We don’t have Eden this week, so Kellan and I discuss Every Time I Die’s Jordan Buckley getting sued for stage diving into a fan, causing her to have a concussion and a fractured neck. As a result, he’s being sued, and of course the metal community reacts very poorly to this. We then discuss the Linkin Park show held in memory of Chester, featuring members of bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, System of a Down, Blink 182, Bring Me The Horizon and more. Finally, we discuss the new Trivium and August Burns Red albums. Enjoy!
When I got my hands on Zaius’s new album for the first time, I was immediately interested in what makes such a band tick. They seemed firmly rooted in the emerging Chicago post metal/rock scene but also of their own type, their music infused in something unique. I jumped on…
Last year, my interest was piqued by a surprise release from Woodsplitter, an instrumental solo project from Ben McLeod, guitar player of one of my favorite “new” bands, Nashville’s All Them Witches. Inflamed examines metal guitar through a variety of lenses: post, prog, death, stoner, doom, and even krautrock; showcasing an impressive variety and a refined level of comfort as each track seems to pare down to the core of what makes these sounds appeal to so many. His newest venture, Egyptian Overload explores an even wider swath of sounds and textures, plus the addition of saxophone. I asked Ben a few questions about the project, the rawness of his latest record, and future plans.
Hey, we have guests this week as well! Namely Brendon Williams and C.J. Jenkins from A Sense of Gravity! We talk about the upcoming album Atrament, how they got to this point, and what it takes to make progressive metal. There’s obviously more to it, so find out for yourself! Then we talk about news items, including the upcoming System of a Down album, Cyclamen’s cover of Linkin Park, the new In Flames album, Betraying the Martyrs, the Ned Flanders themed band Okilly Dokilly, the “incredible” Pain of Salvation artwork, new Behold the Arctopus (also Indricothere), Khonsu, the brother band of Keep of Kalessin, Eagles of Death Metal and the Bataclan, Oathbreaker’s Audiotree session, Hollow Earth, and this dank playlist. In the cool people section we discuss potential movie of the year Arrival. Enjoy!
As the reference to existentialism in the title might suggest, we live in dire times. In a year when The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced their own demise, in a year when The Ocean are still silent, who will supply us with the groovy, hectic, frenetic progressive metal we so long for? What voice shall break the silence and blend blistering heaviness with introspection, ensnaring our minds and hearts with its highs and lows? Luckily, Cryptodira have taken up the mantle left so empty and are stepping with a re-imagined version of “Descent”. The first half of their masterful An Unmarked Grave, 2014 debut, “Descent” is a showcase in the gritty, progressive groovy metal we bemoaned in our opening lines. Now, it gets an aural and visual treatment, with a brand new recording and mix coupled with a fresh, depressing and moving video to go along with it. Head on below and check it out in all its carmine glory.
This week we have a set of surprise guests that we announced last week! I guess that’s not really a surprise, huh? It’s Eric and Drew from TABPxDSME, in other words The Aurora Borealis Project and Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors! We have a good old time trying to talk about their amazing upcoming album The World Is A Colder Place Now. Well, we try anyway. Since Drew and I are both invested in derailing as much as possible, it goes to different places. I had a great time! Then, we talk about the news of the week. What news of the week? Stuff like Misha of Periphery doing a song for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Heri Joensen of Tyr killing whales and defending his actions, Stereogum’s monthly metal roundup, You Bred Raptors playing to an empty venue, then new music or teases towards such by Departe, Saor, Destrage, System of a Down, Anaal Nathrakh, Anciients, Alcest, Negura Bunget, Hannes Grossmann, and Allegaeon. Eden gets pretty mad about the last one!
There are always a few bands that seem to completely shake the genre tag applied to them. Probably the most popular examples are bands like System of a Down and Deftones, whose sound is now usually classified (for simplicity’s sake) under “alternative metal” because of the influence from so many genres into one cohesive sound. Others, like Mr. Bungle, or Naked City, use so many genres in such a short space that they seem to defy all classification; its as if they make a mosaic of the various fragments of sounds that interest them.
And then there are some bands that make that whole gray area of definition become even more indeterminate; bands like Cvlt of Grace. Signed to Poland’s Unquiet Records (who have a bit of a reputation for experimentation in metal), Cvlt of Grace has hardcore running through their music, but there’s quite literally so much else going on that definitions become meaningless, and words fail to accurately describe what’s going on after a bit. Like I said, there are hardcore strains throughout all of this; when listening to the beginning of their latest EP Tears, there’s a distinct blackened hardcore sound—the vocalist Zoli is about one step away from completely shrieking like a beefy-sounding Nocturno Culto, and the tremolo riffs are aplenty (especially in “To Hell (Land of Ignorance)” and “Stones and Knives” which almost become pure black metal at points).
Watching a band develop over the years is a privilege that is hard to describe. But I’ll give it a shot. A few years ago I caught From Sorrow To Serenity on a stacked line up in one of Glasgow’s smaller metal venues. Their showmanship, technical ability and music left me with no doubt that the band were heading places.
Skip forward a couple of years and their first full length has been released. Remnant Of Humanity is a colossal groove train of a record. Snapping up guest appearances from members of Bleed From Within, Betraying The Martyrs and Thy Art Is Murder, the album has been spun on national radio, spread all over the worldwide metal blogisphere and has the band supporting deathcore heavyweights Fit For An Autopsy on their upcoming UK tour. I pestered Steven Jones, the axeman and dial wizard from the band about where the From Sorrow To Serenity took shape. Bonne.
…shit! iTunes will probably get mad if I swear on the episode title, so there you go. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually reads these descriptions. Well, in case you do, here are this week’s links for new music: Be’lakor, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Whitechapel, Astronoid, Unlocking the Truth, Oracles, Fallujah. Also, Kylesa are done, and as you probably know, Prince passed away. Well, this week we talk about the external and internal perception of metal as intellectual/ignorant, then we talk about people who “leave” metal and feel that it’s for “angsty teens” and that we should “grow up”. Can you feel the salt already? Also, a brief tangent about where some MTV-metal artists are now.
Eden’s back! That’s good, because we have a lot of news to cover this week. David Bowie’s passing is obviously on our agenda, as is Stereogum’s analysis of Nielsen’s music report, Textures’s new single, Obscura’s new single, and the Behemoth/Myrkur U.S. tour. Then we go into the in depth discussions of the week, the first being my overall review of System of a Down’s career as a whole, since I discovered them last year, and the second being accents of singers who aren’t native English speakers and how that affects their music. Don’t forget the off topic section at the end as well!