204 – Emperor Of Sand Is The Best Mastodon Album

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about movies, and how our perception of them changes over time. Oh, and also music. Nekrogoblikon's cover of System of a Down's "Chop Suey", and new material from The Ocean, Mike Shinoda, Spiritbox and Pain of Salvation (which triggers a long discussion about Nordic Prog, including Leprous). Then, cool people time with Cure, Ju-on: Origins, Desperados 3 and more. Enjoy!

Hey! Listen to PSION!

We've spoken a lot over the past few years about modern progressive metal; we seem to go back and forth between derision/exasperation with the genre and hope for the future, as many new musicians seem to be intent on dragging the more conservative and tired elements of the genre into the future. Luckily, I'm here today to talk about the latter; PSION deal in the kind of energetic and fresh progressive metal that's sorely needed today and which blends well with the (re)surging interest in the genre. Their music is the kind of sleek, engaging progressive metal which channels influences from the past of the genre while doing plenty of interesting things with it to keep the listener interested.

Festival Primer 2017

How to navigate the sheer number of festivals now available for the metal fan? With the aim of helping you sort through this vast variety, we've compiled the following primer. It's by no means extensive; it's simply impossible to write about all of the festivals we would have liked to mention. We focused on those we'll be attending and on those who have the most attractive setlists in our eyes. That being said, do feel free to share more great festivals with us in the comments and please enjoy this, our selection of festivals for 2017.

Pain of Salvation – In the Passing Light of Day

The figure of the auteur is one which we've discussed on the blog multiple times. More than just an artist figure, the auteur represents a willpower which motivates an entire project, stamping their name (for good or for bad) on an album, a discography or any other form of art. It also represents a site of unprecedented danger, as arrogance, egotism and a simple lack of inspiration hover on the edges of creativity and look for a way in, looking for a way to twist art into navel-gazing self congratulation. Pain of Salvation have been skirting with these ephemeral lines between artistic impetus and artistic extravagance for years now, ever since Daniel Gildenlöw closed ranks around his vision and aesthetic. The previous three albums (and, one might argue, perhaps four) were mostly about his vision and his expression. Thus, the latest release by the band is suspect; is In the Passing Light of Day, especially when considering the circumstances of Gildenlöw's life (and near death), able to skirt away from the abyss of artistic self congratulation and produce something more?