Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about some new music, finally! Fit for an Autopsy, Leprous, Wrvth, Syncatto (and also Artificial Language), Moron Police, Unleash the Archers, and Shaped in Dreams. Then we do cool people time with Midsommar's extended director's cut, The Boys, Control, The Expanse, On Becoming A God In Central Florida, and the Craft Sequence. Enjoy!
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!
It's been a long road, but the sax is back, baby. For years the instrument, once employed lavishly upon all sorts of classic and progressive rock tracks through the 60s and 70s, became a revolting cliche and symbol of rock excess, softness, and melodrama. And, frankly, given how the instrument became abused and synonymous with the type of smooth jazz playing that would coat pop and rock ballads through the 80s into 90s with a sonic perfume strong enough to make you gag, it's not surprising that it fell out of style. In many ways it went hand-in-hand with the back-to-basics mentality that ran through the punk, DIY, grunge, indie, and (to a different extent) metal movements of the 80s through the 90s and well into the turn of the century. Since then, though, the pendulum has slowly but steadily moved back into the other direction, and more bands and listeners view the sax and other woodwinds as viable and enticing flourishes or even centerpieces to give their music either a certain distinction or whiff of nostalgia. And though metal has perhaps resisted incorporating the instrument for longer than most other genres, there is now an utter wealth of examples of artists and bands using the instrument to (mostly) good effect, particularly in the more progressive black, death, and doom spheres, where bands like Wrvth, Aenaon, Dreadnought, and, of course, SHINING - Jorgen Munkeby probably more than anyone has made the idea of sax-heavy metal sound forward-thinking and "cool" - are releasing high-quality work that makes use of the instrument in a whole wide range of ways.
Welcome back to our ongoing series of best-of lists for this year, where we give some of the bands we covered (or just adored) in 2016 a chance to publish their own lists regarding their favorite albums of... Read More...