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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.

Matt MacLennan


A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations
Gendo Ikari – Unit 1
UxDxS – Too Fast For Love
Knocked Loose – Laugh Tracks
Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries
Action Bronson – Mr Wonderful
Internal Devour – Doomed To Disembowelment
Vulvodynia – Psychosadistic Design

Noyan Tokgozoglu


Shokran – Exodus
Hannes Grossmann – The Crypts of Sleep
A Sense of Gravity – Travail
Astral Path – Ashes Dancer
Dodheimsgard- A Umbra Omega
Archspire – The Lucid Collective
Enslaved – RIITIIR
Tengger Cavalry – Blood Sacrifice Shaman
Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries

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Autumn Equinox 2016

Autumn Equinox 2016

Now that summer has officially come to an end it’s time to mark the autumn equinox with a new playlist, comprised of some of our favourite tracks new and old, to commemorate our favourite season.

We couldn’t resist pairing Morkobot and Coma Cluster Void together for this playlist, as both projects’ latest albums are remarkable, complex and unique in their fields – we guarantee listeners have never heard anything like Coma Cluster Void and their new full-length Mind Cemeteries requires several mesmerizing listens to fully appreciate the visionary technical cacophonies they have unleashed.




Hey mutants, Trevor From The Black Dahlia Murder AKA The Obituarist here. I’m currently reporting from home between TBDM tours. Up next is a brief Canadian run with The Cavaleras performing Roots and two quickies with First Fragment; followed by South America and then our ultimate US tour with Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Power Trip and Abnormality, which is sure to be a doozey… needless to say, I’ll be very busy in the coming months.

In the meantime, I’ve got a great round up of 23 solid as fuck new releases (heavy on the death metal) you should be checking out this Fall. I’ve got a talented spread here, lots of great bands and some been I’ve been genuinely very excited about. I am pleased to bring them to you here. Thanks again to anyone who stops by and especially those who give their hard earner money to these bands for their music and merchandise, they appreciate you and I do to. Without further delay, here are 23 rotten new releases sure to decimate your soft, pink parts into utter oblivion.


Fucking Mike DiSalvo (ex-Cryptopsy) is back! About freaking time! Coma Cluster Void bless our itching ears with bizarre, machinated, deconstructed technical death metal that will dizzy and jar the listener into submission. This is really cool and challenging stuff recalling Gorguts Obscura at times and instrumental freaks Keelhaul others. It’s a twisted and explosive ride. Mike seems right at home amidst the melee of writhing machines; this material is so bonkers technical that it makes And Then You’ll Beg seem like child’s play. I think its really cool that he’s found another really forward thinking ensemble to roll with. I am reminded of the first album from Ion Dissonance for some reason that I cant entirely pinpoint; it has that really damaged, taken apart sound to it but its still extreme as fuck. I also wouldn't be surprised if these gentlemen had an awareness of the works of Human Remains, Deadguy, and Lethargy. Haha, the album name Mind Cemetaries reminds me of that Rage Against The Machine lyric from “Bulls On Parade”… good on ya, mates! I hope this takes off and that we get to see Mike on the touring circuit again as I sadly have never seen him perform before. Coma Cluster Void, fuck yeah!!!
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Sometimes you find yourself at a place in your musical journey where you’re so fazed by death metal and its so-called brutality that a song called “Hammer Smashed Face” could just as well be a spa facial. In those times, you tend to need something that truly pushes the boundaries of the genre.

If that sounds familiar, consider yourself invited to take a wander into Mind Cemeteries, the debut album from Coma Cluster Void, a multinational, avant-garde death metal band reminiscent of latter day Gorguts with even less melodic content.

The amount of atonal, aggressive and dissonant music Coma Cluster Void have crammed into this album is staggering. Even the customary interludes and quieter parts of the album never give you respite: rather, they’re a quiet dread; the calm before an especially ravaging storm.

These qualities become increasingly understandable when you keep in mind that John Strieder, the band’s ten-string guitarist and main composer, is himself the composer of some incredibly challenging post-modern compositions, as well as the man behind the unsettling string arrangements on War From A Harlots Mouth´s swansong album Voyeur.

The usage of a ten-string guitar may lead the uninitiated to expect djent and neatly programmed drums but, luckily for those tired of djentrification, that’s not the case. Mind Cemeteries features the (in)human drumming skills of Chris Burrows, making sure the percussion matches the oppressive, sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere of the string section. Bassist Sylvia Hinz, unfortunately gets largely lost in the mix, which is understandable when sitting opposite a low-tuned ten-string guitar, but it’s still unfortunate as it would have been very interesting to see what she could have added to the album’s sound. She does provide her skill on double bass recorder for the interlude “I See Through Your Pain” and on the album closer “As I Walk Amongst the Sick” though, bringing another sonic element into the album.

Despite the music being at times quite impenetrable and atonal, i’s still incredibly memorable; there are riffs across the record that are (dare I say it?) quite catchy, including the blast beat section from “Drowning Into Sorrow” amongst a plethora of choice cuts.

The vocals, provided in a dual attack formation by former Cryptopsy frontman Mike DiSalvo and Austin Taylor, tend to stray from the cliched low grumbling noises most common in the death metal arsenal. The dramatic shouting of “Path of Lies”, as well as “Petrified Tears” in its entirety, are true standout moments – the latter includes panicked shouts, spoken word and even a little clean singing, which takes nothing away from the intensity. Taking even more of this more vulnerable/mentally unstable style, also found on closer “Epilogue: As I Walk Amongst The Sick“, and spreading it across the album really would have brought the album up to a new level in its entirety.

Mind Cemeteries may not be an album you’ll listen to every day and sing along to but sweet mother of atonality is it worth a listen. Actually scratch that – it’s worth several. Mind Cemeteries is a dense fucker of an album and you’ll need time to dig your claws into it – before the void reaches back and digs into you in return.

Jón writer banner Jan 2015