Devin Townsend – The Puzzle / Snuggles

Devin Townsend's The Puzzle is certainly going to be a controversial spot in his discography, but ultimately serves a real utility for Devin's psyche and artistic process. These are not your standard studio albums with traditional songs with pesky things like structure. The Puzzle amounts to idea vomit; by Devin's own admission, this was a dumping ground for random emotional impulses that reflected this entire weird period we've experienced the last two years. And honestly, it's kind of incredible the way it worked out.

Cynic – Ascension Codes

Cynic have long achieved legendary status in extreme metal and prog, introducing jazz fusion influences to death metal in 1993 with their monumental debut album Focus. Previously, core Cynic members Paul Masvi... Read More...

Heavy Buys // November 2021

Check out some highlights from Heavy Blog staff's shelves obtained in the last month below, including records from Between the Buried and Me, Full of Hell, Abominable Putridity, and Christian Cosentino.

Between the Buried and Me – Colors II

When prog metal titans Between the Buried and Me announced that their new album would be titled Colors II, it brought about not just a massive amount of hype, but raised questions about the band's intentions and capabilities. It's fair to be cynical of the band's decision to call their new album Colors II for multiple reasons. Can Between the Buried and Me finally escape the shadow of Colors by embracing it instead?

Cerebral Rot – Excretion of Mortality

Truth be told, Cerebral Rot have found themselves in a bit of a sophomore slump with Excretion of Mortality. Even at faster paces, the songs feel robbed of urgency, and the whole affair just feels labored. Those aching for a slab of pungent death metal will surely have a good time regardless, and the music is every bit as disgusting as one would hope based on the grotesque cover art.