Editors’ Picks – November 2017

The year winds down. The stream of news, releases, and overall music community activities begins to slow as we prepare for the heart of winter. As if remembering days when winter’s darkness had a stronger hold on us than it does today, people’s minds turn to introspection, eyes moving away from an imagined blanket of cold that just isn’t really there anymore. Big publications have already begun to publish their end of year lists and we’ve already started to prepare for our own; our little niche of social media is filled with these lists, as people publicly curate their taste…

The Body & Full Of Hell – Ascending A Mountain Of Heavy Light

Neither The Body nor Full Of Hell particularly need any introduction here: Heavy Blog has long traced the activity of the two bands separately due to both their talent and prolific nature (as well as their proclivity for splits and collaborative projects) and this culminated last year in our collective excitement for, and coverage of, the full-length collaboration between the pair. That album – One Day You Will Ache As I Ache – was exactly what we expected it to be: a noisy, messy, nihilistic affair that showed grindcore, sludge, noise, drone, and industrial melting together into a pyroclastic flow of static and feedback. Both bands…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Septa Get Lynchian In “Redrum” Video

It’s easy to forget just how much time, energy and life goes into the creation of a full length record. Sometimes the songs have been written and slaved on for several years before being recorded and seeing the light of the day. It makes sense that at the end of the whole process, more material would be formed in the wake of such a process. This is the case today as we debut “Redrum”, a brand new song and video from Ukraine’s Septa on the one year anniversary of their alt-metal tour de force Sounds Like Murder. We love a…

Desolate Shrine – Deliverance from the Godless Void

There is often a mystique surrounding bands that take several years in between projects. Whether they deserve it or not, bands and artists who most often fall into this camp (the Tools and Sufjan Stevenses of the world) tend to be surrounded by hype simply for the fact that they have not released new material in a significant period of time. This isn’t to say that the material released cannot be quality, because it most certainly can be, but rather that there seems to be a strange thread in musical fandom that connects time elapsed between records to expected quality/increased hype. Finnish death metal maestros Desolate Shrine represent the exact opposite of this phenomenon. Having released four albums in just over six years, the band’s fans barely have enough time to absorb their last album before the release of their next project. This pace of material creation also comes with its own potential downsides, but none of them seem to apply to Desolate Shrine, who have topped their previous efforts with each new record, culminating in the crown jewel of their discography, this year’s Deliverance from the Godless Void. In the war of quality over quantity, Desolate Shrine seems to ask: why not both? What a novel proposition.

Doomsday // November 2017

Greetings, heaviest of heavy bloggers! Welcome back to Doomsday, our monthly roundup of All the Doom that’s Fit to Print.™ It’s that time of year again: between the holidays, year-end doomsday prep, and the natural industry slowdown that occurs at year’s end, this month’s Doomsday is slightly abbreviated in the number of offerings we’re serving up. No matter; the selections appearing in this month’s installment are more than strong enough to make up for the reduced numbers. Also, keep your eyes out for our year-end Doomsday roundup coming next month. 2017 was a crushing year for Doom and we can’t…