Hey! Listen To SurgeryHead!

Okay, first off, what a great name. Seriously, SurgeryHead is such a cool name for an artist, and it goes along perfectly with the kind of music the dude makes. In line with the darkest and most visceral end of retrowave, SurgeryHead’s music combines bassy, aggressive synthesizers, pounding drums, an EDM-like approach…

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 12/15/16

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. 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.

Tommy ’86 – Transhumanism

For a mix of reasons, instrumental music tends to carry a greater inherent potential towards the cinematic. Without a primary voice to guide us through the music’s message, we as the audience are both required and enabled to find an emotional and environmental through-line to the sounds we hear; instrumental bands…

S U R V I V E – RR7439

There’s a certain warmth to analog synths that many are now focused on exploring and replicating. In this young and still-emerging revival scene, known colloquially as retrowave, that brings out the best of 80’s synth music the same way Kickstarter has with NES-era video games, many are fully embracing this warmth, all the while augmenting the staple sound – the calculated and gritty urban futurism of the soundtracks for movies like Drive and Blade Runner – to work it into house music, progressive electronic, and synthpop. As a genre, it’s captivated us here at Heavy Blog – we did a starter kit on it, and I wrote an article on a notable album in the genre featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciatio – and it’s apparently also got the attention of the folks at Relapse Records, who are putting out the debut album by S U R V I V E (henceforth without the spaces), a synthwave/experimental electronic quartet intent on recapturing what made that vintage analogue sound so special.