What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To // Playlist Swap – 5/17/18

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly playlist updates will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of Playlist Swap, where two of our contributors pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post brought Josh and Karlo together to peruse each…

Silence Lies Fear – Shadows of the Wasteland

The inbox provideth; all hail the mighty inbox! Today’s album was submitted to us by a reader and for that, we are grateful. Silence Lies Fear make the kind of melodic, technical death metal that’s been all the rage in the recent few years. Heralded by bands like Bloodshot Dawn, the style also seeped into other corners of the metal genre, spawning unique iterations on the sound. The most famous of which is (for better or for worse) Fallujah’s The Flesh Prevails. Shadows of the Wasteland draws from both of these albums for inspiration, producing the kind of epic, inherently melodic but still technically impressive death metal which you’d expect from their mix. But in a genre which is seeing immense proliferation, do Silence Lies Fear manage to make their own claim, carving out a space for themselves?

Post Rock Post – 1099

While our Post Rock Post series may suggest otherwise, several of us on staff not named Nick or Eden also keep up on the genre’s latest offerings. I still remember being blown away by Mogwai’s Come On Die Young back in college and slowly pulling back the layers of post-rock’s back catalog of essential releases. While I may not follow the genre as closely as our resident mind twins, there are always a handful of albums from the genre each year that stick with me due to their emotional and compositional heft. The sudden surge in “post-rock is dead” memes can’t detract from the…

LIVE REVIEW: Judas Priest, Saxon, and Black Star Riders at Washington D.C.’s The Anthem, March 18th, 2018

“There’s a lot of us here,” a short blonde photographer in a patch-laden vest said, cycling through shots, deleting batches frantically to conserve space. “I’ve never seen it like this, it’s crazy. We’ve been waiting for this for a while now.” I thought he was talking about the large amount of photographers readying their cameras for the next act. How the hell am I going to get any shots when the pit is as pack as the general admission? It’s a zoo. Then I saw what he meant. My eyes scan the sold-out crowd. Leather, studs, shoulder length hair, and…

Anatomy Of – Soldat Hans

Looking at the influences that made Soldat Hans happen sheds a bit more light on where the band members come from when approaching these issues; many of the acts listed below tap into this same desire to feel, face and excise such emotions in a healthy and productive way. Especially noteworthy is the wide range of artists presented below. Most of them have some melancholic or even depressive edge but they take different approaches in expressing these edges. Thus, we get a glance into how a diverse sound such as Soldat Hans was forged and the many places in other music from which it came. Enjoy and don’t forget to spin Es Taut when you feel up to it; it’s a ride you should experience at least once.

It’s Time To Journey With Elephant Parallax’s “Ohrei”

Promise is a word that gets thrown around a lot when talking about music, especially when we’re talking about younger or lesser known bands. But what do we mean by that? Is it an indication that something isn’t working today or that only in the future will this band be enjoyable? Not necessarily; while it’s sometimes the case that things aren’t really clicking and more polish is needed, often times “promise” hints towards something even greater that might be hiding in the core of a sound, an album or a band. This sort of promise enhances the listening experience in…