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 Heirs, Eidola‘s Degeneraterra, Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus, Arcturus‘ Arcturian, Leprous‘ 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.
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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
If you don’t like iwrestledabearonce you are probably getting sick and tired of seeing them pop up all over Heavy Blog over the last few weeks. With a new album out in a month you can bet this won’t be the last you see of them either. Suck it up and deal because the band have released the first official video from Hail Mary, their Artery Recordings debut. “Gift Of Death” is ready for your wicked eyes after the jump.
It’s always a pleasure to be shown music from a band that are just getting started. Sometimes it’s another member of staff or sometimes the band themselves that send over their music. Forest Wars fired over their new EP to us at Heavy Blog and guess what? I freakin’ dig it. Slapped with the powerviolence tag, there is far more going on in these four tracks than just that. Shaking genre conceptions up at grassroots level, this band have released one hell of a debut. Pass on this if you dare, but don’t come crying when you miss the party.
In Scotland the winters are long and the search for great music is intense. Find out what Pedram Valiani of Sectioned is (really) listening to after the jump.
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.
Marty Eason, guitarist of WANZWA, released a few tracks from his new project, Mezonz. Harmonic Oscillator is a very crazy, chaotic mix of textures and technicality reminiscent of a lovechild between Animals as Leaders and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. This release is 3 tracks long and comes in at about 24 minutes long altogether. The bandcamp description sums this project up very well, “Two Atlanta musicians (Ryan Buck & Marty Eason) team up to bring a fresh sound to jazz/prog music. The right amount of jazz with a twist of electronic fusion. There are no limits for the project but it’s a start to a long journey of exploring the possibilities of music less.” Head on over the jump to hear for yourself!
The viciously grooving tech deathcore sound of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza is sorely missed around these parts, and guitarist Josh Travis’ new band Glass Cloud just doesn’t cut it. I’ve since given up on finding a replacement and moved on.
This week, I’ve re-discovered Canadian group Fall In Archaea. When I last left off with them, I was under the impression the group were another upstart in the djent/deathcore movement that, while flashy, were at risk of fading out once the trend passed. As it turns out, Fall In Archaea aren’t a band content with sitting still and writing uninspired music. Their new single ‘Armistice‘ picks up the Danza legacy and kicks it up in just about every notch, including a melodic climax fit for Architects‘ masterpiece Hollow Crown. Check it out below:
Call Of The Void – Dragged Down A Dead End Path
As fascinating and as forward-thinking the metal world is a lot of the time, sometimes it’s hard to beat a combination of infectious energy and rough cut riffs. Call Of The Void embody that statement shamelessly and their debut record Dragged Down A Dead End Path finds the band refining and honing those ideals with some impressive results. The basic gist of their sound takes the head-moving underlying groove of Trap Them and stirs in a lethal dose of the grinding car-crash that is Gaza. Through the entire duration of Dragged Down… you’re subjected to a selection of headstrong riffs, that are more concerned with blunt force than any real finesse or subtlety, d-beats and gruff vocals in two distinct ways; tracks like ‘Napalm Lungs‘ and ‘The Liar’s Heart‘ take the direct grind route and, on the other hand, ‘Endless Ritual Abuse‘ and the brilliantly titled ‘I Hope You Two Fuck‘ place the focus on mid-tempo stomps. It’s a familiar approach and not one would displace any disbelievers in the style any time soon, but it’s not one that you could ever fake and the sheer amount of honesty on display here is infectious. Call Of The Void are callous, loud and, although it sounds like an antonym, sagacious, let’s hope they don’t change any time soon. – DL
Despite the graceful bowing out in their swan song Danza IIII, the spirit of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza still lives on in the whacky guitar antics of guitarist and songwriter Joshua Travis‘ new band Glass Cloud, which also features former Of Mice and Men frontman Jerry Roush. Without even taking into account the smart but catchy tunes, their live show is a must-see what with Josh’s charismatic stage presence and Jerry’s penchant for commanding a crowd. While on tour supporting Silverstein, resident photographer Chris Collins captured Glass Cloud’s set, which you can view below.