Heavy Rewind – Psychotic Waltz’s A Social Grace

This Californian band’s first iteration lasted a decade, until 1997 (they are now reunited and working on new music, who’s quality is yet to be tested). During that decade they released four albums, with a clear difference between the first two and the latter two. Those two first album, and the debut especially, are masterclasses in progressive metal and represent to this day some of the best actualization of why progressive metal is great. They are technical but furiously aggressive, drawing from the pools of progressive rock and thrash equally. The result is two fantastically deep albums with the first being a timeless classic which has sadly gone forgotten.

An Ode to Spring – Metal, Thematics and Politics

Since the vast majority of Heavy Blog contributors fall on the left side of the map (shocking, we know), focusing on the latter seems like the way to go. Criticizing the other side of the political map is easy enough; taking a hard look at your own camp is where things get tricky. Thus, let us turn our eyes on one of the most typical leftist refusals to engage: the retreat. There are few places in the cultural world where this retreat is more obvious than in music and, more specifically, in metal. Even more specifically, the current throes which are black metal is undergoing are even more lucrative for our needs. There, leftist retreat is alive and happening right now, both because of the virility of the claims on the other side (read: the amount of black metal that’s truly awful) and because the themes of black metal have already been declared by the larger, more abstract “left” as anathema in the past.

The Anatomy Of: Winterfylleth

In case you missed it, Manchester’s premier atmospheric/pagan black metal act Winterfylleth released their sixth album The Hallowing of Heirdom last week, April 6th, 2018, through Spinefarm and Candlelight. Since their inception, the act’s atmospheric black metal sound has been espoused with majestic neofolk which made them a band to…

Heavy Rewind // Rodriguez – Cold Fact

The voice of Rodriguez is instantly classic; some peculiar timbre of his resonant tenor sounds perfectly timeless, like Neil Young or Bob Dylan with an added unpretentious grit gleaned from hanging on the hard streets of 1960’s Detroit. Born as Sixto Rodriguez into a poor Mexican-American family in 1942, Rodriguez…

Stepping Stone: INXS’s Kick

Like many metalheads, I spent many a year condemning anything verging on pop as simplistic, saccharine drivel manufactured to appeal to the lowest common denominator of music listeners. Over time I’ve softened and come to appreciate that not all pop-infused music can be painted with the same brush. More than…

Precedence In Metal (Part 1)

Something that is nigh unavoidable as a metal fan is a once-beloved band falling off at some point in their career. As fans, we tend to gravitate to bands with great track records. Sometimes, we luck out and being following artists whose careers spanning span decades and churn out a…