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.
The clear highlight from this week’s update is New Bermuda, an album that almost everyone at Heavy Blog has listened to at least a song from since it began streaming at NPR. Considering how divisive Deafheaven is, we decided to capture that by allowing staff voices from both sides of the fence to be showcased in our review of New Bermuda. While both reviews are well-written and argued, they differ starkly in tone, with Ryan praising the album as a triumph (here) and Simon arguing that the album does a passable job at an already established sound (here). Check out both reviews and let us know what verdict New Bermuda most deserves.
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 receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Sure, it’s unfortunate that summer is coming to a close, but luckily, that means that the fall and winter tour announcements keep rolling in! Fresh off of Warped Tour and the release of their amazing sixth LP, Found in Far Away Places, August Burns Red are doing their first full headlining run in support of this record starting in November. So if you’re looking to see some of their new material being played for the first time live, make sure you get out to this tour when it comes to your area! Head on over the jump to check out the dates!
Local music scenes are cool, and that’s a fact. Long Island has been fortunate enough to have one of the best thriving scenes, and to prove it, we have Today’s Mixtape Festival at The Emporium in Patchogue, New York. What’s cool about the festival is that there are seasonal “Mini Mixtape Fests” that happen throughout the year. For example, earlier in the Spring there was Spring Mixtape featuring Title Fight, Pianos Become The Teeth, Bane, etc. This summer, however, was much more Long Island oriented featuring bands from all over the island (including Queens and Brooklyn), as well as national and international acts. Some of those local acts include Makeshift, Commonwealth,Cryptodira, Kill Your Idols, Iron Chic, The Movielife, Incendiary, etc. Thanks to a very busy week/weekend before the show, I wasn’t able to capture a few of the bands who started both days off, but believe me that the whole fest was an awesome and fun experience.
Editor’s Note: Yes, the poster above says “2 Days Away!” but this actually starts tomorrow!
It’s that time again for Long Island’s own Mixtape Festival on August 15th and 16th! Whether you like progressive metal, hardcore, pop punk, emo, indie, etc, this 2 day festival is the festival for you! Between some of the best Long Island locals and national acts, this is a festival not to be missed. Click here for single day tickets and 2 day/VIP passes (all of which are running low!). Read on to hear a word about the ticket sales from Today’s Mixtape Festival.
Even though these releases encompass a very wide sonic range, what connects them all is their defining feature of fun. Of course, fun only goes so far, but if there’s one characteristic that truly represents the way each of these bands operate, it’s their levels of energy and charisma that set them apart from their peers. Converge-inspired hardcore, 90s radio rock, and metalcore that takes their influence from Every Time I Die, these three releases are connected in spirit by their off-the-walls approach to whatever genre they choose to tackle.
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 Gates, Converge, Pallbearer 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:
Architects blew a lot of people away last year with the seminal Lost Forever/ / Lost Together and are currently finishing up an extensive tour before hitting the rest of the world with their huge choruses and sharp, sexy riffs. Last weeks issue of Kerrang features the UK’s poster children for unit shifting, majestic metalcore. With physical copies of the magazine came a download code for two previously unreleased tracks. Check these tidy little numbers after the jump.
The UK is chock full of exciting new bands across every genre imaginable. Surrender The Coast are one of these new talents, preparing to whoop ass, take names and have some fun while they’re at it. The Leicester outfit play what some would call hardcore and some would definitely not. This ain’t hardcore for the crowd killer, macho scene but hardcore for fans of melody and catchy as hell riffs.
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!
In 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.