The Metal Hammer Podcast

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All the biggest news and hottest topics from the world of metal from Merlin, Eleanor and guests at Metal Hammer magazine.

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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.Buy our Metallica special edition issue at our sponsors KILLSTAR at


Nov 25

1 hr 12 min

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.Pick up our 40 Years Of Metallica special now at our sponsors KILLSTAR at

Nov 18

31 min 20 sec

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.Order the latest issue of Metal Hammer at our sponsors KILLSTAR at

Nov 11

59 min 25 sec

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.Visit our sponsors KILLSTAR at


Nov 4

57 min 33 sec

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!Order the latest issue of Metal Hammer at our sponsors KILLSTAR at

Oct 28

44 min 47 sec

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. Get the latest issue of Metal Hammer at our sponsors KILLSTAR at


Oct 21

54 min 56 sec

It's the first ever KILLSTAR Fan Q+A Takeover on the Metal Hammer Podcast as Ice Nine Kills frontman and horror fanatic Spencer Charnas faces questions from some of the biggest Ice Nine Kills fans in the world! Spencer discusses the new Ice Nine Kills album The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood, which horror icons he admires the most (and which he's spend 24 hours with if he has to), his guiltiest playlist pleasures, how he relaxes and much, much more.Order the latest issue of Metal Hammer at our sponsors KILLSTAR at


Oct 14

27 min 29 sec

Merl and Steve take a deep dive into the brand new Trivium album, In The Court Of The Dragon! We discuss how it compares to their incredible modern run of The Sin And The Sentence and What The Dead Men Say, how Matt Heafy's vocals have developed over time and got him into the form of his life, how Alex Bent's unbelievable drumming has helped transform the band, why Trivium stand apart from all their peers from the mid-00s metal scene, what this album could mean for them moving forwards and how it ultimately ranks across their entire catalogue.Order our Joey Jordison tribute at our sponsors KILLSTAR at


Oct 7

49 min 20 sec

El, Jonathan and Steve answer your questions! We discuss whether metal personalities will ever get on mainstream TV again, why metal from Latin America doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and the evolution of Download and Bloodstock. We also cover some of the most important issues of 2021: which breeds of dog are most metal, and what’s the most metal condiment?


Sep 30

1 hr 5 min

Merl, El and Jonathan cast their ears over an insanely busy couple of weeks for great albums! We discuss whether Spiritbox's much-anticipated debut album Eternal Blue lives up to the hype; why Employed To Serve may have just made the album of their career with Conquering; how Carcass managed to out-do half the death metal scene once again with Torn Arteries; why the sky's the limit for Unto Others thanks to immense new album Strength; and whether Alien Weaponry's new album Tangaroa lives up to their excellent debut. Buy our Joey Jordison tribute issue at our sponsors KILLSTAR at


Sep 23

55 min 35 sec

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 classics by Ghost, Miley Cyrus, Biffy Clyro, Rina Sawayama, Volbeat, The Hu, Royal Blood, Weezer, St Vincent, David Gahan, My Morning Jacket and many, many, many more. We also discuss what makes a great cover, why the rock bands on The Blacklist are at a disadvantage compared to everyone else and which covers might even exceed the originals. Plus, we pick our ultimate Blacklist Tracklist using just one version of each song.Visit our sponsors KILLSTAR at Order our Joey Jordison tribute issue at


Sep 16

1 hr 53 min

This week, Merl chats to Mike Schiff, director of upcoming mega-documentary The History Of Metal And Horror! Mike has spent years amassing one of the most impressive castlists ever as he talks to the likes of Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Anthrax's Scott Ian, the maestro of horror John Carpenter, Hellraiser legend Doug Bradley, Friday The 13th favourite Kane Hodder and many, many more about the decades-long relationship between heavy metal and horror movies. Put short: Mike has such sights to show you...Visit our sponsors KILLSTAR at your nearest copy of our Iron Maiden Senjutsu issue at

Sep 9

30 min 16 sec

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 the band that smashes out 10 five-minute bangers, the best songs on the album, how The Writing On The Wall represents Maiden's most interesting single in years, how Darkest Hour's Winston Churchill lyrics represent a unique take on an increasingly divisive character, how Death Of The Celts feels like the ultimate Clansman sequel and much, much more.Find your nearest copy of Metal Hammer magazine at our sponsors KILLSTAR at

Sep 2

43 min 54 sec

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 Justice For All, how Bob Rock helped to make him understand that less is more for The Black Album, how he feels about the fans' reaction to Metallica's drastic image change for the Load album, what planted the seeds for his eventual exit from the band, the projects with Devin Townsend and Sepultura that never came to fruition and much, much more.

Aug 26

51 min 13 sec

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 ones to watch in the future.Featuring in-depth analysis of Judas Priest's blockbuster two-hour set - how had they never played One Shot At Glory before?! - plus Kreator's celebratory headline show, Devin Townsend By Request, Skindred, Saxon, Cradle Of Filth, Paradise Lost doing Draconian Times in full, While She Sleeps, Venom Prison, Svalbard, Bleed From Within, Napalm Death, Gloryhammer and many, many more.Buy the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine starring Iron Maiden at our awesome sponsors KILLSTAR at

Aug 19

1 hr 50 min

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 While She Sleeps win over the Bloodstock crowd?…… Continue reading 176: The Ultimate Bloodstock 2021 Preview

Aug 11

1 hr 1 min

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 best five years for metal ever, instrumentals, cover bands, Crystal…… Continue reading 175: Q+A Special – Iron Maiden, Bloodstock hype, Crystal Lake + more

Aug 5

51 min 20 sec

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 chat about Murderdolls and what a bizarre left turn they were for him, his short-lived Scar The Martyr project, his acrimonious departure from Slipknot, his return to music with Vimic and Sinsaenum and his emotional night at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in 2016.Order the latest copy of Metal Hammer now at our amazing sponsors KILLSTAR at

Jul 29

1 hr 25 min

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 Wall, we cast our ears over Beartooth's Below album, analyse all the crazy experimentation from latest At The Gates album, The Nightmare Of Being, discuss how Jesse and Adam from Killswitch Engage managed to shift gears for a new Times Of Grace album and froth over the amazing new Backxwash LP. Music's good, isn't it?!Buy the latest issue of Metal Hammer at our awesome sponsors KILLSTAR at

Jul 22

1 hr 15 min

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), and Slipknot from Download 2009 is exempt because we've talked about it loads already and it's just not fair! Featuring nostalgic trips back through iconic sets by Limp Bizkit, Iron Maiden, Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine, Killswitch Engage and many more.The Metal Hammer Podcast is sponsored by KILLSTAR - head to to see their awesome range of goodies.Pick up the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine at

Jul 15

1 hr 35 min

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 injury that left him in chronic pain during the recording process to the mental state of the band themselves over the course of what proved to be a life-altering experience.Pick up Metal Hammer magazine's Iowa special now via our awesome sponsors KILLSTAR at

Jul 8

41 min 2 sec

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 ended up teaming with Annisokay for it), the long awaited Within Temptation / Evanescence tour and the countries Sharon is still hoping to hit up before all is said and done.The Metal Hammer Podcast is sponsored by KILLSTAR - get your exclusive KILLSTAR discount from the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine from

Jul 1

25 min 29 sec

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 a field with a load of mates again and the experience of seeing a band walk out on a festival stage for the first time in two years. Oh, and there was also plenty more music! The trio review some all-time great sets from While She Sleeps, Creeper, Skindred, Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine, Loathe, Bleed From Within, Employed To Serve and more. One of these bands even got Merl to come out of circle pit retirement, but you'll never guess for which song.We also reveal the brand new issue of Metal Hammer starring Slipknot and get psyched for Metallica's epic Black Album celebrations.The Metal Hammer Podcast is sponsored by KILLSTAR - get your exclusive KILLSTAR discount from the new issue of Metal Hammer at

Jun 24

2 hr 9 min

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 Dub War and what…… Continue reading 168: Skindred's Benji Webbe Gets Hyped For Download Pilot

Jun 17

28 min 34 sec

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 album and decide whether it's done enough to…… Continue reading 167: Review Round-Up – Fear Factory, Atreyu, Perturbator & more

Jun 10

55 min 53 sec

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 Strings Of Your Martyr and A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation turning the band into metal's newest superstars. Shogun, meanwhile, was the album that put Trivium back on the horse after the misstep of The Crusade, and might still be their most ambitious album to this day. But which one makes it in? The Metal Hammer trio debate and decide. Plus, we have new sponsors – welcome KILLSTAR!Get an exclusive KILLSTAR 10% discount and entry to a £100 gift card draw by heading to the latest issue of Metal Hammer at

Jun 3

1 hr 15 min

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 Festival and the 2015 Golden Gods, to breaking Wembley records and what might come next. We also celebrate the news that Download Festival is launching an event that's taking place next month! Hooray!Order the latest issue of Metal Hammer at

May 27

42 min 25 sec

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 people misunderstand the most about them and more. To get the full interview, pick up the latest copy of Metal Hammer, out now.

May 20

35 min 4 sec

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 in the building), her discovery of metal through hearing a Papa Roach song on Monday Night Raw, her love of Suicide Silence and how the death of Mitch Lucker affected her and her friends, why Ash Costello from New Years Day ended up singing her theme song, how Motionless In White became her favourite modern metal band and why WWE is more metal than ever!Order our new issue from

May 14

29 min 48 sec

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 metal or just ripping it off? All that and more...

May 7

57 min 14 sec

Merl and El dissect the fantastic new Gojira album, Fortitude. Is it the album that'll take them up festival bills, and is it a big enough evolutionary leap from Magma? El also reviews Korn's epic livestream, and the duo take a look at the big Download lineup announcement and the epic new issue of Metal Hammer.Order our new issue from

Apr 29

35 min 54 sec

Merl, El and Steve field some questions from the Metal Hammer faithful! We work out how Mudvayne have ended up headlining major festivals on their comeback, ponder why bands like Ghost, Poppy and Babymetal continue to get grief from metalheads, declare which fantasy world we'd love to live in and invent some fantasy band beers. Bark At The Moonshine? Sure.Get your copy of Metal Hammer magazine from

Apr 22

1 hr 5 min

Merl, El (er, eventually) and Steve pull apart the new album from While She Sleeps, Sleeps Society, and take a look at the Sheffield metalcore mainstays' fascinating career so far. They reflect on While She Sleeps' emergence on the scene as one of the most exciting bands of their generation, what went wrong (and right!) along the way and how this new album compares to the wild experimentations of So What?

Apr 15

52 min 9 sec

Merl, Steve and Jonathan review some of the best recent releases in metal. Have The Crown put out a contender for the best death metal album of 2021? Plus, the boys dissect new albums from two of the most exciting young UK bands in Dvne and Pupil Slicer, and Jonathan takes us on a trip to Italy to find some of Europe's most out-there new records!Buy the new issue of Metal Hammer from

Apr 8

47 min 31 sec

It's one of our biggest shows ever as Merl, Steve and Jonathan decide which Metallica album gets inducted into the sacred Metal Hammer Podcast Hall Of Fame - Ride The Lightning or Master Of Puppets? The lads reveal how they first each discovered Metallica, discuss why these two albums were so important to metal's evolution,…… Continue reading 157: Metallica Hall Of Fame

Apr 1

1 hr 4 min

Metal is taking over TikTok and Instagram, and Kiki Wong is leading the way! One of metal's biggest influencers tells us about her love of heavy music, how she first learned to play guitar, her early bands, how she ended up playing with Bret Michaels, Usher and Taylor Swift, her first forays into influencing as a travel expert, why she almost gave up guitar for good, why she decided to embrace her love of metal again and how social media is helping young fans discover rock music in a whole new way.Get the latest issue of Metal Hammer from

Mar 25

29 min 29 sec

The new issue of Metal Hammer celebrates the 100 Greatest Songs Of The Century So Far. In honour of that, Merl, El and Steve gather to create the ultimate 21st century playlist, cutting the list of 100 down to just 10 songs! It's hard work, but someone's got to do it. Did Slipknot's Duality make the cut? What about System Of A Down's Chop Suey? And which track from the last five years does Merl hail an 'instant classic'? Find out now...

Mar 19

56 min 18 sec

Merl, Steve and Jonathan pay tribute to Entombed legend LG Petrov, who died aged 49 this week following a cancer diagnosis last year. The guys dissect the legacy of Entombed as one of metal's most influential bands of the 90s, discuss their fascinating evolution from death metal trailblazers to alt rock-baiters in the late 90s, and what LG was like as a person away from the stage.

Mar 11

50 min 10 sec

Merl sits down with Epica singer Simone Simons to talk about the unique recording process behind their bombastic new album Omega, whether they thought twice about releasing an album during a pandemic, why it took so long to get a new album together at all, how Disney and Nightwish helped Simone's journey into singing and what she misses most about touring. 

Mar 4

27 min 22 sec

Merl, El and Steve dissect the immense new Architects album, For Those That Wish To Exist, looking into their history so far and what this album means for their career from here. The dynamic, er, trio decide which guest spot worked the best - Parkway Drive's Winston McCall, Royal Blood's Mike Kerr or Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil - pick our favourite tracks and discuss whether there's a glass ceiling for a band like Architects.Pick up Metal Hammer magazine every month from

Feb 25

41 min 39 sec

Merl and El celebrate the news that Gojira are returning with a new album, plus answer a ton of your questions, including our ultimate metal compilation (with a gruelling twist...), how much we miss gigs, our favourite Iron Maiden songs post-2000, best and worst guest spots on metal records and much, much more.

Feb 18

45 min 25 sec

Merl and El discuss the news that Iron Maiden are finally getting a nomination for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Will the band change their stance on it now? And why exactly did it take so long? Plus, they review two big new albums out this week - the resurrected Love And Death project from Korn guitarist Head (featuring an inexplicable Justin Bieber cover - yes, really), and the newie from Taylor Momsen's The Pretty Reckless. Who is definitely not Dr Karl Kennedy.

Feb 12

36 min 46 sec

Merl, El and Jonathan talk through the allegations directed at Marilyn Manson, plus reveal the latest issue - a tribute to Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho.

Feb 5

55 min 47 sec

Merl, El and Jonathan shed a light on the problems facing metal bars in the UK (and how we can help), plus review the astounding new albums from Tribulation and Divide And Dissolve. They also battle for the soul of bin-bound Limp Bizkit. Poor Fred.

Jan 28

1 hr 9 min

Merl and El fight off deadline fatigue to review the new Wardruna album, discuss the postponement of Glastonbury 2020 and much more!

Jan 21

35 min 28 sec

Merl and Steve discuss the shocking situation surrounding Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer, plus the debate around politics and metal that has erupted in its wake. We also talk Marko's departure from Nightwish, review the new release from Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou, and more!

Jan 15

1 hr 15 min

Merl and El pay tribute to beloved Children Of Bodom guitarist Alexi Laiho, who recently passed away at the age of 41, as well as preview the year ahead in metal.

Jan 7

1 hr 11 min

It's the biggest podcast of the year! Merl, El, Steve and Jonathan count down the 20 best albums of 2020, featuring Deftones, Code Orange, Trivium, Enslaved, Napalm Death and many more, plus pick some extra albums from across the year that made a big impact. See you in 2021, yeah?

Dec 2020

2 hr 23 min

Merl, El and Steve rate the recent new videos from The Hu and Architects, unveil the big end of year issue of Metal Hammer and a whole heap more!

Dec 2020

1 hr

Merl, El and Jonathan discuss recent updates on new Slipknot and Limp Bizkit albums (hint: one's more likely than the other), pick their favourite Christmas bangers and review the debut album from Pothamus.

Dec 2020

42 min 18 sec