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That's Not Metal

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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 - MirageKEN Mode - NullDaufødt - AromaterapiKid Kapichi - Here’s What You Could Have WonStratovarius - SurviveVenom Inc. - There’s Only BlackRazor - Cycle of ContemptFrayle - Skin & SorrowGutvoid - Durance of Lightless HorizonsLive Burial - My Head as TributeLostalone - The Warring TwentiesDrowning Pool - Strike a NerveLost Society - If the Sky Came DownTankard - Pavlov’s DawgsAutopsy - Morbidity TriumphantStake - Love, Death and DecayOff! - Free LSDNo Sun - In the InterimColdWorld - IsolationStrigoi - VisceraGodeater - VesperaDarkest Era - Wither on the VineEscuela Grind - Memory TheaterAutophagy - BacteriophageSammy Hagar and the Circle - Crazy TimesDropkick Murphys - This Machine Still Kills FascistsSlipknot - The End, So Far
80:27 09/30/2022
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 28:20The Callous Daoboys 1:04:45Megadeth 1:25:17Behemoth 1:49:50Clutch 2:19:25Electric Callboy 2:32:11Sumerlands 2:56:37The Wonder Years 3:08:57
211:16 09/23/2022
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
138:49 09/20/2022
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 NatvrumClutch - Sunrise On Slaughter BeachThe Mars Volta - The Mars VoltaSumerlands - DreamkillerNo Devotion - No OblivionBlaqk Audio - Trop d’amourDeath Cab for Cutie - Asphalt MeadowsSuede - AutofictionDestrage - So Much. Too Much.The Devil Wears Prada - Color DecayMindforce - New LordsThe Beths - Expert In A Dying Field Spiritus Mortis - The Great SealTribal Gaze - The Nine ChoirsMortuous - Upon DesolationInnumerable Forms - Philosophical CollapsePhobophilic - Enveloping AbsurdityWolfheart - King of the AbyssIrist - Gloria
59:21 09/16/2022
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 StillOzzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9Stray From the Path - EuthanasiaBloodbath - Survival of the SickestRevocation - NetherheavenElectric Callboy - TekknoTallah - The Generation of DangerI Am - Eternal SteelDemon Hunter - ExileHoly Fawn - Dimensional BleedArmor for Sleep - The Rain MuseumAfghan Wigs - How Do You Burn?Flogging Molly - AnthemFallujah - EmpyreanCrippled Black Phoenix - BanefyreValborg - Der Alte
46:46 09/09/2022
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 MachineThe Callous Daoboys - Celebrity TherapistMiss May I - Curse of Existence156/Silence - NarrativeVermin Womb - RetaliationThe Hu - Rumble of ThunderCarnal Ruin - Soulless I RemainState of You - State of You
86:32 09/02/2022
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 26:42The Interrupters 55:06Amon Amarth 1:11:23The Halo Effect 1:31:50Arch Enemy 1:41:30Sigh 1:52:41Thoughtcrimes 2:06:03
135:25 08/26/2022
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
123:55 08/24/2022
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.
154:58 08/22/2022
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 - DeceiversThe Halo Effect - Days of the LostNorma Jean - Deathrattle Sing for MeHollywood Undead - Hotel KaliforniaBoris - Heavy RocksLocrian - New CatastrophismsAEIR - A Frith BefouledAcid Blade - Power DiveWeregoat - The Devil’s LustKreator - Live at Bloodstock 2021
33:41 08/12/2022
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 WildAmon Amarth - The Great Heathen ArmySoulfly - TotemDub War - Westgate Under FireSavage Master - Those Who Hunt At NightThe Flatliners - New RuinMercy Union - White TigerHot Milk - The King and Queen of GasolinePsycroptic - Divine CouncilAbaddon Incarnate - The Wretched SermonEther Coven - The Relationship Between the Hammer and the NailLiminal Shroud - All Virtues AblazeWampyric Rites - The Wolves Howl to the Moon
45:06 08/05/2022
Oceans of Slumber Album Roulette
On the eve of their new album release we're joined by Cammie Gilbert of Oceans of Slumber to talk about Louisiana sludge, classic Seattle, turbulent Americana and Scandinavian folk-pop.Agents of Oblivion - Agents of OblivionAlice In Chains - DirtMark Lanegan - Blues FuneralSoundgarden - SuperunknownThe Civil Wars - The Civil WarsEivør - SlørThis episode was originally published as early access on
104:54 08/02/2022
Hyperblasts: Curse of the Chilis
A heavy rock band are actually up for the Mercury Music Prize for once, we pick the best riffs of 2022 and the best songs to test your headphones with, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are back at it again.Releases:Ithaca - They Fear UsDune Rats - Real Rare WhaleStick to Your Guns - SpectreBastions - Majestic DesolationDance Gavin Dance - Jackpot JuicerBeach Rats - Rat BeatUnwritten Law - The HumAnberlin - SilverlineFuneral Chic - Roman CandleKrisiun - Mortem SolisTriumvir Foul - Onslaught to Seraphim
29:29 07/29/2022
Hyperblasts: The Bedazzled Knot
It's time for one of modern metal's great traditions, the lowdown on a full new Slipknot era with reactions to new album, new songs and new masks. There's also a contentious new A Day to Remember single coming out of the You're Welcome cycle, as well as heavy discussion on what rising ticket prices at Download Festival could mean, and remembrance of one of heavy metal's great modern painters Mariusz Lewandowski.Releases:Deaf Havana - The Present is a Foreign LandSenses Fail - Hell is in Your Head…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead - XI: Bleed Here NowThe Ever Living - Artificial DevicesMantar - Pain is Forever and This is the EndHaunt - Windows of Your HeartFellowship - The Saberlight ChroniclesBehold! The Monolith - From the Fathomless DeepInhuman Condition - FearsickMolder - Engrossed In DecayMaul - Seraphic PunishmentHissing - Hypervirulence ArchitectureTombs - Ex OblivionImperial Triumphant - Spirit of EcstasyOceans of Slumber - Starlight and AshWitchery - NightsidePalisades - Reaching HypercriticalWake - Thought Form DescentCastrator - Defiled In OblivionNicolas Cage Fighter - The Bones That Grew From PainTeethgrinder - DystopiaNebula - Transmission from Mothership EarthKarl Sanders - Saurian ApocalypsePanzerfaust - The Suns of Perdition - Chapter III: The Astral DrainAshenspire - Hostile ArchitecturePool Kids - Pool Kids
56:13 07/22/2022
Album Club Pack January 2022
Album Club has a brand new home, giving you a month's worth of classic records in one swoop as our first episode positions Enter Shikari's A Flash Flood of Colour as the springboard for their next ten years, unearths Porcupine Tree's information age prog dystopia Fear of a Blank Planet, considers the untapped potential of Black Peaks' All That Divides, and tries to do justice to the profound heartbreaker that is Woods of Ypres' Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light.This episode was originally published January 2022 on
150:06 07/19/2022
TNP (That's Not Pantera)
Incredibly dense and rich albums populate reviews with a returning Porcupine Tree, Conjurer, Greg Puciato, Ithaca, Imperial Triumphant, Blood Command, Wormrot, and Oceans of Slumber, but news that Pantera are "reuniting" seems maddest of all.Porcupine Tree 38:16Conjurer 56:05Greg Puciato 1:18:49Ithaca 1:32:35Imperial Triumphant 1:46:25Blood Command 2:07:12Wormrot 2:26:20Oceans of Slumber 2:44:10
178:50 07/15/2022
Hyperblasts: The Munson Effect
Having made Kate Bush the most popular artist on planet Earth, we talk about the Stranger Things train lifting Metallica's Master of Puppets to similar heights, as well as the best metalhead character in popular media in years.Releases:Wormrot - HissVomit Forth - Seething MalevolenceAltars - Ascetic ReflectionBlind Channel - Lifestyles of the Sick & DangerousThe Machinist - All is Not WellTelekinetic Yeti - Primordial
37:12 07/08/2022
Hyperblasts: Outbreak Festival 2022 Review
This week's Hyperblasts also sees a full review of last weekend's Outbreak Festival, where an arena-sized crowd signed mosh waivers to leap off stages for the likes of Turnstile, Knocked Loose, Deafheaven, & in what turned out to be a landmark year.Releases:Conjurer - PáthosGreg Puciato - MirrorcellBlood Command - Praise ArmageddonismMunicipal Waste - Electrified BrainShinedown - Planet ZeroFrayle - Skin & SorrowThirteen Goats - Servants of the Outer DarkBlack Cilice - Esoteric AtavismHulder - The Eternal FanfareMassacre - MythosFresh - Raise Hell Camp Trash - The Long Way, The Slow Way Chief State - Waiting For Your Colours
111:10 07/01/2022
Hyperblasts: The Fast Volta
Reports from the first Nine Inch Nails UK shows in 4 years as well as SeeYouSpaceCowboy..., the first new music in a decade from The Mars Volta, new Megadeth, and a surprise Spiritbox banger heading up a wealth of new music, and one of the most overwhelming release weeks of the year.Releases:Alexisonfire - OthernessCoheed & Cambria - Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking MindFinal Light - Final LightNervus - The Evil OnePorcupine Tree - Closure/ContinuationCandy - Heaven is HereDune Rats - Real Rare WhalePetrol Girls - BabyGraywave - RebirthSaor - OriginsKhold - SvartsynEntrails - An Eternal Time of DecayDarkane - Inhuman SpiritsWerewolves - From the Cave to the GraveCalderum - Mystical Fortress of Iberian LandsVicious Blade - Siege of Cruelty
48:45 06/24/2022
Hyperblasts: What's the Point of Steve Aoki?
Perran and Mark consider the news of a four day Download next year, the loss of The Pit/Lock Up stage at Reading & Leeds, the pros and cons of growling kids on talent shows, and a bunch of new tracks including a return to form In Flames and Steve Aoki putting his fingers in some rock music pies again.Releases:D.R.U.G.S. - Destroy RebuildLit - Tastes Like GoldNova Twins - SupernovaCivil War - InvadersEsoctrilihum - Consecration of the Spiritus FleshWhite Ward - False LightWeezer - SZNS: Summer
46:44 06/17/2022
On & On & On & On
Returning from Slam Dunk weekend, Alexisonfire's comeback album and another stormer from Kreator head up reviews with Bleed From Within, Coheed and Cambria, Joyce Manor, Final Light, Astronoid, & Nervus.Alexisonfire 22:31Kreator 41:38Bleed From Within 56:31Coheed and Cambria 1:09:07Joyce Manor 1:19:48Final Light 1:30:01Astronoid 1:41:17Nervus 1:52:15
123:22 06/10/2022
Hyperblasts: The Autopsy Pit
Perran's joined by guest Mark Sandison to talk about the feral action going down at Maryland Deathfest, Bring Me the Horizon's throwback Malta set, new tunes from Amon Amarth and Panic! At the Disco, but mainly the feral action going down at Maryland Deathfest. Good grief.Releases:The Chasm - The Scars of a Lost Reflective ShadowKreator - Hate Uber AllesBleed From Within - ShrineAstronoid - Radiant BloomGwar - The New Dark AgesThe Algorithm - Data RenaissanceArtificial Brain - Artificial BrainOrigin - ChaosmosCrobot - Feel ThisMemphis May Fire - Remade In MiseryNo Pressure - No PressureTemple of Void - Summoning the SlayerKillswitch Engage - Live at the Palladium
37:39 06/03/2022
Hyperblasts: Go Forth and Furby Flip
Milton Keynes' transport network is sent into meltdown by a bunch of emos as My Chemical Romance, Mayhem, and Elton John (not on the same bill) saw a crazy Saturday night. With this episode though we salute Alec Chillingworth, who takes his leave from TNM. Cheers for your love everybody, one and all.Releases:Decapitated - Cancer CultureDef Leppard - Diamond Star HalosTremonti - Tremonti Sings SinatraLiam Gallagher - C’mon You KnowbigLOVE - Crusaders of JoyBesvärjelsen - AtlasLord Belial - RaptureSacrifizer - Le diamant de LuciferBlack Void - AntithesisSpiter - Bathe the Babe in Bat’s BloodMournful Congregation - The Exuviae of Gods Part IBaest - Justitia
44:59 05/26/2022
Hyperblasts: MCR Did It The Madmen
As My Chemical Romance surprise us with their first new song, there's more talk of deathcore bands sneaking in Euro-metal with Lorna Shore's new track, charlatans selling the wrong rock artists at the Eurovision Song Contest, attempts to dodge flying setlist spoilers, and a general weird gig trip to Oranssi Pazuzu.Releases:Pkew Pkew Pkew - Open BarState Champs - Kings of the New AgeMoon Tooth - PhototrophVisions of Atlantis - PiratesMisery Index - Complete ControlJungle Rot - A Call to ArmsPrimitive Man - InsurmountableFamyne - II: The Ground BelowMalevolence - Malicious IntentStatic Dress - Rouge Carpet DisasterCave In - Heavy PendulumSepticflesh - Modern PrimitiveCasket Feeder - Servants of ViolenceAnvil - Impact is ImminentJames LaBrie - Beautiful Shade of GreyEvergrey - A Heartless Portrait: The Orphean TestamentBlut Aus Nord - Disharmonium: Undreamable AbyssesPredatory Light - Death and the Twilight HoursLuminous Vault - Animate the EmptinessCome to Grief - When the World DiesUnbowed - Colour the SoulBe Well - Hello Sun
46:24 05/20/2022
Try to Be As Cool As Trevor Strnad Was
Some potential break-out records and long-awaited works populate May reviews with Ibaraki, Malevolence, Static Dress, Cave In, Puppy, Septicflesh, and Casket Feeder, but first, after the heartbreaking news we remember the wonderful Trevor Strnad.Ibaraki 26:53Malevolence 58:15Static Dress 1:13:28Cave In 1:25:46Puppy 1:42:36Septicflesh 1:55:56Casket Feeder 2:08:51
137:59 05/13/2022
Hyperblasts: Literal Tool Watching
The mystery of Rammstein's possible fake tour dates has us scratching our heads, Suicide Silence make a blast return to their roots, and we talk about versatile vocalists, our personal most important hardcore bands, and question what it could take to knock some of the big league bands off the top, as well as live reports from Tool's Fear Inoculum tour and Helloween's returning run.Releases:Halestorm - Back from the DeadFozzy - BoomboxThree Days Grace - ExplosionsSilverstein - Misery Made MeSimple Plan - Harder Than It LooksStand Atlantic - F.E.A.R.Upon a Burning Body - FuryIbaraki - RashomonTerror - Pain Into PowerPuppy - Pure EvilGod Mother - ObevekligChamber - Carved In StoneUfomammut - FeniceWo Fat - The SingularityCosmic Putrefaction - Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed OnesTómarúm - Ash In Realms of Stone IconsHaunter - Discarnate AlisMalthusian / Suffering Hour - Time's Withering ShadowNegative Plane - The Pact
42:22 05/06/2022
Hyperblasts: Rammstein Zeit Review
This week's Hyperblasts sees our review of Rammstein's dramatic and diverse new album Zeit swiftly coming through the pandemic with more actual music, along with all the usual news antics. Releases:Watain - The Agony & Ecstasy of WatainDevil Master - Ecstasies of Never Ending NightMizmor & Thou - MyopiaThe Gathering - Beautiful DistortionDälek - PrecipiceHelms Alee - Keep This Be the WayThe Lord - Forest NocturneDischordia - TriptychAl-Namrood - Worship the DegenerateNo/Más - Consume/Deny/RepentThrowe - ForfaldSkull Fist - Paid In FullUdo Dirkschneider - My WayBeachdog - BeachdogJames and the Cold Gun - False StartHeriot - Profound MoralityRammstein - Zeit
60:40 04/28/2022
Hyperblasts: Leave Madelyn Alone
Architects, While She Sleeps, The Wonder Years and Tribulation lead a barrage of tracks, and we cast our minds over ill-fitting collaborations.Releases:Darkher - The Buried StormPrince Daddy & the Hyena - Prince Daddy & the HyenaSpanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Etc.Rope Sect - Metanoia SessionsThe Troops of Doom - Antichrist RebornThese Arms are Snakes - Duct Tapes & Shivering CrowsGreyhaven - This Bright and Beautiful WorldMonuments - In StasisAnalepsy - QuiescenceEgregore - The Word of His LawIncandescence - Le Couer De L'HommeMånegarm - Ynglingaättens ödeUndeath - It's Time... To Rise from the GraveBob Vylan - Bob Vylan Presents the Price of LifeNorthlane - ObsidianOcean Grove - Up in the Air ForeverBodysnatcher - Bleed-AbidePrimus - ConspiranoidAudrey Horne - Devil's BellAmenra / Cave In / Marissa Nadler - Songs of Townes van Zandt Vol. IIIVanum - LegendCorpsessed - Succumb to RotArchgoat - All Christianity EndsStatic Abyss - Labyrinth of VeinsMirror - The Day Bastard Leaders DieCaliban - DystopiaKing Gizzard & the Lizard Wizzard - Omnium GatherumTribulation - The Dhampir
36:21 04/22/2022
Unravelled & Immuted
Divisive picks and party tricks lead April's reviews on TNM of new Meshuggah, PUP, Watain, Carpenter Brut, Undeath, Devil Master, Cancer Bats, and The Good, The Bad and the Zugly, as well as a first trip to Ghost's Imperatour.Meshuggah 24:27PUP 57:13Watain 1:15:40Carpenter Brut 1:43:26Undeath 1:58:31Devil Master 2:10:36Cancer Bats 2:22:40The Good, The Bad and the Zugly 2:34:43
165:14 04/15/2022
Hyperblasts: Tubbytronic Superdome
The yearly Grammys sigh comes from bizarre decision of metal winner, Clutch hit us with the first taste of their next album (mystic), and Rammstein get misshapen in the Zick Zack video.Releases:Papa Roach - Ego TripThe Good, The Bad and the Zugly - Research and DestroyHealth - Disco 4: Part IIDestruction - DiabolicalHällas - Isle of WisdomMors Principium Est - Liberate the Unborn InhumanityTome of the Unreplenished - EarthboundTerzij de Horde - In One of These, I am Your EnemySignals Midwest - DentOceanator - Nothing's Ever FineHeart to Gold - Tom
40:06 04/08/2022