EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Stream A New Video From Mindscar!

I rarely seem to take any time off from listening to new bands. In fact, my current computer has roughly 30 tabs open, all with new artists that I either need to check out or need to buy stuff from when I get the money. It’s a great problem to have, because at the end of the day, I always find at least one band worth listening to at length. Mindscar is a band that was shown to me that I enjoyed quite a bit, so fortunately for us we get to host a brand new video for their song “When…

Watch Toby Driver Discuss The Inspiration For And Making Of Plastic House On Base Of Sky In New Interview

This Friday, June 24th, the almost aggressively eclectic and indefinable Kayo Dot will release their latest album, Plastic House On Base Of Sky. About one month ago, on May 28th, the band performed at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, playing a selection of material from Plastic House and their previous two albums, Coffins On Io and Hubardo. Against the backdrop of an unseasonably warm and unbearably humid day, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kayo Dot composer, multi-instrumentalist, and mastermind Toby Driver to discuss a range of topics surrounding the album, its influences, its challenges, and why metal isn’t a primary source of musical inspiration for him these days.

Kill the Number: The Death of, and Alternatives to, Review Scoring

Editorial disclaimer: the subject of review scores and what to do with them is one which is hotly debated behind scenes. Our editorial body has had several discussions about it, as recently as last month, and still hasn’t come to a unanimous decision. It’s a divisive topic; opinions and good points exist on both sides. One of the platforms for this discussion is the blog itself and you may consider this article as another part of such discourse. You know, in case you’re wondering why we haven’t killed the number after this editorial. It might happen in the future, but not…

No Heroes In New England // Week of June 19, 2016

It’s a new week, and you know what that means: a new week of New England hardcore that’s guaranteed to rip the eardrums out of your head. I’ve decided to head more in the direction of traditional hardcore punk this week, but don’t think that these bands are going to go easy on your ears; after all, this is hardcore. This is audible brutality. This is No Heroes In New England.

Rïcïnn – Lïan

For better or worse, Lïan is the kind of album which takes just one track to illuminate the entirety of what it has to offer. The album’s collection of “dark neobaroque” compositions is the latest offering from Laure Le Prunenec, who lent her vocals to Blood Music’s Öxxö Xööx and Corpo-Mente before securing her own spot on the label under the name Rïcïnn. And when it comes to investing in Lïan, it will behoove of listeners to use opening track “Uma” as a barometer for their potential enjoyment of the following nine songs. For the aspects of “Uma” that succeed – and the many more that don’t – set the tone for Lïan and outline exactly what ails the album as whole.

Unmetal Monday – 6/20/16 (Rachel Ana Dobken, Karmakanic, Classixx, clipping.)

Like the grand majority of modern metal fans, our tastes here at Heavy Blog are incredibly vast, with our 3X3s in each Playlist Update typically covering numerous genres and sometimes a different style in each square. While we have occasionally covered non-metal topics in past blog posts, we decided that a dedicated column was warranted in order to more completely recommend all of the music that we have been listening to. Unmetal Monday is a weekly column which covers noteworthy news, tracks and albums from outside the metal universe, and we encourage you all to share your favorite non-metal picks from the week in the comments. Head past the jump to dial down the distortion: