 min
Incredibly dense and rich albums populate reviews with a returning Porcupine Tree, Conjurer, Greg Puciato, Ithaca, Imperial Triumphant, Blood Command, Wormrot, and Oceans of Slumber, but news that Pantera are "reuniting" seems maddest of all.

Porcupine Tree 38:16
Conjurer 56:05
Greg Puciato 1:18:49
Ithaca 1:32:35
Imperial Triumphant 1:46:25
Blood Command 2:07:12
Wormrot 2:26:20
Oceans of Slumber 2:44:10
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July 8, 2022 37 min
Having made Kate Bush the most popular artist on planet Earth, we talk about the Stranger Things train lifting Metallica's Master of Puppets to similar heights, as well as the best metalhead character in popular media in years.

Wormrot - Hiss
Vomit Forth - Seething Malevolence
Altars - Ascetic Reflection
Blind Channel - Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous
The Machinist - All is Not Well
Telekinetic Yeti - Primordial
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This week's Hyperblasts also sees a full review of last weekend's Outbreak Festival, where an arena-sized crowd signed mosh waivers to leap off stages for the likes of Turnstile, Knocked Loose, Deafheaven, & in what turned out to be a landmark year.

Conjurer - Páthos
Greg Puciato - Mirrorcell
Blood Command - Praise Armageddonism
Municipal Waste - Electrified Brain
Shinedown - Planet Zero
Frayle - Skin & S...
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June 24, 2022 48 min
Reports from the first Nine Inch Nails UK shows in 4 years as well as SeeYouSpaceCowboy..., the first new music in a decade from The Mars Volta, new Megadeth, and a surprise Spiritbox banger heading up a wealth of new music, and one of the most overwhelming release weeks of the year.

Alexisonfire - Otherness
Coheed & Cambria - Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind
Final Light - Final Light
Nervus - The Evil One
Porcupine Tr...
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Perran and Mark consider the news of a four day Download next year, the loss of The Pit/Lock Up stage at Reading & Leeds, the pros and cons of growling kids on talent shows, and a bunch of new tracks including a return to form In Flames and Steve Aoki putting his fingers in some rock music pies again.

D.R.U.G.S. - Destroy Rebuild
Lit - Tastes Like Gold
Nova Twins - Supernova
Civil War - Invaders
Esoctrilihum - Consecration ...
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