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Every year, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas brings together some of the best acts in rock, hip-hop, comedy, and action sports. With a lineup as diverse as theirs, it’d be pretty impractical for a niche blog to cover everything, but the hardcore and metal presence across the fest’s three days is enough to draw our attention! Photographer Maclyn Bean flew out from Philly to Austin to cover the fest, and you can catch select day three photos below, featuring This Will Destroy You, Iron Reagan, Thundercat, Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, and Flying Lotus!

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Every year, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas brings together some of the best acts in rock, hip-hop, comedy, and action sports. With a lineup as diverse as theirs, it’d be pretty impractical for a niche blog to cover everything, but the hardcore and metal presence across the fest’s three days is enough to draw our attention! Photographer Maclyn Bean flew out from Philly to Austin to cover the fest, and you can catch select day one photos below, featuring Pallbearer, Mineral, Amon Amarth, Run The Jewels, Death From Above 1979, Rotting Out, Nomads, Hotelier, Tombs, and Deafheaven!

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Just over a month ago, frontman George Clarke left Deafheaven fans drooling when he posted a photo of a custom-made Sunbather-inspired blanket to his Instagram account. Quite literally, the blanket was a giant, woven cover of Sunbather, and boy was it blissful. Clarke sparked a great deal of anticipation in his caption which read. “Got a new blanket. Thinking about having a few of these made for winter..” Was his utilization of the tell-tale ellipsis indicative of (excellent) things to come? One could only hope.

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deafheaven guitar power

The entirety of the metal genre has been harboring gear- and tech-heads for decades now and is showing no signs of slowing down. The campy instructional DVDs your father grew up on have since given way to gonzo fret-cam playthroughs, auto-playing tablature, gear dissection, and tech obsession. Peeling away the veil and laying bare the means by which our favorite music is made has been a gift given to us by the digital age, but the culture has also fostered an unspoken upsmanship and an over-emphasis on “goes fast” that can be as disenchanting as it is dizzying.

Fortunately, Rolling Stone contributor Matt Sweeney has made great strides in putting artistry, passion, and a casual atmosphere back into otherwise niche and clinical gear and theory talk with his Guitar Power video series. The latest episode features Deafheaven guitarist Kerry McCoy, who breaks down his almost minimalistic sort of approach to composition and showcases his use of effects pedals. While McCoy’s guitar work likely won’t land him on the cover of Guitar World magazine any time soon, his abilities to play simple guitar parts with such nuance is infinitely more fascinating that whatever guitar playthrough our favorite tech death bands have been releasing.

You can watch the video below, which also features a sneak peak at some new Deafheaven material.

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really11-2-header-parttwoRemember how back in school the kids whose last names started M-Z could show up later than the rest of you because it took a while to call the roll that far? That’s kind of how our two-part look at what your Heavy Blog is Heavy Staff is (really) listening to for the first weekend of November works. The stragglers show off their 3×3’s after the break.

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Deafheaven - From the Kettle Onto the Coil
San Francisco outfit Deafheaven‘s ravenous appetite for playing live shows apparently has yet to be sated, as they’ve announced yet another North American headlining run. (For context, the last one was just over one month ago.) But who are we to complain?Not to mention that entry to any of the shows on the Converse Rubber Tracks-sponsored five-date run is absolutely free of charge! Tour dates after the jump.

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An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Love Everything You Destroy

As was asserted by HBIH editor-in-chief Jimmy Rowe last November, An Autumn for Crippled Children‘s album Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love was comparable to fellow blackgazers Deafheaven‘s Sunbather in the following way:

Sunbather seemed to be the hit to beat when it comes to romanticized and dreamy black metal this year, and while An Autumn For Crippled Children will likely never be able to achieve that amount of hype, they certainly deserve just as much praise, if not more.

Certainly some high praise given all of the accolades and attention (and yes, backlash) that Sunbather received. Well now that same band has released a followup EP entitled Try Not to Love Everything You Destroy, which you can listen to in its entirety after the jump. View Full Article »

parttwoIn the first part of our “What We’re (Really) Listening to, you learned the Heavy Blog staff likes everything from Repulsion to A Great Big Pile of Leaves. What do our next set of Heavy Bloggers (really) listen to? The answer after the jump.

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myrkur video

Mysterious one-woman black metal project Myrkur is off to a humble start. Sprouting up seemingly overnight with a deal inked with Relapse Records, the release of the debut self-titled EP came and went without much fanfare. The buzz is still growing though, with near-universal critical praise and a growing Facebook presence. Perhaps soon Myrkur will become a fixture in atmospheric black metal; the act is already getting compared to the likes of Deafheaven, Alcest, and Ulver, and that’s not just because those were the go-to names attached to press releases, either.

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creepers lush

Apparently not content with just being part of Deafheaven’s ridiculous touring schedule over the past year, the San Francisco band’s guitarist Shiv Mehra and drummer Dan Tracy – alongside fellow musicians Varun Mehra and Christopher Natividad – have announced the upcoming Creepers debut record, in addition to premiering album opener ‘Stuck‘. 

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