Death’s Door // July 2019

As is tradition, welcome to Death’s Door, Hellions. Wipe your feet on the mat and pull up a bone throne. July was a good month for the ol’ plug-and-chug. I feel like garbage physically today, folks. Which honestly feels like an outward manifestation of how I feel on the inside…

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Editors’ Picks – July 2019

July! What a terrible, awful month it is for anyone who suffers from the heat like I do. Actually, I’ve looked back on my previous two Editors’ Picks from July and I complained about the heat and the summer there as well, so perhaps I’ll refrain from doing that again,…

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172 – Socialism-Mandated Metallica Shows

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! We discuss Manowar’s rant, Metallica’s alleged scalping, new music from Unprocessed, Korn, WRVTH, The Number 12 Looks Like You, Wormed, and Jacob Collier. Also ArcTanGent festival, and the new Heavy Blog shirts! Then cool people time with Raven Stratagem, and some SDCC hype. Enjoy!

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Release Day Roundup – 7/19/19

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 unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked…

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Wormed – Metaportal

Tech death is a weird branch of the metal tree. Focused primarily on performative fireworks as opposed to standard songwriting structures, the music can at times come across as highly robotic. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for me as a listener there’s only so many insane guitar passages…

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169 – I’m On A Boat

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week I am dialing in from an unusual location. We have a bunch of items to discuss, including Iron Maiden suing the creators of the game Ion Maiden, Metallica playing the national anthem, video of domestic abuse from the Vektor frontman surfacing, This Gift Is A Curse, Howling Sycamore, Shrek slam band The Ogre Packet Slammers, Wormed, Wait, Brand of Sacrifice, Season of Mist moving to on-demand shirt printing, and Cody’s chaotic meme playlist. Then, cool people time with Designated Survivor, Chernobyl (we go into some good discussion about nuclear energy), Surviving Mars, Killing Eve, and The Society. Enjoy!

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Ceremony of Silence – Oútis

The murky and amorphous style of extreme metal that has taken root in the wake of acts like Gorguts, Portal, and Deathspell Omega has seemingly become the predominate driving creative force in the underground extreme metal zeitgeist in recent years. The emphasis on weird, Lovecraftian atmospheres has infected both black and death metal, with acts like Imperial Triumphant, Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, and Dodecahedron, to name a few, land on year-end lists with wonky, dissonant riffs, and a flair for the experimental. The trouble at this point is that when working within such an esoteric sound, it becomes difficult to carve out a niche and break out from the pack. Up and coming bands, take note: murk chords and blastbeats aren’t cutting it anymore.

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144 – Actual 144

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!

Shockingly, this week we discuss industry news and music news. The Lion’s Daughter on Pornhub, the Manowar guitarist getting arrested for actual CP, posthumous Static-X material, Kat leaving Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Souncloud’s new artist deal program, Matt Heafy dropping out of the Trivium tour, and new music by Interloper, Soilwork, and Wormed. Then cool people time! Enjoy!

118 – Blame Eden Somehow

The last time I didn’t put links to news stories in the description was over a year ago, let’s see if people will still leave passionate comments asking for the links back again. No, this is totally not an attempt to bait people into increasing our facebook engagement. Anyway, this week we talk about Spotify’s legal woes as outlined by The Verge, their upcoming IPO, and their launch in Israel, which Eden is not very happy with. Also Sigur Ros’s tax-evasion-but-not-actually story. Then when we start talking about Misha of Periphery’s recent comments about how Periphery alone doesn’t make enough money to be sustainable and Ultimate Guitar’s clickbait headline about it, it turns into a full on discussion about music as business. Then we talk about Fallujah’s teaser, the new Rings of Nihil album, and the upcoming Alkaloid album, and the passing of Wormed’s drummer. Then cool people time with Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Star Trek: Discovery, and Netflix’s Disney’s Marvel’s The Punisher. Enjoy!