Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Editors’ Picks for February 2016

Welcome to our monthly post, Editors’ Picks! In the recent two years, our editorial body has grown quite a bit: from basically two guys running everything, we now have around seven people managing the blog in an editorial capacity, including two (count ’em, two!) Editors in Chief. We thought we’d harness that unique body of editors and use their over-reaching perspective to shed light on specific releases each month. These might be releases we’ve already covered, stuff we haven’t even mentioned once or somewhere in between; the idea is to accentuate great metal each month, helping you to sift out the truly great from the immense body of work that is released each month.

The way it works is simple: each editor gets to pick one album released in January. We write short pieces about them and link you to the album, allowing you to check it out yourselves. There’s no genre restrictions: expect to see some gnarly stuff on here as most of our editors have a very wide range of musical appreciation. Without further ado, let’s dig in into this month’s offering!

Black Tusk – Pillars of Ash

On November 9th, 2014, Jonathan Anthon, the bass player and vocalist for Black Tusk, tragically passed away after sustaining serious injuries during a motorcycle crash. It was a tragic day in the world of sludge metal as many were left to wonder what was to possibly to become of one of sludge metal’s most promising one bands and true, stalwart defenders of the Southern sludge sound. Luckily, the band decided that to truly serve Anthon’s memory, they must carry on, and carry on they did, touring extensively after the accident and now, nearly two years after his death, releasing their final album recorded with the vocalist, a masterpiece of punked out sludge that perfectly captures everything the band has done prior while still amping it up to exciting new levels.

You Won’t Soon ‘Forget’ This New Royal Thunder Track

Atlanta’s Royal Thunder are an underrated gem of a band that doesn’t get mentioned enough in underground metal circles. Their 2012 album CVI was an exceptional and infectious exercise in some sort of classic rock-meets-sludge endeavor, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting their follow-up. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer because the band…