What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 11/18/16

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.

Simplicity Ain’t Punk

Being a writer who’s primary focus has been punk music (and associated subgenres) has been somewhat of an interesting experience. On one hand, I have been allowed to write about the music I love, hearing a vast array of new and exciting artists that are constantly innovating and taking the…

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…