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HBIH Listening To

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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TesseracT Scala Odyssey

We reported a little bit ago about TesseracT‘s new live album/DVD (though surprisingly no blu-ray) featuring the return of Dan Tompkins, though details were scarce at the time. We can now report that Scala/Odyssey will be released in May, and the band have released a brief teaser trailer to get you appropriately pumped up.

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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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If you were missing Ashe O’Hara after his departure from TesseracT, worry not—he will still be making music and providing you with his dulcet tones! As proof, he comes bearing vocal gifts on Dzyen‘s “As One,” the first single from the upcoming full length It’s Pronounced ‘Zen’, due out in mid-2015.

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With Daniel Tompkins recently rejoining the ranks of the UK’s djent proliferators, TesseracT are now on the verge of releasing the teased live album we heard rumblings about late last year.

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texas independence festival round two

Just last week, Texas Independence Fest announced its first wave of bands for its 2015 event, which takes place at the Empire Control Room & Garage in Austin, TX from April 10th-12th. Wasting no time in stirring up more excitement, the festival has already expanded its lineup — which initially boasted headliners Between the Buried and Me and Whitechapel — to include a third headliner in Cavalera Conspiracy with appearances from Tesseract, Corrosion of Conformity, As Blood Runs Black, and more. Get the full lineup after the jump.

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It’s safe to say that some of us are fans of iamthemorning, with a solid album review in our wings and reveals of chamber arrangements of album tracks.

Now, vocalist Marjana Semkina presents us with another treat—a vocal cover of TesseracT‘s “Perfection.” But the acoustic version from the Perspective EP. You can hear the original here, if you so please, and you can check out Semkina’s version after the cut.

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Sylosis – Dormant Heart

sylosis dormant heart

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.

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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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two-weeksThe Thanksgiving holidays are upon us and all the mirth has put us a week behind on our review of our reviews. The Last Two Weeks in Reviews after the jump.

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