Norway’s Kvelertak experienced an explosive arrival to the metal scene in 2010 with the release of their universally acclaimed self-titled debut. Buzz spread almost overnight as their would-be niche black n’ roll experience found worldwide audiences and the attention of major label Roadrunner Records. The unabashedly catchy blend of black metal, hardcore punk, and cheesy classic rock riffs was a new experience to such a wide audience, and Kvelertak was quick to become a landmark album not just because of its novelty, but because of its genuinely exciting songs. So where are we now, six years and two albums later?
Greenville, South Carolina may not be your first guess when asked where the next big, modern tech/melodic death metal band might hail from, but apparently nobody told Enthean. The band, formed in 2012, quickly attracted attention with their demo recording, which effortlessly blended black metal, technical death metal and melodic death metal into a surprisingly effective musical concoction. Now, almost four years later, the band are set to release their debut, Priests of Annihilation, and they’ve done much to avoid resting on their laurels.
The Protomen are legends on the stage. Not just big attractions, but straight-up legends. They collectively command a powerful presence on stages of any size. From gargantuan theater stages to medium-sized rock clubs, The Protomen will metaphorically light up wherever they plant their legs and get crowds of any shape…
Welcome back to The Soul Curator, our latest feature. The way it works is this: we choose a daily action, routine or challenge and recommend a playlist to make it that much easier. Last time, I kicked things off by talking about driving music. I recommended a variety of styles but most of them could easily be defined as metal; something about going fast and metal just clicks. However, this time we need something else entirely. When you’re going farther than just a drive, even if you’re still using a car, you need music that both excites you and paints a broad canvas, putting your mind in the mood to explore and breach borders. Our chosen tracks do either one and even if they’re not strictly metal, they’re all geared towards that fullness of soul that the road bequeaths us.
Spanish progressive deathcore masters The Raven Autarchy dropped a sick album last year, and they’re already back with a new single! Channeling the best aspects of giants like Within the Ruins, After the Burial and Veil of Maya, they’ve created yet another powerhouse of a track. Without further ado, I present to you “Inanimate”!
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 tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. 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.