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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 8/22/15

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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.

Two releases in this week’s grids have been receiving a great deal of buzz among our staff, especially River of Nihil‘s latest offering Monarchy. Kit’s glowing review (here) and perfect score reflect our staff’s immense love of this album and its guaranteed spot among our year end lists. Another heavily spun album among our staff is Destrier, the latest offering from Agent Fresco. In a HLT post (here), Ahmed provides in-depth commentary on why this release caught our staff off guard and has been dominating their playlists for the past couple of weeks.

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. (Note: Our contributors have been having trouble with scrobbling through Last(.)fm, causing several of them to sit out of this week’s playlist update.)

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TesserumoR: A 2015 TesseracT Headlining Tour With The Contortionist, ERRA, and Skyharbor In Tow

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A few crafty Reddit users pieced together some sparse information about an upcoming progressive tour that is sure to open some third eyes everywhere. Reddit user taylorj474 posted the above image on Reddit saying they had it on “good authority” that this tour was happening. The above image is a mobile screencap of an email stating that TesseracT are headlining a show with The Contortionist, ERRA, and Skyharbor at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.

Are you excited yet? Well, you should be, because another intrepid Reddit user managed to piece together tour dates from a very small and out-of-focus tour poster. Bless them.

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TesseracT – Polaris

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There comes a time in the life of a reviewer where he finds himself faced with a unique conundrum: reviewing an album by a band that means something to him. Such is the case with this reviewer and TesseracT. Both previous albums hold special places in his heart. The first, One, a trend setting masterpiece, was one of the albums that ushered him into the world of modern metal. The second, Altered State, came at a time in his life where he was distraught and alone. It was a voice in the darkness. And so, what is this feckless reviewer to do? How to objectively review such an expected release as TesseracT’s long awaited Polaris? There is no choice; the review must be split into two. On one hand, stands his opinion as a long time listener and fan of the band; that part adores it. But on the other stands his analysis as a music reviewer; that part is underwhelmed. Polaris then is an enigma: an album that is both enjoyable and lacking at the same time.

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Singled Out (8/1 – 8/7): New Music From Tesseract, Rivers of Nihil, Windhand, Caspian, and More!

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Singled Out is our new weekly column to round-up the singles and new tracks from the past week dropped by bands we cover. Consider this our weekly mix to help keep you all on top of the latest releases from across the metallic and progressive spectrums. Read past entries here, and go on ahead below to get Singled Out!

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Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors – …Comes To An End

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In the past decade, the rise of one-man metal “bands” has definitely seen an alarming rise, mostly due to the advancements in home studio technology and its increasing affordability. While there has clearly been an ample amount of oversaturation in many of the genre’s newer styles and bad production habits have become pretty prevalent, we also wouldn’t have amazing groups like Periphery, Chimp Spanner or Cloudkicker if it wasn’t for such gear. The problem with most bedroom projects is that they often seem too spontaneous and too desperate to push out new material without finding the ideal riff, ideal mix, or ideal hook. That’s where Andrew Reynolds and his project Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors come in. Sure, he may have gotten a lot of his recognition from consistently putting out the only djent covers of pop songs on YouTube that have mattered or ever will matter, but …Comes To An End is easily his most professional and impressive work to date.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 7/11/15

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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 posts, quite a few inclusions recently received the Heavy Blog seal of approval via positive reviews. KEN Mode‘s Success (here),  Jaga Jazzist‘s Starfire (here), Thy Art Is Murder‘s Holy War (here), WRVTH‘s WRVTH (here), Rosetta‘s Quintessential Ephemera (here) and Symphony X‘s Underworld (here) are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Additionally, there are quite a few inclusions that were featured in our ongoing “Post Rock Post” segment, which aims to recommend quality upcoming acts that we have recently been fawning over. Town Portal (here) and In Each Hand a Cutlass (here) are both great bands doing post rock justice and more than worthy of your time. Finally, four of our contributors have Ornette Coleman albums in their grids, demonstrating preparation for the second installment of our Jazz Club segment, in which we discuss the legacy of the eminent saxophonist. This was an excellent discussion that touched upon a broad range of topics, and we encourage you to check it out 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 receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Voices From The Fuselage Fly Back Into The Scene

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Bear with me, I am an outsider to the world that surrounds TesseracT and Ashe O’Hara. The talented pipesman rejoined Voices From The Fuselage after his well respected stint with the geometrically sound outfit. This “cinematic” progressive rock band have just released their latest album, simply titled Odyssey: The Destroyer Of Worlds. Now, other than a few spins of Altered State and some of his YouTube videos, Ashe O’Hara is not one of my regular plays. Imagine my surprise when, completely against the grain, I really enjoyed this.

 

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Euroblast Are Offering YOU A Slot On Their Festival!

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You heard me right: YOU and your band can be playing Euroblast festival this year, all the way in Cologne, Germany! Why is this a big deal? Euroblast has basically become, over the past few years, one of the number one events for any fan of progressive or technical metal. Featuring the biggest names from the scene, like Between the Buried and Me or Leprous just to name two, the festival is host to bands both large and small.

And now you can play it too. The management have announced that they’ll be keeping the last of the final eight slots open for fan submission. All you have to do is head on over the jump and submit your music for review. Honestly, what possible reason could you have to not do this?

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