Hippie Death Cult – 111

What I like best about getting my paws on a debut record is experiencing the twofoldness of the statement that is made on this introduction. The record simultaneously says “this is definitively us” and “this is just the beginning.” (Well, hopefully it’s not the end so soon, right?) Portland quartet Hippie Death Cult succeed in offering confident statements of both of these varieties on their debut, 111. It’s a well-rounded and strong record that drops hints at a more promising future, but not so much that this album will be easily left in the dust. At this point, you’re likely…

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Uniform & The Body – Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

There’s a fine line between consistency and stagnation, especially with a sophomore album. Whether an artist offers too much of the same or does a complete about-face, both approaches can easily turn off early listeners. After such a strong debut like last year’s Mental Wounds Not Healing, it’s a relief to see that Uniform and The Body have continued fostering their complementary styles of punishing industrial experimentation. In the process, both groups have crafted some of their most intriguing songs yet, making for a well-rounded and sonically pushing affair on Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back. Much of the album…

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Hope Drone – Void Lustre

It’s been a long four years since the sophomore release from Australian post-black metal outfit Hope Drone. Cloak of Ash, released July 2015 through Relapse Records, was the group’s shot at a breakout, and it was certainly a devastating and compelling release, earning a four-out-of-five score from us back when we gave out scores. Cloak of Ash was a remarkable record, but if anything, it may have been too familiar with the genre’s staples, leaning heavily on a formula of blast-and-trem melodies being the primary mode of “heavy”, carrying 10+ minute songs through to their conclusions, however crushing they may…

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174 – 400 Pages of Seinfeld Sheet Music

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! Back to a regular week. Some discussion about the new Slipknot and Northlane albums, Humanity’s Last Breath and the intellectual equivalent of that scene from Venom where Tom Hardy dives in the lobster tank, and Tool/King Crimson coming to streaming services. Along the line, we do some bullshit philosophy on what happens to art when you can recreate it, what is the difference between music as written and music as recorded, the aesthetic of what you do and don’t hear on the recording, and a lot more. Then, cool people time with Midsommar, Fargo and The Boys. Enjoy! 

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