Grayceon – IV

We often rail against gimmicks here on Heavy Blog. That’s no coincidence; in its endless search for boundaries to push, metal will often grab whatever is closest to hand. However, it rarely takes the time to integrate whatever that crutch is into its composition and thus you get a gimmick, a once off or shallow use of something which could be cool and interested. Grayceon are a great example of how to avoid that. They splice their brand of stoner/doom metal with cello, baking it right into the composition. What could have easily been just another stoner metal band with a few string touches here and there turns into an album which utilizes its non-standard instruments in a varied and impressive way, adding it where necessary to amplify the core music and its impact.

Hey! Listen to The Armed (Again)!

Technically, this post has already been written. No, I don’t mean in the “bruh what if alternate realities are real and in it I am a vegetable of sorts that can talk?” kind of way, it’s just that we already told you to listen to this band in 2011. But a lot of abrasive water has flown under the bridge since then (although we also told you about them in 2015 and at other times) and something seems to be stirring in The Armed’s camp. Namely, the punk/mathcore/hardcore/batshit crazy band have released a new album called ONLY LOVE and you really need to listen to it. Yes, even if you’ve heard this band before. Yes, even if you didn’t like them before. This is a whole new beast.

Hey! Listen to Sketchwork!

I still feel like there’s a space for more bands in the area between mathrock and pop punk, alongside Tiny Moving Parts for example. Luckily, it seems like I’m not the nly person who feels that way; Sketchshow feel the same. These Southhampton younglings deal in a high energy, high fusion version of mathrock that immediately echoes the promise of The Marmozets. Their recently released EP, Patchwork, is an exploration of the giddy power of the blend between complex music and a decidedly punk mentality and approach.

Stream Randall Holt’s Powerful Cello Exploration Ahead Of Its Physical Re-release

Perhaps no one musician has contributed to the cello’s prominence and presence in the field of experimental music as Randall Holt but the name might not even be familiar to you unless you’re well versed in the Austin musical scene, the post rock landscape or other experimental/jazz circles. But the fact remains that he totes one of the finest pedigrees in the market. He collaborates or has collaborated with the likes of Thor Harris (drummer for Swans), Jonathan Horne (another of Austin’s elite of hardworking musicians, also the guitarist for The Young Mothers), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and Adam Rudolph, one of the most important jazz composers and percussionists in the world. In 2016, Holt was ready to foray out into the world by himself with a haunting and beautiful album titled “Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness” and boy is it a ride. We’re proud to stream the full album here today to celebrate the album’s physical release, on cassette and CD, so head on over below for a taste and we’ll talk more after.

Malady – Toinen Toista

At the beginning of this year (fuck, it’s almost April), we told you about Malady, a treasure trove of progressive rock hailing from the criminally overlooked Finnish music scene. Their first, self titled release, was a somber take on the progressive rock formula, mostly emphasizing the feeling of loss and wanderlust that…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen To The First Track From Aesthesys’ Colorful “Achromata”

As anyone following the blog might by now know, I have a special place in my heart for the marriage between electronic music and post rock. Something about the lush textures of synths, expansive guitars and the “bright melancholy” of post rock just works incredibly well. A fine example of that is Aesthesys, a Russian band with a host of releases behind them who are now gearing up for their sophomore full length, Achromata. They blend strings, a sense of wonder and post rock sensibilities into one energetic whole, drawing obvious but necessary comparisons to 65daysofstatic but also This Patch of Sky and world’s end girlfriend. Head on down below to hear the opening track from the upcoming release, “Grauer Wald”!

Unmetal Monday // 3/26/2018

There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep up with it! Like the vast majority of heavy music fans, our tastes are incredibly vast, with our 3X3s in each Playlist Update typically covering numerous genres and sometimes a…

Soldat Hans – Es Taut

When browsing through a large amount of music, as presented by our inbox or one of the many online music sources out there, it’s easy to develop fatigue. You give each track some time but, governed by the inexorable power of Sturgeon’s Law, most of what you hear is uninspired…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Persefone Keep The Proggy Goodness Coming With Brand New Single “In Lak’Ech”

Andorran prog lords Persefone’s latest album, Aathma, was one of my favourite albums of 2017. With that record, the band struck a perfect balance between the complex compositions of Dream Theater and the more ethereal odysseys of later day Cynic, to deliver what I honestly believe to be one of the greatest examples of contemporary progressive metal. While I’m sure the album will continue to reward for years to come, it was a long wait between their breakthrough record Spiritual Migration (2013) and this magnum opus. Thankfully, the band’s fans needn’t wait to hear more from the band this time around, as we are proud to present the lyric video for their brand new single “In Lak’Ech”—a noticeably darker track, featuring Tim Charles from Ne Obliviscaris.