Release Day Roundup – 8/17/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the week’s releases to only our…

Heavy Blog Soapbox – The Struggles of Music Journalism

Being a music journalist can be wonderful. For one reason or another, not everyone can make it as a musician, but music journalism offers others an opportunity to connect with their passion in a way many only dream of. The opportunity to receive promotional copies of albums from their favourite bands, or from the next big thing. The opportunity to attend more shows than would otherwise have been possible. The opportunity to interview their idols. The opportunity to spend hours discussing the things you love and, if you’re lucky, a great platform from which to engage with large segments of…

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

After listening to metal for a significant amount of time, the threshold for feeling genuinely unsettled by a piece of music is fairly high. It’s like being fed a steady diet of horror films and expecting to be terrified every time a ghoul or serial killer pops in front of the camera. Not going to happen. So it takes a bit for me to feel unnerved by a good, nasty piece of metal anymore. P.H.O.B.O.S. helped bring that feeling to life once again with their excellent track “Biomorphorror,” premiering exclusively here at Heavy Blog! If you like your metal doomy,…

The Anatomy Of – Netherlands

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.

Mantar – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze

Despite being just a guitar and drum duo, Mantar still sound just as massive as their modern sludge metal brethren. On their third album The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze, Erinç Sakarya (drums, vocals) and Hanno Klänhardt (vocals, guitars) continue their consistent trend of dropping an abrasive slab of blackened, crusty sludge every two years, all while subtly incorporating new shades of aggression and depth into the mix. The duo’s affinity with fire is a fitting backdrop to their sound; following Death by Burning and Ode to the Flame, listeners are treated to another soundtrack to an arsonist’s rampage ending with self-immolation on The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze. It’s a…