Skeleton of God – Primordial Dominion

Music considered “psychedelic” tends to fall, loosely, into two categories. The first camp includes weird, off-kilter compositions, lots of trippy vocal effects and weird keyboard/synth flourishes (Animal Collective, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Flaming Lips). The second camp tends to be defined by long instrumental passages, mostly partially or totally improvised jams (Earthless, Kyuss, Sleep, Phish, Grateful Dead). Billed as a “psychedelic stab of death infused metal,” Skeleton of God’s Primordial Dimension is the rare animal that combines both camps in a heady crockpot of healthy extreme metal.

MAKE – Pilgrimage Of Loathing

Without using Google to assist and therefore name this bizarre phenomena, everyone knows what happens with any kind of cable. Whether it's a guitar lead, headphones or the plug for your blow up girlfriend, against the grace of all things holy that shit will tangle it self to death when no one is around to see it. This is actually relevant to MAKE. Pilgrimage Of Loathing is a lot like that. After the first few listens, this review was heading towards a pretty grim place - not grim in a positive light either. Like those headphones, over time the weaving of other elements contrived to paint this moody, riff heavy record into something infinitely more pleasing. Somethings really do just need time to breath and a second opinion.

Kvelertak – Nattesferd

Norway's Kvelertak experienced an explosive arrival to the metal scene in 2010 with the release of their universally acclaimed self-titled debut. Buzz spread almost overnight as their would-be niche black n' roll experience found worldwide audiences and the attention of major label Roadrunner Records. The unabashedly catchy blend of black metal, hardcore punk, and cheesy classic rock riffs was a new experience to such a wide audience, and Kvelertak was quick to become a landmark album not just because of its novelty, but because of its genuinely exciting songs. So where are we now, six years and two albums later?

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/22/16

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.

King Goat – Conduit

King Goat have basically managed to inject new energy and dynamic into the tired stoner/doom formula. Much like HARK before them, they've found a new way in which the pieces of the musical puzzle fit. The fact that they're unsigned and relatively new makes perfect sense. Innovation lies in the periphery, where the need to outperform the competition is all. It'll be interesting to watch them from now on, to see exactly what they'll do with the new exposure and upcoming music. Will they deepen their unique take on the genre, turn to more conservative avenues or throw us another curveball? One can only hope for the latter, since King Goat at their best when keeping us uncomfortable and on the edge of our seats.

Hey! Listen to Mammoth Storm!

Yes, we’re back, with even more mammoth-themed doom metal acts! Today’s band, Mammoth Storm is perhaps a bit more traditional than the previous HLT (Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard), but it’s still willing to trample all over you if you let it.