Spell – Opulent Decay

Of all the genres to augment and splice with new varieties, good ol’ heavy metal seems to be the one that escapes the creative mutations most often. It makes sense. If a heavy metal-augmented style becomes “too” anything, that retro flavor seems to fade the fastest. It’s suddenly no longer…

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Nightfear – Apocalypse

Recently, I’ve been handed a term by a friend and I’ve found myself using it a lot. That term is “Pringles metal,” which they used to describe death metal stalwarts Cannibal Corpse, who have built a 30-year career on a credo of reliability and a penchant for turning out an…

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Half-Life: Crashdïet

Crashdïet have had a hard time since spear-heading the Swedish sleaze rock revival in the early 2000s. With five studio albums, and nearly as many lead singers, under their belt since 2005, it hasn’t been easy for the band to stay atop of the scene they helped define – and…

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8 Track – Destruction

Germany’s Destruction are by no means an unknown quantity, but they’re also frequently the most overlooked and neglected of the Teutonic thrash scene’s “Big Three”, which they form alongside the much more widely celebrated Sodom and Kreator. (Some people might attempt to add Tankard to that list in order to…

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Lord – Fallen Idols

There are two things I know about power metal: that all the best power metal bands are Australian, and that all the best power metal is simply thrash metal in disguise. If there’s any doubt concerning either of these axioms, one listen to Fallen Idols—the fifth full-length from Sydney’s Lord—should…

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A Gift to Artwork – Judas Priest

A Gift to Artwork, taken from the Caligula’s Horse song “A Gift to Afterthought”, breaks down and analyzes your favourite album artwork. The first time an album’s name appears, it will link to a large and (where possible) high-resolution image of the cover so that you can take a closer…

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Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus

It’s always a bit of a treat to see bands that have been around for years keep churning out new material. Sometimes these bands can still make great records well into their second, third, and even fourth decade of operation. Avid readers of Heavy Blog will remember our love for…

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