Parkway Drive – Reverence

The last couple of Parkway Drive records have seen the Byron Bay quintet branching out in several different directions. Although these experiments have been largely successful the band have found themselves lacking the coherence shown on their early releases, and it’s felt for a while that what they’ve been sorely…

Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash & Bone

Enter Wolvhammer, a band entrenched in a traditional black metal sound, refreshing the formula with a basic Crust and D-beat angle, present in guitar tone mostly. This has made their songwriting less derivative, a new dynamic to give it some height on top of its contemporary, traditional, black metal roots. The Obsidian Plains and Clawing Into the Black Sun are hallmarks for blackened crust, staples of the micro-genre and back-to-back obscure gems across the board for black metal fans. Their penchant for mid-tempo headbangers seeped in distortion, and D-beat drumming in place of the standard blast beat lead to a sound faithful to the aesthetic of tradition, yet reinvigorating in structure and aggression. The dynamic was fresh, without being overtly furious or dense.

Anatomy Of – Boss Keloid

We here at Heavy Blog are not known for under-doing something when it comes to bands we love; we like to shower them with attention and do it often. Thus, it should be no great surprise that, so soon after we reviewed their most recent release, we’re here with an…

Grayceon – IV

We often rail against gimmicks here on Heavy Blog. That’s no coincidence; in its endless search for boundaries to push, metal will often grab whatever is closest to hand. However, it rarely takes the time to integrate whatever that crutch is into its composition and thus you get a gimmick, a once off or shallow use of something which could be cool and interested. Grayceon are a great example of how to avoid that. They splice their brand of stoner/doom metal with cello, baking it right into the composition. What could have easily been just another stoner metal band with a few string touches here and there turns into an album which utilizes its non-standard instruments in a varied and impressive way, adding it where necessary to amplify the core music and its impact.

Hey! Listen to The Armed (Again)!

Technically, this post has already been written. No, I don’t mean in the “bruh what if alternate realities are real and in it I am a vegetable of sorts that can talk?” kind of way, it’s just that we already told you to listen to this band in 2011. But a lot of abrasive water has flown under the bridge since then (although we also told you about them in 2015 and at other times) and something seems to be stirring in The Armed’s camp. Namely, the punk/mathcore/hardcore/batshit crazy band have released a new album called ONLY LOVE and you really need to listen to it. Yes, even if you’ve heard this band before. Yes, even if you didn’t like them before. This is a whole new beast.

Hey! Listen to Sketchwork!

I still feel like there’s a space for more bands in the area between mathrock and pop punk, alongside Tiny Moving Parts for example. Luckily, it seems like I’m not the nly person who feels that way; Sketchshow feel the same. These Southhampton younglings deal in a high energy, high fusion version of mathrock that immediately echoes the promise of The Marmozets. Their recently released EP, Patchwork, is an exploration of the giddy power of the blend between complex music and a decidedly punk mentality and approach.

Stream Randall Holt’s Powerful Cello Exploration Ahead Of Its Physical Re-release

Perhaps no one musician has contributed to the cello’s prominence and presence in the field of experimental music as Randall Holt but the name might not even be familiar to you unless you’re well versed in the Austin musical scene, the post rock landscape or other experimental/jazz circles. But the fact remains that he totes one of the finest pedigrees in the market. He collaborates or has collaborated with the likes of Thor Harris (drummer for Swans), Jonathan Horne (another of Austin’s elite of hardworking musicians, also the guitarist for The Young Mothers), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and Adam Rudolph, one of the most important jazz composers and percussionists in the world. In 2016, Holt was ready to foray out into the world by himself with a haunting and beautiful album titled “Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness” and boy is it a ride. We’re proud to stream the full album here today to celebrate the album’s physical release, on cassette and CD, so head on over below for a taste and we’ll talk more after.

Malady – Toinen Toista

At the beginning of this year (fuck, it’s almost April), we told you about Malady, a treasure trove of progressive rock hailing from the criminally overlooked Finnish music scene. Their first, self titled release, was a somber take on the progressive rock formula, mostly emphasizing the feeling of loss and wanderlust that…