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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


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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






Album Club Pack May 2022

In May Album Clubs, we take the opportune time to fairly assess My Chemical Romance's as yet final album Danger Days. From there we dive into a world of weirdness with Swans' White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Big Black's affront to tastefulness Songs About Fucking, and Sigh's ode to madness In Somniphobia. This episode was originally published May 2022 on


Three Skinny Missys

In a week with Turnstile up for multiple Grammys, we head into our last reviews bag of 2022 with albums from Nickelback, Skin Failure, Devin Townsend, SpiritWorld, High Command, Turnover, Dream Unending, & Spider God. Nickelback 37:57 Skin Failure 1:00:09 Devin Townsend 1:14:47 SpiritWorld 1:30:27 High Command 1:41:29 Turnover 1:51:46 Dream Unending 2:04:44 Spider God 2:18:45


Hyperblasts: Damnation Festival 2022 Review, and Download Lineup Revealed

This week we review this year's massive Damnation, seeing exclusive album sets from the likes of Converge and Pig Destroyer as the event steps up to a much larger part of the festival year, and the enormous line-up for 2023's Download is revealed. Releases: Skin Failure - Radillac L.S. Dunes - Past Lives Chelsea Grin - Suffer In Hell He Is Legend - Endless Hallway Xentrix - Seven Words Dream Unending - Song of Salvation Bonecarver - Carnage Funeral Spider God - Fly in the...


Hyperblasts: What is a Chuggalo?

Hyperblasts mulls over the news that the Lingua Ignota project is being retired, casts an eye over some potential festival hints, and picks a bunch of the perfect rock mixes. Releases: Devin Townsend - Lightwork Turnover - Myself in the Way Ingested - Ashes Lie Still ChuggaBoom - Death Pledge Dayseeker - Dark Sun Born Without Bones - Dancer Warlung - Vulture’s Paradise InTechnicolour - Midnight Heavyweight The Offering - Seeking the Elephant 96 Bitter Beings - Synergy...


Hyperblasts: The Monster Mosh

In this week's Hyperblasts round up When We Were Young got windy, and as it's Halloween we book a TNM Spooktacular and hypothesise the Universal monster's record collections. Releases: The Otolith - Folium Limina Darkthrone - Astral Fortress Dead Cross - II Polyphia - Remember That You Will Die Show Me the Body - Trouble the Water Implore - The Burden of Existence Fit for a King - The Hell We Create The Gloom in the Corner - Trinity Fire from the Gods - Soul Revolution Single...


Hyperblasts: Architects The Classic Symptoms of a Broken Spirit Review

This week's Hyperblasts reviews Architects' star-shooting new album, as well as covering the fiasco around Blink-182 tickets, Botch continuing to definitely not exist, and wondering which band could fight off the most goblins. Releases: Brutus - Unison Life Cabal - Magno Interitus Inclination - Unaltered Perspective Witch Fever - Congregation 84 Tigers - Time in the Lighthouse Orden Ogan - Final Days: Orden Ogan and Friends Avantasia - A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower...


Album Club Pack April 2022

In April's Album Clubs, AC/DC re-ascend to the throne with Black Ice, we return to the dawn of NYHC with Agnostic Front's Victim In Pain, celebrate the growing legacy of In Solitude's gothic heavy metal swansong Sister, and Kids In Glass Houses... try? This episode was originally published April 2022 on


Return of DeLonge

The reaction to the Blink-182 return, October's reviews highlight massive drops in the metal calendar from Lamb of God and Lorna Shore, as well as records from Brutus, Counterparts, Press Club, Cloud Rat, and Cabal. Lamb of God 33:53 Lorna Shore 55:42 Brutus 1:16:19 Counterparts 1:28:01 Press Club 1:40:20 Cloud Rat 1:47:25 Cabal 2:00:33


Hyperblasts: Chadstein

It's an episode of heavy live music logistics, with Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden and While She Sleeps all announcing massive shows, a trip to Behemoth and Arch Enemy's co-headlining European Siege tour, and Rammstein shake up the board with their legal action against resale giant Viagogo. Releases: Acid Witch - Rot Among Us Melvins - Bad Moon Rising Lamb of God - Omens Wednesday 13 - Horrifier Vukovi - Nula A.A. Williams - As the Moon Rests Bush - The Art of Survival Counterparts - A...


Hyperblasts: Slipknot The End, So Far Review

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. Releases: 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 & Sorrow Gutvoid - Durance of Lightless...

Chonky Shaky Sweaty Sweaty Reviews

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


Album Club Pack March 2022

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


Hyperblasts: This is Not My Radillac

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. Releases: 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 Cutie - Asphalt Meadows Suede - Autofiction Destrage -...

Hyperblasts: A Report from the Deathfest

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. Releases: Parkway Drive - Darker Still Ozzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9 Stray From the Path - Euthanasia Bloodbath - Survival of the Sickest Revocation - Netherheaven Electric Callboy - Tekkno Tallah -...


Hyperblasts: Muse Will of the People Review

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. Releases: 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 - Retaliation The Hu - Rumble of Thunder Carnal Ruin - Soulless...


Kingdoms, Crowns, and the Gothenburg Gauntlet

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


Album Club Pack February 2022

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


Bloodstock Festival 2022 Review

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.


Hyperblasts: Mille Palmeri

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. Releases: 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 Blade - Power Dive Weregoat - The Devil’s...


Hyperblasts: Botch Please

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. Releases: The Interrupters - In the Wild Amon Amarth - The Great Heathen Army Soulfly - Totem Dub War - Westgate Under Fire Savage Master - Those Who Hunt At...