144 – Actual 144

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!

Shockingly, this week we discuss industry news and music news. The Lion’s Daughter on Pornhub, the Manowar guitarist getting arrested for actual CP, posthumous Static-X material, Kat leaving Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Souncloud’s new artist deal program, Matt Heafy dropping out of the Trivium tour, and new music by Interloper, Soilwork, and Wormed. Then cool people time! Enjoy!

Editors’ Picks – July 2018

Every year, it seems like Summer is more impossible. Are we growing old? Is it actually hotter? Is it both? Who knows (it’s probably the former). But the sad fact remains that patterns of routine that have helped us cope in the past, a cold glass of water here, a welcome shady corner there, are becoming more and more diminished, the returns just less effective at getting us home. It’s truly a death by a thousand cuts or, rather, death by a thousand drops (of sweat).

Release Day Roundup – 7/20/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

The Lion’s Daughter – Future Cult

Experiments. They don’t always go well. Think Shelley’s Frankenstein’s Monster. Morbid Angel’s Illud Divinum Insanus. Flubber. Art, science, and technology are rife with examples of new ideas gone awry, and the consequences these failures exact on their originators and society at large. In metal, experimentation (obviously in definition completely dependent…

128 – Music Is Whatever

Yay, this week there’s stuff! Some good, some bad! New As I Lay Dying (ugh), Babymetal, Dol Ammad, this cool Russian band Sunless Rise, the Perturbator school shooting shitshow, The Lion’s Daughter, Contrarian, Bridge Burner, Leprous, Uada, Suotana. Then, cool people stuff with Hereditary, Beacon 23, Sisyphean, Yoku’s Island Express. Enjoy!

The Lion’s Daughter – Existence Is Horror

The mix-and-match quality of the album is driven by an expert’s need for the proper tools; the musicians don’t care which tool they pull from out of the box, but only that it’s abrasive, heavy and direct. That’s why Existence Is Horror simply works. It’s completely tuned towards finding you and making you hurt. In a strange way, in an industry sometimes dominated by obfuscation and pointless rhetoric, that’s exactly what makes it so refreshing and endearing.