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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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Album Club Pack April 2023

Def Leppard signal the dawn of the pop metal age with Pyromania, we evaluate if Fightstar's Grand Unification holds up, Comeback Kid make a modern hardcore classic Wake the Dead, and Autopsy set a bar for freakish death metal Mental Funeral. This episode was originally published April 2023 on


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May brings some of the biggest event releases in metal as we review Knocked Loose, Kerry King, Gatecreeper, Pallbearer, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, One Step Closer, Folterkammer, & Antichrist Siege Machine. 27:35 Knocked Loose 58:48 Kerry King 1:21:36 Gatecreeper 1:41:10 Pallbearer 2:00:36 Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats 2:24:26 One Step Closer 2:39:41 Folterkammer 3:06:16 Antichrist Siege Machine


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Hyperblasts: Supremesugabogg

Live trips to Sick of It All and Green Lung, big new additions to Outbreak and Damnation's schedules, reactions to news of a certain controversial label signing, and more Steve Albini worship. Releases: Missiles - Weaponize Tomorrow Markgraf - Hohenbaden Kerry King - From Hell I Rise Gatecreeper - Darker Superstition Jasta - …And Jasta for All Pallbearer - Mind Burns Alive Shellac - To All Trains One Step Closer - All You Embrace Rope Sect - Estrangement Nocturnus A.D. - Unicursal Pathology - Unholy Descent Tzompantli - Beating the Drums of Ancestral Force Bat - Under the Crooked Claw Goden - Vale of the Fallen Ufomammut - Hidden Botanist - Paleobotany Softcult - Heaven Civil Elegies - No Life


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Hyperblasts: Rest In Peace Steve Albini

Today's episode is dedicated to Steve Albini, the patron saint of alternative music, architect of the 90s, engineer of some of our greatest works of art across five different decades, and one of TNM's true heroes. Releases: Knocked Loose - You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To Like Moths to Flames - The Cycles of Trying to Cope Powerman 5000 - Abandon Ship Kill II This - Variant Hot Water Music - Vows Indoor Pets - Pathetic Apathetic Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - Nell’ Ora Blu Unleash the Archers - Phantoma Freedom Call - Silver Romance Anette Olzon - Rapture Sebastian Bach - Child Within the Man Arab Strap - I’m totally fine with it 👍 don’t give a fuck anymore 👍 Riot V - Mean Streets Flamekeeper - Flamekeeper Take Offense - T.O.tality Six Feet Under - Killing for Revenge Necrophagia - Moribundis Grim Red Rot - Borders of Mania


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I'm Transported and I Want to Get Out

April releases went absolutely crazy, and so this time on TNM we reviews albums from Pearl Jam, The Ghost Inside, Inter Arma, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Dool, Castle Rat, High On Fire, & Dvne, as well as singles from Motley Crue and Unto Others, and live trips to Pupil Slicer and Underdark/Devil Master. 36:49 Pearl Jam 55:25 The Ghost Inside 1:14:48 Inter Arma 1:47:10 SeeYouSpaceCowboy... 2:05:26 Dool 2:25:13 Castle Rat 2:39:12 High On Fire 2:57:07 Dvne


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Hyperblasts: letlive. live?!

Prayers are answered as news hits of letlive. returning to play a round of shows, Thursday release their first song in 13 years, Frank Turner attempts the impossible, and live reports from Blind Guardian and Midnight. Releases: Pearl Jam - Dark Matter The Ghost Inside - Searching for Solace SeeYouSpaceCowboy - Coup de Grace NOFX - Half Album Cloud Nothings - Final Summer High On Fire - Cometh the Storm My Dying Bride - A Mortal Binding Melvins - Tarantula Heart Dvne - Voidkind Bongripper - Empty Big | Brave - A Chaos of Flowers Dool - The Shape of Fluidity Henrik Palm - Nerd Icon Haust - Negative Music Couch Slut - You Could Do It Tonight Nuclear Tomb - Terror Labyrinthian Antichrist Siege Machine - Vengeance of Eternal Fire Folterkammer - Weibermacht Hekseblad - Kaer Morhen unpeople - unpeople


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Hyperblasts: Moshing Out Furries

Architects release a new single in collaboration with Jordan Fish, but there is also an elephant in the room we have to discuss. Elsewhere Bloodywood get a big movie moment, music from Century Media's new signing Sonja, and questions on negative review pushback and our favourite foot in mouth band moments. Releases: Blue Öyster Cult - Ghost Stories Castle Rat - Into the Realm Týr - Battle Ballads Riot V - Mean Streets Vulture - Sentinels Heavy Temple - Garden of Heathens Tarot - Glimpse of the Dawn Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties - In Lieu of Flowers Heavenly Blue - We Have the Answer Whores. - War. Love Sex Machine - Trve Necrot - Lifeless Birth Benighted - Ekbom Exist - Hijacking the Zeitgeist Replicant - Infinite Mortality Heresiarch - Edifice Northlane - Mirror’s Edge


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Hyperblasts: While She Sleeps Self Hell and Sum 41 Heaven :x: Hell Reviews

We polish off March's releases with a bonus review ep covering While She Sleeps' continued bizarre choices of experimentation in Self Hell and Sum 41's parting note of a double album Heaven :x: Hell. Releases: Bob Vylan - Humble as the Sun Feeder - Black/Red Alpha Wolf - Half Living Things ERRA - Cure Filth - Southern Hostility Strung Out - Dead Rebellion Bayside - There are Worse Things Than Being Alive Cock Sparrer - Hand On Heart Korpiklaani - Rankarumpu Ingested - The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams Hour of Penance - Devotion Iron Monkey - Spleen & Goad Friends of Hell - God Damned You to Hell Destroyer of Light - Degradation Years Horndal - Head Hammer Man Attic - Return of the Witchfinder Witch Vomit - Funeral Sanctum Funeral Leech - The Illusion of Time Diabolic Oath - Oracular Hexations Locrian - End Terrain Austere - Beneath the Threshold The Good The Bad and the Zugly - Decade of Regression Dreamcar - Dream


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Album Club Pack March 2023

Album Club toasts 20 years of AFI's goth punk masterpiece Sing the Sorrow, revisits one of the last big supergroups and the era it ended with Axewound's Vultures, and celebrates two underground punk and grind gems with Fall of Efrafa's Owsla and Genghis Tron's Dead Mountain Mouth. This episode was originally published March 2023 on


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Hyperblasts: The Slipknot Survival Plan

We scheme the best ways to survive being a member of Slipknot and FMK with baddiecore, as the Summer Slaughter is confirmed to return, and Botch's reunion/final shows hit the UK in mindblowing style. Releases: The Jesus and Mary Chain - Glasgow Eyes Night Verses - Every Sound Has a Color in the Valley of Night Crushed By Waves - More to Life Blanket - Ceremonia Restorations - Restorations Mastiff - Deprecipice BRAT - Social Grace Zombi - Direct Inject Hamferd - Men Guds hond er sterk Khold - Du dommes til Dod Brodequin - Harbinger of Woe Hideous Divinity - Unextinct Apparition - Disgraced Emanations from a Tranquil State Civerous - Maze Envy Aberration - Refracture Sylvaine - Eg Er Framand While She Sleeps - Self Hell Sum 41 - Heaven :x: Hell Boundaries - Death is Little More Wristmeetrazor - Degeneration Frail Body - Artificial Bouquet Vial - Burnout Teens In Trouble - What’s Mine Coffin Storm - Arcana Rising Mutiilation - Black Metal Cult Vorga - Beyond the Palest Star Verwoed - The Mother Verberis - The Apophatic Wilderness Darkestrah - Nomad Coffins - Sinister Oath Hate Force - Systems of Terror Septage - Septic Worship (Intolerant Spree of Infesting Forms)


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Janick Come Home

That's Not Metal reviews for March are in absolute guitar heaven, and maybe hell, with Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Midnight, Gouge Away, Chapel of Disease, & Dödsrit. Judas Priest 23:30 Bruce Dickinson 55:35 Midnight 1:24:56 Gouge Away 1:40:20 Chapel of Disease 1:58:20 Dödsrit 2:23:24


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Hyperblasts: Campaigning for Musical Destruction

One of the biggest weeks for heavy touring in the UK peaks with a podcast-wide trip to Napalm Death's Campaign for Musical Destruction with Pig Destroyer, Primitive Man, and Wormrot, coming with sadly some sombre news from the PD camp. Releases: Kid Kapichi - There Goes the Neighbourhood Scott Stapp - Higher Power The Black Crowes - Happiness Bastards Gouge Away - Deep Sage Bleak - My Body is Not Where I Belong DragonForce - Warp Speed Warriors Savage Oath - Divine Battle Vltimas - Epic Aborted - Vault of Horrors Necrophobic - Into the Twilight Grey Udåd - Udåd O ZORN! - Vermillion Haze Greywind - Antidote Comeback Kid - Trouble


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Hyperblasts: Celestial Darkness

Hyperblasts brings a report from London's Celestial Darkness Festival checking out rare bookings in the worlds of black, doom, & goth and sets from the likes of Primordial, Tribulation, & Ihsahn, and salute a formative band for TNM as Palm Reader announce their farewell. Releases: Judas Priest - Invincible Shield Sonata Arctica - Clear Cold Beyond Myrath - Karma Kill the Lights - Death Melodies Midnight - Hellish Expectations Gost - Prophecy Exhorder - Defectum Omnium Skeletal Remains - Fragments of the Ageless Slimelord - Chytridiomycosis Relinquished Merrimack - Of Gravity and Grace Isenordal - Requiem for Eirênê


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Hyperblasts: We've All Done It

The biggest piece of Slipknot drummer rumouring yet, some absolutely blistering tracks from Knocked Loose and Inter Arma, and probably the maddest band drama ever to unfold. We've all done it. Releases: Mick Mars - The Other Side of Mars Ace Frehley - 10,000 Volts Amigo the Devil - Yours Until the War is Over Amaranthe - The Catalyst Glitterer - Rationale Shoreline - To Figure Out Timelost - Drained Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of the Last Human Being The Body/Dis Fig - Orchards of a Futile Heaven Traveler - Prequel to Madness Borknagar - Fall Stygian Crown - Funeral for a King Morta Skuld - Creation Undone Vircolac - Veneration Guiltless - Thorns Paledusk - PALEHELL Bruce Dickinson - The Mandrake Project Zakk Sabbath - Doomed Forever Forever Doomed Ministry - Hopiumforthemasses New Years Day - Half Black Heart Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven Pissed Jeans - Half Divorced Firewind - Stand United Suicidal Angels - Profane Prayer Haunt - Dreamers Sheer Mag - Playing Favorites Sentry - Sentry Messiah - Christus Hypercubus Devastator - Conjurers of Cruelty Saturnalia Temple - Paradigm Call Celestial Sword - Nocturnal Divinity Kontravoid - Detachment


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Album Club Pack February 2023

February Album Clubs look at Fall Out Boy's initial send-off Folie a Deux, Kreator's proto-extreme masterpiece Pleasure to Kill, the oft brushed over Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent from Refused, and a decade of Beastmilk's last post-punk party at the end of the world Climax. This episode was originally published February 2023 on


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February reviews on TNM pop the hell off with Chelsea Wolfe, Alkaline Trio, Ihsahn, Job for a Cowboy, Darkest Hour, Spectral Voice, Hulder & Slope, and reactions to the bamboozling news of Slayer's return and Ascendancy + The Poison tours. Chelsea Wolfe 57:00 Alkaline Trio 1:23:40 Ihsahn 1:39:18 Job for a Cowboy 2:01:12 Darkest Hour 2:19:57 Spectral Voice 2:35:21 Hulder 2:55:38 Slope 3:09:25


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Hyperblasts: Soil Jam

Hyperblasts checks out the new single from Pearl Jam, tours from Malevolence and The Menzingers, and very exciting headliner announcements from Outbreak and Damnation. Releases: Idles - Tangk Blackberry Smoke - Be Right Here Laura Jane Grace - Hole In My Head Ihsahn - Ihsahn Bokassa - All Out of Dreams Profiler - A Digital Nowhere Shooting Daggers - Love & Rage GVLLOW - Twin Flames The Obsessed - Gilded Sorrow Praise the Plague - Suffocating in the Current of Time Darkspace - Dark Space -II Pestilength - Solar Clorex


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Hyperblasts: Return of the Kerry King

Kerry King is back on the scene with all of the details surrounding his first album since Slayer, as well as some spicy interview snippets, and there's huge tours on both sides of the Atlantic. The Grammys also exist. Releases: Chelsea Wolfe - She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She Yellowcard + Hammock - A Hopeful Sign The Chisel - What a F*cking Nightmare The Pineapple Thief - It Leads to This The Last Ten Seconds of Life - No Name Graves Haystack - Doomsday Goes Away Morbid Saint - Swallowed By Hell Spectral Voice - Sparagmos Hulder - Verses In Oath Chapel of Disease - Echoes of Light Petrification - Sever Sacred Light Zwielicht - The Aphotic Embrace Theophonos - Ashes in the Huron River Hannes Grossmann - Echoes of Eternity


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Hyperblasts: Time Comes For Us All. Even YMAS.

A mega edition of Hyperblasts finds TNM conducting a critical reflection on the legacy of YMAS with the news of their impending farewell, a moment you either feared would come or never come. There's also crazy new music in the form of Kaonashi's new EP, and some crazy choices in the form of Download's stage splits. Releases: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - Dark Rainbow Alkaline Trio - Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs The Infernal Sea - Hellfenlic Olhava - Sacrifice Unsouling - Vampiric Spiritual Drain Knoll - As Spoken Eye Flys - Eye Flys Junta - Junta Death Killer - Total Destruction of the Entire Universe Mountain Caller - Chronicle II: Hypergenesis GUHTS - Regeneration Slower - Slower Caligula’s Horse - Charcoal Grace Madder Mortem - Old Eyes, New Heart Vitriol - Suffer & Become Cognizance - Phantazein Whitechapel - Live in the Valley Dream State - Still Dreaming Kaonashi - The 3 Faces of Beauty: A Violent Misinterpretation of Morgan Montgomery Militarie Gun - Life Under the Sun Jesu - Hard to Reach Enterprise Earth - Death: An Anthology Being as an Ocean - Death Can Wait Reconciler - Art for Our Sake meth. - Shame Utopia - Shame Bipolar Architecture - Metaphysicize Myrath - Karma Striker - Overpower Necrowretch - Swords of Dajjal Dwarrowdelf - The Fallen Leaves Stages of Decomposition - Raptures of Psychopathy Ghoul - Noxious Concoctions Persefone - Lingua Ignota: Part I


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Saxons, Lords & Saviors

One of the most farcical yet often great review gauntlets opens TNM 2024, with efforts from Green Day, Neck Deep, Saxon, Lucifer, Upon Stone, Rough Justice... and Lord of the Lost's 90 minute cover album. Green Day 3:35 Neck Deep 34:19 Lord of the Lost 52:08 Saxon 1:18:19 Lucifer 1:41:15 Upon Stone 1:55:35 Rough Justice 2:13:36