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The Kindred – Life in Lucidity

The Kindred - Life In LucidityThe Kindred

Life In Lucidity

01. Wolvish
02. Heritage
03. Everbound
04. An Evolution of Thought
05. Decades
06. Millennia
07. A Grand Debate
08. Seekers&Servants
09. Dreambender
10. Like A Long Life
11. Cimmerian Dusk (Bonus Track)

[02/25/14]
[Sumerian Records]

Life in Lucidity may technically be the second album in the repertoire of The Kindred (formerly Today I Caught the Plague), but we’re going to treat it as their first. Life in Lucidity represents a huge step forwards for these musicians, one which displays a more mature and cohesive vision than the already-great, previous album, Lore. To sum up Life in Lucidity in a phrase: it’s intelligent, yet with a heart that beats.

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NAYON

Due to work circumstances, I haven’t really been able to write a lot for HBIH in the second half of the year, but music is what kept me going through the long, tiring days at work the entire year. Without further ado, I present you the 15 albums, 3 EPs and 1 video that really became a part of my daily routine and made my life much more colorful. I really enjoyed listening to these over and over and I feel like they’ve become a part of me. That’s what matters with music, right? Also, I put a link/embed to listen to my favorite track from each album, so you can enjoy them like I did!

Without further ado, bring on my arbitrarily ordered list of enjoyable albums from this year that you should take seriously!

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SIDOLOGY

I don’t really do introductions, but here’s an opinionated list that you probably hate, as I’m likely the most vanilla of the staff as far as taste is concerned. Choosing albums was particularly difficult and at one point I struggled with a list of 15 and ended up with nearly 30 albums, which was weird to think about after many hours of infighting for half of that. So here’s only ten.

Harness the Earth materials, and so forth.

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momentomori

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denisovich

In many ways, 2014 cannot come soon enough for me; its promise of new beginnings and bright horizons a stark contrast to some of the dilemmas I have confronted over the past twelve months.  However, while 2013 has had its challenges, it has also seen the release of a near unmatched quantity of quality albums, and thus from a musical point of view, it has been nothing short of triumphant.

For me, further highlights from the year were my interviews with Periphery, and also attending some mind blowing live performances by Deftones and Karnivool, as well as the continued expansion and recognition of the Australian music scene, evidenced by the fact that four Australian bands have seen their way into my Top 20, and that an Australian release occupies my top spot for the second year in a row.

Unfortunately, circumstances have conspired against me writing out my blurbs for the list below, but many of these albums have been subject to reviews by the site, and most of the others are making appearances in the lists by my esteemed fellow writers.  By and large, I endorse those comments, and will otherwise let the music speak for itself.

Thanks for reading this year, and all the best for 2014.

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best of 2013 so far

With each passing year, it seems like the selection of outstanding releases grows. Perhaps metal is undergoing a universal push towards excellence, or maybe you can chalk it up to us paying more attention as our tastes grow and expand, but the first half of 2013 was a great one. The entire writing and contributing staff of Heavy Blog were each polled on their top picks from the first half of the year, and here’s how the list stacked up

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Leprous – Coal

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Coal

01. Foe
02. Chronic
03. The Cloak
04. The Valley
05. Salt
06. Echo
07. Contaminate Me

[05/20/13]
[InsideOut]

Considering Leprous‘s previous album Bilateral is considered by many to be a masterpiece of progressive metal; Norway’s Leprous had a tall order in front of themselves. Coming up with a followup to such a critically acclaimed and beloved album is no doubt a daunting task. Despite that, after two long years of waiting, Leprous have conjured the successor to Bilateral, and it’s called Coal. Usually, when bands release an album after their magnum opus, the result is either a “version 2.0″ of the previous album, or it’s a return back to the normal style of the band. Leprous have taken a bold turn instead, and they have reinvented themselves. Coal is clearly a Leprous album, carrying all their trademark touches, but it’s also very fresh and unique.

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mikael stanne

Photo via Clayboy85 on Flickr

One of the original melodic death metal bands, Dark Tranquillity are still going strong after twenty years. Now, their tenth studio album Construct is on its way, and I’ve had the joy of being able to chat with singer Mikael Stanne about the album, his life and metal in general. He’s one of my favorite vocalists in metal, and he’s a great guy. So join me in my fanboy moment as Mikael shares the wisdom of a long and storied career as one of the innovators of a genre.

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Extol

You all likely know the story by now; Extol are an influential progressive metal band out of Norway that disbanded in 2007 and reformed to much praise in 2012 with the promise of a new studio album. We even interviewed frontman Peter Espevoll while the band were wrapping up work on their new album. Their comeback couldn’t have come at a better time! Extreme prog is more popular than ever, and their influence has grown even more obvious, with The FacelessAuthotheism pulling pretty heavily from the Extol playbook.

After the long wait for details and new music, the band have finally delivered. Extol announced this week that their new self-titled album will be out this summer, and have given us their first new song since 2005 with ‘Open the Gates.’ Listen after the jump.

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Leprous - Coal

Last week, we debuted a new Leprous jam that got us all a little bit excited over the bands forthcoming album Coal. As a whole, Heavy Blog are pretty big fans of the Norwegian prog group, and it’s among our most anticipated releases of the year. The album artwork has finally been revealed, and it matches the new album’s supposedly darker and melancholic approach.

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