Release Day Roundup – 11/1/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to…

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181 – Corporate Blast Beats

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we discuss new releases by Nile and Fit for an Autopsy. Then, a bunch of Youtube videos: Rob Scallon and Andrew Huang make an album in a day, Tantacrul and corporate music, and Tom “Fountainhead” covering Nevermore’s “Narcosynthesis” with a fretless guitar doing the vocals. Finally, cool people time with Valfaris, Deadly Premonition and Outer Worlds. Enjoy!

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Hour of Penance – Misotheism

  There’s often a lot of emphasis on the best death metal being progressive or technical – especially around these parts; And often the best death metal is the most progressive and/or technical. Yet, also often, it’s easy to loose sight of what made death metal so appealing in the…

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177 – Vile Memetic Rites

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! Some good stuff, some not so good stuff. Decide for yourself! Gone In April, Shaped In Dreams, Leprous, Borknagar, Nile, Despised Icon, Jacob Collier, Weeping Sores, Melodicka Bros. Then we do cool people time with It Chapter 2, Hbomberguy’s video about Director’s Cuts, and Don’t Let Go. Enjoy!

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Hey! Listen to Catalyst!

Progressive and technical death metal has been having a real moment over the last couple of years. As with everything, however, there is a dark side to the genre’s current boom. With so many fantastic progressive death metal albums flooding the market, listeners run the risk of becoming disaffected by…

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Hath – Of Rot and Ruin

2018 was a big year for progressive death metal, with outstanding releases coming from the likes of Rivers of Nihil, Alkaloid, Slugdge, Obscura and Beyond Creation – just to name a few. However, those bands also all already established and lauded acts. While there were a couple of head-turning debuts…

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The Anatomy Of: Hath

We’ll have a full review coming later in the week, but what you need to know right now is that Hath’s Of Rot and Ruin is easily one of the best albums of 2019. With their debut LP, the New Jersey quartet have crafted an album that stands up to…

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Contrarian – Their Worm Never Dies

The past is an odd thing; people expect you to come to terms with it and reference it in your art (in the form of genre norms and adherence to “the greats”) but not too blatantly, lest you be deemed a “rip off”. Once you’ve “touched” the past, it’s also extremely hard to shake it off, as your work will constantly be judged in light of it. Some bands solve these conflicts and nuances by simply diving head first into homage, worship, and clear references, preferring to cut through all the questions by explicitly communicating with their influences.

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Crescent – The Order of Amenti

Ancient-Egyptian-themed blackened death metal is a weirdly popular niche. It’s easy to understand the appeal, but just how popular the style can be is surprising at times. What’s even more surprising is that few of these bands are actually from Egypt (mostly this review’s namesake and Scarab). Enter Crescent, a band formed in 1999 but only put out their debut in 2014. Hailing from Cairo, they’ve fit in comfortably to this style, and ready to make waves with their second full-length, The Order of Amenti.