Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries

A good experiment doesn’t have to produce positive results. Acid was a great experiment but The Grateful Dead exist so… Some excursions into the unknown reveal horrendous truths. Mind Cemeteries by international mathcore collective Coma Cluster Void is one such truth. Showcasing the extended range guitar in a manner as yet unheard, this is a musical foray into testing the limits of how much disarray can exist in sound. It’s also really brutal. Just before this gets too fucking prog. This is so far from pretentious that it’s probably pretentious again. But not at the same time.

Hardwired To (Critically) Construct: On The First New Metallica Song In 8 Years

Metallica is the first band that got me into really heavy music. They made me enjoy fast-paced music, aggression, anger, and music that just makes you want to headbang forever. For most people, this is also the case. I know many of my friends give Metallica credit for being their “gateway” band, the band that got them into metal in the first place. Metallica was the first real metal band I enjoyed. Master Of Puppets and …And Justice For All are two of the best albums ever written, at least to me, and they’ve never gotten old. However, the band has polarized the…

Hey! Listen to Dioramic!

Progressive hardcore isn’t really a thing; you could probably find three or four bands which match the description. However, on the off-chance that you can get around to discovering such a band, it possess great appeal. On one hand, you have the harsh, full speed ahead vocals of hardcore and the signature, bittersweet cleans. On the other, you get odd time signatures, varied instruments and compositions to offset the simplicity which sometimes plagues hardcore. That’s exactly the sort of mix you have with Dioramic, a band with three albums to their name and one great album. Technicolor is just a cut above the rest; it’s not that the other two are bad, they just don’t have the seamless integration and flow of Technicolor. Here, metalcore, hardcore and progressive metal all blend together, synths side by side with harsh vocals and gang choirs.

44 – Eden Got Eaten

In true soap-opera-that-outlived-its-course fashion, we’re replacing the actor who plays the part of Eden with David Wu of Cyborg Octopus! Yeah, he’s been here before, exactly 10 episodes ago!First, we talk about how artists feel about criticism, delve into the creative process a bit, and while we cover some of the same ground we did before, we end up in a different place! Then, we do the news, talking about Oathbearer, An Endless Sporadic, Metallica, Dance Gavin Dance, The Depression Sessions (The Acacia Strain, Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy), Virvum, Ninjaspy and Devin Townsend. Also, check David’s new channel he alluded to last time, RiffShop!

The Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Reviewing a Devin Townsend album is not a simple effort. The man and, by now, the musicians which have become his troupe in the last few years have such a wide range of music to their name. This makes approaching each album consecutively harder, as expectations, momentum and community perceptions pile up on each other, making the task of channeling them into a positive attitude an intricate dance. On the one hand, a reviewer should try and intake each album as its own creation. On the other, context is important and wiping the slate clean usually weakens a critique’s strength. And so,…

*prognotes – Vektor’s Terminal Redux

Wikipedia has this to say about space opera: “Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, and often risk-taking, interplanetary battles, as well as chivalric romance”. While this definition is certainly accurate, it also downsizes one of the grandest, most expansive sub-genres of science fiction out there. Beyond the insane amount of terrible space opera (see Sturgeon’s Law for why this shouldn’t bother you), it has some of the most memorable and well thought out settings in science fiction literature (and beyond, but we are not getting into this discussion). Funnily enough, it also has some ties to metal: several albums draw on the space-oriented themes of the sub-genre to create their oppressive, rust-tinged settings, replete with beasts from beyond space and time, sentient spaceships and more.

However, this year we were treated to the best space opera setting in the history of metal with Vektor’s Terminal Redux. If by some insane reason you haven’t listened to this album yet (seriously, go listen to it RIGHT NOW), let me by way of an introduction tell you that it’s everything that progressive thrash should have been and wasn’t. It’s truly diverse, with choirs, technical tricks and much more to vary up the huge amount of riffs, and focuses on delivery and composition rather than just blistering displays of technicality. And, on top of all of that, it’s a concept album. It tells a classic space opera story: an outcast finds great (internal) power, returns to claim dominion, achieves stellar success, literally, only to realize that it all means nothing in the wake of the vastness of space and time. Along the way, we are treated to some of the most fleshed out characters in a concept album, complete with competing, interstellar empires, brutal enforcers, uncultured masses and a technology that changes everything, for better or for worst. And so, this album basically begs for a *prognotes post and here we are!

Small note for this specific post: it is highly recommended to listen to the album while reading these lyrics. Some of the sounds, instruments and progressions on the album only make complete sense when experienced via the lyrics (you’ll get a good example for this very soon, on the first track) so while it’s always advised to listen and read at the same, it’s doubly true here. Let us begin!

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To: Playlist Swap // 8/19/16

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post has Scott and Jimmy 2 duking it out again, in what will surely be a battle for the ages: