What’s that, dear readers? The hype train on the upcoming Ziltoid record is not going fast enough for you? Well, hold on to your seats boys and girls, because it seems that the album now has a massive tentative tracklist.
The inherent magic in stoner, doom, or sludge is the tension between deep sounds, emotional timber, their interaction and subsequent release. The best bands in these loosely tied genres, know perfectly the timings of expectation, urgency, and satisfaction. Drawing out the listener with supposedly repetitive ambiance, they lead them towards a crescendo of sound and emotion built on the foundations of those nearly discarded ground-works. The peak then, the execution of the most moving segment of the piece, gives the slower, heavier parts their meaning. This is the main disadvantage plaguing Pilgrim‘s Void Worship; the album itself is well-executed but what’s being performed is missing a vital part, namely a unique and evocative peak, a summit that would give the rest meaning.
January started the year out with a lot of promise, with new releases from Indian, Alcest, and Periphery gaining quite a bit of attention around these parts. However, what floored us the most in the first four weeks of 2014 was the first-ever proper release from Chicago newcomers Warforged. Essence of the Land is an odyssey exploring death metal, black metal, and progressive metal influences that stunned a large number of the staff group. Opeth comes to mind with the band’s dynamic use of keyboards and acoustic guitars as cinematic gateways between stretches of technical riffing and powerfully melodic brutality, or perhaps Between the Buried and Me’s penchant for epic-length songwriting and weaving a larger picture over multiple tracks.
Essence Of The Land tells the twisted tale of a dread-inducing and brooding swamp and the unknown horrors that lie beneath its surface, making it one of those surprising death metal albums where the lyrics actually add a lot of atmosphere and weight to music. So much so, in fact, that the video accompaniment that provides visuals for ¾ of the EP contains the lyrics throughout, alongside footage of the band tearing through earth-shattering riffs.
At the heart of it, Warforged’s sound presents an assortment of progressive death metal influences that still manages to sound fresh and exciting, despite dredging the very bottom of the swampy sludge they strive to recreate. And honestly, what better way to start a new year than with a new band that are reinvigorating even one of the most well-trodden of sounds?
We spoke with the entirety of Warforged to not only get a look into the creation of one of 2014′s best releases, but to get a glimpse at what’s in store for the band’s future.
01. Shortly Broken
02. Empty Eyes
03. Legal Lee Speaking
04. Fight or Flight
05. It’s Chilly Out
07. Truth Bender
10. Swanky Sauce
12. Ghost in the Room (Prelude)
13. Ghost in the Room
A few reviews ago, the term “core sound” was mentioned. The phrase is an important one in music; in order for innovation not to spin out of control, blindly spewing disjointed sounds into space, a firm and well-developed basic sound needs to exist. Ever since the term came up, this contributor was troubled by the question: “What’s a good example for a new band, debut album perhaps, that really has their core sound figured out?”. An answer seemed out of reach. That is, until Numbers came along with their amazing debut album, Three. What we have here is the case in point: a band that is so in touch with their core sound that it allows them to test and break their boundaries constantly.
Friday is upon us and after was possibly the longest week that anyone has ever experienced (no hyperbole from me, ever), the chance to chill out to the more deranged sounds emanating from Devin Townsend‘s mind is more than welcome. So here’s the delightfully titled ‘Willy Wanka‘ medley, a mish-mash of parts from albums such as Deconstruction, Ziltoid The Omniscient and even an appearance from his new Casualties Of Cool project, coming via another one of those brilliant EMGtv videos.
Heavy Blog Is Heavy here, reporting in every time Devin Townsend takes even a breath.
But, genuinely, this is great news for any fans of Hevy Devy and his coffee consuming alter-ego, Ziltoid The Omniscient. Townsend took to his Twitter account last night to announce the news, stating:
It’s been teased for a little while now, but over the weekend it all finally came together for Devin Townsend. Townsend had discussed the route of crowdfunding a new project and finally settled on the new acoustic project Casualties Of Cool that features contributions from Che Aimee, who you may remember from Ki, and Morgan Ågren, whom you should be familiar with from his work with Fredrik Thordendal.
Ok, maybe I jumped the gun a little on the last post. But this one contains a lot less conjecture and a hell of a lot more ‘straight from the horses mouth’, as it were. Hype for Z2 is building, the follow up album to Devin Townsend‘s coffee-based space opera Ziltoid The Omniscient has been long talked about but it seems that the jigsaw pieces are finally beginning to amass as the Hevy Devy himself tweeted earlier today concerning his full plans for the album. The full collection of tweets reads as follows:
There’s some confusion as to what Devin Townsend‘s upcoming country/western inspired release Casualties of Cool is actually going to be. Will the album be released under the Devin Townsend Project moniker or will it act as its own entity? Devin Townsend’s camp took to social media today to clear it all up, as well as shed light on the new project’s release plans.
I’ll pre-warn you, this one is a little bit of a stretch but bare with me.
Ryan Joost Van Poederooyen, the amazingly named percussionist behind a large amount of the solo work of the baldy genius himself Devin Townsend, has teased a new drum play-through video through his Twitter account and… Well, I’ll let you work through the hints yourself: