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Xibalba Release Video For “Guerrilla”

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California’s purveyors of hardcore death sludge Xibalba have released a video for ‘Guerrilla’, the second track from Tierra Y Libertad, which was released this past January via Southern Lord Records. The video comes exclusively from the folks over at Lambgoat, and was directed, shot, and edited by Shawn Skadburg and Matt Welch for Nine One Films. Check it out after the jump!

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/16/15

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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 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 HeirsEidola‘s DegeneraterraFaith No More‘s Sol InvictusArcturus‘ ArcturianLeprous‘ 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.

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 records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Guide To The 2015 Festival Season!

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If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.

We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/3/15

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For those who missed our last installment, we will now be regularly posting what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that doesn’t 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.

Kendrick Lamar‘s universally acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly has persisted as a regular inclusion in some of our staff’s rotations, and will likely remain that way throughout the rest of the year. Another repeat addition is Leprous‘ upcoming album The Congregation, a record that many members of our staff have been highly anticipating since its announcement earlier this year. It is safe to assume that a review of The Congregation is imminent, but in the mean time, check out our review of Byzantine‘s new offering To Release is to Resolve, another album included in this update. Finally, this update has several albums from the artists featured on this year’s installment of the Decibel Magazine, which includes At the GatesConvergePallbearer and Vallenfyre and will be running until April 12th. This lineup makes attendance almost mandatory, so check the remaining dates here to see how far you will have to trek in order to attend this exceptional tour.

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 records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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This Is Hardcore X Lineup Revealed; Confirmed For Brutal

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It’s that time again. Philadelphia’s This Is Hardcore Festival has announced the full lineup for the tenth year of this esteemed gathering of hardcore, punk and every crossover genre in between the two. It is a varied bag of surprises and obvious calls with quite a few Heavy Blog favorites rearing their ugly heads. Check the full list of acts performing after the jump and I might even share with you my itinerary for the weekend.

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The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Valentine’s Playlist 2015

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Last year we put together a compilation of some of our favourite songs to play to a loved one over the Valentines “holiday”. This year is no different. To celebrate the most saccharine of fake celebrations, please find below some of the Heavy Blog staffs sexiest selections for you and your loved one (or loved ones, we exclude no one, not even you polygamists!) to enjoy. Share this with that special someone instead of cheap chocolates or gas station flowers and we guarantee (we don’t) that you will have the best sex of your life this Valentine’s. All hail the mighty aphrodisiac power of music.

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Xibalba – Tierra Y Libertad

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Few bands embody heaviness quite like Pomona, California’s Xibalba.  Their peculiar brand is a bludgeoning potion of 90s death metal, beatdown hardcore, and downtuned sludge. Take the sheer girth of Crowbar, the bulldozing, decelerated grooves of Machine Head’s rawest mid 90s live performances, Morbid Angel’s nauseating trem-picked thrashing, and pepper it with a slightly pitch-bended, Latino version of Martin VanDrunen’s (Ex-Pestilence, Asphyx) pained wails and the picture becomes clear. The band generated a decent amount of hype with self-released debut Madre Mia Gracias Por Locos in 2011, which led to a deal with Southern Lord Records and the release of 2012’s Hasta La Muerte, arguably the album that propelled them into the underground metal stratosphere. Soon their name could be heard alongside contemporaries like Nails, Harm’s Way, and Suburban Scum, the latter with which Xibalba released one of the best split EPs in recent memory to satiate the appetites of fans awaiting another record. Enter 2015, where the band finished another gargantuan slab of punishing, chuggarific tunes in the form of Tierra Y Libertad.

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Xibalba Warm Up With ‘Invierno’

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In case you missed the pun in the title, ‘Invierno’, the name of the new Xibalba aural onslaught, means winter in Spanish. Not only is the track name in Spanish, it’s also freaking excellent. After releasing their brutal split with Suburban Scum this year, we’ve been expecting the upcoming 2015 release to destroy. Judging by this track, it will. Head on over the jump for the stream!

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Xibalba Set To Unleash Tierra Y Libertad In January

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Pomona, CA death-sludge masters Xibalba have announced details and revealed artwork for their highly anticipated third LP, Tierra Y Libertad. The album will drop January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America via Southern Lord Records. The band commissioned renowned death metal artist Dan Seagrave for Tierra Y Libertad, famous for classic album covers like Malevolent Creation‘s Retribution, Entombed‘s Left Hand Path, and many more. Head on over the jump for the full track list and more details.

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