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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 7/25/15

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For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly 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 does not 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.

As is typical of these updates, there are numerous inclusions that have received the Heavy Blog seal of approval via a positive review. August Burns Red‘s Found In Far Away Places (review here), Between the Buried and Me‘s Coma Ecliptic (review here), Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors‘s …Comes To An End (review here),  Ecstatic Vision‘s Sonic Praise (review here), Eidola‘s Degeneraterra (review here),  Hope Drone‘s Cloak of Ash (review here), Lamb of God‘s VII: Sturm Und Drang (review here), Rosetta‘s Quintessential Ephemera (review here) and Thy Art Is Murder‘s Holy War (review here) are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Additionally, several other albums listed reflect our staff’s input into various recent Heavy Blog features. Entries into our “For Fans Of – Pig Destroyer” post (Insect Warfare; feature here) and “Starter Kit – OG Progressive Deathcore” (Veil of Maya; feature here) appear here, and while Nuclear Assault just missed our “Best Of – Old School Thrash” list, the thrash legends who did make the list may be explored here. Finally, it was with a heavy heart that we covered the passing of After the Burial guitarist Justin Lowe; check out our tribute here.

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

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August Burns Red – Found In Far Away Places

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The Pennsylvanian metalcore outfit August Burns Red is a household for many metalcore fans. With their syncopated and mildly technical take on the genre, they took listeners by storm in the mid-late 2000s with Messengers, followed by Constellations, the two albums that are often cited as their best. However, the follow-up to the power duo, Leveler, showed that the sound had been pushed to its limit and didn’t have anything else to offer, as it saw the band experimenting with their own style in an attempt to reinvent themselves. While it wasn’t really a disaster, Leveler was rather directionless and stale, and its successor Rescue & Restore wasn’t able to, well, rescue or restore the band’s sound.

Some might have written off the band after their previous release, others might be on the verge of doing so, and thus their latest, Found In Far Away Places, is at a precarious position. As the band’s sixth album, a decade after their debut Thrill Seeker, it stands to either completely lose its audience, or bring the spark back that made them special in the first place. Most bands fail this test, so it’s easy to be skeptical coming in to listen to this album, but somehow August Burns Red have more than delivered. Not only have they found that creative itch, they’ve successfully carved themselves a new niche and simultaneously mastered it.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 7/18/15

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Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post brought staff members Scott Murphy and Ryan Castrati together to peruse each other’s tastes:

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 7/11/15

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For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly 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 does not 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.

As is typical of these posts, quite a few inclusions recently received the Heavy Blog seal of approval via positive reviews. KEN Mode‘s Success (here),  Jaga Jazzist‘s Starfire (here), Thy Art Is Murder‘s Holy War (here), WRVTH‘s WRVTH (here), Rosetta‘s Quintessential Ephemera (here) and Symphony X‘s Underworld (here) are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Additionally, there are quite a few inclusions that were featured in our ongoing “Post Rock Post” segment, which aims to recommend quality upcoming acts that we have recently been fawning over. Town Portal (here) and In Each Hand a Cutlass (here) are both great bands doing post rock justice and more than worthy of your time. Finally, four of our contributors have Ornette Coleman albums in their grids, demonstrating preparation for the second installment of our Jazz Club segment, in which we discuss the legacy of the eminent saxophonist. This was an excellent discussion that touched upon a broad range of topics, and we encourage you to check it out here.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. 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 receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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August Burns Red Are Ready For The Wake With New Single

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August Burns Red are a super talented band, but their last two albums just didn’t cut the mustard for me. After hearing the masterpiece that was Constellations, I knew it would be very difficult to top it, and the band have had shimmers of hope, but have still not surpassed it. However, I’m always happy when the band releases new music, because even if the album isn’t as good, it’s still some very solid metalcore. Now the band are back, and with a super heavy song, which should please everyone. Check it after the jump!

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August Burns Red Reveal New Album, Found In Far Away Places; Due Out This Summer

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Seminal metalcore act August Burns Red have waited for this moment—the reveal of their upcoming album titled Found in Far Away Places. The band have revealed a trailer for the album, due out on June 30th, 2015, via Fearless Records, a track listing, and are set to start taking preorders for the records on April 13th.

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PHOTOS: August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane, Fit For A King, ERRA—January 22nd, 2015 @ Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD

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January 22nd, 2015 marked the first stop of the six-and-a-half week tour featuring ERRA, Fit for a King, Northlane, Miss May I, and August Burns Red. The night was an absolute madhouse as fans of high-energy metalcore packed Baltimore Soundstage from the photo pit to the merch stands at the back of the venue. I have been to many metal concerts as well as college raves at Baltimore Soundstage and none of those nights could even compare in terms of the sheer number of people in attendance. Even though it was the first night of the tour, everybody’s performance was full of energy and on point. The band’s that night embodied “The Frozen Flame Tour” perfectly. Although they may have been frozen and frostbitten by the cold winter air, their passion for their music burned strong and shines brightly on stage. If you are looking to catch a great tour this winter, go and see the date closest to you. You will not be disappointed.

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ERRA’s New EP, Moments Of Clarity, Now Available; Check Out ‘Warrior’

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Progressive metalcore-slash-djent proliferators ERRA have returned with a brand new EP called Moment of Clarity! Having recently signed with Sumerian Records, where bands like Periphery and The Dillinger Escape Plan reside, ERRA were proud to unleash their first track, “Dreamcatcher,” unto the world.

Back again, this time with a full release, “Warrior” is the latest jam from the five song EP, which is available now via the new label.

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Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

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Cannibal Corpse. You know the name, you know the sound. You either love them or hate them. It’s been that way since they released their debut in 1990, 24 years ago. The band has come a long way since then, with various lineup changes, progression, and sometimes even stagnation. The band’s last 2 records were lacking when compared to previous works, especially Kill, which many of us here consider one of their best records, and on this reviewer considers their best since 1996’s Vile. For a band that has done essentially the same thing for the past two decades, how can they possibly get better? How could they possibly do the same thing in a different way and make an album that truly stands out in nearly every way?

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