If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.
We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!
We’re back with another list of Heavy Blog’s “Best Of!” This time around, we are bringing to you some staff picks from the world of technical death metal. We won’t spoil it for you up here, but read on to find out what we think is the cream of the crop and then feel free to leave us comments about how wrong we are.
It’s pretty crazy to think that Baltimore’s Misery Index have been a band for almost 15 years, because they still sound just as savage and as hungry to deliver the most punishing deathgrind around. It’s been just under a year since the band released their savage fifth LP, The Killing Gods, and the band want to keep the hype train rolling with a brand new music video for the album’s fifth track, “The Harrowing.” Check it out below!
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.
Numerous inclusions have received the Heavy Blog stamp of approval in one form or another. The Raven Autarchy‘s The Obscene Deliverance, Katatonia’s Sanctitude and The Crinn‘s Shadowbreather all received glowing reviews, and our pseudo-review of the excellent new collaboration between Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never were the way she was – saw editor Nick Cusworth gushing over his current album of the year. This coming week, expect reviews for And So I Watch From Afar‘s Heirs and Leprous‘ The Congregation, both of which appear in this update and are current Heavy Blog favorites for 2015. In the meantime, stream Heirs here and read our interview with Leprous frontman Einar Solberg here.
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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
We haven’t mentioned Fulgora here on Heavy Blog before, but that’s about to change. Consisting of John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index) and B.L. LaMew, Fulgora are a vicious deathgrind outfit who’ve been making waves in underground metal circles and are about to unleash their first full-length album, Stratagem, onto an unsuspecting world. The album doesn’t hit shelves for another month, but they’re streaming it now. Check it out after the jump!
California Atmospheric Death Metal rising stars Fallujah hope a new record label will help their careers blast off. Details after the break.
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!
It’s Thanksgiving, a time for football, feast, and showing the rich relatives how well you’ve turned out. Help us put together a playlist for the occasion after the break.
After years of DIY touring and lots of word of mouth, 2014 is a breakout year for Fallujah with a spot on Summer Slaughter and a well-recieved new CD. Guitarist Scott Carstairs hops on Skype to talk about writing, touring, and the band’s success after the jump.
Maryland is becoming somewhat of a mecca for extreme metal. Not only is Baltimore home to arguably the biggest annual metal festival in the U.S., Maryland Deathfest, but the state of Maryland has also bred some heavyweight metal bands of its own, including most notably Dying Fetus, Misery Index and Periphery. Whereas these bands respectively showcase the death metal, deathgrind and progressive metal Maryland has to offer, Condemn the Infected are seeking to tear out jugular veins and kill puppies with their crushing brand of brutal technical death metal, and it’s only a matter of time before their name appears alongside their fellow Maryland peers as another heavyweight.