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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.

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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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TesseracT – Odyssey

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Editor’s Note: This is a review for only the audio portion of TesseracT’s Odyssey/Scala.

Few bands in the more modern, groove-oriented scenes of metal have garnered the same level of respect and hype with only two albums quite like the UK’s TesseracT. 2011’s One will probably viewed as one of the cornerstones of djent in the next decade, and 2013’s Altered State succeeded in distancing the band even further from most of their heavier counterparts and peers. The band had ditched screaming and growling altogether and instead let then-new vocalist Ashe O’Hara croon along with the band’s typical ambient Meshuggah-lite style. Now that the band has reunited with original singer Dan Tompkins and toured the world over in support of their last two records, TesseracT has decided to commemorate the end of this period in the band’s history with both a live DVD and CD. Odyssey, being the audio portion of the package, shows a band essentially putting on a clinic on staggering tightness and delivering over a solid hour of generally their best material, though not without a few hiccups.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/16/15

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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 updates, there are a number of inclusions of new releases that have received the HBIH stamp of approval via positive reviews. And So I Watch You From Afar‘s HeirsEidola‘s DegeneraterraFaith No More‘s Sol InvictusArcturus‘ ArcturianLeprous‘ The Congregation and Veil of Maya‘s Matriarch are all albums considered to be some of the strongest releases from 2015 thus far. Additionally, editors Nick and Eden have been spinning the forthcoming Jaga Jazzist album Starfire, and have been in sonic euphoria because of over the course of this past week. Expect a review in the next few weeks from Nick explaining the genius of both JJ and Starfire. Finally, there are a couple inclusions of the classic Refused album The Shape of Punk to Come, which should serve as a reminder that the Swedish post-hardcore giants are preparing to release Freedom, their first album in almost two decades. Read about the album’s details and preview the lead single “Elektra” 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 records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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TesseracT Release “Nocturne” Live Video From Odyssey/Scala

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TesseracT! How many changes have we endured in this singular band’s lineup? From the nearly forgotten shift to Daniel Tompkins with One, through his departure and Ashe O’Hara’s triumphant performance on Altered State and then back to Tompkins. Regardless of your own opinion (and ours), the band definitely have something to prove, once again.

The first step in doing so was taking to the stage, worldwide. The second step was announcing a live album from said tour, Odyssey/Scala. As we near the release of that album, the band have released a live video for one of the most memorable tracks from One, “Nocturne”. Head on over the jump to listen for yourself!

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/3/15

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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.

Numerous inclusions have received the Heavy Blog stamp of approval in one form or another. The Raven Autarchy‘s The Obscene DeliveranceKatatonia’s Sanctitude and The Crinn‘s Shadowbreather all received glowing reviews, and our pseudo-review of the excellent new collaboration between Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never were the way she was – saw editor Nick Cusworth gushing over his current album of the year. This coming week, expect reviews for And So I Watch From Afar‘s Heirs and Leprous‘ The Congregation, both of which appear in this update and are current Heavy Blog favorites for 2015.  In the meantime, stream Heirs here and read our interview with Leprous frontman Einar Solberg 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 records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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