With so much great music out there and so much music that our staff reviews (and plenty that we don't), it can be difficult to keep up with it all and determine which releases are the most worth your time. Harnessing the wide-ranging and diverse tastes of our editorial staff, our monthly Editors' Picks column is our gift to you to guide you towards the music that's impacting us the most. You can read our picks from previous months right here. Ah, March! The end of winter is nigh, spring is nearly upon us, and the heavy hitters are preparing to unleash more music than we possibly know what to do with. Even though all of us here at Heavy Blog are practically salivating at everything that April has in store for us, this past month wasn't exactly shabby. We've got a lineup of some incredible albums for you to check out if you haven't already, and for the first time, we're also including a shortlist of other albums from the past month (metal or otherwise) that get our collective seal of approval. Also for the first time, you'll notice that we've installed a nifty little Spotify widget in our site sidebar featuring a playlist of said top picks from this past month. As always, feel free to share your own top picks in the comments, and without further ado, let’s dig in into this month’s offerings!
Split albums are always fun: it’s interesting to see how one band teams up with another to deliver an experience that is characteristic of both their sounds, yet is distinctive enough on both sides that fans of either band can appreciate what they came to the material for. Different from fully collaborative albums in that both bands contribute their own separate material, they can throw together artists of disparate styles, like in the case of the Full of Hell and Merzbow split release from 2014, or, as it is here, bring together multiple artists of the same genre to build off of their individual strengths and weaknesses and provide a more holistic approach.