What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 10/13/17

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.

Aenaon – Hypnosophy

When looking through a tag in music curation services, encountering “avant-garde black metal” means clicking play will either result in something incredible or terrible. Few artists have the combination of self-irreverence, self-respect, sense of the fundamentals and how to think outside of them to be able to pull off the latter. As if that’s not enough, take a black metal band, add a saxophone, power metal-esque clean singing, a blues/jazz tint – does it sound potentially disastrous already? Several bands this year alone have attempted this formula and failed. Well, good news is, the Greek masterminds Aenaon have totally nailed it with Hypnosophy.

Windfaerer – Tenebrosum

Traditional string instruments in metal, while not exactly commonplace, are certainly nothing new to the genre. From Blind Guardian to Ne Obliviscaris, orchestral backings to a singular instrumentalist in a band, it’s hardly the least likely thing to hear from a metal band. There’s no specific subgenre one could pin…

Sigh – Graveward

Japan is home to a lot of interesting bands, and Sigh are probably the most well-established act among the country’s many quirky acts. They’ve been around since the late 80s, and they’ve consistently put out quality music, starting out as black metal then over time transitioning into top notch avant-garde metal. Graveward…