Doomsday – May 2019

It’s that time once again, O Heaviest of all Bloggers. Spring turning slowly into summer is such an odd time of year for metal, I think. Everyone else in the world is looking to get their beach bodies ready as the sun comes out more frequently and people get more…

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Release Day Roundup – 5/17/19

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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Trees of Eternity – Hour of the Nightingale

All music has themes but metal is a genre which wears its heart on its sleeve. Thematics color everything in metal, from audience reception and marketing to the actual composition and execution of the music itself. It can affect production, tone, scales, and much more in an effort to align everything with a perceived image or to jar that image by deviating from the norm in just the right way. Take goth metal; a sub-section of doom, it relies on the theme of autumn, death, depression and nature for its impact. We haven’t even mentioned bands yet and album art, track names and that certain goth sound has already sprung into your mind. Sometimes, these themes become even more powerful and, by some twist of fate or by a pecuilar predestination, reflect in the musicians themselves: they might reflect the ideals of the music in their actions or in the facts of their lives.

And sometimes, that reflection has a bitter edge.

In Mourning – The Weight Of Oceans

In Mourning The Weight of Oceans 01. Colossus 02. A Vow To Conquer The Ocean 03. From A Tidal Sleep 04. Celestial Tear 05. Convergence 06. Sirens 07. Isle Of Solace 08. The Drowning Sun 09. Voyage Of A Wavering Mind [04/24/12] [Spinefarm Records] Many years ago, Sweden gave heavy…