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 Gates, Converge, Pallbearer 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.
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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat The Red Chord – Fed Through the Teeth Machine Veil of Maya – [id] Necrophagist – Epitaph Tim Hecker – Instrumental Tourist Death – Individual Thought Patterns Polyphia – Muse Decapitated – Nihility Veil of Maya – The Common Man’s Collapse
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear CHON – Grow Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly Father John Misty – Fear Fun Floor – Oblation (Deluxe Edition) Maruta – Forward Into Regression Maruta – In Narcosis Gaza – He Is Never Coming Back At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb Minsk – The Crash and the Draw Human Remains – Using Sickness as a Hero Envy – Recitation Corpo-Mente – Corpo-Mente Gridlink – Amber Gray Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed Disentomb – Misery Engel – Raven Kings
Leprous – The Congregation Rumour Cubes – Appearances of Collections Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. Anathema – Distant Satellites Encircle – Lost Chronicles Wisdom of Crowds – Wisdom of Crowds The Samuel Jackson Five – Seasons In the Hum Devin Townsend – Unplugged Secrets of the Sky – To Sail Black Waters
Fontanelle – Vitamin F Funkadelic – Maggot Brain Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven Harrow – Fallow Fields Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire Miles Davis – Bitches Brew Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Tim Hecker – Virgins
Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You Ceremony – Violence Violence Joshua Fit for Battle – To Bring Our Own End Electric Wizard – Black Masses Free Throw – Those Days Are Gone Explosions in the Sky – The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place This Will Destroy You – Another Language Free Throw – Lavender Town Free Throw – Free Throw
Architects – Hollow Crown Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown Every Time I Die – Hot Damn! Theories – Regression Harm’s Way – Rust Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly Aminals – Dead Air Wu Tang Clan – Enter The Wu Tang: 36 Chambers Obliterations – Poison Everything
Byzantine – To Release Is To Resolve Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire Entheos – Primal EP Vallenfyre – Splinters At the Gates – At War With Reality Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden Weresquatch – Frozen Void System Divide – The Conscious Sedation
Skeletonwitch- Serpents Unleashed OGRE- 195 The Algorithm- OCTOPUS4 Skeletonwitch- Beyond The Permafrost Xibalba- Tierra Y Libertad Humanity’s Last Breath- Humanity’s Last Breath Tribes of Neurot- Grace Carnifex- Dead In My Arms Earl Sweatshirt- I Don’t Like Shit; I Don’t Go Outside
Leprous – The Congregation Native Construct – The Quiet World Keep of Kalessin – Epistemology The Raven Autarchy – The Obscene Deliverance Sigh – Graveward Archspire – The Lucid Collective Babymetal – Babymetal Benighted – Brutalive the Sick Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror
Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit; I Don’t Go Outside Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire The Defaced – Forging the Sanctuary Minsk – The Crash & The Draw Sacridose – Anxiety Tremors Spawn of Possession – Incurso Death Grips – Exmilitary Falloch – This Island, Our Funeral Sannhet – Revisionist
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