Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips

The quintessential difficult decision is almost always a “lesser of two evils” situation. In music, this typically manifests in an artist’s path forward; do they forge ahead along the charted path, or divert into untrodden territory? We can look at bands like Opeth, Kayo Dot and Ulver as examples of…

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Warforged – I: Voice

When it finally came time for Warforged to announce their long anticipated follow-up to 2014’s Essence of the Land, spirits were high in the Heavy Blog camp. The aforementioned release was a favorite of many on the blog and the long period of silence which followed it was a frustrating…

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Hath – Of Rot and Ruin

2018 was a big year for progressive death metal, with outstanding releases coming from the likes of Rivers of Nihil, Alkaloid, Slugdge, Obscura and Beyond Creation – just to name a few. However, those bands also all already established and lauded acts. While there were a couple of head-turning debuts…

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The Anatomy Of: Hath

We’ll have a full review coming later in the week, but what you need to know right now is that Hath’s Of Rot and Ruin is easily one of the best albums of 2019. With their debut LP, the New Jersey quartet have crafted an album that stands up to…

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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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Heavy Blog Guest List – Reformat

I’ve often written about the joys of simply opening an email and discovering fantastic music. Reformat was another example of this rare pleasure and an even more special one to boot; since the group makes a very special and unique type of post-rock which I love, hearing their music for the first…

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Holy Grove – II

So it goes with doom and doom-adjacent artists, the suffocating wear-you-down nature leads to a common endgame. The physicality of gargantuan riffs and laborious rhythms take a toll, eroding one’s sunshiny disposition to a hopeless and dread-bogged torpor. Despite (or because of) this, we love it. We live to feel…

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Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Constant

The reason I love North American black metal is the crispness of their cleaner tones. Perhaps because bands making black metal in that part of the world are less beholden to the old, European aesthetic, perhaps because it’s a younger genre, or perhaps just because of chance and fashion, the…

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