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Clément Belio – Contrast

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Open minds/personal pronouns alert. Confession time: I’ve been trying to review this album for months. If you’ve been following the blog this year, you know that I have a pretty good turn around rate for reviews. However, this one has just haunted me in the best kind of way. What is Contrast by Clément Belio? It is a practice in imitation as inspiration. It is the essence of eclecticism. It is bewildering, delighting, decentralized and insane. By the composer’s own words, it is a patchwork of everything he loves in music, thrown into the melting pot of his brain. And so, I’ve waited for months for this to coalesce into a review. This is my feeble attempt at finally jotting it down.

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Hello, hello and welcome to the eighth (!!!) part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. As has become the norm for now, we break away from genre limitations once again to explore a different group of albums. This time, we explore a tricky feat to pull off: an excellent debut album.

Often times, debut albums fall into two categories: either they are not mature enough and leave a sense of disappointment after they’re done or they are amazingly well performed, forever setting the bar high for whatever band released them. Many a debut album spelled the birth and death of a band, as all future releases would always be compared to that original, majestic iteration. That being said, there are plenty debut albums who have launched successful careers, laying the first stone in the path of a band’s career. Which is which on the list below? That is for each of you to say. Let’s get started!

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really11-2-header-partoneIt’s been a great month of a great year for music and those of us privileged to write for Heavy Blog is Heavy have had our players working overtime.  But what have we really been listening to since the start of October?  The first half of our answers after the jump.

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TesseracT
The recent return of Dan Tompkins to the vocalist spot of TesseracT was a bit of a mixed blessing for us here at Heavy Blog. We adore Tompkins but were also very fond of Ashe O’Hara and the brilliant work he did on Altered State, the band’s sophomore effort. However, it’s safe to say that these doubts were erased by the few live songs we got to hear a few months ago. Now, the band have announced they will be gathering tracks from their current tour, coupled with a recording of their hometown shown later this year, and compiling them into a live album/DVD. Check out the full release below!

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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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Hello, hello and welcome to the sixth part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors picks a favorite album to share a personal experience with. Breaking away from genre limitations, we present to you the “Way, Way Different” list. This list focuses on albums that were a clean break in an artist’s or band’s career, whether they spawned follow ups in their likeness or were one-off occasions.

Progression itself is important but not a sole value and thus, we didn’t simply select albums that were just different but albums that were different in a brilliant way. All these releases not only marked a distinct change in a sound or style, but also elevated the music and direction of the artists in question to whole new levels, whether technically or emotionally. This list also has a good chance to spark controversery, as it includes various genres but mostly because one man’s stroke of genius is another man’s selling out. Therefore, let us remind you once again: it’s OK to not like thing! Sound off below with your own suggestions for albums that were Way, Way Different. See you there!

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It’s been about a month since we peeked behind the curtains to see what the Heavy Blog staff is (really) listening to. We start our three-part update after the jump.

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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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Voices From the Fuselage

When Ashe O’Hara joined TesseracT, his other project Voices from the Fuselage was put on hold. They did not disband, stating that he was still the vocalist for the band and that they would still make music. Considering that he parted ways with TesseracT, I’m glad that they decided to stay together. I definitely wanted to hear more of his incredible vocal talent and now we have just that! The band released a demo of a song called ‘A Principle God’, which you can check out after the jump.

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Hey! Listen to Kettlespider!

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It’s come to the point where even my promise to not talk about the Australian metal scene in the post itself is overused. That’s how much good music we’ve had in the recent months from there and more is on the way. Meanwhile, let’s put our Aussie goggles on and focus in on Kettlespider. With their debut release behind them way back in 2012, the band are looking towards of their promising career. Why promising you ask? Instead of referring you to the solid debut that is Avadante, and leaving you to puzzle out its interesting concept before you truly dig into the band, let me refer you to a video they’ve just released next week. Perhaps drawing inspiration from the famous TesseracT live studio sessions, the young gents have entered Black Pearl Studios to give us a live rendition of one of their tracks, “Evolution”. Head on over the jump to hear it in full!

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