For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.
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Head past the jump to see which receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Three years ago, Gods of Eden released their self-titled EP on Bandcamp. Sure, they were a band that almost no one had heard of before, but that EP spoke for itself, the band didn’t need any pedigree. The Australian five-piece’s music is rather unconventional, so fitting any label to it would be a bit contrived, but “epic technical progressive metal” seems to be about the best one could do.
Perhaps that opening bit doesn’t do them enough justice. They sound unlike anything else. They blend playing worthy of technical death metal, powerful clean singing similar to The Ocean and some screaming , riffs and leads that disregard time signature limitations and have a distinct sound, and an array of synths, while making this all extremely melodic and memorable. While they’re not entirely similar to A Sense Of Gravity, Gods of Eden also take an unprecedented step forward to the future of progressive metal with a unique technical sound like them. From the End of Heaven is their debut album, and, as one can deduce from this introduction, it’s pretty incredible.
Recently, editor and writer Noyan Tokgozoglu came forward to the Heavy Blog family with an interesting idea: “Post your top 10 AOTYs with 2-sentence reviews of them.” As any reader knows, meticulous lists are an integral part of the Heavy Blog ethos, and where to better exercise that than in such a creative activity?
So we started piling on entries of our top ten albums from 2015 so far, seeing what different people had in common and what were more unconventional choices. Some albums definitely ran far ahead in the pack, like Wrvth’s self-titled technical death metal/post-rock/skramzy opus, Elder’s sun-baked and subtly Odyssean progressive stoner rock release, aptly titled Lore, Eidola’s post-hardcore/prog rock concept album Degeneraterra, and the storied return of one of the world’s best progressive/avant-garde metal bands, Arcturus, by way of their semi-self-titled, Arcturian.
Perusing through these lists, it’s easy to see why any of these albums made it into any spot. 2015 has been an absolutely phenomenal year for music from all sides (and we’re not even done!), and every album in every spot shines out in a slightly different way. Take your time, read the entries, and enjoy our list.
Singled Out is our weekly column to round-up the singles and new tracks from the past week dropped by bands we cover. Consider this our weekly mix to help keep you all on top of the latest releases from across the metallic and progressive spectrums. Read past entries here, and go on ahead below to get Singled Out!
Ever since we premiered Gods of Eden‘s video for their track ‘From the End of Heaven’ we have been coiled for the eventual release of their sophomore album. Mixed and mastered by none other than Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend and many more), this album is looking to be yet another masterpiece from one of the most promising young names out there. Now, we can gladly say that expectations are sure to be exceeded, as Gods of Eden have released a 3 minute teaser of assorted parts from the upcoming release. Hear it for yourself after the jump.
In 2012, the Heavy Blog staff was floored by an incredibly talented Australian progressive tech-death outfit called Gods of Eden. Their self titled debut was a few songs short of a progressive tech-death masterpiece. I urge you to check it out. This year, they have an album on the way and if their debut was any indication, it’s bound to blow us all out of the water and we are proud to bring you the first taste of it.
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Good news, everyone! Up and coming progressive metal giants Gods of Eden (whom we posted about just yesterday) have confirmed via Facebook that they will be working with legendary producer/mixer/recording engineer/god among us Jens Bogren!
Having just come off a tour with technical/progressive metal band Sending Artax, Sean Rangiurei Thomson has promised to dedicate his excellent talent to the up-and-coming progressive metal act Gods Of Eden. In the following playthrough video, we see Sean tackle the very difficult ‘Beyond the Persian Veil’ and show off his incredibly clean skills and masterful technique.
As I have mentioned previously, you’d be hard pressed to find a more tireless advocate for Australian metal and heavy music than the Welkin Entertainment Group, which is headed by Ne Obliviscaris‘ violinist, Tim Charles. In 2012, one of their many initiatives was to produce three compilation albums which featured up and coming Australian bands and were handed out for free at various festivals and gigs. The the first of these albums was the Progfest 2012 Compilation, which included tracks from Branch Arterial, Glass Empire, Breaking Orbit and a host of other progressive rock and metal bands, while the second compilation was the metal-focused Euphony Fusion VI , which included tracks by, amongst others Be’lakor, Gods of Eden and, of course, Ne Obliviscaris. As if giving away free CDs wasn’t enough, Welkin now has both compilations available for free download at the following Facebook pages:
Progfest 2012 Compilation
Euphony Fusion VI
According to Welkin, the download link for Euphony Fusion VI will be disappearing on Friday, so you’ll need to act quickly should you be interested in acquiring this feast of up and coming Australian metal. While you’re at it, why not ‘like’ the Welkin Facebook page, and keep your eyes peeled for The Time Is Now, a compilation of Australian hardcore that Welkin should also have available for free download shortly.
Let’s celebrate with champagne
Because it’s that time of the year again
When everyone gives each other gifts
And makes end of the year lists
2012 was a great year
Many albums I did revere
But only a few I must choose
Now before more rhymes I abuse
Let’s get to the favorite albums
So take this list into your cerebellums
(Yes, I know that the cerebellum doesn’t do that, shut up!)