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.
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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.
So we had a lot of fun last week posting some of the last.fm 3×3 collages of what we’re really listening to. We’ll get a prog metal celeb’s take after the jump.
At long last, our friends in White Arms of Athena are poised to release White Arms of Athena, the Kurt Ballou produced follow-up to their celebrated 2011 debut album Astrodrama. We’re pleased to announce the full details of the release, which is sure to be a stand-out record among the current wave of progressive and psychedelic music.
A lot has changed over the course of six albums for Buffalo, New York’s Every Time I Die. Having begun their career nearly sixteen years ago with an incredibly raucous and off-kilter approach to hardcore, the band developed/refined a love of massive and swung southern rock riffs and huge choruses, resulting in the band we know and love today. From Parts Unknown, despite it’s name, has a very distinct reference point — here, we find the band revisiting that early, raw aggression through the wiser eyes they own today.
It’s a day for streaming some amazing new music it seems, as now you can also hear the raucous new album from southern-rock-doused anti-party party-metal-core merchants Every Time I Die (my genre descriptors are getting desperate). Firstly, I’ll get my obvious bias of the way — this is easily one of the best records I’ve heard all year, maybe not one that will likely sway those who aren’t already fans but a veritable goldmine for those that are.
Every Time I Die continue to leap from strength to strength with the release of a brand new video for ‘Decayin’ With The Boys‘, a track that you may remember started making the rounds a week or so ago. It’s a swaggering and sneering rager of a track that happily sits somewhere between the cut-throat aggression of Hot Damn! and the self-deprecating party anthems of Gutter Phenomenon. And, as it should, the video follows suit, complete with Beastie Boys references.