Inanimate Existence – Underneath a Melting Sky

Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. Counter intuitive, yes. But as I’ve progressed through life I’ve found this to be true. Perhaps related to a career, where one has to go back to the drawing board to re-learn concepts long forgotten from some slept-through college lecture. Or in one’s personal life, where sometimes rehashing old wounds is the only way to progress past them. Music often falls into this same trajectory. Sometimes the alteration of sound works against a band rather than for them. While I am an enormous proponent of progression and change in music, how a band decides to engage in new musical and thematic concepts matters. Some do it right (Artificial Brain, Ingurgitating Oblivion), while some do not (latter-day Metallica, Morbid Angel). Yes, the parenthetical suggestions used to prove my point here are infinitely debatable, but I would make the argument that not all of these bands’ forays into uncharted territory worked in their favor. So it’s nice to see a band keep to their progressive trajectory, but pull from their back catalog elements that make their sound more enjoyable. Inanimate Existence are one of those bands, and with Underneath a Melting Sky have further perfected their sound by staying adventurous while simultaneously plundering the most essential elements of their past records.

Virvum – Illuminance

A few months ago, Simon wrote an excellent piece about the fast-growing phenomenon of post-tech death, succinctly describing how early progenitors such as Cynic and The Faceless all the way to recent up-and-comers Wrvth and Fallujah have combined progressively-minded atmospheric and melodic sensibilities with the relentless and intricate attack of traditional tech…

On Extended Ranges and Low Tunings, 4 Years Later

A few years back, I wrote a piece on the negativity towards extended range guitars in metal. You can find that piece here. The extended range guitar, which is loosely defined as anything that has more strings/frets/range than your average 6-string-24-fret-standard-scale guitar. We all know the deal. Four years ago, with the peak of djent and generally a new strain of progressive metal, extended range guitars were emerging in the mainstream of metal. Of course, just like any other change in the metal scene, a large amount of people reacted rather negatively to this. There was a portion of the scene that embraced this, and that lead to a variety of creative and innovative bands like Native Construct (8 strings), Dissipate (9 strings), Coma Cluster Void (10 strings) and so many more. After these years, are people more accepting of the movement now? What changed? Let’s take a look at it.

PHOTOS: Beyond Creation, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, Roman Ring—July 21st, 2016 @ Reggie’s, Chicago, IL

If you’ve ever needed a night full of technical death metal, this was absolutely the tour to catch. The Montreal-based Beyond Creation leading the charge with riffs and leads galore, their proficient presence filling up each stage with precision and concentration. Backing them up was the equally powerful Rivers of…

Dave Davidson of Revocation: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

In just one more week, Revocation are about to drop an absolute bomb on the metal world in the form of the fantastic Great Is Our Sin. Coming off of their excellent 2014 album Deathless, this new record is an all-out assault on eardrums the the world over, sporting some of the band’s meanest and most mosh-friendly tunes to date. Take this and add a heap of atonal/experimental death metal flourishes, loads of d-beats and more solos than you’ll know what to deal with and then cap things off with a Slayer cover. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, that’s exactly what Great Is Our Sin is, and it’s an immediately essential piece of modern metal. I got a chance to speak with Revocation’s frontman and overall guitar wizard Dave Davidson this past Monday about the album’s songwriting process, working with Marty Friedman, upcoming tour plans and a lot more.

26 – Someone Stop Chris Barnes

Straight out of the gate with the terrible new Six Feet Under track! We’re doing it live! But wait! There’s more! More music from Schammasch, Haken, Plebeian Grandstand, Be’lakor, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, DESPISED ICON and Toyomu, who remade Kanye’s The Life of Pablo without hearing it! What else is there? Drama! Adult Swim are trolling Metalocalypse fans! Disillusion are back! Muse drones are crashing and burning! St. Vitus bar is being interviewed! Singer of The Story So Far kicks a fan off the stage! Sumerian and Basick are both 10 years old! We discuss the upcoming releases from Fallujah and First Fragment! There’s even more! BALLS DEEP: August Burns Red! Then we talk about albums that we were late to the party on, including WRVTH, Good Tiger, Opeth and Rivers of Nihil! Excitement! We have a pretty extensive “cool people time” section as well!