Painted In Exile – The Ordeal

We make much ado about cohesion over here at Heavy Blog; it’s a quality that often separates good albums from great one, as well-made music transcends tracks and becomes an album. However, whether it wasn’t possible due to lack of ability or to the circumstances surrounding an album’s release, it’s possible to have great albums without it. Take Painted in Exile’s long awaited album, The Ordeal. It is a progressive metalcore release in a style that has fallen out of fashion in the years we have been waiting for it, calling back to the heyday of Between the Buried and Me’s Colors and The Great Misdirect. Unlike those albums, however, The Ordeal is more far-ranging, almost scattered in its approach to variation and growth throughout the release. The result is a challenging and borderline confusing album which, somehow, still manages to be endearing and moving.

PHOTOS: Gojira, TesseracT, Car Bomb—October 17th, 2016 @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI & October 23rd, 2016 @ Terminal 5, New York, NY

In a strange pairing, France’s metal behemoth, Gojira, in all their massive, whale-wailing glory, took to the road across North America alongside the UK’s djent giants (djiants?) TesseracT. Though many of us weren’t keen on either Gojira’s [review] or TesseracT’s [review] latest releases, a live performance is a different matter,…

PREMIERE: Infinite Earths – Act 2. Amalgam of Madness

Upon first listen, it’s clear that up-and-coming Floridian progressive death metal act Infinite Earths are familiar with their state’s history with the genre. Their upcoming EP Into The Void eerily captures the sound and spirit of the 90’s era region-specific developments from acts such as Death, Atheist, and Cynic. Even the…

Premiere: New Starkill Album Shadow Sleep Streaming In Full!

Avid followers of the podcast might have noticed me mention Starkill. They’re one of the few American acts holding down the fort of good old melodic death metal. They’re about to release their third album, Shadow Sleep on Thursday, and you can listen to it in full right now! If you like synths, melodies and big choruses, click play right now.

Conquer The UK Frontier With Frontierer’s First Ever Live Show

One of the side affects of the new method of making music is the lack of ability to shepherd a live performance. Few bands make it out of “the bedroom studio”, a moniker which no longer makes any sense, and unto the stage. But Frontierer have managed, with Kapper flying all the way “across the pond” so that the band can play live at UK Tech Metal Fest 2016. Not only did they play that set they also recorded it. Now, once again returning to the ether of the Internet, an anachronism if there ever was one, their full set is available for our eyes and ears and boy, is it glorious. The sound quality is without peer and the video unveils a band somehow cohesive, an impressive feat considering the distances which usually lie between them.