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HBIH Listening To

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.

A number of albums in our rotations this week have recently received rave reviews from our staff, including Murdock, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Dance Gavin Dance, Native Construct, Chaos Divine, Royal Thunder,  ChonAlkaloid and Minsk. All of these simply provide further evidence for 2015’s unbelievable level of musical quality, so take a moment to read our reviews and spin some of our favorite albums of the year thus far. Keep on the lookout for upcoming reviews of other playlist inclusions SighTribulation and Leprous.

Among our repeat inclusions are Cherry Bomb - the latest offering from Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator - as well as two  albums from the artist that will be featured in our popular new “For Fans Of” segment. Also present is the self-titled Monobody record that we highlighted recently and which you should absolutely check out if you have not already.

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!

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

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Intronaut

We previously reported that prog-metal masters Intronaut are about to begin recording their highly anticipated fifth studio album, and now that time is upon us. The band will be entering the studio tomorrow following a performance opening for Meshuggah tonight in Anaheim at the House of Blues, during which they’ll be playing brand new jams. They’ve also released production details about their forthcoming album, which includes some rather exciting news. Check out more info after the jump!

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HBIH Listening To
For those who missed our last installment, we will now be regularly posting what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that doesn’t 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.

Kendrick Lamar‘s universally acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly has persisted as a regular inclusion in some of our staff’s rotations, and will likely remain that way throughout the rest of the year. Another repeat addition is Leprous‘ upcoming album The Congregation, a record that many members of our staff have been highly anticipating since its announcement earlier this year. It is safe to assume that a review of The Congregation is imminent, but in the mean time, check out our review of Byzantine‘s new offering To Release is to Resolve, another album included in this update. Finally, this update has several albums from the artists featured on this year’s installment of the Decibel Magazine, which includes At the GatesConvergePallbearer and Vallenfyre and will be running until April 12th. This lineup makes attendance almost mandatory, so check the remaining dates here to see how far you will have to trek in order to attend this exceptional tour.

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!

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

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Devin Townsend is a cool guy. He makes a lot of cool music. He plays with puppets a lot though, and that’s kinda weird. But we found the best photos of him on the internet, and we will share them with you. The one above is a freebie, it doesn’t even count! Let’s go!

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Our favorite unstoppable music machine, Devin Townsend, released not one, not two, but three albums last year [Sky Blue, Dark Matters, Casualties of Cool], went on tour with Monuments and Animals as Leaders [photos, stream], appeared on a debut album by Morgan Agren, and found time to do play-through videos for us all.

What could possibly be in store for him now?

Well, he’s writing a symphony.

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Devin Townsend By Your Comman Playthrough

Our benevolent overlord Devin Townsend has done a playthrough of the Ziltoid the Omniscient track with redone/remixed guitars and drums and It’s pretty awesome to hear it updated a little bit sound wise. The only problem is that the video is slightly out of sync with the audio. It’s still worth watching, regardless of the issue. Make sure to check it out after the jump.

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It’s no secret that Devin Townsend is influenced by pop music and mainstream rock, at least from a production standpoint. Leading up the release of his 2010 album Addicted, Devin openly admitted to being influenced by Nickelback‘s record Dark Horse, saying, “I had a real think about this and I thought that I would go out and buy the record. Maybe it’s some sort of high-art that I’m not getting. So I got it and it sounds phenomenal! Mutt Lange did it and Randy Staub did it, it sounds incredible, but every song is about [Chad Kroeger’s] penis!”

On top of this, it’s undeniable that some of Devin Townsend’s latest material — specifically, 2012’s Epicloud and its spiritual successor in 2014’s Sky Blue — is the musician’s most accessible work to date, with explosive hooks and major orchestrations that mirror Devin’s more positive outlook on life in recent years. Naturally, one would expect Devin to want the music to sound the part, and no matter how you feel about pop music, its more reliable flow and volume of income provides the genre with the best music production around.

However, it wasn’t until recently — via an interview with Decibel Magazine — that Hevy Devy admitted to going as far as working directly with the people responsible for the music of chart-topping pop rock acts such as Nickelback and Daughtry, and it turns out, the whole process rubbed Townsend the wrong way and he now refuses to let the track see the light of day.

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Devin Townsend Fredrick Morgan

It’s no secret that Morgan Agren is one of the most absurdly talented drummers out there right now, but it may be lesser-known that he just released his debut solo record entitled Batterie Deluxe. While Agren may be known best for his work in the dizzying 1997 album Sol Niger Within by Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects, this new record is closer to the schizophrenic tendencies of electronic acts like Aphex Twin. The whole album is streaming now, so check it out below! View Full Article »

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On January 10th, 2015, progressive metal heavyweights Periphery came to Carrboro, NC to play at Cat’s Cradle in support of their upcoming double-album, Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega. This was the first date of their tour with support from Nothing More, Wovenwar, and Thank You Scientist, and was also the first time the band has begun performing new material like “The Bad Thing,” “The Scourge,” “Alpha,” and more. I got a chance to speak with the three guitarists of the band, Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb and Jake Bowen about the structuring of the album, the politics of picking tours, how album reviews should be done, and much more!

So this is the first night of touring in support of your new album Juggernaut, which I’m really hyped on after hearing it a bunch over the past week. Didn’t the album start off as a story and then the music came with it?

Misha: It’s all kind of together. Juggernaut to us was just the idea to do a concept, and it’s been many things throughout the years. At one point in time it was going to be our first album. “Icarus [Lives!]” was supposed to be on Juggernaut, and there were a bunch of themes going with that initially. It was this hyped thing, but I think we all got in a room after Clear and when we were touring. We were talking about what we envisioned it to be. I think we all were saying we want dark, epic, theatrical, ambient…that kind of stuff, which was a very different vibe from Periphery II. That was more notey and upbeat and playful.

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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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