Jesus Piece – Only Self

Trying to convince some of the staff at Heavy Blog that hardcore can be great isn’t the nightmarish task it probably could be. Thankfully, outside of the rare shitpost thread, opinions and feelings about genres are shared genially; almost lovingly, at times. Everyone knows not to try and beat a…

Foxing – Nearer My God

We often find ourselves in ruts. Maybe you’re in a job you don’t like, so you gain new skills and work hard to find a job you do. Sometimes you’re in a bad relationship that either needs to be fixed or end. Often you get into a position where you…

What’s in a Label? // Art As Catharsis & Worlds Within Worlds

If you’ve followed Heavy Blog over the last few years, you’ve likely noticed how much we adore the output of Art As Catharsis. This year alone, we’ve seen phenomenal albums ranging from the nu-jazz-fusion of COAST to the artsy chamber pop of Lack the Low to the blackened, deathly metalcore of Bridge Burner. I’ve long…

Hey! Listen to Moonshield!

One of the things you learn first when you start trawling Bandcamp (or any other like-minded service) is that tags are not to be trusted. When you let musicians describe and catalogue their own music, you get often absurd and unhelpful classifications that are more to do with hype, fashion, and self perception. That’s why when I was sent Moonshield by Simon, who also drew my attention to the Bandcamp tag “fantasy punk”, my eyebrow shot up of its own accord. But gosh darn it, as nonsensical as that label sounds, it works perfectly for what Moonshield does on The Warband. Couple that moniker with the cheesy cover art and track names like “The Wizard” or “The Death Cleric” and you’re already well prepared for what’s to come; Moonshield peddle in a type of heavy/power metal style that’s honestly unique and the secret to its appeal lies in the punk influences.

136 – Feel-bad

So we had some technical issues, and it sucks. But we still salvaged the rest of the cast! We discuss Exocrine, and NPR’s audio quality hearing test. Then we do cool people time, with a lot of discussion on Star Trek: Discovery, Blackkklansman, Sorry to Bother You, and Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country. Enjoy!