With our general list for 2016 out of the way, we can now shift the focus from our aggregate opinion to individual ones. Both outlooks have their own merit; the former provides us with an overview of our year in music. However, the latter shines a light on something we’re extremely proud of and that’s the varied and eclectic nature of our staff these days. We used to have a very certain type of music associated with Heavy Blog and while we still have a long way to go, we feel like we’ve done a good job at expanding our palettes and the representation of different kinds of music and metal in our staff. The lists below reflect that; you’ll find black metal, avant-garde, technical thrash metal, hip hop, rap, noise, ambiance, post metal and rock, melodic death metal and much more throughout these lists.
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. 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.
Simply put, Misery Signals’ newest effort is a superb album. A work in complexity that pushes many boundaries of the band’s sound, while retaining what has always been theirs. Vocalist Karl Schubach’s lyrics and delivery are as good, if not better than ever, and the Morgan brothers steal the show with their innovative guitar work and intricate drumming. Some fans of the band should be happy in knowing Absent Light is more like sophomore effort ‘Mirrors’ than 2008’s more progressive Controller, though others may be put off by the shift back to a less progressive, more intense writing style.
Deftones have been popping up everywhere since their magnificent comeback in Diamond Eyes last year. Deftones have always been such an influential band to many genres, anywhere from hip hop to heavy metal, Deftones have their fingers in a lot of pies. Case in point: their upcoming tour with Dillinger…