The Saxophone: A Heavy Blog User’s Guide

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It seems that as more heavy and progressive bands seek to experiment and differentiate themselves from the herd, they’ve been turning more often to adding in outside influences and instruments, with jazz and sax being at the forefront, which, at face value, is great! Like any other tool though, you have to know how to wield and implement it properly or it simply doesn’t work, and that seems to be what we’re faced with currently: a glut of saxophone solos and parts in metal and prog that exist primarily for the novelty of hearing a saxophone in unexpected places rather than using them in ways that actively connect to and enhance the music around them. This isn’t so much a guide to music and bands that use sax particularly well or poorly (though I will use examples from time to time), but more so a crash course in what the instrument can actually do and some best practices for using it. School’s in session, and you can call me Professor Sax (please don’t actually do this; Mr. Sax will suffice).

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast – 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!

We Ask You: Risk In Buying Music

So, here’s an interesting scenario. Blood Music are a Helsinki based group of metalheads “dedicated to the anthropological and cultural preservation of extreme metal music”, mostly through the reissuing of metal classics in vinyl form — they’ve done some brilliant work as well, working with some big metal names including…