What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 6/3/16

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.

With Strange Aeons Even Death May Die: Lovecraft In Metal

Since its inception, metal has been deeply entwined in the world of both fantasy and horror. The almost-unanimous pick for the genre’s first album, Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut, instantly separated themselves from other bands at the time with their lyrics about unintelligible and dark figures in the night, wizardry, and possibly rock’s first true tip of the hat to the genius author H.P. Lovecraft. With the title of the album’s third track, “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” Black Sabbath not only revolutionized heavy music from a sonic standpoint, but lyrically as well. Bassist/lyricist Geezer Butler’s fascination with black magic and campy horror flicks in the early years of the band could certainly be looked upon as the genesis from which the Lovecraft obsession in metal truly began.

Goatwhore – Blood For The Master

Goatwhore Blood For The Master   01. Collapse In Eternal Worth 02. When Steel And Bone Meet 03. Parasitic Scriptures Of The Sacred Word 04. In Deathless Tradition 05. Judgement Of The Bleeding Crown 06. Embodiment Of This Bitter Chaos 07. Beyond The Spell Of Discontent\ 08. Death To The…

Absu – Abzu

Absu Abzu 01. Earth Ripper 02. Circles Of The Oath 03. Abraxus Connexus 04. Skrying In The Spirit Vision 05. Ontologically, It Became Time And Space 06. A Song For Ea [10/04/11] [Candlelight Records] Slayer’s Reign In Blood  can be basically defined by two main features: The huge impact it had…

Absu To Follow Up Absu With Abzu

In what appears to be the laziest album titling since KoRn decided to forgo even giving a name to their 2007 release, Absu have announced that the second album in their ‘Abyssic Trilogy’ will be titled Abzu and will see a release on the 4th of October through Candlelight Records. The new track “Abraxas Connexus”…