A Few of My Favourite Things…

Magick, Nihilism, Hallucinogenics. With a new album in the works and an impending sophomore excursion to Australia, HEAVY caught up with Absu mastermind Proscriptor McGovern to peer behind the curtain of mythological occult metal. “When the band first started it was my main objective to categorize the music as mythological occult metal,” says McGovern, drummer/vocalist and last […]

Gearing Up For Sonic Forge

This Saturday Sonic Forge Festival is bringing headbangers together for an epic day of metal for its third year running. Spearheaded by Kiwi heavyweights Ulcerate and Melbourne’s own Ne Obliviscaris, the full line-up for 2013 includes so many potential headliner bands you couldn’t possibly be disappointed. Joining them are King Parrot, The Amenta, Ruins and […]

Absu (USA), Portal and Denouncement Pyre Tour 2014

American black metal warriors Absu have announced their return to Australia! Joining them in March 2014 will be our own conjurers of darkness, Portal, and Melbourne’s blackened death metallers Denouncement Pyre.

Between the Buried and Me @ The Corner Hotel 19.11.13

 A spectacularly warm day put Melbourne in high spirits on Tuesday, as one of the biggest progressive metal shows of the year arrived at The Corner Hotel in Richmond – the Parallax Future Sequence Australian tour, in which Between the Buried and Me has been delivering their latest opus from start to finish with the […]

HEAVYFEST Full Line-up Announcement

How time flies when you’re getting HEAVY. We’ve rocked, thrashed, bashed and ground our way through two amazing years and it’s time to raise those horns and celebrate. HEAVY magazine is proud to reveal a line-up for our second anniversary festival that says, ‘Yeah, we know how to party!’

BEHEMOTH, HOUR OF PENANCE AND CEMETERY URN @ PRINCE BANDROOM

Behemoth returned to Melbourne last night with the determination and virulence upon which they built their career. Spitting blood, lashed in corpse paint and leering into the crowd, these Polish monoliths met every expectation they had built. The change in venues from the Espy to the Prince may have at first irked some, but the […]

MESHUGGAH: More Evil Than Ever?

Meshuggah are returning to Australia for their first headlining show since 2008. With the tour kicking off in under a week, drummer Tomas Haake says fans are in for a performance like never before.

Heavy Interviews Hour Of Penance Guitarist Giulio Moschini

Italian death metallers Hour Of Penance are making their way to Australia for the first time in October, but they’ve got a lot to do before then. They are currently preparing for their 15-date tour of Europe supporting our very own, Psycroptic.

Karnivool Live @ The Town Hall, Melbourne

Some bands blow you away with their high-powered (and often destructive) stage antics; others, with their face-melting riffs; and others still with gruesome corpse paint or elaborate costumes. Karnivool are none of the above.

The Amenta @ The Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood

Audiences have come to know what to expect from Sydney’s The Amenta, and that is a dark and grimy stage show amplified by some of the most intense metal currently being made in Australia.

Fans Save New MSI Record

New York’s renowned electronic punk quartet Mindless Self Indulgence (MSI) are flying after the success of a Kickstarter campaign in which fans paid to stop the band’s new album How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence from being destroyed. Frontman Jimmy Urine spoke to HEAVY about doing just that: […]

Dino Cazares Discusses Demanufacture Australian Tour With HEAVY

Australian fans are a cluey bunch, and they’re not always ready to get on America’s bandwagon. Yet our ongoing affair with Fear Factory is a testament to the band’s pervasive influence as the timelessness of their music secures an eternal spot in the CD racks of metalheads everywhere.

Watain Release ‘All That May Bleed’ Video (Teaser)

Swedish black metal stalwarts Watain have posted a teaser for their new single All That May Bleed from their impending album The Wild Hunt, set for release in Europe on 19 August and in America on 20 August 2013. On 3 June Watain made the following statement via their website:

BEHEMOTH Announce New Album Title

Polish blackened death metal legends Behemoth have revealed their tenth full-length album will be titled The Satanist. The Satanist will be the follow up to the 2009 epic Evangelion, and is set for release in spring 2013. In a statement posted on the band’s Facebook page on May 31, mastermind Nergal  made the following comments: […]

House of Thumbs: Home

From the first slaughtering scream of Stigma to the final frenzy of Maelstrom, Home is the blistering new release from Melbourne’s own House of Thumbs.

Feed Her To The Sharks: Savage Seas

Incredibly tight, catchy and heavy, the sophomore release from Feed Her To The Sharks is a solid next-step for the Melbourne quintet. Aside from a few slightly heavier moments, Savage Seas is pretty much your archetypal metalcore album – as soon as I put it on I was immediately harkened back to my 14 year-old […]

Golden Gods Awards

Metallica destroy at the Golden Gods, but honouring Jeff Hanneman remains focus. Here, let me sum up the Golden Gods for you by spoiling the ending: Metallica and Rob Halford doing Rapid Fire. Like… Rock! Metallica absolutely killed their whole (four-song) finale set, and proved themselves as worthy recipients of The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime […]

Long Distance Calling: The Flood Inside

Sit down; you’re in for a ride. Coming in at just under an hour, this eight-track album from German post-rock outfit Long Distance Calling is an audibly enjoyable experience that is at once captivating, disquieting and dreamily nostalgic. The album gets off to a slow, ambient start with meandering, bluesy guitar and poignantly gentle drumming. […]

Voivod: Target Earth

There’s something uniquely unhinging about this album. There’s such a mix of genres in here I don’t even know where to begin, but whatever part of Voivod it is that you like, you’ll find it on Target Earth. There’s some wild guitar, along with strange, shifting time signatures and dissonant rhythms that keep you listening […]

Blood Luxury: Trance

When you put this EP on, you’re firstly going to notice the unrelenting riffs pummelling your skull in. About thirty seconds in it gets a little more intense and continues to do so for the next two minutes, until the song takes a breath before rocking you back into a demented lullaby for the remaining […]