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Liturgy – The Ark Work


Much to the chagrin of black metal purists, 2015 will (probably) contain releases from the genre’s two greatest “antagonists.” Yet, unless Deafheaven’s slated third offering is absolutely abysmal, The Ark Work will effortlessly restore Liturgy as the most reviled act in…well, whatever genre the band is nestled within at this point. For saying that The Ark Work is “not truly black metal” is more so factual than accusative, something that front man – and pretension connoisseur – Hunter Hunt-Hendrix has acknowledged. Currently, the essential question concerning Liturgy is whether they are misguidedly earnest in their message or attempting to troll “transcending” music intellectuals and seething metal purists alike. But quite frankly, whether the answer is the former or the latter, The Ark Work is too shoddy for it to matter either way.

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If you’re still kickin’ yourself for passing up the nearest stop on the string of shows that was St. Catharines hardcore band Alexisonfire’s farewell tour back in 2012, we’ve got some pretty great news for you. If you’re among those who justified dishing out a little extra cash for a prized ticket to one of these dates, ‘cause hey, “it’s the last tour they’ll ever play!”, we’ve got some less than great news for you. Yesterday, not three years after calling ‘er quits, the band announced a reunion tour set to take place at a string of festivals over the course of summer 2015. Head on over the jump for the full details!

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On paper, the idea of “blackened dreampop” is an alarming prospect that is sure to raise ire and eyebrows alike, sickening the staunchest of purists along the way. Acts within the post-black metal school of thought have been pulling pages from new wave for years now, but few acts dare to combine the gritty visceral nature of black metal with blatantly accessible (and at times, major key) melodies and lush synthesizers. Enigmatic experimental three-piece An Autumn For Crippled Children have been hinting at and toying with these influences in various degrees for some time along the black metal periphery, finally biting the bullet with 2013’s try not to destroy everything you love (and even more so with its remix EP) by pushing the emphasis in favor of keyboards over guitars.

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During his time as weekend editor here, one of the consistently most popular features Brian Shields would run was the What We’re Really Listening To column, which would ask either Heavy Blog staff or musicians to share the music they’ve been jamming the most recently. We’ve decided that it was too fun an idea to not continue, so we’re picking up where he left off. It should come as no surprise that we at HBIH are constantly listening to music, and as an effort to recommend as many quality tunes as possible, here is a glimpse into what has been dominating our playlists for the past week.

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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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an autumn for crippled children the long goodbye

The enigmatic An Autumn For Crippled Children are one of our favorite independent acts in general, let alone within the realm of black metal. The synth-abusing avant garde trio manage to make waves solely on word of mouth alone, because if they have a publicist, they aren’t doing their job properly. Two years after blowing Deafheaven‘s Sunbather out of the water for best post-black metal record of 2013 with try not to destroy everything you love (it’s true; fight me), the group are back again with The Long Goodbye, to be released next week! How are we just now hearing about this?!

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Sannhet, an instrumental blackened post-metal act from NYC, released their debut album, Known Flood, in February of 2013. Now, they’re ready to premiere the title track from their next foray, Revisionist. Sannhet’s brand of powerful and dark instrumentation colors the usual sludge elements of post-metal with dreamy, shoegazy black metal metal riffing that gives the guitars a huge amount of room to explore and meander through the lush soundscapes. Imagine a somber, wandering mix of Deafheaven and Russian Circles, and you hit the mark pretty perfectly with their sound. View Full Article »

Addaura – …and the lamps expire.


Atmospheric and post-black metal is all the rage these days and while it has shown some signs of slowing down, there are bands still operating under the genre’s admittedly all-encompassing umbrella and creating some highly interesting and artful music. Seattle-based experimental act Addaura is one such band that is getting attention lately as the group’s latest three-track release …and the lamps expire. is getting quite a bit of love through Bandcamp — at least 150 people paid the minimum $1 price tag, which is a feat in and of itself for a band so relatively unheard of. On first listen, it’s abundantly clear why the act is getting so much support.

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Astral Blood – Astral Blood

astral blood

Depending on who you ask, America’s black metal scene is wounded but recovering. The young sect of atmospheric and post-black metal acts are flourishing, dividing listeners firmly on either side of the aisle. On one hand, Panopticon‘s latest outings meddled in swathes of bluegrass and Americana, contributing to the furtherance of black metal as a visceral and capable artform. On the other, longtime fans of the genre bemoan the fusion of post-rock and new wave made popular by acts such as Wolves in the Throne Room and Deafheaven as an “unneeded feminization” (their words, not ours) of black metal. It goes without saying, of course, that around these parts, the petulant line drawing and “stay out of my side of the playpen” mentality is frowned upon, as genre fusion and variation are to be celebrated. Nevertheless, there is an urge to see America export more bands that borrow from the Emperor and Gorgoroth schools of thought, and Minneapolis’ Astral Blood have the potential to fill that need while still flirting heavily with the Americanized atmospheric style of black metal.

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Typically, blackgaze and post-rock mix into a crushing, noisy wall a la Deafheaven or Wolves In The Throne Room. However, Sannhet are not your run-of-the-mill blackgaze band. View Full Article »


We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.

Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.
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