Kvlt Kolvmn // June 2019

Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn. I’ll kick off this month’s festivities by stating with relative certainty that I’ve never written in one place about so many albums released in one month that I genuinely feel are going to show up on my yearly top 25. Each and every one of this…

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Andavald – Undir skyggðarhaldi

Black metal is at its best when it’s raw. And I’m not referring to tin can production quality, which has become an obsessively mandated component of the genre for purists. The rawness I’m referring to is a of a more human variety. Give me black metal that feels utterly unhinged,…

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Hey! Listen to Enthroned!

When you’ve been listening to metal for a significant period of time, it becomes harder and harder to be genuinely surprised. Sure, debut records drop from out-of-nowhere every once in a while to blow our collective minds, but the moments where the music we love genuinely blindsides our sensibilities become…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – May 2019

Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn, D R A M A Edition. Whoa boy. Yeah. It’s been a month. Not only were we gifted some absolutely incredible black metal releases in what’s already been a banner year, but we also get enough craziness to fill a tabloid. It’s great. It’s terrible. It’s…

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Release Day Roundup – 5/24/19

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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Sinmara – Hvísl Stjarnanna

Sinmara’s previous release, the 2017 EP Within the Weaves of Infinity, was a notable turning point for the Icelandic black metal group: it contained a much greater focus on clearly defined threads of melody, compared to their debut LP Aphotic Womb. Aphotic Womb, twisting and dripping with malevolent dissonance, slid…

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Kvlt Kolvmn // December 2018

Welcome to the last edition of Kvlt Kolvmn for the year 2018. I honestly debated whether or not to run this column for December, given that our year-end lists have recently been posted and the holiday season is generally a bear on schedules. But I couldn’t let the releases below…

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Kvlt Kolvmn // July 2017

Welcome back to Kvlt Kolvmn! Another month, another insane amount of premium black metal. For the second month in a row, Scott is back in the saddle, churning out sterling recommendation after sterling recommendation. Hell is most pleased with his offerings, and all is again right in the black metal world. In a similar fashion to death metal releases in July, I was skeptical regarding how many quality albums we would hear this month. Let’s be real: July is relatively awful for new releases across all genres of music, but can be especially brutal for metal. On most fronts, July 2017 proved me wrong by unleashing upon us some excellent black metal records that are not only worthy of a solid listen, but are some of the most accomplished to be released this year. Scott and I are happy to share these records with you, and hope you enjoy them as much as we did. So, without further adieu, into the ninth circle we go.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 2/3/17

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.