EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: SOM deliver a deeper gaze into their “Starless Sky”

Back in November we premiered “Prayers” from the debut album by SOM, a supergroup of sorts featuring a trio of unheralded members of the heavy music landscape. Vocalist/guitarist Will Benoit and drummer Duncan Rich comprised two-thirds of the spacey/heavy indie band Constants, who played a strong role in the burgeoning Boston music scene in the mid-aughts that also spurned groups like Junius and Caspian on the upswing following the emergence of Isis, Converge and Cave In. Benoit has gone on to produce records for both Junius and Caspian amongst others, while Rich and bassist Justin Forrest have taken on strong…

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159 – Free Will And Machine Learning

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!We don’t have a lot of news this week, so instead we engage in a long and in-depth discussion about machine learning, the origin of creativity, the notion of free will, sentience, and more (all inspired by Adam Neely’s analysis of Google’s Bach Harmonizer)! Also Jordan Rudess’s solo album, The Black Dahlia Murder self-reflecting, Trivium’s remake of Pillars of Serpents, new music by Amon Amarth and Fleshgod Apocalypse, and this weird headline about Limp Bizkit. Then we do an extended discussion of Jordan Peele’s new movie Us. Full spoilers, which we give a warning about, but yeah. Enjoy!

Moon Tooth – Crux

Moon Tooth came swinging out of the gate in 2016 with their debut full-length Chromaparagon. It presents the listener with a variety of different musical styles that are as colorful as the album title itself. One moment you’re rocking out to stoner with mild-psych touches, the next you’re headbanging to progressive metal, there’s even a devilish fusion of these with blues at one point! It’s a record with a raw, in-your-face energy that is nearly impossible to shake. Now, three years later, they have a brand new full length entitled Crux for us to absorb. This record has the tough…

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Release Day Roundup – 3/22/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the week’s releases to only…

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Hey! Listen to Acid Death!

Discovering new bands is fun. Discovering bands with an outstanding back catalogue is even better! It may have taken Greek death-thrashers Acid Death a full three decades to catch my attention, but I’m quickly making up for lost time and you shouldn’t sleep on them either. Acid Death caught my ear with their most recent effort, Primal Energies, which dropped last week. The album occupies an intersection between groove metal and melodic tech-death – often coming across like a combination of golden-era In Flames, Sylosis and (mostly due to Savvas Betinis’s throaty rasp) Celtic Frost. The combination alone is formidable…

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