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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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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 3/1/15

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During his time as weekend editor here, one of the consistently most popular features Brian Shields would run was the What We’re Really Listening To column, which would ask either Heavy Blog staff or musicians to share the music they’ve been jamming the most recently. We’ve decided that it was too fun an idea to not continue, so we’re picking up where he left off. It should come as no surprise that we at HBIH are constantly listening to music, and as an effort to recommend as many quality tunes as possible, here is a glimpse into what has been dominating our playlists for the past week.

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.

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

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Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

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Names are powerful things, we’ve discussed this in the past. It bears repeating though in the light of the album we are now looking at: Steven Wilson‘s name is one of those which shine brightest in the skies of contemporary music. From a solo project through one of the most successful progressive acts of the past two decades, finally back to a solo project, Wilson is one of the most varied creators working today. His last album, The Raven Who Refused To Sing, was an amazingly well-made record but also touched on one of the gripes that many people have with Wilson: his slow drift into aural nostalgia that some feel is holding him back from creating new and exciting music.

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Steven Wilson Speaks To Us Of A ‘Perfect Life’ With New Single

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The second single from Steven Wilson’s upcoming concept album, Hand.Cannot.Erase. was released this week, to mixed reception. The track, entitled ‘Perfect Life’ certainly comes as a departure from the style exhibited on Wilson’s 2013 release, The Raven That Refused To Sing in that it forgoes complexity to a degree in favor of simplicity (albeit stunning simplicity), leaving some fans questioning what to expect from the upcoming release. Of course, there were also those (myself included!) who welcomed this change of pace and regarded the track simply as a testament to Wilson’s musical versatility (with a hella chill beat!). Have a listen and decide for yourself after the jump!

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Steven Wilson Announces North American Leg of Hand. Cannot. Erase. Album Tour

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Renowned Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson is gearing up for the release of his fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase.,  which HBIH’s staff covered late last year and is highly anticipating. In the mean time, he has announced tour dates for an upcoming North American tour that begins in May after a European leg that begins in March. Head past the jump to see the full list of dates and information on the album:

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Hype Blog Is Hype: Get Ready For 2015!

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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.

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Steven Wilson Announces New Album, ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase.’

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I’ve already said Steven Wilson, so your heart rate should be pretty high right now if you’re in any way a fan of progressive music. His latest works, while taking whole new directions for the virtuoso producer, performer and songwriter, have all been masterpieces. We’ve already heard snippets of the new album and it sounds just as amazing. The album has its release date set for February and will be titled Hand.Cannot.Erase. Head on over the jump for the full release.

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Skyharbor Ask Us For ‘Patience’ With New Track

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Hot damn, but I am excited for the new Skyharbor release! Dan Tompkins is one of my all time favorite singers and a blog favorite. While a new TesseracT album with him looms on the horizon, one must not forget the quite different Skyharbor that is coming our way. Now, the band have released a new track from the release, titled ‘Patience’, backed by a video. Check it out below!

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TesseracT Sign With Kscope And That Should Make Us Happy

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Kscope are my favorite label. Besides housing some of my favorite artists, including The Pineapple Thief, Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison and Lunatic Soul, they are also well known for their personalized and high end releases. Each album art is lovingly crafted, all releases come with a mini-site, music video and many more goodies. And so, I was thrilled to hear that one of my favorite bands, TesseracT have signed on with the label! Head on over the jump to glimsp the release.

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Anathema – Distant Satellites

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Truly great albums are more than the sum of their parts. A good rule of thumb for an album that will last beyond a few months is that uneasy feeling that rises when someone asks you exactly what you like about it. If you can quantify it into this song or that riff, it’s probably going to wear out its welcome pretty soon. Anathema‘s last album, Weather Systems, was exactly that: a piece of art that breathes and lives on its own, detached from any one track or sound. With Distant Satellites, one of the key bands in the movement from doom/black towards electronic music and pop show us that such transitions hold within them the power to elevate an album from a collection of songs towards something greater: yet another earnest step in the illustrious career of this veteran band.

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