What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 10/27/17

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.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Listen to Cryptodira’s “Integral” Cover of Cynic

Cynic are one of the greatest metal bands of our generation, regardless of their current status or one’s opinions of their latest releases. Perhaps one of the most decisive signs of that is how their tracks work both in their quiet, intimate version and the original epic ones. Thus, Re-traced in Air remains an immensely impressive album, perhaps one of the most impressive of its type (Opeth’s Damnation would be another one or Devin Townsend’s Unplugged). With their skill, Cynic birthed a plethora of progressive metal bands and can be credited as one of the progenitors of progressive metal in general. One such band, who have always worn their influences on their sleeves is Cryptodira. While we would LOVE to tell you that we have new material from these guys (“soon!”, the promise us), we do have a cover of Cynic’s “Integral” by the band. Check it out below.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: One Must Imagine Cryptodira Happy On This “Descent” Video

As the reference to existentialism in the title might suggest, we live in dire times. In a year when The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced their own demise, in a year when The Ocean are still silent, who will supply us with the groovy, hectic, frenetic progressive metal we so long for? What voice shall break the silence and blend blistering heaviness with introspection, ensnaring our minds and hearts with its highs and lows? Luckily, Cryptodira have taken up the mantle left so empty and are stepping with a re-imagined version of “Descent”. The first half of their masterful An Unmarked Grave, 2014 debut, “Descent” is a showcase in the gritty, progressive groovy metal we bemoaned in our opening lines. Now, it gets an aural and visual treatment, with a brand new recording and mix coupled with a fresh, depressing and moving video to go along with it. Head on below and check it out in all its carmine glory.

PHOTOS: The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Disentomb, Cryptodira—April 14th, 2016 @ Amityville Music Hall, Amityville, NY

When big bands play smaller, intimate venues, it’s always a treat. On April 14th, 2016, at Amityville Music Hall, we had just that. Opening the show was Cryptodira, who are anything but strangers to Heavy Blog. Performing a near-new song setlist, they get their friends/fans/those of the like hyped up…

PHOTOS: Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path, State Champs, Counterparts, On Broken Wings, Cryptodira—August 16th, 2015 @ Today’s Mixtape Festival 2015, The Emporium, Patchouge, NY

Local music scenes are cool, and that’s a fact. Long Island has been fortunate enough to have one of the best thriving scenes, and to prove it, we have Today’s Mixtape Festival at The Emporium in Patchogue, New York. What’s cool about the festival is that there are seasonal “Mini…