Heart of a Coward – The Disconnect

There aren’t many better illustrations of how interconnected the UK tech-metal scene is than a glance at Heart of a Coward’s family tree. Before their inception, drummer Christopher Mansbridge was part of djent pioneers Fellsilent, whose demise also brought Tesseract and Monuments to life as full bands rather than side-projects.…

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Herod – Sombre Dessein

Switzerland might not be the first country that springs to mind as a natural home of metal bands. But, with a spectrum of domestic talent ranging from Celtic Frost to Coilguns, via the likes of Knut, Kruger and Promethee, it might be time to start reconsidering our preconceptions.  Returning to…

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Concert Review – Progfest 2019

Australia’s Progfest has been steadily gaining in size and popularity, in the decade since its inception. Just three years ago the touring festival consisted entirely of local acts. However, 2018 saw the bill expand to include Norway’s Leprous as international headliners, and the festival managed triple that number this year—drafting…

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Shvpes – Greater Than

Pointing out that Shvpes singer Griffin Dickinson is, indeed, the son of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, might not be the biggest selling point, given his brother Austin’s track record with the quickly dismissed Rise to Remain and As Lions. Nevertheless, while it may have taken them a couple of…

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Monuments – Phronesis

If there were ever to be a ‘Big Four’ of modern Djent, then Monuments would be one of them. Probably alongside Tesseract, Periphery and Vildhjarta, if you ask me. However, I think we can let those who care about that sort of thing argue about who the precise members of…

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!

Skyharbor – Sunshine Dust

As international prog-metallers Skyharbor return with their third album, Sunshine Dust, we find them in a noticeably different shape to the band that released Guiding Lights nearly four years ago. With both vocalist Dan Tompkins and drummer Anup Sastry departing in June 2015, they were swiftly replaced by Eric Emery…