Toothgrinder – Nocturnal Masquerade

Genres can really only be so much on their own: even with metal, where there’s microgenres within subgenres within larger subgenres within genres, there’s still only so much that can be achieved by sticking within one certain area and refusing to branch out. It’s why so many bands within metal opt to either bring multiple genres together into a much more diverse combination, a la Agalloch’s combination of dark folk, doom, and post-black metal, or to evolve and switch from one genre to another, such as The Contortionist’s transformation from deathcore to progressive metal. Never ones to stifle their own creativity, metal musicians constantly are expanding and adding new elements into their toolkit, either by way of growing said kit or by switching out some of the older appliances within.

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast – Episode 10: Of 2015 And Blog

Welcome to the final episode of the year! This week we go over what happened in the metal world in 2015, both in terms of our favorite albums of 2015, happenings in the scene, and some articles we published this year that we thought were noteworthy. At the end, we have a bonus discussion about our favorite movies and video games of the year!

Hey! Listen to Bisbâyé!

Polyrhythmics. Some would say the foundations of djent, a genre which lately turned away from this primal and complex material in favour of a sleeker, simpler, and ultimately cheaper one. The meticulously crafted works of King Crimson and Meshuggah eventually were dumbed down and made more easily digestible to the…

Sound Struggle – Rise

By this point in time, one cannot deny that there has been a gradual but very present push towards greater and greater levels of eclecticism in the more progressive spheres of metal, as artists try to incorporate more diverse influences in their sound — whether it’s to make their own…

PREMIERE: Lithium Dawn and Sithu Aye Go To The “Point Of No Return”

US-based prog outfit Lithium Dawn may draw parallels to Periphery to Karnivool with their more alt-rock approach to songwriting and melody, but they’re fast forging their own path as one of the new names to watch in the international modern prog scene. Although currently relatively unknown, Lithium Dawn are undertaking…