Editors’ Picks: July 2016

With so much great music out there and so much music that our staff reviews (and plenty that we don’t), it can be difficult to keep up with it all and determine which releases are the most worth your time. Harnessing the wide-ranging and diverse tastes of our editorial staff, our…

40 – Cool People Time

This week we don’t care, we’re going full cool people time! There’s some metal stuff at the end, including Rob Halford doing Judas Priest material with Babymetal live, new material from The Agonist, Allegaeon, Thy Catafalque, Korn, Thank You Scientist, A Million Dead Birds Laughing and Mephistopheles. Also, Archspire are working on a new album! Check after the jump for more info on all the cool stuff we talk about.

38 – We’re Not Even Trying

I actually enjoyed the “don’t really bother to put stuff in the description” format as it makes my life easier, but hey, I guess I can make an effort once a week. Just kidding, we have new music or related stuff from: Oddland, Orphaned Land, Mephistopheles, Jimmy Pitts and Equipoise, Imperium Dekadenz, Drudkh, Inquisition, Periphery, Gojira, Hadal Maw, Iron Maiden, Exotype, Ayreon. We talk about the split between Obscura and Tom Geldschlager getting heated (check out his new song by the way!), this interesting article on language in metal, Insomnium cancelling their show in Turkey, and the recent trend of sexual assaults at festivals. Then we do the long-awaited Balls Deep on In Flames, hence the episode title (it refers to the band, not us)!

34 – The Hunger ft. David Wu Of Cyborg Octopus

This week we have a great interview! If you haven’t heard of Cyborg Octopus, you should! Check out my review here. David Wu, the man who is behind 90% of the curtain joins us to talk about the process of song writing, progressive metal, creativity and much more. One of the best interviews we’ve had! After that, we go

27 – That Swedish Band With The Dude Named Mikael

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.

Hey! Listen to Abhorrent!

Whilst Abhorrent may be a new name for you, its members likely aren’t. Comprised of Nick Brown on vocals, Marlon Friday on guitars (Absvrdist), Lyle Cooper on drums (ex-Faceless, Absvrdist) and Erlende Caspersen on bass (Spawn of Possession), it will come as no surprise to learn these guys are playing technical death metal; and brutal technical death metal at that.

Stream Mephistopheles’ ‘Sounds From The End‘ In Full

Tasmanian skronky tech-death outfit Mephistopheles have returned after a 7 year downtime and are now streaming their Willowtip debut Sounds From The End in full over at Metal Underground. The band features none other than Matthew ‘Chalky’ Chalk, who you’ll remember from his time spent in two legendary death metal acts; Psycroptic and Spawn Of…