Hypno5e – A Distant (Dark) Source

We are continually told that attention spans are ever-shortening. Especially where creative media is concerned, shorter is supposedly better. People are more likely to read a sentence than a paragraph, or a paragraph rather than a chapter, or listen to a single more than an album. Fortunately – not least…

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Iapetus – The Body Cosmic

There’s a genre of science-fiction that’s all about love. Or, rather, it’s about the human emotional landscape in general, magnified against the vast canvas of space. Emotions become grandiose, cosmic even, the only bridge we have across the relative emptiness of the galaxy. You’re actually familiar with the genre; in…

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182 – Corrupted Heroes

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we mainly discuss a few cool things, little salt. Xoth, Wilderun, Mike Shinoda, Ashbringer, and “if Opeth wrote Dream Theater’s On the Backs of Angels”. And the exodus of Children of Bodom members. Then, cool people time with a more in depth discussion of The Outer Worlds and Disco Elysium. Plus, some ruminations on games as art and Death Stranding. Finally, a brief bit about the new show For All Mankind. Enjoy!

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Wilderun – Veil of Imagination

“The passion caused by the great and the sublime in nature, when those causes operate most powerfully, is Astonishment; and astonishment is that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended, with some degree of horror. … It is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind…

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The Anatomy Of – Jinjer

We’ve been singing the praises of the underrated Jinjer on the blog for a while now. That’s why it’s so much fun to see them finally getting the attention they deserve, with multiple excellent releases in the last few years and big tours. Jinjer’s music has always been to the…

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The Anatomy Of – Eternal Storm

Eternal Storm caught me by surprise and consequently murdered our faces with their absolutely fantastic debut record Come the Tide. A melodeath opus that puts them squarely in the elite camp populated by the likes of Insomnium, Dark Tranquility, and Be’lakor, Come the Tide will populate many a year-end list,…

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Editors’ Picks – September 2019

September ends and with it, Summer fully dies. Especially where I’m presently at, the East Coast of the United States, the first brushes of Autumn are being felt. To be honest, there’s no better time of the year for metal; sure, Winter is black metal’s eternal domain but Autumn lends…

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Release Day Roundup – 9/27/19

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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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

The last time that Opeth named their album something ominous, they changed up their entire career. That was Watershed which, for many, marked a shift in one of the biggest careers to ever come out of extreme metal (love them or hate them, you cannot deny that Opeth are huge).…

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