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That's Not Metal

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November 30, 2023 52 mins
News show close for 2023 with acknowledgement of the passing of Killing Joke's Geordie Walker, before turning to more new music from ex-Black Peaks members and Video Nasties, and some very exciting Glenn Danzig news.

Future Static - Liminality
Cruciamentum - Obsidian Refractions
Valdrin - Throne of the Lunar Soul
Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 3 - A Fullmoon Madness
Kvelgeyst - Blut, Milch und Thranen
Gnaw Their Tongues - The C...
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The final reviews bag of 2023 is a brilliant one, with loads of late year contenders: The Gaslight Anthem, Green Lung, Dying Wish, NOBRO, Autopsy, Wayfarer, Underdark, & Malokarpatan.

The Gaslight Anthem 24:45
Green Lung 50:42
Dying Wish 1:11:20
NOBRO 1:27:30
Autopsy 1:42:46
Wayfarer 2:02:52
Underdark 2:22:46
Malokarpatan 2:37:30
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When We Were Young pulls an insane choice, Slipknot drummer rumours abound, and live reports from Creeper and future Download headliners Queens of the Stone Age among others.

Dolly Parton - Rock Star
High Spirits - Safe on the Other Side
Racetraitor - Creation and the Timeless Order of Things
C.L.S.M. - Infinity Shit
Plaguemace - Reptilian Warlords
Foetal Juice - Grotesque
Sadus - The Shadow Inside
Aeturnus - Philosopher
King - Fur...
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November 13, 2023 184 mins
We were fully back on the ground for this year's Damnation Festival (41:12) to see sets from Anaal Nathrakh, Electric Wizard, Enslaved, Akercocke, and many more of the best in underground and extreme. Bonus on Download and Grammys whinging.

Tarja - Dark Christmas
Lonely the Brave - What We Do to Feel
Helmet - Left
MTVoid - Matter’s Knot, Pt. 1
Gama Bomb - Bats
MouthBreather - Self-Tape
Ex Everything - Slow Change Will Pull Us Apa...
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November 3, 2023 43 mins
Spiritbox release their new Fear of Fear EP, and there are conundrums about the ethics of contriving "viral moments" at shows with Frozen Soul's Magic the Gathering pit and Blink-182 recreating the Denny's hardcore meme

Green Lung - This Heathen Land
Dying Wish - Symptoms of Survival
Fuming Mouth - Last Day of Sun
Sugar Horse - Truth or Consequence, New Mexico
Spiritual Cramp - Spiritual Cramp
Sexless Marriage - This is Not Love
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October 27, 2023 60 mins
Green Day threaten us with a new album, there's the out of nowhere news of Mike Portnoy's return to Dream Theater, and Mortician become the unlikeliest social media stars of all time. We TOLD you.

Within Temptation - Bleed Out
Myrkur - Spine
Boys Like Girls - Sunday at Foxwoods
Knuckle Puck - Losing What We Love
Go Ahead and Die - Unhealthy Mechanisms
Cirith Ungol - Dark Parade
SAVAGE - Glory Riders
Clowns - Endless
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October 23, 2023 197 mins
This month we feast upon the new albums from Creeper, The Menzingers, Blink-182's nostalgic reunion, Svalbard, Kristin Hayter, Primordial, Maggot Heart... and Roger Waters redoing Dark Side of the Moon.

Creeper 26:20
The Menzingers 1:01:40
Blink-182 1:20:43
Roger Waters 1:41:29
Svalbard 1:58:50
Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter 2:16:00
Primordial 2:37:29
Maggot Heart 3:03:44
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October 12, 2023 37 mins
Sam catches a double helping of Better Lovers, and Sick New World announces its lineup for 2024.

Creeper - Sanguivore
The Menzingers - Some Of It Was True
Beartooth - The Surface
Crosses - Goodnight, God Bless, I Love U, Delete.
Twin Temple - God is Dead
Årabrot - Of Darkness and Light
Free Throw - Lessons That We Swear to Keep
The Keening - Little Bird
Gévaudan - Umbra
Body Void - Atrocity Machine
Sulphur Aeon - Seven Crowns and Sev...
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This week we review two new albums from bands who have changed the modern sonic make-up of hardcore in Harm's Way's industrial brutality Common Suffering, and Code Orange's latest (divisive as always) piece of their ongoing conceptual evolution as they go up into The Above.

Svalbard - The Weight of the Mask
Of Mice & Men - Tether
Capra - Errors
Carnifex - Necromanteum
Citizen - Calling the Dogs
Prong - State of Emergency
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Our September Album Club Pack is a Damnation Fest special as we look at four diverse records from heavy history being showcased at this event: Leprous' prog majesty Coal, Unearth's Oncoming Storm, Deadguy's deranged Fixation on a Coworker, and Akercocke's sexy suit Choronzon.

Album Club normally goes up at, but teaming up with Damnation Festival, this one's on us straight away. Enjoy!
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September 29, 2023 72 mins
Some weeks just get overrun by drama: Thy Art is Murder's quite unbelievable decision to replace the vocals on their album in a week has the extended discussion that such a subject warrants, Bloodstock complete their 2023 headliners, and there's an intriguing LiveNation merch cuts scheme. Simmering down, we talk Busted.

Samurai Pizza Cats - You’re Hellcome
Heart of a Coward - This Place Brings Only Death
Guilt Trip - Severanc...
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September 22, 2023 193 mins
In the busiest month of the year TNM reviews Corey Taylor, Baroness, Sylosis, Blood Command, Kvelertak, Empire State Bastard, Cannibal Corpse, & Hexvessel, toast the achievements of the departing Dawn Ray'd, and ask... WHO did Stef Carpenter tell about the new Deftones album?!

Corey Taylor 38:00
Baroness 1:06:37
Sylosis 1:25:31
Blood Command 1:43:35
Kvelertak 2:06:11
Empire State Bastard 2:21:57
Cannibal Corpse 2:37:48
Hexvessel 2:55:2...
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September 15, 2023 48 mins
Nickelback and Massacre both draw conversational lines in the sand, and While She Sleeps release a new track that goes full... something.

30 Seconds to Mars - It’s the End of the World But It’s a Beautiful Day
Corey Taylor - CMF2
Baroness - Stone
Tesseract - War of Being
Ash - Race the Night
Danko Jones - Electric Sounds
Pain of Truth - Not Through Blood
Magnitude - Of Days Renewed…
Worriers - Trust Your Gut
Night Verses - Every Sou...
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September 8, 2023 44 mins
Sleep Token have to call out impersonators and we call out "presidential bid" publicity stunts. Also a week of gig reports from Hot Mulligan/Spanish Love Songs, The Story So Far, Dawn Ray'd, and Full of Hell/Antichrist Siege Machine.

Sylosis - A Sign of Things to Come
Kvelertak - Endling
Angel Du$t - Brand New Soul
UnityTX - Ferality
Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg for Death
Myrath - Karma
Uada - Crepuscule Natura
Cryptopsy - As Gomor...
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September 4, 2023 135 mins
The Album Club Pack is back for a second year as we look at Linkin Park's experimental A Thousand Suns, Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese, the sleeper crossover influence of Iron Age's The Sleeping Eye, and cower beneath the unreachable pinnacle of caveman horror death metal meatheadedness that is Mortician's Chainsaw Dismemberment.

This episode was originally published January 2023 on
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September 1, 2023 62 mins
Job for a Cowboy finally release new music, Trivium hit the UK for their second tour of the year highlighting cuts from Shogun, and we talk the completed Damnation Festival bill and the bands we'd pay the most for.

Holding Absence - The Noble Art of Self Destruction
The Armed - Perfect Saviors
Asking Alexandria - Where Do We Go From Here?
The Word Alive - Hard Reset
Hot Milk - A Call to the Void
Orbit Culture - Descent
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August 25, 2023 157 mins
Some of the leaders in alt rock top reviews with Spanish Love Songs, The Xcerts, and Teenage Wrist, as well as new Skindred, Urne, Spirit Adrift, Horrendous, Celestial Sanctuary, and a conversation addressing recent comments from CJ McMahon.

Spanish Love Songs 37:20
The Xcerts 1:01:51
Teenage Wrist 1:22:55
Skindred 1:34:21
Urne 1:47:03
Spirit Adrift 2:01:35
Horrendous 2:12:22
Celestial Sanctuary 2:27:20
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August 18, 2023 100 mins
TNM returns to Bloodstock Festival for the 2023 event as Perran reports on sets from Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Triptykon, Meshuggah, Knocked Loose, Employed to Serve, and generally more heavy metal than you could shake a stick at.
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We pore over the first Wacken announcement looking for festival clues for 2024, debate the worth of rock's various one hit wonders, and learn some mad stats about AC/DC's setlists.

The Hives - The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons
Urne - A Feast on Sorrow
Caskets - Reflections
Kataklysm - Goliath
Werewolves - My Enemies Look and Sound Like Me
Slugchild - Wounds Untold
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August 4, 2023 35 mins
Wacken caps its attendees early, Marmozets tease a return, Skindred announce their first Wembley show, and we poke the bands sitting on albums for too long. The return of Toolwatch?

Teenage Wrist - Still Love
Skindred - Smile
Mammoth WVH - Mammoth II
Humanity’s Last Breath - Ashen
An Autumn for Crippled Children - Closure
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