Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Editors’ Picks for January 2016

Welcome to our new monthly post, Editors' Picks! In the recent two years, our editorial body has grown quite a bit: from basically two guys running everything, we now have around seven people managing the blog in an editorial capacity, including two (count 'em, two!) Editors in Chief. We thought we'd harness that unique body of editors and use their over-reaching perspective to shed light on specific releases each month. The way it works is simple: each editor gets to pick one album released in January (or in its proximity, as we just said). We write short pieces about them and link you to the album, allowing you to check it out yourselves. There's no genre restrictions: expect to see some gnarly stuff on here as most of our editors have a very wide range of musical appreciation. Without further ado, let's dig in into this month's offering!

14 – Remedy Cast

Welcome back to HPIHC! This week we get pretty real. We cover new music from Norway's folk extravaganza Skuggsja, the symphonic tech death ridiculousness that is Shadow of Intent, and the new Ulver album plus discussions around politics in music, the great Pain of Salvation and a core definition for progressive metal.

13 – They’re Trying To Build A Podcast

Eden's back! That's good, because we have a lot of news to cover this week. David Bowie's passing is obviously on our agenda, as is Stereogum's analysis of Nielsen's music report, Textures's new single, Obscura's new single, and the Behemoth/Myrkur U.S. tour. Then we go into the in depth discussions of the week, the first being my overall review of System of a Down's career as a whole, since I discovered them last year, and the second being accents of singers who aren't native English speakers and how that affects their music. Don't forget the off topic section at the end as well!

David Bowie – ★

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9 – Songs Of Fire And Ice

Welcome back to Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about the new amazing tracks by Ihsahn, Obscura and David Bowie, and the failure of Soundwave Festival. Then I provide a live show review of the Native Construct/Intronaut/Enslaved/Between the Buried and Me tour, followed by a conversation about the positive aspects of live music we didn't touch on last week. We then end with an extensive discussion on the links between video games and metal, how they share the same faults, and purity of authorial intent. Enjoy!