The Glowing Man caps off a four album musical victory lap from a reinvigorated Gira, who convened a group of new and old collaborators at the turn of the decade to culminate Swans’ mission statement. A moderate re-introduction arrived with My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky (2010), an admittedly great album that struggled with its reliance on ideas from Gira side-project Angels of Light. Yet, any early detractors scurried away once Swans unleashed The Seer (2012), easily one of the greatest albums of the decade and century thus far. Gira and crew’s experimental capabilities and limitless mindset led to a magnanimous statement of mood, sound and anti-structure that leveraged every aspect of Swans’ three-decade career in the most effective way possible. The Seer seemed inimitable, and To Be Kind (2014) proved that point correct – by demolishing Swans’ already desolate structure and rebuilding it in an adjacent, bastardized fashion.
As once famously stated by Kurt Cobain, then later used to “famously” open Pg.99’s Document #8 lp, punk rock should be “playing what you want, as sloppy as you want, as long as it’s good and has passion.” Of course in the grand context of punk this sentiment rings true.…
Two Post Rock Posts in one week! To what do we owe such glorious pleasures? Well, it at least in part due to our good friends over at Post-engineering. If you don’t already follow their blog, that would be a big mistake on your part; they’re a no nonsense outlet with a large, varied and always excellent ear. This time, they have brought us the instrumental melodies of DayBringer, a post rock/metal band from St.Louis, Missouri. They deal in a kind of post rock laced with a cutting edge that might remind you of the second part of Mono’s latest release, distortion and aggression living side by side with dreamy, delayed guitars and an overall more introspective bedrock. Parallelism is their latest release and, in addition to amazing cover, it’s a sweet and all too brief experiment in the basics of this hybrid style.
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. 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.