Death’s Door – June 2020

Welcome once more to Death’s Door, Hellions. Wipe your feet on the mat and pull up a bone throne. Death metal had one doozy of a month in June. Every time I write one of these my initial thought is to comment on how this month has surpassed each subsequent…

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Release Day Roundup – 6/26/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. 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…

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Pyrrhon – Abscess Time

There’s no doubting or debating it at this point. Pyrrhon are among the most creative, chaotic, and thoroughly intense bands in extreme music. Their pedigree is unblemished and unassailable.  Over three full-length records and a host of EPs, the band has created their own thoroughly unique sonic gospel, blending technical…

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Xazraug – Unsympathetic Empyrean

Metal has a penchant for the transcendent. As an avid music consumer, it’s a rare occurrence for a record to stop me dead in my tracks and demand my complete, undivided attention. No working. No multitasking. No casual listening. Instead, on first listen, complete and total surrender to a wave…

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Behold… The Arctopus – Hapeleptic Overtrove

Some albums feel specifically designed to propel music forward. Like their very existence is intended to challenge listeners’ notions about what music is, what it can and/or should accomplish, and how we can expect to consume and enjoy it. Extreme metal, perhaps more than any other genre in any medium…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Xpus conjure old school death metal mastery in “Of Purity, Chastity and Temptation”

Over the past several years, death metal has experienced a renaissance of epic proportions, fueled by movements of radical innovation (propelled by bands such as Ingurgitating Oblivion, Pyrrhon, Alkaloid, Artificial Brain, and a host of others) and adherence to the genre’s most cherished and essential elements (think early Horrendous, Blood…

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AMA (Ask Metal Anything) – April 2020

AMA is Heavy Blog’s monthly community Q&A column, where readers ask questions across the gamut, and we are legally required by the universal laws of “AMA” to answer them! These are edited and excerpted transcripts. To see full transcripts and participate in future conversations, join the Heavy Blog Facebook Community…

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Thoren – Gwarth II

I listen to a lot of music every year. Which is as it should be. I do write about this shit regularly, so some semblance of a finger on the pulse of various scenes is, in my mind, essential to writing meaningfully about music. One thing that I’ve marveled at…

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