Abyssal – A Beacon in the Husk

I’m a sucker for the kind of discordant, dissonant, technically adventurous death metal that leaves you simultaneously baffled and awed. Think Portal and their utterly unhinged songwriting, Ulcerate and their fire and blood approach to technical death metal, and Mitochondrion’s relentless, blisteringly paced barrage of audio brutality. It’s a sound…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Archaic Decapitator Continue Their Ascent to Melodeath Greatness with The Apothecary

O quality melodeath, where art thou? A valid question in my estimation, as outside of well known subgenre firebrands such as Insomnium, Be’lakor, and Dark Tranquility (who, in case you aren’t aware, have been around for a considerable amount of time), there’s been little new and exciting in the world…

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Death’s Door – July 2018

Hello my Hellions, and welcome to Death’s Door. Don’t even bother wiping your feet on the mat this time around. The blood runneth over. What an absolutely insane summer it’s been for death metal. So great that we’ve had to eliminate a multitude of records from our monthly list because…

8-Track: Amorphis

Amorphis has had an eclectic career, to say the least. The Finish melodeath pioneers have been responsible for some of the most memorable and the most forgettable melodic death metal the genre has to offer. While modern times may have seen them become overshadowed by their countrymen in Insomnium and Children of Bodom, yet few have traversed a stylistic spectrum as wide as Amorphis. The near three-decades since their inception has seen the band go through significant line-up changes, all while incorporating sizable aspects of folk, progressive, doom and even power metal into their ever-evolving sound. Now with thirteen studio records under their belt, finding an entry point into their oft-overlooked yet not inconsiderable career can be a daunting task. So, in celebration of the release of their new record Queen of Time, here’s a look at 8 of the most definitive and rewarding moments of their career.

The Anatomy Of: As Oceans

North Carolina is an underappreciated hotbed of talent in the American metal scene, where bands like Between the Buried and Me and Corrosion of Conformity, among many others, have come up to inform the progression of their respective musical niches on a worldwide scale. It also doesn’t hurt that acts…

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 10/13/17

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

Foredoomed – Ordeal

Imagine yourself, five years ago. Some friend or other, not too close but that guy with the weird musical recommendations and ideas, walks up to you and says: “you need what you need in life? You need a mix of Dream Theater’s Kevin Moore-era synths and Insomnium’s melodeath on one album”. Personally, this writer would laugh in this friend’s face; I assume you’d do the same. But yet, here we stand, reviewing Foredoomed’s Ordeal and that’s exactly what this is. The base formula, the foundation on which all else rests, is well made melodic death metal in the style of Insomnium, with the trademark flair on the riffs, the Iron Maiden influenced bass and the evocative vocals. But onto this another layer is added, made up of fantastically rich synths which throw back to neoclassical prog, Dream Theater’s Awake and other references known for their cheesy yet satisfying synth tone.