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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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Experience the Full Malice of Astrophobos’s Latest Release

Whenever I write reviews, I try to completely devour the albums. I listen to them multiple times no matter what my personal taste thinks of it. I pull out anything and everything from it to really try and understand what I’m hearing. Every once in a while, I get an album to review that I completely fall in love with. I’ll find myself sticking with it long past the album has come out and the hype has dissipated. So far, that’s been the case with Astrophobos and Malice of Antiquity. Astrophobos’ sound really sits in a great spot to me.…

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Slow – IV: Mythologiæ (2019 REDUX)

I don’t think I’m saying anything anyone doesn’t know with this, but music truly is an art form. We forget that sometimes when we’re listening to top 40 radio or going to a concert. To be fair, a lot of music can seem like it’s made from a cookie cutter recipe. Write an intro/verse/chorus/verse/bridge/chorus pattern, maybe put in a guitar solo or instrumental section, and there’s a song. So when you hear something that doesn’t follow that formula, it’s a great way to shake yourself up and attack all of your own assumptions about how music is made. If you’re…

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Puppy – The Goat

There’s nothing particularly original about what London’s Puppy are serving up on their debut record The Goat. Yet, there’s no denying that the power trio’s particular blend of influences is certainly idiosyncratic. The peculiar mixture of alternative, indie rock and occult-tinged heavy metal displayed on their two existing EPs has already earned them considerable buzz within the UK underground and, while the concoction offered up on their first long-player doesn’t quite perfect the formula, it still manages to impress as their strongest collection to date. It’s surprising Ghost’s influence hasn’t been felt on a grander scale, given the considerable public…

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