I have a deep love for really gritty black metal, particularly bands that take aspects of post-metal and work it into the music. It’s one of the most ferocious combinations of genres that I can think up (next to black metal and grindcore), and has produced some great bands. One you might not know about, however, goes by the name of Hath, and are a three piece from New Jersey. Recently, I got turned onto their music and discovered their new album on Bandcamp, and instantly fell in love with it. Check it out below!
Pacing is one of the most important aspects of the musical arts. Often, unfortunately, it goes ignored or unutilized, but proper pacing can be an incredible strength for a piece of music. No matter the genre in question, a good command of an album’s pace and speed can be a huge strength, and, in some cases, the difference between the release being a success and it being a failure. Artists like Dreadnought and The Mars Volta, to name bands in very different places on a musical spectrum, have both mastered the art of pacing an album properly and use it to lend a huge sense of strength and progression to their music.
On November 21, 2015, The Acheron in Brooklyn got to host some punk and powerviolence legends. Opening the show was Slav, a local crust punk band. Between the whole band wearing leather boots and the vocalist’s incoherent yelling, you know the band means pissed off business. Great way to start off the show. Next up was NYC Headhunters, and they brought the heavy. Although their set was quick (or at least felt like it was quick), the band definitely got their angry point across in no time. Following was Boston Strangler, and by the name alone, you know it’s gonna be a good show. It’s always fun to see a good ol’ Boston hardcore/punk band in NYC, because there’s just something about the Northeastern hardcore/punk scene that’s very special. Finally, the mighty and influential Infest performed their 4th NYC show in their career, and it was such a memorable and chaotic show that left The Acheron in shambles and everyone in physical pain.
All in all, the show ruled. Enjoy the pictures below!
Where is Jamey Jasta and Headbanger’s Ball when you need ’em? Just kidding, although without them, this particular creature would never have heard Mastodon in time to see them support Slayer, or bore witness to the emergence of the NWOAHM, primarily given it’s opportunity through that show. Now, as I have some time on my hands, I will be taking over the Jasta role (not really) by picking and choosing some of the best music videos of the year, giving them a few words and creating a uniquely hilarious and pointless tally system. These are all music videos released this year, the tracks themselves may have been released prior to 2015. Just in case one of you wily Internet types try to kick off. Enjoi.
Like the grand majority of modern metal fans, our tastes here at Heavy Blog are incredibly vast, with our 3X3s in each Playlist Update typically covering numerous genres and sometimes a different style in each square. While we have occasionally covered non-metal topics in past blog posts, we decided that a dedicated column was warranted in order to more completely recommend all of the music that we have been listening to. Unmetal Monday is a weekly column which will cover noteworthy news, tracks and albums from outside the metal universe, and we encourage you all to share your favorite non-metal picks from the week in the comments. Head past the jump to dial down the distortion:
HEY! DID YOU ALL HEAR ABOUT THE COP WHO SUNG WITH VITAL REMAINS AND GOT FIRED???
Of course you did. We all did. If you listen to heavy music, follow any metal or heavy music websites, or have any friends on social media who do either of these, more likely than not you were exposed to this story that unfolded over the past week. On the slight off-chance you were not, however, here’s the gist of it. Andrew Ricks, a police officer in Sanford County, FL, was filmed at a concert for death metal band Vital Remains (the same band who were in the news earlier this year for getting into a fight with a venue owner over a cross hanging on a wall). He was in full uniform at the time and joined the band on stage as they performed “Dechristianize,” and joined them in the song’s intro of “Let The Killing Begin.” The video was posted online and shared by Lambgoat, the launching pad for many a viral story over the years. From there it quickly made its way to the Sanford County Police Department, and within a couple of days it was reported that Ricks was “fired.”
After getting Native Construct as guests last week, we’re back to our regular format for our fifth episode. This week on Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast, Eden and I discuss new music from David Bowie, Obscura, Vipassi, Ulver and more. We then go into conversations about the history and relevance of guitar solos, vocal styles in context of their genre, and how we view older music. We go off the rails a lot this episode and discuss a lot of ancillary things, like mentioning Fallujah, WRVTH and Beyond Creation several times! Including me trying to make a point that I’m not being pretentious, by digging my hole deeper and accidentally saying even more pretentious stuff. Sorry for that! We really appreciate you listening to us.
Episode 5 – Black Astrology:
Maybe the hardest hitting album with an astronaut on the cover, ever, Inverted is going to be the first major milestone people look at when they Google (there are other search engines available…) A Dark Orbit. A big, brutal beast of a record, it may take some repeated listens to digest the ideas, patterns and sounds present. With the proper attention and a little patience however, this album gives so much while still demanding a lot of the listener. These thick, repeated grooves share the limelight with a seemingly endless amount of filthy, planet clearing beat/breakdowns. Hardcore influenced, progressive modern doom? Fuck knows. Leave the genre tags where they are for now and let’s dig in.
If you’re not savvy to the tricks that bands and their labels like to play on listeners, then you might think that this year is already over. Indeed, some larger media outlets have started coalescing and even publishing their end of year lists. Like already singing Christmas carols even though it’s freaking November, that’s inherently silly and misguided. There are plenty of releases from previous years that saw the light of day in November and even December and were some of the best albums of the year. Well, get ready for that rodeo again since one of the absolute killers of 2015 is still in the barrel. A Dark Orbit are the culprits and the bullet in question is their debut, full length album, Inverted.
We’ve been dropping hints here and there as to how much this album is fantastic but now it’s time to dig deep, with the help of the band themselves. We’re proud to present a complete, track by track walkthrough of the album, including many tasty snippets of the full range that it has to offer. What is this album like? Why should you listen to it? Simply put, if you like being crushed by your music, this is the album for you. It’s like an ungodly marriage between Botch, Sectioned and Uneven Structures. It features Chad Kapper, otherwise known as the maniac who does vocals for Frontierer. It weaves, ducks and punches with the full range of doom, noise, modern technical metal and just plain brutality. Good god, are you still here? Head on over the jump immediately and start digging into this monster.
“[One interesting thing to note is that] the style that His Hero Is Gone started with their 1998 magnum opus, Monuments to Thieves, somewhat [erased] the boundary between crust and black metal, whether they like it or not.” -Fenriz of Darkthrone
Fenriz may be one of the champions of a pure, raw hatred of subgenres, but really, his quote pertaining to the rather phenomenal His Hero Is Gone album, Monuments To Thieves, is nearly spot on in describing what Neo Crust is as a genre. On one level, it is raw; pure, dark hardcore laid down over a d beat crust base to create some truly punishing and desperate music. It is crust punk that harnesses more of its metallic side, something acts like Discharge were never afraid to do, and uses that metal influence to push the genre further than it could ever go on its own.
However, this is not to say that Neo Crust is just a different form of metalcore, as it is truly its own beast entirely. Where metalcore remain more solidly rooted in hardcore or metal depending on their particular style, Neo Crust bands erase those boundaries, fluctuating and flowing through genre boundaries with ease. Fenriz was right when he claimed that His Hero Is Gone erased the boundaries between black metal and crust, but left out the fact that along with black metal, HHIG also dismantled the boundaries between doom and death metal as well. Neo Crust is the darkest, dirtiest yet most oddly melodic of all hardcore subgenres, and all bands within the style are unafraid to flaunt that. Enter the wonderful world of Neo Crust where your metal leanings cannot escape your crust, and your crust leanings cannot escape your metal.