Slipknot – The End, So Far

Like it or not, Iowa's most notable sons Slipknot are metal royalty at this point, with a seemingly irrevocable good will bolstered by a powerful and influential run of albums through the late 2000's, but beyond that, the water gets murky.

The Anatomy Of: Liminal Shroud

Liminal Shroud are atmospheric, as is tradition, but refuse to sacrifice their might in their pursuit of crafting emotionally and structurally complex, multi-faceted extreme metal. It's no wonder then why the band cites the work of Agalloch and Intronaut alongside bands like Rotting Christ as inspiration for their craft.

Imperial Triumphant – Spirit of Ecstasy

Spirit of Ecstasy feels as though it has a broader sense of purpose and (forgive me) triumphant spirit that Alphaville never quite reached, in hindsight. Listeners know what they're signing up for at this point in the band's discography, and Spirit of Ecstasy should leave absolutely nobody dissatisfied. You're getting what you want, and that's the ultimate Imperial Triumphant record; glorious, depraved, and weird as hell, and they're better at it than ever.

Heavy Buys // July 2022

Welcome back to Heavy Buys, our monthly column where Heavy Blog staff take a dive into physical goods peddled by our favorite bands. This month, we've unboxed the latest in (un)dead media from the likes of Blu... Read More...

The Anatomy Of: Wake

The ongoing transformation of Wake is a fascinating one. The Calgary-based atmospheric extreme metal act skirts around so many genre lines that we can't seem to agree on where to place them in the greater spectrum of metal subgenres. We reached out to Wake to gain some sort of insight into what inspires a once-grind band to become the fresh face of post-metal and the influential records that make up the sonic and melodic vocabulary you can expect to hear on their upcoming full length Thought Form Descent, out July 22nd through Metal Blade Records.

Heavy Buys // June 2022

Welcome to Heavy Buys, the column where Heavy Blog staff shows off and reviews recent merch purchases. The vinyl bubble has yet to pop; costs are on the rise, and records that get finished recording this week ... Read More...

Astronoid – Radiant Bloom

Established in 2012, Massachusetts-based at Astronoid built a cult following within a pocket of the prog metal community for their so-called "dream thrash" blending of genres by the time their 2016 full length... Read More...