The Anatomy Of – Stephen Taranto

It seems as if the dubiously titled nu-prog has been slowing down over the past two to three years, at least when compared to the onslaught from the genre that we experienced in 2014-2016. However, the collective imagination around the sound still seems to be there. Something about the unabashed…

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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.

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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.

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Disco Loadout: 2018 In Review

Four years ago, I started to keep a complete list of every band I saw. Three years ago, I began kicking myself for not starting that childishly simple task sooner. Never mind. At least I can tell you exactly what I got up to this year – with one important caveat. A…

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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!

Hey! Listen to Piah Mater!

For many, loss of old-style Opeth is one of the great tragedies of modern metal. Though entirely justifiable, the transition of one of the genre’s most outstanding progressive voices into ’70s prog rock pastiche remains widely mourned, a full seven years since its occurrence. Regardless of whatever promises are made…

Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion

Man, technical/progressive death metal’s really been having somewhat of a boom at the moment, huh? Rivers of Nihil, Obscura, Alkaloid, Monotheist, and Augury have all put out great albums this year, and 2017 saw some landmark drops as well with the likes of Archspire, NYN, Artificial Brain, and Cytotoxin. And as much as I enjoy name-checking bands to remind…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Godeater Tear Flesh From Tech-Death Bones on “Exsanguinated”

On a sweaty night last summer in the nation’s capital city Edinburger, I caught Godeater playing one of their first shows supporting their wicked EP Outerstellar. My countrymen widdled and string-skipped through a fiery set of tech-death tunes, windmilling in sweet harmony with one and all. Fast forward almost a…

Death’s Door – July 2018

Hello my Hellions, and welcome to Death’s Door. Don’t even bother wiping your feet on the mat this time around. The blood runneth over. What an absolutely insane summer it’s been for death metal. So great that we’ve had to eliminate a multitude of records from our monthly list because…