Back in May, a UK band called The Ever Living released their excellent full length debut, HEREPHEMINE. To be honest, this should be one of our Heavy Delinquency posts, seeing as we failed to give this album the shout out it deserved. It’s a fantastically sleek take on post metal, combining great production and sharp tones alongside harrowing vocals to create a depth and range of sound that was incredibly endearing. It seems, however, that The Ever Living shall not suffice themselves with that; these lads have decided to release an instrumental version of the album, stripping away these aforementioned vocals. The end result is an interesting rework of their sound, of which you can get a taste with the instrumental version of “Fifty Metres Deep”. Let’s get going!
The Australian music scene. Having been oft-forgotten in other parts of the world for many a decade, over the past dozen years or so we’ve seen this country’s musical output burst from the underground and make waves the world over. Indeed, many a publication has spoken of the fact there…
Richmond, VA post-rock/metal act Shy, Low are a band that have miraculously escaped our official attention on this site, which is quite simply a huge mistake on our parts. The band’s previous full-length, 2015’s Hiraeth, is an example of brilliantly-executed and emotionally-tinged cinematic instrumental rock that skirts the line between post-rock and metal in league with the likes of Caspian and We Lost The Sea. It’s great stuff that any fan of this kind of music should be listening to.
A few months ago, I received an email about a post-rock compilation. Naturally intrigued, I started to dig deeper. Apparently this compilation was focused on the idea of “global” music, featuring bands from all across the world. As I kept digging, I soon came across A Thousand Arms, the label behind the compilation but also a repository for merch and other album releases from some of my favorite bands including We Lost the Sea among others. Naturally, I was intrigued and I started speaking with C.J who manages the label alongside another partner. What exactly was the motivation for this compilation? What is A Thousand Arms exactly, if not a label in the traditional sense?
These questions led me to finally sending C.J. a few questions over email as an interview, to try and get some answers. His answers are posted below, unedited, and represent an interesting look into a part of the music industry fans might not always get a glimpse of. Read on for musings on post rock, post metal, global communities, live music and much, much more!
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving is one of the most interesting post metal bands out there. From the far reaches of Perth in Australia’s wild west, their heavily improvised and experimental sound draws from sounds as diverse as jazz, drone, prog and much more. A very difficult band to categorise, their…
Just this past week we saw how important the ACLU still is. One of the first to confront the so called “Muslim ban” enacted by the indifferent pen of Donald Trump, it began the long and arduous legal battle against this administration. With not only the presidency but also Congress and Senate painted in the most extreme and reckless red imaginable, their work will grow seven-fold; now they must take on the legislative branch instead. Thus, and despite of the already remarkable success their fundraising has seen in the past week, Bandcamp’s contribution to the ACLU is admirable. We’re here to do our share; below you’ll find a list of artists that are worthy of your support on this Friday.
Today we’re joined by none other than Michael Gagen, guitarist extraordinaire at bands you may have heard of, like hazards of swimming naked and (ex-) Arcane, and bands you’ve probably never heard of, like Echotide, agrammeofsoma and more. We don’t know which of those bands you’ve heard of, but we…
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.
Inbox finds are the best; 75% of these posts were spawned from albums that we just randomly received. However, they’re usually submissions that do one thing really well or that don’t have enough runtime for a full review. Neither of those is the case here; I just love this album so much by now (after hearing it nonstop for three days) that I simply couldn’t wait for a review slot to open up. OK, let’s backtrack. A Great Adventure Or Nothing (named for the famous Hellen Keller quote) is a one man project from Canada. Nic Sauve, the man behind the music, produces this enchanting blend between post-rock, djent, progressive music and electronics. His debut, self titled release is nothing short of an achievement; it goes so many places and yet has its own identity. It’s really a wild ride, so let’s jump to the music and then meet back for some commentary.
The goal of these taxonomy posts is not to provide an exhaustive and accurate list or definition of a certain genre or genres. Quite the opposite in fact: attempting to make such a complete list would only replace one stagnated image-object with another, creating an equally irrelevant definition, whether it can be considered currently accurate or not. Therefore, we want to keep some of that fuzz, to leave ends untied and room for further articles and discussion among our readers. We’re not saying that this is going to be a series; these posts take far too much time and energy to commit to something like that. We are saying however that there’s plenty more to discuss, within and without the progressive metal genre and we’ll try and do that when we can.
So, post rock. Post rock is a perfect candidate for such an examination. On the one hand, there’s a very strong and often negative image of what post rock is. Seminal bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, God Is An Astronaut and Explosions In The Sky have enjoyed widespread, cultural popularity, solidifying the image of post rock in the eyes of the public. Pretentious, long-winded, dreamy, beautiful, cinematic, instrumental and rarified are all adjectives which were born from this image. Post rock was, and still is, perceived as a genre for the few, starry eyed and sentimental. Perhaps owing to just how good the afore-mentioned bands really are, their music also overpowered the conceptual space for the genre, leading people to expect certain things from the music that fell under the moniker.