Intervals – The Way Forward

After putting behind him the heavily djent-infused sound of Intervals’s first two Eps, and the foray into vocal experimentation of A Voice Within, Marshall truly hit his stride with 2015’s The Shape of Colour. Now, Intervals are back with another saccharine sojourn into the world of guitar wizardry. But does it hold up and capitalize on the promise of the previous release? The answer is yes and no. Project mastermind Aaron Marshall has suggested that nostalgia inspired much of the new album’s sound. However, this theme has perhaps been too readily pursued, as this release is the first from Intervals to…

Bent Knee Are Good At Naming Obscure Land Animals, Want You To Take Them On Tour

Of the many bands I became familiar with and wrote about in 2017, few meant more to me than the Boston art-rock/prog rock/whatever you want to call it collective Bent Knee. I’ve written about them several times this year, including a lengthy interview and profile of the band with frontwoman Courtney Swain. Frankly, by the time we were ready to roll out our album of the year list (where they ranked #17) I didn’t think I would be writing about them again for a while. But they were stopping through Brooklyn again in December, this time with the always amazing prog force that is Thank You Scientist, and I knew I had to come out and see them.

Hey! Listen to Malady!

Who has the arrogance to accurately trace the proliferation of genres? Who has the hubris needed to claim that they have accurately described the narrative surrounding even one style of music? Apparently, a lot of people as music journalism is obsessed with “understanding” (read, limiting) genres and telling us their stories. Case in point: progressive rock. When I say those words, a set number of not only bands but also of locals spring to your mind: England, King Crimson, the United States, Genesis, Woodstock, Atlanta, East Village, Yes, Canterbury and many more. But there exist locals and names that were never…

Dead As History: Saying Goodbye To The Dillinger Escape Plan (Part One)

It’s incredibly difficult to say goodbye to a favorite band, particularly one with such longevity, quality, and influence as The Dillinger Escape Plan. It’s not an overstatement to say that Dillinger shaped not only my taste in music, but how I listen to, perceive, and think about music. It could even be posited that had I not discovered them and been intrigued enough by the mathematical noise and propensity towards the avant-garde, I may have never further explored extreme and experimental music and formed this very site. There are very few constants in my revolving library of music from when I…

Tribulation – Down Below

Of the comments on our post outlining Music Journalism’s Top 25 Metal Albums of 2017, one in particular provided an opinion that’s plagued the metal community for quite some time. The commenter criticized Heavy Blog for being too focused on “wanting to like what’s different as oppose to just listening to an album for what it is.” It’s certainly correct to assert that experimentation in and of itself isn’t a virtue when it comes to a band’s music, particularly when their overall songwriting fails basic criteria for quality. However, as you can see from our own Top 25 Albums of 2017, as…