Puppy – The Goat

There’s nothing particularly original about what London’s Puppy are serving up on their debut record The Goat. Yet, there’s no denying that the power trio’s particular blend of influences is certainly idiosyncratic. The peculiar mixture of alternative, indie rock and occult-tinged heavy metal displayed on their two existing EPs has…

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Heavy Rewind // Slipknot – Slipknot

Originally, this post started out as a Stepping Stone, after I bought a cheap used copy of Slipknot at a local record store and proceeded to tumble down the nostalgia rabbit hole. But given that this year marks the album’s 20th anniversary, I felt like it deserved the proper Heavy…

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Black Peaks – All That Divides

It’s a fair assessment that most bands would maim their bass player in a heartbeat if it would guarantee them the kind of album cycle that Black Peaks had for their debut, Statues. Following its release, the buzz that had been steadily building around the band snowballed into a roar,…

Visitors – Crest

Layering one’s music is, fundamentally, a balancing act. Especially now that technology has developed to the point that a laptop carrying a backing track can be comfortably carried on stage and their operation is simple enough for even drummers to handle, almost nothing is off the table. However, the temptation…

Heavy Blog’s Top 25 Albums of 2018 (So Far)

Midpoint. Half in, half out. Shadow. A divide. Balance. The semantic milieu surrounding stuff that’s divided 50/50 is incredibly rich; it opens some of the greatest cultural creations of all time (“Midway upon the journey of our life / I found myself within a forest dark” – Dante’s The Inferno) and…

Underoath – Erase Me

Comeback albums can be a dubious affair. Their momentous release can often lead to unfair expectations being leveled against them, and they also see bands tasked with the difficult balancing act of recapturing what made people excited about them in the first pace and proving their relevance beyond their bygone…