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great new metal radio on hbih

Heavy Blog is Heavy is proud to present a new feature from Great New Metal’s Brian Shields, a regular radio/podcast designed to highlight some of the best up and coming acts in metal.  We hope you enjoy Great New Metal Radio on Heavy Blog is Heavy.

I’m very fortunate to hear amazing new metal bands just about every day, music recommended by people who follow me on Heavy Blog and on social media.  Other than just posting links on Facebook, I thought there ought to be a place where I can showcase the work of all of these sick artists and that’s how Great New Metal Radio on Heavy Blog is Heavy was born.

The goal here is to expose as many people as possible to bands more people should know about but don’t.  I can’t do this without your help.  If you’re in a band and you would like me to play your music or you’re a fan of a band that deserves exposure, call our hotline at 415-729-3253 or e-mail me at and send your recommendations.

There are several ways to listen to the show.  You can click the streaming player below, subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, or download the file directly here.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve written about UK-based progressive metal act Aeolist, and it certainly won’t be the last. We’ve been looking forward to this young band’s debut EP for some time, and now the wait is finally over. As is the trend for new and relatively unknown bands these days, along with a free stream of the music the group have seen fit to offer the release using the name-your-price Bandcamp model, and you’ll hear no complaints from us as far as that goes! Stream away: View Full Article »


It’s not typical that we casually cover hip-hop here on Heavy Blog (though I’ve done it before), but I think we can make an exception for Death Grips. The experimental hip-hop group is as aggressive and off-putting as any metal out there, and the crossover potential for fans is great. Chances are, you’ve already heard of them and made up your mind long ago, but in case you haven’t been acquainted, get noided over some of the most vicious hip-hop around.

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High on Fire Hive

Praise be to our automobile manufacturing overlords at Scion A/V, for they’re hosting yet another free metal release! That’s it, I’m totally buying a Scion.

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relapse records 2013 sampler

I’ve been guilty of being asleep at the wheel here at Heavy Blog. I haven’t been as active since I started a full-time job, with Heavy Blog falling to part time hobby status. It turns out, real life is quite time consuming. As such, I haven’t been keeping up with new releases like I should have been. To aid with that, Relapse has offered up a new free sampler for 2013, which features cuts from albums released by the extreme metal mecca in the past (and upcoming!) few months, including tracks from Red Fang, Toxic Holocaust, Windhand, Ulcerate, Exhumed, Revocation, and more!

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djent rolls deep

Everyone loves a cover song. Most of your favorite bands have probably recorded or, at the very least, played a live cover of a song they love. Djent Rolls Deep is a free(!) compilation from The Djent-lemans Club that amalgamates over twenty djentspired cover versions and “remixes” of hip-hop and rap tracks and, well, it’s free so you have no reason not to give it a shot! As a consumer of both metal and hip-hop I can’t put across how much you need to hear Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘Can’t Hold Us’ beefed up with an almighty 8-string bump’n’grind.

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cloudkicker - subsume

Of course today’s first news post is for the new Cloudkicker album!

This passing Saturday (9/14), Cloudkicker dropped another brilliant new album in his already impressive enough discography with Subsume. This album acts as a very all-encompassing album, combining the sounds of the polyrhythmic metal from earlier works with the newer post-rock and fuzzy Smashing Pumpkins sort of sound heard on Fade.

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The accuracy of that title totally depends on your tolerance for Korn during their Untouchables-era, so if you’ve always thrown Korn under the bus for contributing to the rise of nu-metal, then by all means, you will not like this song. For the rest of us raised on the group, this new track is more along the lines of what we’re wanting to hear.

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pig destroyer

Book Burner was a pretty interesting record in terms of how it was received. I wouldn’t call it controversial, but there was a surprising amount of people suggesting it lacked the same spark that Phantom Limb had even taking into account the necessary 5% of fans that always think previous work is better. Regardless, I loved it and am always excited about hearing new material from the band, which is exactly what we have here in ‘The Octagonal Stairway‘, a new track released through the Adult Swim Singles Series.

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binary code

Remember The Binary Code?! Just last week I was at my parents’ house and was going through some old things of mine that I left behind. I came across a limited edition hand-made copy of their last effort Priest EP, which was released back in 2010. During that time, their sound was very progressive metalcore/deathcore esque, fitting comfortably on the ears of fans of early Between the Buried and Me. I thought to myself, “woah, whatever happened to this band? Are they even still active?”

Days later I was answered by guitarist Jesse Zurretti when he sent me a pre-production instrumental track titled ‘Immersion‘ from their new album sessions. The band changed their sound quite a bit since then from the sound of things. The band have gone for a bit more in the way of djenty prog, and I could see Animals as Leaders or Periphery pulling something like this off! Stream the track below.

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