Release Day Roundup – 8/10/18

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…

134 – Getting Stale

I promise this episode title isn’t about the podcast itself. I think this is one of the better episodes in a while, in fact! We discuss a bunch of new music, including Krisiun, Epica, Born of Osiris, Anaal Nathrakh, Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway, and Erra. Then some happenings, like Kvelertak getting a new vocalist, Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine and his terrible hot take, The Ocean (not to be confused with Oceano, Eden) working on a double album, Eden’s Alkaloid prognotes, and me meeting a fellow metal musician and discovering his awesome band Cartilage. Along the ride, we discuss how modern production is ruining death metal (I promise it’s not “old man yells at clouds”), the DC cinematic universe, and more. Also, we do cool people time with Enter the Gungeon and Middle Earth: Shadow of War DLC, and me waxing poetic about puzzle games, including The Spectrum Retreat, (The) Portal 1/2, The Talos Principle, The Witness, The Swapper and more. Enjoy!

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Aspire Bring It In With “Outsiders”

A shift of pace from the rancid, foul grind that I regularly bring to the table as today bears witness to the sounds of Scotland’s latest metalcore miscreants. Check in for big bouncy riffs, hooks that kill and some fancy but not wanky tech chops. From the Sumerian school of guitar interplay and fast tracked to a scholarship on the Erra program, Aspire come in hard and heavy with the summer sounds on “Outsiders”. Taps aff, it’s time to swing your fists.

FULL EP STREAM: A Sense Of Purpose – Zoetic

Akron natives and Heavy Comp Is Heavy alums A Sense Of Purpose proudly tout themselves as “False Metal” on their Facebook page. This alone is just about all you need to know to determine if you’re going to appreciate A Sense of Purpose or not, which is a blessing more than a curse; the band are lighthearted and self-aware of their place among the metal spectrum, aligning themselves among the contemporary metalcore scene where Periphery, August Burns Red, and Erra reign supreme.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/22/16

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.net through 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.

Erra – Drift

For a band that’s been plagued by a number of member changes over the past two years, Erra have still been making quite an impressive headway into metalcore’s masses. They’ve gotten to tour with bands that have unquestionably influenced their sound, picked up plenty of fans of their own, and have landed themselves on one of the most buzz-worthy metal labels out there at the moment. Now with their first Sumerian Records LP and new frontman JT Cavey (Texas in July), the band has returned with Drift, which is unquestionably their most accessible batch of songs to date. While on the surface this is not a complete shift in style for the band, Drift feels like it’s lost some touch with what made people take notice of the band in the first place.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/8/16

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.net through 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.

PHOTOS: Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After the Burial, ERRA, Bad Omens—February 27th, 2016 @ Sumerian Records 10th Anniversary Tour, New York City, NY

On February 27th, 2016, Sumerian Records took over the Gramercy Theater in New York City. Opening the 10 year anniversary tour was Bad Omens, and honestly, before this tour, Bad Omens were a band that had never come up in day-to-day life. They’re kind of like a peppier, more energetic…

Jesse Cash of Erra, Trent Hafdahl/Anthony Notarmaso of After the Burial, and Lukas Magyar of Veil of Maya: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

Love them or hate them, Sumerian Records have been a big part of why the metal scene has been constructed for almost ten years now. They’re one of the few labels to have a distinct genre under their wing and even a name to describe it: Sumeriancore. A sub-section of…