Gorod – Aethra

On the surface, the concept of ever actively reducing complexity seems fairly antithetical to entire purpose of technical death metal. Considering that this is a genre that prides itself on taking an already extreme form of music and heaping layers of further intricacy on top, why would one ever want…

Black Peaks – All That Divides

It’s a fair assessment that most bands would maim their bass player in a heartbeat if it would guarantee them the kind of album cycle that Black Peaks had for their debut, Statues. Following its release, the buzz that had been steadily building around the band snowballed into a roar,…

Hey! Listen to Dead Now!

OK, how many times do you think you’ve heard bands being compared to Mastodon or Torche at this point in your life? Probably hundreds and, to be honest, it’s with good reason; both of those bands helped forge an entire generation of musicians and their sound. But aren’t you tired of it? Maybe, but…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Prognosis Unleash Their Piercing Debut Definition

Hot off the press today – the record releases tomorrow – and joining the prodigious list of young bands we love to feature, Manchester’s Prognosis are streaming their exciting debut with us here at The Heaviest Blog. Arriving armed with comparisons to metal heavyweights like Mastodon, Gojira, and Death could be too much hype firepower for a new act to shoulder. Not the case here. Progressive metal should be exciting and fresh and take on new ideas to build on the blocks laid by such acts. Definition is both wildly exciting and funky fresh. Don’t just take my word for it. Over the jump with ye.

Hey! Listen to Black Matter Device!

The demise of The Dillinger Escape Plan has left the mathcore mantle vacant. While there are many already established acts jostling for position (see: Sectioned / Fontierer). However, in these turbulent mathematical times, maybe what is most needed  is some new blood. Enter Virginia’s Black Matter Device, and their full-length debut Modern Frenetics, who represent perhaps the strongest unsolicited claim to the title yet.

The Anatomy Of – Netherlands

Honestly, I knew I was in for a wild ride when I asked Netherlands to write this post for us. If you’re still unaware of these guys, let me introduce you: they’re from Brooklyn. They make a kind of poppy sludge that takes Torche and feeds it through a grinder, belching it out some sort of neon pink, noxious and incredibly groovy weirdness from the other side. They’re also don’t take themselves too seriously, infusing plenty of their music and its surrounding aesthetics with lots of self-deprecating and society-deprecating humor. Oh, and they’re also incredibly hard-working, having released an album and an EP in the last two years and now gearing up for Black Gaia, which comes out on the 24th of August and a tour with none other than legends Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. You can head on over to their site for dates and a pre-order thing.