Fallujah – Undying Light

Major lineup changes, particularly from the replacement of a member fundamental to the band's sound like a founding vocalist, can cause a clear divide in not only a band's fanbase, but the narrative of the band's discography into distinct eras. Bay Area progressive death metal act Fallujah have just entered their own new era of music following the departure of vocalist and keyboard player Alex Hoffman in 2017.

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher

It's mildly surprising that not a lot of bands have tried to recreate the sound of 2008-2011 era progressive metalcore, also known as "Sumeriancore" for the label that came to define the sound. Sure, many have iterated on the sound and developed their own on top, but there haven't been a lot of proper throwbacks. It seems oddly fitting for Aenimus to be the band to do it, as their sophomore album Dreamcatcher is their first since 2013. Not only does Dreamcatcher bring the beat of the genre back to life, it also exudes six years' worth of creativity as well, and is a very satisfying return to a genre that's missed sorely by many.

143 – We Called This 144 Because Reasons

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! A bunch of industry news this week! Spotify uniting with Distrokid, revenue shares of services, and ranting about monopolies versus fragmentation. Then some bummer news - Oli from All That Remains passed away, the Ghost members lost their lawsuit, and The Faceless are embarking on a 10th anniversary tour for Planetary Duality. Then some new music! Babymetal, Soilwork, Fractal Cypher, and Beyond Creation. Then cool people time! I gush about The Return of the Obra Dinn, and Eden gushes about Maniac. Enjoy!