179 – Good Vibes Forest Stuff

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! Yes, I censored the title. Deal with it. This week, we talk about Cynic, the artist formerly known as Haarp Machine, Ten Second Songs doing Slipknot, Thrawsunblat, Babymetal, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation, Insomnium, Oxxo Xoox, Periphery, and Covet. Then, cool people time with Gemini Man, Destiny 2, and The Gurkha and The Lord of Tuesday. Enjoy!

Contrarian – Their Worm Never Dies

The past is an odd thing; people expect you to come to terms with it and reference it in your art (in the form of genre norms and adherence to "the greats") but not too blatantly, lest you be deemed a "rip off". Once you've "touched" the past, it's also extremely hard to shake it off, as your work will constantly be judged in light of it. Some bands solve these conflicts and nuances by simply diving head first into homage, worship, and clear references, preferring to cut through all the questions by explicitly communicating with their influences.

Connecting the Dots – Mastodon

Welcome to Connecting the Dots, the column where we give a brief rundown on a central band along with a host of other projects their members, both past and present, have been involved in. Today we’ll be focusing on progressive sludge powerhouse Mastodon and the myriad of projects they’ve been involved with.