Release Day Roundup – 5/29/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is 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. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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Ensiferum – Two Paths

In the 2000s, metal went through a strange phase. Scandinavian high octane melodeath bands found a shared passion for melody, hooks, and flashy guitar work with power metal bands as well new lyrical inspiration from folklore. Overnight, it seems metal spawned a whole scene with a new pool of clichés (well, sort of new) to exploit. Folk metal was nothing new at the time but there was a huge rebranding of it and every label was jumping on board. New bands popped up every year, some great and some boring as hell. One of these bands, Ensiferum, unfortunately introduced heavy metal’s most notorious edging expert, Jari Mäenpää, into the world. Jari left in 2004 to focus on Wintersun, but Ensiferum has continued its steady output of quality music since his departure. Their new album, Two Paths, continues their streak.

Iced Earth – Incorruptible

Note: I am one of the biggest Iced Earth fans out there. I’ve loved the band since I was 16 and will always continue to follow them. They hold a special place in my musical upbringing. This review hurt to write, but you have to be fair to the things you…

71 – The Podcasters Who Come To Steal The Attention Of The Listeners

Alright, so this week we talk about Nile. We do a balls deep segment on them. Also, we talk about some weekly stuff too. Alestorm’s hilarious trolling with their 50 euro edition of their upcoming album, Disillusion’s Patreon campaign, Suicide Silence complaining about their album not being well received, Pelagic Records (in general), and metal youtubers, namely Rob Scallon, Ten Second Songs, Paschalis Theotokis and RichaadEB. Oh, also there’s a new Mastodon song too.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 7/29/16

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.netthrough 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.

PHOTOS: Piratefest 2015—Alestorm, Swashbuckle, The Dread Crew Of Oddwood, Lords Of The Drunken Pirate Crew—January 31st, 2015 @ The Gramercy Theater, New York, NY & February 7th, 2015 @ Mojoe’s, Joliet, IL

YARR HARR FIDDLE-DEE-DEE, BEING A PIRATE IS ALL RIGHT WITH ME! Photographers Maclyn Bean and Kyle Gaddo have photographs from the latest outing of Piratefest, an annual, rum-fueled outing across North America consisting of seafaring and pirate-themed bands. Feast yer eyes on these pictures of Alestorm, Swashbuckle, The Dread Crew…

Piratefest To Take North America By (Ale)storm In 2015

HUHUHUHUHUUUU~ Pirate-themed Scots Alestorm are embarking on a tour next year. Not just any tour, but a self-branded tour called Alestorm’s Piratefest America MMXV (that’s 2015 for those who don’t know their Roman numerals). As part of the seafaring crew, Swashbuckle, The Dread Crew of Oddwood, and Rainbowdragoneyes will also…

Turisas – Turisas2013

Let’s get this out of the way right now – who in their right mind calls an album Turisas2013? It’s just two words wedged together that, even when separated, mean next to nothing. Mathias Nygård, the band’s lyricist and principal songwriter, feeling the need to explain it up front, calls it “the perfect combination of self-titled with a touch of Black Sabbath’s Vol.4 and Van Halen’s 1984.” Those are not the sort of album titles to try and live up to. The former was forced on the band by the record company who wanted to call it Snowblind and the latter actually appeared on the front cover as MCMLXXXIV – still awful but at least it looked a little more interesting like that. No, sir, it’s a needlessly ambiguous, slapdash and horribly misguided eyesore of a title. Still, what’s in a name — it’s all about the music, right?

System Divide Return with ‘Ephemera’

Melodic death metal supergroup System Divide, which has the singers of Aborted and Distorted, and the rest of the instruments are also performed by members of other accomplished bands. Their debut album The Vagaries of Perception was one of my favorite records of the year and I still give it a…