Cerebric Turmoil – Neural Net Meltdown

Being a discerning fan of over-the-top technical death metal/grindcore is difficult. When the defining characteristic of a sound is its lack of nuance, it’s unsurprising that a lot of the bands using it lack, well, nuance. While this might sound like an oxymoron, it actually highlights an issue. Just because…

The Force Of A Thousand Suns: The Enduring Nature Of Blast Beats

The blast beat is more or less ubiquitous in metal today. Few other musical techniques have remained so unchanging in almost all forms of extreme music, be it death metal, black metal, avant-garde, or what-have-you — indeed, blast beats remain unfailingly present, and most often in their now-universally accepted form with hardly…

Hey! Listen To Nott!

“Heavy.” What defines heavy? Is it quantifiable? We obviously know when something is heavy, but it’s a little bit harder to delineate what isn’t heavy. Would a band like Elder be considered heavy? What about Ghost? By today’s standards, is Black Sabbath even heavy? Is it even worth trying to…