Best of 1989

As you might recall, Heavy Blog is ten years old this year. As such, we’re setting off on an adventure, each quarter exploring a different “Year 9”. After looking at ’79, we’re now at ’89, and oh boy was ’89 A Year. It’s the year in which the Soviet Block…

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Death Angel – Humanicide

Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel have returned bringing us Humanicide, an album endeavoring to lay out a portrait of a decaying world in all its forms. The band are one of those veteran groups who once stood hopefully alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica until circumstances took them in…

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Overkill – The Wings of War

No band have waved the flag for traditional thrash metal harder and higher than Overkill. Whether they invented the genre or not is debatable, but the New Yorkers appear assured in their position its single greatest producers. The band have steadily been putting out records every two-to-three years since 1985,…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Revel in The Ghost Next Door’s “A Feast for the Sixth Sense”

Good morning and welcome once again to the wave of progressive stoner metal which has been washing over us for several years now. This time, we are proud to premiere The Ghost Next Door’s A Feast for the Sixth Sense, a politically charged exploration of groove, riffs, and the powers they hold. The album’s centerpiece is probably the…

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Artillery – The Face of Fear

It’s safe to say that the supposedly b-tier thrash acts have largely outshone the genre’s more prominent acts in the modern era. Once-overlooked bands like Testament, Exodus, Kreator and (I’ll even concede) Overkill have consistently put the bulk of the Big Four’s output to shame, at least since the turn…

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Best Of 1988

Ah, the good old days! When we were all shining golden gods and the name of metal struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere! Not only is this post about those good ol’ days, but we’re also looking at the specific part in them where metal really started taking off in…

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Revocation – The Outer Ones

Nothing can compare to the nuttiness that can be tech death. Blast beats plus virtuoso riffing is simply candy to the ears. The only problem, if it can even really be defined that way, is that tech death is rarely “dirty”. I mean that in the way that old school death metal or thrash bands can be dirty. Playing things a little looser and dialing back on the production qualities while also turning up the distortion is very rarely in the playbook for tech death bands. Fortunately, the fans of dirt have Revocation, a band that consistently blurs the lines between thrash and technical death metal. The Outer Ones is a great example that bands can play things a little loose while also being technical masters of their instruments.