Heavy Rewind – Psychotic Waltz’s A Social Grace

This Californian band’s first iteration lasted a decade, until 1997 (they are now reunited and working on new music, who’s quality is yet to be tested). During that decade they released four albums, with a clear difference between the first two and the latter two. Those two first album, and the debut especially, are masterclasses in progressive metal and represent to this day some of the best actualization of why progressive metal is great. They are technical but furiously aggressive, drawing from the pools of progressive rock and thrash equally. The result is two fantastically deep albums with the first being a timeless classic which has sadly gone forgotten.

Stream Randall Holt’s Powerful Cello Exploration Ahead Of Its Physical Re-release

Perhaps no one musician has contributed to the cello’s prominence and presence in the field of experimental music as Randall Holt but the name might not even be familiar to you unless you’re well versed in the Austin musical scene, the post rock landscape or other experimental/jazz circles. But the fact remains that he totes one of the finest pedigrees in the market. He collaborates or has collaborated with the likes of Thor Harris (drummer for Swans), Jonathan Horne (another of Austin’s elite of hardworking musicians, also the guitarist for The Young Mothers), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and Adam Rudolph, one of the most important jazz composers and percussionists in the world. In 2016, Holt was ready to foray out into the world by himself with a haunting and beautiful album titled “Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness” and boy is it a ride. We’re proud to stream the full album here today to celebrate the album’s physical release, on cassette and CD, so head on over below for a taste and we’ll talk more after.

Hey! Listen to Hallux!

Thrash is often the good to example when talking about dead genres; it’s pretty much accepted wisdom that the heyday of the genre is over and done with. But, like all narratives, this sort of linear perspective on the life and death of a whole suite of musical ideas can blind us to great music still being made under its auspices today. Check out Vancouver’s Hallux for example. These guys make a high-octane, aggressive kind of thrash and blend it with plenty of influences from D-Beat, old school progressive death metal and more. The result is a self titled debut filled to the brim with fast riffs, high paced drumming and furious vocal screeches. Head on down below for your first taste and don’t forget to turn it up loud.

Hey! Listen to Substratum!

It is once again my distinct pleasure to recommend some great traditional metal revival to you all! Huzzah! Substratum hail from Seattle, a city whose role in music needs no exposition. They play a no frills, no apologies New Wave of British Heavy Metal type of music so you know what to expect; thick bass riffs straight from the repertoire of one Steve Harris, soaring vocals, sci-fi themes and kick ass riffs. Don’t forget the riffs, since they’re incredibly kick ass. All these elements are amplified by two facts: the first is that Substratum have chosen to reproduce the best parts of the British New Wave, namely those parts with longer tracks, interesting lyrics and varied compositions. The second is that Substratum don’t really give a fuck about anything other than having a good time and making good music. Head on over the break to have a taste for yourself; don’t forget to bring your leather jacket.

122 – Cursed Podcast

So due to technical difficulties, my voice on this episode is pretty messed up. I tried to recover it the best I could, and Anthony helped, but it is what it is. Well, at least Eden is audible this time, and he’s around! We discuss the new Nekrogoblikon album, the Behemoth live album, and the new Ghost single. Finally, the Metalsucks article discussing the difference between bands who make stupid jokes and those who believe in violent ideologies. Then, we do the deep segment on Metallica. Enjoy! (or at least try to)

Grind My Gears – Chepang/TEST + The Best Of The Rest

God. Damn. It’s so nice to come back to Heavy Blog for a new week with fresh as fuck grindcore to share. The time I allocate myself for checking out new music has had to take a pretty hefty cut recently because of (no one cares) but I’ll never give up on the one true love of my life – blast beats, bitchin’ riffs and ear fucking noise. This month I have the greatest of pleasures in featuring one of the most exciting bands in grind today, alongside the Brazilian grind project they share their newest split with. Because of…