Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys

European progressive metal is just one of those genres where the promise of a well-made album lies at the other side of a field of mediocrity. Perhaps it’s because of how cheesy the genre actually is and how hard it is to be self-aware and wield that tool well. Or…

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Disillusion – The Liberation

The question of when to write a band off is one that every fan must, regrettably, one day answer for themselves. It is extremely unlikely that every single one of the acts you once thought of as legendary or excellent will remain that way. Complicated matters even further is the…

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8 Track – Symphony X

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an 8 Track post, so let me remind you what this is all about. The idea is to choose 8 tracks from a band’s career that exemplify their growth and their style for those who might not be aware of them at all…

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Lord – Fallen Idols

There are two things I know about power metal: that all the best power metal bands are Australian, and that all the best power metal is simply thrash metal in disguise. If there’s any doubt concerning either of these axioms, one listen to Fallen Idols—the fifth full-length from Sydney’s Lord—should…

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The Anatomy Of – Stephen Taranto

It seems as if the dubiously titled nu-prog has been slowing down over the past two to three years, at least when compared to the onslaught from the genre that we experienced in 2014-2016. However, the collective imagination around the sound still seems to be there. Something about the unabashed…

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Eternity’s End – Unyielding

As we did a short while ago with Shabti, let’s get questions of pedigree out of the way quickly so we can move onto the music itself. Eternity’s End, a furious prog/power generator, is made up of (deep breath): Iuri Sanson (from the excellent, if lesser known, Hibria in his…

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Heavy Delinquency – Locust Leaves’ “A Subtler Kind of Light”

Welcome, once again, to the column which exists solely so we could have a place to say: “hey, we fucked up”. And boy, did we fuck up this time; despite getting some traction in our circles, we never covered Locust Leaves’ 2017 release, A Subtler Kind of Light. It’s a major fuck up for several reasons: first, the project contains none other than Ayloss of Spectral Lore, one of my personal favorite musicians in black metal. Second, the album itself is a blend of progressive death metal, folk, black metal and avant-garde, basically ticking every single box of stuff that Heavy Blog cares about. And, lastly and most importantly, it’s fucking amazing.

Anatomy Of – Boss Keloid

We here at Heavy Blog are not known for under-doing something when it comes to bands we love; we like to shower them with attention and do it often. Thus, it should be no great surprise that, so soon after we reviewed their most recent release, we’re here with an…