Grieved – Grieved

Pissed off, moody hardcore is one of the more ubiquitous niches of heavy music. As a member of several Internet groups celebrating these types of acts (the good groups, not the ones filled with failed terminations shouting at each other about sneakers), it’s hard to come across one that stands out. Yes, Grieved do stand out above the rest and they do so because there is none of the typical alpha male posturing in their music. Their first release on Prosthetic is self titled and it’s obvious why; these are musicians who’ve decided what it is they want to say and have figured out exactly how to get that across as best they can. This is them at their most honest and vulnerable and what’s better than aggressive, riff heavy hardcore from the heart? Nothing.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 11/20/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place…

Cult Leader – Lightless Walk

From the black, desperate ashes of Gaza came Cult Leader, a band united in leaving history firmly in the past and ready to march onward into even more cynical territory. With a pair of EPs heavy enough to sink James Cameron’s boat, this regeneration of one of nihilistic music’s stand…

PHOTOS: Cult of Luna, Kylesa, InAeona, Beak—September 1st, 2015 @ Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY & September 4th, 2015 @ Reggie’s, Chicago, IL

What better way to kick September off by going to a post-metal show, right? Well, that is exactly what happened on the 1st of September. Kicking things off was up-and-coming post-metal band InAeona. Although they started in 2010, InAeona were picked up by Prosthetic Records in 2014-2015 and their name…

Bleak – We Deserve Our Failures

Old fashioned metalcore was a thing of beauty. Really, it was just so abrasive and unpredictable that it seems more than shameful to lump it into a last.fm tag alongside <can’t justify typing modern metalcore band names>. While most early metalcore bands have adapted, disbanded or fallen into obscurity (barring the…