Heavy Blog’s Editors’ Picks: April 2016

We knew it was coming. April marks the beginning of spring release season, when the number of marquee albums starts going sky high and incredible albums are suddenly dropping left and right. And yet looking back at this past month it’s just utterly astounding how much amazing music came out even from the get-go. April 1 was a humongous day for releases, and it simply did not stop after that. Narrowing down this huge wealth of albums to a select few was nearly impossible, but thankfully we also have our “short”-list to include everything else we completely loved, all of which are included in our Spotify playlist for the month, which is embedded here and on our front page. And with that, let’s get to our editor picks for April!

Bossk – Audio Noir

Often, when faced with modern art, people comment that it simply seems like paint thrown against the canvas, a form of art with no definitive shape, and therefore not emotionally connecting as there is no solid idea of what exactly it is. Much the same, in many ways, is Bossk. The band blends a wide range of genres, mixing post rock, post hardcore, and post metal into a sound that comes off as beautiful, immersive sonic landscapes, drawing the listener in, while still challenging them and making it difficult to truly settle into the record all at once. There is no defined groove to Bossk’s sound, no strict formula to follow, and the songs reflect this, peacocks spreading their plumage for the world to see. All of this is exactly what makes their newest offering, Audio Noir, so very enticing, as they expand on their mad descent into a maelstrom of different genres while still extending a hand out to fans of acts such as Neurosis and Sigur Rós.

What Happens When You Multiply Sludge By Math? Thefalls Happens

So we know that there is new Ion Dissonance on the horizon and this is a great thing because they bring the chaotic, probing assault of math metal like no other. There’s something else really fun happening now with an influx of really creative post-metal bands trying their hand at grim, sludge like sounds. I need not name names. As a big fan of crushing atmosphere and jarring chugs, I’ve often sat scratching my bald patch wondering whether these two styles could mesh and systematically implode brain cells with the power of music; you know the feeling, that moment where you hear something that leaves your mouth agape and your eyes glazed over. Well fuck me, Thefalls released an album that did this over a year ago.

Suddenly, New Album From The Mire

Either I’m getting worse at keeping up or this album came out of nowhere. But, dropped directly into our laps is the new album Glass Cathedrals from The Mire, whom you may remember as the band that rose from the ashes of the recently reformed UK post-metal group Bossk. It appears that after…

Bossk Sign With Deathwish Records

It’s always great to see two amazing organisations join forces to produce something special and this is exactly the case when it comes to UK based post-metal veterans Bossk teaming up with none other than Deathwish records. The collaboration will first bring us a limited vinyl 7″ release for ‘Pick Up…

Metal Blade Signs Downfall Of Gaia

It seems that all things drawn out and epic are coming out on top this year — with great releases from If These Trees Could Talk, Frames and Pelican and even the recent reformation of legendary post-metallers Bossk all vying for attention for the past six months. To add to that, it turns out…