Hey! Listen to The King is Blind!

What exactly qualifies as “metal” can be a contentious issue. As any dedicated listener knows, the label itself accounts for a wide spread of sub-genres—ranging from softer, more atmospherically-inclined fare such as post-black/gaze and folk metal; to the frantic, bombastic realms of speed and power metal; and onto the spasmodic worlds of math- and grindcore; and even the bleak, all-encompassing, sonic oppression of drone and funeral doom. Many of these sub-genres remain contentious, and what is considered metal, or even just heavy music can shift and change depending upon what circles you frequent. Then again, there are those bands who (for any number of reasons) simply ooze the ideal of heavy metal, no matter which way you look at them, so that their status as a nothing less than a fucking heavy metal band cannot be denied. The King is Blind are one of those bands.

Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

After nearly two decades of silence and side projects, Sweden’s melodic death metal maestros At the Gates dropped 2014’s seamless At War With Reality and have been assaulting the entire globe with a touring schedule as relentless as the riffs ever since. With a confidence and chemistry most full-time bands would kill for year after years of relentless practice, At the Gates really do seem like one of the most proficiently savage and insanely-catchy bands to ever emerge (and then re-emerge) from this subgenre.

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

When Celtic Frost disbanded in 2008, the metal world lost one its great innovators. The mastermind behind Celtic Frost, Tom G. Warrior (also known as Thomas Gabriel Fischer), is a force to be reckoned with; he is a master composer of darkness and a true musical genius, and as evidenced by Celtic…

New Triptykon is MASSIVELY Heavy

We haven’t heard anything from Triptykon, the death/doom behemoth formed by Tom G. Warrior from the ashes of his legendary band, Celtic Frost, since their 2010 debut Eparistera Daimones, which was met with much critical acclaim, and rightly so. The band has remained relatively silent over the past couple years, though they’ve posted updates…