Obscura – Akroasis

With their cosmic imagery and lyrical themes, melodic-yet-alien riffing, oldschool Cynic-influenced jazzy breaks and calm-yet-powerful approach, Obscura have become one of the biggest names in the genre with their past two albums Cosmogenesis and Omnivium. After losing several of the most talented musicians in metal from their roster, they’ve come back with a new lineup for their fourth album Akroasis. Usually a huge shake-up in a band is dangerous, especially when the members who left, Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, their own respective solo projects and much more) were known to contribute to the writing process of the band. Clearly, founding member and frontman Steffen Kummerer has within him enough of the DNA that not only can he preserve what made Obscura great in the past, but even take the band to the next level, as Akroasis is nothing short of fascinating.

Black Tusk – Pillars of Ash

On November 9th, 2014, Jonathan Anthon, the bass player and vocalist for Black Tusk, tragically passed away after sustaining serious injuries during a motorcycle crash. It was a tragic day in the world of sludge metal as many were left to wonder what was to possibly to become of one of sludge metal’s most promising one bands and true, stalwart defenders of the Southern sludge sound. Luckily, the band decided that to truly serve Anthon’s memory, they must carry on, and carry on they did, touring extensively after the accident and now, nearly two years after his death, releasing their final album recorded with the vocalist, a masterpiece of punked out sludge that perfectly captures everything the band has done prior while still amping it up to exciting new levels.

Best Of: Headbanging

In this installment of ‘Best of’, the Heavy Blog staff get down and dirty with some of the meanest, sickest riffs around. We didn’t limit the genres here too much; unlike our other Best Of lists, we want for effect rather than intent. Does it make you bang your head so hard your neck hurts? Is the urge to air guitar irresistible? Does it connect to that visceral place to which metal always speaks on some level? Then it’s on this list. We’ve collected these albums in the hopes that you’ll find catharsis, a vent to your aggression and an outlet for your passions. It seems weird to include a long intro paragraph into what’s, at its core, a simple and direct collection of sounds. So, without wasting anymore of your time, head on below, turn your speakers loud and dive into some of the most groove inducing, neck-breaking, head-swaying tracks that metal can offer.

Hey! Listen To Resurrecting Id!

Resurrecting Id is the brainchild of Chris Herald, a talented sax player/composer and fellow metal nerd. The premise of Resurrecting Id appears to be answering the question of, “Hey, what would happen if there was progressive, djenty metal with sax playing the usual guitar lead and guitar playing support?” He answered that question in the form a self-titled 5-song EP last year, and I gotta say, it’s definitely worth the time of anyone who read my article last week, as well as any fans of interesting, technically-demanding jazzy prog metal.