Doomsday, April 2019

Greetings unto thee, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Hopefully, the majority of you have emerged from your wintry dens of protection and gotten some sun on your bodies. Maybe you even enjoyed that special holiday in April that doom dudes are really into. I’m speaking, of course, about Earth Day. What…

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The Anatomy Of – Druids

Hello and welcome to another edition of our “The Anatomy Of” series, where we give bands the figurative microphone and let them talk about their biggest musical influences. The merits should be clear: through these picks, we can get an insight into what makes bands tick, stressing the reality that…

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Doomsday – 2018 In Review

A dark and foreboding greeting to you, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Yes, I’m afraid it’s that time again. The death of the year 2018 demands a review, and we would be quite foolish not to oblige. It’s been another very solid year for doom metal. Personal favorites and genre darlings alike have returned with huge releases, up and comers have made themselves known, and a certain giant of the scene made a comeback after a far too long hiatus. What’s not to like about DOOM 2018?

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Doomsday – October 2018

Hello, assorted hooded smoky black figures! It is I, Pete Williams, come to darken your doorway! Yes, we all devoutly mourn the loss of our good friend Lincoln (who likes Auburn for some reason no one will EVER understand), but hopefully I can fill his shoes and make him proud.…

Release Day Roundup – 10/5/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year-end list. Enjoy!

High on Fire – Electric Messiah

If High on Fire’s newest—Electric Messiah—was, in fact, inspired by a dream Matt Pike had about Lemmy, then opener “Spewn from the Earth” is a statement of purpose. Pike has always reminded me of Lemmy as a vocalist and High on Fire always incorporated a bit more thrash than some…

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…