191 – Boomer Death Metal

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about new material by Lamb of God, Ihsahn, August Burns Red, Sepultura, and Scary Pocket’s cover of Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek. Finally, Kerrang’s list of the top 50 greatest death metal bands right now. Then, cool people time with Amazon’s new show Hunters, the hidden brilliance of the story driven platformer Horace, Netflix’s Locke & Key adaptation, Wolcen: Lords of Shadow, and Eden’s new podcast over at Anarchy SF! Enjoy!

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The Anatomy Of – Renounced

One of the last true UK metalcore heavyweights, Renounced are just about ready to release one of the year’s toughest, catchiest records via Holy Roar. Beauty Is A Destructive Angel perfectly channels all of the youthful aggression of the genre’s fledgling years in the early 2000s – when melodeath riffing…

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Into the Pit: Thrash Metal Mailbag

Hello fellow pit-sters! This month, I thought we could do something a little different. You all know I’ve been playing fast and loose with the schedule of this column, and August will be no different! Fellow thrash Josh Bulleid and I thought we’d introduce ourselves to you all a little…

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Killswitch Engage – Atonement

Killswitch Engage have had a bit of a rough go of it over the last decade. The once trailblazing popularisers and perfecters of modern metalcore have maintained both a steady output and flawless live reputation since the first broke through with now-legendary albums like Alive or Just Breathing (2002) and…

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164 – What Even Is Metalcore?

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!Regular co-host Cody and I get together to discuss Metallica playing St. Anger stuff live, and then go into an extended conversation about metalcore. Its history, the subgenres, its evolution, and what our favorite bands in the genre are. Mentioning a few artists for SEO purposes: Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, August Burns Red, Underoath, Lamb of God, Converge. Then we discuss Avengers Endgame with full spoilers, and this video about it. Enjoy!

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The Agony Scene – Tormentor

2018 has seen some surprising, and surprisingly solid, comebacks from many of the metalcore and NWOAHM bands that populated the early 2000s. However, few have been as unexpected or as outstanding as The Agony Scene’s Tormentor. Many of their peers have succeeded by simply cementing their relevance in recent years,…

131 – Can’t Go Downhill If You’re Already At Rock Bottom

This week we’re super enthusiastic to bring you the contents! All of it. Specifically, Akon’s cryptocurrency haven, Tidal’s lawsuit, Michael Keene’s and The Faceless’s troubles, Cavalera Conspiracy doing a Sepultura throwback tour, Lamb of God in sign language, the new Obscura album, Periphery’s new label, Mike Shinoda’s new video, Antisoph, Shylmagoghnar, and Ghostbound. Then, cool people time with Westworld and a bunch of roguelikes. Enjoy?

MICAWBER – Beyond the Reach of Flame

If you’re a fan of progressive death metal or thrash, you won’t be immensely surprised by the elements presented on the album. Take the title track for example; the harsh vocals move pleasingly between the lead role, backing shrieks and the odd gang choir style, reminding us of early Lamb of God. This comparison, while it seems a bit odd, will serve us when considering parts of the guitars as well, as there’s plenty of thick groove present on the album. However, by the time the solo arrives, it’s clear that the pendulum swings much closer to the realms of progressive death than to the styling of groove metal.