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HBIH Listening To

For those who missed our last installment, we will now be regularly posting what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that doesn’t 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.

Anyone who doesn’t live under a proverbial rock knows that the biggest release in all music this week goes to the early release of Kendrick Lamar‘s hugely-anticipated follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and unsurprisingly, K Dot found his way onto many of our lists this week. Also of note (and in an entirely different quadrant of the musical spectrum) this week was the release of Alkaloid‘s debut album The Malkuth Grimoire (read our review here if you haven’t already), which also landed in several of our staff’s lists.

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

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

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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 through your account, or create it manually with

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

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And we’re back! It’s taken us time to get everything re-ignited after the New Year break, mainly because 2015 started off on such a high note. News was coming in left and right and we need to breathe a bit before jumping back in into all our regular columns. We’ll be slowly re-amping everything to pre-break levels, with Post Rock Post and Editorials making a comeback as well. But for now, we start off with our own favorite column, our Best Of lists!

This time, we chose a list tinged with nostalgia: we’ll be covering Final Albums, albums from band which broke up after they were recorded or released. It’s possible said bands split up long after the album was released but regardless, each piece here was the last LP recording from the band. Don’t go nitpicking on us; some of these bands released demos, EP’s or tracks after the ones listed here but we didn’t count those. These are the legacies, the last monuments of names who were once great and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

So, read on. And remember, we always love feedback so tell us what you think! Any releases we missed? What should our next list be? Sound off in the comments below. As always, remember: it’s OK not to like thing.

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poll-resultsAll this week we’ve been posting the results of our staff poll of the best releases of 2014. Find out your choices for Album of the Year and an aggregated Top 25 of Reader choices after the jump.

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Hello once again! We’ve already written a whole lot about albums from this year that we loved, but as you could probably tell from our individual staff top 10 lists, there were a whole slew of albums that individuals in the group adored but were unable to crack our aggregate top 50. We all try to listen to as much music as humanly possible throughout the year, but we are also humans with jobs and lives and families, and there are times that some of us just flat-out miss out on some great stuff. So that’s what the below entries are about. Consider these a few of our personal “honorable mentions.” And if there are any albums from our lists or here that you still think we missed out on, feel free to share them in the comments.

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Welcome back! We just gave you our official staff Top 50 list, but we’re dedicating today to breaking things down and giving you a peek at some of the picks from our individual staff members. In this post you’ll find lists of the top 10 albums from every staff writer and editor who participated in our internal poll this month. As you’ll see, even though our aggregated list appears to make some pretty large preferential statements in itself, when broken down to individuals there’s an even wider array of tastes and opinions on display.

In just a bit you’ll get to read about some of the albums listed here in our “Outliers” post. But for now, enjoy your lists upon lists!

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Let’s keep it brief, okay folks? This is the second part of our Top 50, Album of the Year list. At the end, you’ll find our Top 10, while tomorrow we’ll have individual staff members’ top 10 lists and our Outliers section: albums that were placed on individual top 10’s but didn’t make the Top 50 list.

The albums you’ll find here were ones that had broad consensus among our large group of staff writers and editors as truly excellent representations of the worlds of metal and other heavy music this year. No doubt you’ll find things to quibble with, but we’re proud of this list and the entries therein.

If you haven’t yet, check out Part I of this list, listing numbers 50 to 26. Alright, OK, no more words. Let’s get to it!

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Welcome, one and all, to the Heavy Blog Is Heavy Album of the Year list! This year, we did something a bit different. Instead of running staff members’ top 25 or top 10 lists, we went all sophisticated and created a composite Top 50 list. We’ll leave the statistical games behind the scenes but suffice it to say that we didn’t just vote on the list and its order. More subtly, this list represents the different rankings staff members gave albums on scale of 1-25. After we’re done running the complete list, we’ll also have a section where you can peep each member’s top 10 and an Outliers list: albums that made individual top 10’s but not the final Top 50.

The albums that you see below, from 50-26, are many of which we might call “wildcards.” Many of these albums either took us by complete surprise or are in genres we don’t normally cover on the website. Rather than restrict our list to just metal releases though, we wanted this list to be a true reflection of the full tastes of our eclectic staff.

I’ll shut up now, OK? Head on over the jump for the full list. 2014 was an amazing year and we thank each and everyone of you for being with us for it. We can’t wait for 2015! Let’s get to it.

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sbsshThe world is filled with music, some of it great some less so. So find out the latest collection of “Shit Brian Shields Should Hear” and maybe you should too after the jump.

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favorite-videosYears after the demise of Headbangers Ball metal bands continue to put out music videos, most destined for a spot on YouTube and maybe some niche cable TV channel. Compare your favorite Heavy Music Video to ours after the jump.

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