Rise of Avernus – Eigengrau

For their second full-length release, Sydney’s Rise of Avernus have stripped back a lot of the operatic elements that characterized their debut. Instead, with Eigengrau,  they’ve opted for a more extreme symphonic metal sound akin to that of Septic Flesh and… well… Septic Flesh really are the major point of…

The Heavy Word – A Heavy Blog Newsletter

tl;dr – we’re starting a newsletter! The Heavy Word is written (for now) by me, Eden Kupermintz, Heavy Blog’s Editor in Chief. It’ll feature select articles from the blog, thoughts from me on music, art, gaming, science fiction, digital culture and more, and, of course, lots of music recommendations. The Heavy Word will be sent on Fridays, every two weeks. If you’d like to sign up, here’s the link. Tell your friends!

Heavy Blog Guest List – Artificial Brain’s Top 10 Albums of 2017

Editor’s note: Yes, it’s that time of the year again! While our own Album of the Year list is already published by the time you read this, we still have a ton of end of year content for you. Over the coming week, we’ll be exploring 2017 in various of ways: through curated summaries for specific genres, editorials on specific phenomena we found interesting and, of course, guest lists! This time around, we have a band who’s name should by synonymous with metal’s success in 2017: Artificial Brain. Infrared Horizon, their album from this year, is top of the crop in the extremely busy and prolific technical death metal field. With all the releases coming from the sub-genre this year, Artificial Brain still managed to prove they’re a cut above the rest, providing an aggressive, abrasive and yet strangely captivating science fiction masterpiece.

Their list makes a lot of sense, in that regard. It’s chock full of overwhelming and abrasive metal from bands like Aosoth, Thantifaxath and Dying Fetus. But it also includes more beguiling and subtle choices, like Circle or the avant-garde trappings of Fleurety. Thus, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself and see what’s what for Arti-B in 2017!

Kvlt Kolvmn // November 2017

November. The end of the year is upon us. What a fucking mess. Politically, socially, ethically, take your pick. It’s all bad, bad, and bad. In 2017, the world found itself repeatedly at moral and ethical crossroads, and opted almost exclusively for the most ridiculous and asinine path possible. Honestly,…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – Listen to Silenmara #shredforthecure On “Bed of Lies”!

Let’s get something out of the way before we begin: FUCK CANCER. Cancer is, without a doubt, one of the worst plagues that humanity has ever faced, as close to the Borg as we’ll ever see in real life (I hope) in the sense of an unstoppable, uncaring and all-encompassing force of destruction. Fighting it is an uphill battle and one in which we have made strides towards victory but are as far as ever from an ultimate triumph. Resources are needed and must be pooled if we want to keep pushing back against this thing and we should all contribute how and when we can.

Take Silenmara as an example; this Miami progressive death metal based band started #shredforthecure, a subsidiary foundation set up to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.