Editors’ Picks – February 2020

February! Last year, I called it “The Bastard Month” and I stand by that. This year though, this transitory month was chock full of amazing releases. It triggered my “oh my god there is so much music” mode many times, in part because we also started getting promos for the…

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Release Day Roundup – 2/28/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. 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…

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Beneath The Massacre – Fearmonger

For eight years, the Canadian tech-death Megazord of Beneath The Massacre have watched their countrymen and neighbours hit the (relative) mainstream in metal with varying degrees of success. It’s a hot product. Having the most technically challenging, mind-bending material and implementing it into the most extreme forms of metal isn’t…

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184 – Intellectual Capitalism

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! 

This week we have a bunch of spicy ones. Noname announcing she’s no longer doing shows for reasons you’d better listen to the cast for, and a larger conversation about “intellectual rap” and its commodification. Then, Dragged Into Sunlight and their label troubles. New material from Spiritbox and Beneath the Massacre. Ihsahn’s upcoming EPs. Then, cool people time with The Irishman, Money Heist, Knives Out, and Swallow. Finally, Death Stranding discussion. Enjoy.

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Heavy Blog’s Editors’ Picks: May 2016

So, April has come and gone and now spring is here in earnest. While there was definitely a slow down in the SHEER VOLUME of releases from April, there definitely wasn’t a decline in quality. May brought us some of our favorite albums from 2016 so far and some which are certain to feature on high spots in our end of year lists. Speaking of which, next month we won’t be doing an Editors’ Picks or rather, we will but it will be a special, Worth Your Time in 2016 so far edition. In the meantime, let’s dig in to this month’s selection, featuring some heavy, some sad and, mainly, a whole lot of excellent.

First Fragment – Dasein

What’s it about Canada that causes them to have excellent tech death bands? First Fragment is yet another one in the string of such bands, and they definitely live up to the stereotype. Their debut album Dasein, five years in the making, was anticipated quite a bit by those who had listened to their excellent EP The Afterthought Ecstasy. Playing in the lines of greats like Gorod, Beyond Creation and Beneath the Massacre, the band’s debut album is an instant classic. Full of over the top melodic technical playing, Dasein is a joy to listen through and through.