What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/10/19

For those who missed our last installment, We post bi-weekly updates covering 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. For those that would like to participate…

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Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno

10 years after the release of their debut album, symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse are back with Veleno, their fifth full-length. The veterans have done a lot in that time, from the technical death metal of Oracles and Mafia, to the over-the-top insanity of Agony, and most recently to the finely balanced symphonic death metal of King. With such a smorgasbord of stylings rotating around a uniquely Fleshgod core, it begged the question of which direction Veleno would take. Adding to this curiosity was two key lineup changes prior to recording, with guitarists/vocalists Cristiano Trionfera and Tommaso Riccardi both departing…

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(Un)holy Land – Notes from Israel’s Corrosive Music Scene

This post has been a long time coming. We’ve been dropping hints here and there for years now about the growing underground scene in Israel, a scene which I, as a native of Tel Aviv, am well poised to explore. Interestingly enough, this has become less and less obvious as the punk, grindcore, hardcore, and powerviolence scene here has expanded well beyond the borders of Israel’s cultural capital and established footholds in Haifa to north and even Jerusalem, to an extent. The music made here is rapidly getting heavier, more pissed off, more incessant on a refusal to obey, to…

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Exclusive Album Premiere: Soar Skyward with The Chasing Monster’s sophomore effort “Errant.”

The Viterbo, Italy trio The Chasing Monster came out of the gate on their 2017 debut LP Tales with an exciting blend of dramatic post-rock and narrative storytelling, surveying the conversations held between the last two people on Earth before life is blinked out. The strength of their debut landed them on the dunk!festival main stage that same year, and now they’re returning with their anticipated second full-length Errant, releasing on Antigony Records this coming Friday, May 10th. The band leaves the narrative structure behind on Errant, opting instead to explore big ideas on a fully instrumental canvas, which serves…

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