177 – Vile Memetic Rites

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! Some good stuff, some not so good stuff. Decide for yourself! Gone In April, Shaped In Dreams, Leprous, Borknagar, Nile, Despised Icon, Jacob Collier, Weeping Sores, Melodicka Bros. Then we do cool people time with It Chapter 2, Hbomberguy’s video about Director’s Cuts, and Don’t Let Go. Enjoy!

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Deathcore’s Not Dead (Yet!)

Last week, Invisible Oranges made a very good case for the death of deathcore citing the absolute disasters that Suicide Silence and Emmure put out this year, the diminishing commercial success of the genre, and the disappointing follow-ups of some of the genre’s most promising acts. To be clear, there is no defending Suicide Silence and Emmure, but there is more to deathcore’s story to be told in 2017 and beyond.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 8/12/16

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made withtapmusic.netthrough your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 7/29/16

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.netthrough your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

34 – The Hunger ft. David Wu Of Cyborg Octopus

This week we have a great interview! If you haven’t heard of Cyborg Octopus, you should! Check out my review here. David Wu, the man who is behind 90% of the curtain joins us to talk about the process of song writing, progressive metal, creativity and much more. One of the best interviews we’ve had! After that, we go

Reel Good Sh1t: Best Music Vidyas Of May

It’s halfway through the year, and I know most of the staff here are already putting together their best of lists in their heads. Not me. Looking at the best music videos of every month has kept me busy enough as is and this month has been just as busy. May’s music video selection has a repeat, violent offender with more monochromatic misery, genre legends with a monster of a comeback, noisy headache rock music and a pit full of fake blood. I love all four of these bands., and this is probably the only format or list where I could possibly get a chance to write about them all at once. So enjoy. Or not.

26 – Someone Stop Chris Barnes

Straight out of the gate with the terrible new Six Feet Under track! We’re doing it live! But wait! There’s more! More music from Schammasch, Haken, Plebeian Grandstand, Be’lakor, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, DESPISED ICON and Toyomu, who remade Kanye’s The Life of Pablo without hearing it! What else is there? Drama! Adult Swim are trolling Metalocalypse fans! Disillusion are back! Muse drones are crashing and burning! St. Vitus bar is being interviewed! Singer of The Story So Far kicks a fan off the stage! Sumerian and Basick are both 10 years old! We discuss the upcoming releases from Fallujah and First Fragment! There’s even more! BALLS DEEP: August Burns Red! Then we talk about albums that we were late to the party on, including WRVTH, Good Tiger, Opeth and Rivers of Nihil! Excitement! We have a pretty extensive “cool people time” section as well!

Hey! Listen To Left To The Wolves!

Run-of-the-mill deathcore is, by and large, a dead horse getting regularly flogged. Modern day deathcore bands, by and large, either have become increasingly technical, rote in their writing and unfeeling in their presentation, or are shamelessly aping the new “slow, not slow enough; heavy, not heavy enough” standard that Black…