Cloud Rat – Pollinator

If someone were to force Cloud Rat into pop-culture comparisons, the resulting list would have to include the likes of Deafheaven, Wormrot, Mayhem, and Foo Fighters. That’s a lot to take in, and even more to picture for the uninitiated among you, but don’t click away yet. The Michigan grind…

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Ernia – Ernia

Coming to the end of a year that has been bursting at the seams with grindcore releases (many of which can be found on Heavy Blog Is Heavy, just saying), there were always going to be a clutch of records that arrived too late for album of the year consideration.…

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 6/23/17

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 through your account, or create it manually with 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.

Hivesmasher To Play Final Show In Boston

A couple of years ago, former writer Damien showed me Hivesmasher, a fantastic grindcore band from Massachussetts, and instantly I was hooked. I’ve jammed their opus Gutter Choir so many times, and with each listen the album gets more memorable. However, after nine years of ripping faces apart and screaming at us,…

Hivesmasher Are ‘En Route To Meatland

Hivesmasher’s Gutter Choir, released late last year, was by far one of the best grind releases of that year and, keeping in mind grind-messiahs Pig Destroyer also put out Book Burner at basically the same time, that’s a hell of a feat. The band recently released a new music video for a…

Hivesmasher – Gutter Choir

Grindcore has been unfortunately distant this year. A lot of the scene’s prominent players released new albums last year and other than Napalm Death and the upcoming album from Pig Destroyer, it’s a little thin on the ground. Thankfully though, these times of drought allow us to scramble in the dirt for the best the underground has to offer, with the most recent contender being Black Market Activities’ newest addition Hivesmasher.