Hey! Listen to Acid Death!

Discovering new bands is fun. Discovering bands with an outstanding back catalogue is even better! It may have taken Greek death-thrashers Acid Death a full three decades to catch my attention, but I’m quickly making up for lost time and you shouldn’t sleep on them either. Acid Death caught my…

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Release Day Roundup – 3/1/19

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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The Year of the Beast: How Iron Maiden Heralded the Metal Explosion

The story of metal is not linear. We didn’t arrive at the mayhem lurking in our Spotify playlists through a measured progression of technique, style, and genre. Rather, the evolution came in leaps and bounds, with dead ends and bursts of growth and pockets of innovation. To continue the evolutionary metaphor: the Cambrian Explosion of metal shot off in the mid 1980’s, as subgenres and geniuses and success combined into a specimen closely resembling much of modern metal. But the growth, although frantic, wasn’t instantaneous; rather, it seemed to expand exponentially from a single source, a catalyst in a chain reaction. That incipient band, the patient zero of metal as we know it today, is Iron Maiden. More precisely, the stratospheric success of The Number of the Beast, with it’s intricate compositions, transgressive lyrics, and trailblazing progressivity, diverged metal from hard rock completely and legitimized metal as a commercial viability, heralding the eruption of metal in the years to follow.

Hey! Listen to Witherfall!

Witherfall may be the savior power metal has been looking for. The quartet (although currently a trio, due to the tragic death of drummer, Adam Sagan) plays technical and thrilling progressive power metal that is matched in quality only by a handful of veterans in the business. These guys do not sound like a new band and there’s good reason for that. All the members, except the bassist, have long resumes with power metal heavyweights like Iced Earth, White Wizard, Circle II Circle and Into Eternity. Even considering their extensive experience, their debut album, Nocturnes and Requiems, still passes expectations.

The Anatomy Of: Aegaeon

Aegaeon’s brand of spacey, heavy deathcore hits hard in all the right places: their powerful combination of reverberating, washed-out leads and almost over-the-top chug-heavy rhythms carries a planet’s worth of weight behind it, and it’s certainly earned them quite the following. Tracks like “The Integral Path”, the band’s newest single, show…

PHOTOS: Haken, Next to None, Marbin, Outrun the Sunlight—April 26th, 2015 @ Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, IL & May 3rd, 2015 @ Empire, Springfield, VA

More and more European progressive bands are making their way overseas to North America and we couldn’t be happier. Last year, Heavy Blog is Heavy had the privilege of sponsoring the first ever US tour for Norwegian progressive giants Leprous [photos, video]. This time, we were proud to welcome the…

Wings Denied – Mirrors for a Prince

The tag “progressive” is assigned loosely today, with every band that features poly-rhythms or non standard time stamps hailed as innovators. However, being “progressive” doesn’t have to necessarily lie in the complexity of your music or a wide swerve off accepted musical norms. It should instead be placed in changing the…