Heavy Blog’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

It’s hard to write these intros without spoiling other posts from our end of year content; after all, this intro is focused on 2018 and what it has been and that’s addressed in multiple upcoming posts as well. However, it still needs to be done and this post is, nominally at least, all about the music released in 2018 rather than a more “meta” or blog specific analysis of the year. Let me then open this intro then (not quite, but give me this one) by saying: holy shit 2018, what the hell? After I wrote my summary of 2017,…

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This Valentine’s, Green Lung Advise You To “Let the Devil In”

Ah, Valentine’s Day! For some, this is a day for celebration, for basking in the warm glow of romantic love and its fabled perfumes. For others, it is a troublesome day, accentuating their loneliness with its acute forms of social ritual. For yet others it is a day marked in their calendar by a dollar sign, as they ready themselves to swoop in and capitalize on our desire to express our love. And for an especially esoteric slice of the population, for the merchants of riff, fuzz, and raspy vocal line, it is a day to worship our Lord Below,…

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Jazz Club // Wandering Monster – Wandering Monster

If not for the fact I was browsing in Bandcamp’s “Jazz” section, I probably wouldn’t have approached Wandering Monster expecting an intricate, infectious style of jazz fusion. At first glance, the album cover and name looked like it belonged somewhere under the “experimental electronic” umbrella. Often times, jazz artists represent their music with their own likeness, which is both logical and not particularly unique or interesting. But with Wandering Monster, the quintet chose an overarching name with purpose, meant to represent the “inner monsters we can all possess at some point in our lives.” It’s this context that ultimately helped…

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Hey! Listen to Desecravity!

Mark my words: Willoptip Records is one of the most underrated labels in metal today. Their brand of unrelenting, uncompromising, and often weird death metal is unequaled today in its quality. Case in point, Desecravity, a technical death metal band from Japan who has now released Anathema through the aforementioned label, their first album in five years. These guys deal in the fastest, most absolutely jaw-dropping kind of death metal, effortlessly weaving between sweep, blast-beats and guttural vocals, dishing out track after track of punishing brutality. It’s really hard to choose a standout track from this excellent album but I…

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Traveler – Traveler

Demos are an odd thing; on one hand, they represent a potential source of new music just there for the taking, as a metric ton of new bands release new, raw music, often brimming with potential. On the other hand, demos are by definition not a finished product. Sometimes, this means that production is not up to par. In other cases, some tracks which make up the bigger picture aren’t even recorded yet. In yet others, the tracks which you do have aren’t in their finalized version, to be tweaked and changed as the full release draws near. Despite all…

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