Polaris – The Death of Me

Polaris’s debut record, The Mortal Coil (2017) was the first album I ever reviewed for Heavy Blog. While my life remains largely unchanged since then, a lot of has happened for the band in the interim. At the time of their debut, the Sydney act were an undeniable local act…

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Sylosis – Cycle of Suffering

Do you like riffs? Josh Middleton likes riffs, and he and Sylosis have a truck-load of killer riffs (and some sad piano) to throw at you on their colossal comeback record Cycle of Suffering. For a while it seemed like 2015’s Dormant Heart might have been the last Sylosis record.…

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Hey! Listen to Antagonist A.D.!

New Zealand’s Anatgonist A.D. (or simply Antagonist, as they were known then) were among the many semi-local hardcore bands my friends and I would make public transport pilgrimages to see every other weekend, during my formative years. What started as a quasi-ironic appreciation of the ridiculous, flatly-delivered moshcalls – including,…

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Norma Jean – All Hail

Norma Jean have been putting out awesome singles for the better part of 2019. Beginning with the awesome Polar Similar b-side “Children of the Dead” all the way back in January, followed by a steady stream of outstanding singles since mid-July, the band have been busy putting their competitors to…

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Into the Pit: Thrash Metal Mailbag

Hello fellow pit-sters! This month, I thought we could do something a little different. You all know I’ve been playing fast and loose with the schedule of this column, and August will be no different! Fellow thrash Josh Bulleid and I thought we’d introduce ourselves to you all a little…

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Hey! Listen to Urne!

No, not the last Ne Obliviscaris album or the Finnish black thrash band who have an album coming out next month; they’re both just “Urn”. No, not the blackened hardcore band from Melbourne who just kind of disappeared, that’s “Urns”. This Urne hail from London, spell their name with an…

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Heart of a Coward – The Disconnect

There aren’t many better illustrations of how interconnected the UK tech-metal scene is than a glance at Heart of a Coward’s family tree. Before their inception, drummer Christopher Mansbridge was part of djent pioneers Fellsilent, whose demise also brought Tesseract and Monuments to life as full bands rather than side-projects.…

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Bring Me The Horizon – amo

t’s not often that we put our cart before the horse with our Editor’s Picks and run a pick before we’ve had a chance to go more in-depth in a review, but SPOILERS: British rock act Bring Me The Horizon’s latest record amo (sixth overall) wound up as my pick for January 2019, and as we never received a promo copy, we haven’t had much of a chance to dissect it and let its diverse sounds sink in at the point of publication in order to dedicate a formal review. At the time, I just knew that I liked it. A lot. Now, going on two weeks since release and the album spinning nearly nonstop, it has had the opportunity to sink its hooks in deeper.

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Architects – Holy Hell

Undoubtedly one of the most high profile releases of the year, Holy Hell has landed. The first Architects record without Tom Searle at the helm was always going to carry extra weight, not simply because he was the principal engineer of the band’s music; Searle started the band with his…

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Release Day Roundup – 11/9/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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