70 – Eden Loves Humanism

He actually hates it, but it’s good title clickbait to troll him! Also, sorry for the audio issues. I’ll fix them tonight, but if you really must listen ASAP, there you go. In continuance of no one complaining about me not linking to the stories in the show notes, I’ll descend further into laziness and continue not doing it. This week we discuss the Wintersun Indiegogo, new music from Solstafir, John Frum and Life of Agony, and the uproar about SXSW contracts talking about deportation. Then we go into a philosophy discussion about our backgrounds in the discipline, or core principles, morality and humanism. Eden loves humanism.

69 – Salt

  Hey! This week we discuss stuff. Stuff like Marduk’s show getting cancelled because they’re thought to be nazis, Wintersun’s neverending shenanigans, Suicide Silence’s new album. Yeah, this episode is called “Salt”. But we also talk about Dimmu Borgir releasing a live DVD and a new album, Gruesome being a…

66 – Linguistic Heuristic

This week we get weirdly political and anthropological. Well, maybe not weirdly. We are weird dudes after all. Not a lot of news, so we shitpost about Wintersun a bit more. Mini balls-deep on Mastodon while discussing their new single. We talk about a bunch of metal from places around the world that we normally aren’t well attuned with. Like Wisdom Eyes (thanks Bandcamp!), Violet Cold, and Sanatana. Also more Psykup, Eden gushes over Spectral Lore, we discuss the Ne Obliviscaris news. Then we bring back underrated releases with Gire’s self titled. Finally, cool people time gets weird. Enjoy!

Samskaras — Asunder

As has been discussed on the podcast twice now, the French Canadian death metal scene has continued to be unbelievably innovative and prolific for over two decades now. Propped up by a roster of key musicians who often have multiple projects to their respective names, it goes without saying that the scene has birthed entirely new approaches to tech death. Just last year, we were treated to stellar releases from both long-established acts (Gorguts) and equally excellent debut albums (First Fragment) — but it appears the scene insists on being the gift that keeps on giving well into 2017 as well.

Enter Samskaras, a two piece featuring multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Eric Burnet of Derelict alongside drummer Alexandre Dupras of Unhuman. At its core — as one might expect — the debut EP Asunder is built on the same fundamentals underlying most of the French Canadian scene, both in its approach to technicality as well as its sense of melody.

64 – Canadians In Cars Getting Tech-Death

  Eden is out doing shady things, and I am yet again ridden with the darned cold, so this week we get Ahmed again and of course, we discuss tech death again. It’s relevant to recent happenings though! Mainly Relapse reissuing Necrophagist’s classic Epitaph. We also talk about the upcoming…

Winter’s Sun: The Waning Career of Jari Mäenpää

Set stage: 2004, Finland. Former Ensiferum frontman Jari Maenpaa releases his debut semi-solo album under the name Wintersun. Featuring a unique blend of power metal, prog, folk, symphony and black metal, this powerful album is met with wide acclaim. Two years later, the recording process for the follow-up begins, with a release date of 2007. The follow-up releases in 2012, and is split into two, with the second part being promised for later in the year. Five years later, the follow up is no longer coming, and Jari announces a new project with basically the same line-up. What the hell happened? Let’s take a look.

62 – Industry Shena-Nick-ans

Yay, we have a threesome! If we were youtube clickbait, I’d have to call this METAL PODCAST PRANK (GONE SEXUAL). Anyway, this week we have Nick around again, and as we are often wont to do, we talk about industry shenanigans with him. Namely the Nielsen report on 2016 music sales, Tidal’s new gimmick, some Facebook deathcore page scamming people, and then we go into some news. New music or whatever from Panopticon, Pyrrhon, Convulsing, Pallbearer, Good Tiger, and Wintersun (enjoy my rant on that). Also in our weekly Season of Mist worship, the One And All, Together, For Home album featuring Drudkh, Primordial, Winterfylleth and more. Then we talk about good double albums, what makes a live show good, and the shittiness of the notion of “female fronted” bands.

Trees of Eternity – Hour of the Nightingale

All music has themes but metal is a genre which wears its heart on its sleeve. Thematics color everything in metal, from audience reception and marketing to the actual composition and execution of the music itself. It can affect production, tone, scales, and much more in an effort to align everything with a perceived image or to jar that image by deviating from the norm in just the right way. Take goth metal; a sub-section of doom, it relies on the theme of autumn, death, depression and nature for its impact. We haven’t even mentioned bands yet and album art, track names and that certain goth sound has already sprung into your mind. Sometimes, these themes become even more powerful and, by some twist of fate or by a pecuilar predestination, reflect in the musicians themselves: they might reflect the ideals of the music in their actions or in the facts of their lives.

And sometimes, that reflection has a bitter edge.