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Thy Art Is Murder

The well traveled gentlemen of Thy Art Is Murder smashed a lot of faces into the sand with their alarmingly addictive tour de force, Hate, in 2012. Since then they have been touring the globe, smoking what I can imagine to be an alarming amount of herb and laying waste to pits from city to city and coast to coast. I, like many others, have been sitting patiently for any information about new music and as of yesterday, I wait no more. Holy War is the title of their next opus and you can get more info after the jump. BLEUGH. View Full Article »

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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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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FitForAnAutopsy
Back in 2013, Fit For An Autopsy released Hellbound, an enigmatic deathcore album that made it onto a few of our year end lists here at Heavy Blog. The album was dark, aggressive and is still my favourite deathcore album of this decade thus far. With that in mind, I am more than excited to share with you the news that the New Jersey natives will be releasing a brand new full length this summer. The as yet untitled album will be handled by the bands resident engineering and production maestro Will Putney (Northlane, The Acacia Strain, Body Count) who did a phenomenal job on Hellbound. More info after the jump people. View Full Article »

the ghost inside tour

Mosh happy melodic hardcore outfit The Ghost Inside expertly bridge the gap between tough guy hardcore and the kind of hardcore you can play to your nan. Last years Dear Youth was well received around these parts with our editor Eden Kupermintz waxing lyrical about several tracks from the record. The band have now unleashed a one-two punch containing a brand new video for ‘Out Of Control’ and a similarly titled US Tour. Check the video and tour details after the jump. View Full Article »

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Emmure and The Acacia Strain are two of the biggest bands in ignorant deathcore at the present moment, and have had many “feuds” in the past. The seemingly bizarre pairing of these two made a lot of sense to the tour organizers however, and was wildly successful. Unfortunately Stray From The Path dropped off the tour because they were completely shot from touring all year, and went to go write their next album.

You can view photos of the two headlining bands after the jump.

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really11-2-header-parttwoRemember how back in school the kids whose last names started M-Z could show up later than the rest of you because it took a while to call the roll that far? That’s kind of how our two-part look at what your Heavy Blog is Heavy Staff is (really) listening to for the first weekend of November works. The stragglers show off their 3×3’s after the break.

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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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week-in-reviews-2Anytime our reviewers give a record a 4/5 or better score, you can bet it’s worth listening to. Well this week 4/5 of our reviews are at least 4/5 horns. Summaries of all 5/5 after the jump.

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The Acacia Strain – Coma Witch

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The Acacia Strain are lauded as one of the bands that lead the way in terms of the most brutal and heavy Deathcore on the market. Their signature sound is recognizable across all their releases, and the band has put out consistently good music since their inception. However, their last two records received somewhat lukewarm receptions in regards to how similar they sounded, and having to follow up to their opus, Continent, is a tough challenge. Nevertheless, the band has shown over their 12 years in existence that they can still make brutal music while also putting out one of their most experimental works to date.

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