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During his time as weekend editor here, one of the consistently most popular features Brian Shields would run was the What We’re Really Listening To column, which would ask either Heavy Blog staff or musicians to share the music they’ve been jamming the most recently. We’ve decided that it was too fun an idea to not continue, so we’re picking up where he left off. It should come as no surprise that we at HBIH are constantly listening to music, and as an effort to recommend as many quality tunes as possible, here is a glimpse into what has been dominating our playlists for the past week.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net.

Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

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Names are powerful things, we’ve discussed this in the past. It bears repeating though in the light of the album we are now looking at: Steven Wilson‘s name is one of those which shine brightest in the skies of contemporary music. From a solo project through one of the most successful progressive acts of the past two decades, finally back to a solo project, Wilson is one of the most varied creators working today. His last album, The Raven Who Refused To Sing, was an amazingly well-made record but also touched on one of the gripes that many people have with Wilson: his slow drift into aural nostalgia that some feel is holding him back from creating new and exciting music.

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Hey! Listen To Surrender The Coast!

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The UK is chock full of exciting new bands across every genre imaginable. Surrender The Coast are one of these new talents, preparing to whoop ass, take names and have some fun while they’re at it. The Leicester outfit play what some would call hardcore and some would definitely not. This ain’t hardcore for the crowd killer, macho scene but hardcore for fans of melody and catchy as hell riffs. Read the rest of this story »

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Fans of terrifyingly stacked frontmen and/or crushing hardcore take note; there is a new Harm’s Way video. The Chicago powerhouses are set to release their new album, Rust, through Deathwish on March 10th but before that you have to watch their new video for ‘Amongst The Rust’. It is definitely not what I expected before watching. For starters, frontman Hammers McPligue has a shirt on! Unreal, I know. Get the video after the jump as always people.

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Fathom Infinite Words With New Archspire Vocal Playthrough

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If you’ve listened to Archspire, a native-to-Vancouver technical death metal band whose LP last year, The Lucid Collective, was both a personal favorite and a well-received album in general, chances are you’ve noticed how ridiculously fast their vocalist is. Now, to further exemplify his skill, the band have released a…unique playthrough of track ‘Fathom Infinite Depth’ from said album.  Head on over the jump for a one of a kind vocal (?) playthrough of the track.

 

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This is it ladies and gentlemen; the first piece of music from post-metal band Minsk in six years. We’ve already told you quite a bit about Minsk and if you recall, I said that my hopes were high that they would fix some issues I found with their production. I’m glad to say that, judging from the new track released yesterday, things are looking up. It sounds crisp and tight, with that crowded feeling that their earlier material possess. Head on over the jump for the full release and the track itself!

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It’s that time of the year again! The biggest annual North American metal touring package The Summer Slaughter Tour has began dropping hints at the lineup that is surely beginning to form behind the scenes. Judging by recent posts on The Summer Slaughter Facebook page,, it’s looking like Arch Enemy and Obscura will be a part of the tour’s 2015 iteration.

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New Face Joins The Faceless

TheFacelessWelcomeA little while ago, Michael Keene was left deserted, the sole member of his technical death metal band, The Faceless. Yesterday that changed, with the announcement that he was joined by none other than Justin McKinney, lead guitarist and creative force behind fellow techdeath band The Zenith Passage. Read the rest of this story »

Black Sheep Wall – I’m Going To Kill Myself

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Those who are familiar with the above name probably know what to expect here. Black Sheep Wall are not known for their subtlety and the album name should be enough of a hint that nothing is about to change in that regard. I’m Going To Kill Myself is a powerful album at parts which leans on two foundations: in-your-face relentless vocals and cleverly arranged drums and guitars. As long as it keeps to these two tenants, it works. However, once it departs from them, it disintegrates into chaos that is never appealing in its madness nor justified by its statement.

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Hey! Listen To Seven Year Storm!

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A while ago, we urged you to help make the Seven Year Storm, brainchild of one Sean Lang, happen. We’re very pleased to say that the dream became a reality and not two days ago, Mr. Lang was able to release the EP to the world! And it’s brilliant. Of course it’s brilliant, we told you it would be. Sean blends styles ranging from post-rock and adventure prog a-la Scale the Summit, with more defined passages in the veins of Between the Buried and Me. Head on over the jump for your first taste!

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