We're back! This week we discuss Underoath, The Acacia Strain, Transcending Obscurity records and their bandcamp promotion, The PRP's most viewed stories of the decade, Analog Staple (Obzen Slamjam), The Hell, and more! We have some good old philosophy nonsense. Enjoy!
Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!Regular co-host Cody and I get together to discuss Metallica playing St. Anger stuff live, and then go into an extended conversation about metalcore. Its history, the subgenres, its evolution, and what our favorite bands in the genre are. Mentioning a few artists for SEO purposes: Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, August Burns Red, Underoath, Lamb of God, Converge. Then we discuss Avengers Endgame with full spoilers, and this video about it. Enjoy!
For those of you who’ve hung around the metalcore scene since the early 2000s, you have my respect. You’ve been through some real shit. Whether it’s the cringey downward spirals of the scene’s power players into mediocre, wannabe radio darlings or the lackluster output of quality records this side of the decade, things just ain’t the way they used to be. For everyone who jumped ship, word of a new Bleeding Through record may or may not be enough to pique your interest. We’ve seen Killswitch Engage, Underoath, Atreyu and a few other less-notable acts return with relatively disappointing efforts, so you wouldn’t be amiss to be little apprehensive about busting out the dingy sweatbands and studded belts, but if Love Will Kill All has any say in it, you might find yourself sitting on a little Facebook Marketplace goldmine.
Music operates in cycles and waves, with the energy generated from one, feeding directly into another. This is one of the major ways that we see genres and styles achieve growth. One particular genre that we have seen outgrow its roots and reach with newly grown tentacles into ever-evolving styles is hardcore. Just look around at the number of sub-genres that include the affix of “core” to their names. In this piece we look at the bands who evolved hardcore in both subtle and major ways to arrive at what we now know as "metalcore." First, we take a look at some of the bands who were most directly tied to hardcore in its last iteration before metalcore truly came into being.
During the mid-2000s, the UK hardcore and metal scene underwent a re-energisation of sorts due to the emergence of several bands who have since spearheaded the genres to modern popularity. Bands like Enter Shikari and Bring Me the Horizon resonated with mainstream crowds since their inceptions and have since established themselves as global institutions. On the other hand, Architects instantly occupied the forefront of an underground charge and, over the years, have also crossed over into popular realms. However, bubbling underneath the surface was (and still is) a whole scene of innovative, vital artists whose records define the country’s musical output at its finest, with albums that will undoubtedly stand the test of time among aficionados of heavy music. One such act is Devil Sold His Soul who, in this writer’s humble opinion, are one of the best bands the UK has ever birthed.
Although it’s common to have 3+ bands on a single roster tobe considered a “stacked” lineup for a show, but sometimes, all you need are two bands. Two emotionally driven bands and that’lllast you quite a bit. Well, that is exactly what happened on April 16th, 2016, in Philadelphia’s own Electric Factory. Opening the show with a more somber, moody, emotional set, Caspian kicked things off.