Editors’ Picks – April 2020

On the last episode of our podcast, Noyan challenged me with a question: is “The Golden Age of Metal” over? I had made the point that we’re living in the Golden Age of Metal back in 2016, although the idea was boiling around in Heavy Blog circles since at least…

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Playlist Swap // 5/6/2020

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly playlist updates will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of Playlist Swap, where two of our contributors pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid…

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198 – Saltwater Sauna

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about Devin Townsend’s coronavirus concert, Wintersun’s Patreon (and compare the two), Clutch’s livestreams, Obscura’s lineup changes, The Ghost Inside’s new track, Ulcerate and Trivium’s new albums, then I try to argue that Eden’s Golden Age Of Metal is over. Then, cool people time with Cloudpunk, Heat Signature and Devs. Enjoy!

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Release Day Roundup – 4/24/20

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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197 – Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This I got the opportunity to talk to Paolo Gregoletto, bass player for Trivium. I’m sure fans of the cast can appreciate how big a deal this is for me, and excuse my initial nervousness. We talk about how the pandemic has affected his life as a musician and the album release cycle, the writing and recording process, how their creativity is transformed into a recording, and what they are planning on doing for the release of the album throughout this situation. What The Dead Men Say is awesome, and it comes out this Friday! Enjoy!

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Trivium – What the Dead Men Say

Trivium have had a colorful career. From blowing up in 2005 with their sophomore release Ascendancy to creating a widely beloved genre-defying masterpiece in Shogun, they’ve known various heights of acclaim. In Waves is also generally quite well-lived, but then things got a bit shakier. They went through various drummers, frontman Matt Heafy had problems with his voice, and some of their albums weren’t as widely appealing as their older work. To some, this might sound like the story of a band past their prime. That’s not necessarily true, as none of their albums in this period were bad per se, but the reception from the fans was more mixed. Every new album would get compared to heights of previous releases.

All of that changed in 2017; things took a turn. With the release of The Sin And The Sentence everything seemed to align and bring the band to new heights. They found a new drummer that elevated their sound in Alex Bent, they found a new sound that elevated their recent trajectory, and Matt’s Twitch streaming career took off, growing the band’s audience in new ways. Of course, with every major milestone album in a band’s career, one question lingers: What happens next?

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195 – What The Dead Meme Say

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about Trivium, Aeternam, Azure Emote, Umbra Vitae, Haken, Allegaeon, The Raven Autarchy, Ron Jarzombek and Jacob Collier. Then, cool people time with Ozark, Invisible Man and Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee. Enjoy!

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Into the Pit – First Quarter 2020

Howdy headbangers! Josh here, I’m officially taking over Into the Pit while Pete’s off trying to make the world a better place and whatnot. This means two things: a) it’s gonna get a whole lot groovier around here, and b) subheadings! The best quarterly releases from the world of thrash…

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192 – Cat Ass Trophy

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about new material by Trivium, Silent Planet, Khôra, Ulcerate and Hannes Grossmann. Then, cool people time with Ad Astra, Devs, World of Horror and Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus. Enjoy!

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Meshiaak – Mask Of All Misery

Meshiaak’s debut album, Alliance of Thieves (2016), is one of the best thrash metal albums to ever come out of Australia. A supergroup of sorts, featuring current and ex-members of 4Arm and Terramaze, the Melbourne outfit perfectly blended groove and melody to deliver a record that simultaneously exceeded the bounds…

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