Heavy Tune of the Week is a characteristic on Heavy Consequence breaking down the highest steel and exhausting rock tracks you might want to hear each Friday. This week the highest spot goes to Thy Artwork Is Homicide’s “Be a part of Me in Armageddon.”
Thy Art Is Murder get extra nihilistic with every launch. Whereas different dying steel bands embrace over-the-top camp (gore, horror, surgical drugs, and so forth.), TAIM have rooted their model of tech dying in poignantly related themes of political corruption, battle, famine, and apocalypse — very similar to scene contemporaries Cattle Decapitation.
But, there’s nonetheless a little bit of sardonic humor to a tune like “Join Me in Armageddon,” the lead single from the Thy Artwork Is Homicide’s upcoming album Godlike. Even the title has a hoop of fatalistic Kind O-esque doom, which is additional emphasised by the lyrics (“Gown heat for nuclear winter!”)
Musically, nonetheless, the band is useless severe. The monitor opens with dissonant riffing and a death-march tempo — applicable given the apocalyptic lyrical content material. From there, the monitor picks up the tempo for technical groove-outs and thrash prospers, all whereas vocalist CJ McMahon narrates humanity’s imminent demise via guttural growls.
Gouge Away – “Idealized”
Florida post-hardcore outfit Gouge Away have saved it low-key since their 2018 sophomore album Burnt Sugar, breaking the silence this previous week with the one-off single “Idealized” through the Deathwish imprint. Gouge Away trip the loud-soft-loud waves like nice heavy alt-rockers of yore — together with the band from which they derive their title (Pixies) — with the clear/harsh twin vocals of Christina Michelle rising and falling with every crescendo.
Mammoth WVH – “Like a Pastime”
Wolfgang Van Halen continues to mature as a songwriter and band chief, embracing influences exterior of the everyday hard-rock sound (the place he was basically pegged by default after rising as a solo artist). We’ve heard the son of the late Eddie Van Halen say that he was impressed by bands like Meshuggah on his forthcoming sophomore album from his venture Mammoth WVH, and whereas the newest single “Like a Pastime” isn’t fairly progressive steel, the guitar association does make savvy use of polyrhythms — a Meshuggah staple — so as to add sauce to an in any other case easy 4/4 time signature. Wolfgang mentioned he was significantly wanting to drop this monitor, because it boasts a few of his strongest compositional flexes thus far.
Sevendust – “All the pieces”
Alt-metal vets Sevendust‘s new single “Everything” includes a group effort on vocals. Whereas frontman Lajon Witherspoon stays the core crooner, further singing and screaming by guitarist Clint Lowery and drummer Morgan Rose, respectively, provides additional taste and variance to the vocal preparations. With their upcoming album, Reality Killer, set to reach in July, Sevendust are nonetheless on high of their sport almost 30 years into their profession. — Jon Hadusek