Hey! Listen to Catalyst!

Progressive and technical death metal has been having a real moment over the last couple of years. As with everything, however, there is a dark side to the genre’s current boom. With so many fantastic progressive death metal albums flooding the market, listeners run the risk of becoming disaffected by…

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Release Day Roundup – 5/3/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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159 – Free Will And Machine Learning

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!We don’t have a lot of news this week, so instead we engage in a long and in-depth discussion about machine learning, the origin of creativity, the notion of free will, sentience, and more (all inspired by Adam Neely’s analysis of Google’s Bach Harmonizer)! Also Jordan Rudess’s solo album, The Black Dahlia Murder self-reflecting, Trivium’s remake of Pillars of Serpents, new music by Amon Amarth and Fleshgod Apocalypse, and this weird headline about Limp Bizkit. Then we do an extended discussion of Jordan Peele’s new movie Us. Full spoilers, which we give a warning about, but yeah. Enjoy!

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The Anatomy Of: Hoth

Last week, I had the extreme privilege of receiving Hoth’s new record, Astral Necromancy. It is a wondrous album that takes up a unique niche in metal: blackened melodic death metal. It’s a unique blend of death metal stylings and black metal themes all set within an established space opera…

8-Track: Amorphis

Amorphis has had an eclectic career, to say the least. The Finish melodeath pioneers have been responsible for some of the most memorable and the most forgettable melodic death metal the genre has to offer. While modern times may have seen them become overshadowed by their countrymen in Insomnium and Children of Bodom, yet few have traversed a stylistic spectrum as wide as Amorphis. The near three-decades since their inception has seen the band go through significant line-up changes, all while incorporating sizable aspects of folk, progressive, doom and even power metal into their ever-evolving sound. Now with thirteen studio records under their belt, finding an entry point into their oft-overlooked yet not inconsiderable career can be a daunting task. So, in celebration of the release of their new record Queen of Time, here’s a look at 8 of the most definitive and rewarding moments of their career.

Best of 1998

Welcome back to our “Best of” column! This isn’t the first time we’ve celebrated twenty year milestones, but this installment is a bit more meaningful for all of us here at Heavy Blog. This list comes a week after we passed 20,000 likes on Facebook, a testament to how much…

Rise of Avernus – Eigengrau

For their second full-length release, Sydney’s Rise of Avernus have stripped back a lot of the operatic elements that characterized their debut. Instead, with Eigengrau,  they’ve opted for a more extreme symphonic metal sound akin to that of Septic Flesh and… well… Septic Flesh really are the major point of…

Death On Fire – Witch Hunter

Being a music critic, journalist and/or blogger can be quite a thankless task at times, particularly when it comes to reviewing albums. A while back we ran a piece on some of the most aggravating comments a writer can receive on their reviews, but that article didn’t touch upon related…