Metal Hammer Podcast: Should Metal Bands Surprise Release Albums?

Avenged Sevenfold

Eminem surprised the world with a new album this week, but should metal bands follow suit? We look at the case of Avenged Sevenfold (and others) to see if it’s worth metal bands trying to surprise their fans.

We also discuss news from Meshuggah, Ozzy Osbourne and Ville Valo, and pay homage to Iron Maiden’s Powerslave album.

There’s also chat about booking our own festivals, the best prog metal, and Brent Hinds’ recent comments about the music industry.

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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.