128 – Music Is Whatever

Yay, this week there’s stuff! Some good, some bad! New As I Lay Dying (ugh), Babymetal, Dol Ammad, this cool Russian band Sunless Rise, the Perturbator school shooting shitshow, The Lion’s Daughter, Contrarian, Bridge Burner, Leprous, Uada, Suotana. Then, cool people stuff with Hereditary, Beacon 23, Sisyphean, Yoku’s Island Express. Enjoy!

Ihsahn – Ámr

Just picture yourself sitting at the right side of a decades old career. Be honest with yourself: as you survey all you have achieved and consider your next steps, what kind of emotions course through you? It’s safe to say that many of us would feel contentment, a sort of deep satiation. You’ve earned the trust and respect of your peers and the adoration of several generations of fans; where do you find the fuel to move forward? Honestly, I have no idea but Ihsahn appears to have found a secret store of whatever substance keeps musicians going well past would anyone else would consider the peak of their career and into heights.

TesseracT – Sonder

The first three albums of a band’s career all have their own thematic tropes. The debut is often seen as the most primal, the fuel that often catapults sensational bands into fame. The sophomore release is the one where the true wheat is separated from the chaff; bands choose to…

VIDEO PREMIERE: Timewaves – The Sickle Is Drawn

Honestly, I just want an excuse to talk about Timewaves. They’re great. I love Nordic progressive metal, and this scratches that itch. Combining that dark, fresh sound with heavier vocals and orchestral keys leads ends up being quite fun. They’re releasing their debut Resilience this year, and trust me when I say, it’s worth waiting for. If you’re into Leprous, but want something more aggressive, like earlier Opeth with more theatrics, then check this out. I present to you, “The Sickle is Drawn”.

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…