Editors’ Picks – July 2018

Every year, it seems like Summer is more impossible. Are we growing old? Is it actually hotter? Is it both? Who knows (it’s probably the former). But the sad fact remains that patterns of routine that have helped us cope in the past, a cold glass of water here, a welcome shady corner there, are becoming more and more diminished, the returns just less effective at getting us home. It’s truly a death by a thousand cuts or, rather, death by a thousand drops (of sweat).

Hey! Listen to For Giants!

OK, I really dropped the ball on this one; I’ve been listening to For Giants for almost two years now but it took an email from the band to get me to write about them. My bad! Worse than that, why would I do such a thing to such a great band when I’ve been lauding very familiar acts in the recent few months? For Giants traffic in the same kind of positive, sugar-coated progressive music as Bodhi or Jon Poulin; what you might call “actually good nu-prog”. Luckily, timing is my savior yet again, as the band have released a new album, Big Sky, just last month, allowing me to talk about them in their proper context. Let’s get to it!

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 9/1/17

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.

Release Day Roundup – 8/25/17

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year end list. Enjoy!

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen To Bodhi Get “Ineffable” In Full!

A while ago, I told you to listen to Bodhi. It is a solo project/moniker of one Justin Seymour, otherwise a member of The Room Colored Charlatan. Unlike that band though, who lean on the heavier side of the progressive spectrum, Bodhi is a wonderfully sweet jaunt via the realms of nu-prog. Ever since originally writing about the album, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with it; I just can’t get enough of the great tones and ideas on it. Well, that makes it my absolute pleasure to be premiering the full thing right now, only a few short days before its August 25th release! Head on down below for sweet vibes, great guitar works and sweet, sweet leads.

Hey! Listen to Bodhi!

Bodhi is a one man project from Justin Seymour, who plays for blog favorites The Room Colored Charlatan. Bodhi has all the marks of nu-prog on its latest release, including sweet guitars, an emphasis on solos and the sort of dream-y timbre that’s come to be associated with the genre. However, it all has everything good about the artists mentioned in the opening lines of the post, namely musical sensibility, restraint and a sense of composition that enunciates the musical ideas contained therein. The project also manages to create interesting “spaces” for the guitar to live in, contextualizing the flair and expressiveness of its sound.