A friend once reiterated to me a rather clever phrase that seems to hold truth on the ground. The phrase was simply ‘Sweden is big in metal but metal is not big in Sweden’. Like many European nations, the general population of this charming country of just under ten million really doesn’t seem to care more about metal than the rest of the old continent. Yet somehow metal heads all over the world look at Sweden with respect and admiration for the countless bands it has produced and their impact on the genre as a whole. Some of the bands from and around the capital city of Stockholm have come to share some characteristics in terms of performance, theme and overall delivery and one of them is the relative newcomers Usurpress.
Doom metal is currently undergoing a dynamic, explosive proliferation, where you’d like to call a revival or not. Now is the time to try and understand this vector before it races far away from understanding into the endless realms of modern music. Let’s dive in.
I love secret projects. Aside from the obvious publicity it garners, it’s wonderful to hear about bands that have little to no info available about them. Bands such as Dragged Into Sunlight, Deathspell Omega, and Thatifaxath come to mind, and it makes their music that much more interesting to hear. However, you’ll notice…
It’s no secret that a good many of us on the Heavy Blog staff enjoy Converge. Since 1990, these guys have been making some of the best hardcore out there, consistently pushing their genre forward in ways nobody could have imagined. Last Sunday (September 4) marked the fifteenth anniversary of the band’s seminal release Jane Doe; an album that is still regarded today as legendary and incredibly influential on the metalcore/hardcore scene, and I thought it apt to say a few words about this album.