Hammers of Misfortune

Dead and loving revolution When West Coast progressive heavy metallers Hammers of Misfortune are asked what took so long to follow-up 2011’s acclaimed 17th Street, principal songwriter and guitarist John Cobbett is likely to throw out a Lennon lyric “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Mostly, the delay was…

Butcher Babies

Fight like a man You may have seen them, heard of them; maybe a friend may have told you about those two girls that look just too good to be playing heavy metal. If you still haven’t given them a chance, after they released two albums and toured the world non-stop for a good four…

Sikth

“Curioser and curioser…” Formed in Watford, England in 1999, Sikth pioneered a technical, crazy yet melodic style of metal that melded prog, thrash, death metal and a host of eclectic influences. They were (and are) unique with two contrasting singers who somehow manage to complement one another with every line, scream and melody – and…

Clan of Xymox

Emotions hidden inside It all started in 1981 in Amsterdam when Ronny Moorings (mastermind, vocalist and guitarist) formed Clan of Xymox. After releasing their 3rd album “Twist of Shadows” which helped to establish them in the US market by selling 300,000 copies, they soon became a pioneer of darkwave/electro-goth music and enjoying headlining several international…

New Years Day

More from the Next Generation of Dark Royalty Let’s have a chat about New Years Day. They’re a band that was formed back in 2005, who’s first tracks appealed mostly to a younger audience, and with lyrics that played on a filmy, Halloween-y ‘darkness’. And look at them today… From a humble start on MySpace…

RAM

RAM it down RAM is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1999. They boast uncompromised, no-frills approach to their music. Throughout 2015 the continued a metal crusade destroying stages across Europe. At the wake of the devastation, RAM entered the studio to record their fourth album “Svbversvm”. The album “is another step upon the…

Arrayan Path

Path of light Known as Arryan Path until March 2011 when the band changed the name to Arrayan Path. “Arrayán” (Luma apiculata) is a type of plant that grows in the American continents, so an Arrayan Path would be some sort of an alley. The band was formed by Nicholas Leptos and Clement Fung in…

Skepticism

Northern landscapes, autumn and farmakon Formed in 1991, Finnish funeral doom metal Skepticism is regarded as one of the pioneers of the genre. Combining painfully slow death-doom metal styled riffs, bringing together beautiful and dark atmospheres, sparse percussion with deep growling. Creating music that is both within the range of contemporary doom metal in terms…

Rhine

Outsider and outcast Rhine is a progressive metal band from Seattle that started as a solo project in 2011 by singer/guitarist Gabe Tachell. Now joined by Alex Smolin on guitar, Carlos Delgado on drums, and James Porter on bass. HMA: Welcome to Heavy Music Artwork. What can you tell me about ‘An Outsider’? Gabe Tacehell:…

Michael Monroe

The King and his Legendary Lineup are back with a new album The world of rock has never known a performer like Michael Monroe. He’s the very definition of a rock legend. He’s stood on the biggest stages, side by side with the biggest names and recorded dozens of albums that people have loved and…

Aborted

Rotten to the core Despite numerous band changes and one album hiccup, Aborted have been highly regarded by the death metal community. In 20 years of career they have always manage to deliver a good dose of brutal metal dashed with enough gore. The band seems to be in excellent shape and their new album…

Greenleaf

The Highway to the Riff Swedish Greenleaf officially started playing together in 1999, the band’s members had long been involved with the local stoner rock scene. This led to a quite natural progression on both their debut four-song EP and 2001’s ‘Revolution Rock’ Full-length. After a long break allowing the band to be involved on…

Black Breath

The Bringing of Light Black breath formed in 2006 out of accretion of the digest for this so-called civilization and have been raging ever since. HMA: Welcome Black Breath to Heavy Music Artwork. So who are the ‘Slaves Beyond Death’? Neil McAdams: Enjoy what little joy you may take from this life because soon we…

Fallen Angels

Angels of Death Seattle’s premier thrash band, formed in 2002. Fallen Angels have continued to be part of the underground music scene throughout the Pacific Northwest of the US since their inception, garnering growing respect from their peers in the metal scene and new fans with every show. In 2007 their music grabbed the attention…

Mirror

The Devil in the Mirror Mirror is the musical brainchild of bassist and die-hard metal master Tas Danazoglou (Electric Wizard, Satan’s Wrath). A chance meeting with London-based producer and drummer Jaime Gomez Arellano led to the two embarking on a shared musical vision that encompasses classic hard-rock, proto-metal sound with tasteful songwriting and musicianship. Guitarist…

Dead Soul

Northern Dark blues Dead Soul is a duo from Sweden founded by vocalist and guitarist Anders Landelius and producer Nielsen. Their first single ‘They Will Pay’ was released in 2012 under Razzia Notes label, owned by Anders Fridén of In Flames. In the same year they gained popularity opening up for Ghost as a support…

Sanguine

Songs in their own world Sanguine is a hard-hitting driving metal and rock riffs, mixtures of melodies, vocal ranges which include screams and singing both from front-woman Tarin Kerrey and guitarist Nick Magee. Sanguine has created a new unique sound, jumping between styles their eclectic songwriting keep you guessing what the next track will sound…

Limb

A Terminal Mindset Limb began in a damp and cold basement in the winter of 2011. Within a year, Witch Hunter Records had picked up the band’s self-recorded demo, and it wasn’t long until Limb was invited onto the New Heavy Sounds roster. Recognising Limb’s love of stoner dirge as well as classic rock stomp,…

Killing Joke

I am the virus Formed in 1978, Killing Joke is a post-punk band which provides a unique combination of punk, metal and industrial gothic music. HMA spent some time in Brighton with legendary frontman Jaz Coleman for a deep chat about ‘Pylon’, symbolism and spectrum dominance from the corporate world HMA: Hi Jaz and welcome…