What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 6/17/16

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.

Reel Good Sh1t: Best Music Vidyas Of May

It’s halfway through the year, and I know most of the staff here are already putting together their best of lists in their heads. Not me. Looking at the best music videos of every month has kept me busy enough as is and this month has been just as busy. May’s music video selection has a repeat, violent offender with more monochromatic misery, genre legends with a monster of a comeback, noisy headache rock music and a pit full of fake blood. I love all four of these bands., and this is probably the only format or list where I could possibly get a chance to write about them all at once. So enjoy. Or not.

Starter Kit – Noise Rock

If there was ever a type of music to earn an award for being  unconventional and far reaching, noise rock would take it home time and time again, spreading its roots everywhere from the base genre itself to everything from powerviolence to indie music. Noise rock is truly a genre…

Starter Kit: Modern Mathcore

I can already see the comments flowing: “Modern Mathcore? The fuck is that?” Yes, in a sense, modern mathcore is not a genre, but rather describes a specific time in the history of mathcore, much like the new waves of British and American Heavy Metal (1970-80’s and 2000’s-present, respectively). It’s…