Kamelot – Haven

Managing expectations when you come to review an album is critical. On the one hand, one needs to be familiar with the history and context of the band, in order to better understand departures from established styles or continuity. On the other hand, each album deserves consideration on its own…

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

With nearly 20 years of songwriting under their collective belts, Nightwish have transformed from an operatic symphonic power metal act to something in between that and a full-fledged symphonic folk metal band. That isn’t to say this band is the same as a traditional folk metal band, like Korpiklaani or…

Hey! Listen To Forest Wars!

It’s always a pleasure to be shown music from a band that are just getting started. Sometimes it’s another member of staff or sometimes the band themselves that send over their music. Forest Wars fired over their new EP to us at Heavy Blog and guess what? I freakin’ dig…

Sannhet, King Woman & Planning for Burial Team-Up for West Coast Tour

Without question, Flenser Records is one of the best record labels currently operating. Their “dark music” ethos has led them to sign some well-respected underground acts and launch countless promising newbies. This roster has released a handful of HBIH endorsed albums, including Kayo Dot (Coffins on Io; review here), Mastery (Valis; review here) and Sannhet (Revisionist; review here). It has…