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.
As is typical of these posts, quite a few inclusions recently received the Heavy Blog seal of approval via positive reviews. KEN Mode‘s Success (here), Jaga Jazzist‘s Starfire (here), Thy Art Is Murder‘s Holy War (here), WRVTH‘s WRVTH (here), Tempel‘s The Moon Lit Our Path (here) and Mutoid Man‘s Bleeder (here) are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Of course, perhaps the most notable of these recent reviews is Coma Ecliptic, the latest offering from Blog favorites Between the Buried and Me. While reception to the new album has been mixed, Jimmy’s in-depth review (here) details exactly why so many members of our staff are fawning over the new record. Finally, a a few members of our staff have been listening to Maïak, the topic of our most recent Post Rock Post. If you love post rock as much as we do, be sure to read the post and check out Maïak 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 receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
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, Chon, Alkaloid 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 Sigh, Tribulation 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:
We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.
Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.
Every once in a while there’s a band that comes out of nowhere and completely blows one away. Bloodshot Dawn did that with their self-titled 2012 debut, coming to a scene where melodic death metal was more or less dead, and they put a very strong statement of “No it’s not dead, everyone else is just doing it wrong” out there, with emphasis on the “death metal” part of “melodic death metal”. The self-titled album was excellent, but where can the band go from there? Turns out that they still have a lot of room to develop. Their follow-up album, titled Demons, was crowdfunded and released completely independently yet again, and it goes to show that the genre still has a lot more to offer.
It’s been about a month since we peeked behind the curtains to see what the Heavy Blog staff is (really) listening to. We start our three-part update after the jump.
We’re still clearing the room from the wild party we threw this week at Heavy Blog is Heavy World Headquarters to mark our 9,000th Facebook Like. It’s pretty astounding that 9,000 of you motherfuckers like us and of course we like each and every one of you 9,000 times over. More numbers after the break.
In case you haven’t heard before, Swedish melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry are working on a triple album titled The Singularity. Yeah, they’re going to release three albums in a rather short time frame. It’s pretty crazy. They’ve released the first single from the first part of the album, titled “Limits to Infinity”, and it’s pretty cool.
We have a trilogy of thematically-similar albums from Scar Symmetry on the horizon that have recently been announced with an adorably superfluous studio teaser and a track listing.
The first album, The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity) is slated for October 14th in North America and the goods can be found below the cut.
Earlier this year, we told you that the excellent UK-based melodic death/ thrash metal band Bloodshot Dawn were launching a Kickstarter campaign to help find the recording and release of their highly anticipated sophomore album. Well, they reached their goal in a mere four days, and have since been hard at work recording what is sure to be a beast of an album. After a period of relative silence, the band has finally released details and a release date for the upcoming effort, which they revealed will be called Demons. Check out more details after the jump!
Last week, the LA Times published a beautiful story wherein Cynic‘s Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert openly discuss their sexuality, both publicly coming out as homosexuals for the first time. The online metal community took the news with overwhelming support for Masvidal and Reinert, breaking many stereotypes along the way.
Of course, even in 2014, bigotry still exists in the world, and there will be those few and far between who will say ugly things about Paul and Sean based solely on their sexuality. Last night, May 12th, guitar luthier Vik Kuletski — above center, owner of boutique custom guitar company ViK Guitars — made a poorly veiled jab at Masvidal on Facebook, and the community response points to the likelihood that Vik’s career as an up and coming luthier is more or less done, sealed by the ire of a number of high profile musicians and now former clients.