Alcest – Kodama

Alcest’s Kodama is a perfect example of fluidity. Coming hot off the heels of Shelter, a divisive release which saw the band perform a sharp turn towards the more mellow side of their music, it displays an astonishing ability to borrow what it needs from the past while forging on towards the future. It is essentially a juxtaposition of Shelter unto their previous albums, borrowing what it needs from all eras of the band’s existence and creating something new from the sum of their parts. Thus, it is shoegaze, black metal, folk metal and much more, all blended with a surprising degree of poise into something that works

Get Your Friday Vibes Right With Totorro’s Come to Mexico

Friday! What a wondrous day, where the world just seems a little bit brighter. As Douglas Adams put it: “You will need to know the difference between Friday and a fried egg. It’s quite a simple difference, but an important one. Friday comes at the end of the week, whereas a fried egg comes out of a chicken”. Wise words indeed. In case your Friday mood hasn’t been exactly of a sunny disposition, allow me to introduce you to Totorro, a British band who have just what you need. Come to Mexico is their sophomore release and it’s a math-rock injection of summer, open arms and hope. To put a cherry on top of this riff cake, it’s releasing on Big Scary Monsters, one of our favorite labels. Head on below for your first listen!

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 10/21/16

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. 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. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.