Hey! Listen to Mindforce!

When asked to name classic heavy metal bands, the ones that come to mind are Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Cirith Ungol, Mercyful Fate and Mindforce right? Wait, Mindforce the hardcore band? Ok, maybe not in the true sense when mentioning heavy metal but these gentlemen from New York sure go…

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Editors’ Picks – April 2020

On the last episode of our podcast, Noyan challenged me with a question: is “The Golden Age of Metal” over? I had made the point that we’re living in the Golden Age of Metal back in 2016, although the idea was boiling around in Heavy Blog circles since at least…

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Release Day Roundup – 4/24/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. 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…

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Cirith Ungol – Forever Black

I’ve been on the “genres are actually good” train for a while now, writing and expressing myself against the edgy internet people who like to say “I just listen to good music, you know?” However, I’m going to allow myself to lapse from that for this review since I do…

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Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire

The sound of epic doom has fallen by the wayside a bit. Scores of upcoming bands heed the clarion call of 80’s/90’s revivalism within metal and new groups are churning out excellent death metal, speed metal, and heavy metal albums by the minute. Dormant giants reawaken as Cirith Ungol and…

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Craneium – The Narrow Line

I swear, I just can’t get enough of the outpouring of fantastic content from progressive doom and stoner these past few years. I think the secret of its appeal, for me at least, is that the genres seem to have woken up to the fact that the guitar-work is probably…

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Hey! Listen to Lethean!

It’s weird that heavy metal is known for being repetitive; it’s a master of classification I believe. When you narrow “heavy metal” down to the very specific style of it made from the mid-70’s to the mid-80’s, specifically centered around NWOBHM and the American response which it triggered, you certainly…

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Gatekeeper – East of Sun

Metal in general, but trad metal especially, is a divisive style of music, which, if I had to guess, comes from how unabashedly itself it is. It is a genre completely lacking in subtlety or nuance; when it comes to the high-soaring, epic sounds that come under the umbrella of “traditional…

The Year in Review // Best of Non-2017 Albums

Like every avid music listener, many of our favorite musical discoveries each year have actually been around for a while. Of course, these “new” albums don’t qualify for our annual end of year roundups, so we launched a new list last year dedicated exclusively to celebrating our staff’s top picks from outside of the current year. The following albums come from a wide variety of genres and range from releases we overlooked in 2016 to decades-old classics we finally got around to checking out. This has quickly become one of our favorite end of year features, and we hope you also discover some gems from yore that received just as much (if not more) playtime than some of the newer releases we’ve celebrated over the past twelve months.