By the time this has been posted, All Pigs Must Die will have played Roskilde Festival in Denmark and probably left a few bodies behind in their wake. The crust punk “supergroup” (hate that term) features members of Converge, The Hope Conspiracy, and Bloodhorse, if you were not aware. I managed to share some words with Adam Wentworth, one of the Bloodhorse reps in All Pigs Must Die. Find out what he hes to say about the writing process for the band and what he thinks about the overuse of subgenres in music today after the jump.
Tag Archive High On Fire
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.
Considering the multiple inclusions of Miles Davis’ masterpiece Kind of Blue and an inclusion from Orentte Coleman (whose passing we are deeply saddened), it was a very fitting week to publish the inaugural installment of our Jazz Club feature, where members of our staff will dissect a new jazz album that we find noteworthy and excellent. Our first post discussed The Epic, the spectacular band leader debut of saxophonist Kamasi Washington; read our piece here. This week was also a popular one for Leprous‘s newest album The Congregation, which was included by half off the staff members who participated in this playlist update. The Congregation will without doubt be one of Heavy Blog’s favorite albums of the year, further evidence for which may be read in our review of the album here. Additionally, there are inclusions from a handful of other recent albums which we reviewed positively, including Starfire by Jaga Jazzist (here), The Moon Lit Our Path by Tempel (here) and Settler by Vattnet Viskar (here). We may definitely exhausted this sentiment by this point in the year, but 2015 has truly been an exceptional year in music, and we are still looking forward to an abundance of incoming releases.
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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Is it finally safe to say that High on Fire is an institution in the genre? The Oakland-based power trio has been blazing trails and scorching the earth beneath their feet for over 15 years and have one of the most consistent discographies in the modern age of metal, no questions asked. Frontman and burly demigod Matt Pike has also been juggling this steadily-growing project with the reformation of doom legends Sleep and becoming one of the most influential figures in riffdom along the way. Now with so many accolades and albums later, what was left for the band? Since the release of their last record, De Vermis Mysteriis, Pike kicked booze to the curb, discovered a fascination with the extraterrestrial, and managed to come out with Luminiferous, one of the band’s most impressively-consistent and melodically adventurous LPs yet.
In case you missed it yesterday, the fine folks at NPR posted the complete stream to High on Fire’s amazing new album, Luminiferous! The band has been slowly leaking out tracks like “The Black Plot” and “The Sunless Years” over the past few weeks to help build some hype, and now the wait has finally paid off. If you’re ready to get bludgeoned by an unhealthy dose of punishing tones paired with memorable songwriting, click below and check it out!
Richmond, VA’s Windhand are rising stars in the world of doom metal, shamelessly and effectively on a fast-track to becoming a better Electric Wizard than Electric Wizard themselves. Relapse Records picked up the act for their sophomore full-length Soma, which was a powerful play of fuzzy down-tempo Sabbath worship that went on to be one of 2013’s must-hear albums in extreme metal.
(Photo by Matt Warrell)
There are two universal constants we can always depend on: gravity and High on Fire delivering monstrously heavy riffs. Now that the band is just about to release their 7th LP Luminiferous on June 16th and since the band has already released the album’s opening track “The Black Plot,” the band thought it fitting to keep it going with another new song. Want to hear “The Sunless Years?” Head on over the jump and check it out!
If there’s one thing that we can count on in the metal world, it’s that High on Fire will always deliver absolutely crushing material every single time they put out a new album. It’s been a while since the release of their last album, De Vermis Mysteriis, and the band has certainly gone through its fair share of trials and tribulations since then. Frontman Matt Pike did a stint in rehab where he kicked his propensities for alcohol as well as spent plenty of time performing with his older band, Sleep. The group has recently finished recording their seventh LP, Luminiferous, which will be released on June 23rd. Want to hear the first song off of the new album? Just click here!
High On Fire, the sludgey stoner metal band that was one of the two musical forces to come out of the breakup of Sleep, the scientifically-proven best band ever, is one of those acts where any word of a new album, no matter how small, has me hootin’ and hollerin’.
It’s safe to say we really, really like Torche. We’ve posted about the band every time another track from Restarter surfaced in the lead up to it’s release last month. It’s a great goddamn album and our beloved editor Nick wrapped his thoughts up perfectly in his sublime review. It is, alas, time for another post about Torche so let’s get to it. Yesterday, a beautiful animated video for ‘Annihilation Affair’ hit the Interwebs and yeah, it looks fantastic but the vibe it gives off is a bit suspect. Get the video and some words about it after the jump.
I’ve been listening to pretty much nothing but doom and stoner metal for the past few months, and one band that has been in constant rotation is Windhand. There’s just something about their Electric Wizard-meets-Alice in Chains vibes that I can’t get enough of, not to mention Dorthia Cottrell’s hypnotic, haunting and soothing croon. Their 2013 album Soma was one of the very best albums of that year, and this week, they are entering the studio with a legendary producer to record their new album. Find out who after the jump!