Doomsday // November 2018

Greetings, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! It’s that time of the month once again where we delve into the deepest of fuzzy riffs and slowest of bangers. I have to admit, I both love and hate this time of year when it comes to music. Everyone rushes to get their records…

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Hey! Listen to Mountaineer!

A few years ago, long time Heavy Blog friend/staff member, Geoff Smith, turned me on to Secrets of the Sky. I immediately fell in love with their super dark version of post metal, spliced with plenty of doom and other stuff I am generally known to enjoy. I got to listen to their sophomore album, Pathway, and review it for the blog, further deepening my connection with them. Thus, when I had heard that Clayton Bartholomew (who’s also ex-Lycus by the way) had left the band, I was crushed and very fearful of the future for that niche brand of sound that I had gotten used to. Luckily, my fears were short lived as Bartholomew began gathering musicians around him again in the form of Mountaineer. The project promised to scratch all those places that I needed scratch with Secrets of the Sky’s demise. Finally, only a few weeks ago, their first album dropped and lo and behold, the promise has been kept.

Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Editors’ Picks for January 2016

Welcome to our new monthly post, Editors’ Picks! In the recent two years, our editorial body has grown quite a bit: from basically two guys running everything, we now have around seven people managing the blog in an editorial capacity, including two (count ’em, two!) Editors in Chief. We thought we’d harness that unique body of editors and use their over-reaching perspective to shed light on specific releases each month. The way it works is simple: each editor gets to pick one album released in January (or in its proximity, as we just said). We write short pieces about them and link you to the album, allowing you to check it out yourselves. There’s no genre restrictions: expect to see some gnarly stuff on here as most of our editors have a very wide range of musical appreciation. Without further ado, let’s dig in into this month’s offering!

Lycus – Chasms

Is it possible for Lycus to be considered doom metal veterans following their sophomore album, Chasms? If their mastery in the craft of creating foreboding yet strikingly beautiful funeral doom is any count, this young band are certainly on track for advanced placement.

Maestus – Voir Dire

While retaining the listener’s interest is a prominent challenge throughout doom metal’s subgenres, this burden is much heavier for funeral doom. Whereas more traditional doom subgenres contain (relatively) shorter songs with more facets and drone doom can lean on trance-inducement as a crutch, funeral doom contains a risky combination of…

Lycus Sign To Relapse Records

Just last week in regards to the announcement that Relapse Records’ had signed Graves at Sea, I said that the celebrated underground metal label’s “release plans for the year have been swelling seemingly by the week” and that their roster is growing to further establish the label’s dominance of the…