Heavy Blog Staff’s Top Ten Albums of 2017

Our staff has shifted quite a bit since we posted our first aggregate AOTY list back in 2014. From refocusing our content to implementing The Brooklyn Plan™ to publishing our 2017 AOTY list, our roster of contributors has fluctuated substantially in terms of numbers and genre preferences. This ebb and flow…

Connecting the Dots // The Dillinger Escape Plan

It’s been a while, but we’re back, so welcome to another edition of Connecting the Dots, and today we will be focusing on mathcore masterminds The Dillinger Escape Plan! Whilst they’re soon going to be shutting up shop (R.I.P), we can remain eternally grateful to the incredible records they’ve released during their two-decade career, their vicious live performances, and the incredible other musical projects they leave in their wake. Without further ado, let’s dive into the amazing projects these musicians have been a part of.

John Frum – A Stirring in the Noos

Man, this has been quite the year for weird, skronky extreme metal, hasn’t it? In the past four full months, we’ve gotten releases ranging from great to genre-defining from Sunless, Dodecahedron, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Artificial Brain, and Ulsect, in roughly that order chronologically. It’s almost too much to handle, especially in a genre as heady and labyrinthine as this. Truly, our collective cup has been runnething over for some time now, and now John Frum is here to refill our cup once again, whether we like it or not.

70 – Eden Loves Humanism

He actually hates it, but it’s good title clickbait to troll him! Also, sorry for the audio issues. I’ll fix them tonight, but if you really must listen ASAP, there you go. In continuance of no one complaining about me not linking to the stories in the show notes, I’ll descend further into laziness and continue not doing it. This week we discuss the Wintersun Indiegogo, new music from Solstafir, John Frum and Life of Agony, and the uproar about SXSW contracts talking about deportation. Then we go into a philosophy discussion about our backgrounds in the discipline, or core principles, morality and humanism. Eden loves humanism.

68 – Cynical And Technical

Eden has abandoned us yet again, so, statistically speaking, we’ll probably have Ahmed or Nick with us this week. I guess you’ll have to guess whom’st’d’ve!?

We talk about some news/drama, new releases, and mainstream-metal interactions. Namely Dallas Toler-Wade leaving Nile and getting replaced with Brian of Enthean. Then Cynic drama following the recent release of their demo tapes. Then some new music. Galactic Empire (and Anchorhead), Dodecahedron, Artificial Brain, Body Count, Linkin Park, Reaping Asmodeia, Ogarya, John Frum, Born of Osiris. Of course we talk about the dude singing Necrophagist at Canadian Voice. And the Grammys, namely Megadeth and Metallica.

Post-recording note: New Nile lineup is awesome. I’m stoked now. That fist bump was amazing.