Even in a genre built on intentionally difficult aesthetics, metal vocals hold a special place of distinction for their divisiveness. Cleans aside, the world of growls, screams, gutturals, shrieks, and pig squeals is no country for the faint of heart and even the most trve, blve, cvlt, dyed-in-the-wool metal devotees…
When will the bad premiere post titles stop, you ask? Never! Honestly, naming these posts is a nightmare so falling back on puns and silly double entendres is all we have, give us a break. OK, on to the matter at hand which is Cavern’s excellent brand of stoner-tinged post metal. This Oakland based duo seems to have learned the adage of “less is more” since their release in 2015, stripping back their sound to the bare necessities. The result is a type of post metal that seeps urgency and immediacy, no note out of place and no transition unnecessary. This lends them a kind of instrumental flow which lends them in the category of bands like Russian Circles and set and setting but also with Elder and their ilk. How so? Check out “Eater” below, the title track from their upcoming EP!
It’s been a little over 4 years since both Eden and I joined Heavy Blog as fresh-faced, innocent souls who had not been completely tarnished by the world, and in that time the two of us have bonded over many things (understatement of the day). Although we share a lot…
I’ve written before, as I’m sure I will again, about the therapeutic nature, if not outright necessity, of music. The healing properties and medicinal purposes of this art is fairly well-chronicled but we can never be reminded of that enough. In my own experiences, and where I find myself in life, a lot of that healing or mental well-being is cultivated in listening to varieties of post-fill in the blank music. I listen to it at night when I need to calm my brain down, when I need to be able to focus on work, or I feel something that I can’t express. Others will inevitably have their own preferred niche, genre, or style. None of them are invalid options.
Russian Circles is a band that needs no introduction: they are a monolithic, shaping force of post-metal. Even at their worst – Station and Guidance come to mind immediately as my two least favorite records from the Chicago trio – they are still one of the best bands in the genre, transforming vaguely unsettling minor…
From the first seconds of The Evening Redness, you wouldn’t be negligent in assuming that Milwaukee’s Lotus Ash have spent some time worshiping at the altar of Om. The prelude opener of “Man’s Purpose: War” kicks things off with a mystifying, monolithic chant and burly walls of wooly distorted guitars. The percolating tom work comes to full boil as things culminate in the second part of the opening duo, “But War Is God,” resembling tar in the kettle – hefty and dense, with gurgling throaty tones that parallel the vocal introduction. The organic qualities to their tone hint and anchor them to a post-metal classification, while other shades within it tell of their penchant for the doomier side of the spectrum.
For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.
A man who overcame a failing kidney. A performer who was just about to take his leap at the ring. A rapper who came back and said “fuck it, this is me”. All of these statements are true about Stef Alexander aka P.O.S. and the back-story of his struggles have been told over and over again (our abridged version is below) so in this edition of HLT we’re going to look at the curious case of Stef and how he got his mojo back by producing one of the best LPs of 2017.
A few months ago, I received an email about a post-rock compilation. Naturally intrigued, I started to dig deeper. Apparently this compilation was focused on the idea of “global” music, featuring bands from all across the world. As I kept digging, I soon came across A Thousand Arms, the label behind the compilation but also a repository for merch and other album releases from some of my favorite bands including We Lost the Sea among others. Naturally, I was intrigued and I started speaking with C.J who manages the label alongside another partner. What exactly was the motivation for this compilation? What is A Thousand Arms exactly, if not a label in the traditional sense?
These questions led me to finally sending C.J. a few questions over email as an interview, to try and get some answers. His answers are posted below, unedited, and represent an interesting look into a part of the music industry fans might not always get a glimpse of. Read on for musings on post rock, post metal, global communities, live music and much, much more!
Welcome to episode 95 of Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! And by 95 we mean 75. This week we talks about some new music, and Eden gets really upset about how much people like the new Mastodon. Ok, I’m being unfair – we have a level headed discussion about how great it is. Or maybe I’m just lying. I guess you can listen and find out! In other news, Papa Emeritus of Ghost is facing legal allegations that he isn’t paying band members, Spotify have introduced a paywall, and the following artists have new music/videos: Sikth, A Sense of Gravity, Russian Circles, Shadow of Intent, Power Trip, Vildhjarta, Prisoner, Scale The Summit. Also, Asira are an amazing new band that you have to check out. Then we do the usual cool people stuff, discussing (with spoilers) Grant Morrison’s comic Nameless and Ada Palmer’s Too Like The Lightning. Enjoy! Also, if you want Eden to get extra salty, let him know in the comments that you think Emperor of Sand is great. Of course, you could tell me I’m wrong and get me salty as well! YOU HAVE SO MUCH POWER IN YOUR HANDS.