EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Arkona Prepare To Take 2018 By “Shtorm”

Arkona are one of the most underrated bands out there. These Russian blackened folk metal heroes have been in the business for more than 15 years now and make consistently great releases. Their style draws influences from melodic death, black metal and more to create rich tapestries of evocative music. They are slated to continue this illustrious career with their 2018 release, Khram. Being the Russian word for “temple”, Khram is set to continue the band’s penchant for lyrics revolving around their own area’s mythology, adding much to their unique vibe. This trajectory is confirmed by their latest track, which are proud to premiere here today, titled “Shtorm”. Check it out below!

106 – Colors Me Surprised

End of the year, so there’s not a lot of news! Shokran covering Linkin Park, Arkona teasing a new album, a new Portal track, Gene Simmons getting banned from Fox News. Decibel’s weird top 40 of the year. Then we discuss why I didn’t enjoy the new Xanthochroid releases and what merit they may have regardless. We introduce a new segment: “Game Changer”, then we discuss Between the Buried and Me’s Colors and how it, well, changed the game. Finally Eden plugs his love letter to Iron Maiden’s Powerslave. Cool people time, including the Korean Netflix show Stranger, then five movies Eden saw at a sci-fi festival, and the superhero simulator Megaton Rainfall. Enjoy!

54 – On Strange Hoops

As you can tell, we talk about the new Mithras album.

Obviously, we talk about news. That is the established format of this podcast after all! We talk about the new Painted in Exile album (finally!), The Corelia kickstarter, the new Avenged Sevenfold album (that came out of nowhere), the new Korn album (yep), the Scale the Summit “breakup”, the Allegaeon Patreaon, Frontierer’s first live show and Arkona’s new old song. We also reflect back on things, like Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory turning 16 and our discussion on Slice the Cake from last week. We also mention a few other things, like a Guitar Hero chart of A Sense of Gravity’s Echo Chasers, and some shitty flute covers, including this excellent one of Dragonforce’s masterpiece. Then, our underrated album, which is Rishloo’s Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth. Also, our cool people section covers some important topics! I promise!

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: See And Hear Arkona’s New Lyric Video For “Vozrozhdenie” From The Re-Recorded Debut

Arkona have been in the pagan/folk metal game for quite some time, now approaching their 15th year as an active band. 2004 saw the release of their debut album Vozrozhdeniye (meaning “revival” in their native tongue) and 2016 will see the same record re-recorded with modern production techniques and a greater level of musicianship.

Longtime fans of the Russian fivesome can certainly hear a difference, especially in the maturation of frontwoman Maria “Masha Scream” Arkhipova’s voice, as well as the tighter instrumentation by the rest of the band. Make no mistake—this is not a simple remix or remaster of the beloved 2004 album. The entire band put their respective weapons to the grindstone and really honed their abilities to breathe new life into the record that helped make their mark.

We’re proud to premiere (re-premiere?) the title track of the re-recording in “Vozrozhdenie” right here on Heavy Blog is Heavy!

53 – Lord BookWorm

We’ve been getting a lot of comments asking for us to talk about books, so we spend the majority of this episode talking about our favorite sci-fi/fantasy novels. But before that, we talk about some news as well. News involving Cilice, Arkona, Slice The Cake, Dark Tranquillity and Schammasch. We also talk about a couple of cool releases we discovered, namely Fractal Cypher and Crator. Then we do the underrated release highlight of the week, which is Defiant Imagination by Quo Vadis. And then there’s books. Many books. We cover authors like the big R.R.s (Tolkien and Martin), Robert Jordan (ugh), Brandon Sanderson, Roger Zelazny, Hannu Rajaniemi, Thomas Sturgeon, Gene Woolfe, V.E. Schwab, Greg Egan, Jim Butcher, Joe Abercrombie and more. We had a great time with this! Also, if you want to check these books out and also support the podcast at the same time, you can get an audiobook for free at audibletrial.com/heavy. Seriously. Even if you get one book, it helps support the podcast for several weeks. We really appreciate your patronage and here’s to another year of HPIHC.

47 – Might As Well Call Us SeasonOfMistCast

Yeah, we love pretty much everything on Season of Mist. So what? This week we talk about new music from Thy Catafalque, Brain Drill, Opeth, Snowy Shaw, SHOKRAN (teaser here), Noctem, Victor Wooten’s new band Octavision, Oxiplegatz, Exotype, Sleep Token, Hannes Grossmann, and Watchtower. Then we go over some news, like Darkthrone’s Fenriz getting elected for city council, Persefone announcing a new album, Sikth reissuing Death of a Dead Day, and Enslaved announcing a rarities collection. Then we discuss two albums that have been on our minds: Insomnium’s Winter’s Gate, and Misery Index’s The Killing Gods. We introduce our new segment, “Underrated release highlight of the week” – this week we talk about Arkona’s Yav. Finally, we talk about our process for discovering and ingesting new music. Enjoy! Also cool people time has some cool stuff.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 11/20/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place…