The Number of the Blog, Hook In Mouth, and Heavy Blog Is Heavy are having a threesome. Heavy Metal Ménage à Trois features a three-way of related articles in discussion of the same topic, with each post found on each of our respective websites. To get the whole experience, you need to visit the other sites.

You can read Desee’s post on The Number Of The Blog.

You can read Scott’s post on Hook in Mouth.

The Number Of The Blog’s Desee and Scott from Hook In Mouth came to me months ago with this idea of doing a column series called Heavy Metal Ménage à Trois, in which we all do a write-up on the same topic and throw them up at the same time to get some sort of multi-leveled experience going on. I loved the idea and was more than happy to be on board!

So here we are a few months later. I had school to attend to, Des had a kid (congrats Mr. and Mrs. Desee!) and Scott moved and presumably kept a bitch or two in line in prison. We’re all busy, sure, but the hardest part was coming up with a topic. With the end of the year winding down and the focus being on the best of what this year had to offer, it seemed obvious that we point our attentions forward and discuss our most anticipated album of 2011. Sadly, I don’t know Des well enough to peg what he’s most excited for next year; the dude refused to tell me! However, I’ve got $5 on Scott’s most anticipated record being the new Megadeth album. How could it not be? The name of his site was inspired by Megadeth! I don’t know, I haven’t read his; I’ll find out when you do!

I might just be the most predictable, though. In his post, Desee says my most anticipated album of 2011 will most likely be “pretentious piece of post-ambient-math-djent-core.” He left out the prog genre prefix, but that’s okay. It’s a given at this point, where I’m known around the metal blog circle as “The Sumeriancore Guy.” My enjoyment of the genre is a bit overstated, as my appreciation for it is wearing slightly thin. While I do obviously love me some post-prog-ambient-math-djent-core (oh sweet jesus, we’re getting new Protest the Hero, Between the Buried and Me, Last Chance To Reason, Tesseract, The Faceless, Born of Osiris, and The Human Abstract!!!), I’m also holding out for some new Opeth, Necrophagist, and maybe even something out of the Pig Destroyer camp? I know it’s a long shot, but a guy can dream.

Those are all well and good, but Des was right on the money as he predicted my most anticipated album was most likely going to be the new Devin Townsend Project records.

Like I said, I’m too goddamn predictable.

But unlike Des’ prediction, I’m actually looking forward to the Ghost album more than Deconstruction, even though I hold them together as one massive release of epic proportions. Two double albums released on the same day? Has anyone ever done that before? No one important, apparently, or I would have remembered.

Decon will no doubt be absolutely amazing, and if Devin’s word is to be trusted, it will likely be some of the heaviest music he’s ever recorded. This excites me, but there’s just something more intriguing when it comes to the thought of Devin Townsend sitting on a beach somewhere with an acoustic guitar, harmonizing with the sounds of nature. And then bust out a sweet banjo solo somewhere, who knows?

Don’t get me wrong, I obviously love heavy music; my website has the word heavy in it–twice. I listen to enough heavy music on a daily basis though; at any given moment, I have the possibility of listening to thousands of songs where some dude is just absolutely pissed off and yelling over some blistering riffs and blastbeats. It’s hard to find something that captures my attention outside of the world of heavy music, and it takes someone that I hold in high regard to pull me into the polar opposite direction, and Devin’s just the man to do it. Bluegrass, ambiance, frogs, and spoken word? This is going to be my oddball for 2011, and I can feel the zen already.

You know, it’s a little odd that my most anticipated album for the coming year (in a post called Heavy Metal Menage A Trois, no less) isn’t even a metal album at all. Leave it to me, I suppose. But hey, at least I didn’t cop out and choose a djent album like everyone thought I would.

– JR

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