201 – The Good Stuff

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! A lot of good stuff this week! New material from Astralborne, Imperial Triumphant, Omniarch, Killitorous, Kardashev, and Creature. Also check out Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger’s ebook on creativity! Then, cool people time with No One Lines Under the Lighthouse, Monster Train, Dispatches From Elsewhere, and Daniel Isn’t Real. Enjoy!

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Behold… The Arctopus – Hapeleptic Overtrove

Some albums feel specifically designed to propel music forward. Like their very existence is intended to challenge listeners’ notions about what music is, what it can and/or should accomplish, and how we can expect to consume and enjoy it. Extreme metal, perhaps more than any other genre in any medium…

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Thoren – Gwarth II

I listen to a lot of music every year. Which is as it should be. I do write about this shit regularly, so some semblance of a finger on the pulse of various scenes is, in my mind, essential to writing meaningfully about music. One thing that I’ve marveled at…

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Ceremony of Silence – Oútis

The murky and amorphous style of extreme metal that has taken root in the wake of acts like Gorguts, Portal, and Deathspell Omega has seemingly become the predominate driving creative force in the underground extreme metal zeitgeist in recent years. The emphasis on weird, Lovecraftian atmospheres has infected both black and death metal, with acts like Imperial Triumphant, Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, and Dodecahedron, to name a few, land on year-end lists with wonky, dissonant riffs, and a flair for the experimental. The trouble at this point is that when working within such an esoteric sound, it becomes difficult to carve out a niche and break out from the pack. Up and coming bands, take note: murk chords and blastbeats aren’t cutting it anymore.

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