What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 6/13/15

For those who missed our last installment, we post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.

Considering the multiple inclusions of Miles Davis’ masterpiece Kind of Blue and an inclusion from Orentte Coleman (whose passing we are deeply saddened),  it was a very fitting week to publish the inaugural installment of our Jazz Club feature, where members of our staff will dissect a new jazz album that we find noteworthy and excellent. Our first post discussed The Epic, the spectacular band leader debut of saxophonist Kamasi Washington; read our piece here. This week was also a popular one for Leprous‘s newest album The Congregation, which was included by half off the staff members who participated in this playlist update. The Congregation will without doubt be one of Heavy Blog’s favorite albums of the year, further evidence for which may be read in our review of the album here. Additionally, there are inclusions from a handful of other recent albums which we reviewed positively, including Starfire by Jaga Jazzist (here), The Moon Lit Our Path by Tempel (here) and Settler by Vattnet Viskar (here). We may definitely exhausted this sentiment by this point in the year, but 2015 has truly been an exceptional year in music, and we are still looking forward to an abundance of incoming releases.

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

William France

William France

Chaos Divine – Colliding Skies
Jaga Jazzist – Starfire
Rishloo – Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth
Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
Nah – WOE
Keep of Kalessin – Epistemology 
Vatnett Viskar – Settler
Elder – Lore
King Parrot – Dead Set

Mark Valentino

Mark Valentino

Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Caspian – Waking Season
This Will Destroy You – Tunnel Blanket
Woods Of Ypres – Woods V: Grey Skies and Electric Light
Kylesa – Kylesa 
Vattnet Viskar – Settler
Ride – Nowhere
CHON – Grow
Woods Of Ypres – Woods IV: The Green Album

Kit Brown

Kit Brown

Portal – Seepia
King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists
KEN mode – Entrench
Portal – Vexovoid
High on Fire – Luminiferous 
Leprous – The Congregation
Wrath of Vesuvius – Revelation
Revocation – Deathless
Periphery – Juggernaut

John Skibeat

John Skibeat

High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine
Lamb Of God – Wrath
Elephant Riders – EP
Four Year Strong – Go Down In History
Vattnet Viskar – Sky Swallower
The Doors – Morrison Hotel
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
Monster Magnet – Milking The Stars
Intervals – A Voice Within

Kellan Ketchum

Kellan Ketchum

Loma Prieta – Life/Less
Mercenaries – Don’t Worry About It
Nanette – Living Fossils//Low Morale
Bleeding Through – The Truth
Punch – S/T
Respire – Demonstration
LEER – SPRINGBREAKNOPARENTS
This Routine Is Hell – Howl
Skull Kid – I Promise That’s Not The Truth

Ahmed Hasan

Ahmed Hasan

Leprous – The Congregation
Gorod – Process of a New Decline
Exivious – Exivious
Cynic – Traced in Air
Origin – Entity
Cynic – Carbon Based Anatomy
Gorod – A Perfect Absolution
Jaga Jazzist – Starfire
Cynic – Focus

Colin Kauffman

Colin Kauffman

Leprous-The Congregation 
Secrets of the Sky-Pathway
Sabaton-Heroes
Alkaloid-The Malkuth Grimoire 
Arcturus-Arcturian 
Arcturus-The Sham Mirrors
Protest the Hero-Volition
Michael John Gordon-Wolfenstein: The New Order OST

Simon Handmaker

Simon Handmaker

The Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction
Leprous – The Congregation
Devin Townsend – Presents: Ziltoid The Omniscient!
Leprous – Bilateral
Aenimus – Transcend Reality
Alterbeast – Immortal
Downfall of Gaia – Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes
Maruta – Remain Dystopian
Opeth – Blackwater Park

Nick Cusworth

Nick Cusworth

Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Prefuse 73 – Rivington Não Rio
Muse – Drones
And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs
Leprous – The Congregation
Secrets of the Sky – Pathway
Jaga Jazzist – Starfire

Dan Wieten

Dan Wieten

Janet Jackson- Rhythm Nation
Michael Jackson- Invincible
Disentomb- Misery
Michael Jackson- Dangerous
Michael Jackson- Bad
Michael Jackson- Xscape
Sylosis- Dormant Heart
Michael Jackson- Off the Wall
Pvris- White Noise

Ryan Castrati

Ryan Castrati

Denzel Curry – 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms
Jamie xx – In Colour
No Joy – More Faithful
Father – Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First?
No Consequence – Vimana
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Get Lost, Find Yourself
Leprous – The Congregation
Lorna Shore – Psalms
Lil Noid – Paranoid Funk

Eden Kupermintz

Eden Kupermintz

Arstidir- Hvel
Tempel – The Moon Lit Our Path
Dumbsaint – Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form
Arcturus – Arcturian
Scale the Summit – The Migration
Stearica – Fertile
Eschar – Nova
Pomegranate Tiger – Entities
Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel

David Aleksov

David Aleksov

The Crinn – Shadowbreather
Polar Inertia – Kinematic Optics
Lakker – Tundra
Casual Violence -Archive One
Gorod – Process Of A New Decline
Gorod – Leading Vision
Gorod – A Perfect Absolution
DSCRD – Monad XII
Adam X – Irreformable

Scott Murphy

Scott Murphy

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Darkside – Psychic
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Forest Swords – Engravings
Jamie XX – In Colour
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Orentte Coleman – Change of the Century
Run the Jewels – RTJ1
Sumac – The Deal

-SM

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