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A Sense of Gravity – Travail

A-Sense-of-Gravity-TravailA Sense of Gravity

Travail

01. Wraith
02. Stormborn
03. Breakthrough
04. Answers Lost
05. Trichotillomania
06. Harbinger
07. Above the Horizon
08. Ration Reality
09. Weaving Memories
10. Spectre

[2/21/2014]
[Self Release]

Sometimes, you need to chase down your own name. Innovators become bogged down in their own sound, eventually becoming iterations of themselves. Sometimes, a fresh new voice is needed to break the patterns that former radicals have grown comfortable with. This is what A Sense of Gravity bring to the table. Their clean-slate name allows them to bring progressive metal something it has craved for years: organic, dynamic sound that simply flows from place to place. Travail sounds like a living thing: birthed in one sitting and obedient to its own internal laws and patterns.

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rush live

Remember Rush? The prog-kings who did everything your favourite prog-rock band does, but years ago? Yeah, you do.

They have a new live DVD out, comprising of footage from their recent Clockwork Angels tour, that apparently lasts a whopping 3 hours and features the classics and even some lesser known tracks amongst the new material. The first official look we’ve got into it is in the form of ‘Subdivisions‘ from 1982′s Signals,  see below:

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The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is a bit of a joke really, and that’s putting it nicely. Having ‘Rock And Roll’ in the title is a bit of misnomer when some of the latest inductees include Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Abba. Plus, what’s more rock and roll than a bunch of people sitting around and deciding who’s ‘rock and roll’ enough for their special club? Regardless, amongst the list of criminally overlooked acts, one of the most famous was Canadian prog kings Rush but 2013 was the year that they finally go the validation they needed — all those world tours and all those millions of records sold have been mere blips in their story compared to this.

Thankfully the ceremony saw the band doing what they do best and even included an amazing cover of the first section of the epic ‘2112‘ by two members of the Foo Fighters and recent Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz, complete with kimonos and garish platform shoes. Considering the fact that they were covering a band in front of thousands of their fans, wearing some pretty unsuitable garb, I’d say they did amazingly well. Check it out after the jump!

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alkahest

So it’s Wednesday at 3:43 AM the week these year-end retrospective lists are being published and I’m scrambling to edit my fellow writers’ contributions when I’ve barely even started mine. To be honest it hasn’t even quite settled in that 2012 is just about over. As I’m writing this, there’s about a week and a half left of the year, and it puzzles me. It feels like just a couple of months ago that I was doing this exact same thing for 2011, only this time I seem to be much busier and everything looks different. The site, wordpress, and even my staff group have all changed.

We’ve picked up a number of fresh faces this year that you’ve already seen these past few days, but you may have also noticed that a couple of people from last year are no longer with us. A lot of people have come and gone over these past three and a half years that I’ve been doing this Heavy Blog thing, and most of them sort of float around and hang out when they can. The most important ones that come to mind right now are Dan (Dormition) and Chris (Disinformasiya), both of whom were very instrumental and valuable in the growth of this site, and it was sad to see them part ways with us. Without them (Chris in particular), I might have not kept this thing going this far. I love both of those guys dearly, and you can keep up with them at The Monolith, which you should bookmark if you haven’t already. Ya jerk.

Like I’ve said, this year has been busy. I don’t talk about my personal life much here despite the fact that it’s my blog, but what better time to get all personal than a year-end retrospective? As you may have noticed, I’ve been a bit more of a hands-off editor and the scheduling of posts have been a bit less rigid and frequent than they used to be. I’m at the tail end of my college career and I’m currently in and out of internships which have kept me busy and often away from Heavy Blog. Between classes, internships, my “actual” job, and this website, my hands are pretty full. You (and I, for sure) can thank Evan (Juular) for his help with editing since Chris’ departure as well as Damien, Noyan, Gunnar (DeusExMachina), Cody (Tentaclesworth), Spencer (Inhumed), Anthony (Alucard), Greg (Red Bruschetta), Atif (Dr. Killjoy), David (Riptide), Ridge (Deadite), Colin (Momento Mori), and Geoff (Denisovich) for sticking with me and making sure there’s enough content each week and that this site keeps going strong. Also a strong word up to Ben Robson who took over Heavy Blog recently and decided to stick around with us behind the scenes and Chris Collins, our resident photographer. These guys are awesome, and they manage to put a smile on my face every single day.

2013 promises to be even busier with my next internship, impending graduation, and career, but hopefully that doesn’t stop this site from growing and providing daily content that helps to promote and further our favorite genre of music. Thank all of you for sticking with us!

So with all these feels out of the way, here’s what most of you care about, my albums of the year:

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damientheomen

T’is that beautiful time of year again. A season of good will, understanding and compassion towards your fellow man — a time for giving, loving and appreciating. The cold may have rolled in and the trees may have shed their once vibrant foliage, but the world finds solace in the love and company of others.  It’s a time to reflect on the memories of the year and plan ahead for the next.

But most of all it’s a time to listen brutal fucking metal and drink a fuck tonne of Advocaat, because 2012 was full of great releases and now’s your chance to catch on releases you may have missed or may have never even heard of. My first draft of this list was composed of 30 albums, which then shot up to 37 when I realised that I had forgotten to include EPs. Everything from new bands that came out of nowhere to blow my mind (We Are Knuckle DraggerBloodshot DawnOddlandExotic Animal Petting Zoo etc) to the old guard continuing their brilliant legacy (GojiraAbortedNapalm DeathDeftones etc) all unfortunately fell by the wayside in the ruthless culling exercise that produced this list. And I regret cutting every single one of them, but alas, if I was talk about every album this year that was great, I’d probably lose your attention pretty quickly. Who am I kidding? You’ve most likely already skipped on to the list and you’re not even reading this bit. I could write anything I want here and no one would notice. Anything at all.

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inhumed

If I had my say, there would be a top one hundred list, because I enjoyed so many different albums this year. I’ve changed this list fifty seven times over the past week, so this list is me finally making a decision. It’s honestly been harder choosing this list than it has been choosing classes for next semester. I must say that 2012 has shown that music has not totally gone down the drain, because there are still so many amazing bands I’m just now hearing about, and so many great albums to listen to. So, without further ado, here are the twenty best albums to come out in 2012, and the six best albums that would be twenty one through twenty six that just didn’t make the cut.

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thedeadstation

The Deadstation are good friends of the site. Ever since Gunnar gave them high marks, we’ve invited them to contribute to Heavy Blog and we’ve been running an ad on the site for their debut EP since October. When considering who to ask to contribute to our year end retrospectives, it only made sense to extend a guest countdown to these purveyors of prog. Below, TDS guitarists Shjon Thomas and Ryan Mattheu outline their picks for 2012, offering a touch of contrast from our otherwise collective overlapping selections!

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Cyclamen – Memories/Voices

[06/06/12]
[Self Released]

The Japanese voice is powerful. There is a very alluring aspect about the Japanese language and how it influences the consequent English of Cyclamen mastermind Hayato Imanishi. It creates a very interesting dynamic in the beautiful and mathy soundscapes that infect Cyclamen’s catalogue. Having taken notes from Explosions in the Sky and the post-rock scene, Hayato has established himself by adding ambiance and post-rock flourishes to his background in djent and mathcore. Cyclamen has always been a two-pronged aural attack with lulling ambient sections and visceral hardcore backlash. His previous releases have shown a very deliberate balance of Cyclamen’s different approaches and it made it easy to cherry pick favourites that cast shadows over the other tracks. This factor contributes to the success and fault of Memories/Voices. Hayato makes a greater effort to blend these elements together in a more concise manner and to his credit, he has succeeded. The distinction between styles remain, but this time it’s not as easy as skipping a track to get one or the other, so if you’re into a more calm post-rock approach or the exotic technical sections then you might be better off listening to Cyclamen’s older material. However, if you’re a fan of both approaches and how they interact in the dynamics of a single track, than this is definitely Cyclamen’s best effort in that regard. In this climate, you could do far worse than Memories/Voices. -CD

3.5/5

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We here at HBIH pride ourselves on being up to date and in the know about most things progressive in the scene of rock and metal; it’s kind of our go to thing, if you hadn’t noticed. Sure, we spend time on other genres and things of a metal nature, but our main niche is progressive metal/rock.

Recently, Rolling Stone magazine conducted an online poll, asking their readership what they thought was the greatest prog rock album of all time.And after tallying the results — people still ‘tally’ right?? — the undisputed winner was Dream Theater’s 1999 album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. Here are the full results:

1. Dream Theater: Metropolos Part 2: Scenes From a Memory (1999)
2. Rush: 2112 (1976)
3. Yes: Close to the Edge (1972)
4. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
5. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
6. King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
7. Genesis: Selling England by the Pound (1973)
8. Rush: Hemispheres (1978)
9. King Crimson: Red (1974)
10. Rush: Moving Pictures (1981)

Alright, well sure the album is gooood, but is it really the pinnacle of progressive rock? And what about metal? Don’t you think bands like Mastodon, Between The Buried and Me, and Cynic deserve to be on a list like this? Sure it’s all opinions, and it basically boils down to a popularity contest, but I’m still curious, what do our readers believe are the best prog rock/metal albums of all time? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments. And let’s keep it clean, alright?

- EC

 

The Deadstation.

Episode 01: Like Peering Into the Deepest Ocean Abyss

1. Hundred Foot Drop.
2. Subsistence Defined.
3. Like Peering Into The Deepest Ocean Abyss: Drugs For Pain Inside.
4. Like Peering Into The Deepest Ocean Abyss: August 4th – 3:21 AM.
5. Like Peering Into The Deepest Ocean Abyss: Anything But This, Anywhere But Here.
6. Like Peering Into The Deepest Ocean Abyss: I Cannot Explain Myself Anymore.
7. Slowly, But Surely, I’m Drowning.

[08/15/12]
[Self-Released]

As we have mentioned before in a previous article, progressive has many meanings, interpretations, and sub-genres. With some albums, you can point out numerous qualities that gives it it’s progressive nature. However, with some albums, you can’t explain why it’s progressive; it just is. Enter The Deadstation., a 3-piece band from North Chelmsford, MA. They tread familiar waters already paved by bands such as Metallica, Rush, Dream Theater, etc., but they mesh the sound of those legendary groups with more modern metal groups, such as The Devin Townsend Project, to create something very familiar, yet very original. In fact, perhaps their closest contemporary is The Omega Experiment, in that both share 80s progressive metal leanings, and both are very vocal and guitar driven.

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