The Metal HeadDec 01, 2023
Twenty Six: Let's Talk About Spotify Wrapped
On today's episode, we have a deep conversation about Spotify Wrapped and alternative streaming sites. We also review the new albums from Earthside and TEMIC.
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Twenty Five: Vote for the best metal album of 2023 & Green Lungs New Album
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On today's episode, we chat about some of the nominees for Metal Hammer's best albums of 2023, and the new Green Lung album. It's a pretty chill episode we hope y'all will enjoy.
Vote for your favourite metal album here: https://www.loudersound.com/features/vote-for-the-best-metal-album-of-2023
Twenty Four: Mike Portnoy back in Dream Theater!!!
We're got some great topics on this episode! Mike Portnoy is back in Dream Theater and prog fans rejoice. Devin Townsend makes his film that accompanies The Puzzle public for all to see on YouTube, and Pink Floyd is reissuing Michael/Michelle's favourite Floyd Album!
We look at two festivals hitting the circuit in 2024: RiotFest and Bloodstock Festival.
We end the episode reviewing the new King Gizzard album "The Silver Chord" and the new Pattern-Seeking Animals Album "Spooky Action At A Distance"
Twenty Three: Bandcamp, Sick New World Festival, and Steven Wilson
We're back!! Grace is feeling better and we've got a lot of ground to cover. We chat about some new material from King Gizzard, Ghost's retirement of Papa Emeritus IV, and Papa Roach reaching One Billion streams for their track "Last Resort". We also touch upon what's going on with BandCamp.
In our Festival Watch, we breakdown the insane lineup that is Sick New World and wish we had gotten tickets earlier as it's now sold out.
Finally, we end on two reviews: one for the new Baroness album and one for the new Steven Wilson album.
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Twenty Two: New TesseracT and Baroness, The VMAs snub metal again, & Ozzy's new podcast
On this episode, Grace and Michael/Michelle chat about concerts they've seen, and concerts they're looking forward to. They also discuss new releases from Baroness and TesseracT.
They chat about the new Ozzy podcast, as well as the departure of Marc Martins from Persefone.
Finally, they talk about the newly announced Haken North American Tour: An Evening With Haken that Michael/Michelle is very excited for.
Twenty One: Metallica Setting A New Record, Katatonia's New Tour, And URNE's New Album
Welcome back to some chill vibes and heavy music. On today's episode Grace and Michael/Michelle dive into Metallica's new record setting concert, with special celebrity guests in attendance. We also chat about the new Katatonia North American Tour, and the surprise Megadeth guest of Marty Friedman.
Michael/Michelle get's a bit personal with some comments made by Alice Cooper, but knows karma is a thing when Mr. Cooper is dropped by a makeup company.
The team give praise for the new URNE album and get confused over the pronunciation of the band's name.
Finally, a discussion around supergroups and if the term should be retired finishes off the episode.
Twenty: Highest Recorded Concert Attendance, Radarfest, & Metallica's US Tour
On today's episode, we cover a lot of announcements of tours for Metallica, Periphery, and Cattle Decapitation. Michael/Michelle laments about not getting Taylor Swift tickets, and Grace recounts her time at Radarfest and breaking her leg.
We also cover the largest recorded concert attendance and chat about the validity of these things, especially when they're free.
Nineteen: Sleet Token at Radar Fest, TesseracT's new track, and The Anchoret's new album
We have a stacked episode this week! We're looking at the a bunch of news such as the new track and album announcement from Tesseract, Alice Cooper teaming up with Tom Morello from RAM for the new single off of the new album "Roads", and the Tour announcement with Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie.
We also chat about a metal album that really surprised us with The Anchoret and their debut album It All Starts With Loneliness.
We end the episode with the Sleep Token effect for the upcoming Radar Fest and what Grace is looking forward to as a press access pass.
We also chat about the passing of Sinéad O'Connor, a beautiful voice and politically active woman who left us far too soon.
Eighteen: New Baroness, Scar Symmetry, and Best albums of 2023 so far
On today's episode, Grace and Michael/Michelle chat about new Baroness track and their upcoming album 'Stone'. Michael/Michelle shares a heart warming story about a wall of hugs at a show after a metal head proposed. We then chat about new music from Scar Symmetry and King Gizzard, and end off the episode chatting about our favourite metal releases of the year thus far.
Seventeen: A7X's new album, Tool's Outrageous Ticket Prices, and Download Fest
We have a lot on the docket today folks. First, Michael/Michelle and Grace continue their chat about Spotify's AI DJ X, and how the shine has worn off. We then chat about some news painting metalheads in positive lights from a recent Ph.D study. Grace is shocked by the price of North American tickets prices for the up coming Tool show that Michael/Michelle tried to buy tickets for, and we touch on new releases from Slipknot and Foo Fighters.
We dive deep into the new Avenged Sevenfold record "Live Is But A Dream..." and talk about how our minds have changed with multiple listens. Finally, we end the episode off with Grace giving a detailed account of her time at this year's Download Fest, and getting to crowd surf to Metallica.
We hope you enjoy!
Sixteen: Sleep Token's new album, Foo's new Drummer, and Trent Reznor's new Score
We cover a lot on this episode, starting with a discussion on Spotify's new AI DJ X. We then dive deep into some news talking about the new permanent drummer of the Foo Fighters and Trent Reznor's new score for the up coming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the new albums, we chat about the new Sleep Token and The Ocean album. Finally, we end on a fun recap of some of the shows Grace has been too. We hope you enjoy.
Fifteen: Dolly Parton going Rock, Bell Witch's new album, & Excitement for Ghost's new EP
On this week's episode, Grace and Michel/Michelle chat about Dolly going rock and not being able to do any wrong. We also discuss the latest single from Ghost's EP Pantomime, and get excited for all the new releases coming out today. Two festivals are discussed on our Festival Watch segment. We also have a discussion on the new Bell Witch release, where there's a bit of a disagreement. Finally, we end with those shows that we've seen in the past two weeks. We hope you enjoy!
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Fourteen: Foo Fighters, Dødheimsgard, & BAMBOOZLE is Baboozled!
Join us this week as we provide some chill vibes with some heavy music. We talk about the potential drummer for the new Foo Fighters album, how metal heads have some of the best self image (according to science!), and how BAMBOOZLE which should have started today is canceled. We also look at a fun death metal from Dødheimsgard, in which both Michael/Michelle and Grace have a fun time trying to pronounce. The episode also features a show and tell of new gets from Grace from the Prognosis festival.
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Thirteen: Metallica, Dethklok, & Power Trip Festival
On this week's episode, we talk about the most anticipated metal release of the year: 72 Seasons by Metallica.
We also talk about some up coming concerts and festivals with the newly announced tour with BABYMETAL and Dethklok, Dream Theater's DreamSonic with Devin Townsend and Animals as Leaders, and the sold out Sweden Rock Festival. We revisit the Power Trip Festival and discuss how ludicrous the pricing options are.
Finally, we talk about the surprise announcements from Ghost, and their new covers EP, and the new album from Bell Witch.
Twelve: BABYMETAL, Metallica, and Liturgy
On this week's episode, we chat all things BABYMETAL, looking at their new album THE OTHER ONE, and their new member Momometal. We also look at new EPs from Scar Symmetry and Metallica, getting very excited for the upcoming albums. In our Festival Watch, Grace is tempted to head out to LA for the Power Trip Festival. We also review the new album from Liturgy and give it a glowing review. Finally, we end things off with a discussion about genre and if djent is in fact one of them.
Eleven: Periphery, BABYMETAL Collaborations, And Louder Than Life Festival
After a brief hiatus, Grace and Michael/Michelle are back and ready to talk about Metal Music. We looks at some hot news hitting the press such as BABYMETAL open to collaborate with some interesting bands, Avenge Sevenfold's new track, and some new Tool Merch. We also talk about the up coming festival Louder Than Life, which gives us life. We chat about new album releases such as the new Periphery album Djent is not a Genre, the new Katatonia album Sky Void of Stars, and the new Haken album Fauna. Finally, we chat about some concerts and shows that we've seen and are looking forward to.
Ten: 2022 Retrospective & Looking forward to 2023 for Metal Music
Grace and Michael sit down to talk about their favourite metal albums of 2022 and their most anticipated albums for 2023.
Nine: The Christmas Episode
Grace is taking this week off, which leaves Michael to wrap up the Christmas season. They chat about their favourite metal Christmas songs and albums, and what they love so much about the Christmas time.
Eight: Metallica's New album, Are Concert Tickets Too Expensive, and Reviews for Tallah, Threshold, and Nickelback
In this week's episode, Grace and Michael discuss the prospects of the new Metallica album, talk about some festivals scheduled for 2023, and review three exciting new albums (ok, only two exciting new albums). The episode concludes with a discussion over concert ticket prices: Are they getting too high??
Seven: Ghost's Win at AMAs, Grammy Nominations, and John Petrucci
On this episode, Grace and Michael discuss nomination season with wins at the American Music Awards best Rock album from Ghost, and the Grammy Nominations for Rock and Metal. They also recount their time in Toronto seeing Meanstreak open up for John Petrucci, reunited with Mike Portnoy on the drums.
Six: Sick New World Festival 2023, Anthrax, and Bonus Discs
In today's episode Michael and Grace talk about the bonus disc from Devin Townsend's Lightwork: Nightwork, and how we love it a lot more than Lightwork. We also talk about Metal Music Festivals in 2023 and some new metal albums we've been enjoying this year.
Five: Devin Townsend, Lamb of God, & System of a Down
It's a spooktacular episode where Michael and Grace chat about new the new Heavy Devi and Lamb of God albums, discuss news with Baroness, BabyMetal, Floor Jansen, and the kind of sort of news of System of a Down. We finish with our favourite tunes and albums to listen to in the Halloween season.
Four: Slipknot, Rammstein, and Godsmack
In today's episode, Grace recounts her summer following Rammstein across Europe at 6 different shows. You can read the full experience here: https://proghurst.co.uk/2022/09/the-2022-rammstein-tour/
We also chat about the new album from Slipknot, and how Godsmack's next album will be their last.
Three: Ozzy Osbourne, Mars Volta, & Roger Waters
A longer episode where we chat about the new Ozzy, Mars Volta, and Clutch albums, as well as the best way to start listening to Metallica according to a band member, and Roger Waters' recent cancellation of his Polish shows.
Two: Lamb of God, Megadeth, & Muse
This week we look at the new Lamb of God single, and the new Megadeth and Muse album. We have a discussion as to whether growls and yells are really necessary for metal music. We hope you enjoy.
One: Charlie Griffiths, Mastodon, & Nicolback?
Welcome to our new podcast: The Metal Head! Hosted by Michael Rogowski and Grace Hayhurst. We chat about metal news, new metal releases, and metal music in general. We hope you enjoy.
On this our first album, we talk about Nicolback going hardcore, Mastodon's Documentary on their writing process for Hushed and Grim, and new releases from Charlie Griffiths and Ryo Okumoto