Following Beastland, Krüller is yet another monumental step for Shone in refining the songwriting and broadening the possibilities of the Author & Punisher. It's his most listenable project thus far, but no less avant garde or confident in its position resting along the cutting edge of contemporary industrial music. Krüller is often as crushing as any of Shone's past work, but with added emotional complexity and versatility to potentially catapult the record to the top of his discography.
Welcome, folks, to this, the latest installment in our "A Constant Knowledge of Death Are Actually Insane and Are Releasing Four Albums This Year!". Catchy title, right? If you missed previous iterations of th... Read More...
Those of us music lovers who purchase and collect physical media understand the thrill of the hunt. Be it digging through crates, scoring a deal on that grail on Discogs, or getting in on the pre-order before the limited edition variant sells out, the rush of broadening the collection is one of the most fulfilling things about consuming music for much of the Heavy Blog staff. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is also a huge driving force due to the limited nature of many releases, and collectively, we tend to spend way too much money for the sake of getting in while the getting's good. However, funds are not always in supply, and we often spend our free time adding out-of-press releases to our Discogs wantlist or staring longingly at /r/vinyl and /r/heavyvinyl in hopes of catching a contact buzz.
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 unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year-end list. Enjoy!
Tristan Shone's industrial doom project Author & Punisher is easily one of the most unique acts on the current landscape of extreme music; while many acts proudly identify as a "one-man band," Shone's array of handmade instruments and impeccable limb independence allows him to weave songs together by himself without relying on backtracks to get the job done, borrowing musical cues from the likes of Neurosis, Godflesh, and Helmet in the process. Leaning heavily into drone and doom on initial releases, Shone's musical palette and production know-how have broadened the dynamic considerably.
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.
As anyone who has been following us for a while likely knows, I shot and edited a lot of live shows last year. To be frank, these are not easy to produce. Filming multicam videos of these concerts by myself is exhausting and often stressful, and editing them is a pretty significant time-suck. I'm not saying this as a "woe is me" type of thing because even though I do these for you all completely for free and they're a lot of work, I get to see amazing bands perform for free, and I love doing this kind of work. I'm saying this though to give a little background into where I am currently as a freelance video producer/editor who has become much busier over the course of the past year. I'm not shooting as many shows these days for the reasons I just stated, but also because last year I wound up shooting so much that I couldn't actually keep up with it all and edit everything I got.