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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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Paul Waggoner of Between the Buried and Me: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

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Within the realm of progressive metal, North Carolina’s Between the Buried and Me have been one of the biggest and most widely-influential names in the game for the past decade. Their propensities for gigantic and thematic albums paired with unpredictable genre-hopping has undoubtedly left a huge mark on younger bands who are now heavily populating the prog, metalcore, and even djent scenes. Now on the cusp of releasing their seventh LP, Coma Ecliptic, the band is finding their footing as a staple in the genre and is planning on delivering yet another concept album worthy of the classic 70s groups that gave birth to the style. I had a chance to speak with guitarist and founding member Paul Waggoner about the new record, how difficult it is planning sets, musical inspirations, and much more!

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Abiotic – Casuistry


It’s not every week a tech death album comes out (2015 isn’t quite 2014…yet) but this is another that is certain to divide fans. Sticking out from the rest of the pack requires more than just technique, technique which Abiotic spare no time in showcasing on their sophomore Metal Blade release, Casuistry. An all round enjoyable turn from the Florida musicians, Casuistry takes genre preconceptions and runs with them, incorporating some of the rowdier moments of their debut album. The record as a whole however, doesn’t quite know where it sits between the Abiotic of old and new.

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The Contortionist To Headline The States Yet Again

They may have just gotten off a headlining run across the states just last month, but Indiana’s The Contortionist are showing absolutely no sign of slowing down! While their last tour package was more catered to the extreme metal crowd, this time we’re seeing these guys taking out a much more mellow lineup. Support will come from the instrumental prog-rock group Chon and Canada’s Auras. Click here to check out the dates!

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Help Bands Go On Tour With The Brian Shields Memorial Fund!


As many of you know, beloved Heavy Blog contributor and well-known metal community member and supporter Brian Shields passed away earlier this year from causes unknown. His impact on our scene is, to be succinct, admirable. He left an incredible impression on many members of the community, even those in well-known bands today, including Between the Buried and Me, Wings Denied, The Faceless, and Sleep Terror.

That’s why as of today, in collaboration with Zach Dresher and Alec Kossoff from Wings Denied, we are launching the Brian Shields Memorial Fund, a crowd funding campaign to help unsigned and lesser known bands go on tour across North America!

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Between The Buried And Me Going On A Summer Tour For Coma Ecliptic With Animals As Leaders And The Contortionist


Calling it now—tour of 2015. Between the Buried and Me are wrapping up work on their upcoming album, Coma Ecliptic. Mixed by the legendary Jens Bogren, the 11-track monster will be available via Metal Blade Records on July 7th, 2015.

In support of the soon-to-be-released record, Between the Buried and Me will be going on an extended tour of North America with prog giants Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist during the summer. This follows an already announced smaller run with Chicago’s The Atlas Moth.

Tour dates and Coma Ecliptic information below!

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 3/1/15


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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PHOTOS: The Contortionist, Revocation, Fallujah, TOOTHGRINDER, Oceanwalker—February 8th, 2015 @ Mojoe’s, Joliet, IL


The Contortionist are basically unstoppable. Having opened for Periphery in the fall of last year, the band continued to play more shows with Intervals, snagging Polyphia on the way for another set of dates ending in Chicago. All in support of their third album, Language [review], which caused much contention in listeners.

This time around, The Contortionist stopped by Mojoe’s of Joliet with Revocation, who also released a phenomenal album in 2014 [review], Fallujah, who did much the same [review], the always-stellar TOOTHGRINDER, and Chicago locals Oceanwalker.

Please enjoy the photos!

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