For all of it's misgivings and basic fuckery, 2016 has been kind to fans of extreme music. Whatever the fetish, lovers of heavy/nasty/fast/loud shit have been utterly spoiled with grind, doom, sludge and death. Everything in between too. Nihilism, the second full length from Dutch party violence posse Teethgrinder, doesn't necessarily sit well in any of these genres because it flirts and fucks with them all. No avant-garde, no gimmicky frills and no masters. Falling just short of the best of the year because of individual hair splitting sessions doesn't mean this isn't a fantastic outburst of angry, rasping noise.
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Heavy Vanguard Episode 1: Nurse With Wound // Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella
First of all, welcome to a new installment at Heavy Blog that we're calling Heavy Vanguard. This is a podcast wherein Heavy Blog Editor Scott Murphy and myself (Jimmy) discuss avant-garde and experimental music. Each episode follows an intense, in-depth discussion of an experimental album that is in some way relevant to the world of music. Genres or popularity (i.e. "underground" or "mainstream") aren't considered when we pick an album; it's more about a release that, regardless of how it sounds or how it's been received, has pushed the boundaries of music in some way or another. Each episode is short (under half an hour), acting as a launchpad for people interested in exploring what the avant-garde has to offer. Today's album is the debut Nurse With Wound album Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella.
Greenville, South Carolina's Wvrm are one of the rising stars of American Grind, with 2014's Swarm Sound being a highlight of the genre that year, a fantastic record that blended grindcore with noise, doom and sludge elements. Now, in 2016, the band are preparing for the release of their new album, entitled Heartache, and Heavy Blog has the privilege of premiering their new song, "Sleep Paralysis". Blurring the line between grind and doom, the track is over five minutes of unapologetic heaviness that doesn't let up for a moment. Head on down below for your first, jarring taste of what these guys have planned for us this year.
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.