Gatecreeper – Deserted

It’s been a good while since death metal has seen a significant pull toward mainstream recognition. The genre’s heyday is rife with stories of monetary success and cultural recognition (just look up the histories of Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, and Morbid Angel for vindication), but more recent iterations of death metal…

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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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Best of 1989

As you might recall, Heavy Blog is ten years old this year. As such, we’re setting off on an adventure, each quarter exploring a different “Year 9”. After looking at ’79, we’re now at ’89, and oh boy was ’89 A Year. It’s the year in which the Soviet Block…

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Hey! Listen to Catalyst!

Progressive and technical death metal has been having a real moment over the last couple of years. As with everything, however, there is a dark side to the genre’s current boom. With so many fantastic progressive death metal albums flooding the market, listeners run the risk of becoming disaffected by…

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Nucleus – Entity

“Good artists borrow; great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso, maybe This axiom drives metal. It only becomes more true as time’s inevitable march covers more and more ground and an increasing number of sounds are necessarily retread. I’ve written on this before in other reviews, but this holds especially true…

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Full of Hell – Weeping Choir

Well, dear reader, here we are again. It’s been just over two years since the release of Full of Hell’s last full length. In the time since Trumpeting Ecstasy, they’ve released a second collaboration with sludge/noise savants The Body, this time taking a detour into the wild world of power…

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Warforged – I: Voice

When it finally came time for Warforged to announce their long anticipated follow-up to 2014’s Essence of the Land, spirits were high in the Heavy Blog camp. The aforementioned release was a favorite of many on the blog and the long period of silence which followed it was a frustrating…

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Hey! Listen To Climate of Fear!

There aren’t too many of the good early 2000’s melodeath/metalcore bands remaining but, if I’m being ignorant and missing a few good ones, then they should just be releasing better music. The precarious balance between At The Gates-worship and the clinical edges of modern metal was too much for most…

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Anatomy of Black Mass

If there’s one thing the world needs more of, it’s blackened thrash. In some ways, it’s the original black metal sound. It’s chaotic and raucous, just like we all love our metal. However, it’s also overtly dark and evil sounding, a constant grind on your senses that still has its…

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