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Bazzi - Beautiful (feat. Camilla Cabello) [hook N Sling Remix]
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Galantis & Hook N Sling - Love On Me
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Starley - Call On Me (ryan Riback Remix - Video Version)
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Anne-marie - 2002 (jay Pryor Radio Edit)
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Calum Scott - Dancing On My Own (tiesto Remix)
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Lovelytheband - Broken [jay Mac Remix Radio Edit]
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The Weeknd - The Hills (kue Remix Edit)
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David Guetta F/sia - She Wolf (falling To Pieces)
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Selena Gomez - Back To You
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Clean Bandit F/louisa Johnson - Tears
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Madison Beer - Home With You [alphalove Remix - Edit]
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Jess Glynne - All I Am
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Jonas Blue F/dakota - Fast Car [radio Edit]
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Alessia Cara - Growing Pains [justin Caruso Remix]
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Charlie Puth - The Way I Am [eden Prince Remix]
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  • Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:00:17 +0000

    Behemoth have always been a band with something to say. How they say it has changed over time, but they have always had a message, a drive, ambition. Be it their rebellion against the conservative Polish culture, frontman Nergal's battle with leukemia, or institutional religion in general, they've always had an edge. With any artist who is quite a ways into their career, they often run the risk of having their reality being overwritten by their aesthetic. Behemoth have always been in charge of their aesthetic. From their fantastic album art and exemplary music videos to their coordinated live performances, their thing has always been "the whole experience". While this is kind of a genre staple for black metal, few other bands have had the dedication and budget to do it to the extent Behemoth have. All of this is to say that there's so much going on with Behemoth, so many things riding on every aspect of their work, that it's surprising nothing has gone wrong yet. Well, enter I Loved You At Your Darkest.

    The post Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Holy Fawn – Death Spells

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:20 +0000

    There is a long-running joke at the publication that I have called home for the past few years, Arctic Drones, that revolves around senile “Gramps” (at age 37, I am currently by far the oldest writer on our staff) consistently forgetting what he has previously written and declaring that every album he reviews is a “potential album of the year.” It has become so well-documented that, out of the desire to be as professional a writer as possible and avoid repetitious phrasings, I have made a very conscious effort to shy from such wording over the past year. Why lead with this potentially perplexing anecdote? Because Holy Fawn has finally released their first full-length record, Death Spells, and it is without hesitation and with full clarity of mind that I declare that it as, to this point, my choice for the best album of 2018.

    The post Holy Fawn – Death Spells appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Hey! Listen to Idle Hands!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:17 +0000

    A while ago, I wrote about one of my favorite bands operating as part of the traditional heavy metal revival, Spellcaster. Since then, sadly, the band has disbanded, leaving a denim-jacket wearing hole in my heart. Luckily for me, Gabriel Franco (who played bass for Spellcaster) has forged Idle Hands from out of the molten wreckage of his former band. Idle Hands are still very much inside the traditional heavy metal definition but channel a much darker version than Spellcaster; they tend to err on the side of ballad rather than the epic proclamations of power that were Spellcaster's stock and fare but, to be honest, that approach might even be better than the original. Head on down below for your first taste!

    The post Hey! Listen to Idle Hands! appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Prognosis Unleash Their Piercing Debut Definition

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:07 +0000

    Hot off the press today - the record releases tomorrow - and joining the prodigious list of young bands we love to feature, Manchester's Prognosis are streaming their exciting debut with us here at The Heaviest Blog. Arriving armed with comparisons to metal heavyweights like Mastodon, Gojira, and Death could be too much hype firepower for a new act to shoulder. Not the case here. Progressive metal should be exciting and fresh and take on new ideas to build on the blocks laid by such acts. Definition is both wildly exciting and funky fresh. Don't just take my word for it. Over the jump with ye.

    The post EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Prognosis Unleash Their Piercing Debut <em>Definition</em> appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:00:18 +0000

    Achieving crossover appeal among the metal community has become quite a bit easier as times trudged along. Even poppy, synth-laden...

    The post Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Black Tusk – TCBT

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:00:35 +0000

    At the time, the Savannah trio Black Tusk’s caffeinated sludge felt like the ultimate median between direct punk rock and...

    The post Black Tusk – TCBT appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Rapidfire Roundup: Alice in Chains, Lucis Absentia, Ominous Eclipse and Palm

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:00:24 +0000

    Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog Alice In Chains have always had a timeless quality to them. Although their style...

    The post Rapidfire Roundup: Alice in Chains, Lucis Absentia, Ominous Eclipse and Palm appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Bosse-de-Nage – Further Still

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:00:45 +0000

    Blackgaze is now established; it's time to recognize this and move on. What does this mean, exactly, to be established? It means many things but it mostly means that bands, and journalists writing about those bands, no longer have to "apologize" for using that name. It also means, perhaps more importantly, that the genre now has tropes, tropes created from the expectations of the not-negligible number of listeners the genre now enjoys. This posits unique challenges for any bands looking to make music within the blackgaze space but it mostly affects the veteran bands that have been operating within it for a while now. Think of the latest Deafheaven record; their change in style is a direct response to the pressures and expectations now working on the band.

    But they're far from the only ensemble to face this issue; Bosse-de-Nage have been, up until Deafheaven's explosion into popularity, one of the most associated with blackgaze or post-black metal in general.

    The post Bosse-de-Nage – Further Still appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Into the Pit – A Semi-Defense of Anthrax…Sort Of

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:00:27 +0000

    Guys, I really tried with Anthrax. I fully intended to write a defense of Anthrax as a Big 4 band. Ask my girlfriend. Ask the editors. Ask anybody who lets me talk about the blog to them. I really wanted to do that. I had a great plan! I intentionally started the Testament column with “ANTHRAX SUX LOL” because I wanted to write, “And whoever that idiot was who said Anthrax sucks can go play in traffic!” It was going to be so great. Self-deprecating humor is disarming, even if total comment thread dopes can’t understand tongue-in-cheek humor via the written word.

    I had listened to some Anthrax records before, so I had some idea of what I was in for. “Sure, there might be some stinkers here, but overall I’ll find what I need.” And then I started listening. And I kept listening. Fistful of Metal. Spreading the Disease. Among the Living. State of Euphoria. When I got to Persistence of Time, a thought occurred to me.

    I still can’t defend Anthrax. I just can’t do it.

    The post Into the Pit – A Semi-Defense of Anthrax…Sort Of appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Exclusive Premiere: Heads for the Dead Unleash Pure Evil With “Gate Creeper”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:00:27 +0000

    We all come to metal for different things. For some, it’s the visceral rush of anger and aggression that permeates...

    The post Exclusive Premiere: Heads for the Dead Unleash Pure Evil With “Gate Creeper” appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Revocation – The Outer Ones

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:00:21 +0000

    Nothing can compare to the nuttiness that can be tech death. Blast beats plus virtuoso riffing is simply candy to the ears. The only problem, if it can even really be defined that way, is that tech death is rarely “dirty”. I mean that in the way that old school death metal or thrash bands can be dirty. Playing things a little looser and dialing back on the production qualities while also turning up the distortion is very rarely in the playbook for tech death bands. Fortunately, the fans of dirt have Revocation, a band that consistently blurs the lines between thrash and technical death metal. The Outer Ones is a great example that bands can play things a little loose while also being technical masters of their instruments.

    The post Revocation – The Outer Ones appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Death’s Vault // Master – On the Seventh Day God Created… Master

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:00:49 +0000

    Last week we premiered the outstanding “Stand Up and Be Counted” from Master‘s forthcoming thirteenth full-length Vindictive Miscreant. Now we...

    The post Death’s Vault // Master – On the Seventh Day God Created… Master appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to The Ever Living Strip Away “Fifty Metres Deep”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:00:51 +0000

    Back in May, a UK band called The Ever Living released their excellent full length debut, HEREPHEMINE. To be honest, this should be one of our Heavy Delinquency posts, seeing as we failed to give this album the shout out it deserved. It's a fantastically sleek take on post metal, combining great production and sharp tones alongside harrowing vocals to create a depth and range of sound that was incredibly endearing. It seems, however, that The Ever Living shall not suffice themselves with that; these lads have decided to release an instrumental version of the album, stripping away these aforementioned vocals. The end result is an interesting rework of their sound, of which you can get a taste with the instrumental version of "Fifty Metres Deep". Let's get going!

    The post EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to The Ever Living Strip Away “Fifty Metres Deep” appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Post. Festival’s Organizers Explain Why the Midwest is the Perfect Place for Post-Rock (Plus Single-Day Tickets & Set Times)

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:00:24 +0000

    In case you missed it, we announced a couple of months ago that Heavy Blog will be sponsoring Post. Festival, the US's only (and thus also premier) major post-rock/metal/whatever festival on October 19th and 20th at Indiana City Brewery Co. in Indianapolis, IN. The festival is shaping up to be an incredible event, featuring the likes of The Appleseed Cast, Outrun the Sunlight, Heron, This Patch of Sky, and far more. I wanted to talk to the festival organizers about what fans can expect from the weekend, about what makes holding a post-rock festival in the US a more daunting challenge than in Europe, and about why they believe the genre of post-rock is as strong as it's ever been and only getting stronger.

    The post Post. Festival’s Organizers Explain Why the Midwest is the Perfect Place for Post-Rock (Plus Single-Day Tickets & Set Times) appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • 139 – Dr. Phil And The Hyper-Real

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:30:12 +0000

    Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!

    This week we have a bunch of weird shit. Dr. Phil performing with Good Charlotte, Betraying the Martyrs covering Avenged Sevenfold, and then some normal news. Like new music from Black Queen, Psycroptic, Cryptopsy, Irreversible Mechanism and Arsis. Also, a feel-good story about The Ghost Inside. Then we do a cool people section on Ozark, Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4) and Destiny 2. Enjoy!

    The post 139 – Dr. Phil And The Hyper-Real appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Horrendous – Idol

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:00:18 +0000

    It feels inappropriate to categorize anything in the death metal world as “darling”, but if there is such a group...

    The post Horrendous – Idol appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Grave Dust – Pale Hand

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:00:14 +0000

    It’s always nice to come back to things you know work. A little nostalgia never hurt anybody, after all. Hearing...

    The post Grave Dust – Pale Hand appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 9/14/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:00:51 +0000

    For those who missed our last installment, We post bi-weekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been...

    The post What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 9/14/18 appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Release Day Roundup – 9/14/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:00:38 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

    The post Release Day Roundup – 9/14/18 appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • SUMAC – Love In Shadow

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 20:00:09 +0000

    Man, I have been ready to love SUMAC for a while. This three-piece – Aaron Turner of ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, and a plethora...

    The post SUMAC – Love In Shadow appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:00:15 +0000

    Finnish death metal has a reputation for being a touch left of center. While the more prolific Swedish acts of...

    The post Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Get Tussled in Leonov’s Wake With “I am Lion, I am Yours”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:00:20 +0000

    I've been listening to "brighter" music lately; whether it's the shrill tones of thrash and traditional heavy metal or the expansive beats of more electronic genres, something in me just hungers these days for cleaner, more direct tones. But I'll make exceptions as I always do for the best of the best, even if it's from a genre I'm not currently paying too much attention to. Enter Leonov and their thoroughly corrosive Wake from which we're proud to premiere the opening track today, "I am Lion, I am Yours". We're talking about post-metal which totters on the precipice of sludge, accompanied by excellent and otherworldly vocals of the most rarified sort. The entire album is a bleak, moving work of art and this track is all of it in microcosm. Head on over the jump and dive in the murk.

    The post EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Get Tussled in Leonov’s Wake With “I am Lion, I am Yours” appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:00:22 +0000

    Like Neil Fallon (the legendary vocalist for Clutch, in case you somehow got lost and wondered onto this review without knowing that) on track "How to Shake Hands", I know that what the people want is straight talk and no jive. So let's get right down to facts. Fact: Clutch have never released a bad album. Even the somewhat denigrated Jam Room contains some straight bangers and the rest of their discography moves between good and great. Fact: no one has fun like Clutch. There's just something about the mix of super deep American mythology (fact: "White's Ferry" still gives me chills), their unwillingness to take themselves too seriously and the earnestness of their long career that is unmatched in the annals of rock n' roll. Fact: Book of Bad Decisions is another excellent release from one of America's best, and, for all their popularity and success, one of the most underrated, bands.

    The post Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Kvlt Kolvmn – August 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:00:10 +0000

    Greetings once more, lovers of the black. Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn. The time is ripe for another fresh batch of...

    The post Kvlt Kolvmn – August 2018 appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Can This Even Be Called Music? – August Edition

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:00:17 +0000

    August is a well-known dry month as far as music releases are concerned. It’s not as barren as the absolute...

    The post Can This Even Be Called Music? – August Edition appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Skullcave – FEAR

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 11 Sep 2018 20:00:58 +0000

    Given that its impetus came with the sinister riff opening “Black Sabbath,” doom metal has arguably had the longest evolutionary...

    The post Skullcave – FEAR appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Allfather – And All Will Be Desolation

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:00:23 +0000

    When a band can bring together a number of influences, it almost always results in a sound that can only...

    The post Allfather – And All Will Be Desolation appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Connecting the Dots – Mastodon

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:00:56 +0000

    Welcome to Connecting the Dots, the column where we give a brief rundown on a central band along with a host of other projects their members, both past and present, have been involved in. Today we’ll be focusing on progressive sludge powerhouse Mastodon and the myriad of projects they’ve been involved with.

    The post Connecting the Dots – Mastodon appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Watch Old Faith Capture Urban Magic With “Switchbacks” Video

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:00:35 +0000

    We've been on your case for a while now with our idea of the "East Coast" movement in post-rock so I won't bore you again with the details of the community that's been growing there (and extending their reach to the West Coast as well as Europe and beyond). Suffice it to say, for now, that Old Faith are very much a part of that scene; they play a sort of heavy post-rock (although this track is a bit more dreamy), with the bass turned up loud and artwork by Brian Morgante (otherwise known as Deadhorse and featuring heavily on the covers of albums from this scene). If you've been paying attention, you already know based on those facts that I love them. And, indeed, their upcoming self titled release is a pure joy for fans of this kind of post-rock. Thus, I am delighted to premiere today the excellent video for "Switchbacks" off of that selfsame album. Head on over the jump!

    The post EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Watch Old Faith Capture Urban Magic With “Switchbacks” Video appeared first on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

  • Pig Destroyer – Head Cage

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:00:58 +0000

    New albums from Virginian grindcore legends Pig Destroyer are increasingly few and far between, so each new release is a genuine momentous occasion. This time around, in the six years since Book Burner (which was itself five years removed from Phantom Limb), the stakes grew higher for the band in maintaining their spot on grindcore's pedestal; or the first time ever, the band have invited a bassist into the fold in John Jarvis, further expanding their lineup after additions of drummer Adam Jarvis replaced Brian Harvey prior to Book Burner and sampler/electronics guy Blake Harrison on Phantom Limb. Such a change in dynamic, both sonically and interpersonally, is bound to have an affect on the output, and when taking into account six years of artistic development and fan anticipation, the group's latest effort Head Cage was bound to be heavily scrutinized.

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  • Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 10 Sep 2018 18:00:17 +0000

    Man, technical/progressive death metal’s really been having somewhat of a boom at the moment, huh? Rivers of Nihil, Obscura, Alkaloid, Monotheist, and Augury have all...

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  • Unmetal Monday // 9/10/2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:00:37 +0000

    There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Master Assert Death Metal Dominance in “Stand Up and Be Counted”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:00:30 +0000

    I have said it before. Perhaps a thousand times. 2018 is the year of death metal. There isn’t a single...

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  • Windfaerer – Alma

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:00:01 +0000

    There are a few genres of bands getting better. There's the "I couldn't stand this band before but is a true 180 degrees". There's the "they used to be good, then they sucked and now they're back". But my absolute favorite is those bands who released albums you almost really, really liked and ended up just being OK with. Their music was fine but it didn't leave a mark with you. But now, now they've released something new and everything you wanted them to do differently on that previous release, everything you thought would make them great instead of just good, has been done and you're blown away. That's the story of my relationship with Windfaerer.

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  • Death’s Door – August 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 07 Sep 2018 18:00:29 +0000

    Greetings, my Hellions. Welcome to another installment of Death’s Door. There’s no point in the typical pleasantries. This place is so covered in blood from the absolutely insane amount of deadly death metal released this month that we may not ever be able to clean it. So grab a bone throne and get cozy. You have hours of listening ahead of you.

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  • PREMIERE: Feast Your Ears On The New Album From Carnivores At Grace

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:00:08 +0000

    While “rebirth” is probably the wrong word to use, it doesn’t seem inaccurate to point out that the sun is...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 9/7/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:00:23 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • Skyharbor – Sunshine Dust

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 06 Sep 2018 20:00:56 +0000

    As international prog-metallers Skyharbor return with their third album, Sunshine Dust, we find them in a noticeably different shape to...

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  • Hey! Listen to Traveler!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:00:37 +0000

    Demo tapes are a thing of the past, right? Guess again; alongside shrill guitar tones and over the top vocals, the traditional heavy metal revival is bringing back demos as well. As short as three tracks and produced in a style very reminiscent of their origins, demos are great ways for bands to get discovered by fans and labels alike. And with the age of Bandcamp and streaming, it's even easier to reach potential patrons of your music so, why the hell not? That's the attitude which Traveler, a heavy metal band from Calgary, took with their demo released this year. From artwork to, most importantly, music, this demo screams (quite literally) mid-80's heavy metal and by god, it owns. Head on down below for your first taste!

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  • Post Rock Post // August 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:00:09 +0000

    Praise be, after hearing my complaints about the paucity of quality releases in July, the post-rock gods have smiled favorably upon us and have brought us good fortune as the hellish days of summer (hopefully, please, have mercy on my pale self) slowly fade into the crisper and bountiful days of autumn. In fact, it's possible that there were simply too many releases of note in August for us to actually cover properly. We can't win, evidently. But no matter what you all win as we talk about some really fantastic music that's worth sticking into your earholes. So let's hop to it, shall we?

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  • Trappist – Ancient Brewing Tactics

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 05 Sep 2018 20:00:15 +0000

    Can there ever be enough theme bands? We run into them every day. There’s the marijuana-themed death metal Cannabis Corpse....

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  • IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:00:07 +0000

    When it comes to writing quality music, context isn’t always everything. A tragic death of a loved one in the...

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  • Hey! Listen to Dividium

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:00:01 +0000

    Uk based melodic tech-metal band Dividium recently released their latest EP, entitled T.H.R.E.E. Having previously supported such acts as Devin...

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  • Krisiun – Scourge of the Enthroned

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 04 Sep 2018 20:00:13 +0000

    There are many paths towards the status of veteran in death metal. Some bands, like Mithras who recently came back to us, release classic albums and then disappear only to resurface years later, bearing the gospel of the riff once again. Others are second/third/fourth wave mavericks, incessantly dragging death metal into modernity like Misery Index. But there's also a rare kind of beast out there, the death metal band that's been around since the genre's heyday and has also ceased to stop working, constantly releasing new music. In that category, few bands have the primacy of pedigree that Krisiun enjoy.

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  • Disco Loadout – August 2018: Fishbone, Plini, Frontierer

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:00:02 +0000

    The Load-In Yes yes yes, I know this is only the third installment of this column, but already I feel...

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  • Hey! Listen to Gardenjia!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:00:57 +0000

    Every so often an album arrives that changes the game. Think Ride the Lightning for thrash or Planetary Duality for...

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  • 138 – Capitalist Black Metal

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 04 Sep 2018 10:30:43 +0000

    Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! A bunch of good stuff this week! And some not so good stuff. So pretty...

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  • Crispin Wah – Lemon Pepper

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:00:05 +0000

    Repetition is often seen as the antithesis to good music. People are so hung up on the concept of constantly moving forward that they often forget one important thing: music derives its meaning from repetition. Rhythm is, inherently, structure and structure demands consistency and repetition. Even when you're breaking, the hallmark of progressive music, you're still defining yourself in the light of that repetition and your movement away from it. Thus, the inexorable grip of repetition on music continues and many, many forms of resistance and acquiescence to that grip exist. Some bands, like Atlanta's Crispin Wah, lean into that repetition, banking on the structure that comes from out of it to give their music punch and meaning.

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  • Editors’ Picks – August 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:00:26 +0000

    August sucks, OK? Even more than its slightly-less evil twin July, August is just a mess. Weather sucks all over...

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  • What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 8/31/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:00:01 +0000

    For those who missed our last installment, We post bi-weekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 8/31/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • Aeolian – Silent Witness

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:00:48 +0000

    You don’t have to like melodic death metal but there’s definitely something that’s inherently irresistible to the style; big hooks, riffs that...

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  • Convulsing – Grievous

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 30 Aug 2018 18:00:05 +0000

    Death metal, on the whole, is a fairly hateful genre of music. So much so that I often wonder why...

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  • Hey! Listen to the Alex Jones Prison Planet!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:00:48 +0000

    When I was a kid, my parents used to give me a biweekly allowance of $50. When I was in...

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  • VIDEO PREMIERE: Let the “Swarming Lights Surround You” With Radiant Knife’s New Video

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:00:02 +0000

    It's no secret by now that I'm a sucker for emotional doom; when you take that slow, feedback laden drawl and marry it to clean vocals and plenty of atmosphere instead of abrasive weight, I'm all there for it. There's just something about that combo that gets me every time. It's no surprise then that I'm all over Radiant Knife's latest release, Science Fiction. Released on August 8th, it's chock full of riffs, great vocals and an overall approach to doom and stoner that gets right down to the core of why the genre work so well. Thus, I'm proud to premiere their video for "Swarming Lights Surround You" today, an excellent track showcasing the strengths of the album in general!

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  • Circles – The Last One

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 29 Aug 2018 20:00:33 +0000

    It’s hard to remember, but Circles were once considered at the forefront of the tech-metal/djent explosion that took place around...

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  • Leeched – You Took the Sun When You Left

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 29 Aug 2018 18:00:45 +0000

    The presence of dissonance and electronic elements in hardcore today speaks for itself. It’s okay, nay, encouraged to embrace a...

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  • Doomsday // August 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 29 Aug 2018 16:00:34 +0000

    Greetings, heaviest of heavy bloggers! Welcome to our very special ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Doomsday. Stifle your gasps and crack...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Godeater Tear Flesh From Tech-Death Bones on “Exsanguinated”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:00:33 +0000

    On a sweaty night last summer in the nation’s capital city Edinburger, I caught Godeater playing one of their first...

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  • El Ten Eleven – Banker’s Hill

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 28 Aug 2018 20:00:25 +0000

    The creative process is such a fascinating part of the human condition. Whether it’s writing, songwriting, filmmaking, speech, or any...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Make Time to Experience Mamaleek’s Experimental Blackgaze Opus Out of Time

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 28 Aug 2018 16:00:59 +0000

    One of my favorite aspects of being a music writer is being able to spend plenty of time dissecting albums...

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  • Hey! Listen to A Mobius Knot!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:00:08 +0000

    We Heavy Bloggers are a loosely defined bunch; our tastes range from all across the gamut of metal and beyond. But if you'd like to see pretty much all of us react in the same way (that is, fleeing or crying for mercy) you could try saying the following words: "hey, I have this instrumental djent album I'd like you listen to and the year is 2018". Much shrieking and the covering of ears is bound to ensue. However, in spite of what I just said, I'm here to recommend you an album that's exactly that, an instrumental djent album released in this, the . But ah, there's just one more thing: it also features fully fleshed out and beautifully composed folk guitars. Intrigued? Let's jump into A Mobius Knot.

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  • Besra – Anhedonia

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 27 Aug 2018 20:35:40 +0000

    In recent years, bands like Latitudes, Telepathy, Cult of Luna and more have shown us that when dynamics are added back into the mix, post metal still has a lot to offer. If you vary things up, whether by introducing new blood into your band or by stretching the spider-chart of your influences into new vectors and shapes, there's still plenty to be said within the spheres of post metal. Besra seem to have taken these lessons to heart; their debut album, Anhedonia, does a brilliant job of blending its post metal core with plenty of off-kilter vocals, dynamic track structures and mood that's more than just the sensation of drowning in so much ink. This makes their album an impressive debut, able to scrap the foundations of post metal for what it needs, while dragging those basics into higher planes of composition and experimentation.

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  • Unmetal Monday // 8/27/2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:00:26 +0000

    There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep...

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  • The Anatomy Of – Bleeth

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:00:20 +0000

    I'm honestly warming up to the idea of using this series to introduce you to new bands; after all, what description of the band's music could ever live up to the band themselves talking about the influences which made it be? With Bleeth, fresh of the release of their debut full length album titled Geomancer (it was released just last Friday, the 24th of August), it's a double pleasure since I don't just get to introduce you to a band but an excellent one at that. They deliver the kind of emotional doom/stoner/psychedelic that we've come to expect in 2018, replete with great riffs, moving vocals from two complementary vocalists, and an overall dedication to momentum that lies at the core of what makes this kind of music work.

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Head Into Savannah With Graveface Records and Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:00:38 +0000

    Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks. Yeah, that's their name. Problem? Not for these guys, as is evident from how much they lean into this weird branding choice with their upcoming album's track names; the track we're premiering today is titled "Dan Halen". Their self-titled release, out on August 31st, is also seeing releases via new offshoot Graveface Records & Curiosities, branching off from the excellent Graveface Records. It takes its name from a local record store, centering it firmly within the Savannah scene.

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  • 137 – Spank Bank

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:30:55 +0000

    Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we are back on track! Bringing that beat back! We had a good...

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  • Nothing – Dance on the Blacktop

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 24 Aug 2018 20:00:12 +0000

    No matter the genre, songwriters, instruments, or lyrics, music can overwhelm the emotions and senses. It can soothe and enlighten...

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  • Hey! Listen to Midnight Force!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:00:53 +0000

    I like my Traditional Heavy Metal to be of either of two types; it should either modernize the genre and bring it into contemporary modes of production and execution or it should be incredibly dedicated to reproducing the old school style. Sadly, most trad metal falls in between those two approaches, attempting to produce something modern which calls back to the classics. This, invariably, fails and turns into a boring retread of cliches instead of a dedicated and convincing homage. But when the latter approach is embraced fully, like in the case of Lunar Shadow, Gatekeeper or Eternal Champion for example, the result is a great romp through what made heavy metal great to begin with. To that illustrious list we can now eagerly add Midnight Force.

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  • Release Day Roundup – 8/24/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:00:11 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • Mamaleek – Out of Time

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 23 Aug 2018 20:00:24 +0000

    Anonymity in black metal has always been a double-edged sword. While it’s refreshing to see artists solely focused on their...

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  • Heavy Rewind // The Amity Affliction – Severed Ties

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:00:25 +0000

    There are few albums I can remember anticipating as much as The Amity Affliction‘s sophomore effort Youngbloods (2010). My friends...

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  • Thou – Magus

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 22 Aug 2018 20:00:20 +0000

    Mystique is a huge part of what draws us to musicians and to bands. Cultivating that mystique is a fine art which affords bands no clear paths forward; like being cool, some bands just have it and others just don't and it's not clear exactly why or what actions make or break the allure of bands. What's safe to say is that Thou have carefully cultivated such an air of artistic passion, occult obfuscation and DIY dedication over the years. Their move in 2018 to publish not one, not two, not three but four albums has certainly amplified that sort of image; Thou stand as one of the most interesting and engaging bands in the spaces of doom, sludge, and the blackened varieties thereof. But, when all of that aesthetic is discarded, what are we left with when we approach Magus, what most consider their main offering for 2018? How does a full length Thou album sound like on the backs of the three inherently different EPs which came before it?

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  • The Anatomy Of – Etherius

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 22 Aug 2018 18:00:01 +0000

    To be honest, this list makes me feel happy because it mentions Iced Earth's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Early Iced Earth is criminally underrated in the contemporary progressive/power/heavy metal community; while their later works leave a lot to be desired, their early albums are downright incredible. Add more common, but still excellent choices like Dream Theater and Metallica to this list and you've got yourself one sweet Anatomy!

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  • Hey! Listen to Fleshmeadow!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:00:23 +0000

    December is a shocking month to release music in. If you’re thinking about doing so, don’t. Most publications have already settled on their end-of-year list, and if they haven’t been published yet they’ll be coming soon. Music journalists are going into shut-down mode as they give themselves some time off and try to recover from the mountain of listening they did in preparation for their end-of-year list. Listeners are on holidays and are enjoying their time off with loved ones. If they’re listening to music it’s going to be their personal favourites and not some new record that’s dropped. What this all means is that albums released in December are likely to get lost, falling into an abyss from which escape is near-impossible even for those with a formidable PR machine behind them. When you’re independent you’ve almost got no chance. That’s my theory for how an album as great as Fleshmeadow’s debut Umbra slipped through the cracks in late 2016 and why they’re still a largely unknown quantity. But we’re trying to fix that because these blackened death metallers are ready to rip your face off.

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Imperialist Destroy Worlds with “Advent Anathema”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:00:14 +0000

    It typically takes me a few listens to find out whether or not (or how much) I enjoy a particular...

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  • Jesus Piece – Only Self

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:00:14 +0000

    Trying to convince some of the staff at Heavy Blog that hardcore can be great isn’t the nightmarish task it...

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  • Foxing – Nearer My God

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:00:49 +0000

    We often find ourselves in ruts. Maybe you’re in a job you don’t like, so you gain new skills and...

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  • What’s in a Label? // Art As Catharsis & Worlds Within Worlds

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:00:01 +0000

    If you’ve followed Heavy Blog over the last few years, you’ve likely noticed how much we adore the output of...

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  • Hey! Listen to Moonshield!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:00:03 +0000

    One of the things you learn first when you start trawling Bandcamp (or any other like-minded service) is that tags are not to be trusted. When you let musicians describe and catalogue their own music, you get often absurd and unhelpful classifications that are more to do with hype, fashion, and self perception. That's why when I was sent Moonshield by Simon, who also drew my attention to the Bandcamp tag "fantasy punk", my eyebrow shot up of its own accord. But gosh darn it, as nonsensical as that label sounds, it works perfectly for what Moonshield does on The Warband. Couple that moniker with the cheesy cover art and track names like "The Wizard" or "The Death Cleric" and you're already well prepared for what's to come; Moonshield peddle in a type of heavy/power metal style that's honestly unique and the secret to its appeal lies in the punk influences.

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  • 136 – Feel-bad

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:30:42 +0000

    So we had some technical issues, and it sucks. But we still salvaged the rest of the cast! We discuss Exocrine, and NPR's audio quality hearing test. Then we do cool people time, with a lot of discussion on Star Trek: Discovery, Blackkklansman, Sorry to Bother You, and Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country. Enjoy!

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  • Bummer – Holy Terror

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:00:55 +0000

    I don’t want to jinx anything, so I’m not going to claim that we’re amidst a “noise rock renaissance.” What...

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  • The Anatomy Of – Ultra-Violence

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:00:04 +0000

    It hasn't been too long since we told you about Turin's Ultra-Violence, a band approaching thrash metal from a clever and convincing perspective. The secret to the formula was injecting it with plenty of heavy metal influences, found on emotional outros, killer bass lines and larger than life choruses. Seeing as the band hail from what we'd consider a "musical periphery" and don't exactly conform to many of the habits of the more mainstream and settled scenes of metal, digging into their influences presented us with a tantalizing opportunity. And thus, we are proud to present to you today a host of interesting picks from Loris Castiglia (vocals/guitars).

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  • Hey! Listen to Black Matter Device!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:00:30 +0000

    The demise of The Dillinger Escape Plan has left the mathcore mantle vacant. While there are many already established acts jostling for position (see: Sectioned / Fontierer). However, in these turbulent mathematical times, maybe what is most needed  is some new blood. Enter Virginia's Black Matter Device, and their full-length debut Modern Frenetics, who represent perhaps the strongest unsolicited claim to the title yet.

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  • KEN mode – Loved

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:00:48 +0000

    Anyone dead set on having bands ready to sit in a specific pigeonhole concerning their genre must absolutely hate KEN...

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  • Rotten To The Core – Goshen, Shame, Remorse

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:00:25 +0000

    It’s reassuring to know that a slew of fans of extreme music takes as much comfort in discord and dissonance...

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  • Hey! Listen to Terrible People!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:00:29 +0000

    While I often find myself getting stuck in a rut and listening to the same music all the time, it’s...

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  • What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 8/17/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:00:17 +0000

    For those who missed our last installment, We post bi-weekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 8/17/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:00:14 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:00:11 +0000

    Hidden histories are a tricky thing. On one hand, they’re everywhere, untold stories bubbling beneath the surface of clean, accepted...

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  • Extremity – Coffin Birth

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:00:11 +0000

    In trying to find explanations for how so many things in our world are unique and yet able to be...

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  • Heavy Blog Soapbox – The Struggles of Music Journalism

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:00:27 +0000

    Being a music journalist can be wonderful. For one reason or another, not everyone can make it as a musician,...

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  • Genre Genesis 8/16/18 – Sectioned, “Annihilated”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:00:17 +0000

    Welcome back to Genre Genesis. For newcomers, here’s a brief overview of how this works. Four of the other editors...

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  • Innumerable Forms – Punishment In Flesh

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:00:39 +0000

    It’s difficult to extricate new death metal records in 2018 from the context of time and place. While many (including...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: P.H.O.B.O.S. Unleash Blackened Hell With “Biomorphorror”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:00:08 +0000

    After listening to metal for a significant amount of time, the threshold for feeling genuinely unsettled by a piece of...

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  • The Anatomy Of – Netherlands

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:00:16 +0000

    Honestly, I knew I was in for a wild ride when I asked Netherlands to write this post for us. If you're still unaware of these guys, let me introduce you: they're from Brooklyn. They make a kind of poppy sludge that takes Torche and feeds it through a grinder, belching it out some sort of neon pink, noxious and incredibly groovy weirdness from the other side. They're also don't take themselves too seriously, infusing plenty of their music and its surrounding aesthetics with lots of self-deprecating and society-deprecating humor. Oh, and they're also incredibly hard-working, having released an album and an EP in the last two years and now gearing up for Black Gaia, which comes out on the 24th of August and a tour with none other than legends Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. You can head on over to their site for dates and a pre-order thing.

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Try and Grasp Bear The Mammoth’s “Known Unknowns”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:00:13 +0000

    I love nature. I love post-rock. I also love the intersection between the two. There’s something about the fluidity of...

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  • Mantar – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:00:36 +0000

    Despite being just a guitar and drum duo, Mantar still sound just as massive as their modern sludge metal brethren. On their third...

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  • Into the Pit – Testament as a Big 4 Band

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:00:36 +0000

    Let’s just kick this into high gear immediately with some thrash real talk. HOT TAKE: Anthrax sucks. Everyone just keep...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: End Your SEARCH for Excellent Instrumental Rock with Ground Patrol

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:00:55 +0000

    As a music reviewer, it’s difficult to know when our proclamations will be proven right or wrong. The nature of the...

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  • Celebration of Decay – A Brief Chat with Telepathy

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:00:10 +0000

    Telepathy have recently released live footage of "Celebration of Decay" from one of these said festivals, Dunk!Festival. You might recognize the name from our seemingly endless coverage of bands which operate in the sphere of Dunk!'s influence, seeing as they are one of the lodestones of post-rock and metal today. Their presence immediately sparked our fascination and once again pointed to their rising popularity, drawing us towards the performance and how it was received. It also helps that this is one of the best tracks on Tempest and that the performance is top notch. Put all of these things together and you get this post, which, beyond including the clip from the performance itself, also has a brief chat with Richard Powley of the band about this show, the future of the band, what comes next and how they feel about what's happened for them so far. Read on below for excellent post metal and an interesting peek into its European scene!

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  • Ancestors – Suspended In Reflections

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:00:22 +0000

    A good friend of mine posted an image a while ago that read: “your favorite band did not save your...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – Dive Into the Meaningful Weirdness of Potmos Hetoimos

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:00:53 +0000

    We’ve got a live for you today folks; I hands down guarantee that you’ve never heard anything quite as vicious,...

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  • Unmetal Monday // 8/13/2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:00:39 +0000

    There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep...

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  • The Anatomy Of – Ancestors

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:00:44 +0000

    I can't rightfully convey to you how excited I am to be running this post; Ancestors are one of my all time favorite bands. And boy did Ancestors deliver; their upcoming Suspended in Reflections is amazing. But we'll take more about that album later, since my review is going live today. While you wait for that, we have a very special and unique The Anatomy Of post for you. It happens to feature one of my other all time favorite albums and a bunch of other amazing picks straight from the mouth of Justin Maranga, the guitarist and vocalist for the band (one of them, at least). So head on over to the jump to get acquainted with what makes one of the best progressive doom bands tick and, for the love of god, listen to Ancestors.

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  • Stern – Missive: Sister Ships

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:00:13 +0000

    One of the greatest traits of the underground music community is its deeply collaborative nature. A journey into one artist’s discography...

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  • Hey! Listen to Andy Hauck!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:00:47 +0000

    The saddest thing about progressive music is how much of it sounds the same; in a genre that has experimentation and innovation baked into it, you'd expect to find more people taking risks. Alas, the tropes of the genre have solidified well and good, pretty much staying the same as they were at the end of the 90's, when the genre had its heyday. Nowadays, a lot of the interesting stuff has been excised from progressive metal and into other genres; it's almost as if, once you reach some point of innovation, you find that you've moved on from the genre. That's why it was so refreshing for me to find out about Andy Hauck, a musician from Nevada, of all places. His take on progressive metal draws a lot of inspiration from artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery, channeling plenty of modern progressive metal into his sound.

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  • What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To // Playlist Swap – 8/10/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:00:03 +0000

    Even a cursory glance of our biweekly playlist updates will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 8/10/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:00:12 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • The Dark Third – Even As the Light Grows

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:00:33 +0000

    Here's the thing about writing reviews: it's a constant act of parsing. What you're trying to do when writing a review is to take something that has many elements which are either impossible to utter because of their elusive nature of just very, very hard to put into words because they're so complex and subtle. Often times, the tools we have at our disposal (like genres, structures, post layouts and more) do a good enough job of letting us do just that and write a review. But sometimes it's exceptionally hard. This usually happens when you're dealing with ambitious albums, works of music which attempt to approach many issues at once or tackle one issues from multiple directions. If the music is also varied and composed of many parts then you're in for even more of a challenge.

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  • Grind My Gears – Summer Sludgin’ (It Happened So Blast)

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:00:38 +0000

    At this point, it might seem like I’m trying to alienate readers with these truly awful titles for Grind My...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to Toby Driver Draw a “Glyph” with New Track

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:00:24 +0000

    Photo credit: Casey Mathewson You know what I love the most about this post? You guys have literally no idea what...

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  • Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 08 Aug 2018 20:00:48 +0000

    Emotional attachment to a band’s music is a two-edged sword. As a listener, there’s a sense of depth provided by...

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  • Kvlt Kolvmn – July 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:00:20 +0000

    2018 has been quite the year for metal as a whole. With big releases from big bands hitting all the...

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  • Hey! Listen to Angelus Apatrida!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:00:22 +0000

    Angelus Apatrida have been one of the most consistently impressive thrash bands of the modern era. They’ve managed to establish...

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  • Rebel Wizard – Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 07 Aug 2018 20:00:50 +0000

    Black metal can be such an interesting genre. There are so many different ways to take the sound. You can be fairly straightforward and make the most evil sounding music possible and follow in the footprints of our Norwegian forefathers; you can just go heavy on the imagery but make fairly accessible metal a la Venom; you can get atmospheric and create a more environmental sound the completely enraptures you. Or you can tell all that stuff to fuck off and get really weird with it. Such is the path chosen by Rebel Wizard, a one man project from Ferny Creek, Australia. The latest record, Voluptuous worship of rapture and response, is just the latest example of this unique take on the genre.

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  • Crossfaith – Ex_Machina

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:00:59 +0000

    The buzz surrounding Osaka’s Crossfaith seemed to dissipate as quickly as it arrived. The quintet quickly amassed formidable reputation based...

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  • Disco Loadout – July 2018 – The Hirsch Effekt, Voyager and more

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:00:03 +0000

    The Load-In My July, as you may have already seen from my review, is always dominated by Tech Fest. For...

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  • The Anatomy Of – Cancer

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:00:50 +0000

    We here at Heavy Blog are proud to have been saying "what the hell is in Australia's water?" for at least five years now. The music scene over there has been blowing up for at least that long, if not longer, creating some of the most innovative, crushing, intriguing and just plain excellent music in the world. To these by-now hallowed annals we can add Cancer, a black metal band that's all about ambiance, abrasive tonality and depressing atmosphere. Hot off of their second release, Into the Heartless Silence, Cancer seem poised to add to the growing plethora of excellent black metal being made today, offering their own version on the formula with their own off-kilter and disharmonious touches to composition.

    Naturally, hearing more about what makes such a band tick, since they seem to fuse black metal with a whole lot more influences operating in the background. And, indeed, when you look at the picks that John Pescod (vocals) included below and their write ups, you find classical black metal influences alongside more discordant and twisted takes on the classic genres. Thus, without further ado, we consign you to the able hands and vocal chords of Pescod, for a dive into what makes a modern black metal band work. Don't forge to also head on over to the band's Bandcamp below to listen and order the album. You won't regret it.

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  • Ultra-Violence – Operation Misdirection

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:00:44 +0000

    We've already spoken in the past about Turin's musical scene; it's an esoteric but important one, for those of you who didn't read that particular musing, with ties to punk and DIY scenes in general. Thus, finding that Ultra-Violence are from there shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to you. Their aggressive thrash is well in keeping with the image of Turin's past and (maybe) it's future. On Operation Misdirection, the band showcase their unique penchant for unbridled aggression which, with impressive agility, also allows room for interestingly intricate and progressive segments alongside some more heavy metal influenced arena choruses. Throughout, the trick is going to be keeping the listener on their toes enough to alleviate some of the repetitiveness that's built into thrash metal.

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  • Post Rock Post // July 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 06 Aug 2018 18:00:05 +0000

    I guess we've hit the doldrums of summer for new music, though you certainly wouldn't be able to tell that by a look at our most recent Editors' Picks and Death's Door columns, which were positively overflowing with good new material. So I'll revise that: I guess we've hit the doldrums of summer for new post-rock. I'm not sure what it is, but July proved to be a struggle to find many releases of note, though what did manage to rise to the top was pretty exceptional. Slower times like these though offer a perfect opportunity to take a look back at some of the bands making waves in the scene in the past year or so and remember why they're so great, as well as catch up on some things you missed the first time around. And there's no better vehicle for that than the compilation, which is what makes the timing of the latest edition of one of the best post-rock/metal compilations around from our friends and merch partners at A Thousand Arms impeccable!

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  • Can This Even Be Called Music? – July Edition

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 06 Aug 2018 16:00:10 +0000

    July was hot and wet and August is promising to be even worse so let's stay in the basement and jam some fresh tunes!

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – Prepare to Get Dazzled By ISLES’s “A Light Past the Clouds”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:00:17 +0000

    God, I'm such a sucker for hopefully named post-rock tracks. The genre, with its over the top crescendos and stark contrast, already makes me introspective and filled with wonder so the track names are like the cherry on top, a final twist of the emotional knife. It also helps when the music itself is brilliant, as is the case here. ISLES, based in California's Bay Area, have been around for a while now but have yet to garner widespread attention in the post-rock genre. Perhaps now, with the resurgence of amazing music being made in the post-rock spaces that are mostly centered in the US, they can get the attention they deserve. Their groove filled sound certainly draws from the same wellsprings as band like Man Mountain, This Patch of Sky or set and setting do.

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  • 135 – Dog Of Raw

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:30:14 +0000

    This week, regular co-host Cody joins us for a whole lot of news. And of course I immediately derail it by trolling him. But then, we discuss: Revolver's 20 essential nu-metal albums list, new music from Dol Ammad, Within the Ruins, Skyharbor, Monuments, Metal Allegiance, Doug Moore of Pyrrhon performing with an orchestra, Neckbeard Deathcamp, Science of Disorder, Voivod, Beyond Creation, Geist of Trinity, and Behemoth. Also Testament's new cryptocurrency. Then we do a cool people section about some games, movies, and Cody's vegetarian diet. Enjoy!

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  • Aegaeon – Age

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:00:18 +0000

    Influence has led to both amazingly original and incredibly derivative works of art. As fantastic as innovation can be, sometimes...

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  • Death’s Door – July 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:00:34 +0000

    Hello my Hellions, and welcome to Death’s Door. Don’t even bother wiping your feet on the mat this time around....

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  • What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 8/3/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:00:23 +0000

    For those who missed our last installment, We post bi-weekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 8/3/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:00:19 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • Tides Of Man – Every Nothing

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 02 Aug 2018 20:00:26 +0000

    After losing vocalist Tilian Pearson, Tides of Man took a risk. They transitioned from a post-hardcore/progressive rock band with a heavy emphasis on vocals to an instrumental post-rock group. Their third album Young and Courageous saw that risk pay off in a big way. This was largely because their youth and courage as a band allowed them to make the drastic change with a confident energy that bled into each song. As risky as their move was, it was as calculated as one could possibly make it. Now it’s time to see if the band’s latest album, Every Nothing, continues the payoff of that risk they took four years ago.

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  • Void Ritual – Death Is Peace

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:00:30 +0000

    This is the kind of approach we should taken when approaching the latest Void Ritual album. This one man project by Daniel Jackson has been around for a while; Jackson himself has been involved with multiple projects, usually from a multi-instrumentalist perspective. His latest release is very much founded within the tropes of USBM, whether Jackson intended that to be the case or not. Thus, you can expect plenty of fast riffs, creating that abrasive feeling that makes black metal what it is, but interjected with more melody than European black metal usually allows its chords.

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  • Kunal Choksi of Transcending Obscurity Records: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 02 Aug 2018 16:00:31 +0000

    It’s difficult to have a discussion about underground extreme metal without mentioning Transcending Obscurity Records. Joining the ranks of labels...

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  • Love Letter // Purity Ring – Another Eternity

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:00:15 +0000

    When Purity Ring's sophomore album Another Eternity dropped in 2015, I was unsure of what to think. It was compositionally and sonically different than their debut, Shrines, and I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. I put it on the backburner and decided to revisit it later to see if my opinion would change.

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  • Hadal Maw – Charlatan

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 01 Aug 2018 20:00:17 +0000

    Hadal Maw have been one of the most promising acts to emerge from the tech death underground in recent years....

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  • Editors’ Picks – July 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:00:30 +0000

    Every year, it seems like Summer is more impossible. Are we growing old? Is it actually hotter? Is it both? Who knows (it’s probably the former). But the sad fact remains that patterns of routine that have helped us cope in the past, a cold glass of water here, a welcome shady corner there, are becoming more and more diminished, the returns just less effective at getting us home. It’s truly a death by a thousand cuts or, rather, death by a thousand drops (of sweat).

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  • Jazz Club // Masche – Kalvingrad

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:00:02 +0000

    Among the numerous music journalist cliches I strive to avoid, “defies classification” ranks near the top of the list. As...

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  • Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 31 Jul 2018 20:00:25 +0000

    The fact we’re amid a death metal renaissance has been widely covered over the last several years, and particularly the...

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  • Anatomy Of – JR Hayes of Pig Destroyer

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:00:11 +0000

    Sometimes, writing introduction paragraphs is a silly exercise; this is one of those times. Surely no one needs me to...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Crawl Whip Up A Swedeath Frenzy With “Coven of Servants”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:00:30 +0000

    I love the smell of death metal in the morning. Coming from Sweden? Even sweeter. That’s what we’ve got on...

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  • Plini – Sunhead

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:00:58 +0000

    If you read my entry on this month's Editors' Picks (publishing in a few days), you'll see that I talk about growth there. Without spoiling my pick for this month (hint: it's not too far stylistically from Plini), let me repeat, briefly, my ideas from there: one of the greatest thing in the world is seeing an artist grow. Watching someone dig deep into why they make music and take ideas that were just hinted at in their early works as foundations for something greater is one of the main reasons why I spend so much time with music journalism. There really aren't too many examples which better drive this point home than Plini; from bedroom project, through nu-prog sensation and all the way to an artist which constantly (and I mean constantly, take a look at his tour dates) tours the world, Plini has grown before our eyes into one of the most impressive and intriguing musicians around.

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  • Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 30 Jul 2018 18:00:10 +0000

    Today marks around 12 months since the passing of Chester Bennington, another all too frequent day that sends shockwaves rippling through the music community. In this instance, more so than most, the sadness and anguish weren’t contained to the metal or rock communities, but the music world more broadly. Yet, as difficult as his death has been for countless people the world over, few would have felt his loss to the extent that friend and bandmate Mike Shinoda has. Our words couldn’t possibly describe how he would have been feeling, for grief is such a personal emotion, and so we won’t even try. But we can touch upon the various motivations that may have been at play when deciding to write, record and release Post Traumatic, a 16-song LP released in June.

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  • Unmetal Monday // 7/30/2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:00:08 +0000

    There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: The Mercury Tree and Cryptic Ruse Mix Xen and Prog on “Huntress”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Sat, 28 Jul 2018 16:00:55 +0000

    Portland artists The Mercury Tree and Cryptic Ruse each have a history of making progressive, even challenging music. The former...

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  • Death and the Penguin – Anomie

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:00:19 +0000

    In 2018, the following sentence is a confession: I still really like brit-rock. Don't get me wrong, the genre deserved everything it got; under the guise of alternative music and a rebel spirit, it connived with corporate interests to create some of the most plastic and regurgitated music ever made, hiding it all under the selfsame guise of edgy counter culture. But I was confessing; I still really like it. I like the morose style of vocals, I like the straight-forward guitar music, and I like the thin veneer of British depression and snark which coats it. And I love it when all of those elements are mixed with modern music, especially progressive rock. That's a pretty specific formula but, luckily for me, Death and the Penguin have been working at it for a while now.

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  • Half-Life – Napalm Death, Pt. 1

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:00:50 +0000

    There are very few bands in extreme metal that can be rightly considered significant influencers in the formation and development...

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  • What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To // Playlist Swap – 7/27/2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:00:08 +0000

    Even a cursory glance of our biweekly playlist updates will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 7/27/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:00:12 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • Axis of Despair – Contempt for Man

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:00:32 +0000

    Sometimes anger is the only natural, justifiable response to a situation. Like early this morning, for instance, when I was...

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  • Hey! Listen to Anachronism!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:00:34 +0000

    2018 has been the year that progressive, technical death metal reigned supreme; with outstanding releases from Rivers of Nihil, Alkaloid,...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Benoit Belt Out A Banger With “Peace in Silence”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:00:40 +0000

    The best thing about writing for Heavy Blog is helping musicians and people that you have followed for years. Taking...

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  • PREMIERE: Spooky Cool’s “Black Wine” Is The Deviously Infectious Summer Jam You Need

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:00:16 +0000

    Maybe I'm finally showing my age, but I've gotten to the point where it takes something really special in the indie rock sphere to impress me. Albums still come through occasionally that scratch that itch I felt so often throughout college and much of my 20s, but few things really stick and weave their way into my brain like they used to. I still keep my ears out though for new bands and tunes that can bring those earworm melodies packaged with interesting songwriting that deftly balances hooks with more challenging meat that I crave. This is exactly what drew my attention to Richmond, VA's Spooky Cool when I found their debut EP Every Thing Ever in my inbox. Formed in 2015, the band blend the big hooks and powerful melodies of classic indie like The Pixies, unconventional art-rock/pop noodling and vocal stylings reminiscent of Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors, with the occasional outbursts of angular guitars and noise that wouldn't sound out of place on a Deerhoof record. The band have already premiered the excellent tracks "Strange Rooms" and "Old Hair Mine," which you can hear on their Bandcamp. We are pleased to be premiering another track, the epically groovy "Black Wine," which you can listen to here!

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  • Talons – We All Know

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:00:49 +0000

    For those willing to rummage through the fecund fields of modern post-rock, there's plenty to appreciate in this new life, springing to action for a decade now. A good example is Talons, whose experimental take on the genre and unique timbre makes a resplendent return and rebirth on their latest album, We All Know. The first half of the album is a more condensed version of that sound, leaning heavily on noise rock and other, chunkier genres for its punch and impact. Thus, tracks like "On Levels" and "Movements on Seven", channel a more urgent, industrial sound that reminds us at times of Stateless by way of early Long Distance Calling, a kind of urgent post-rock that's more abrasive and compact for that urgency, even when it builds up and releases slowly.

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  • Doomsday // July 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:00:37 +0000

    Greetings, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Welcome to Doomsday, our monthly roundup of all new and noteworthy in the world of...

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  • Den of Antiquities – Sir Lord Baltimore

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:00:42 +0000

    Editor’s Note: Den of Antiquities focuses on the hazy days of proto-metal and the sounds and stories which surrounded the birth...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Experience Enthralling Sonic Landscapes with Horne + Holt’s Cello and Guitar Mastery

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:00:11 +0000

    Premiering new music from familiar faces is one of our favorite things to do. Not only does it give us...

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  • The Agony Scene – Tormentor

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 24 Jul 2018 20:00:22 +0000

    2018 has seen some surprising, and surprisingly solid, comebacks from many of the metalcore and NWOAHM bands that populated the...

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  • LIVE REVIEW: UK Tech Fest 2018, July 5 – 9, Newark Showground

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:00:26 +0000

    The UK is built for boring weather; the kind of weather where it’s not really nasty enough to warrant staying...

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  • Hey! Listen to Lowen!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:00:08 +0000

    Female vocalists in doom metal bands are far from a dime-a-dozen, but their presence is thankfully much more common than...

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  • Sahon – Chanting for the Fallen

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 23 Jul 2018 20:00:44 +0000

    You just have to love the underground scene. It’s such a joy to find these small bands and hear what...

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  • Frontierer – Unloved

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:00:13 +0000

    Head for the storm shelters. Anything that is not nailed down will be lost. Anything that can be shaken loose...

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  • Heavy Delinquency – Locust Leaves’ “A Subtler Kind of Light”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:00:47 +0000

    Welcome, once again, to the column which exists solely so we could have a place to say: "hey, we fucked up". And boy, did we fuck up this time; despite getting some traction in our circles, we never covered Locust Leaves' 2017 release, A Subtler Kind of Light. It's a major fuck up for several reasons: first, the project contains none other than Ayloss of Spectral Lore, one of my personal favorite musicians in black metal. Second, the album itself is a blend of progressive death metal, folk, black metal and avant-garde, basically ticking every single box of stuff that Heavy Blog cares about. And, lastly and most importantly, it's fucking amazing.

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  • 134 – Getting Stale

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:30:06 +0000

    I promise this episode title isn't about the podcast itself. I think this is one of the better episodes in a while, in fact! We discuss a bunch of new music, including Krisiun, Epica, Born of Osiris, Anaal Nathrakh, Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway, and Erra. Then some happenings, like Kvelertak getting a new vocalist, Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine and his terrible hot take, The Ocean (not to be confused with Oceano, Eden) working on a double album, Eden's Alkaloid prognotes, and me meeting a fellow metal musician and discovering his awesome band Cartilage. Along the ride, we discuss how modern production is ruining death metal (I promise it's not "old man yells at clouds"), the DC cinematic universe, and more. Also, we do cool people time with Enter the Gungeon and Middle Earth: Shadow of War DLC, and me waxing poetic about puzzle games, including The Spectrum Retreat, (The) Portal 1/2, The Talos Principle, The Witness, The Swapper and more. Enjoy!

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  • Spaceslug – Eye the Tide

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:00:23 +0000

    Last year, Polish trio stoner doom trio Spaceslug coughed up two worthwhile slabs of psychedelic and forward-thinking beefiness. They are...

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  • *prognotes – Alkaloid’s The Malkuth Grimoire, Part I

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:00:23 +0000

    If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you might have noticed we really like science fiction. This is, in...

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  • What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 7/20/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:00:22 +0000

    For those who missed our last installment, We post bi-weekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 7/20/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:00:06 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • The Lion’s Daughter – Future Cult

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:00:32 +0000

    Experiments. They don’t always go well. Think Shelley’s Frankenstein’s Monster. Morbid Angel’s Illud Divinum Insanus. Flubber. Art, science, and technology...

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  • Haunt – Burst Into Flame

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:00:50 +0000

    It’s no secret that I love the traditional heavy metal revival. However, it’s also no secret that it’s becoming hard...

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  • Plini Is Coming Back To Remind Us How Nu-Prog Is Done With “Sunhead” EP

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:00:51 +0000

    Fellow denizens of the Metalosphere (shut up, it's a thing now), rejoice! For, at long last, the Australian voice of one Plini has returned to grace our ears. In the sea of mediocrity that nu-prog has quickly become (and, perhaps, always was for the most part), Plini's voice has been an essential reason to even bother with the genre. From the first of his EPs and down to the genius of his previous release, Handmade Cities, Plini's approach to nu-prog has been more interesting and accomplished than almost all of his peers. So, when the man announced his upcoming EP, Sunhead, I was thrilled. The first single from it (released as a standalone to begin with but later included in the album itself) was good but I knew that more was coming. And, lo and behold, we now have that "more" in the form of "Kind".

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  • Barren Altar – Entrenched in the Faults of the Earth

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:00:25 +0000

    Everybody has their preferences when it comes to their metal. Maybe you’re a doom guy. Or grind. Or death. Or even one of those super weirdos who exclusively listens to a single metal band. And they’re out there. But what’s the best is when a band can mesh and incorporate numerous sounds into a single unified voice. Take a dash of doom’s guitar tone with death’s drums, blackened vocals, and a little post-metal songwriting, and you’ve got yourself a healthy serving of Barren Altar.

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  • Firtan – Okeanos

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:00:25 +0000

    There are few genres in music that have a deeper and more fundamental connection to nature and history than black...

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  • Into the Pit – A Thrashy Introduction

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:00:42 +0000

    Editor’s Note: Pete has a simple goal with this column – keep thrash metal alive. He’ll explore key bands. albums and...

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  • Jazz Club Quarterly // April – June 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:00:35 +0000

    Welcome back to Jazz Club Quarterly! We hope you’ve built up a craving for jazz over the past few months,...

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  • Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:00:56 +0000

    When Abbath left Immortal in 2015 it was largely assumed that the band itself was done for, with their iconic...

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  • The Anatomy Of: Violent Life, Violent Death

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:00:36 +0000

    North Carolina’s Violent Life, Violent Death released an outstanding slab of metallic hardcore last month in Come, Heavy Breath. The...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: A Nasty Stream of Vermin from Bled to Submission

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:00:24 +0000

    A lot is said about being impartial when it comes to covering the arts. Arts like film, painting, sculpture, grindcore…...

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  • Hey! Listen to Ancst!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:00:54 +0000

    It’s not entirely unusual to see a metal band with an established sound take a left turn into new sonic...

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  • Bury Tomorrow – Black Flame

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:00:29 +0000

    It seems like Bury Tomorrow have been on the verge of producing something truly remarkable for some time now, which...

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  • Hey! Listen to DON PIE PIE!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:00:34 +0000

    It’s been a veritable hot minute since we’ve told you to go read Fecking Bahamas. Go read it! Seriously, if you...

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  • Unmetal Monday // 7/16/2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:00:35 +0000

    There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep...

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  • 133 – The Sausage Factory

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:30:52 +0000

    Another week, another #content. This week we talk about some news, some releases, and some other random stuff. Serj talking about why they're not working on a new System of a Down album, Mikael Akerfeldt talking about the upcoming Opeth album, Eden talking about his band Instar's new single, the new Pig Destroyer song, and new albums by Obscura and Between the Buried and Me. Oh, and also the new Horrendous track, and last year's Ne Obliviscaris album. Finally, cool people stuff with some classic sci-fi, some modern sci-fi, and some horror. Enjoy!

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  • Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:00:36 +0000

    Writing reviews about music facilitates, first and foremost, a great deal of listening. Hundreds of albums have passed through my...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Plunge the Depths of Hatred With New Track “Bloodguilt”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:00:32 +0000

    Sometimes, you just need something meaty that will smack you in the face. Fortunately for us, the ranks of North...

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  • The Progress Melter – Steel Panther and the Extent of “Comedy”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:00:04 +0000

    This should go without saying, but women have always had the ability to excel at playing guitar, and they often...

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  • Release Day Roundup – 7/13/18

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:00:30 +0000

    Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open...

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  • Visitors – Crest

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:00:14 +0000

    Layering one’s music is, fundamentally, a balancing act. Especially now that technology has developed to the point that a laptop...

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  • Maps of Meaning – Tales from the Perilous Realm

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:00:02 +0000

    Hello and welcome to Maps of Meaning, a monthly column written by Eden and Simon! If you’ve been following either...

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  • Mathcore Index Fest: The Boys are Math in Town

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:00:35 +0000

    At Heavy Blog we have such a wide range of tastes and preferences among our staff. A cursory glance over...

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  • aAnd? – .​.​.​wWoof?

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:00:54 +0000

    Comedy and metal have always made for slightly awkward bedfellows. When you consider just how fertile the ground is for...

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  • Heavy Rewind // Cathedral – The Ethereal Mirror

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:00:31 +0000

    Just two years after their debut, Cathedral pumped up the tempo and incorporated a slew of influences stretching beyond their solid, but somewhat limited, doom metal sound on Forest of Equilibrium. Shades of sludge à la Black Flag and The Melvins are most apparent, but the band reaches further beyond the low-and-slow realm to pull in influences from hard rock, heavy metal and progressive rock. Most importantly, the band's vibrant personality sheds its skin entirely and reveals its true colors, thanks in large part by an unhinged, dynamic vocal performance from Lee Dorrian. It's an exceptional combination that slightly edges out the band's initial groundbreaking efforts. Whereas several bands contributed to the sound developed in part by Cathedral on Forest of Equilibrium, there's never really been an album that sounds quite like The Ethereal Mirror, and it remains a multifaceted album with reverberations felt in music from the likes of Baroness, Pallbearer and a decent chunk of modern stoner metal.

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  • Post Rock Post // June 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:00:28 +0000

    Hello, I have returned! All the thanks to my brother from across the world, Eden, for taking ownership of this place for the past couple of months while I experienced multiple large life events (honeymoon, moving to a new state/metro area, getting a new job). I am back though to deliver you all the best in all things post-rock and metal. And I am doing so at an excellent time because I come bearing an awesome announcement!

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Enter Paradise With Morrow’s “Elysium I”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:00:13 +0000

    The inbox provideth. Trust in the inbox and it shall show you the way. These are words I whisper to myself when listening to the 50th terrible promo of the day from the blog's email. I do it because, once in a while, it brings me something excellent. That's really my main path to small, unsigned bands who are doing interesting things in the spaces of metal and beyond. Take Morrow for example. This unknown band from Seattle wowed me with their take on post-rock, atmospheric black metal and progressive metal with their The Weight of These Feathers. It's an expansive and ambitious release, blending strings, furious guitars, impressive drumming, varied vocals from two vocalists and amazing, amazing (seriously it's fucking amazing) bass work. I'm absolutely ecstatic to premiere one of the best tracks from the album today, "Elysium I". Head on over below to get a taste for yourselves!

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  • Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:00:42 +0000

    Few things in metal go together better than thrash and black. Black metal essentially evolved from thrash when the two were initially entwined in the first wave, and the second wave embraced some aspects of it via a full rejection of death metal as “fake”. While that may seem like an extremely subjective reason to disregard an entire group from your community, it did push the two subgenres closer together. Now we have a host of bands who combine these elements to push forth a new extreme metal, and Black Fast is doing a lot to bring the two ideas closer together.

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  • Kvlt Kolvmn // June 2018

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:00:32 +0000

    Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn, where the black metal runneth over! And from all over the world, apparently. This month’s wealth...

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  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to Journal’s Explosive Return With “Eden, The Uncherished”

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0000

    First off, yeah it is funny that I'm premiering a track called "Eden, The Uncherished". But let's move past funny coincidences and talk about Journal for a second. They're an incredibly underrated band which started experimenting with the kind of chaotic mathcore that's all the rage these days in our little part of the Internet. Especially worth mentioning, and listening to, is their 2010 release, Unlorja, an expansive and ambitious work of progressive metal, blending concept album, incredible heaviness and jaw-dropping technicality into one. Now, eight years and change later, Journal are set to return with Chrysalis Ordalias. Having heard the album, I can tell you that it's every bit as mind-bending as the previous one. Don't believe me? Check out the track below to see for yourself.

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  • Vein – errorzone

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:00:39 +0000

    Growing up in the late ’90s and early ’00s meant being exposed to some of the greatest examples of bad...

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  • Hey! Listen to Ghostbound!

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:00:58 +0000

    I love that I've written so much about avant-garde music lately that I don't have to once again start with an intro about how weird of a genre it is. The Lychgate review I recently wrote is a pretty good summary of how I feel about the moniker. Actually, referring to that review is a statement about avant-garde in and of itself since there's little in common between that album and the band we have in mind today, Ghostbound. The first has more black metal on it and a lot more abrasiveness, whereas Ghostbound's All is Phantom draws more on the epic nature of progressive rock and the dramatic thrill of bands like Marillion. But it also layers those ideas on top of frequent blast beats, prominent strings, thick guitars and much more that comes from metal and its approach to the avant-garde. In short, it's a wild ride of an album which leaves us beggared for an exact definition.

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  • The Anatomy Of: Tre Watson

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:00:21 +0000

    If you’ve been around these parts since the early days, you’re sure to recognize the name Tre Watson. Proprietor of...

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  • 132 – The Magical Warhammer Omni-school-bus

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:30:07 +0000

    This week we bring you "the content"s in our regular fashion. Shocking. We talk about Apple Music surpassing Spotify in the US, Dol Ammad's new album, new Aborted, new Soulfly, new Black Fast, and a few other random topics. Then we spend some time discussing the notion of newer things in music being better due to being able to build up on older works, and a lot of alternative explanations, implications, and counterarguments to this idea. Then, cool people time with The First Purge, Ryan Brown's Curse Words, Ant-Man & The Wasp, and more. Enjoy!

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  • Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:00:19 +0000

    Regret, thy name is Primordial Malignity. Standing tall and proud as Tomb Mold’s murderous and fundamentally excellent debut record, you...

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  • Heavy Blog’s Top 25 Albums of 2018 (So Far)

    heavyblogisheavy.com | Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:00:34 +0000

    Midpoint. Half in, half out. Shadow. A divide. Balance. The semantic milieu surrounding stuff that’s divided 50/50 is incredibly rich;...

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