Editors’ Picks – April 2020

On the last episode of our podcast, Noyan challenged me with a question: is “The Golden Age of Metal” over? I had made the point that we’re living in the Golden Age of Metal back in 2016, although the idea was boiling around in Heavy Blog circles since at least…

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Release Day Roundup – 4/24/20

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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Traveler – Termination Shock

As the “traditional heavy metal revival” continues, its sheen wears off. Where the novel reigned, a sound conjured back from the beginning of metal’s evolution, now tropes and structures are back in play. Who are you conjuring seems to be the most pertinent question now, with bands falling squarely in…

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Hey! Listen to Orphan Devil

Another day, another excellent traditional heavy metal demo/debut EP! From the very first seconds of Orphan Devil’s demo, I was hooked; that dry, treble heavy guitar tone is something I’m just a sucker for. Add in vocals which make no apology for their influences, kind of like Traveler’s from just…

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Release Day Roundup – 2/22/19

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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Hey! Listen to Traveler!

Demo tapes are a thing of the past, right? Guess again; alongside shrill guitar tones and over the top vocals, the traditional heavy metal revival is bringing back demos as well. As short as three tracks and produced in a style very reminiscent of their origins, demos are great ways for bands to get discovered by fans and labels alike. And with the age of Bandcamp and streaming, it’s even easier to reach potential patrons of your music so, why the hell not? That’s the attitude which Traveler, a heavy metal band from Calgary, took with their demo released this year. From artwork to, most importantly, music, this demo screams (quite literally) mid-80’s heavy metal and by god, it owns. Head on down below for your first taste!