LIVE REVIEW: Judas Priest, Saxon, and Black Star Riders at Washington D.C.’s The Anthem, March 18th, 2018

“There’s a lot of us here,” a short blonde photographer in a patch-laden vest said, cycling through shots, deleting batches frantically to conserve space. “I’ve never seen it like this, it’s crazy. We’ve been waiting for this for a while now.” I thought he was talking about the large amount…

LIVE REVIEW: Carpenter Brut at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall, April 26th, 2018

Carpenter Brut is something of a hot item in the electronic scene. From mastermind Frank Hueso, the Poitiers-based electronic artist has risen to popularity with the aggressive, ’80s influenced synthwave, acting as an audible time travel device with a live show to match. Editor-in-Chief Eden Kupermintz has previously sung the…

Morag Tong – Last Knell of Om

Being an up and coming doom band in the UK is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the arguable home of doom metal seems like the blessed and fertile ground to begin conjuring the magic of slow and low, with the immense history and a nearly overwhelming…

Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy

Let’s take a deep breath together before we start; this one is a doozy. Breathe in. And out. OK, now we can get going. Do Alkaloid need an intro? They shouldn’t, at least not in Heavy Blog circles. Just in case you’re somehow unfamiliar, we’re talking about the supergroup to end all…

Ihsahn – Ámr

Just picture yourself sitting at the right side of a decades old career. Be honest with yourself: as you survey all you have achieved and consider your next steps, what kind of emotions course through you? It’s safe to say that many of us would feel contentment, a sort of deep satiation. You’ve earned the trust and respect of your peers and the adoration of several generations of fans; where do you find the fuel to move forward? Honestly, I have no idea but Ihsahn appears to have found a secret store of whatever substance keeps musicians going well past would anyone else would consider the peak of their career and into heights.

Traditional Metal Rapidfire Roundup – Dream Tröll // Manacle // Spiral Skies

We’ve been singing the praises of the Traditional Heavy Metal revival for a while now. The simple fact is that this movement seems to show no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, releases just seem to keep coming from left and right, touching back on several different sub-genres within the “traditional metal” moniker. To handle this volume of excellent releases that have landed on my plate, I’ve decided to collect three of the best ones from the recent few months and review them together. And thus, you have this post! Read on below for shreds, riff, and high pitched vocals!

Rongeur – An Asphyxiating Embrace

Sometimes, you need a record that is no-nonsense. You don’t always need a huge prog rock record packed to the gills with flowery guitar work and instruments you’ve never heard of. Sometimes you just need a record that’s straightforward pure rock fury. You need a record that’s just aggression given…

Mos Generator – Shadowlands

There’s a virtue to artists who don’t try to reinvent the wheel with every new release, instead focusing on refining their core sound and musical ideas and themes. Mos Generator have spent the last eighteen years doing just that to great effect on numerous albums, EP’s and splits with like minded bands…

Gatekeeper – East of Sun

Metal in general, but trad metal especially, is a divisive style of music, which, if I had to guess, comes from how unabashedly itself it is. It is a genre completely lacking in subtlety or nuance; when it comes to the high-soaring, epic sounds that come under the umbrella of “traditional…