AMA (Ask Metal Anything) – March 2020

For years now Eden and I have attempted different strategies for taking our extensive and passionate community of readers, musicians, and people involved in the music industry as a whole and opening up channels of direct communication, both between us and our readership and between readers themselves. Most of those…

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Code Orange – Underneath

The runaway success of Code Orange’s previous album Forever (2017) left a lot of us here at Heavy Blog pretty baffled. While its combination of hardcore and industrial was certainly novel, it wasn’t necessarily “original”, and the band’s forays into moody alt-rock appeared under-developed to say the least. Nevertheless, the…

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193 – Sexual Doorknobs

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about the live stream by Code Orange, then new material by Sutrah, Svengahli, Black Crown Initiate, Scarab, Lychgate, and Aversions Crown. Then, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Altered Carbon. Enjoy!

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Release Day Roundup – 3/13/20

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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Leeched – To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse

Like it or not, Code Orange’s Forever (2017) is one of the most influential albums of recent years. The record’s unprecedented mixture of hardcore, industrial and ’90s alt rock was bolstered by an impressive marketing campaign, garnered a Grammy nomination and drew seemingly universal praise from everywhere but here. Within…

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Vatican – Sole Impulse

Over the past few years (and specifically in 2018), I’ve been taken aback by the critical affinity with metalcore. It’s not just because of the music itself, though I’ll admit that I’m not particularly fond of recent critically acclaimed albums from bands like Code Orange and Vein. No, what really…

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Leeched – You Took the Sun When You Left

The presence of dissonance and electronic elements in hardcore today speaks for itself. It’s okay, nay, encouraged to embrace a bully’s approach to structure and melody, shaking both down ’til they tumble in and out of consciousness. Leeched, thankfully, are far more direct in their approach. On their full-length debut…