*prognotes – Slice the Cake’s Odyssey to the West: Part I

2016 has been a great year for our *prognotes feature, and here we are with yet another mammoth album to explore. Slice the Cake’s Odyssey to the West clocks in at a massive 77 minutes, and that’s without even looking at the 28 minute accompanying EP Odyssey to the Gallows which acts as a prologue. Today we’ll only be looking at the LP, so strap yourselves in because this is going to be a long one, and we’d best be getting started.

The Metal Community Remembers Brian Shields

Brian had an incredible impact not only on us here at Heavy Blog, but on an immense number of bands across the west coast and throughout the country. In honor of his life, we asked members of many different bands that Brian was in touch with to share with us how he helped them musically, and how much an impact he had on their lives.

Lorelei – Lore of Lies

Subliminal Groove Records made waves last year when they released Ovid’s Withering’s Scryers of the Ibis, an album which seemingly came out of nowhere and blew everybody away. Ovid’s Withering so flawlessly mixed elements of symphonic metal, deathcore, djent, black metal and even a little bit of slam to create a minor modern metal masterpiece. This highly technical, symphonic and groove-laden style is rapidly becoming a new trend in modern metal, and Subliminal Groove seems to be pushing it hard with their roster. Fellow Subliminal Groove labelmates Lorelei are another great example of a band following in this style, and much like Scryers of the Ibis, their highly-anticipated debut album Lore of Lies is bound to serve as an anchor point for legions of young and upcoming metal bands.

Cognizance Release New Two-Track Demo

It seems 2014 can’t wait to get off to a good start, with a brand new demo from UK based death metallers Cognizance being dropped on the very first day. If you’re at all familiar with the band and their previous EP Inquisition, you’ll know their particular brand of super-sleek and crushing…

Did Roadrunner Sign That “Shitty Local Band” King, Who Derailed A Show During Last Year’s The Contortionist Headlining Tour?

As many of you may remember, one of last year’s biggest headlines on Heavy Blog was the story of King, a Michigan tough-guy hardcore/nu-metal sort of group who caused the cancellation of the Lansing, Michigan stop of The Contortionist’s headlining tour with Jeff Loomis, Chimp Spanner, and 7 Horns 7…