Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi

Black metal, love it or hate it, is nearly unassailable as a primordial and evolutionary force in the metal world. From its bleak conception and incendiary public introduction/popularization to its evolution as a standard bearer in the genre’s long-gestating march toward more experimental manifestations of its established sounds, black metal…

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Hypno5e – A Distant (Dark) Source

We are continually told that attention spans are ever-shortening. Especially where creative media is concerned, shorter is supposedly better. People are more likely to read a sentence than a paragraph, or a paragraph rather than a chapter, or listen to a single more than an album. Fortunately – not least…

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Rorcal – Muladona

The end-of-year bonanza that comprises most of November and December is both exhilarating and frustrating for music writers. On the one hand, it’s refreshing to be given the opportunity to initiate an organized, systematic retrospective on the year in music, and creating lists of surprises and favorites is always an…

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 11/10/17

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.

Editors’ Picks – October 2017

Well, this is it, folks: October’s here to cap off the year with the final month replete with more albums than is seemingly possible to digest in the time allotted in the Gregorian tradition. Now, you’re probably thinking something along the lines of “Hey! November and December exist!” Indeed they…