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best-of-prog-black

Hello, hello and welcome to the sixth part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. Breaking away from genre limitations, we present to you the “Way, Way Different” list. This list focuses on albums that were a clean break in an artist’s or band’s career, whether they spawned follow ups in their likeness or were one-off occasions.

Progression itself is important but not a sole value and thus, we didn’t simply select albums that were just different but albums that were different in a brilliant way. All these releases not only marked a distinct change in a sound or style, but also elevated the music and direction of the artists in question to whole new levels, whether technically or emotionally. This list also has a good chance to spark controversery, as it includes various genres but mostly because one man’s stroke of genius is another man’s selling out. Therefore, let us remind you once again: it’s OK to not like thing! Sound off below with your own suggestions for albums that were Way, Way Different. See you there!

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shit2So much “Shit Brian Shields Should Hear” so little time. Part Two of your suggestions for today after the jump.

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shit1One of the great things about living right now, in what I call the Golden Age of Metal, is all of the great music being made just about everywhere. We’ll sample some of the shit (some more later today) I should hear after the jump.

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best-of-prog-black

Welcome to the fifth part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. After mixing things up a bit with the previous list, we’ve decided to return to a genre limitation. Remember, we’re interesting in limiting ourselves as much as possible by picking a narrow genre because we believe limitations breed creativity. This time, we’ve chosen to focus on another genre who’s definition is a bit hazy: progressive black metal.

Black metal is one of the most misrepresented and ill-understood sub-genres within the metal community and outside of it. These specific albums add even more chaos to the mix by taking the basic black metal sound and either adding new influences to it or mixing up the basic formula completely: from folk-infused conceptual albums to fearlessly brutal descents into madness, this sub-genre is both abrasive and unique, musically complex and furious. Hold on tight as we spiral into the frost-bitten embrace of these albums.

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hbih-albums-edge

Welcome to the fourth part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. For our fourth list we decided to mix things up a bit and discard the genre limitations all together. Instead, we chose to focus on albums that have retained their original shine, even through dozens and dozens of listenings. This is the Heavy Blog Is Heavy Best Of Albums That Never Broke Edge

We tried to select albums that have been around long enough to prove that they can survive the test of time. However, there was no specific time limitation set so you’ll find albums from all different periods of metal (and some from outside metal). This list is truly eclectic and there’s a reason behind that: we believe that truly great music, music that has enough substance to survive past the first 50 or even 100 listenings, truly crosses all genres. Keep your mind open and your ears alert as we take you down the twisted path of our staff’s favorite albums.

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best-of-power-metal

Welcome to the third part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. For our third round, we have once again chosen a genre that is somewhat controversial—Power Metal. This time, the boundaries of the genre are much clearer but the genre itself tends to get a lot of heat.

To be sure, the golden age of Power metal is possibly over. The 90’s brought a slew of bands into what was then a young genre, born from a freaky combination between heavy metal, glam and the emerging emphasis on speed and technicality that was sweeping over the metal world. In that sense, Power Metal is one of metal’s responses to the the 90’s and all that they brought to western culture and aesthetics. However, how relevant is the genre today? Well, we’ve recently had two brilliant releases that are definitely well within the boundaries of this style, so we thought we’d shed some more light on the great albums that can be found in Power Metal among the less…tasteful examples. Without further ado, here is Heavy Blog’s Best Of Power Metal!

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hbih-best-of-prog-metalcore

Welcome to the second part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors pick a favorite album to share a personal experience with. For our second round, we have chosen a genre that is somewhat controversial—Progressive Metalcore. It’s controversial in that its boundaries are somewhat unclear and therefore host a slew of different bands under their wings. In addition, the word metalcore itself is enough to set many a mouth foaming.

Harnessing the aggression inherent in metalcore, the progressive end of things seeks to give it a more subtle or varied expression. Taking the normal tools of the trade; breakdowns, harsh vocals and chuggy bass to name a few, the genre further expands on them in many different ways. Sampling, peculiar structures or the introduction of unexpected genres (like jazz for example) seek to modify the basic metalcore formula. The bands on this list excel in fusing the two halves together to create an intriguing, yet still aggressive, whole.

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best-of-melodic-death

Welcome to the first in a series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors pick a favorite album to share a personal experience with. For our first round, we have chosen a genre close to the hearts of many—Melodic Death Metal. Conceived in the early 1990s in Sweden by pioneers like At the Gates, melodic death metal was a way to combine the memorable, harmonized riffing of British heavy metal with the harsh edge of death metal creating a sound that was unlike any other at the time.

Over the years, the genre has expanded and given birth to many other styles, melding with progressive acts to provide a harsher edge and creating what we now call metalcore. Nowadays, it’s a broad enough label that very distinct bands can exist under its umbrella, so the diversity of the genre should make our first pass at this format quite interesting. It’s also the genre that brought many of us into the metal fold, and has always reigned as a favorite among the staff here. So, without further ado, here are our favorite melodic death albums!

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25-albums-part-11

This is it guys. Final five. These are still un-ranked inside the list but every single one of these albums received a wide consensus in our staff group. These are the albums we’ve listened to the most in the past six months and we’d like to share them with you. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far, even if we didn’t agree on every point. We appreciate every single one of you (no tears!) and hope to see you on the other side of this incredible year. Thanks for joining us!

Without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily arranged list of awesome albums from 2014 so far. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.

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25-albums-part-11

Here we are, dear readers, just one post away from the last in the series, the coveted top five. But don’t set your eyes on the prize too soon, as you might miss the brilliant offering that this part has as well. Each and every album on this list is definitely something to check out and if you only broaden your horizons, you’ll see that there are plenty of surprises in store. We think the diversity on this list, ranging from grind to death or even electronic, speaks volumes about the amazing year we’ve had so far. So let’s get to it, the end is in sight!

Without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily arranged list of awesome albums from 2014 so far. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.

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