Hey! Listen to Ashbringer!

Technically, I could have made this post one of our Heavy Delinquency posts. Not because so long has passed since Ashbringer released their most recent album, Absolution, but because it’s really too damn good to have waited so long to write about it. Regardless of the name of this post,…

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179 – Good Vibes Forest Stuff

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! Yes, I censored the title. Deal with it. This week, we talk about Cynic, the artist formerly known as Haarp Machine, Ten Second Songs doing Slipknot, Thrawsunblat, Babymetal, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation, Insomnium, Oxxo Xoox, Periphery, and Covet. Then, cool people time with Gemini Man, Destiny 2, and The Gurkha and The Lord of Tuesday. Enjoy!

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Bask Beneath Allelic’s “The Smoke of Atavistic Fires

I just love album titles that act as declarations of intent, telling you all you need to know about what you’re about to hear. That’s certainly the case here; Montreal’s one-man project Allelic makes the kind of Canadian black metal that’s given us excellent bands like Thrawsunblat, steeped in the wild and foreboding nature of that northern state. The Smoke of Atavistic Fires is a perfect title for that; it conjures to mind ritual, primal forces, and mystical knowledge, all of which feature heavily on this album, whether in the form of blistering black metal crying out pain and defiance or with fully fleshed out and haunting folk passages. We’re super proud to premiere this intricate and ambitious album in full! Head on below for the whole damn thing and I’ll meet you after.

Orm – Orm

A wave of bands who reconstruct the genre seems to be emerging for black metal these days. Bands like Imperium Dekadenz or Thrawsunblut are making, amidst a flurry of post black metal and blackgaze bands, black metal that is truer to the source of the genre. Which is not to say there is nothing modern about their sound; rather, it’s that we’re talking of an alloy, a mix of metals of different qualities, containing a hint of the source material that binds it together (quite an apt metaphor, right?). Enter Orm, a band determined to etch out a place for themselves in the ranks of black metal bands appealing once again to the root of what make the genre tick.

Heavy Blog Staff’s Top Ten Albums of 2016

With our general list for 2016 out of the way, we can now shift the focus from our aggregate opinion to individual ones. Both outlooks have their own merit; the former provides us with an overview of our year in music. However, the latter shines a light on something we’re extremely proud of and that’s the varied and eclectic nature of our staff these days. We used to have a very certain type of music associated with Heavy Blog and while we still have a long way to go, we feel like we’ve done a good job at expanding our palettes and the representation of different kinds of music and metal in our staff. The lists below reflect that; you’ll find black metal, avant-garde, technical thrash metal, hip hop, rap, noise, ambiance, post metal and rock, melodic death metal and much more throughout these lists.

60 – AOTY 2016 Deliberations, Part 2: Vape Out

I’m lazy so I’ll copy paste this from last week:

So we’re doing a two-part series on picking the podcast’s official albums of the year 2016. We start with the blog’s list of 400+ albums that are worth consideration this year, whittle it down to 86 albums we care about, and then start cutting them. The objective is to get to a ranked list of 10 items and an overall list of 20 albums. We got down to about 45 last week until the cuts really start to hurt. This week we go down to 20, then to 10. This was real fun to do, so I hope you all enjoy too! The lists will be posted below.