Internal Suffering – Cyclonic Void Of Power

There’s a community out there that relies heavily on unadulterated, disgusting death metal. This community thrives in the filthy, festering nature of music that eschews production values in favour of bowel bursting guttural vocals and snare sounds so shitty, they stop being shitty. Those who belong in this particular group of…

Andy Thomas of Black Crown Initiate: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

This isn’t the first time you’ve seen us geek out about the progressive metal maestros in Black Crown Initiate, and it certainly won’t be our last. While their new material has been pretty unexpected to say the least and it’s drawn some differing opinions from various writers here at Heavy Blog, make no mistake that Selves We Cannot Forgive features some of the band’s most musically dense and daring material to date. Now that the band’s recruited shredder extraordinaire Wes Hauch to join the group, the band’s overall musical chemistry has reached dizzying new heights with this album, an increasingly challenging concoction of progressive death metal, swirling technicality and soaring clean vocals. I had a chance to chat with one of BCI’s founding members, guitarist/vocalist Andy Thomas, about the non-musical influences behind the new album, tackling personal neuroses through lyrics, the band’s upcoming tours, and much more!

Starter Kit: Progressive Sludge

Progressive sludge metal. Sorta sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Progressive metal is all about fast, technical sections chock-full of crazy time changes and head-spinning instrumentation; sludge metal is pretty much the exact opposite in just about every way. Of course, in metal music, when there’s a will, there’s a…

Credit Where It’s Due: Wings Denied’s Voyager Is A Big Step Up

When I reviewed Wings Denied’s debut album, Mirrors For a Prince, I was a bit underwhelmed. On the face of it, this was an album I should enjoyed much more. It had clean vocals with plenty of punch, interesting ideas and an overall pleasing vibe. However, something about it just didn’t click for me and I expounded on what that was in my review. However, I also closed it off by saying that we would keep our ears open for their next release, as the basic foundations of a great release were there, just unrealised. A month and a half ago, the band released Voyager and I was nowhere to be found. I could blame a few people but why waste time on such irrelevant things?

I’m here today to fix the mistake of my silence and tell you that Voyager is everything that I wanted the previous release to be.