If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.
We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!
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:
British thrashers Sylosis have just released their fourth album, Dormant Heart, today! The CD will also come with a bonus DVD featuring in-studio performances of new tracks, one of which has just been added to Nuclear Blast Records’ YouTube page! Check out the video below.
It’s no secret that we love Sylosis. With a perfect score on their latest album and a ripping studio session of “Leech,” Dormant Heart is already assured to make several year-end lists. And we’re barely two weeks into 2015!
It’s not an overstatement to say that Sylosis’ upcoming record, Dormant Heart, is one of the most heavily-anticipated albums of this newborn year. If the released tracks and our own gleaming review of it aren’t enough to whet your appetite though, Nuclear Blast have now released an incredible in-studio video of the band performing album track ‘Leech.’ Check it out (courtesy of Metal Hammer) after the jump!
Every once in a blood moon a band comes along who stands on the shoulders of giants, embracing the traditional metal foundation built by bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica while infusing a modern and original approach in style, content, and production values. Mastodon comes to mind, whose simpler riffs and classic flair would come off as derivative and boring in the context of any other band. There’s an intangible aura about them that gives their songs and aesthetic a limitless appeal. Gojira and Meshuggah both follow suit in their own way, dripping with an “it” factor; a charisma that cannot be taught. Enter the UK’s Sylosis, a band carving their niche into the annals of metal history with each successive album, slowly and patiently honing their craft with surgical precision. Their latest effort, Dormant Heart picks up right where Monolith left off, albeit with a more dynamic, concise, and exacting vision.
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.
It’s 2015 already, in case you haven’t noticed. I kid, but in a very real sense, 2015 is already looming around the corner, with releases slated for the beginning of the year getting very close indeed. Prominent among them is the upcoming album by veteran thrash/metalcore/whatever band, Sylosis, gearing up for 13th of January release of Dormant Heart. We can now check out a very cool animated video for a track off that album, ‘Leech’. Head on over the jump to do so!
It seems 2014 can’t wait to get off to a good start, with a brand new demo from UK based death metallers Cognizance being dropped on the very first day. If you’re at all familiar with the band and their previous EP Inquisition, you’ll know their particular brand of super-sleek and crushing death metal is not to be missed and, with the legendary Romain Goulon of Necrophagist taking the drum stool this time, it’s obvious the band aren’t wasting any time in stamping their mark on the year.
Recently, Team Rock Radio, a UK based digital radio station that is actually surprisingly good, talked to Trivium guitarist Matt Heafy to get his thoughts on the current state of metal — definitely a question that doesn’t really a non-controversial answer. While plenty of Heavy Blog are fans of the band, I’ve never quite managed to get into them, but I can respect what they do and Heafy is definitely in a unique position to give his view on the subject. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were still around in ten to fifteen years, but this time headlining the Wacken’s and the Download’s of the world.
Regardless, hear out what he had to say below: