Rotten to the Core – devthbed, Justice for the Damned & Vein

We’re at a point where a hot shit, flavour of the month band can become old hat moments after they are touted as the next big thing. It’s so easy to lose track of who’s who, what’s hot and not and generally what the hell is happening in music and it’s always gonna be impossible to hear everything good out there. That’s where Heavy Blog, and others like us, come in. We have our core features focusing on specific genres—what’s up Grind My Gears fans?!—but today I’m lumping together bands who’s only similarity is their shared suffix. They’re all “core” in some form or another. To make things more digestible, I’ve even added a strapline for each, covering their sound in one fantastically humorous sentence. Please, enjoy and rock responsibly.

Djent Was A Genre Full Of Great Debuts And Little Else

Djent had an explosive entrance into the world of heavy music, around the start of the decade. It was a truly exciting occurrence, with first-wave acts like Periphery, Animals As Leaders and Cloudkicker filtering the technically-driven progressive sound of acts like Meshuggah, Sikth, and those of the budding “Sumeriancore” movement, into something  altogether more accessible, while still retaining much of their forebears’ technical and progressive edge. Yet, like most new sub-genres, djent quickly devolved into pastiche and gave way to over saturation—perhaps a little bit quicker than most. Djent, it seems, has had a propperly ballistic trajectory, and—in 2017—as its momentum trails off, it’s hard to get excited about this once-promising phenomenon.

DevilDriver – Trust No One

Back in 2016 after a three year break, their longest spell between albums to date, DevilDriver released Trust No One on 13 May 2016. The record marks their return from hiatus and the first recorded appearances of Neal Tiemann (Midwest Kings, The Anthemic) on guitar and Austin D’Amond (ex-Chimaira) on…

Chimaira – Crown of Phantoms

Overall, this is a very satisfying and effective reinvention of Chimaira. Many bands before have endured similar changes and have failed in trying to reinvent themselves. Such is not the case with Chimaira. Everything on Crown of Phantoms is vaguely familiar yet strangely different, and those unfamiliar with Chimaira’s drastic changes might not even notice it was an entirely different band. Chimaira have once again defied death and proved that they are a resilient force, one that even when faced with death, will persevere and become even more powerful. Heavy lies the Crown of Phantoms.