Elder – Omens

A new release from a beloved band is a chance to once again reconsider the question of identity. Like any artistic endeavor, an album is, on many levels, an expression of personality and a many-pronged statement of values, method, and taste on the part of those involved in its creation.…

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Huntsmen – Mandala of Fear

I don’t know about anybody else, but is there a revival of 60s prog going on or something? Maybe I’m just listening to a handful of choice records, but it does seem like underground metal bands are employing a lot of Yes-like choruses and early Genesis-style songwriting. Those are super…

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Cheeto’s Magazine – Amazingous

Progressive rock is one of those genres that you absolutely love growing up, then move through derision and cynicism towards it, before you end up rediscovering what so appealed to you within it when you were growing up. At least, that’s how it was for me: the bright eyed hope…

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Boris – LOVE & EVOL

Writing about a band as foundational to their genre and as monolithic in the landscape of post-Y2K metal as the Japanese amplifier cult known as Boris is tough. Trying to wear the hats of both fan and critic for these sorts of bands is always difficult; the same album elicits…

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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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Unmetal Monday // 8/26/2019

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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Into the Pit: Thrash Metal Mailbag

Hello fellow pit-sters! This month, I thought we could do something a little different. You all know I’ve been playing fast and loose with the schedule of this column, and August will be no different! Fellow thrash Josh Bulleid and I thought we’d introduce ourselves to you all a little…

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The Anatomy Of – Valence

I’ll be honest with you: I don’t really vibe with instrumental progressive music all that much. Like all your average Internet Metal Nerds, I used to listen to my fair share of the stuff; there’s something in the emphasis on technicality that appeals to pasty kids looking for an escape,…

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