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Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Guide To The 2015 Festival Season!

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If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.

We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!

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Misery Index Will Blast You Into Oblivion With “The Harrowing”

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It’s pretty crazy to think that Baltimore’s Misery Index have been a band for almost 15 years, because they still sound just as savage and as hungry to deliver the most punishing deathgrind around. It’s been just under a year since the band released their savage fifth LP, The Killing Gods, and the band want to keep the hype train rolling with a brand new music video for the album’s fifth track, “The Harrowing.” Check it out below!

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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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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/18/15

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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.

A number of albums in our rotations this week have recently received rave reviews from our staff, including Murdock, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Dance Gavin Dance, Native Construct, Chaos Divine, Royal Thunder,  ChonAlkaloid and Minsk. All of these simply provide further evidence for 2015’s unbelievable level of musical quality, so take a moment to read our reviews and spin some of our favorite albums of the year thus far. Keep on the lookout for upcoming reviews of other playlist inclusions SighTribulation and Leprous.

Among our repeat inclusions are Cherry Bomb – the latest offering from Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator – as well as two  albums from the artist that will be featured in our popular new “For Fans Of” segment. Also present is the self-titled Monobody record that we highlighted recently and which you should absolutely check out if you have not already.

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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PHOTOS: Psycroptic, Goatwhore, Disentomb—March 28th, 2015 @ Crowbar, Brisbane, AUS

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It seems as though it were only yesterday that Psycroptic were on tour. They recently finished up yet another lengthy trek, this time bringing with them blackened thrash titans, Goatwhore. Reeling with excitement, due to having recently bought a new camera, I missed Ouroboros, but thankfully arrived in time for my favourite local band all of time—Disentomb. Their unmatched ferocity is always refreshing to witness, even more so at an intimate venue like Crowbar. Having never seen Goatwhore previously, I was so surprised to see a band with such an engaging perspective on crowd interaction. This also made them extremely fun to photograph, though, not quite as much as Psycroptic. They’re easily some of the most hardworking musicians I know and it’s always a pleasure to catch up with them when they’re in town. Big thanks to Dave Haley for letting me take photos yet again. Check them out below!

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Psycroptic – Psycroptic

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Psycroptic are among the best technical death metal acts around, and their discography proves that point. The sheer ferocity of their music, chock full of riffs, is what most people normally associate them with. However, the band should also be noted for their incredibly catchy hooks, which are prevalent on every album the band has ever made. It could be argued that the band is the catchiest technical death metal band of the new millennium, and this case is only supported further by their latest offering, a self-titled record that, according to fellow editor Eden Kupermintz, is “one giant hook”.

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Psycroptic Drown The World In Riffs With New Album Stream

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If you don’t know who Psycroptic are, please tell me what you’ve been doing with your life up until now. Their last album was a marvel to behold, cementing an already successful career as tech death masters. They’ve been continuously teasing us for this upcoming, self titled album, since late last year. And now, finally, the band have deemed the time fit to unleash this beast upon us. Beneath the amazing Ouroboros lies a furious album, delivering so many riffs that…well, hear for yourself below the jump!

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Psycroptic Debut Music Video For ‘Cold'; Australian Tour With Goatwhore Starting Next Month

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Psycroptic keep dropping tracks from their new self-titled album to make us jealous that we don’t have the full thing yet, so it’s only natural that they would continue along this path until we just can’t take it any longer. The latest golden nugget is a live music video for the track ‘Cold’. Not only is it a live video, but it is also bookended with breathtaking nature shots. Make sure to check it out after the jump, as well as a few tour dates for anyone residing in the land down under.

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Psycroptic Release Lyric Video For ‘The World Discarded’

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In a few short months, we will have a brand new album from Psycroptic. That thought alone should be enough to get you through the grueling first months of this new year. If you simply cannot wait until then to hear new music from Tasmania’s greatest export, you’re in luck! The lyric video for their new track, ‘The World Discarded’, is available for streaming after the jump.

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