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HBIH Listening To

For those who missed our last installment, we will now be regularly posting what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that doesn’t 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.

Anyone who doesn’t live under a proverbial rock knows that the biggest release in all music this week goes to the early release of Kendrick Lamar‘s hugely-anticipated follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and unsurprisingly, K Dot found his way onto many of our lists this week. Also of note (and in an entirely different quadrant of the musical spectrum) this week was the release of Alkaloid‘s debut album The Malkuth Grimoire (read our review here if you haven’t already), which also landed in several of our staff’s lists.

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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Sigh - Graveward

Japanese avant-garde black metal masters Sigh have finally finished working on their tenth album, titled Graveward. They’ve announced some exciting guests and more as well. And we’ve got a new song as well. Check it out after the jump.

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devin townsend project euro tour

It is with the most selfish of smirks that I am writing this news. Our beloved maestro of majestic musical extravaganza Devin Townsend is taking his Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid across mainland Europe and the UK. With him are the ever polarizing Periphery and the hands down batshit SHINING. While you fine people residing in the US do get more tours and are spoiled by local acts, us Euros do luck out sometimes and this is definitely one of those occasions. Get the tour dates after the jump. View Full Article »


Shining, the crazy Norwegian group not the depressed Swedish lot, are apparently already hard at work on the follow up to last years brilliant One One One, posting some new teaser videos to their YouTube page. Sometimes these things can be a little thin on the ground, but here, the second video especially, you can really get a good idea of what the band are aiming for.

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blackjazz rebels

Combining the abrasion of industrial metal with the theory and technical finesse of jazz, Norway’s SHINING have been a beacon of creativity and a strong case for the avant garde since their breakout album and sound-defining album Blackjazz in 2010. The band continued the formula for 2013’s One One One to fine results, further cementing the “blackjazz” genre niche that they alone occupy.

And it’s not just on record that they wow audiences; the band are a phenomenal live act. The group’s new video for ‘Blackjazz Rebels‘ was recorded at a SHINING live show, and while the audio track is the studio version, you can get an idea of how wild a SHINING gig can be. View the video after the jump.

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casualties of cool

Devin Townsend has forayed into his first crowd funding campaign with Casualties of Cool, succeeding far beyond his initial scope and ending up at 546% at the time of release on May 14. The campaign featured tons of cool packages ranging from a digital download of the album to personal birthday songs to fans and an autographed guitar. Each pledger also received intimate video updates as the process endured. The album was originally slated to be a Devin Townsend Project release, but he decided to forgo that idea and make it a project unto itself. Musically, this material isn’t much of a departure from the subtleties of Ki and Ghost and wouldn’t be too strange billed under the DTP moniker, but the Devin we’ve come to know and love always has a reason for doing things, and perhaps the heady concept inherent here sheds some light on his decision.

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dillinger happiness is a smile

As a vinyl collector and a massive fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, I was pretty bummed that the group’s new single ‘Happiness Is A Smile’ was going to be released exclusively on vinyl through the band’s merch table during their latest run of dates with Trash Talk, Retox, and SHINING. The tour was coming nowhere close to home, so I just assumed it wasn’t meant to be.

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devin townsend jorgen munkeby

There’s already been some speculation brewing that Devin Townsend and SHINING‘s Jorgen Munkeby could be working together directly in the near future. This weekend, we got a little curious and not-so-subtly addressed the situation with them on Twitter. Both being very active users, we were quick to not only get a response, but a confirmation that the collaboration has already been completed.

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We already know full and well that The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s upcoming tour with Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining is going to be an insanely destructive force. The dates are painfully short, but fortunately once that leg of Dillinger’s headlining tour comes to a close, they’re continuing onward with another set of supporting acts in Tera Melos and Vattnet Viskar.

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The internet is a powerful tool, for better or worse it gives everyone a voice that, to a certain extent, can be heard. For instance, remember that time Alkahest hooked up Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Devin Townsend? Well, history is cyclical and it appears the way to get musicians to collaborate is to shout at them on Twitter!

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