Midnight Metal

Friday 12:00 a.m. Midnight

I’m a huge fan of all things metal, so I figured, let’s put together a piece with some big news stories in metal this month. I focused on less mainstream bands here, by the way, with some of the biggies. Here are some quick news hits.

Kataklysm release a new album. Earlier this month, Canadian death metal outfit Kataklysm released a new album, Goliath, via Nuclear Blast Records. I’ve always liked these guys, and boy, do they put on a killer live show. Check out the new music video for the song “Dark Wings of Deception” below. Read on for more quick news hits.

Atreyu is back with another EP. The metalcore favorites released The Hope of a Spark EP is earlier this year, and now, they’ve just released another one, The Moment You Find Your Flame. Listen to Atreyu and a bunch of other metal acts on Midnight Metal below.

Midnight Metal Playlist – August 18th 2023

Metallica launch their M72 Tour. The guys of Metallica are back and on the road! Earlier this month, the metal band kicked off their highly-anticipated M72 World Tour on the East Coach. The tour features Metallica headlining two nights are arenas across America with totally different set. One night features Mammoth WVH and Pantera opening, while the other night has Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills opening. We have to wait until November for the show to hit Detroit. Darn it.

New music from Horrendous is here. If you’re into death metal, then be excited that Horrendous has released a new album. The guys just dropped Ontological Mysterium on Season of Mist. The album marks their highly-celebrated Anareta release. I’ve heard the new set and it’s incredible when it comes to the death metal genre.

Another new release: Ringworm with Seeing Through Fire on Nuclear Blast. Thrash metal giants Ringworm are back wtih a new album, Seeing Through Fire, and it’s a quick listen of some raging music. I can’t believe these guys are still around, but I’m grateful.

Grammy Awards: 2023 Rock/Metal/Alternative Winners List

  • Best Rock Performance

    Beck – “Old Man”
    The Black Keys – “Wild Child”
    Brandi Carlile – “Broken Horses” – WINNER
    Bryan Adams – “So Happy It Hurts”
    Idles – “Crawl!”
    Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck – “Patient Number 9”
    Turnstile – “Holiday”


    Carlile appeared thrilled and shocked to win the Grammy for Best Rock Performance with her bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth. She said in her acceptance speech, “I cannot tell you how much this means to us. We’re born and raised in Seattle. When I met these guys 22 years ago, we decided to get in a van and be a band together.” Carlile added, “I met them, and they were covered in Ramones tattoos, and they had never even played an acoustic guitar. And then this happened!”

  • Best Metal Performance

    Ghost – “Call Me Little Sunshine”
    Megadeth – “We’ll Be Back”
    Muse – “Kill or Be Killed”
    Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi – “Degradation Rules” – WINNER
    Turnstile – “Blackout”


    Producer Andrew Watt accepted the Grammy along Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, who both played on Ozzy’s latest studio album Patient Number 9. Watt said during his speech, “We had so much fun making this album. We got to unite Ozzy and Tony together and make a great song.” Watt added, “I talked to Ozzy on the car ride over and he had two messages for the people: I love you all, and f— off!”

  • Best Rock Song

    Brandi Carlile – “Broken Horses” – WINNER
    Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck – “Patient Number 9”
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”
    Turnstile – “Blackout”
    The War on Drugs – “Harmonia’s Dream”


    Carlile, once again, looked thrilled and shocked to win another Grammy tonight when she won Best Rock Song for “Broken Horses.” The singer-songwriter acknowledged her mother in the crowd saying, “Mom, I gotta thank you for telling me to stop singing so angry, because I ignored that, like I ignored everything you ever told me to do.” She continued, with a laugh, “But I cut my hair, and I learned how to scream, and I just won a Grammy for a rock and roll song I wrote with all my heart.”

  • Best Rock Album

    The Black Keys – Dropout Boogie
    Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Boy Named If
    Idles – Crawler
    Machine Gun Kelly – Mainstream Sellout
    Ozzy Osbourne – Patient Number 9 – WINNER
    Spoon – Lucifer on the Sofa


    Watt and Trujillo returned to accept the Grammy for Best Rock Album on Ozzy’s behalf. Watt said, “We just want to take a second to thank the unbelievable musicians that helped to make this album. So many people came together for Ozzy: The great Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Robert Trujillo, the great Jeff Beck – the greatest guitar player alive, Josh Homme.” Trujillo then jumped in and continued, “Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.”

  • Best Alternative Music Performance

    Arctic Monkeys – “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball”
    Big Thief – “Certainty”
    Florence and the Machine – “King”
    Wet Leg – “Chaise Lounge” – WINNER
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs Featuring Perfume Genius – “Spitting Off the Edge of the World”


    The British Indie rock band looked absolutely floored they won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance. Rhian Teasdale said while holding the award, “This is so funny. Thanks so much. What are we doing here? I don’t know! But here we are.” She continued, “This year has been so surprising, starting this band has been such a surprise.”

  • Best Alternative Music Album

    Arcade Fire – WE
    Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
    Björk – Fossora
    Wet Leg – Wet Leg – WINNER
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down


    Wet Leg returned to the stage to accept the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Once again, the band couldn’t believe what was happening. Henry Holmes said, “This is just a magical evening. There are so many people out there we should thank, and my mind has gone blank. I feel I might wet myself, and it’s all getting a bit much. Thank you to everyone who’s helped us do this.” He added, while pointing to his bandmates, “And thank you to all you guys. We’re one big f—ed up family.”

  • Record of the Year

    ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down
    Adele – Easy on Me
    Beyoncé – Break My Soul
    Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius – You and Me on the Rock
    Doja Cat – Woman
    Harry Styles – As It Was
    Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5
    Lizzo – About Damn Time
    Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous
    Steve Lacy – Bad Habit

  • Album of the Year

    ABBA – Voyage
    Adele – 30
    Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti
    Beyoncé – Renaissance
    Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days
    Coldplay – Music of the Spheres
    Harry Styles – Harry’s House
    Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
    Lizzo – Special
    Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)

  • Song of the Year

    Adele – “Easy on Me”
    Beyoncé – “Break My Soul”
    Bonnie Raitt – “Just Like That”
    DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy – “God Did”
    Gayle – “ABCDEFU”
    Harry Styles – “As It Was”
    Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
    Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
    Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”
    Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film)

  • Best New Artist

    Domi & JD Beck
    Molly Tuttle
    Muni Long
    Omar Apollo
    Samara Joy
    Tobe Nwigwe
    Wet Leg

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