Hey! Listen to mewithoutYou!

For over a decade-and-a-half, mewithoutYou have been unleashing their sonically rich, idea-stuffed post-hardcore upon the world. Lashed together by frontman Aaron Weiss’ esoteric, impassioned lyricism and vocal performances and bolstered by a bass-heavy barrage of post-whatever instrumentation, the band’s tales of existential malaise, religious wrangling, and apocalyptic dread have transfixed their devoted fan base time and time again. But it’s been nearly three years since we’ve had new material from the band. 2015’s Pale Horses was a more subdued, sonically lush affair that was epic in scope, but could honestly be critiqued as missing some of the band’s signature bite.…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Yuxa Illuminate with “Founder In Light”

Brighton, UK-based Yuxa have an intuitive grasp on the ideal ebbs and flows of atmospheric sludge and doom.  In a genre characterized by (sometimes overly) patient build-ups and measured, drawn-out compositions, it’s refreshing to hear a band who make getting to the point possible within the post-metal/sludge framework.  The slow-burning fierceness that underlies their music, bolstered by a dual-vocalist setup, is reminiscent of Through Silver In Blood-era Neurosis, though Yuxa inject their own vibrance — they feel more direct, a candid address to the listener.  There are also hints of Cult of Luna; Yuxa have a similar mysterious light reflected in their melodic sensibilities,…

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 10/12/18

For those who missed our last installment, We post bi-weekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that doesn’t fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as…

Heavy Buys: Author & Punisher, Rick and Morty, Pig Destroyer

Those of us music lovers who purchase and collect physical media understand the thrill of the hunt. Be it digging through crates, scoring a deal on that grail on Discogs, or getting in on the pre-order before the limited edition variant sells out, the rush of broadening the collection is one of the most fulfilling things about consuming music for much of the Heavy Blog staff. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is also a huge driving force due to the limited nature of many releases, and collectively, we tend to spend way too much money for the sake of getting in while the getting’s good. However, funds are not always in supply, and we often spend our free time adding out-of-press releases to our Discogs wantlist or staring longingly at /r/vinyl and /r/heavyvinyl in hopes of catching a contact buzz.