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Let’s keep it brief, okay folks? This is the second part of our Top 50, Album of the Year list. At the end, you’ll find our Top 10, while tomorrow we’ll have individual staff members’ top 10 lists and our Outliers section: albums that were placed on individual top 10’s but didn’t make the Top 50 list.

The albums you’ll find here were ones that had broad consensus among our large group of staff writers and editors as truly excellent representations of the worlds of metal and other heavy music this year. No doubt you’ll find things to quibble with, but we’re proud of this list and the entries therein.

If you haven’t yet, check out Part I of this list, listing numbers 50 to 26. Alright, OK, no more words. Let’s get to it!

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With the advent of Z2 in each of its halves—Sky Blue and Dark MattersThe Devin Townsend Project rocket ever forward onto huge, musical things. We can all admit that Devin Townsend is an unstoppable force in our world, but with Inside Out Music and Century Media in his corner, his power is immense. Much like Ziltoid, honestly.

That said, we are now blessed with a music video for Dark Matters‘ “March of the Poozers,” the part of the new Ziltoid tale where the Poozers rally together and invade Earth under the guide of the now-upset Queen Blattaria. But you know, maybe listen to the album to get the whole story. Please enjoy and be terrified by the lyric video. And I even made you some wallpapers!

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To see photos from this show, click right here, but read on for delicious video.

Savvy YouTube users are a godsend and if for whatever reason you weren’t in Chicago last week (distance, illness, bein’ a little bitch, etc.) and missed this stop on the Abstract Reality Tour, you’re in luck, because you are covered. Users James Reeves and SuperKingster09 were clever enough to record the official Toontrack stream.

Definitely enjoy these awesome sets from that night. Linked below in order of performance, we have Monuments, Animals As Leaders, and The Devin Townsend Project!

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Having just released Z2, both discs garner much critical acclaim, Devin Townsend, as The Devin Townsend Project, took to the road in a Toontrack-sponsored tour with djent/shred maestros Animals As Leaders and palm mute masters Monuments for the Abstract Reality Tour.

The Metro in Chicago was one of the stops on this mammoth tour, and with The Devin Townsend Project and Animals As Leaders switching off headlining duties, Tosin Abasi and crew had to cede the closing spotlight to Devin Townsend and his intrepid gang. Pictures below of a fantastic performance!

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two-weeksThe Thanksgiving holidays are upon us and all the mirth has put us a week behind on our review of our reviews. The Last Two Weeks in Reviews after the jump.

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Clément Belio – Contrast


Open minds/personal pronouns alert. Confession time: I’ve been trying to review this album for months. If you’ve been following the blog this year, you know that I have a pretty good turn around rate for reviews. However, this one has just haunted me in the best kind of way. What is Contrast by Clément Belio? It is a practice in imitation as inspiration. It is the essence of eclecticism. It is bewildering, delighting, decentralized and insane. By the composer’s own words, it is a patchwork of everything he loves in music, thrown into the melting pot of his brain. And so, I’ve waited for months for this to coalesce into a review. This is my feeble attempt at finally jotting it down.

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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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really11-2-header-partoneIt’s been a great month of a great year for music and those of us privileged to write for Heavy Blog is Heavy have had our players working overtime.  But what have we really been listening to since the start of October?  The first half of our answers after the jump.

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Hot damn, but I am excited for the new Skyharbor release! Dan Tompkins is one of my all time favorite singers and a blog favorite. While a new TesseracT album with him looms on the horizon, one must not forget the quite different Skyharbor that is coming our way. Now, the band have released a new track from the release, titled ‘Patience’, backed by a video. Check it out below!

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Hello, hello and welcome to the sixth part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. Breaking away from genre limitations, we present to you the “Way, Way Different” list. This list focuses on albums that were a clean break in an artist’s or band’s career, whether they spawned follow ups in their likeness or were one-off occasions.

Progression itself is important but not a sole value and thus, we didn’t simply select albums that were just different but albums that were different in a brilliant way. All these releases not only marked a distinct change in a sound or style, but also elevated the music and direction of the artists in question to whole new levels, whether technically or emotionally. This list also has a good chance to spark controversery, as it includes various genres but mostly because one man’s stroke of genius is another man’s selling out. Therefore, let us remind you once again: it’s OK to not like thing! Sound off below with your own suggestions for albums that were Way, Way Different. See you there!

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