Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

Italian symphonic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse have gone through phases that encapsulate the entire careers of normal successful artists in less than a handful of releases. Their debut Oracles was raw and promising, the follow-up Agony was a masterpiece that propelled them to the top of their game, with Labyrinth they didn’t take it to the next level and some listeners were fatigued with their antics at that point, and their fourth album, King, is now anticipated but also slightly dreaded, as it is expected to be the album that either breaks the fatigue or leans further into it. What he hear from the band on King is very characteristically Fleshgod, but also very different from how we’re used to hearing them.

Rhine – An Outsider

Formed as a solo project in 2011, Seattle based progressive metal band Rhine return on February 5 2016 with their sophomore release, An Outsider. Apart from drum tracking and mastering, founder Gabe Tachell was the record’s driving force; he designed the cover artwork, wrote and performed all of the music…

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast – Episode 9: Songs Of Fire And Ice

Welcome back to Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about the new amazing tracks by Ihsahn, Obscura and David Bowie, and the failure of Soundwave Festival. Then I provide a live show review of the Native Construct/Intronaut/Enslaved/Between the Buried and Me tour, followed by a conversation about the positive aspects of live music we didn’t touch on last week. We then end with an extensive discussion on the links between video games and metal, how they share the same faults, and purity of authorial intent. Enjoy!

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 10/23/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s 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 between…

James Dorton and Andy Thomas of Black Crown Initiate: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

Reading, PA’s Black Crown Initiate have very quickly become blog favourites with the release of their stunning debut The Wreckage of Stars last year, and they have rocketed to fame within the death metal scene astonishingly fast soon after, bolstered by both their musical creativity and relentless touring schedule. The recognition is well…

Starter Kit: Devin Townsend

We’re taking another diversion from our usual Starter Kit format to focus on the work of another seminal artist. Let’s face it; if you’re a reader of this website then you’ve probably already at least heard of some of Devin Townsend’s music. He’s one of the most electrifying, prolific, and impressive…