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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/16/15

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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.

As is typical of these updates, there are a number of inclusions of new releases that have received the HBIH stamp of approval via positive reviews. And So I Watch You From Afar‘s HeirsEidola‘s DegeneraterraFaith No More‘s Sol InvictusArcturus‘ ArcturianLeprous‘ The Congregation and Veil of Maya‘s Matriarch are all albums considered to be some of the strongest releases from 2015 thus far. Additionally, editors Nick and Eden have been spinning the forthcoming Jaga Jazzist album Starfire, and have been in sonic euphoria because of over the course of this past week. Expect a review in the next few weeks from Nick explaining the genius of both JJ and Starfire. Finally, there are a couple inclusions of the classic Refused album The Shape of Punk to Come, which should serve as a reminder that the Swedish post-hardcore giants are preparing to release Freedom, their first album in almost two decades. Read about the album’s details and preview the lead single “Elektra” here.

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:

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/3/15

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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 DeliveranceKatatonia’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.

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:

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KLONE Celebrate New Album Release With Exclusive “Gone Up In Flames” Lyric Video

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Fans of ethereal and melancholic prog acts as Katatonia and Anathema take note: French atmospheric rock outfit KLONE have released their aptly titled Here Comes The Sun April 27th through Klonosphere and Pelagic Records. To celebrate the release of the record, we are proud to premiere the lyric video for the track ‘Gone Up In Flames.’

The track — and by extension, Here Comes The Sun in whole — evokes a sense of free-floating poetic beauty through post-rock instrumentation, subtle pop sensibility, and picturesque lyrics. Get a glimpse at the art of KLONE after the jump.

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Katatonia – Sanctitude

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Re-working your own art is a daunting proposition. Looking at things you created, be they songs, paintings, poems or any other piece that comes from your heart, presents you with a unique challenge: can you stare yourself in the eye and be different? Can you take something that is such a big part of you and then change it? Two years ago, Katatonia answered these questions with a resounding “yes”. Their album, Dethroned & Uncrowned, re-worked an already masterful album, Dead End Kings. The result was more than anyone could have imagined. A masterpiece in its own right, Dethroned & Uncrowned is an acoustic album for the ages.

But that represented a brief glimpse, a quick look at a specific chapter of the band’s history. Could they, however, apply the same approach to the rest of their career? This is what the band set out to do with their acoustic tour, taking to several beautiful locations in England and producing the album that sits before us, Sanctitude. Recorded at the Union Chapel and containing acoustic renditions of tracks both old and young, it represents a deep, introspective re-working of this band’s masterful career. And the result? The “yes” resounds ever clearer, echoing across the cathedral.

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Atten Ash – The Hourglass

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When people try to classify ‘doom metal’, it used to be easy. Things like early Anathema and Disembowelment pioneered the doom movement, which was slow, loud, and grim. However, as time went on, the genre seemed to gain more diverse influences. Katatonia added melody and cleans to the genre, and bands like In Mourning and Be’Lakor added elements of post-metal and melodic death metal to give it a new, modern feel. With so many facets of the genre, it’s not hard to figure that Atten Ash belong within it. However, finding where exactly they belong within a genre with so many great bands is the real test that their music brings upon us.

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CODE Bring The Mellow With ‘mut’

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So, this strange wave of bands migrating from black metal into other realms of music has been ongoing for quite a while now. Bands like Ulver or Alcest are the most famous (infamous?) names in this movement, with Anathema doing the same for doom and The Gathering for folk. I’m still divided on whether we can define this wave as a success but CODE have decided to add to it. Leaving by the wayside their black metal roots, CODE have released their newest album ‘mut’, all resplendent in somber prog vibes. Head on over the jump for the full stream.

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Jens Bogren Is Mixing The New Between The Buried And Me Album; Band Playing New Song Live Next Month

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Any time Between the Buried and Me works on a new record, it immediately jumps to the top of the year’s most anticipated albums. Their track record speaks for itself; they’ve never released a bad album, and depending on who you ask, each record is better than the last.

This time around, the group are doubling down the hype of their new opus of a rock opera. Instead of taking up residence in Jamie King’s Basement Studio to record their eighth studio album, the band revisited The Fidelitorium (where they recorded their recent Future Sequence live release) for much of the tracking. It looks like that won’t be the only change the band are making for their new record, either; thanks to bassist Dan Briggs on Twitter, we now know that Jens Bogren (The Ocean, Opeth, Katatonia) will be handling mixing duties.

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‘Sanctitude’ Nears; Katatonia Release First Live Track From Upcoming DVD

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Katatonia have always been one of my favorite bands but then they really broke the mold with Dethroned & Uncrowned. We recently learned that they planned to do that again by releasing a live DVD for their acoustic show at Union Chapel. It was promised to be emotional, well produced and a retrospective of the band’s career. In light of that last fact, it is no surprise then that the bad have chosen a track from Brave Murder Day, one of their most critically acclaimed albums, for initial release. Head on over the jump for the live version of ‘Day’.

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Katatonia To Release ‘Sanctitude’ DVD, Including A Live Concert And Documentary

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In 2013, Katatonia nearly ended me. After they released one of the best albums of their career in 2012, they decided to re-work the tracks on it into an unplugged version and release Dethroned & Uncrowned. The end result was one of the most touching and emotional albums I’ve ever heard until and since then. Beautifully somber, relentlessly lost, it was a masterful rendition of an already near-perfect album. In 2014, the band took to the stage to perform these tracks and other re-worked versions of songs from their career.

The height of that tour was the show at the Union Chapel venue in London. Featuring haunting acoustics and a funereal aesthetic, this is one of the most unique venues in Europe. Now, the band are set to release the Sanctitude DVD which will include the full show from that night and a 60 minute documentary about the tour and band. Head on over the jump for the teaser!

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A Swarm Of The Sun – The Rifts

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Clichés are important parts of language: they carry an inherent truth, something so right that it was repeated enough times to become commonplace. We should certainly take them with a grain of salt but we would also be mistaken to completely disregard them. So, readers, allow me a cliche: sometimes, less is more. This idiom becomes powerful when it allows us to understand something better. This is exactly the case with A Swarm of the Sun‘s latest release, The Rifts. Somber in disposition, modest in execution, terrifying in penetrating power, this album is the epitome of that turn of phrase: less is, sometimes, more.

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