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

9 years ago

HBIH Listening To

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.

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Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

Kit Brown

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

Ryan Castrati

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

Colin Kauffman

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

Eden Kupermintz

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

Scott Murphy

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

Mark Valentino

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

Matt MacLennan

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

Aaron Lambert

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

Simon Handmaker

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

Noyan Tokgozoglu

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

Spencer Snitil

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


Scott Murphy

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