Budapest-based experimental post-hardcore quintet Shell Beach merges dreamlike ambiance with hardcore heft in Solar Flare (Wild Thing). As a well-respected and admired underground Hungarian group within the rock scene, the band has expanded and honed its talent and lineup.
The Contortionist finished their Fall tour with Rivers of Nihil last Saturday at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was a concept tour in a way. Not only did The Contortionist play two of their albums in their entirety, but Rivers of Nihil also played an album straight through. That is something I had never seen before.
While some were out hunting for Easter eggs, headbangers had a special treat of their own to look forward to in the form of the eOne Heavy Livestream. With five bands and almost four hours of footage, the livestream was a strong showcase of the label’s impressive heavy roster.
Entertainment One (eOne) has announced eOne Heavy Live, an exclusive livestream promoting some of the label’s best bands. Hosted by Ethan Harrison of Boston metal unit Great American Ghost, the festivities will commence Saturday, April 3rd at 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT and feature a headlining performance by progressive metal collective The Contortionist — their first live set of 2021 — with support from Within The Ruins, Enterprise Earth, and Plague Years. Tickets and exclusive merch bundles are available now at the link below.
Michael Lessard (The Contortionist, Last Chance To Reason) has released a new single and music video today titled ‘Use The Rest,’ his first solo debut single via Good Fight Music. The music video, directed by Lessard himself, is impactful upon a first viewing. “I’m beyond excited to announce the release of my debut song to the world!” says Lessard. “I’ve worked very hard to make a song and video that I thought would be the best representation of what is to come.” Continue reading →
We’re three months in 2020 already and a lot of crazy stuff has happened. Dealing with all the craziness of being an election year, Coronavirus, natural disasters (Puerto Rico had hundreds of earthquakes for the whole month of January), and a bunch of other strange situations seem to keep happening every day. But the question coming in the year was: “are the music releases going to keep coming as solid as they did in 2019?” and I believe that Intronaut’sFluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade Records) assure us that the year will still be as solid as the previous ones where we’ve been getting real quality music from bands that are consistent. Intronaut gives us a very interesting album that proves the musical dexterity of each one of the members of this Los Angeles band. Adding the services from drummer Alex Rudinger (ex-The Haarp Machine/ex-The Faceless) gives this record a major boost in the percussive side and makes the overall musical experience a very enjoyable one. Continue reading →
2019, the year that closes the decade and with it a lot of interesting releases in the Heavy Metal world. In this article, you’ll get to see my top 20 favorite albums of the year. It was no easy task to choose just 20, a lot of talented bands released quality stuff this year, but I believe these are the ones that close the decade on a high note and gives us hope for more in the future.
Infinity Shred‘s Forever, A Fast Life (3DOT Recordings) is like if Health had their own interpretation of Deafheaven‘s Sunbather. Yeah, I never thought I’d type out a such a sentence and half of the readers have probably walked away at this point but hear me out. Again, imagine Sunbather, but only strip away George Clarke‘s corrosive vocals and replace them with copious amounts of synths. Again, not the best sentence to describe Infinity Shred, so I’m going to need you to put on some headphones and take this thing for a test drive.Continue reading →
Midwestern progressive metal act, The Contortionist, return with another chapter in their transformation story. This particular collection of tracks making up a quick, yet most satisfying, EP is entitled Our Bones (eOne Music). While the group has moved on from their deathcore character, harsh vocals return to this release that brings some promise for future releases as well.Continue reading →