Evi Vine – Give Your Heart to the Hawks

In our romantic conception of music, as some sort of “pure” art form, we’d like to imagine that the external physicality of an album, like cover art or name, don’t matter or matter less than the music at hand. In addition, at first glance, you could argue that the digital…

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Daniel Cavanagh – Monochrome

There are artists whose power comes from being interesting even though you were dead-on with your pre-conceptions of their music. When speculating about how a future release by them would sound like, you got all the points right: the instruments sound as you had imagined they would sound, the lyrics are familiar, the production is what it needs to be. Everything has been played as you had expected. And yet, the album is still incredibly powerful. Something about the way it’s put together, even if you saw it coming, takes your breath away and reminds you why all those things exist as they do. This is very much the case with Daniel Cavanagh’s latest release, Monochrome.

Unmetal Monday – 2/22/16

Like the grand majority of modern metal fans, our tastes here at Heavy Blog are incredibly vast, with our 3X3s in each Playlist Update typically covering numerous genres and sometimes a different style in each square. While we have occasionally covered non-metal topics in past blog posts, we decided that…

The Gentle Storm – The Diary

One of the hardest things about reviewing albums is coming across one by an idol. This is the case here, as Arjen Anthony Lucassen is one of the biggest names in many of our childhoods, spearheading the progressive metal movement of the early to mid 00’s. The Human Equation is still one of the…

Devin Townsend Project – Sky Blue

Devin Townsend has done everything, it seems. He’s explored wide varieties of sounds through his various projects and eclectic records. He’s made albums with roots in blues, electronic dance music, technical metal and even new-age soundscapes, which have all been under the moniker of the Devin Townsend Project. The next…

More Details Emerge Of Arjen/Anneke Project, The Gentle Storm

A while ago we were rejoiced to find out that Arjen Anthony Lucassen, virtuoso producer and master coordinator, will team up with the ever-brilliant Anneke van Giersbergen for a future project. Our hearts skipped a beat at the thought of what the two talents could pull off together, especially when Lucassen’s excellent track record with…

Arjen Enlists Anneke, Rejoice!

Arjen Anthony Lucassen, best known for his project Ayreon, is a name that can bring a smile to many a face. The man is an exquisite producer, having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. He has the ability to truly lead an artist to transcend his…