Release Day Roundup – 7/20/18

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…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to Journal’s Explosive Return With “Eden, The Uncherished”

First off, yeah it is funny that I’m premiering a track called “Eden, The Uncherished”. But let’s move past funny coincidences and talk about Journal for a second. They’re an incredibly underrated band which started experimenting with the kind of chaotic mathcore that’s all the rage these days in our little part of the Internet. Especially worth mentioning, and listening to, is their 2010 release, Unlorja, an expansive and ambitious work of progressive metal, blending concept album, incredible heaviness and jaw-dropping technicality into one. Now, eight years and change later, Journal are set to return with Chrysalis Ordalias. Having heard the album, I can tell you that it’s every bit as mind-bending as the previous one. Don’t believe me? Check out the track below to see for yourself.

Can This Even Be Called Music? June Edition

This column is a monthly feature where I point the Heavy crowd to some more obscure releases that deserve to be heard. If you want more obscure and weird music recommendations, visit my website! … The Recent Stuff Portuguese instrumental prog band Shell from Oceanic just released their highly anticipated sophomore album, the sequel…

Journal Working On New Material

Journal are a progressive metal band who released a stellar album in Unlorja, an 80-minute concept record that was filled with so much great music that it’s actually held me over for a couple years. However, recently I’d begun to wonder if the band were even still around, or if they had…

Why Have I Not Heard Journal Before?

Yesterday I got an email from reader Ryan Benjamin telling me that this band called Journal blew him away. Not long after, Vince Neilstein over at Metalsucks posted about them. In between bouts of homework, I figured I’d give them a shot. Much to my surprise, Journal were absolutely amazing.…