Exclusive interviews, the essential album reviews and the biggest issues affecting metal courtesy of Team Hammer and guests
196: 2022 Previewed (Part 1)
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?
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195: The Big 2021 Review Part 2
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 effects?
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194: The Big 2021 Review Part 1
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 a banner year for heavy music, so we get stuck right in.
193: Reader Q+A - Christmas Songs, Metallica Secret Santa and The Band Of The Century
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.
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192: Tetrarch's Diamond Rowe
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 album, her ultimate guide to Atlanta and much, much more!
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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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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.
Best metal podcast out there.
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