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HBIH Listening To

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.

A number of albums in our rotations this week have recently received rave reviews from our staff, including Murdock, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Dance Gavin Dance, Native Construct, Chaos Divine, Royal Thunder,  ChonAlkaloid and Minsk. All of these simply provide further evidence for 2015’s unbelievable level of musical quality, so take a moment to read our reviews and spin some of our favorite albums of the year thus far. Keep on the lookout for upcoming reviews of other playlist inclusions SighTribulation and Leprous.

Among our repeat inclusions are Cherry Bomb - the latest offering from Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator - as well as two  albums from the artist that will be featured in our popular new “For Fans Of” segment. Also present is the self-titled Monobody record that we highlighted recently and which you should absolutely check out if you have not already.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with through your account, or create it manually with 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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Hey! Listen to Koralis!


Glasgow — home of Tennent’s Lager, the River Clyde, Celtic Football Club, and more importantly, Koralis. Drawing in sonic elements from bands like Erra, Periphery, and The Safety Fire, this 5 piece tech metal act brews a sound that is equal parts melodic, groovy, and technical.  Their debut EP, Surviving the Ideal, is a valiant effort to differentiate themselves from the rest of the tech metal world.

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It seems that The Safety Fire have a penchant for making acoustic renditions of their songs, having done so already for “Wise Hands.” This time around, “Glass Crush” is the target of both an acoustic version, as well as a neat look at how the band’s shirts are printed.

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Skyharbor – Guiding Lights


For their first full studio release, Skyharbor‘s two-disc Blinding White Noise created a sonic shockwave that reverberated around the world receiving plaudits at every turn. They made enough of an impact to have their second funded by their fans so they really must have felt the pressure when constructing it. We are therefore delighted to report that this Indian-British combo have knocked it out of the park.

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The Safety Fire have been super busy within a year’s time! Releasing Mouth of Swords late last year to critical acclaim, being on Eggheads, touring with Between the Buried and Me, touring again with Protest the Hero, producing a music video for “Glass Crush,” and then replacing The Faceless on Protest the Hero’s upcoming European tour, the UK locals even found time to rework one of the more laid-back tracks from their latest album.

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In light of recent events (like losing two essential band members), it seems The Faceless have decided to drop off of the their upcoming European tour with Protest the Hero and The Contortionist. While we’re still hearing nothing but crickets from the band’s Facebook page, Protest dropped an official statement Friday confirming what many fans feared was inevitable following the departure of both Alex Rüdinger (drums) and Evan Brewer (bass) near the end of October.

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It’s been about a month since we peeked behind the curtains to see what the Heavy Blog staff is (really) listening to. We start our three-part update after the jump.

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the safety fire glass crush

If you just happened to not check out Mouth Of Swords last year then that’s fine. I mean, if you want to miss out on one of the best new bands around, making some of the best music of their career, then that’s OK – I won’t stop you. But if you genuinely missed it, then there’s still time for redemption as the band have unveiled a new video for ‘Glass Crush‘, which was easily my personal favourite. Check it:

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Protest the Hero North American Tour spring 2014

With the addition of Mike Semesky on vocals and a super strong album release to show, Intervals have hit the road with several other fantastic artists including country-mates Protest the Hero, who released the critically acclaimed Volition last year, UK’s The Safety Fire (who also shredded into our 2013 favorites), you-could-easily-mistake-them-for-modern-vikings Battlecross, and post-rock excellence Night Verses.

With such an insane tour at hand, it only seemed polite to offer you photos of their performances. Please enjoy these shots from March 8th, 2014 at Mojoe’s of Joliet in Illinois.

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