All the biggest news and hottest topics from the world of metal from Merlin, Eleanor and guests at Metal Hammer magazine.
191: The Ultimate Metallica Setlist
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. Also revealed are the most surprising Metallica set Merl's ever seen live (HINT: it included one song they've only ever played *four times*), the surprising choice for Steve's favourite 21st century Metallica album and much more.
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190: WWE Legend Edge
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 their 90s evolution and whether he'd like to see them play Wrestlemania, Edge also discusses how Nine Inch Nails and Ministry influenced his early WWE run, how he ended up getting Rob Zombie and Alter Bridge for his entrance themes, what Zombie's like to hang out with in real life and the other metal bands that have played a huge part in his music journey.
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189: Hammer Meets Hell Bent For Metal
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 account in metal and some of the albums he's been excited about this year.
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188: Review Round-Up - Biffy Clyro, Bullet For My Valentine, Limp Bizkit, Whitechapel
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 also pay tribute to the one and only Malcolm Dome, the legendary rock journalist and beloved face of the industry who passed away last week.
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187: All Elite Wrestling Star Malaki Black
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 closely with metal bands and much more!
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186: Review Round-Up - Mastodon, Cradle Of Filth, Sleep Token, Every Time I Die
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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As a Brit that moved to the US I am so glad to have found this podcast. I miss being able to get the monthly mag so this is the next best thing. Thanks for the content guys and gals.
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Best podcast from the best magazine out there. Easily the most entertaining and listenable podcast out there. All hosts (and the sometime subtitute host) are always excellent and have a lot to say about any given subject with a great sense of humor and commrodery for metal. Most importantly they've certainly brought light to some amazing bands I would have never known about or checked out otherwise as well as albums from established bands I may have skipped if not for their praise for it (always good to have some new metal to spin). To be fair I think i could listen to them talk metal for hours and never get bored. Great podcast, and also a great facebook group theyve created to go along with it. Excellent work! cant wait for the next episode!
Love the podcast!! Listen to it as often as I can! Now add me to the Facebook group!! Lol