Obscure Gems – Ark

Way back in 2011, in what is now the Days of Yore of Heavy Blog, Noyan ran a series of posts titled Obscure Gems. It focused on underrated, under-appreciated albums, shining a light on their genius. In 2020, I’m bringing this series back; it can focus on any period of…

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Unmetal Monday // 1/13/2020

There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep up with it! Like the vast majority of heavy music fans, our tastes are incredibly vast, with our 3X3s in each Playlist Update typically covering numerous genres and sometimes a…

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The Anatomy Of – SiXforNinE

SiXforNine have released the standout heavy metal album of the year so far with their second album Parallel Universe. The band perfectly blend elements of classic and progressive metal with alternative and hard rock to come up with a sound that is all their own. You can read more about…

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Hey! Listen to Galactic Empire!

As another Star Wars movie release is upon us, I would like to offer up Galactic Empire to your music rotation today. As you’re standing in line waiting for Solo tickets and you need a boost, the John Williams shredders should lift your spirits and reduce your anxiety. The YouTube cover band sensations are more than just a couple of dudes who plucked away until they had “Imperial March” nailed. These guys are legitimate talents in their own right, and everyone should take a listen just to hear it.

The Anatomy Of: Felix Martin

Felix Martin has and will always be a unique trailblazer for progressive and world fusion music. This Berklee-trained virtuoso taps out Latin-inspired riffs and melodies across his custom multi-fretboard 15 and 16 string guitars to create challenging compositions and unique performances. Martin’s new self released record Mechanical Nations is out now, and…

58 – Cinematic Metal

I actually wanted to title the episode ” If I call this episode ‘Why isn’t Cinematic Metal a thing?’ surely someone will point me to some obscure Spanish power metal band that calls themselves Cinematic Metal so I won’t” but that would probably be too long for iTunes. Eden healthy…

Starter Kit: Devin Townsend

We’re taking another diversion from our usual Starter Kit format to focus on the work of another seminal artist. Let’s face it; if you’re a reader of this website then you’ve probably already at least heard of some of Devin Townsend’s music. He’s one of the most electrifying, prolific, and impressive…

Jazz Rock Supergroup The Aristocrats Announce New Album and DVD

The Aristocrats are the kind of super group geared almost exclusively towards serious musicians. An exceptionally talented trio, the collaboration of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia, Steven Wilson), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) has produced two albums of delightful jazz fusion and progressive tinged, instrumental…