Editors’ Picks – June 2020

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of closing down the blog. It’s kind of a secret but not really; I’ve spoken about it in Facebook groups before but I don’t think I’ve ever written about it on the blog itself. The reasons are many: listening to so…

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203 – In Flames At Home

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold making a statement about BLM, Clipping’s new song on the matter, System of a Down being divided on the issue, and Fit for An Autopsy guitarist Pat doing his part. Also, some new and not so new music, in the form of Nevermore covers from Paladin, some techno-thrash in Lör and Vauxdvihl and Alarum, In Flames remastering and re-recording Clayman, and then new stuff from Protest the Hero, Cytotoxin and Unleash the Archers. Then, cool people stuff with Hannibal and The Last of Us Part II. Enjoy!

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Release Day Roundup – 6/19/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is 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. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

In prog metal circles, Protest the Hero are held in high regard as being incredibly influential, with at least two albums comfortably sitting in the rank of being outright masterpieces. 2005’s full length debut Kezia was a compelling conceptual record telling the story of the eponymous protagonist being tried and…

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Lamb of God – Lamb of God

Lamb of God is way better than it’s lackluster lead singles would lead you to believe. Although it doesn’t at all break the mold of the band’s past releases, this is the most invigorated Lamb of God have sounded in some time and, although marred by some sub-optimal sequencing choices, is…

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Satyr – Locus

I’ve written often about how restraint is important to making the kind of music that goes beyond “just” surface level enjoyment. I usually focus these discussions about restraint when discussing post-rock/metal because those genres tend to have an issue with excess. But they’re far from the only ones; another really…

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Love Letter to Neil Peart and Rush

Between the Buried and Me. Dillinger Escape Plan. Periphery. Death. Dream Theater. Opeth. Tool. Mastodon. Meshuggah. Protest the Hero. Cynic. Voivod. And so, so, so many others. I could go on ad nauseum but suffice to say, hard rock and heavy metal as we know it would not exist without…

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The Anatomy Of – Detach the Islands

One of the most exciting releases of the year, Detach The Island’s The Burden To Become Fact is one of the sleeper-hits of the year, blending the magical mayhem of chaotic post-violence with the stuttering, savage rhythmic battery of math metal. I’ve helped premiere music from the record and written…

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