Peripheral Cortex – God Kaiser Hell

There’s a type of victory in sports called a “wire-to-wire” win, where one team holds the lead throughout the entire game. Instead of both teams tying and trading leads multiple times or one side staging an epic comeback, the winner dominates the match from start to finish and quells any…

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Odious Mortem – Synesthesia

It’s fitting that my first review of 2020 should be for a spicy technical death metal rebirth. I’m of course referring here to the resurgence of death metal legends Odious Mortem, who return to we the needy many after an 11-year hiatus with their third full-length effort Synesthesia. Comebacks are…

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Equipoise – Demiurgus

Like Unique Leader before them, The Artisan Era is fast becoming the go-to label for all things prog and tech death, cultivating a roster of “who’s who” among up-and-coming names in the genre such as Warforged and Inanimate Existence while simultaneously attracting longstanding names in the genre by pressing releases for acts like Augury and Spawn of Possession. Chances are, if there’s a new band wearing The Faceless and Necrophagist influences on their sleeves and they’re worth the time and attention, The Artisan Era is backing them, their logo becoming a seal of quality.

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Can This Even Be Called Music? October Edition

Every month is a good month for music, if you pay attention. Here’s what gems October brought. Released in October [bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3366933524 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small] &therisk is a unique project from Germany who convincingly merges the faraway realms of post-rock and mathcore into a coherent and…

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141 – Dabwound

I’m extremely proud of this episode title, honestly. Anyway, this week we’re discussing a bunch of stuff. Machine Head falling apart, Sigh collaborating with an unsavory character, Spotify wanting your DNA, Siriusm XM wanting Pandora (and Eden wanting Sirius XM’s CEO, apparently), new stuff by Unearth, Promethean, Darkaeon, Abstract Void, “Germany’s Latest Black Metal Rapper” Grafi (thanks Axl), and the 10th anniversary of what is objectively the greatest album of all time, Trivium’s Shogun. Then, cool people time with Cultist Simulator, Maniac, and Mandy (both of those previous titles would apply to Mandy as well, by the way). Enjoy!

Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy

Let’s take a deep breath together before we start; this one is a doozy. Breathe in. And out. OK, now we can get going. Do Alkaloid need an intro? They shouldn’t, at least not in Heavy Blog circles. Just in case you’re somehow unfamiliar, we’re talking about the supergroup to end all…

Howling Sycamore – Howling Sycamore

Howling Sycamore is a supergroup which does interesting things within the avant-garde milieu but also does much that doesn’t immediately fall into the definition. Comprised of the cream of the crop of progressive metal, namely Jason McMaster (Watchtower), Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), and Hannes Grossman (Necrophagist, Obscura), Howling Sycamore’s self-titled debut is a whirling mass of influences, ideas and composition drawn from the diverse world of progressive metal. These ideas, however, have been fed through a mirror darkly and now carry a distinctly sinister vibe that is wholly avant-garde. The result is an album that is often bewildering and scattered but which also feels convinced of where it’s heading, as paradoxical as that might sound.

Death’s Door – September 2017

Welcome to Death’s Door! Wipe your feet on the mat. Don’t want any oil getting on the floor. Yes, you heard me correctly. Oil. OIL. Everywhere. I remember a time when Hell was just covered in blood, now we’ve got these god-forsaken machines running around everywhere. Oh, but they don’t have SOULS they said. Tell that to my hellhound. All dogs do indeed go somewhere, and it isn’t always to the pearly gates. Anyhoo, technical death metal is king of the castle in 2017, and there isn’t much we can do about it. Sentient robots, alien lifeforms, and all that jazz. What a year it’s been, and frankly the amount of amazing music still to be heard troubles me. I don’t have time for this. I have shit to do. But here we are, discussing another ferocious month of death metal insanity. Grab a bone chair and make yourself a Bloody Mary (she won’t mind), there’s some good stuff to cover.