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 updates, there are a few inclusions of new releases that have recently received the HBIH stamp of approval via positive reviews. Jaga Jazzist‘s Starfire (review here), Maruta‘s Remain Dystopian (review here) and Secrets of the Sky‘s Pathway (review here) all received positive marks from our staff, particularly the former. It is also fitting that there are a couple of Mastodon inclusions, as they were the subject of our recent ‘For Fans Of” post which may be read here. Additionally, considering the multiple instances of Cattle Decapitation‘s excellent last album Monolith of Inhumanity, it is safe to assume that our staff is rather excited for their upcoming album The Anthropocene Extinction; lead single “Manufactured Extinct” may be streamed here. Finally, while not necessarily a “metal” release, Prurient‘s new noise masterpiece is included by a couple members of our staff, yours included. Stream the album here and be sure to check out the project’s upcoming dates with Godflesh here.
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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Summer Slaughter Tour has succeeded at both enlisting some of the biggest names in death metal and its off-shoot genres as well as conjure a flurry of quarreling comments about whether the lineup adheres to what its “Most Extreme Tour of the Year” tagline implies. Yet, what is often undiscussed is how generally predictable Summer Slaughter has become, both in its lineups and the arguments surrounding them. Look for a breakdown of this year’s Summer Slaughter lineup and a commentary on the tour as a whole after the jump:
We’ve been awaiting this with bated breath over in the Heavy Blog camp. I honestly have trouble putting into words how excited some of us have been about this. Suffice it to say that we have been on the edges of our seats the past 24 hours or so waiting for this to drop. And now it’s here, and none of us could be any more excited. Holy shit, this is beyond awesome.
The deathgrind juggernauts at Cattle Decapitation have deemed it fit to unleash a bevy of new information to us today, including the name of their new album, the release date, the album cover, and, most importantly of all, a new song. Let me repeat that: a. new. song. from Cattle Decapitation. Truly, this is the best thing that will happen all week. Check out all of this new info after the jump.
Maruta‘s third full length, and first with Relapse, will be the benchmark for upcoming bands in the venomous subgenre that is deathgrind. The progenitors of this group of acts in Cattle Decapitation and Cephalic Carnage have their own unique sound and are instantly recognizable from the rest of the herd; the banshee screams of Travis Ryan and whirling sax solos that fleet in and out of Cephalic’s later work can not be found elsewhere. Maruta have come a ways since their 2008 debut and, in doing so, have carved out the tightest of nichés in a genre that is both despised and adored.
If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.
We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!
Not a regular name around these parts by any means, Bedlam Of Cacophony probably will be soon enough. The Orange County natives play spastic, math tinged grind and it reeks of excellence. With members from mayhem merchants Gigan, what should you expect really? If you dig on anything from Destrage to Magrudergrind, you should head on over the jump to check the preproduction version of “In Frantic Search Of An Answer.“
Cattle Decapitation have already been teased to be a part of this years Summer Slaughter tour, but now they’re doing a bit of teasing of their own. The band have announced that May 20th is the date that they will be revealing details about their brand new album releasing this year. They also took the chance to debut their new logo designed by Gruesome Graphx. Make sure to check out the bands Facebook post detailing just what details we’ll be finding out more of after the jump.
The folks over at the Summer Slaughter social media camp have certainly outdone themselves as far as building anticipation goes. Through a stint of prolonged vaguebooking throughout the month of April in the form of statuses featuring names of songs and lyrics by bands that could quite possibly fit the bill, an unofficial line-up has begun to formulate itself in the heads of fans. Head on over the jump for the events as we understand them.
With their debut album Regression, released on the mighty Metal Blade Records, Theories flit between nurturing a warts’n’all grind aesthetic and hammering out some serious melodeath inspired songwriting. This shuffling betwixt styles is a gamble as it meshes two very unique genres. These Seattle grinders succeed in bettering previous attempts with a less than subtle amalgamation of violence and melody. Do they stack up against the current crop of artists, especially those also signed to Metal Blade? Yeah, they do. Does the album check the requisite boxes for becoming an all time classic debut? Not quite, but it still kicks ass.
It has been a long time since Cattle Decapitation released the incredible Monolith Of Inhumanity way back in 2012 but this year will finally see new music from the legendary death grinders, released on the always consistent Metal Blade label. The band took to social media yesterday to announce that the highly anticipated follow up has been completed, with mixing and mastering of the record complete. If you are as excited about this news as much as myself, and many others here at Heavy Blog, you should hop over the jump and check their official statement.