Heavy Blog Primer – Our Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Though it may seem like we talked ad naseum about how fucking spectacular 2016 was in terms of new music, the fact remains that we saw more fantastic albums drop than we could seemingly keep up with. But just when we thought our palates were satiated, here comes 2017 with an excellent early roster of release announcements, some we’ve expected for a while and others that came out of nowhere. The following is a surely incomplete list of all the albums worth craving as we ring in the new year. Some of these albums have been fully announced with pre-order links and all that jazz, while others are merely probable assumptions based on various updates on social media. Regardless, these are all phenomenal projects worth looking for in the coming year. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to comment with some albums you’re anticipating so we can share in your excitement.

A Guide to Record Store Day’s Most Notable Releases

Record Store Day is less than a month away, and vinyl fanatics like myself have been stoking our anticipation with the massive list of special releases being featured this year. Of course, it truly is a massive list, and since lines at record stores will almost certainly be even bigger, it’ll behoove all of us to have a game plan prior to fluffing our sleeping bags to camp out at the door. That’s why I decided to sit down – with input from Eden – and list what we believe to be the essential release from this year’s RSD; records that truly capture the essence of that “special release” vibe that the pseudo-holiday has built its reputation upon. This won’t be a comprehensive list by any means, and I encourage everyone to comment with the releases that you’re most looking forward to snagging next month. That being said, head past the jump to see the vinyl nerd in me gush about what RSD 2016 has to offer.

Unmetal Monday: Xiu Xiu Scales Twin Peaks on Pseudo-Covers Album

Collectively, we didn’t feel as though we had enough noteworthy “unmetal” content to fit into our typical biweekly column. I’m not one to step off the soapbox so easily, though, especially considering how many times I’ve spun the latest single from Cali experimentalists Xiu Xiu. For those of you who don’t follow my personal best-of-lists religiously, I listed Xiu Xiu’s latest album Angle Guts: Red Classroom as one of my top albums of 2014, and for good reason; everything about the project took what I love about art rock and experimental music and elevated the genres’ eccentricities to the point of sheer discomfort. It’s because of this that the band’s decision to interpret Angelo Badalamenti’s music from cult classic show Twin Peaks for Record Store Day doesn’t surprise me in the least. To the contrary, it stoked my excitement quite a bit, especially after the band posted a reworking of the band’s iconic main theme under the name “Falling.” Head past the jump to share in my chilling excitement:

Voices – London

Listeners may have an intrigued cursory glance at the album artwork for London, the sophomore album from Voices (a band risen from the ashes of Akercocke). For an album labeled as blackened death metal, the minimal photograph of England’s capital conjures a starkly contrasting vibe. Yet, through the thick, progressive…