Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off with some sad news, Chris Cornell was found dead late Wednesday evening. The former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was just 52 years old, and it’s hard to put into words how enormous a loss this is. Rest in peace, Chris.
You might find it strange to see a Soundgarden article on this website. But why is that? For many older metal fans, the term “Grunge” still holds a powerful emotional weight as the music that opened the gates for the benign, solo-less drivel of late-90s post-grunge and nu-metal. But this perception is actually deeply mistaken and unfair, as all the major Seattle bands (even Mudhoney) employed guitar solos and incorporated major metal influences into their sound. Soundgarden also seems like a puzzling choice for an extreme music site, especially for those casual listeners who are only familiar with their more widely-known works (e.g. “Black Hole Sun,” “Spoonman,” “Burden in My Hand”). And while there’s plenty to explore in Soundgarden’s more rock-oriented output, there’s a glorious, explosive quality to their heaviest songs that deserves greater attention. Though they’re known, along with Alice in Chains, as the more “metal-oriented” bands from the grunge movement, they’re even heavier than most metal fans give them credit for (or even themselves, Kim Thayil still bridles at the band being called “metal”). Continue reading →
For this week’s Top 10, we’re looking back on New Orleans sludge/doom band Thou, who formed there in 2005 and have been releasing all manner of splits, EPs and full-length records ever since. Digging through the band’s extensive back catalog has been extremely rewarding, since I tend to like each new song I hear more than the last. The band can do anything within their distinctive sound, from covers of well-known songs to epically orchestrated pieces that build and climax. The band’s entire catalog is free online, with most of their major releases on their Bandcamp page, so go ahead and listen along while you read. Continue reading →
It’s time for Episode 17 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!
We’re into our second and final week of the Great Butterworth Recession of 2014! This time, co-host emeritus Kevin Davis stops by to chat about new albums from Eluveitie and Nachtmystium, laugh at Varg Vikernes for getting banned from eBay, and discuss new developments at his film production company, Visibly Shaken.
All that and much, much more, so check it out!
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