Cynic are one of the greatest metal bands of our generation, regardless of their current status or one’s opinions of their latest releases. Perhaps one of the most decisive signs of that is how their tracks work both in their quiet, intimate version and the original epic ones. Thus, Re-traced in Air remains an immensely impressive album, perhaps one of the most impressive of its type (Opeth’s Damnation would be another one or Devin Townsend’s Unplugged). With their skill, Cynic birthed a plethora of progressive metal bands and can be credited as one of the progenitors of progressive metal in general. One such band, who have always worn their influences on their sleeves is Cryptodira. While we would LOVE to tell you that we have new material from these guys (“soon!”, the promise us), we do have a cover of Cynic’s “Integral” by the band. Check it out below.
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There are several great things about premiering a track from Humanity’s Last Breath. The first is that we absolutely love the project (even though we pine for Vildhjarta’s return). The second is that the project needs absolutely no introduction; the third is that neither does the music. However, with “Abyssal Mouth”, you might do to expect a little bit more variety. HLB are known for hitting hard and then hitting harder and that’s definitely true for this track as well. However, the overall structure of the song and the vocal ideas contained therein might cause you some more pause for reflection. Head on down below and start the process, we’ll dig into it after.
Is there a better feeling in this world than having your expectations fulfilled? Especially when discovering music, where cover art, track names and recommendation set those expectations before the first note even starts, having your prognostications met is a true pleasure. This is a rare thing so, when it comes, we must cherish it and try and spread it far and wild. That’s why we’re here today to talk to you about Dvne Asheran. Recommended to this viewer by a member of the wider Heavy Blog Family, the bar was instantly set high for Asheran: the cover art is incredible, the band name and track names are on point and their previous releases all hold tremendous promise. So, right as the play button was first pressed, murmured mutters of “please, please be as good as you seem” could be heard coming from this writer’s work room followed by immediate cries of “HELL YES”.
A good psychedelic rock album is like no other; the expansive vibes lend these sort of releases an unmistakable sense of grandeur. However, it’s hard to find albums nowadays that can pull off the style (although I’ve been having good luck with that, recently). Luckily, bands like Impuritan are more than willing to step up to the challenges. Much like Kylver, these guys blend post rock, stoner and psychedelic rock to create a drawn out, looming style of music that’s highly effective at generating mood. I am honored to be able to premiere today not only their latest EP, Altered Statues, but also a music video for the track “Spruce”, off the same release. Head on down below for both!
Before we begin, yes: this is the second band with “fox” in its name that I’ve told you to listen to in the past two weeks. Why? How? There is no answer; god is dead and the universe is infinitely weird and we should rejoice. Cosmic rejoicing aside, let’s get to our subject at hand and it is the delectable fusion/instrumental metal of Fox Vibes. Delectable how? In the sense that the excess which so often plagues this genre and its brethren (think the infinite leads of nu-prog or the unnecessary forced time changes of most fusion metal bands) is completely absent from their EP, Mantra. From start to finish, these are cleverly and sparsely composed ditties, fun excursions into the world of captivating and sweet metal. Go listen already, will you?
When something dies, as in the age old cliche, there is opportunity for something else to grow in its stead, cannibalizing on everything that made that thing worthwhile and, hopefully, discarding everything that held it back.
Take post metal’s infatuation with the still-bleeding musical cadavers of grunge. The sub-genre which, if you look closely at your chronologies, was born not long after grunge’s heyday has much in common with grunge. The thick bass, the extended vocals, the overall aesthetic of despair and anguish; post metal and grunge speak in two dialects of the same language. Case in point, Impure Wilhelmina. This oddly named bunch has been in operation since ’99, their birth soaked within the still burning embers of grunge. However, over their career and during their current presence in Season of Mist’s roster, they’ve deepened their back-line, delved deeper wells of sorrow and set the distortion on their guitars as high as it would go.
Is there anything quite like noise rock? The way my windows are vibrating right now says no; something about the merge of super fuzzy guitars, a huge groove section and melodious singing hits just right, setting our hearts aflame. Torche, KEN mode, Floor and their ilk have all brought melody creeping more and more into this genre. However, I’m here today to talk about neither of those. Rather, allow me to present you with the more wide eyed, hair askew, irreverent partner in crime of the above, Fashion Week. Fresh off of their 2017 release, So Last Season, Fashion Week are set to kindle a spark in your eyes with their high-octane and somewhat heavier take on melody, fuzz, aggression and messaging.
Coming back from the overly articulate realms of progressive metal which I experienced at last week’s Be Prog! My Friend festival, required a palette cleanser. I asked the staff for the dirtiest, most straight-forwardly aggressive slime out there and boy, did they deliver. This is a fantastic time to listen to OSDM and the overall resurgence of plain old angry music. Surprisingly enough, the inbox delivered as well, in the form of LIGÆDER, a Copenhagen based group containing members from LLNN and Église. These guys peddle the most absurdly filthy type of death metal but somehow manage to actually extract and nuance and emotion from the formula. Put on your best sewer diving gear and meet me below.
I’m here today, regardless of what the intro paragraph above might say, to premiere a track from an album which is innovation writ large. Lör’s upcoming “In Forgotten Sleep (which will see release on August 11th) not only innovates but also does it in a genre which is often known for its progressive attitudes or its contemporary relevance. I’m talking, of course, about power metal, a genre that’s perhaps the most calcified of all metal sub-genres. The last album I can recall that did anything fresh with it was Elvenking’s The Pagan Manifesto or perhaps Heid’s Alba. However, Lör do not seem content with letting that stay that way, as the title track streaming below will more than attest to that. Head on over there now for your listen and let’s meet after for a brief discussion on how Lör is dragging the genre, kicking and screaming, into the future.
Here at Heavy Blog, we’ve been quite vocally critical of musical crowdfunding. More often than not, the campaigns seem to stretch into infinity, forever unfulfilled. However, the basic concepts of fan supporting their beloved artists directly is one which we find highly appealing, seeing as how we’re fans who’d love to do that as well. Thus, it’s always refreshing to see an example of a crowdfunding campaign done right and, what’s more, one which produces an incredible album. Such is the case with sleepmakeswaves and their latest release, Made of Breath Only. This marvelous piece of high tempo post rock, bursting with the joie de vivre we’ve come to expect from these Australians, was successfully made possible by fans of the band (this writer included) and feels inherently made for them.