Heavy Rewind – Merciless’s Unbound

It’s 1994, and the Scandinavian metal scene is buzzing with activity. But while most of the contemporaries of Merciless had spent the past few years expanding the boundaries of extreme metal, Merciless had gone the opposite direction entirely. In 1990, Merciless released their debut The Awakening, which was as heavy as any death or thrash metal record available at the time. Solidifying their credentials as one of the pioneering Scandinavian extreme metal bands, Merciless was the first band signed to the Deathlike Silence Productions record label owned by Euronymous of Mayhem. But rather than continuing to break the same barriers…

40 – Cool People Time

This week we don’t care, we’re going full cool people time! There’s some metal stuff at the end, including Rob Halford doing Judas Priest material with Babymetal live, new material from The Agonist, Allegaeon, Thy Catafalque, Korn, Thank You Scientist, A Million Dead Birds Laughing and Mephistopheles. Also, Archspire are working on a new album! Check after the jump for more info on all the cool stuff we talk about.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Stream A New Song From Fountainhead!

Here at Heavy Blog we have a pretty good understanding of who our audience is, the type of music they like and the type of articles they want to read. That’s why we’ve been around as long as we have. So we know that a lot of people come to us because they’re lovers of progressive music and, if that’s the case, and you still don’t know who Fountainhead is… then quite simply, you’re doing it wrong. An artist who just seems to be getting better and better each time we hear him, his highly anticipated second album Reverse Engineering…

PHOTOS: Ne Obliviscaris, Black Crown Initiate, Starkill, AngelMaker—July 19th, 2016 @ Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC

Just five months ago, Ne Obliviscaris did their first North American tour, opening for Cradle of Filth [photos]. As they promised (if we supported them), they would come back soon. I don’t think anybody really expected it to be this soon though. In less than six months the band have launched a successful Patreon, all while amping up the quality and intensity of their live performance. The sound quality was so good that I took out my ear protection halfway through the first song. As we mentioned in our last NeO show review, the pieces that make up this band…