This week me and my regular co-host Cody are tired of all the garbage in metal. Marduk, Cirith Ungol, Meshuggah, Decapitated, just throw it all in the trash fire. Then, more positivity. Cody is really excited about Psycho Las Vegas, which leads to him checking out Wolves In The Throne Room. There’s a new Ihsahn song, and I got into Krosis, and tried to get into the new Panopticon album. Then we talk about Death, Gruesome and Cist. Finally, we go over this video comparing Mike Portnoy and Mike Mangini, and what the loss of Portnoy means for Dream Theater. Then, cool people time with A Quiet Place, The Knick, Unsane, The Exorcist (TV show) and more. Enjoy!
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Eden is away doing [thing] this week, so we have Cody instead. Of course, I proceed to troll Cody by making the podcast awkward. But hey, we discuss stuff too! We spend a good amount of time discussing Ihsahn’s disappointing take on the recent happenings in metal and his complicity (including Emperor drummer Faust’s actions). Then how lukewarm we are about the new Dimmu Borgir song. Then the new Alkaloid song, which we both love. Then I try to convince Cody to get into Augury (he messaged me after the episode saying it clicked). We comment on the unfortunate passing of the Cave In bassist Caleb Scofield (crowdfunder here). Finally, we talk about the excellent Toilet ov Hell article on reactionaries in metal and how the scene has become such a mess of edgelords. Then, cool people time. We discuss Cody’s favorite movies and then some other random ones, like The Godfather, A Scanner Darkly, Synecdoche New York, Adaptation, Stranger Than Fiction, Premium Rush, The Raid, City of Violence, and more.
The last time I didn’t put links to news stories in the description was over a year ago, let’s see if people will still leave passionate comments asking for the links back again. No, this is totally not an attempt to bait people into increasing our facebook engagement. Anyway, this week we talk about Spotify’s legal woes as outlined by The Verge, their upcoming IPO, and their launch in Israel, which Eden is not very happy with. Also Sigur Ros’s tax-evasion-but-not-actually story. Then when we start talking about Misha of Periphery’s recent comments about how Periphery alone doesn’t make enough money to be sustainable and Ultimate Guitar’s clickbait headline about it, it turns into a full on discussion about music as business. Then we talk about Fallujah’s teaser, the new Rings of Nihil album, and the upcoming Alkaloid album, and the passing of Wormed’s drummer. Then cool people time with Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Star Trek: Discovery, and Netflix’s Disney’s Marvel’s The Punisher. Enjoy!
Ancient-Egyptian-themed blackened death metal is a weirdly popular niche. It’s easy to understand the appeal, but just how popular the style can be is surprising at times. What’s even more surprising is that few of these bands are actually from Egypt (mostly this review’s namesake and Scarab). Enter Crescent, a band formed in 1999 but only put out their debut in 2014. Hailing from Cairo, they’ve fit in comfortably to this style, and ready to make waves with their second full-length, The Order of Amenti.
This week Eden’s gone so I got Simon instead. We talk extensively about his editorial regarding the Taake incident, trangressions and more. We talk about how black metal’s problematic web of influences is way too wide, and how frustrating that is. Then we cleanse our palates with some new music by Alkaloid, Rivers of Nihil (my review here) and Augury. Finally, we talk about the new Between the Buried and Me album (Jimmy’s review here). Then we do cool people time. Simon talks about the new game from FTL creators, Into the Breach (I bought it right after and have been playing it for hours instead of editing this podcast) and I talk about Derren Brown’s new Netflix special The Push, where he tries to manipulate a person into committing murder. Enjoy!
How bands find balance in the spectrum of emotion can be interesting to observe. Many choose to narrowly focus on a narrow band of this space of possibilities, emphasizing heaviness, anger, misanthropy. Especially, given the nature of death metal, it’seasy to pigeonhole a group like Rivers of Nihil into that niche. To be fair, they’ve flexed their muscles before. Even on their debut, The Conscious Seed of Light, they’ve aimed for something a bit more. In Monarchy they really shot high with these ambitions, yet it didn’t always land. The Pennsylvanian quintet have been tweaking the formula for years now, but it’s always felt like they didn’t have the depth to fully achieve the sound they wanted. Where Owls Know My Name changes that in a magnificent way. This is a complex, intricate, beautiful album that not only plays with the paradigm shift Fallujah introduced to the genre years ago, but goes even further beyond that. All the while being uncompromisingly heavy and intense. If this sounds too good to be true, well time to strap in.
This week on Heavy Pod Is Heavy Castm we bring even more extra salt. The news is ripe for it! Well, we also talk about new music and stuff. More of Matt (Trivium) streaming, Trivium’s new live video, and Paolo beefing with Phil Labonte of All That Remains. Then, Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under peddling right wing conspiracy theories. Within the Ruins changing vocalists. But also new music from Dimmu Borgir, Ihsahn, Barren Earth, Rivers of Nihil (love the album!), and Sectioned. Afterwards, we do an extensive segment on the movie adaptation of the Jeff Vandermeer noverl Annihilation, and Eden goes deep. Enjoy!
This week we bring some extra salt. We talk about Gibson guitars being on the verge of bankruptcy, peoples’ musical tastes getting calcified in their teen years, me being nominated for an innovative guitarist contest (and other amazing musicians, so go vote and check them out!), and discussing new or upcoming material from Ihsahn, Between the Buried and Me, and Huggsja. Then we shine a light on Crescent and Aliases. In cool people time we discuss Black Panther (spoiler warning). Enjoy!
Trivium are a band in a unique position. They exploded onto the scene very early on, accruing a lot of…
Honestly, I just want an excuse to talk about Timewaves. They’re great. I love Nordic progressive metal, and this scratches that itch. Combining that dark, fresh sound with heavier vocals and orchestral keys leads ends up being quite fun. They’re releasing their debut Resilience this year, and trust me when I say, it’s worth waiting for. If you’re into Leprous, but want something more aggressive, like earlier Opeth with more theatrics, then check this out. I present to you, “The Sickle is Drawn”.