Tribulation – Down Below

Of the comments on our post outlining Music Journalism’s Top 25 Metal Albums of 2017, one in particular provided an opinion that’s plagued the metal community for quite some time. The commenter criticized Heavy Blog for being too focused on “wanting to like what’s different as oppose to just listening to an…

Pyrolatrous – Teneral

Metal is a fairly incestuous genre of music, particularly within its more extreme margins. Band members jump from one project to the other with relative ease, and change styles seemingly at the drop of a hat. Super-groups pop up and dissipate regularly, new band members come and go between releases,…

Kvlt Kolvmn // June 2017

Well, it’s been a minute, but we’re back with a vengeance for another installment of Kvlt Kolvmn! Hope you didn’t miss us too much. But hey, who am I kidding? Of course you did. You may notice a different, less handsome and syrupy voiced face attached to our beloved Kolvmn this month. I know, major disappointment. I will be assuming the writing of this column for a bit, but never fear! I will try my best to live up to Scott’s sterling reputation for excellent black metal picks. That’s why we’re here, and what I intend to deliver to your anxious ears. Because it has been a few months since our last installment, we’ll be covering releases from both this and last month that are worthy of mention. So buckle up and prepare yourself for some black metal madness!

Black Anvil – As Was

On previous albums, Black Anvil’s blackened thrash always seemed to fall into a state of limbo. Triumvirate hit the black-thrash-for-the-masses nail on the head, but for what little progressive tendencies they exhibited (to be honest, this is definitely more Metallica-level progressivism than it is Dream Theater), it lacked the dynamism to make it truly interesting. They might as well have gone the route of a band like Skeletonwitch and cut the fat entirely in favor of a more lean and mean approach. In comparison, Hail Death felt like an overcompensation. More Watain-like in terms of progressive arrangements, the experimentation was worthwhile, but the record was hampered by too many forgettable moments, leading to inflated songs that felt like they were long for the sake of being long. While both albums are still damn good in their own right, it felt like the band had yet to find the balance that would showcase them at their best. As Was mostly reconciles this imbalance, and also brings some interesting new elements into the fold.

PHOTOS: Decibel Magazine Tour 2016 ft. Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation—April 8th, 2016 @ Metro, Chicago, IL & April 12th, 2016 @ Webster Hall, New York City, NY

Hi, friends! We’re back again with another sick Decibel Magazine Tour in our photographic ranks! Last year, we were blessed with an At The Gates headlining tour alongside their first album in nearly twenty years! This year, the mighty Abbath, following his split from Immortal, brought his icy winds from…

Tribulation – The Children of the Night

A recent discussion among Heavy Blog’s staff about The Children of the Night – the third offering from Swedish occultists Tribulation – was primarily composed of flattering comparisons that displayed the band’s preference of nostalgic fusion. An extensive list of references grew in the comments section to include comparisons to…