Earthside remind us of what finesse in progressive metal looks like. Their 2015 A Dream in Static was a perfect exercise in sincerity and musical integrity, revolving on varied vocal guest spots, sprawling compositions and flawless execution. Needless to say, it’s truly a superb album. Thus, we’ll take any reminder we can get of it, especially if that reminder comes in the form of an astonishingly excellent video from the always excellent Erez Bader (Silent Flight Productions). In charge of excellent music videos for The Dear Hunter (“Gloria”), Thomas Giles (“Devotion”) and Wings Denied (“Catalyst”), Bader is a singular producer in the music video industry (and beyond). Together with Earthside’s powerful lyrics, assisted by one Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT), he has produced a convincing and striking music video, steeped in its own myth and symbolical meaning.
Massachusetts prog metal band Caricature — who you may remember as the band who previously dedicated an entire half hour epic to a special feline friend this year — have just released their new EP Unborn earlier this month. Featuring past and present members of Heavy Blog favorites System Divide, Binary Code, and Last Chance To Reason, it’s a melodic groove-minded record for fans of acts such as Gojira, Periphery, and Devin Townsend Project. Expect propulsive songwriting and a plethora of soaring, memorable choruses.
There must be something happening in New Zealand; the same musical climate that gave rise to post-death metal favorites Ulcerate has now birthed the equally powerful six-piece Setentia, whose debut album Darkness Transcend crept up as a late addition to the already impressive year in music. Darkness Transcend holds its own…
“Tangled” depicts what is unfortunately all too familiar a feeling for many of us: that of the intense heartbreak that follows similarly intense love, and the difficulty of coping with it as the days go by. To be trapped within the confines of nostalgia, dreams, and longing, with no apparent way out — spending sleepless nights trying to rationalize what has come to pass, struggling to let go of it in the first place.
One of the side affects of the new method of making music is the lack of ability to shepherd a live performance. Few bands make it out of “the bedroom studio”, a moniker which no longer makes any sense, and unto the stage. But Frontierer have managed, with Kapper flying all the way “across the pond” so that the band can play live at UK Tech Metal Fest 2016. Not only did they play that set they also recorded it. Now, once again returning to the ether of the Internet, an anachronism if there ever was one, their full set is available for our eyes and ears and boy, is it glorious. The sound quality is without peer and the video unveils a band somehow cohesive, an impressive feat considering the distances which usually lie between them.
Progressive/technical death metal band Virvum have made a name for themselves quite quickly. Their unique blend of atmospheric and calculated riffing was quite attractive to our reviewer Ahmed, and Illuminance will surely be on many of our end-of-the-year lists. Well, they’ve chosen to share their drummer Diego Moronzoni ripping it up on “Earthwork”, so check it out below.
Poland’s Eternal Deformity are a difficult band to neatly compartmentalize into a single genre. Somewhere along the metal spectrum between Opeth and Arcturus, the band have toyed with all matter of goth, doom, and black metal throughout their career thus far and continue to forge their own take on extreme prog, and despite the four year gap since their previous offering, The Beauty of Chaos, they band are back to prove that they haven’t spent that time sitting still.
If you have checked Heavy Blog in the past day, you most likely would have seen an overwhelmingly positive review of the new Red Fang record, Only Ghosts. The record, released October 14th, shows the band at a much beefier, intricate level than they have ever been before. At times this means experimenting with new sonic textures, expanding beyond their stoner-sludge roots to incorporate a much deeper, more ambiance oriented sound. However, this does not mean that Red Fang has ditched their classic 1-2 punch of punk driven stoner-sludge, but rather enhanced it to merge with the more psychedelic leanings of their current material. The result is a record as diverse and consistent as it is ambitious and offers an exciting look into what the future may hold for the Portland natives and world renown heavy rockers.
As the reference to existentialism in the title might suggest, we live in dire times. In a year when The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced their own demise, in a year when The Ocean are still silent, who will supply us with the groovy, hectic, frenetic progressive metal we so long for? What voice shall break the silence and blend blistering heaviness with introspection, ensnaring our minds and hearts with its highs and lows? Luckily, Cryptodira have taken up the mantle left so empty and are stepping with a re-imagined version of “Descent”. The first half of their masterful An Unmarked Grave, 2014 debut, “Descent” is a showcase in the gritty, progressive groovy metal we bemoaned in our opening lines. Now, it gets an aural and visual treatment, with a brand new recording and mix coupled with a fresh, depressing and moving video to go along with it. Head on below and check it out in all its carmine glory.
Honestly, Coma Cluster Void are fucking terrifying. Utilizing 10 string guitars to create a mind-blasting sonic landscape of avant-garde death metal, Mind Cemeteries became my pick for album of August out of nowhere. When they contacted us wanting to premiere a video, I was simultaneously stoked and nervous. What does a…