Episode 25 – Ethics In Metal Journalism

Eden’s back! This week we have a whole batch of news! New music from First Fragment, Devin Townsend and Haunted Shored, Gorguts, Gojira and Inter Arma. Industry stories like Bandcamp’s success, Babymetal on Colbert, Northlane selling gear to make ends meet and Cult of Luna’s statement about leaking. New videos from Behemoth and Dethrone the Sovereign. Upsetting news including the arrest of Puddle of Mudd singer, Adam Young of Sockweb being arrested for assault and kidnapping, former singer of Fair to Midland in a sad situation. Finally, some random news including Disillusion teasing a return and Whitechapel being confused about whether they have clean vocals on their upcoming album or not. Then we talk about what “journalism” means in the metal scene. Enjoy!

Fake It Until You Make It? Musical Authenticity and the Metal Musician

When in the studio, musicians always use some “tricks” to get a sound that isn’t necessarily as achievable in a live setting. This is a pretty commonly known fact. It’s not even a new thing. Since the 60s, bands have made music in the studio that doesn’t reflect the process of how they actually play in person. As technology develops, more methods become available to the artists to achieve a more “perfect” sound, if they choose to use them. In the 50s and before, bands recorded performances together, in a single run through. Then they started recording each instrument separately, then split up songs into parts, then replaced some instruments with digital substitutes, used corrective techniques (both for pitch and timing) and recently, started performing at a slower tempo then speeding it up. These are the realities of recording. Whether they’re acceptable or not is a hotly debated topic, and a recent even in the metal spheres brought the question to the forefront yet again. The 2016 Guitar Solo Contest, where guitarists were asked to perform over a track by John Browne of Monuments and submit a video of their recording, recently announced their winners. The prizes ranged from a Mayones guitar, Mesa amps, Bare Knuckle Pickups and more. Here’s where it gets complicated. One of the winners was a performance that was clearly heavily edited.

Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

Italian symphonic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse have gone through phases that encapsulate the entire careers of normal successful artists in less than a handful of releases. Their debut Oracles was raw and promising, the follow-up Agony was a masterpiece that propelled them to the top of their game, with Labyrinth they didn’t take it to the next level and some listeners were fatigued with their antics at that point, and their fourth album, King, is now anticipated but also slightly dreaded, as it is expected to be the album that either breaks the fatigue or leans further into it. What he hear from the band on King is very characteristically Fleshgod, but also very different from how we’re used to hearing them.

Rhine – An Outsider

Formed as a solo project in 2011, Seattle based progressive metal band Rhine return on February 5 2016 with their sophomore release, An Outsider. Apart from drum tracking and mastering, founder Gabe Tachell was the record’s driving force; he designed the cover artwork, wrote and performed all of the music…

Episode 9 – Songs Of Fire And Ice

Welcome back to Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about the new amazing tracks by Ihsahn, Obscura and David Bowie, and the failure of Soundwave Festival. Then I provide a live show review of the Native Construct/Intronaut/Enslaved/Between the Buried and Me tour, followed by a conversation about the positive aspects of live music we didn’t touch on last week. We then end with an extensive discussion on the links between video games and metal, how they share the same faults, and purity of authorial intent. Enjoy!