Metal Hammer Podcast: Iowa and Why Bands Should Follow Their Hearts

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This week Slipknot's Iowa album turns 17 years old, so Merlin, Luke and Jonathan take a look back on the creation and legacy such a vital album in heavy metal. 

The team also discuss a heavy metal Great British Bake Off, what makes good album art, and the worst receptions bands have received live. Plus chat about news from Slayer, Judas Priest and Atreyu. 

We also have live reviews of The Fever 333 and Bring Me The Horizon's secret show at Reading festival

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Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.