AMA (Ask Metal Anything) – March 2020

For years now Eden and I have attempted different strategies for taking our extensive and passionate community of readers, musicians, and people involved in the music industry as a whole and opening up channels of direct communication, both between us and our readership and between readers themselves. Most of those…

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A Gift to Artwork – Ghost

A Gift to Artwork, whose name is taken from the Caligula’s Horse song “A Gift to Afterthought”, breaks down and analyses your favourite album artwork. Read other entries in this series here. It’s hard to believe it has been over two years since we last published an article in this…

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Puppy – The Goat

There’s nothing particularly original about what London’s Puppy are serving up on their debut record The Goat. Yet, there’s no denying that the power trio’s particular blend of influences is certainly idiosyncratic. The peculiar mixture of alternative, indie rock and occult-tinged heavy metal displayed on their two existing EPs has…

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Alastor – Slave to the Grave

Let’s face it; the specter of Black Sabbath also has and always will haunt metal and rock n’ roll. I use “haunt” here in the full Deleuzian sense. To quote the great philosopher, “the time is out of joint”. What better example is there of this then the insistence of music to often…

143 – We Called This 144 Because Reasons

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!

A bunch of industry news this week! Spotify uniting with Distrokid, revenue shares of services, and ranting about monopolies versus fragmentation. Then some bummer news – Oli from All That Remains passed away, the Ghost members lost their lawsuit, and The Faceless are embarking on a 10th anniversary tour for Planetary Duality. Then some new music! Babymetal, Soilwork, Fractal Cypher, and Beyond Creation. Then cool people time! I gush about The Return of the Obra Dinn, and Eden gushes about Maniac. Enjoy!

Bleeding Through – Love Will Kill All

For those of you who’ve hung around the metalcore scene since the early 2000s, you have my respect. You’ve been through some real shit. Whether it’s the cringey downward spirals of the scene’s power players into mediocre, wannabe radio darlings or the lackluster output of quality records this side of the decade, things just ain’t the way they used to be. For everyone who jumped ship, word of a new Bleeding Through record may or may not be enough to pique your interest. We’ve seen Killswitch Engage, Underoath, Atreyu and a few other less-notable acts return with relatively disappointing efforts, so you wouldn’t be amiss to be little apprehensive about busting out the dingy sweatbands and studded belts, but if Love Will Kill All has any say in it, you might find yourself sitting on a little Facebook Marketplace goldmine.