Mantar – Ode to the Flame

Most music fans have a section of their digital and/or physical library dedicated to boisterous background music; albums that digest quickly and provide instantaneous satisfaction. The inverse of spinning Tangerine Dream after popping melatonin, these albums provide the sonic stimulus of the body without necessitating the involvement of the mind. German sludge duo…

Half-Life – Sunn O)))

Even the staunchest Sunn O))) fan has to realize why the band is some of the most polarizing groups in underground music. Core duo Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson took idea of a gargantuam wall of guitars – pioneered by Earth’s debut Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version – and escalated it beyond its logical extent at the time,…

Starter Kit: Drone

Drone metal is perhaps the metal subgenre that most necessitates a Starter Kit for curious listeners. While skeptics/detractors may acknowledge the talent of most metal subgenres while criticizing the music, most people who encounter the seemingly never-ending wall of distortion and repetition that is drone metal often question if what…

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 9/26/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place…