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Starter Kit: Devin Townsend

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We’re taking another diversion from our usual Starter Kit format to focus on the work of another seminal artist. Let’s face it; if you’re a reader of this website then you’ve probably already at least heard of some of Devin Townsend’s music. He’s one of the most electrifying, prolific, and impressive musicians to ever come out of Canada and is unquestionably one of progressive metal’s leading figures in the modern age. With almost thirty records to his name spanning a number of different projects and names, Dev’s output has practically never ceased since he first came onto the scene as Steve Vai’s frontman for a number of years. Whether it’s the manic and terrifying industrial/death/thrash assault of Strapping Young Lad, his heavy take on pop music, or even his forays into ambient, new age and even country music, there practically isn’t anything that this guy can’t do at a frustratingly-virtuosic level. That being said, if you’re not familiar with this guy’s extensive back catalog, it can be quite a daunting thing to undertake. That’s why we here at Heavy Blog Is Heavy would love to guide on your quest to getting into what may be metal’s best current musician. There will never truly be a definitive way to get anyone into such a multi-faceted body of work, but these five shouldn’t be passed up.

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The Anatomy Of: Cyclamen

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Welcome to a new feature on Heavy Blog, “The Anatomy Of”. Taken from the Between The Buried And Me album of the same name — in which the band pays tribute to artists/bands that they feel have most inspired their songwriting — it’s a feature in which we hand off the metaphorical microphone to bands so they can talk about their influences. Read more entries from this series here.

If you’ve been reading Heavy Blog for a while, you may recognize multi-national British/Japanese tech metal act Cyclamen. Longtime friends of the site, we’ve watched them grow from frontman Hayato Imanishi’s homegrown bedroom project to internationally touring metal group. Since their inception, Cyclamen have combined chaotic hardcore, prog, J-Rock, and post-rock for a sound all their own.

This week, Hayato went above and beyond, identifying a dozen different records and charting his chronological discovery of rock music to the mathcore and tech metal movement that informed Cyclamen’s chaotic sound.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 8/8/15

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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 numerous inclusions that have received the Heavy Blog seal of approval via a positive review. Leprous‘ The Congregation (review here), Sirens‘ Surge (review here), Lamb of God‘s VII: Sturm Und Drang (review here), Northlane‘s Node (review here), Hope Drone‘s Cloak of Ash (review here), We Lost the Sea‘s Departure Songs (review here), Between the Buried and Me‘s Coma Ecliptic (review here), Cattle Decapitation‘s Anthropocene Extinction (review here), August Burns Red‘s Found in Far Away Places (review here), Dreadnought‘s Bridging Realms (review here) and Khemmis‘ Absolution (review here) are all excellent albums from this year that are definitely worth your time. Due to Dr. Dre releasing his first album in sixteen years, it is no surprise that the album – Compton – appears among our hip-hop head heavy staff. Dre’s other two albums – The Chronic and 2001 – also appear this week, as well as two projects featuring MF DOOM (Bl_ck B_st_rds and Madvillainy) and Madlib (Madvillainy and Piñata), Kendrick Lamar‘s spectacular To Pimp a Butterfly and eminent producre Flying Lotus‘s excellent Cosmogramma and You’re Dead, all demonstrating our staff’s solid taste in the genre.

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 receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Aidan Cunningham of Murdock: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

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A few month ago I popped over to catch Monuments’ most recent UK headline run. In support were Basick reps No Consequence and Murdock. Now, I surprisingly enjoyed the new No Consequence album but it was Murdock who I was there to see. After waiting (im)patiently for their first full length, I was left reeling by just how good it was. If you haven’t already given time to Dead Lung then you are a fool and I will smite you. It’s a frenetic, rich sounding album that skips across genres faster than the brain can comprehend. Before their raucous set, I managed to catch Aidan, the singer/songwriter/guitarist of Murdock for a couple of words. We jumped in his van (he was very gentle) and shared some words about Basick Records, Ireland and of course, chicken shits.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 8/1/15

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Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post brought staff members Ahmed Hasan and Jake Tiernan together to peruse each other’s tastes:

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 7/25/15

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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 numerous inclusions that have received the Heavy Blog seal of approval via a positive review. August Burns Red‘s Found In Far Away Places (review here), Between the Buried and Me‘s Coma Ecliptic (review here), Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors‘s …Comes To An End (review here),  Ecstatic Vision‘s Sonic Praise (review here), Eidola‘s Degeneraterra (review here),  Hope Drone‘s Cloak of Ash (review here), Lamb of God‘s VII: Sturm Und Drang (review here), Rosetta‘s Quintessential Ephemera (review here) and Thy Art Is Murder‘s Holy War (review here) are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Additionally, several other albums listed reflect our staff’s input into various recent Heavy Blog features. Entries into our “For Fans Of – Pig Destroyer” post (Insect Warfare; feature here) and “Starter Kit – OG Progressive Deathcore” (Veil of Maya; feature here) appear here, and while Nuclear Assault just missed our “Best Of – Old School Thrash” list, the thrash legends who did make the list may be explored here. Finally, it was with a heavy heart that we covered the passing of After the Burial guitarist Justin Lowe; check out our tribute 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 receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Lamb Of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang

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It’s not easy to go through what Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe went through. In 2012, a fan died during a show of theirs in the Czech Republic, and Randy was indicted with a manslaughter charge. He decided to go to the country and attend the trial, and was held in a Czech jail for a while. Even though he was acquitted after an arduous process, the whole ordeal left its mark on him (he’s even written a book about his experiences, and it’s actually pretty good). It was pretty clear that if the band were to come up with another album, it would be a pretty dark one. In contrast, their previous album Resolution was rather weak and uninspired, so putting these together, how their next album would turn out was a bit of a mystery. After much teasing, VII: Sturm und Drang is upon us, and fear not, because it’s pretty good.

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Hey! Listen To Psykup!

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Judging by my last Listen to This! post, clarification is in order: the only variable we take into account when we write one of these is whether the band we are listening to is good or not. It can be contemporary bands, vetern bands, long dead bands or whatever. As long as it’s good, we’re going to yell at you to listen to it. OK? OK. Sadly, the last category is in use this time: Psykup are math metal psychopaths, walking the fine edege between The Dillinger Escape Plan and SikTh.

What exactly does that weird edge entail? It means there will be furiously technical bits but also chunky bass, machine gun lyricism but also high-to-low gutturals. It means there will be blood, adrenaline and turmoil but also 10 minute and over tracks and plenty of intelligence. Enough words for now: make sure no one is around, flip that hi-fi system to max volume and prepare to blow your windows open.

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Coheed And Cambria To Step Away From Amory Wars With The Color Before The Sun

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For years, I just didn’t “get” Coheed and Cambria. Their particular style provided an interesting crossover that pulled fans from pop-punk and prog rock, and I just couldn’t follow. I even once referred to them as “pseudo-prog” with 100% conviction. In hindsight, I attribute my distaste for them for feeling as though they “stole” drummer Chris Pennie from The Dillinger Escape Plan. Thankfully, I’ve since corrected the error of my ways, and I am currently one of “those” people who have a Keywork decal on my car.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 6/27/15

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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), Tempel‘s The Moon Lit Our Path (here) and Mutoid Man‘s Bleeder (here)  are all excellent albums worthy of your time. Of course, perhaps the most notable of these recent reviews is Coma Ecliptic, the latest offering from Blog favorites Between the Buried and Me. While reception to the new album has been mixed, Jimmy’s in-depth review (here) details exactly why so many members of our staff are fawning over the new record. Finally, a a few members of our staff have been listening to Maïak, the topic of our most recent Post Rock Post. If you love post rock as much as we do, be sure to read the post and check out Maïak 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 receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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