Promoting metal as art and culture

Khemmis

Desolation By Phil Pendergast We come from a variety of backgrounds and musical experiences, ranging from death and black metal to stoner rock to a brief stint in a Judas Priest cover band. We spent the last half of 2017 writing and demoing the material that eventually became the six songs on Desolation. The most…

Graveyard

Peace By Joakim Nilsson and Truls Mörck Joakim: I guess there’s no story behind this album. Truls: It’s not a concept album. It’s just a collection of songs that we wrote during this particular time. That was special for because it was written during and right after we had split up. That was different I…

Follow The Cipher

Follow The Cipher By Jonas Asplind, Karl Löfgren, Linda Toni Grahn JA:  We want to catch the feeling of something big and bombastic; like Hollywood movies in the style of Mad Max and Terminator when you hear us. KL: Chris Rörland made the cover (he’s most famous for playing the guitar in Sabaton). The songs…

Taken by the Tide

Revenge by Phil Illsley Our new record ‘Revenge’ was out Aug 3rd, 2018. It’s the culmination of a couple of years of struggle and difficulties. It represents the band, against all the odds, pushing forward. We do things a little strangely in this band. I’m not sure if it’s because of happenstance or [we joke…

Lucifer

Lucifer II By Nicke Andersson and Johanna Sadonis Nicke: It’s got nine songs of Lucifer heavy rock. Johanna: Yes, nine songs of heavy rock. We can recommend it. Nicke: Johanna had the concept. Ester Segarra took the photo. Johanna and I laid it out. I can’t say it tells the story of the album, no.…

Baest

Danse Macabre By Simon Olsen The album is coming out the 17/8, and we are stoked to release our debut finally! Of course, we wish to blow people’s mind with our uncompromising death metal, and our primary goal is casual world domination. We work daily with songwriting, Doomstar (our booking agency), Century Media (our label)…

Alien Weaponry

Tū By Henry and Lewis de Jong We’re a thrash metal band with groove and nu metal influences. We also sing about half our material in Te Reo Maori, which is the native language of New Zealand. Lewis used to obsessively watch David Gilmour and Stevie Ray Vaughan DVDs when he was really young –…

Masterpieces 2018

We brought together the finest album artwork of 2018 100 Artists with 100 Bands on 100 releases With bands and artists commentary Best Artwork Judas Priest, Firepower Master Artist Gustavo Sazes Most prominent artist Travis Smith Honorary Artist Vincent Fouquet Artist Highlight Vladimir ‘Smerdulak’ Chebakov Best boxset The Ocean, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic Band includes Alien Weaponry, Alkaloid, Axel Rudi Pell, Behemoth,…

HMA Issue 9

Heavy Music Artwork #9 Vol 3 comes with a new format and style. Focusing more on what we know best music and art. There are no more themes so we can move freely in the domain of creativity letting bands and artists express their views unrestricted. Featuring: Deicide, Bloodbath, Chthonic, Conan, Entombed A.D., Grave Digger,…

Oblivious

När Isarna Sjunger By Isak Oblivious from Linköping, Sweden plays groovy 70s hard rock with a southern twist. The band released their fourth studio effort ‘När isarna sjunger’ in February 2018 on Gaphals records, for the first time all sung in Swedish. Oblivious is a hard working, hard touring and much appreciated live act with…

Martyr Art

FearFaith Machines by Joe Gagliardi III Martyr Art is a digital metal phenomenon that’s been shredding since 2004. Known for playing so fast that he “sends music into the future”, guitarist, singer and songwriter, Joe Gagliardi III, is the driving force and solo performer in Martyr Art. Joe plays every instrument, does all his recording,…

High Council

Held in Contempt By Bob Saunders From the abandoned asylums and haunted pine barrens of Southern New Jersey comes High Council, an interminable force with one foot in hell and the other crushing the throat of mediocrity. For years, High Council has been bludgeoning its loyal fans with ferocious epics of riff-fueled neoclassic rock-metal. Consisting…

Dallian

Automata By Carlos Amado From the alchemical merging of Metal music and the aesthetics of Steampunk an unlikely synthesis is born, giving rise to Dallian, a band hoping to fill a void in a still very underexplored fusion. Rising in 2017 from the centre of Portugal, in the small city of Leiria, Dallian is a…

Dark Buddha Rising

II By Vesa Ajomo I think the term Black Arts of Psychedelia is more than a good reference to our art. What we aim for music-wise is heavy, intense, meditative, ominous, powerful, crooked. The most important principle for us is that the music we play inspires us. All that we do must create a connection…

Circle

Terminal By Jussi Lehtisalo Circle was founded in 1991 by Jussi Lehtisalo in the peripheral town of Pori, Finland. The band soon gained underground reputation with their violently hypnotic shows and minimalist approach to songwriting. Early on they also invented a language of their own, Meronian, which is still present in their vocals. After various…

Chrch

Light Will Consume Us All By Chris Lemos Chrch wields epic, lengthy songs, massive low end, and an occult vocal presence in a perfect blend of height and depth. Minimalist, indulgent, or straightforward; the music of Chrch calls the listener to inhabit it, allowing enough room for its transmutation into anything one desires of it.…

Centuries

The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding By Derrick Flanagin Our new album ‘The Lights of This Earth’ I think as a whole we just took a little more time with the writing process. We also took some time off to try and mould these songs and find the new direction we wanted to go.…

Baptists

Beacon Of Faith by Andrew Drury ‘Beacon Of Faith’ it’s an album of 13 noisy punk songs that were written over the last couple of years in a basement in Kelowna, BC, fine-tuned in Vancouver, BC, recorded in Salem, MA and mastered in Portland, OR. The process this time around was different for us because…

Letters from the Colony

Vignette By Alexander Backlund I’m the vocalist of LFTC. I’ve included a link to our bio below as we don’t have a TL;DR version of it yet. You can just copy/paste whichever section you think is relevant or do some Frankensteining. Thanks for letting me do this interview, I hope you enjoy it! Oh, and…