Lantern – Dimensions

There comes a time in every band’s career where they either get it or they don’t. A lucky few find their footing right away and hit the ground running, becoming either a fondly remembered flash in the pan or a trainwreck tragically dragged through the mud, fizzling out with an…

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Oceans of Slumber – Oceans of Slumber

This is the third Oceans of Slumber album I’m reviewing for Heavy Blog. Not to rehash the past too much but my relationship with the band has been marked with constant improvement and growing affection; Winter, the first album of theirs I reviewed for the blog, back in 2016, let…

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Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse

With music, as in every facet of life, expectation creates a breeding ground for disappointment. Albums often clear the bar fans continuously raise, of course, but they can also hit it straight on or miss the mark entirely. I’m not suggesting that we can’t hold the artists we love to…

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The Anatomy Of – Sojourner

Atmospheric black metal has been doing a lot of things in the last five years or so. Beyond “just” an explosion in release numbers, atmospheric black metal also seems to be undergoing another (re)negotiation of what constitutes its basic parts, with the genre splitting off into further sub-genres. You have…

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Izthmi – The Arrows of Our Ways

Few things are as enjoyable as a debut record. No matter how bad or good the record eventually turns out to be, the excitement that stems forth from that unabashed enthusiasm is invigorating, like a new car smell. This first impression is amplified by the absence of expectations, where every…

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Love Letter to Neil Peart and Rush

Between the Buried and Me. Dillinger Escape Plan. Periphery. Death. Dream Theater. Opeth. Tool. Mastodon. Meshuggah. Protest the Hero. Cynic. Voivod. And so, so, so many others. I could go on ad nauseum but suffice to say, hard rock and heavy metal as we know it would not exist without…

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Heavy Blog’s Top 50 Albums of 2019

This is one of those years where you’re writing your end of year summary every day. It’s a year which inundated all of us with so much music, and from so many angles and genres, that it almost begged to constantly be analyzed, made sense of, and conceptualized. I’ve written…

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