Grind My Gears 2.0 – Test Launch

Since I started writing Grind My Gears, I’ve always focused on one project or band at a time. This has given me free reign to spew curse words and horrible imagery by the bucket load and I am inherently grateful to the editors and staff here for allowing me this. However, I feel like this column can step up its game. The other regular features on Heavy Blog are a cut above and such, from here on out, myself and whichever poor bastard I rope into helping me will try to match those standards. We’ll look at fresh grind compilations and releases, love letters to classic grind records and interviews and conversations with some of the cream of the modern crop. Maybe more, maybe less, I guess we’ll play it by ear (because it’s grind). Without further fanfare, please welcome your own damn self to Grind My Gears 2.0.

Festival Primer 2017

How to navigate the sheer number of festivals now available for the metal fan? With the aim of helping you sort through this vast variety, we’ve compiled the following primer. It’s by no means extensive; it’s simply impossible to write about all of the festivals we would have liked to mention. We focused on those we’ll be attending and on those who have the most attractive setlists in our eyes. That being said, do feel free to share more great festivals with us in the comments and please enjoy this, our selection of festivals for 2017.

Best Of British – Sunny Day Edition

Not a big introduction to this one today. Just gonna lace up and boot these band suggestions down your throat with the minimum fuss and maximum effort. Going for a “core” roundup on this one because there’s nothing better than listening to harsh, rough around the edges music on a hot, swampy ass day. You feel me? Sweat running down the crack of your ass into the awful material of your ill advised chino shorts. Shirt stuck to your already crisp skin because you are an idiot who never wears sun protection. Etc. Here are a selection of some Brit acts that make perfect summer sounds for you to day drink to.

Corrupt Moral Altar Toll ‘Die Glocke

If you want your 2014 filled with nothing but sludgy, colossal riffs of the highest calibre, then Corrupt Moral Altar are probably your best bet. Recently signed with the prestigious Season Of Mist, the band have been causing making a raucous noise, the likes of which hasn’t really been seen since…