Welcome to a new feature on Heavy Blog, “The Anatomy Of”. Taken from the Between The Buried And Me album of the same name — in which the band pays tribute to artists/bands that they feel have most inspired their songwriting — it’s a feature in which we hand off the metaphorical microphone to bands so they can talk about their influences. Read more entries from this series here
This week, here for you, we have a treat: fantastic progressive metal outfit Existem! Hailing from Kansas City, Kansas (an important distinction from Kansas City, Missouri), these guys bring a healthy dose of arresting atmosphere into their pulverizing polyrhythms. It’s a combination that’s hard to say “no” to: these guys pull from a huge selection of influences to make music that never stops being diverse and intriguing. Here’s a cross-section (haha anatomy) of their tastes that provides insight into the brains behind this stellar band.
We recently revived one of Brian Shields’ columns here at Heavy Blog. His influence spread far and wide and we’re striving to keep things going in his good name, the way he would like it. This week, we’re giving you a chance to check out what A Trust Unclean have been listening to. Some surprises might follow but that’s what this column is all about. Check it out below!
The Sword are everyone’s favorite stoner band. Their laid-back style of metal has been one that has captivated and overtaken many, and their last two albums have proved this. The band were relatively active following Apocryphon, and have now unleashed their newest album High Country upon us all. The band were going to need this album to be a strong one, however, because the massive success of their last two records would dwindle and efforts the band did afterward unless they were truly profound, truly noteworthy. Whether or not the band succeeded will have to be judged by the listener, but as far as this listener goes, the band might have taken a step down a different path that might upset some.
On yet another trek across the US, having wrapped up a tour with Dark Tranquillity earlier this year [photos], the massively melodic Swedes known as Insomnium took to the road in an economic fashion with mates Omnium Gatherum for whom Markus Vanhala also plays guitar.
Unfortunately, vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen could not join the band on tour, because he was quote-unquote “being a real man” and taking care of certain things back home in Sweden (more on that here), so band friend Mike Bear (Artisan, Prototype) was filling in on those duties. Nick Cordle (Sanctuary, ex-Arch Enemy, ex-Arsis) was also filling in on guitar duties during Ville Friman‘s absence. Still, 50% of a band is better than no band at all, so rather than cancelling the tour all together, they managed to get on the road as best they could!
And what a show! Please enjoy the pictures below during their stop in the Chicagoland area at The Tree of Joliet where Heavy Blog friends Mordatorium opened the show!
NYN is not only one of our veteran editors, the dude also knows how to write and play some good metal. His solo project has produced some of the most fun tech metal I’ve heard (check out his amazing full-length from last year if you don’t believe us), and I’m still a little bit jealous that I can’t play as well as he does. That’s besides the point. Recently, Noyan had been discussing the possibility of releasing a melodic death metal EP, which is something he has always had mulling around in his mind. Well everyone, he did it, and you can check it out below!
Mere hours after a “Twitter feud” lit up the internet, Aussie band Northlane announced that they are teaming up with American band Volumes for a nationwide tour, covering cities from across the country! Check the dates after the jump.
Who doesn’t love a good Slipknot headlining tour? Especially one that takes you all the way back to high school! The incomparable and quintessential metalcore act took to the road with This Summer’s Last Stand as the tour moniker with groove metal specialists Lamb of God at their backs, who just released the quite excellent VII: Sturm and Drang [review]. Along for the ride were the UK’s powerful Bullet of My Valentine and America’s Motionless In White (not pictured, because reasons).
All the bands had excellent performances, bringing their A games to the stage and pleasing nearly sold out stops along the way. Please enjoy the pictures of their stop in the Chicagoland area at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (formerly the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater) in Tinley Park, IL!
More metalcore-esque melodic death metal bands (and, conversely, more melodic death metal-esque metalcore bands) have certainly had their run for the last little while. Groups like The Black Dahlia Murder and As Blood Runs Black have always had a flair for combining the strengths of these two genres into a fittingly brutal package full of high-octane riffs, berserk drumwork, and soaring guitar leads. It’s a style that embodies the ethos of modern metal: genre lines are there to be eschewed and played with so that a band can find the most enticing combinations of elements to work with.
Many of our staff members are fans of melodic death metal. There have been some very timeless bands that have done absolutely great things with it, both since its inception in the early 1990s and even up until the present. However, much of the genre can come across as stale, especially considering the impeccable output of bands such as Bloodshot Dawn and Soilwork in the last few years. Today, though, we are bringing you some really fresh, revitalized old school melodic death metal in the form of Sweden’s very own Archaea, who take a more old school approach. Check out the group’s new record Catalyst after the jump!
For those who follow the blog and our video output closely, you may recall I mentioned last month that we had an incredible set from post-black metal group So Hideous, but we could not show any of it because it contained all brand-new material off of their upcoming sophomore album Laurestine. You may also know that the band released the first official single from that album, “Yesteryear,” last week, which we thought very highly of. The track is the first of the album, and it’s a real whopper, utilizing all of the tools the band has from heart-wrenching strings, emotionally-charged howls, and gorgeous post-rock instrumentals. We are proud to be premiering a live version of that today, which you can watch after the jump!