Hell Bent For Metal, the LGBT+ heavy metal podcast, and Knotfest have joined in partnership.
Hell Bent For Metal exists to give queer voices in metal a platform. It’s there to improve the visibility of the LGBT+ community in our world. It’s here, when needed, to counter homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within the scene when it happens. And it’s here to provide a queer view on metal – because while you might know the music we talk about, the perspective may be very different from this side of the rainbow! Plus every week, we’ll talk about some killer new music we think rules.
The podcast was started by experienced music journalist Tom Dare in his living room via Discord. After three years of ideas and planning, the UK’s second Covid lockdown finally gave him the push needed to get the podcast out into the ether in November 2020. After founding co-host Joe Naan decided podcasting wasn’t actually for him, although a friend of the pod for life, he left, being succeeded in February by new co-host, Matt Rushton. Now, more than 30 regular shows in (plus one feature-length special), the show has gone from strength to strength – and partnered with Knotfest, is set to reach new heights.
The show will feature improved production values, bigger guests, and a greater reach, and both Knotfest and Hell Bent For Metal could not be more excited to finally announce our partnership. You’ll also be able to listen to specials once every month (plus a bonus one in December) through Knotfest Premium. You’ll be able to hear the first special episode later this month.
But you can listen to the first regular episode of our partnership right now, with episode #31 – We Don’t Belong At Pride!
The 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.
Regular segments for the podcast now include: