WVRM – Colony Collapse

There’s probably never been a better time for a new WVRM record. South Carolina’s premium-blend extreme music outfit have always championed the working class, aiming their aggression and bile towards the bloated, redundant corpses in charge. It helps that the mayhem behind the message has consistently been delivered at a…

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High Priestess – Casting the Circle

I’ve spent. a lot time thinking about stoner metal/rock (OK, not a lot of time, but some time, give me a break here). Specifically, I’ve been thinking on what makes me listen to the albums that I do choose to listen to extensively from the genre. After all, the genre…

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Drain – California Cursed

When did hardcore stop being fun? Not to start this review with a sweeping generalization, but it feels like the mainstream music press has been fawning over a wave of “edgy, “unique” hardcore for the sake of celebrating something different. I’m all about infusing adventurous songwriting into the hardcore and…

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Brian Fallon – Local Honey

“21 Days” ‘til I don’t miss you sure takes on a new meaning these days, doesn’t it? That said, Brian Fallon waiting until almost the perfect time until we were all nostalgic for exes we didn’t know we needed or wanted seems like the thing to do with his latest…

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Serpent Column – Endless Detainment

If you’ve been even a casual reader of our coverage of modern black metal here at Heavy Blog, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the batshit insanity dissonant stylings of Serpent Column. Two full-length records and two smaller mini-LPs/EPs into an already stunning and notable career, the mysterious passion project…

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Spell – Opulent Decay

Of all the genres to augment and splice with new varieties, good ol’ heavy metal seems to be the one that escapes the creative mutations most often. It makes sense. If a heavy metal-augmented style becomes “too” anything, that retro flavor seems to fade the fastest. It’s suddenly no longer…

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Afterbirth – Four Dimensional Flesh

Brutal death metal, especially in its more technical manifestations, has been experiencing something of a renaissance as of late. Devourment, Wormed, Organectomy, Infant Annihilator, Unfathomable Ruination, Disentomb, and a host of others dropped albums in 2019 that could easily be counted among their finest work, setting the table for a…

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Feminazgul – No Dawn For Men

There are so many ways in which I can start this review but let me choose the most blatant one: if you think politics don’t belong in music, and especially in metal, you have no idea what you’re talking about. First, music is inherently political because everything is inherently political.…

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Sweven – The Eternal Resonance

When I was younger, I would get asked “how can you even listen to metal?” by people who weren’t into the genre. I don’t get asked that question anymore because I’m not friends with close-minded people anymore but my answer used to be “how can you not?” Ever since I…

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