It seems 2014 can’t wait to get off to a good start, with a brand new demo from UK based death metallers Cognizance being dropped on the very first day. If you’re at all familiar with the band and their previous EP Inquisition, you’ll know their particular brand of super-sleek and crushing death metal is not to be missed and, with the legendary Romain Goulon of Necrophagist taking the drum stool this time, it’s obvious the band aren’t wasting any time in stamping their mark on the year.
Recently, Team Rock Radio, a UK based digital radio station that is actually surprisingly good, talked to Trivium guitarist Matt Heafy to get his thoughts on the current state of metal — definitely a question that doesn’t really a non-controversial answer. While plenty of Heavy Blog are fans of the band, I’ve never quite managed to get into them, but I can respect what they do and Heafy is definitely in a unique position to give his view on the subject. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were still around in ten to fifteen years, but this time headlining the Wacken’s and the Download’s of the world.
Yesterday, while the site was down, we were delivered the terrifying news that Sylosis were involved in an accident whilst on tour with Devildriver, Trivium and After The Burial. However, a few hours later, details began to emerge that, although the band were dropping off the tour to take some time to recover, they were mostly fine, save the obvious bruising and stitching. Late last night, guitarist Josh Middleton took to the band’s Facebook page to clear up a few details:
I love it when I come across a new tour announcement, and upon looking at the admat poster, I immediately think “oh wow, that’s pretty neat.” Trivium and Devildriver‘s team-up tour did just that, along with (and especially because of) supporting acts After the Burial and Sylosis.
01. The Shepherd’s Staff
02. Imperfect Contrition
04. The Scales of Justice
06. Forfeit I – The Crooked Quill
07. Forfeit II – Worn Thin
08. The Tree of New Life
11. In Tongues
Dark Sermon are a Floridian modern death metal band. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, later Job For a Cowboy and Behemoth at times, they have a sound that is aggressive and melodic. Those bands are all highly regarded within their own communities, but their brand of metal is done by so many other bands that it can be tiring at times, and finding a good band among those can be quite difficult. Dark Sermon’s debut effort In Tongues is their try at this sort of sound, and it succeeds in some ways, but it also falls into some trappings of the genre.
Oh damn, just look at that artwork. It’s like Sylosis’ Monolith cover without all the pea green.
Amorphis‘ eleventh studio effort, Circle, now has a face, some tracks, and a pretty high mark to hit. Their 2009 release Skyforger got me interested in the band, and I’ve delved pretty deep into their back catalogue. 2011 rolled around and I picked up the Beginning of Times, which could have been ten bucks I spent on a pretty kick ass sandwich or the life’s blood known only as coffee. It was a lengthy album that jumped from idea to idea without sticking on one long enough for me to get into it. Go ahead and take a look at what Circle has to offer thus far-
Members of Hellyeah, Lamb of God, In Flames, and Sylosis Pay Tribute to Dimebag Darrell
Saturday night was the anniversary of the passing of the great Dimebag Darrel Abbot, guitarist for Pantera who was tragically shot and killed on-stage back in 2004. Eight years is a long time, but for those who respcted and loved Darrel, no amount of time will ever be able to effectively heal those wounds. So in honor of Darrel’s passing several bands were filmed paying tribute to the man and his music over the weekend. From Machine Head, to Sylosis, these band’s took special time out of their day and did their best to honor a man who was, for better or worse, a key-player in bringing metal to the masses during the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. I’m not going to say much else, because really what can I say? If you’re interested, click the videos, watch them, and then go listen to Vulgar Display of Power and pour one out for a fallen homie. Cheers.
Italy has been a hotbed for extreme metal bands in recent years, and you can add Eyeconoclast to the ever-growing list of pasta-munching headbangers and riff makers. These Romans have a pretty notable lineup, featuring robot octopus/drummer extraordinaire Mauro Mercurio (ex- Hour of Penance, session work on Fleshgod Apocalypse’sOracles) and guitarist Stefano Morabito, who also owns 16th Cellar Studios (every European death metal record ever). They play a thrashy and utterly insane style of death metal that manages to keep a well-developed structure and some smatterings of technicality while still giving out a big fuck you to the progressive tendencies demonstrated by their contemporaries in Sylosis and Revocation.
Take the track below, for example, which comes from their 2011 EP of the same name. Following the brief sampled intro, the song suddenly kicks in with a freight train of a riff, ferocious vocals, and some stupidly fast blasting. It never lets go from there, even though there’s enough dynamics and variances to ensure it doesn’t grow old. The sound is really modern, but in this case I believe that works in the band’s favor, as this is the type of aural assault which you want to hear in full effect.
Apart from this 3-song EP, Eyeconoclast also released a full-length in 2008 called Unassigned Death Chapter. You can check out all of this stuff on their (gasp!) Myspace, buy it from their store, or just say hi on their Facebook page. The band is also working on a follow-up record, so expect more news from them in the near future.
I don’t really know much about the band, but from what I’ve heard off of their new record, I dig them. Really good, quality metal. And the best part? Now you fellow metalheads can listen to the album, too! Metalsucks has the full album stream here. Nuclear Blast has pre orders here. And while you’re here, be sure to backtrack and discover more about the band than you ever knew before.
For a while late last year and earlier this year, I was involved in a project that a group of friends and I came up with called The Monolith. In its initial stages, the basic idea was this: three blogs — The Number Of The Blog, No Clean Singing, and Heavy Blog Is Heavy — would come together to create a hub dedicated to the best of music and film centered around this community of underground music fans. There was a board of five editors when I left, but now there remains the two forces which are now the heart and soul of The Monolith, my good friends Quigs Quigley (of the now defunct The Number of the Blog) and former Heavy Blog editor Chris ‘Disinformasiya’ Grenville.
In its early phase, I dropped off the project for several reasons. I’ve recently taken up an internship for my major, which cut back tremendously on my day job as well as my time working on this very website. I needed the ad revenue that this site gets to stay afloat, and I was right. Without my work on this site I probably would have had many uncomfortably hungry days. Most importantly though, Heavy Blog is my ‘baby’ of sorts, and I just wasn’t ready to give it up yet. I like the way things are ran here, and the thought of losing control frankly scared me. I was also in a bad state of mind at the time and was being a bit of a pessimist, but that’s neither here nor there.
However, in the past few months that Quigs and Chris have been developing The Monolith, it has grown with great promise and ambition, and I am beyond excited that they are finally unveiling this new site that I had once thought would never see the light of day, and as it stands right now, totally exceeds expectations. Features that were thrown around in passing that I thought wouldn’t work are now apparently blossoming behind the scenes, and I couldn’t be happier to be wrong.