Hey! Listen to The Ritual Aura!

Even the best tech-death has a tendency to become pretty overwhelming. As bands increasingly add more notes and elements to their repertoire, in an attempt to push the bounds of extremity and technicality, the central textures of their compositions often becomes obscured. The genre works best when bands strike the…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – Flub Feels Line Inhaling “Wild Smoke”

Technical death metal project Flub has always been one to watch. Featuring members of Vale of Pnath and Rivers of Nihil, they’ve certainly got the credentials, but there’s more to making good music than having been in other good bands. Indeed, Flub’s 2014 EP Advent showed that they can blend an upbeat vibe and progressive elements into a technical sound to create their own niche. Now, they’re back with “Wild Smoke” and an upcoming full length album to blow you away.

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Editors’ Picks – March 2019

Hey, did you notice that music is an incredible thing? I know it must sound trivial but give the idea a second to permeate through you. Music is one of those things we grow up with; it’s all around us. Our parents, from a young age, either play us music…

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Eternity’s End – Unyielding

As we did a short while ago with Shabti, let’s get questions of pedigree out of the way quickly so we can move onto the music itself. Eternity’s End, a furious prog/power generator, is made up of (deep breath): Iuri Sanson (from the excellent, if lesser known, Hibria in his…

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Death’s Door – March 2019

Welcome to Death’s Door, people. Wipe your feet on the mat and pull up a bone throne. We’ve got plenty of solid releases to cover. It’s early in the year to be pessimistic. But I’m me, so here I sit, staring into the void consumed by feelings of musical hopelessness.…

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160 – I Couldn’t Come Up With A Title But Go Watch Santa Clarita Diet

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!We have a bunch of new proggy music this week, including Devin Townsend, Periphery, Equipoise, and Hannes Grossmann. Also Nekrasov. We also cover some sad/weird stories like the passing of Viraemia bassist Scott Plummer, and Static-X doing a tour with their vocalist replacing Wayne Static wearing a Wayne Static-but-with-dead-skin-looking mask. Yeah. Also this Magic: The Gathering trailer with an emotional Linkin Park cover, and some random live clip of Metallica with Cliff. Then cool people time with, you guessed it, Santa Clarita Diet, Arrested Development, Sekiro, Hitman 2, and Texorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia. Enjoy!

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Release Day Roundup – 3/8/19

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 unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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Equipoise – Demiurgus

Like Unique Leader before them, The Artisan Era is fast becoming the go-to label for all things prog and tech death, cultivating a roster of “who’s who” among up-and-coming names in the genre such as Warforged and Inanimate Existence while simultaneously attracting longstanding names in the genre by pressing releases for acts like Augury and Spawn of Possession. Chances are, if there’s a new band wearing The Faceless and Necrophagist influences on their sleeves and they’re worth the time and attention, The Artisan Era is backing them, their logo becoming a seal of quality.

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EXCLUSIVE DOUBLE PREMIERE: The Fractured Dimension – Bedevilment And Bewilderment & Frost

Ever heard of Scholomance? Their tenure lasted between 1995 and 2003, and they were way ahead of their time. Helmed by keyboard player extraordinaire Jimmy Pitts (Eternity’s End, Equipoise, NYN), their brand of progressive death metal was fantastic. Unfortunately, they broke up, but that never stopped Jimmy. He’s been working with a host of talented musicians, including Hannes Grossmann and Danny Tunker of Alkaloid, Carl August Tidemann (ex-Arcturus), Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger (Defeated Sanity, ex-Obscura), Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Blotted Science), Vishal J Singh (Amogh Symphony), Phil Tougas (First Fragment), Jerry Twyford (Scholomance, Pitts Minnemann Project) and more! Does that line-up make you dizzy? If so, check out the song below the jump, and contribute to their crowd-funder here! Be quick, as there’s only a few days left!