Shabti – Trembling and Shorn

We here at Heavy Blog love music of all kinds with a special focus on our metal. We love a good niche sound record as much as anybody. That’s not to mention the underground and less known bands we tend to try to promote. Each of us on the blog,…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – February 2019

February is such a dump of a month. It’s snowed well over a foot in the last two weeks in my home state, and we’ve nothing to show for it but mud splatter, sidewalks covered in ice left by feckless neighbors, and frigid temperatures. February is the microcosm of all…

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Black Anvil – Miles

If there was anything to learn from 2017’s As Was, it was that Black Anvil’s refined handle of melody and attention to dark psychedelic atmospheres were honed as sharp as their enlightened take on black metal. The group sounded revitalized and played with purpose in all aspects of their sound,…

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Saor – Forgotten Paths

When you throw off what black metal might like to think of itself, or the image certain members of it would like to present rather, the essence of the genre seems to be rooted in love rather than hate. Perhaps more than almost any other genre of metal, black metal…

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Kvlt Kolvmn // January 2019

There are, in my mind, two months in the standard calendar year that are the ripest for black metal: January and February. The early winter months, stuffed with family gatherings and holiday cheer, make it somewhat difficult for me to truly bask in the shadows cast by metal’s most sinister…

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Astrophobos – Malice of Antiquity

Nostalgia can be a comforting thing sometimes. While some would hold that too much nostalgia can be a toxic thing, just enough is great to engage in. It helps soothe wounded hearts or it’s just a wonderful trip down a personal memory lane. Every once in awhile, something triggers that…

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Griefloss – Griefloss

The concept of the “release cycle” is one of the most inconsistent aspects of modern music. While we’re still awaiting albums announced early last quarter with fanfare and multiple lead singles, here we have Griefloss dropping their latest self-titled album after just a series of veiled teasers. This isn’t the…

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Kvlt Kolvmn // December 2018

Welcome to the last edition of Kvlt Kolvmn for the year 2018. I honestly debated whether or not to run this column for December, given that our year-end lists have recently been posted and the holiday season is generally a bear on schedules. But I couldn’t let the releases below…

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Karg – Dornenvögel

I’ve written before about black metal’s love affair with the idea of the auteur, most at length in one of my favorite pieces, my longform essay on black metal and Romanticism, where I discussed the idea of the tortured artist/genius figure. To borrow what I said there, “the figure of…

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