The Contortionist – Clairvoyant

Few bands in the modern prog scene are as controversial as The Contortionist. Despite their growing success, the ongoing transition in sound from trailblazers of progressive deathcore to settling into a niche of post-rock and prog influenced alt metal has proven to be divisive among their otherwise dedicated fanbase. Although there were clear and deliberate steps away from deathcore between their celebrated debut Exoplanet and its well-received follow-up Intrinsic, the true turning point for The Contortionist came in 2014’s Language, and it’s no wonder given the lineup overhaul that occurred at that time. Vocalist and keyboard player Jonathan Carpenter and bassist Chris Tilley amicably left following the Intrinsic touring cycle for personal reasons, with the band picking up Last Chance To Reason’s Michael Lessard (vocals), ex-Scale The Summit’s Jordan Eberhardt (bass), and keyboardist Eric Guenther. With the band now half-consisting of new members and a trajectory towards prog already heavily hinted at, it’s no wonder that Language wound up being such a departure.

This May, Myth of I and Chronologist are “Wanted Shred Or Alive”

In conjunction with The HEMISPHERE Music Movement and The New Fury, we’re super stoked to announce that we’re sponsoring a tour starting next month featuring instrumental metal up-and-comers Myth of I and Chronologist! The two Boston-born bands (although Chronologist has recently migrated cross-country to Austin, Texas) both play progressive-leaning metal that has less of an…

75 – Emperor Of Sand Isn’t (Totally Is) The Best Album Of March

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.

54 – On Strange Hoops

As you can tell, we talk about the new Mithras album.

Obviously, we talk about news. That is the established format of this podcast after all! We talk about the new Painted in Exile album (finally!), The Corelia kickstarter, the new Avenged Sevenfold album (that came out of nowhere), the new Korn album (yep), the Scale the Summit “breakup”, the Allegaeon Patreaon, Frontierer’s first live show and Arkona’s new old song. We also reflect back on things, like Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory turning 16 and our discussion on Slice the Cake from last week. We also mention a few other things, like a Guitar Hero chart of A Sense of Gravity’s Echo Chasers, and some shitty flute covers, including this excellent one of Dragonforce’s masterpiece. Then, our underrated album, which is Rishloo’s Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth. Also, our cool people section covers some important topics! I promise!

Hey! Listen to Fossils!

Fossils are a Denmark-based duo that does instrumental sludge in a new way—that is, without the use of guitars. The band’s members—Simon Tornby and Per Silkjaer—only play bass and drums, respectively. Although their latest EP, The Meating, utilizes vocals, their two albums The Meat Rush and Flesh Hammer do not; instead, they fill the track with some of the most pummeling, earth-shaking, head-snapping riffs and pounding drums ever recorded. Each song the track plays is short and sweet—usually around two minutes—but doesn’t forget to groove like you wouldn’t believe.

Best Of – One Man Bands

Going over the twelve entries we’ve selected as the cream of the musical loner crop, it’s amazing to see not only the variety of genres present, but the fact that such enormous, impactful music can come from a single individual. From guitar porn to one man black metal to a whole slew of electronic subgenres, these artists prove that “strength in numbers” may not apply to everyone. Because while this crew may not have been the most social group on the playground, they spent their alone time producing some of our favorite music and proving that collaboration isn’t a necessity for quality tunes. So without further ado, sit back and reminisce with us over our favorite one person projects, or enjoy discovering what any one of these twelve musicians has to offer. And of course, feel free to comment with further suggestions of exceptional musicians who handily do it all.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 9/26/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place…