Non-2018 // 2018

The fatal flaw, to me, of end-of-year music journalism content, is that lists discussing stuff from the past year often forget to mention that a lot of music discovery happens later. Now, no music writer is outright saying this – and of course everyone knows that people find albums in…

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Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me — The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview [Part Two]

Back in March, I spent the better part of an hour speaking with Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs to discuss his myriad of projects and his development as a musician and evolution as a bass player. The first half of our talk was published last week, wherein we discussed collecting vinyl, the prog aesthetic, and the records that inspired him to first pick up a guitar — and eventually, bass and keyboards. In this second half of our interview, we discuss his new project Nova Collective and its place in the genre of jazz fusion. We also discuss the process of revisiting their modern classic Colors, and where the band goes from here.

Fear Before Officially On Hiatus

Adam Fisher of Fear Before (formerly Fear Before The March Of Flames [last.fm consistency be damned]) has made a series of announcements through the band’s Facebook page regarding the state of affairs in the Fear Before camp. Essentially, if you’re waiting for a new record from them: don’t. [Edited for…

Watch A Live ORBS Stream From SXSW

Like us, you’re probably all too poor/have work/school, or are just not damn cool enough to go to SXSW, possibly the most important music event in the United States. Maybe we’ll get to go someday, when we’re on a level of internet famous with the likes of Metalsucks or Metal…

Helveticore: Prog Metal March Edition

Consensus around here is that it is prog metal March. I checked the calendar and it is indeed March, so I’ve decided to weigh in by compiling a list of the biggest cliches in prog album art design. Intensive research went into polling the 900 songs in my iTunes library…

Dan Briggs of ORBS: The HBIH Interview

I recently got the opportunity to trade e-mails with Dan Briggs, best know as the bassist for prog-metal maestros Between the Buried and Me, to talk about his new band, the very different but equally-as-fantastic ORBS. A supergroup of sorts, ORBS also features members of Fear Before, Cradle of Filth…

ORBS – Asleep Next To Science

ORBS Asleep Next To Science 01. Sayer of the Law 02. A Man of Science 03. Megaloblastic Madness 04. The Northwestern Bearitories A: We the Animal 05. The Northwestern Bearitories B: Kid Cancer 06. People Will Read Again 07. Something Beautiful 08. Lost at Sea 09. Eclipsical [Equal Vision |…

Orbs Tourbs!

Whilst not fresh news, we thought it worth mentioning that cross-country prog supergroup Orbs will be touring from the middle of next month into September in support of their long-awaited debut album Asleep Next To Science. Not only is this an exciting and probably rare opportunity to see something a…