EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Eternal Storm billow and rage in “The Scarlet Lake”

Death metal. Known for its bruising, belligerent expositions on gore, violence, decay, chaos, and… death. It’s in the name. We who love it know exactly what we’re getting. But as the genre has developed, its expansion in content and technical approach has created a vast array of sounds that fly directly in the face of the nastiest of the genre’s standard conventions. Spain’s Eternal Storm are a band that exemplify many of the qualities that can be found in the extended world of death metal. Atmospheric, melodic, and fully displaying a deeply emotional core, the band’s debut full-length Come the…

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Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent into Decay

Look, you guys know by now what my deal is with death metal. I love that shit. Cannot get enough, ever. In many ways, it’s the perfect genre of metal: unusually tight stylistic constraints in terms of instrumentation, vocal style, production, and theme come together to form a musical, tonal, aesthetic language that prizes nuance, subtle variation, and a willingness to engage openly with the sound and aesthetics of the artists and albums of yore. Where some people hear unoriginal, uninspired, or lazy music, I, the wizened sage of Ough, hear bands that are proudly carving their own niche into…

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Post Rock Post // July 2019

So we’ve entered the doldrums of summer. Not a whole lot going on in the way of news in the post-rock world. Furthermore, half of our PRP team (Eden and Trent, among other Heavy Blog staff) are currently in Bristol, UK for the ungodly behemoth that is ArcTanGent (you can read our preview of what to expect if you’re also attending here). To say I’m a bit envious is an understatement. If there’s anything to help ease the pain of extreme FOMO I’m experiencing this week though, it’s the knowledge that Post. Festival is coming up rapidly. We’ll have a…

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Hey! Listen to Tierra Whack!

‘You ever laugh just to keep from crying/Think less about living and more about dying’. This closing line from track “Dr. Seuss”, reverberates from the pitch-shifted maw of Tierra Whack as if it’s a narration. “Who? Me?”, I imagine myself responding in my mind. “Yes, you” the deep voice confirms. This is the odd but compelling mix of quasi-existential-isms and cartoonish imagery that Philly native Tierra Whack presents on her debut LP Whack World. The album is unique (at least to me) in its structure with a total runtime of 15 minutes and consisting of 15 tracks each precisely 1…

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