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.
The title is a dig, you say? Not at all! It’s not because this week our topic discussion revolves around how metalheads gravitate to specific genres outside of metal and how that’s influenced by metal journalism. Totally. Here, let’s talk about some new music, releases or news instead. We shitpost about stuff that came out recently, like stuff by Meshuggah, Allegaeon, Opeth (salt interview part 1, part 2, part 3), Disillusion, Metallica, Testament, Logan Mader’s Once Human, Dark Tranquillity, Protest the Hero, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and more. Maybe. Then we talk about this “interesting” article about Reign in Blood turning 30, and highlight a few bands. Namely Starkill, Mammoth, Elarcos and Raptorbaby. And the week’s underrated release is Ønskediktet by Ørkenkjøtt! Enjoy! By the way, this is that article about Kendrick Lamar – “Why Did Everyone Claim to Enjoy Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’?”
Metalcore, particularly the progressive iteration, is a dead scene. There’s plenty of support for the genre, but most bands have broken up, diversified or remain relevant but hardly influential. Most fans of progressive metalcore get by on a few releases annually and spinning old gems of the genre. Today however, we’d like to introduce you to Raptorbaby. Raptorbaby have recently put out an album titled Citadel and it’s chock full of the proggy metalcore that long time fans will find nostalgic, as well as travelling into some unfamiliar territory. Raptorbaby manages to throwback to early Sumerian Records style of metalcore and deathcore as the foundation for their sound. You can catch some Kezia-era Protest the Hero influence as well. But this isn’t just a rehash of a genre once thriving. It’s an exceptional homage to that era of music, but it also has plenty of tricks up its sleeves too. Let’s dig in.