Korn – The Serenity of Suffering

Few bands out there can lay claim to influencing the creation of an entire musical movement. Meshuggah's a relatively recent candidate with the explosion of the djent genre that formed in their wake, and despite what you think of the copycats that followed, you can't necessarily blame them for it; they're a band that did something different and naturally, others took notice. Korn are in the same boat; their 1993 self titled debut is a celebrated classic, and despite some missteps and the continued teenage angst from an aging band, they should not be thought of in a negative light because of the legions of terrible acts that followed.

Coming Back From the Edge – The Difficulty of Sincerity

The gamut of possible dismissive, condescending or vitriolic reactions to things online is described by the word "edgy". They who attempt to be "edgy" are looking for shock factor; their goal is to dismiss things loved by as many people as possible, as loudly as possible, to garner the all-important "emotional rise" that makes up so much of the Internet. This is not to say that all derisive criticism is "edgy"; there certainly exist a whole bunch of things so amateurish or offensive that they deserve no consideration other than the most shallow and callous. But the list of those things is much, much smaller than you think. In reality, simple empathy is all that is required in order to take something off your "shitpost list", according it more time than a muttered grumble or acerbic comment online. Most things which you encounter are completely legitimate objects for worthy consideration or at least contemplation regarding the motivation of those who enjoy them.

39 – Down With The Sickness

This week we don't have a billion news items, thankfully! I was sick so I take the backseat a bit. We talk about Corey Taylor's behavior at a show and also his comments about BLM, and Robb Flynn and Jesse Leach... Read More...

Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty

Despite the many contrarians and detractors that initially wrote them off for inspiring the djent movement, Periphery have become an institution in progressive metal as they approach the release of their fifth full-length album Periphery III: Select Difficulty. Each album so far has rocked rotation in their respective years of release, with last year's double album Juggernaut taking up two spots on our year-end list of favorites. Admittedly though, despite the fandom around these parts, Heavy Blog staff approached Select Difficulty with a bit of apprehension; after dropping two full-lengths, are we ready for new material from Periphery, or would they be overstaying their welcome? Believe it or not, between the band's six songwriters, there's plenty of good ideas knocking around a year later. In fact, Select Difficulty may be the group's best collection of songs since their self-titled debut.

35 – Selling Out

We did it! We finally sold out. How? Find out here. In the meantime, we have some news and discussions. Whitechapel's new album is streaming, Opeth and In Flames sign to Nuclear Blast (with the latter announcing a new album), we listened to and opined on the upcoming Pain of Salvation rerelease and Black Crown Initiate album, new music from Volumes and Brain Drill, Pyrexia's vocalist killing people, Joey Jordison's explanation of why he left Slipknot, new album announcement by Sahg, tour news including Pyrrhon, Plebeian Grandstand, Skrillex and Guns and Roses. Then we do a balls deep on Gojira, and also talk about the reception to Eden's review of Magma and a general discussion about the state of the podcast. Enjoy!

8-Track: Slipknot

When voting on which band to do one of these 8-Track lists on, many of us immediately voted for Slipknot. They don’t really get a lot of love from us and we think it’s a shame. Their latest record, .5: The Gray... Read More...

Best Of – Mosh

We Internet Metal Nerds can put as much gloss on it as we'd like but at the end of the day, metal is tied to physicality, aggression and violence. Unlike what society often thinks however, it's tied to those things in a positive way. Metal is all about channeling and unleashing those destructive energies in a controlled way. Whether through screaming your throat out, headbanging or moshing, metal can tap into those angry places we all have inside us and defuse the knot of emotions that's found there. Moshing is really the penultimate practice in that regard: nothing vents and provides catharsis like moshing does. There's just something about the experience of bodily slamming into other people in timed with guttural, soaring or technical music that does the body and mind good. But not all metal is created equal; some tracks out there spread their blackened claws and cut right through the bullshit, evoking a reaction that's unmediated and extremely physical. In other, worldly terms, they make us lose our shit. Of course, moshing is also a collective experience and you really need two (preferably more) for this sweaty, violent tango. And so, we're happy to present you with a list of tracks that make the Heavy Blog staff lose their shit. Meet us in the pit. We'll be the ones nodding to the rhythm changes and eyeing the mosh with an appraising eye (until "Flying Whales" comes on and then I WILL DESTROY YOU).