Heavy Blog’s Top 50 Albums of 2019

This is one of those years where you’re writing your end of year summary every day. It’s a year which inundated all of us with so much music, and from so many angles and genres, that it almost begged to constantly be analyzed, made sense of, and conceptualized. I’ve written…

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Kvlt Kolvmn // 2019 in Review

Welcome, friends, to the final installment of Kvlt Kolvmn in the year of our infernal overlords 2019. What a year it’s been. From releases by foolproof genre legends like Mayhem, Blut Aus Nord, and Abbath to seething experimental shots across the proverbial bow from Liturgy and Botanist, this past year…

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Fen – The Dead Light

I don’t think there’s music more suited for the winter months than atmospheric black metal. Each year, as the weather gets colder and the snow builds to less-than-comfortable levels, a nice spin through an Alcest, Panopticon, or Wolves in the Throne Room record gives my heart the appropriate amount of…

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Post Rock Post // October 2019

Greetings, post-ers. Hope you’re getting good and cozy as the first chills of the oncoming winter set in (up here in the northern hemisphere at least). Before I launch into everything else, a quick little programming note. I realize these monthly editions have been getting pushed closer to the middle…

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Iapetus – The Body Cosmic

There’s a genre of science-fiction that’s all about love. Or, rather, it’s about the human emotional landscape in general, magnified against the vast canvas of space. Emotions become grandiose, cosmic even, the only bridge we have across the relative emptiness of the galaxy. You’re actually familiar with the genre; in…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – October 2019

There’s a three-inch deep pile of snow in my front yard. A blizzard before Halloween. The earth is ready for the ascension of winter’s theme music, covering all in a sea of white, dark, and cold. A perfect atmosphere for our latest installment of Kvlt Kolvmn, which features some of…

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Editors’ Picks – October 2019

If it seems like I always mention how much good music has been released during the previous month that’s because that’s probably correct. The fact is that we’ve been enjoying an insane outpouring of music for years now and these posts, keyed as they are to some sort of “summary”…

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Release Day Roundup – 10/25/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to…

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Alcest – Spiritual Instinct

Deafheaven’s Sunbather may have blown up the post-black metal sound to a wider audience in 2013, but it was France’s Alcest — lead by prolific black metal musician Stephane “Niege” Pault — that is perhaps ultimately responsible for the wash of reverberating tremolo picks, blastbeats, and emphasis on melodic and…

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