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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Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth and Sacrifice

Heaven Shall Burn have quietly been one of the best melodic death melodic death metal bands of the twenty-first century. Although the Germans have by no means gone unnoticed (as their major label occupation attests), their once-swelling profile has dipped somewhat over the last decade, due to some weaker offerings…

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Eye Flys – Tub of Lard

For many (including yours truly), Eye Flys’ fine 2019 debut EP Context completely flew under the radar. But with a lineup including Full of Hell’s Spencer Hazard (guitar), Backslider’s Jake Smith (guitar/vocals) and (former Backslider drummer) Patrick Forrest, and Triac’s Keven Bernsten (bass), it didn’t go without notice to those…

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Code Orange – Underneath

The runaway success of Code Orange’s previous album Forever (2017) left a lot of us here at Heavy Blog pretty baffled. While its combination of hardcore and industrial was certainly novel, it wasn’t necessarily “original”, and the band’s forays into moody alt-rock appeared under-developed to say the least. Nevertheless, the…

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Hyborian – Volume II

Sometimes when I’ve got a record on, I find myself being reminded of a scene from an early season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Mac and Dennis are arguing with Frank over a business idea when Frank accuses the two of stealing his idea and just repackaging it. Mac…

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New Primals – Horse Girl Energy

I’m still not sure what “Horse Girl Energy” is, but it certainly has New Primals more hyped up than any other rock band I’ve heard this year. Across a tight but raucous half-hour run time, the Minneapolis-based trio consistently blows me away with the sheer amount of (horse girl) energy…

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Worriers – You or Someone You Know

I freely admit that Worriers was one of those bands I should have known much more about prior to attending the Fest last year. Missing out on their appearance in Gainesville is quickly becoming my biggest regret. Luckily, it looks like I’ll be able to rectify that in short order…

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