We’re back to our normal setup! And just like many artists who make a comeback past their time, we’re hella edgy this week. Since we skipped a week, this week is all news and discussion surrounding recent events! Like what, you ask? Well, Meshuggah’s 25 year package, Sepultura working on their new album, Manowar’s calling it quits, some random Christian band going full /r/atheism, Bandcamp’s dig at Apple Music, Justin of Sikth being replaced by Joe of Aliases, Lee leaving After the Burial, Dragonforce releasing a “best of” album, Pain of Salvation remastering Remedy Lane. New music or teases thereof by: Periphery, Revocation, Whispered, Metallica, Last Chance To Reason, Whispered, Thank You Scientist, Starofash, Stam1na and Machine Head. The passing of Nick Menza of Megadeth. The end of Temples Festival. Finally, discussing this trendy “best of 2016 so far” list, some Apple Music playlist that tries way too hard, and Gojira’s upcoming album Magma.
Make sure you don’t cut yourself with the edge on this episode!
We Internet Metal Nerds can put as much gloss on it as we’d like but at the end of the day, metal is tied to physicality, aggression and violence. Unlike what society often thinks however, it’s tied to those things in a positive way. Metal is all about channeling and unleashing those destructive energies in a controlled way. Whether through screaming your throat out, headbanging or moshing, metal can tap into those angry places we all have inside us and defuse the knot of emotions that’s found there. Moshing is really the penultimate practice in that regard: nothing vents and provides catharsis like moshing does. There’s just something about the experience of bodily slamming into other people in timed with guttural, soaring or technical music that does the body and mind good.
But not all metal is created equal; some tracks out there spread their blackened claws and cut right through the bullshit, evoking a reaction that’s unmediated and extremely physical. In other, worldly terms, they make us lose our shit. Of course, moshing is also a collective experience and you really need two (preferably more) for this sweaty, violent tango. And so, we’re happy to present you with a list of tracks that make the Heavy Blog staff lose their shit. Meet us in the pit. We’ll be the ones nodding to the rhythm changes and eyeing the mosh with an appraising eye (until “Flying Whales” comes on and then I WILL DESTROY YOU).
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. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.
Yay, I get to talk about one of my favorite bands with this week’s BALLS DEEP. It’s Dark Tranquillity, with two Ls! We got a bunch of news this week, including new material and announcements from Periphery (new album teaser), Devin Townsend Project (terrible new album artwork), Rings of Saturn (signed to Nuclear Blast), The Official Zakk Wylde “Emjoi” Set (why), Rage Against The Machine (more like Prophets of Rage), Insomnium (cool concept album), Between the Buried and Me (they’re mature now), Black Crown Initiate (grab Wes Hauch), Gojira (cool new song), WRVTH (live studio video), NAILS (should have spelled it NVILS to be cool (then it looks kind of like ANVILS (what happens when a band with a V in their name try to do the V-ification, like ANVILS–>VNVILS, that looks pretty weird (though it has that self-aware stupid quality to it that some bands seem to love (yes I’m intentionally dragging out these parantheses (wake me up inside)))))). We also discuss the passing of Adrian Guerra of Bell Witch, and briefly gibe our thoughts on the new Hatebreed which we both ended up listening to. Then the balls deep! Also, we talk about some cool stuff in the cool people section.
We’re back with the fourth installment of our latest feature, The Soul Curator, and this time we’re taking a trip through the wilderness. Back in 2011 I hiked the entire Camino De Santiago in Spain over the course of five weeks, and it almost goes without saying that I was…
Guess which one we’re talking about! This week we talk about a bunch of new music as usual. Also Tidal news! Kanye and Tidal are getting sued for misleading marketing. More importantly, we have new music or teasers from Gojira, Mephistopheles, The Fall of Troy, Black Crown Initiate, Vektor, Winds of Plague, Gates, Gone is Gone, If These Trees Could Talk, The Schoenberg Automaton 65daysofstatic and Eths. Also, Emmure is Glass Cloud now. Yeah. Then we do our balls deep on Opeth. Oops! I spoiled it! Oh well.
Straight out of the gate with the terrible new Six Feet Under track! We’re doing it live! But wait! There’s more! More music from Schammasch, Haken, Plebeian Grandstand, Be’lakor, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, DESPISED ICON and Toyomu, who remade Kanye’s The Life of Pablo without hearing it! What else is there? Drama! Adult Swim are trolling Metalocalypse fans! Disillusion are back! Muse drones are crashing and burning! St. Vitus bar is being interviewed! Singer of The Story So Far kicks a fan off the stage! Sumerian and Basick are both 10 years old! We discuss the upcoming releases from Fallujah and First Fragment! There’s even more! BALLS DEEP: August Burns Red! Then we talk about albums that we were late to the party on, including WRVTH, Good Tiger, Opeth and Rivers of Nihil! Excitement! We have a pretty extensive “cool people time” section as well!
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!
When it comes to experiencing new music, two things are certain: you can never judge a book by its cover, nor should you ever trust what the artists themselves say about their music until you’ve heard it for yourself. Underling — a Bay Area supergroup featuring members of Fallujah, Arkaik, and Battlecross — are proof enough of both of these rules, as their debut album Bloodworship looks like and is marketed as an atmospheric black metal record. Coming from a group of established death metal musicians, this should be somewhat of a departure on paper at the very least. However, when considering the record’s scope as a whole, Bloodworship is a far cry from the distant reverberations of Wolves in the Throne Room. It’s actually much more than that.
In this installment of ‘Best of’, the Heavy Blog staff get down and dirty with some of the meanest, sickest riffs around. We didn’t limit the genres here too much; unlike our other Best Of lists, we want for effect rather than intent. Does it make you bang your head so hard your neck hurts? Is the urge to air guitar irresistible? Does it connect to that visceral place to which metal always speaks on some level? Then it’s on this list. We’ve collected these albums in the hopes that you’ll find catharsis, a vent to your aggression and an outlet for your passions. It seems weird to include a long intro paragraph into what’s, at its core, a simple and direct collection of sounds. So, without wasting anymore of your time, head on below, turn your speakers loud and dive into some of the most groove inducing, neck-breaking, head-swaying tracks that metal can offer.