The LGBT+ heavy metal podcast. Looking at metal from a queer perspective, and a platform for the LGBT+ community within metal. Tom & Matt lead the discussion, opinions, insights, and interviews, and chat about good music. Every Monday.
#50 – Bloodstock, We Have A Problem
1:26:54Last week, Vicky Hungerford, the director of Bloodstock Open Air, the UK's biggest metal festival, used her social media account to tweet about how anyone who included their pronouns in their email signature could expect her to put their emails in the bin. Hell Bent For Metal has to talk about this.We decided that, while we have to talk about what happened, and why it's bad, for some this week's show, we would rather spend as much time as possible relaying messages from our trans and non-binary friends and listeners about why pronouns matter, and why "pronouns in the bio" (and the like) can be so helpful.There's also some chat about why subsequent attempts by Vicky Hungerford to calm the ire she'd stoked only served to make things much worse, and about how we see the way forward for a festival whose claim to be a welcoming, inclusive festival has been tarnished.After all the heavy stuff, there's also a visit to HCGBs at the end, for some fun with Twelve Foot Ninja's album Vengeance, and Blodet's EP Vision. Because nothing counters heavy stuff better than… er… more heavy stuff, apparently.
#49 – Death Metal Vs Homophobes
50:09There's a bumper crop of news for Hell Bent For Metal, with talk of specials, and details of the podcast's first live event.The main chat for the week is about how the most Swedish sounding band ever to come out of the US, Black Breath, wrote a Satanic death metal song that sounds like defiance to homophobes. Sort of. Who knew it was so easy to get from 'Black Sin (Spit On The Cross)' to eschatological homophobic religious extremists?Plus it's a trio of additions for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox, with In The Court Of The Dragon by Trivium, Classics by Four Stroke Baron, and Oxidized by Frontierer all added.
#48 – Wherever I May Bone
56:50Matt's ill, so Hell Bent For Metal welcomes back the gayest straight metal fan, Abhi Ahluwalia, as guest host, to take a look at the feast of euphemisms that is 'Spit Out The Bone' by Metallica. "Oh Matron!" just doesn't do that one justice.Boogie metal belter 'Earth Rocker' by pod favourite Clutch is this week's Camp Classic, with it being revealed as a genuine queer metal anthem – even if that may have come about by accident.Plus the new additions to the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox this week are Quicksand's new album Distant Populations, and Enslaved's new EP Caravans To The Outer Worlds. (And you can probably guess who picked which record.)
#47 – Hell Bent Against Racist Metal Bands
1:07:07Sick of finding racist or even Nazi bands within our scene, Hell Bent For Metal explains exactly why it's especially important the LGBT+ community, and our podcast in particular, stand against racism and the rise of the far right in metal.After that horrible topic, there's a much more fun time to be had in this week's Camp Classic, as we explain why Ensiferum's folk metal/disco/country song 'Two Of Spades' spoke to us as queers.Plus the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox's new additions this week are The Work by Rivers Of Nihil, Strength by Unto Others, and Forlorn by The Answer Lies In The Black Void.
#46 – Amon Amarth's Massive… Weapons
57:38Hell Bent For Metal makes a gay assessment of Amon Amarth's habit of holding big axes, mighty hammers, and long, long swords in ways that might just be more suggestive than the metal-as-hell intention. Expect innuendo.This week's Camp Classic is 'STFU!' by Rina Sawayama, a song in which Matt and Tom both see queer relevance, but in very different ways.Plus the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox gets its weekly updates, with Conquering by Employed To Serve, Eternal Blue by Spiritbox, and Remains by Hellish Form all added.
#45 – Mince With Me In Hell
1:16:54In a bumper episode, Hell Bent For Metal talks to Andrew O'Neill – comedian, Edinburgh Festival fixture, former Terrorizer columnist, and the creator of the show The History Of Heavy Metal – about their experience of expressing their gender identity in the metal world, and about being an outsider in most rooms they're in. (And Altar Of Plagues. Standard HBFM.)In this week's Camp Classic, the relevance to the queer experience of 'Walk With Me In Hell' by Lamb Of God, and what on earth this has to do with Pride, music college, and a certain area of Reddit.Plus this week's additions for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox are ManiaCult, the eleventh (!) album from Belgian brutal death metallers Aborted, and Wolf Hex, the new record from Canadian riffsters Wormwitch.(Yes, this episode is later than planned. Real Life got in the way. Sorry.)
#44 – Death Metal, And Big Gay Choruses
59:24The Night Flight Orchestra (who are very camp) did a video earlier this year which was clearly pro-LGBT+. Which meant Hell Bent For Metal (also camp) had to talk to them. So this week, NFO's David Andersson (also of Soilwork) speaks to Matt about showing your support for the LGBT+ community, embracing the camp, and the joy of a big gay chorus.Vallenfyre's 2011 debut album, A Fragile King, has a special place in Tom's heart thanks to his history with it. And despite knowing precisely what it's about, the song 'Desecration' has taken on a very queer-specific meaning in his head. He and Matt chat about why.Plus this week's additions for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox are the new EP from Ukrainian jazz/black metal band White Ward, and Istok, the latest album by Russian shoegazy black metal band Trna.
#43 – Roots Glorious Roots
48:57The LGBT+ heavy metal podcast fondly recalls that time Rammstein's guitarists kissed on stage in Russia, and explains that, coming from that band, and given the location they did it in, this gesture meant more to the hosts than when some other bands have done similar things. And yes, of course they use it as an excuse to talk about the band's infamous phallic foam cannons.The latest classic metal song to be outed as mega gay is 'Roots Bloody Roots', as the Sepultura anthem is this week's Camp Classic. And there are a surprisingly large list of reasons for it.Plus this week's entries for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox are Aphelion, the new album from Matt's less-than-secret obsession Leprous, and Differences In Language And Lifestyle, the debut album from Croatian genre-ignorers Moon Unit.And yes, Mr Rushton had to be tied down while the first one of those was discussed. For his and everyone else's safety.
#42 – I Bedazzled A Bear Once
51:52The LGBT+ heavy metal podcast fondly recalls Mastodon's 'Bedazzled Fingernails', and why it spoke to our queer side in a brilliant way – even if it recalled some less happy things for one of our hosts.Defunct mathcore project Iwrestledabearonce are hauled out of metal's past, expressly for the purpose of explaining why their name becomes rather suggestive when viewed through the prism of gay slang.Plus this week's entries for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox are Primordial Arcana, the new album from atmospheric black metal masters Wolves In the Throne Room, and Colors II, the prog metal odyssey from Between The Buried And Me.So, as well as IWABO, HBFM visit HCGBs with WITTR and BTBAM. Clear as glittery soup.
#41 – Land Of Gender Dysphoria Confusion
1:03:45Shelby Logan Warne, the singer and keyboard player from Kyros, answers questions from the audience about her recent experience of coming out as trans. It's all the questions regular guests would never, ever be asked, but Shelby wanted to.Topics include how the band's audience have dealt with the news, what the experience of realising her identity was like, her experience of coming out as trans in her personal life, and the issues surrounding trans healthcare.Plus Agrypnie's latest album Metamorphosis, and Beautiful Ghosts from pod faves Unreqvited, are this week's entry for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox.