Release Day Roundup – 3/2/18

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…

Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart

Houston, Texas based band Oceans Of Slumber are a band who have always shown incredible potential as songwriters, fusing progressive metal, gothic metal and several other genres into a melting pot of ideas that, sadly, didn’t always work. Their previous album, Winter, for example, wavered between brilliant and cliche, sometimes in…

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 6/17/16

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with through your account, or create it manually with Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

Oceans of Slumber – Winter

It is beginning to become apparent that it is our fate, preordained by a cruel group of gods intent on prolonging our misery, to keep railing and raging against the sin of album structure and, more specifically, this industry’s apparent inability to understand how important it is. Album after potentially great album are destroyed in the hot fires of confusion, chaotic arrangements rendering their otherwise decent voices into a cacophony of wailing, lacking context or understanding. It is an especially frustrating flaw to have; you can sense the potential being squandered, willing as hard as you can to manage to like and enjoy this disjointed mess, like Frankenstein mewling over his mangled creation. To come to the point, Oceans of Slumber’s Winter is such a frustrating creation. This album is filled with gems and when it’s on, you know it’s on. However, it is also almost completely dominated by lackluster explorations into arena rock, cover songs and lukewarm folk renditions, completely burying the excellence contained within it in a bland nothingness.

PHOTOS: Evergrey, Voyager, Borealis, Oceans of Slumber—August 26th, 2015 @ Reggie’s, Chicago, IL

With two phenomenal progressive-power albums released in 2014, it only seemed right for Sweden’s Evergrey and Australia’s Voyager to team up and combine their immense forces to tour for Hymns for the Broken and V, respectively. Joining the potent duo was Ontario’s Borealis and Texas’ Oceans of Slumber, two more…