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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/16/15

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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.

As is typical of these updates, there are a number of inclusions of new releases that have received the HBIH stamp of approval via positive reviews. And So I Watch You From Afar‘s HeirsEidola‘s DegeneraterraFaith No More‘s Sol InvictusArcturus‘ ArcturianLeprous‘ The Congregation and Veil of Maya‘s Matriarch are all albums considered to be some of the strongest releases from 2015 thus far. Additionally, editors Nick and Eden have been spinning the forthcoming Jaga Jazzist album Starfire, and have been in sonic euphoria because of over the course of this past week. Expect a review in the next few weeks from Nick explaining the genius of both JJ and Starfire. Finally, there are a couple inclusions of the classic Refused album The Shape of Punk to Come, which should serve as a reminder that the Swedish post-hardcore giants are preparing to release Freedom, their first album in almost two decades. Read about the album’s details and preview the lead single “Elektra” 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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Secrets Of The Sky – Pathway

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Out of the woodwork of doom metal, fusing the influences of Agalloch on the one hand and Yob on the other, comes to us Pathway. What we’re faced with here is a singular creation, one that has its roots sunk firmly in delivery: its aim is to dig deep into itself, grasp the very firmament of the band’s sound and then apply it firmly to your ears, mind and heart. The most striking quality of this album’s forty and change minutes is how much ground it covers while still being able to perform the above. Accessible and engaging while still being unrelenting and uncompromising, Pathway is everything doom metal should be.

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SHINING (NOR) Sign To Spinefarm; Plan For 2015 Album Release

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Norwegian black metal and jazz infused industrial outfit SHINING are moving forward with plans to release their seventh studio album for release later this year as the band announce their signing to Spinefarm Records. Parting ways with Prosthetic, the band will be pushing the yet-to-be-titled new record through a worldwide deal with Spinefarm and the promise of extensive international touring in support. Fingers crossed on another proper US tour!

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening to – 3/21/15

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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.

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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Europe! Prepare To Be Entered By Devin Townsend And Friends!

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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.

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Shining Reveal New Music Teasers

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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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Get Jazzy On It: SHINING Post New Video For ‘Blackjazz Rebels’

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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 – Casualties of Cool

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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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The Dillinger Escape Plan Unveil ‘Happiness Is A Smile’

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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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