What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/6/16

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. 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.

Best Of: Metal Albums 2010-2015

Usually in our Best Of columns we try to tackle either something genre-specific or something conveying a very specific idea. Today we’re doing something a little different though. Given that we’re now officially more than halfway through the 2010s, it seems fitting to take a hard look at some of the albums that have defined the current generation of metal. Since this site was formed in 2009, this list encompasses the vast majority of the music we’ve had the pleasure to experience and review in real time. And as a site who strongly believes we’re currently in the throes of a new Golden Age of Metal, what better way to prove that than with this brief shortlist of phenomenal music we believe best encapsulates that notion.

Hey! Listen To Baklavaa!

Without appearing too elitist, I’d like to think I’m a thinking man’s metalhead. Even though I’d go as far as saying 90% of my time is spent listening to other genres of music. One of these specific sections of music is noise rock or “noise”. Sure, I’ll blast Behemoth or…

Heavy Rewind: 36 Crazyfists – A Snow Capped Romance

36 Crazyfists has always been a band that hasn’t achieved huge popularity, but they have proven time and time again that solid songwriting and musicianship aren’t tied to any particular genre. What makes A Snow Capped Romance so good, aside from its stellar songwriting, is the way the band is able to convey heavy emotions without becoming melodramatic in the process.

18 – Engage The Riff Machine

Episode 18! This week we get pretty rambly and political, so warning! Opinions contained within! Including those on subjects like Kanye West, new Fallujah, new Wormed (see below), Eagles of Death Metal on gun control, Leprous’s crowdfunder, The Grammys, and Skuggsja. We also discuss the sudden passing of Riverside guitarist Piotr Grudzinski, Greg Puciato’s take on …And Justice For All, new music by The Odious and more. We finally get to talk about the techno thrash phenomenon of the early 90s, then discuss avant-garde metal, and go balls deep on Lamb of God! Enjoy!

Starter Kit: Modern Mathcore

I can already see the comments flowing: “Modern Mathcore? The fuck is that?” Yes, in a sense, modern mathcore is not a genre, but rather describes a specific time in the history of mathcore, much like the new waves of British and American Heavy Metal (1970-80’s and 2000’s-present, respectively). It’s…

Half-Life — The Dillinger Escape Plan

Before writing this, I watched The Dillinger Escape Plan perform “Prancer” live at the 2013 Golden God Awards, where, about halfway into the song, Greg Puciato cuts his head, yet performs, blood just streaming down his face, and finishes the song, even smashing a guitar against the huge wall of Orange Amps in the process. I had seen this video before—a lot of people have—but while I watched it this time, I realized how symbolic this was of the Dillinger Escape Plan as a whole. Ben Weinman and company don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about their music, and are prepared to do what they need to do to make their music. And it shows, as there really isn’t a bad Dillinger Escape Plan album—they’re all solid in their own, unique ways.