Hey! Listen to Dance With the Dead!

You might have noticed that some of us on the blog staff really love Synthwave and Retrowave. And why wouldn’t we? There’s so much in it that appeals, both musically and culturally. Some of it is enjoyable simply because it sounds great; most of it enjoys the added bonus of being culturally interesting, looking back on cultural and historical movements with a critical eye. And some of it is just damn FUN. Case in point: Dance with the Dead. This project straddles the boundaries between synthwave, EDM and plain old dance with its catchy beats and larger than life synth lines. However, it also incorporates a hefty deal of metal influences, with some of the tracks being downright heavy. On the newest release, B​-​Sides: Volume 1, these influences have really been brought to the fore. Just listen to the opening track below.

Hey! Listen to Will Of The Mountain!

One of my favorite things about writing for the blog is how much access it gives me to music I would never otherwise have heard. This is especially true in a geographical sense; our scenes and music journalism are heavily titled towards the Western world. While that sort of perspective is not without merit, it still misses huge swaths of amazing music. Consider Andorra’s Persefone or Japan’s Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas. Another location which might not be immediately associated with metal is Costa Rica. Apparently, however, it is host to an amazing musical scene which has now intersected with metal in a pleasingly excellent way. This intersection has culminated in Cloud Walking by a project named Will Of The Mountain.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 10/23/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between…

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas – Phase 2

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas are quite a divisive band. Their signature sound that combines rave electronica with progressive metalcore, autotuned vocals and high pitched screaming is a hard pill to swallow for many, but once one gets over the absurdity of concept there’s no denying that the execution is always top notch. 2012’s…

Fear, And Loathing In Las Vegas – All That We Have Now

Do you like J-rock influenced metal? Electronica elements? Autotuned clean vocals? If these sound like the worst plagues that can be brought upon music, then it’s pretty safe to say Fear, and loathing in Las Vegas probably aren’t for you. It’s easy to see why these elements scare many people off, but it would be unfair to dismiss FALILV just because of prior bands who have used those elements poorly. An immediate comparison can be made to Eskimo Callboy, but that band misses the point completely, whereas FALILV have a completely different focus on similar themes. Their sound is a more brave exploration of the mixture of trance and metalcore, with a slight experimental slant that evokes Iwrestledabearonce and adds a clear direction that is in favor of musical integrity while bringing the aforementioned elements together. Still here? Then let’s see how All That We Have Now fares.