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. Our inaugural post brought staff members Simon Handmaker and William France together to peruse each other’s tastes:
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Once upon a time, in the past of the blog, there was a series planned to be called *prognotes. The idea was to delve into a progressive metal album, known for their intricate lyrics and concept albums. This idea was never fully realized. The run it had was fantastic: analyzing the intricate works of Between the Buried and Me, Coheed and Cambria and Obscura, it was fascinating and insightful glance into some of our favorite bands and the amount of time they spent on their writing.
So we’re bringing it back! We have a few albums lined up but we’ll be starting with what is perhaps the best progressive album to come out this year: Arcane‘s Known/Learned. Written by the incomparable Jim Grey (Caligula’s Horse), it’s a wide ranging concept album the touches on issues of war, memory, family and time. We hope you enjoy reading our analysis of it; please feel free to sound off below with your own thoughts and recommendations for the next installements. Strap on your best time-travelling attire and let’s get going!
A Light Within are a band from Kansas City who have a very strange ear. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what type of music they play, and it’s not a bad thing. Their combination of post-rock, progressive metal, and a little bit of ambient music really makes them a great band to listen to no matter what mood you’re in. With the band getting ready to release a new EP, they’re extremely excited and ready for you all to hear it, and what better way than with an exclusive full album stream?! Check it out!
It was only last month that we reported Yes’ bassist and founding member Chris Squire was diagnosed with leukemia, and it gives us great pain to report that Squire died this past Saturday. He was 67 years old.
“An individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality, Chris fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master,” said Bill Bruford on Sunday, who played drums in Yes with Squire on some of the band’s most well-respected albums like Close to the Edge and Fragile. “I suspect he knew not only that he gave millions of people pleasure with his music, but also that he was fortunate to be able to do so. I offer sincere condolences to his family.”
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), Tempel‘s The Moon Lit Our Path (here) and Mutoid Man‘s Bleeder (here) are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Of course, perhaps the most notable of these recent reviews is Coma Ecliptic, the latest offering from Blog favorites Between the Buried and Me. While reception to the new album has been mixed, Jimmy’s in-depth review (here) details exactly why so many members of our staff are fawning over the new record. Finally, a a few members of our staff have been listening to Maïak, the topic of our most recent Post Rock Post. If you love post rock as much as we do, be sure to read the post and check out Maïak 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:
The concept of a Dream Theater-esque prog metal band consisting of 15/16 year-olds is pretty enticing. Everyone is impressed by videos of child prodigies playing ridiculous solos on YouTube, and given the particular virtuosity requirements of the type of music the genre label implies, it’s easy to think that kids who make it would be great at their instruments. Next to None are such a band, in fact their drummer is Mike Portnoy’s son, so they have a direct connection to Dream Theater! All the pieces are in place for a masterpiece from the young, fresh upcoming generation, hailing the future of metal. Except, sometimes things don’t turn out as expected. The band’s debut album, A Light In The Dark, produced by Portnoy, is unfortunately more of a shot in the dark, full of lacking musicianship and uninspired songwriting.
Seemingly in spite of the increasingly divided fan opinion regarding the group’s musical trajectory over the years, North Carolina’s shining sons Between the Buried and Me have become one of the best selling and most influential acts in progressive metal. Throughout their fifteen year career thus far, the band’s hardcore roots have slowly eroded away, showing an affinity for classic prog rock in the vein of Queen, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson (which everyone should have seen coming after the band covered all three for The Anatomy Of). This inevitability has been hinted at since Alaska, with the band adopting conceptual themes, epic-length tracks, and a subtle flair for the theatrical. This maturation comes to a head on Coma Ecliptic, the band’s seventh original studio album, as a cosmic rock opera that follows a man entering a self-induced coma in order to explore his past lives in the hope of finding something better.
Legendary grindcore progenitors Napalm Death have a massive running list of achievements throughout their hugely influential thirty year long career, but it appears that, of all possible things, they’ve decided to add three shows opening for the one and only Faith No More to that list. Dates and more after the jump!
Surprise! “Famine Wolf,” a third single from progressive metal institution Between the Buried and Me‘s upcoming album Coma Ecliptic, has been made available for purchase on iTunes. The near seven minute track continues in the new direction hinted at in all the new material heard so far; the song predominately features clean vocals and a very prog-rock oriented (and at times, theatrical) sound. As far as we’re concerned, we’re three-for-three on Coma Ecliptic‘s status as potential opus for the group.
You heard me right: YOU and your band can be playing Euroblast festival this year, all the way in Cologne, Germany! Why is this a big deal? Euroblast has basically become, over the past few years, one of the number one events for any fan of progressive or technical metal. Featuring the biggest names from the scene, like Between the Buried and Me or Leprous just to name two, the festival is host to bands both large and small.
And now you can play it too. The management have announced that they’ll be keeping the last of the final eight slots open for fan submission. All you have to do is head on over the jump and submit your music for review. Honestly, what possible reason could you have to not do this?