Them Moose Rush – Dancing Maze

As a reviewer, some of the most entertaining bands to cover have an eclectic list of apparent influences. It’s fun to flex my rolodex of bands and genres to describe an artist’s sound. More importantly, they tend to produce some of the most unique, creative music in their respective genre(s).…

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Couch Slut – Take A Chance On Rock ‘n’ Roll

As you’ve likely heard, Couch Slut is back with another chapter of what really only Couch Slut can deliver. So you might expect that Take A Chance On Rock ‘n’ Roll is every bit the knock-down-drag-out of prior entries. You’d be right. It’s… difficult. Wild-eyed tales of abuse are again…

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GRID – Decomposing Force

In my quest to appreciate and understand as many genres as possible, one lingering question reigns supreme: what is jazz? That probably sounds overly Socratic, until you start trying to provide an answer. Is it the presence of brass and woodwinds? That’s hardly unique to jazz, and ignores great bandleaders…

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Eye Flys – Tub of Lard

For many (including yours truly), Eye Flys’ fine 2019 debut EP Context completely flew under the radar. But with a lineup including Full of Hell’s Spencer Hazard (guitar), Backslider’s Jake Smith (guitar/vocals) and (former Backslider drummer) Patrick Forrest, and Triac’s Keven Bernsten (bass), it didn’t go without notice to those…

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New Primals – Horse Girl Energy

I’m still not sure what “Horse Girl Energy” is, but it certainly has New Primals more hyped up than any other rock band I’ve heard this year. Across a tight but raucous half-hour run time, the Minneapolis-based trio consistently blows me away with the sheer amount of (horse girl) energy…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Human Impulse Reign in the “Error Era”

Just another absolutely dynamite premiere today here at Heavy Blog; marking the beginning of a new calendar month with some absolutely rip-roaring rock’n’roll of the noise variety. As cold and clinical as Peter Stormare’s eyes in Fargo when he’s blending Steve Buscemi, Minneapolis power-trio Human Impulse delivery the riffy, dirty…

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Apprentice Destroyer – Permanent Climbing Monolith

I’ve always gravitated towards multi-instrumentalists with an array of sonic interests. Artists who extract unique ideas from a kernel of creativity always tend to mix flavors with each side project. A great example is the collective work of Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston (who just released another excellent Dysrhythmia album),…

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Hey! Listen to Not Your Friends!

Short bursts of off-kilter aggression have yet to go out of style for me. As much as I’ve gravitated toward longer and more complex music, I still periodically revisit my high school affinity for the ’00s mathgrind and noisecore scene. I was addicted to bands like An Albatross, iwrestledabearonce, and…

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