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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.
51 Episodes
Last 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.
There'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.
Matt'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.)
Sick 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.
Hell 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.
In 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.)
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Shelby 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.
Tom and Matt answer the questions you always wanted to ask a queer metaller but were afraid to, including whether the homophobia problem in metal is unique to the genre, and what the gay perspective on hair metal is. Which provokes opinions.This week's Camp Classic is 'The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord' by Rhapsody Of Fire, from their 2000 album Dawn Of Victory, back when they were still simply called Rhapsody. This prompts a discussion on cultural differences that influence what is or is not viewed as gay.Plus this week's Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox additions are Exhumed Information by Italian death metal/'80s horror movie soundtrack band Fulci, and Sentient, the debut EP from UK groovy metallers Insurgent.It's a very Italian show. Still camp and brutal though, obviously.
Tom talks to Abi Vasquez, singer for UK black metallers Underdark, who tells her experience of being out as trans in extreme metal, and how different areas of the scene deal with it differently – and offers some hope for the way metal is headed for the LGBT+ community.Matt chats to Peter Angelo, metalhead, amateur strongman, and comedian, where they also talk about his experiences of being out in the metal scene of New England, and how it's quite different to being out in comedy. He explains how he went down brilliantly with a biker gang, but got banned from upstate New York for being "too gay".Plus the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox has just one addition this week, with both hosts uniting behind Mortal Coil by Dödsrit.
Tom talks to Annabelle and Alisha from Witch Fever, a majority-queer band who are all women or non-binary people, about LGBT+ spaces in heavy music, providing the representation in the scene they want to see, and poor behaviour they've been on the end of from straight men.Matt explains why 'Shock Me' by Baroness speaks to him as a bi man, and what it has to do with learning to deal with homophobia. Tom finds his own relevance to him finding his identity, and somehow links it to Monty Python. Sort of.Plus this week's new entries for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox are Corrupted Pillars Of Vanity by Ætheria Conscientia, and Dark Triad: Bitter Psalms To A Sordid Species by Epiphanic Truth.
One of the LGBT+ heavy metal podcast's favourite things in metal is unveiled – that being how many of the lyrics and titles sound euphemistic and/or phallic. Starting with a classic of the genre: Grand Magus' superb 'Like The Oar Strikes The Water'.This week's Camp Classic is 'Altered State – Of Matter – iii. Resist' by TesseracT (and yes, we had to write it down to remember!), and the many queer interpretations both Matt and Tom get from it are discussed. Uniquely, this is a Camp Classic with lyrics by a former guest on the show, Ashe O'Hara, who joined us in HBFM #10.Plus the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox's new additions this week are Aorta by death/doom gloombringers Majestic Downfall, and Desolate from Icelandic tech death virtuosos Ophidian I.
El Reeve and Claire Simson are the LGBT+ heavy metal podcast's first guests from a majority-female, majority queer band. The Mountain Caller pair talk about the affirming experience that has been, and whether misogyny or homophobia have been larger presences in their experiences.Tom talks about how a misunderstanding made Rob Zombie's 'Dragula' a source of dread when he was a closeted ball of hormones, as this week's Camp Classic harks back to the late-90s – so naturally there's also mention of what the hell all this has to do with The Matrix.Plus it's the day you've all been waiting for, as Matt has to talk about Powerwolf, with their new album Call Of The Wild going in the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox – but not before he tries to out-Tom Tom's pick, by putting Harpyie's Minnewar in himself.It's possibly the campest HBFM yet.
#35 – Wake Up Gay

#35 – Wake Up Gay


The LGBT+ heavy metal podcast invites on a straight cis male guest for the first time, in the fascinating form of Chris Harms from industrial metallers Lord Of The Lost. And when he's a vocal ally, and is talking about gender nonconformity, and how he realised he was definitely straight by giving homosexuality a try, it turns out to make a hell of a lot of sense.The risqué queer interpretation of 'Wake Up Dead' is given a thorough seeing-to, as this week's Camp Classic sees the hosts reveal that Dave Mustaine may have accidentally written a song about the experiences of a closeted gay man in the 1980s.Plus The Nightmare Of Being by melodeath legends At The Gates, and Consolamentum by French post-metal instrumentalists Year Of No Light get added to the jukebox in the Hate Crew Gaybar.
The LGBT+ heavy metal podcast takes a long, lingering look at the long, lingering close-ups in the video to Kvelertak's breakout video, 'Mjød', and thinks they look more than a lot suggestively homoerotic. Before the horror sequence starts, anyway.A hidden gem from Greek black metal legends Rotting Christ is also looked at to show why it's gloriously, fabulous relevant to us as queers – and may just be perfect for something we've committed to making happen.Plus there's a packed Hate Crew Gaybar, as we take a look at Enslaved's Cinematic Tour 2020 live recordings to see if they're good for showing in the bar. Meanwhile Urne's Serpent & Spirit and Amenra's De Doorn are this week's albums for the jukebox.Meanwhile Tom's in an especially gay mood, and Matt's inner Poirot is at work as his deduction skills are in top form.
This week on the LGBT+ heavy metal podcast, we celebrate the time Icelandic post-metal cowboys Sólstafir helped queer representation in metal with their video for 'Love Is The Devil (And I Am In Love)'.We also take a good gaze into Deftones' 'Diamond Eyes', and reveal the reason Tom immediately thought it was extremely gay .Plus the additions for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox this week are Awakened by Vorvan, and Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen.Somehow this episode also sees discussions of queer representation in Star Trek: Discovery and Emmerdale, because why on Earth wouldn't it?
#32 – Heavy Rucking Metal

#32 – Heavy Rucking Metal


Matt talks to Chris Gregory from Belted Sweater, a proudly gay and stylistically unusual project with highly unambiguous lyrics. They chat about why it was so important for the lyrics to be quite so blunt, for the project's style to be what it is, and Chris' concern (or lack thereof) of how the audience might take it.We discuss two very different queer interpretations of Black Sabbath's classic 'Die Young', one very positive, and the other absolutely not. And one of which Tom owes to the Blood & Mud podcast making a joke about a Welsh rugby union coach. Sort of.There's also some news about the man from the Caucasus who Matt's trying to singlehandedly bankroll, and some responses to our discussion of Pride from last week's show.Plus Flyblown Prince by Code and …And Again Into The Light by Panopticon are this week's pick for the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox, and after a lot of agreeing this week, we finally have a good old bicker.
The LGBT+ heavy metal podcast celebrates Pride month… by explaining why we two metalheads don't feel welcome there, and why being metalheads is a big part of this. We also suggest what we could do to improve this – and accidentally commit to one of those steps.We also take a look at the most famous song from Dimmu Borgir's classic Death Cult Armageddon, the anthemic 'Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse', and why it speaks to us as queers, in this week's Camp Classic feature.Plus All My Dreams Came True by Wreche and Solace by Neurotech are this week's addition to the Hate Crew Gaybar jukebox. 
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