These posts are written by: Noyan

162 – I’m Not Staple

Back on the grind with new music. Fractal Universe, Hacktivist, Krosis, Whitechapel, Amogh Symphony, and Enterprise Earth. Then we discuss, Matt Heafy’s guitar strap for reducing back strain, the neural network that generates Archspire music, Eden’s Devin interview, and the passing of Michael Eikenaar of Nihill and Dodecahedron. Then, cool people time with Sekiro, Hob, and The Occupation. Also this mashup. Enjoy!

161 – Trash Fire feat. Se’nam Palmer

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!This week, we are joined by Se’nam Palmer of Crispin Wah to discuss basically one subject: a certain pair of pants with a certain logo. Of course, this turns into an extended conversation about the usage of symbology and ideology in metal. Enjoy.

After The Burial – Evergreen

There’s something comforting and warm about good After the Burial albums. Maybe those aren’t the first words that come to mind for many listeners, but it’s undeniable that the band evokes a more personal response than the average metalcore act. This became even clearer when core member Justin Lowe passed away under tragic circumstances, which must have been a very heavy blow to the members. Many fans were invested in not just the music, but the people behind it. And it was undeniably felt when the first album after Justin’s loss, Dig Deep, made his absence sting that much more. So Evergreen was the test of whether the band would continue to feel hollow, or recover and keep the memory alive. It’s pretty safe to say, upon hearing it, that the band pass with flying colors.

160 – I Couldn’t Come Up With A Title But Go Watch Santa Clarita Diet

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!We have a bunch of new proggy music this week, including Devin Townsend, Periphery, Equipoise, and Hannes Grossmann. Also Nekrasov. We also cover some sad/weird stories like the passing of Viraemia bassist Scott Plummer, and Static-X doing a tour with their vocalist replacing Wayne Static wearing a Wayne Static-but-with-dead-skin-looking mask. Yeah. Also this Magic: The Gathering trailer with an emotional Linkin Park cover, and some random live clip of Metallica with Cliff. Then cool people time with, you guessed it, Santa Clarita Diet, Arrested Development, Sekiro, Hitman 2, and Texorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia. Enjoy!

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!

158 – Thanos’s Scotch Snap

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!This week I keep finding new ways to irritate Eden, and you can guess how if you watch this Adam Neely video. We also talk about Dream Theater, Numenorean, Children of Bodom, Allegaeon, a cool thing Jared Dines did, After the Burial’s upcoming album, Warforged, Mycelia, Woe, and the passing of Dick Dale. Also cool people time with Baba is You,  Metro Exodus, The Division 2, Captain Marvel, The Favourite, Suspiria, and Annihilation. Enjoy! (also stay for the outro, sorry not sorry)

157 – Slam Jam

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!This week we have regular host Cody, and we discuss a bunch of random stuff. Plumbing, Slam as a genre, Periphery and the future of djent, the Lords of Chaos movie, then some cool people time, specifically a discussion on TV budgets and the value of premium TV versus network TV. Enjoy!

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher

It’s mildly surprising that not a lot of bands have tried to recreate the sound of 2008-2011 era progressive metalcore, also known as “Sumeriancore” for the label that came to define the sound. Sure, many have iterated on the sound and developed their own on top, but there haven’t been a lot of proper throwbacks. It seems oddly fitting for Aenimus to be the band to do it, as their sophomore album Dreamcatcher is their first since 2013. Not only does Dreamcatcher bring the beat of the genre back to life, it also exudes six years’ worth of creativity as well, and is a very satisfying return to a genre that’s missed sorely by many.

156 – Bring That Beat Back

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!This week we have a salty one, where I’m salty and I get Eden salty. This galaxy brain article about the environmental impact of streaming, then new music or whatever from Shokran, Aenimus, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Origin, Deviloof, Fountainhead, and Vintersorg leaving Borknagar and that Denzel Curry Rage Against the Machine cover everyone is talking about. Then, cool people time with Eden’s adventures in Berlin with Peter Watts, Observer, Onimusha, and Jeff Noon’s Nyquist Mysteries. Enjoy!

155 – Accelerationist Mecha

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!

This week we do an off-topic epsidode with an Asia travelogue (including a Metal Gear Solid escape room and a Godzilla dessert buffet), bullshit philosophy about accelerationism, cool people time with Happy Death Day 2U, Resident Evil 2, Russian Doll, and more! Enjoy!