Editors’ Picks – May 2020

As I am writing to you today, the world burns. Melodramatic, right? But, if we’re being honest, I could open this post with these words every month. Hell, I could open every single post like this because every single day, the world burns. Amidst this burning, there are a lot…

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Peripheral Cortex – God Kaiser Hell

There’s a type of victory in sports called a “wire-to-wire” win, where one team holds the lead throughout the entire game. Instead of both teams tying and trading leads multiple times or one side staging an epic comeback, the winner dominates the match from start to finish and quells any…

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Wormed – Metaportal

Tech death is a weird branch of the metal tree. Focused primarily on performative fireworks as opposed to standard songwriting structures, the music can at times come across as highly robotic. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for me as a listener there’s only so many insane guitar passages…

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Vulvodynia – Mob Justice

Vulvodynia burst into the death metal scene five years ago and have since grown exponentially. You can get the bands merch printed on just about any item or surface imaginable – from backpacks to shower curtains, on sandals and your new child’s birth certificate. Probably. They’ve also put a handful of LPs and EPs, more importantly to the purpose of this review. 2016’s Psychosadistic Design saw the band hit a brutal death metal stride that seemingly disregarded their relative freshness to the genre, and now, three years on, and several more releases from the members’ side projects, the South African’s are back with Mob Justice.

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De Lirium’s Order – Singularity

Metal is unequivocally a guitar driven genre. No matter what trend is taking hold amongst metalheads or what purists are latching onto; no matter what gimmick or innovation captures the scene. Guitar has always relied on electric guitars as its backbone. And the art of the guitar is extensive and…

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Inanimate Existence – Clockwork

Inanimate Existence have had one hell of a journey. They drew widespread acclaim without really managing to take off following their first two records, 2011’s Liberation Through Healing and 2014’s A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement. They made a name for themselves with their intricate compositions, labyrinthine riffs, ability to neatly…

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162 – I’m Not Staple

Back on the grind with new music. Fractal Universe, Hacktivist, Krosis, Whitechapel, Amogh Symphony, and Enterprise Earth. Then we discuss, Matt Heafy’s guitar strap for reducing back strain, the neural network that generates Archspire music, Eden’s Devin interview, and the passing of Michael Eikenaar of Nihill and Dodecahedron. Then, cool people time with Sekiro, Hob, and The Occupation. Also this mashup. Enjoy!

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146 – Title Doesn’t Matter

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!

Title doesn’t matter because blogs don’t matter! Apparently. Other than that, we have the obligatory Threatin conversation, then discuss some new #content like Archspire, Born of Osiris, Sarah Longfield, Aenimus, Postwax, Slipknot and Soen. Then we do cool people on Cam, Call of Cthulhu (the game), Homecoming, Total Warhammer 2 Vampire Coast, and Peter Watts’s The Freeze-Frame Revolution. Enjoy!

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Beyond Creation – Algorythm

Seems it was just yesterday when Beyond Creation emerged from the ever-bountiful wellspring of Quebecois technical death metal, fully formed, boasting an impressive level of technicality and confidence on 2011 debut The Aura. But 2014 brought a vastly different album in followup Earthborn Evolution, which maintained the core sound the band had established,…