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.
When something dies, as in the age old cliche, there is opportunity for something else to grow in its stead, cannibalizing on everything that made that thing worthwhile and, hopefully, discarding everything that held it back. Take post metal's infatuation with the still-bleeding musical cadavers of grunge. The sub-genre which, if you look closely at your chronologies, was born not long after grunge's heyday has much in common with grunge. The thick bass, the extended vocals, the overall aesthetic of despair and anguish; post metal and grunge speak in two dialects of the same language. Case in point, Impure Wilhelmina. This oddly named bunch has been in operation since '99, their birth soaked within the still burning embers of grunge. However, over their career and during their current presence in Season of Mist's roster, they've deepened their back-line, delved deeper wells of sorrow and set the distortion on their guitars as high as it would go.