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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/3/15

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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.

Numerous inclusions have received the Heavy Blog stamp of approval in one form or another. The Raven Autarchy‘s The Obscene DeliveranceKatatonia’s Sanctitude and The Crinn‘s Shadowbreather all received glowing reviews, and our pseudo-review of the excellent new collaboration between Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never were the way she was – saw editor Nick Cusworth gushing over his current album of the year. This coming week, expect reviews for And So I Watch From Afar‘s Heirs and Leprous‘ The Congregation, both of which appear in this update and are current Heavy Blog favorites for 2015.  In the meantime, stream Heirs here and read our interview with Leprous frontman Einar Solberg 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!

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Sigh – Graveward

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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 is their tenth studio album, and it has tough shoes to fill.  The band’s previous five albums are considered hallmarks of the genre after all. Unfortunately, while Graveward is a fascinating experiment and a good album, it doesn’t exactly hit the extremely high target Sigh have set with their previous records.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/18/15

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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.

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,  ChonAlkaloid 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 SighTribulation 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:

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A Forest of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See

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Three months deep into 2015, and it’s apparent that black metal is absolutely thriving. Many of the year’s best records thus far have been deeply rooted in the genre’s bleak and frozen tundra, and many more dotting the landscape of forthcoming records that are bound to be amazing. The beauty in this saturation of high quality black metal records is that the genre is wildly diverse. With doom, avant garde, and post-rock alike, black metal makes fusion without much fuss; kind of the antithesis of the genre to begin with, but it works. Britain’s A Forest of Stars have known about this for years and have been spicing up black metal with a myriad of genres such as folk, classical, post-rock, and prog rock since their inception. Fittingly, as they’ve grown and developed, the band have become one of the most deranged and forward thinking musicians in the post and atmospheric black metal scenery. As such, Beware the Sword You Cannot See is a wildly psychedelic and ambitious record that finds itself in good company in the already impressive lineup for 2015 their peers have established.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/3/15

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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.

Kendrick Lamar‘s universally acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly has persisted as a regular inclusion in some of our staff’s rotations, and will likely remain that way throughout the rest of the year. Another repeat addition is Leprous‘ upcoming album The Congregation, a record that many members of our staff have been highly anticipating since its announcement earlier this year. It is safe to assume that a review of The Congregation is imminent, but in the mean time, check out our review of Byzantine‘s new offering To Release is to Resolve, another album included in this update. Finally, this update has several albums from the artists featured on this year’s installment of the Decibel Magazine, which includes At the GatesConvergePallbearer and Vallenfyre and will be running until April 12th. This lineup makes attendance almost mandatory, so check the remaining dates here to see how far you will have to trek in order to attend this exceptional tour.

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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SIGH Strike Again With Sick New Single

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If anyone were to ask me, “Dude (this is how I force everyone to address me), what’s a band that can really get me movin’ and groovin’ to some blackened symphonic progressive power-metal-influenced avant-garde metal?” I would absolutely point them in the direction of SIGH, Japan’s resident blackened symphonic progressive power-metal-influenced avant-garde metal band.

SIGH’s last album, 2012’s In Somniphobia, was a masterpiece of fun, noisey, progressive avant-garde black metal, and on their album due this year, Graveward, it seems as though their rampage will continue.

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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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Sigh Are Coming ‘Out of The Grave’ With A New Video

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We previously talked about Japanese crazy-blackened-I-don’t-even-know-how-to-classify-them-but-I-know-I-love-them band Sigh and their upcoming tenth album Graveward. They had previously released a demo of ‘Out of the Grave’ for a compilation, but they’ve now released the final version with a video and guest vocals from Trivium frontman Matt Heafy.

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We Ask You: Risk In Buying Music

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So, here’s an interesting scenario. Blood Music are a Helsinki based group of metalheads “dedicated to the anthropological and cultural preservation of extreme metal music”, mostly through the reissuing of metal classics in vinyl form — they’ve done some brilliant work as well, working with some big metal names including Ihsahn and Sigh and even putting together a stunning seven LP package spanning the Strapping Young Lad back catalogue.

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