Allow me to calcify my departure from a decade of music journalism not with some savage diatribic pedantry but instead this, a guiding summation howled from deep, deep within the void: dig. One word, three letters, so get yer fuckin’ shovel. Find what you like, and dig for more of it, then share it with the world; unlike life, there’s no end to art, nor will there ever be, at least until there’s an end to us.

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And these years of ferocious, mouth-foaming digging have certainly uncovered some gems in my life, morsels of heavy music that satiate otherwise unreachable cores of thought and feeling inside me. It was only right and correct to bid farewell, even if one day proven only temporarily, headlighting with one of these discoveries. I went with my first inclination: an unsigned solo deathgrind project from Tampa called Estuarine whose avant-garde eccentricities and guts-exploding energy make it sure-fire in my book.

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He goes by Hydrus, his new EP is out today, and he joined me in audio format to discuss the life metallic, including positive feedback loops with other metalheads, establishing yourself as an artist in the scene, maintaining musical momentum despite all odds, and more. The idea was simple but abstract: we weave together our experiences vis-a-vis heavy metal -- an artist and a journalist -- forming a pithy but powerful narrative about the shared nature of the love of heavy music.

I hope you enjoy this inaugural bonus episode in our new progression of deep-dig, outside-the-box podcast content. It should pair well with your morning coffee. Enjoy the tunes too, yeah?

—Andrew Rothmund

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Estuarine's new EP, Nyarlathotep, releases today and is available via the band's Bandcamp page.

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