General Requests/Submissions: (send all press releases/music submissions here)


Editors in Chief:

Jimmy Rowe: mail[at]
Eden Kupermintz: eden[at]

Senior Editors:

Nick Cusworth (Senior Content Manager/Video Producer): nick.cusworth[at]
Scott Murphy (Content Manager): scott.murphy[at]
Simon Handmaker (Junior Content Manager): handmaker.simon[at]
Noyan (Everything else): reborninapathy[at]

Writer/Contributor Submissions:

Would you like to write for Heavy Blog? That’s great! We encourage all interested and aspiring writers to reach out to us. But here are a few things you should know.

    • Heavy Blog Is Heavy is not a pay-for-work website. As much as we would love nothing more than to pay all of our editors, staff writers, and photographers for the immeasurable work they produce for us, this website has always been and likely will be for the foreseeable future a volunteer enthusiast-run website. This is non-negotiable, so if being paid is a requirement for you, do not bother submitting your material to us.
    • We will not accept anyone with shoddy grammar. This should be a no-brainer, but seriously, if you have not mastered the basics of the written English language, save yourself the time and effort of sending us anything.
    • Having proper grammar is not enough. In order for us to consider your writing, it must display both a comfortable level of knowledge on the subject matter as well as the appearance of critical thinking. Just saying something is good or bad a dozen times in slightly different ways is not enough. Have substance, build your arguments and opinions, and make it interesting to read. Read a few of our reviews to get a sense of our writers’ various styles.

If you want to write about the music you love and want to use Heavy Blog Is Heavy as your forum though, submitting to us is easy. Send an email with a review of a recently-released album (within the past year) to mail[at] We like reviews that are formal in tone without use of personal pronouns or personal narrative between 500 and 800 words. Also, please include a link to your and/or a list of the type of music you would like to cover.

Music Submissions/Press Releases:

So you want us to hear your music? Awesome! First, we highly encourage you to read this for some easy tips on how to best get our attention. Next, send us an email with some info about your band and direct us to your Bandcamp or Soundcloud page by emailing us at mail[at] Links to streaming media are preferred. Please don’t send us attachments. Links to downloads for promos are fine.

We get a lot of stuff in the inbox, so if we don’t reply, we are very, very sorry. We’re busy folks and we can only listen to and post about so much!


Heavy Blog Is Heavy works with Blast Beat Network, the heavy metal ad network, as well as Google Ad Sense for all advertising. We strive to keep our ads unobtrusive and minimal. Though Heavy Blog is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run website, we employ advertising to cover our minimal costs for web hosting, advertising, and special projects. We ask that you be considerate and turn off your ad blocker in support of independent, high-quality music writing and content. If you come across any ad content you find to be offensive, please contact us at mail[at]

Copyright Policy:

Heavy Blog Is Heavy does not knowingly infringe any copyright laws or knowingly participate in leaking or the spreading of leaks. If you believe we have posted copyrighted material without permission, contact us and we will remove the copyrighted material as soon as possible.


We have a roster of incredibly talented photographers and videographers who would love to shoot your band! Below is a list of them by location.


Nick Cusworth: In addition to being a senior editor of the site, Nick is a videographer/editor who is our go-to for concert video coverage and other exclusive video content. Check out his work for the site on our Youtube channel, and see more of his music videography work at his website, You can reach Nick via [email protected]

New York:

Mark Valentino: Mark lives on Long Island and covers our photography in NYC as well as throughout the northeast US. His work has been published in Metal Hammer and prized by many a band. You can view his work via Flickr or contact him at [email protected]


Kyle Gaddo: Kyle is also an editor of the website in addition to being our lead photographer out in the midwest. Kyle’s work is frequently used by bands and PR for promotion. Check out his Flickr page to see why. You can contact Kyle at [email protected]


Brandon Klemets: Brandon is Heavy Blog’s lead photographer on the west coast. He shoots concerts as well as cosplay. You can view his work at Brandon Klemets Photography.


William France: As our sole photographer outside of North America, William covers the thriving metal scene in Australia from the greater Brisbane area. He’s also worked extensively with international bands, providing us great coverage from the inside of After the Burial and Born of Osiris’s 2014 tour, which you can read here. You can see more of William’s work on his Flickr page and Facebook page.


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Our Writers And Contributors:

Below you can find an updated, and constantly updating, list of our blog staff, and clicking on an author’s name will take you to a feed of their posts. As we grow and change we will update this list to reflect who we are. This is important for a few reasons: first of all, a human face behind an article is always a good idea. But more importantly, this blog owes an immeasurable debt to each and every one of these people listed below. They are the flesh and blood of this crazy, amazing thing called Heavy Blog and we’re forever indebted to them for the time, passion and creativity they’ve poured into it. They do all of this from love of the music, the scene and its artists, selflessly pouring hours of their time. From all the editors of this blog, this is our way to say: “thanks guys. You’re the only reason we still exist”.

Ryan “Posi” Castrati

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Dance Gavin Dance
  2. Childish Gambino
  3. Kanye West
  4. Devin Townsend
  5. Little Tybee

Ryan hails from North Carolina and is an avid consumer and creator of the arts. Music flowed through his ears at a young age and he fell head over heels almost instantly. Whether it be Archspire or Ariana Grande, if he likes it he will listen to it with pride. He is not bound by the constraints of genre or what people think of him. His personal realm of creation is writing. Many of his favorite writers are lyricists whom he hopes to one day be able to pay homage to through poetry and other forms of the written word.

How do you like your eggs: I like my eggs scrambled with cheese, preferably made by my mother/grandmother.


Nick “The Jazz Tho” Cusworth

Top 5 Bands:

  1. The Dear Hunter
  2. Jaga Jazzist
  3. Colin Stetson
  4. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
  5. Grizzly Bear

Nick is a senior editor for Heavy Blog and has been a member since 2014. He is probably the least “metal” of anyone here, so direct all complaints about indie hipster scum destroying the sanctity and pureness of the music towards him (except don’t, you dick). His focus is on post-rock/metal, jazz, progressive rock/metal, progressive jazz, progressive post-rock/metal, post-rock jazz, jazz post-rock, and any other permutation therein. He is also a videographer, video editor, photographer, and occasionally a musician when not suffering from crippling imposter syndrome. When doing none of those things he is probably hanging with his awesome wife, playing with his awesome cats, or refreshing his RSS news and politics feed more than any healthy and emotionally stable person should.

How do you like your eggs: Omelette, stuffed with as much cheese, meat, and veggies as possible


Karlo “Jarlsberg of the Northern Seas” Doroc

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Ne Obliviscaris
  2. TesseracT
  3. Karnivool
  4. Obscura
  5. Leprous

Karlo is a finance student currently living in Melbourne, Australia. He makes up for infrequent posts by boring readers to death with the length of his posts/series. Karlo is also an aspiring historical fiction/fantasy novelist with a passion for music, literature and history.

How do you like your eggs: Scrambled

Kyle “Daddo” Gaddo

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Faith No More
  2. Mastodon
  3. Devin Townsend
  4. Blind Guardian
  5. Soilwork

Chicago dweller Kyle Gaddo is a simple man who enjoys video games, singing, and taking pictures at concerts. He works in games PR outside of contributing to Heavy Blog is Heavy.

How do you like your eggs: Sunny side up

Simon “Handspanker” Handmaker

Top 5 Bands:

  1. YOB
  2. Lil Ugly Mane
  3. Blood Incantation
  4. Orchid
  5. Bolt Thrower

Simon has love for all things aggressive, moody, and abrasive, whether it be ’90s Memphis rap, death metal, or harsh noise. When not on Twitter unabashedly sharing opinions on everything, they can be found replaying any of From Software’s recent releases, watching speedruns, or making music of their own. They’re part of the DePaul University class of 2015, graduating with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in English.

How do you like your eggs: Simon is vegan, but is also a fervent believer that the best way to eat eggs is over easy with refried beans, cheese, and some classic New Mexican green chile.

Ahmed “Ahemd the Wanderer” Hasan

Top 5 Bands:

  1. The Dillinger Escape Plan
  2. Devin Townsend
  3. Meshuggah
  4. The Reign of Kindo
  5. Opeth

Ahmed is a biologist-in-training at the University of Toronto who spends his days with caffeine, sequencing data, and a deep-seated fear of the future. He is still unsure as to how music really fits into that equation. Deep down, he hopes that one day these things will make sense, but until then, there is plenty of heavy music – and some jazz! – to fill that terrible, terrible void.

How do you like your eggs: I was raised, and remain, a sunny side up man.

Aly Hassabelnaby

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Between the Buried and Me
  2. In Mourning
  3. Neurosis
  4. Isis
  5. Misery Index

Aly was born and raised in Cairo where metal is misunderstood and unwelcomed. He started listening around the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped since. Any kind of thrash metal, death metal and post-metal will have his attention and so would progressive rock and post-rock. He picked up a pair of drum sticks at the age of 16 and, a few years later, became a part of Simplexity, a progressive rock in his hometown. He studied engineering and enjoys cooking, traveling and football. He now lives in Luleå, Sweden with his wife.

How do you like your eggs: Sunny side up with parsley, zaatar and lots of bread.


Jordan “BoBordan” Jerabek

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Inter Arma
  2. Mastodon
  3. Pearl Jam
  4. Pelican
  5. Torche

Jordan is just another beer-swilling, cheese-devouring Wisconsinite with an affinity for the Green Bay Packers, caught in an endless search of palate-wrecking IPAs and barrel-aged brews. He also hosts a weekly metal show on the Madison student/community radio station (Knobs to Eleven on WSUM – worldwide), pumps quarters into pinball machines, paints abstract, and watches Home Alone at an unsettling frequency.

How do you like your eggs: Poached with hollandaise & ham on and English muffin.

Brandon Klemets

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Ne Obliviscaris
  2. Devin Townsend Project
  3. Dream Theater
  4. Plini
  5. Protest the Hero

Brandon is a Photographer from Vancouver, BC who is always looking for a story. Through all art forms he looks for cinematic expression. When he is not shooting concerts, he shoots cute girls in Cosplay. He has an immaculate use of memes and loves to hate on anime because of insecurities.

How do you like your eggs: Over easy for a yolky surprise.

Eden “The Machine” Kupermintz

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Inter Arma
  2. Devin Townsend
  3. Ancestors
  4. Anathema
  5. Karnivool

Eden is Heavy Blog’s Editor in Chief. 29 years old, he hails from Tel Aviv Israel, where he is working towards his M.A in Early Modern Europe. He first came to music (and metal) when he was 13 through the works of Iron Maiden. Today, his tastes mostly range between progressive metal, stoner and death metal although he’s been digging into black metal more and more. He also speaks internationally about science fiction, radicalism and futurism at conventions and academic circles.

How do you like your eggs: Scrambled with cheese and ham, pepper and sriracha

Matt “Mac Daddy” MacLennan

Top 5 Bands:

  1. The Black Dahlia Murder
  2. Converge
  3. The Dillinger Escape Plan
  4. Cattle Decapitation
  5. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

I’m a twenty something year old living in the west of Scotland. I love short walks and junk food almost as much as I love grindcore and dank hip-hop nugz. Find me on my couch drinking tea and bitching about how deathcore will never be as good as it was in ’07. If you are still reading this then I have just entered your body, spirit and mind using my IMN prowess. You are now me, and I am now you. Go get yourself/me a huge rum and Coke and roll a phat spleg for us to partake in while contemplating absolutely fuck all.

How do you like your eggs: Sunny side up with salt’n’pepper and fresh chopped chilies


Scott “Mott Scurphy” Murphy

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Godflesh
  2. Kayo Dot
  3. Mayhem
  4. The Smiths
  5. Primus

Scott has a background in journalism and currently works as the News Reporter for The Hippo, a free weekly newspaper based in Manchester, New Hampshire. When he’s not writing about and listening to music, buying vinyl and CDs, drinking beer, smoking cigars or watching New England sports, he can be found…actually, that’s pretty much all he does.

How do you like your eggs: Whole and uneaten. Scott is vegan.

Jimmy “Jimbles” Rowe

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Between the Buried and Me
  2. Faith No More
  3. The Ocean
  4. Coheed and Cambria
  5. Devin Townsend

Kentucky native Jimmy Rowe created Heavy Blog Is Heavy at age 18 in an effort to not only procrastinate on his undergraduate studies, but to create an outlet to share and discuss music that no one else was listening to. Now a family man and social worker, Heavy Blog acts as a similar but very different type of distraction.

How do you like your eggs: Scrambled because I’m a child

Noyan “Nayon”

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Trivium
  2. Keep of Kalessin
  3. Leprous
  4. Nile
  5. Behemoth

Noyan’s a huge nerd from Turkey. He’s a big fan of, metal and video games, specifically progressive and/or technical metal, especially if it has blast beats. In addition to being one of the older editors of Heavy Blog, he’s also in several musical projects, ranging from his solo death metal project NYN to the progressive deathcore band Carthage. In his “real” life, he is totally not working towards building Skynet.

How do you like your eggs: Cracked on a pizza or bibimbap.

Dave “id” Tremblay

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum
  2. ██████
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I am [y-1990] years old and, from the unpopulated reaches of Québec, I search for music that surprises and challenges me; as a long time melomaniac, this often means avant-garde, experimental, or progressive kinds of music. Other than that, I also make music – as a bass player and composer –, and my interests range from science to literature, video games, sports, history, languages, geography, and debating with people on or off the Internet. I also have my own blog, “Can This Even Be Called Music?”

How do you like your eggs: Hatched.

Mark “Mrak” Valentino

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Caspian
  2. Converge
  3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  4. Cult of Luna
  5. Trap Them

A recent graduate of Nassau Community College with an associates degree in liberal arts, Mark is currently a freelance photographer in the Long Island/New York City area (but travels frequently, especially if the job is worth it), and is constantly churning out riffs with his grindcore band, Blame God (who’s even playing with NAILS in March 2017). Aside from that, he is constantly searching for new bands to check out and attending/photographing shows

How do you like your eggs: Western omelette with mozzarella and hot sauce. Let’s go.


Dan “Dan” Wieten

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Devin Townsend (all versions)
  2. Pain of Salvation
  3. Dream Theater
  4. Death
  5. This spot rotates endlessly but today I guess I’ll say Styx

Dan is from Muskegon, MI and is a contributor for Heavy Blog, writing reviews and news posts when time permits. He attends Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and is slated to graduate in December 2015 with a B.A. in writing. Dan has been a musician most of his life, and is the vocalist, guitarist, and main songwriter of The Omega Experiment. Most of his time is wrapped up in school related activities, working, and trying to finish The Omega Experiment’s second album, but when time permits he is really good at wasting time on the internet.

How do you like your eggs: I don’t eat eggs anymore but when I did, scrambled.


Joshua “The Bull” Bulleid

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Metallica
  2. Machine Head
  3. Converge
  4. Alice in Chains
  5. Deftones

The height of two men, the wight of four, the strength of sixteen! Joshua Bulleid may not be the finest reviewer in the world but he is arguably the most enthusiastic. He hails from Melbourne, Australia and is lucky enough to get paid to sit at home reading books about spaceships and robots and stuff like that, which is pretty cool. Oh, and he also likes death metal.*
*He also has a burning desire to let you know that his next five favourite bands are Death, Tool, Faith No More, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Nirvana, even though it is of absolutely no consequence whatsoever.

How do you like your eggs: redacted


Pete “The Grand Inquisitor” Williams

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Metallica
  2. Mastodon
  3. Pink Floyd
  4. The Band
  5. Wolves in the Throne Room

Originally from Georgia, Pete made his way westward to Denver in 2010 and has been there on and off since. He first got into music with Metallica’s ReLoad, graduated to classic rock after picking up the guitar, and it’s all pretty much downhill from there depending on your viewpoint on digging through bargain CD bins for cool album covers. Thrash is life, and don’t you ever forget it.

How do you like your eggs: Over easy with a bit of buttered toast and bacon.