Voices of the Void: The Halford Fach

Last week on Voices of The Void, we discussed the idea of fachs in the metal world. If you haven’t read up on the Dio fach, do yourself a favor and get caught up. After Dio established his voice as uniquely metal, new personalities quickly hit the scene with new vocal ideas. The next big metal voice was Rob Halford, frontman of legendary metal gods, Judas Priest. For this segment about him, you can follow along with our nifty Spotify playlist at the end.

Soul Curator // Music For Flying

Let’s face it: flying isn’t probably something that’s on your bucket-list—at best it’s a relatively quick (compared to pre-flight days) way to travel. It’s easier than sailing or driving, but it comes with its own army of annoyances, from the ever-popular crying baby to the sleeping guy next to you…

The Anatomy Of: Astronoid

We have (along with the rest of our niche of the community) been singing the praises of Astronoid for quite some time now. If you’ve never run into the name, imagine what would happen if you take a dream and then crash-landed it into a thrash metal concert. The guitars go fast, the drums blast away but the vocals are clean and soar high above the music. In composition as well there is a marked style, a bright, lazy, honey-slow drip that just pulls you right in. It’s like a hot, summer day when you were a child and the hours drew out in the long, dark tea time of the soul (as one Douglas Adams puts it) into a pastiche of nostalgia, fear, hope and dreams.

What goes into such a broth? How does a band like this come to be, seemingly emerging from nowhere to revolutionize what we thought was possible within the somewhat stale confines of thrash? Instead of speculating, hear it from the band themselves! We reached out just after our interview and asked the band our fateful, Anatomy Of question: what made you the musicians that you are today? More specifically, which musicians contributed to how you write, think and perform music? Below you can find styles ranging from progressive pop to Norse metal and much in between. Blast Air in the background and get ready to dive into what makes Astronoid tick.

Casualties of Cool – Casualties of Cool

Devin Townsend has forayed into his first crowd funding campaign with Casualties of Cool, succeeding far beyond his initial scope and ending up at 546% at the time of release on May 14. The campaign featured tons of cool packages ranging from a digital download of the album to personal…

Hey, Listen To Some New-rosis.

I’ve been waiting to make that pun for a while now, and now I have a reason to. Seminal sludge and post-metal group Neurosis have unveiled a new song from their upcoming record Honor Found In Decay, titled ‘At The Well,’ and it is available for streaming at the always…

Devin Townsend: Productivity and the Urge for Understanding — The HBIH Interview [Part One]

They say you should never meet your heroes, because it will only shatter the image of them that you have built up inside your head. For a long time I followed this rule, and I avoided interviews with musicians I really admire — Arjen Lucassen and Ihsahn, to name a few — but when given the opportunity to interview Devin Townsend, a man whose music has literally saved my life in the past, I couldn’t resist. I knew full well that I wouldn’t be able to be one-hundred percent professional, not in this situation, but I tried my darnedest not to resign to my go to attitude — that of a squealing school girl.

But like I said, you should never meet your heroes, because you may realize that the dude you’ve been praising in your head isn’t the all-knowing and god-like figure you held them up to be. You may realize that he’s just a regular dude; with just as many insecurities and hang ups as you. You may find that his productivity isn’t a sign of his ability to churn out masterpieces with a snap of his fingers, but rather the result of a work ethic that has to continue, lest his dreams fall through. So yes, you should never meet your heroes because you may realize that you, and him, are on the same level. And well…well, to be honest, that’s a spectacular reason to meet your heroes…