180: The History Of Metal And Horror With Mike Schiff

180: The History Of Metal And Horror With Mik...

181: The Big Review - The Metallica Blacklist

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 classi ...  Show more

179: The Big Review – Iron Maiden, Senjutsu

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 t ...  Show more

178: Jason Newsted

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 J ...  Show more

177: The Big Review – Bloodstock 2021

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 on ...  Show more

176: The Ultimate Bloodstock 2021 Preview

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 ...  Show more

175: Q+A Special – Iron Maiden, Bloodstock hype, Crystal Lake + more

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 ...  Show more

174: A Tribute To Joey Jordison

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 c ...  Show more

173: Review Round-Up – Iron Maiden, Beartooth, At The Gates, Backxwash, Times Of Grace

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 Wal ...  Show more

172: The 10 Greatest Festival Sets (That Aren't Slipknot At Download 2009)

In honour of Bloodstock officially going ahead (though we hope you're all gonna continue to be careful out there...), Merl and Steve count down the 10 greatest festival sets they've ever seen. The only rules? They have to be Metal Hammer-friendly (sorry, Faithless at Glasto 2010) ...  Show more

171: Nu Metal ‘Godfather' Ross Robinson

In a world exclusive new interview, Metal Hammer Deputy Editor Eleanor Goodman talks to the legendary 'Godfather Of Nu Metal' himself, Ross Robinson! The influential producer opens up about his turbulent time recording Slipknot's second and explosive album Iowa, from the serious ...  Show more

170: Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel

Joining Merl on this week's show is the legendary Sharon Den Adel from everyone's favourite Dutch symphonic metal megastars, Within Temptation! Sharon and Merl discuss Within Temptation's upcoming livestream extravaganza, the band's recent new single Shed My Skin (and how they en ...  Show more

169: Download Pilot 2021 Review

It's a monstrous two-hour podcast today as Merl, El and Steve review this past weekend's history-making Download Pilot Festival. They discuss how the testing and entry conditions worked to get 10,000 people safely back on the sacred grounds of Donington, how it felt to be back in ...  Show more

168: Skindred's Benji Webbe Gets Hyped For Download Pilot

Merl chats to the one and only Benji Webbe from Skindred! We find out what Benji has been up to in lockdown, what prompted his son to put him on a strict, life-changing new regime, why he returned to Earache Records with Skindred over twenty years since first joining them with Du ...  Show more

167: Review Round-Up – Fear Factory, Atreyu, Perturbator & more

Merl, Steve and Jonathan take in some of the latest metal releases you need to know about. We discuss the clusterfuck around Fear Factory ahead of their new album, Aggression Continuum, and debate whether the record lives up to their legacy. Plus, we rate the new Perturbator albu ...  Show more

166: Trivium Hall Of Fame

It's a big one as Merl, El and Steve pick one Trivium album to enter into the Metal Hammer Podcast Hall Of Fame! It's two classics as Ascendancy faces off against Shogun. Ascendancy was the album that put Trivium on the world stage with classic anthems such as Pull Harder On The ...  Show more

165: Ten Years Of Babymetal

To celebrate our blockbuster new issue, Merl, El and Steve take a look back at the whirlwind career of Babymetal so far, from their origins in a completely different, teen J-pop group, to their breakthrough in the UK with Gimme Chocolate!!, to stealing the show at Sonisphere Fest ...  Show more

164: Gojira Talk Fortitude

In an exclusive interview, Eleanor talks to Gojira's Joe and Mario Duplantier about the making of their amazing new album, Fortitude. The brothers open up on the influences that made the album, the philosophies that shape their worldview, why they're not scared of dying, what peo ...  Show more

163: WWE Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley

Days before she defends the Raw Women's Championship against Asuka and Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania Backlash, Merl chats to WWE superstar and diehard metalhead Rhea Ripley! They discuss her amazing rise through the ranks of WWE (and what it was like doing so without any fans i ...  Show more

162: Review Round-Up – Cannibal Corpse, Tetrarch, Evile, Grave Miasma

Merl, El and Jonathan sift through some of the recent big releases in metal (plus a couple of underground bangers yet to come). What's brought so much love out for this Cannibal Corpse album? Has the new Evile record been worth the wait? And are Tetrarch lovingly reigniting nu me ...  Show more

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