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.
Anyone who doesn’t live under a proverbial rock knows that the biggest release in all music this week goes to the early release of Kendrick Lamar‘s hugely-anticipated follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and unsurprisingly, K Dot found his way onto many of our lists this week. Also of note (and in an entirely different quadrant of the musical spectrum) this week was the release of Alkaloid‘s debut album The Malkuth Grimoire (read our review here if you haven’t already), which also landed in several of our staff’s lists.
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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Benighted – Brutalive the Sick The Agonist – Eye of Providence Winds of Plague – The Great Stone War Through the Eyes of the Dead – Malice Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire Native Construct – Quiet World Keep of Kalessin – Epistemology Entheos – Primal EP Enslaved – RIITIIR
Crowns – Disk of Dust Chaos Divine – Colliding Skies VOLA – Inmazes Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire Perturbator – Dangerous Days clipping – CLPPNG Rishloo – Living As Ghost With Buildings As Teeth Caligula’s Horse – The Tide, The Thief and The River’s End Culprate – Deliverance
Death Grips – The Money Store Purity Ring – Another Eternity The Haunted – One Kill Wonder Vektor – Outer Isolation The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer Allegaeon – Elements of Infinite Nasum – Shift Arsis – Unwelcome Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly Bill Burr – Let It Go Devin Townsend Project – Ki The Acacia Strain – Wormwood Ingested – The Mother Of Extinction Tesseract – One Decapitated – Blood Mantra Soreption – Engineering the Void Death Grips – Exmilitary
Tigran Hamasyan – Mockrool Entheos – Primal EP Death Grips – Government Plates Sithu Aye – Cassini Sithu Aye – Isles EP Mastery – Valis Behemoth – The Apostasy Nok Novum – Nok Novum Shining – Blackjazz
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works Arsonists Get All The Girls – Hits From The Bow War From A Harlot’s Mouth – Transmetropolitan Sigh – In Somniphobia Vale of Pnath – The Prodigal Empire Uneven Structure – Februus NYN – Eventuality Inanimate Existence – A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterflly Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges Owen Pallett – In Conflict Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire Mission of Burma – Unsound Elder – Lore The Dear Hunter – Live Culprate – Deliverance A Swarm of the Sun – The Rifts
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 Clipping – Clppng Thomas Giles – Modern Noise If These Trees Could Talk – Red Forest Lizzard Wizzard – Dankrupt Death Grips – The Money Store Oceano – Depths Sleepmakeswaves – The Love of Cartography Death Grips – Government Plates
Dragged Into Sunlight – Hatred for Mankind Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear Fucked Up – David Comes to Life J Dilla – Donuts John Carpenter – Lost Themes Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly The Knife – Shaking the Habitual Liturgy – The Ark Work
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