Heavy Blog’s Top 25 Albums of 2018 (So Far)

Midpoint. Half in, half out. Shadow. A divide. Balance. The semantic milieu surrounding stuff that’s divided 50/50 is incredibly rich; it opens some of the greatest cultural creations of all time (“Midway upon the journey of our life / I found myself within a forest dark” – Dante’s The Inferno) and…

125 – Bands That ICS Vortex Isn’t In

Me and regular co-host Cody get together and discuss stuff. Cattle Decapitation being nice to students who were discriminated against, Limp Bizkit signing to Napalm Records, The Ghost Inside deciding to continue after their tragic accident, Metallica having some fun live despite Kirk, and Elliot Coleman doing a song for Dragonball Super. Then some recent music, like Alkaloid, Dimmu Borgir, Ihsahn, and Childish Gambino. Then we do a cool people section with God of War, and extended spoiler discussions of Westworld and Infinity War. Enjoy!

Release Day Roundup – 5/4/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

Ihsahn – Ámr

Just picture yourself sitting at the right side of a decades old career. Be honest with yourself: as you survey all you have achieved and consider your next steps, what kind of emotions course through you? It’s safe to say that many of us would feel contentment, a sort of deep satiation. You’ve earned the trust and respect of your peers and the adoration of several generations of fans; where do you find the fuel to move forward? Honestly, I have no idea but Ihsahn appears to have found a secret store of whatever substance keeps musicians going well past would anyone else would consider the peak of their career and into heights.

121 – Weekly “Metal Is Trash” Update

This week me and my regular co-host Cody are tired of all the garbage in metal. Marduk, Cirith Ungol, Meshuggah, Decapitated, just throw it all in the trash fire. Then, more positivity. Cody is really excited about Psycho Las Vegas, which leads to him checking out Wolves In The Throne Room. There’s a new Ihsahn song, and I got into Krosis, and tried to get into the new Panopticon album. Then we talk about Death, Gruesome and Cist. Finally, we go over this video comparing Mike Portnoy and Mike Mangini, and what the loss of Portnoy means for Dream Theater. Then, cool people time with A Quiet Place, The Knick, Unsane, The Exorcist (TV show) and more. Enjoy!

120 – Converge Are An Up And Coming Band

Eden is away doing [thing] this week, so we have Cody instead. Of course, I proceed to troll Cody by making the podcast awkward. But hey, we discuss stuff too! We spend a good amount of time discussing Ihsahn’s disappointing take on the recent happenings in metal and his complicity (including Emperor drummer Faust’s actions). Then how lukewarm we are about the new Dimmu Borgir song. Then the new Alkaloid song, which we both love. Then I try to convince Cody to get into Augury (he messaged me after the episode saying it clicked). We comment on the unfortunate passing of the Cave In bassist Caleb Scofield (crowdfunder here). Finally, we talk about the excellent Toilet ov Hell article on reactionaries in metal and how the scene has become such a mess of edgelords. Then, cool people time. We discuss Cody’s favorite movies and then some other random ones, like The Godfather, A Scanner Darkly, Synecdoche New York, Adaptation, Stranger Than Fiction, Premium Rush, The Raid, City of Violence, and more.

116 – Rivers of Annihilation

This week on Heavy Pod Is Heavy Castm we bring even more extra salt. The news is ripe for it! Well, we also talk about new music and stuff. More of Matt (Trivium) streaming, Trivium’s new live video, and Paolo beefing with Phil Labonte of All That Remains. Then, Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under peddling right wing conspiracy theories. Within the Ruins changing vocalists. But also new music from Dimmu Borgir, Ihsahn, Barren Earth, Rivers of Nihil (love the album!), and Sectioned. Afterwards, we do an extensive segment on the movie adaptation of the Jeff Vandermeer noverl Annihilation, and Eden goes deep. Enjoy!

115 – Millennials Are Ruining Guitar Music

This week we bring some extra salt. We talk about Gibson guitars being on the verge of bankruptcy, peoples’ musical tastes getting calcified in their teen years, me being nominated for an innovative guitarist contest (and other amazing musicians, so go vote and check them out!), and discussing new or upcoming material from Ihsahn, Between the Buried and Me, and Huggsja. Then we shine a light on Crescent and Aliases. In cool people time we discuss Black Panther (spoiler warning). Enjoy!