Review – Dark Phoenix Rising

Source: Voices From The Dark Side

Sweden’s masters of busyness, also known as HEAVYDEATH, are here again, with their second full length release in this year. “Dark Phoenix Rising” is the follow up to “Eternal Sleepwalker”, that saw the pale light of day in March, released by Svart Records. Since I still haven’t heard that album, I can only refer to the demos I already had the pleasure to listen to or review for these pages. And this new album shows another face of HEAVYDEATH. Of course, the opening ‘Dead Trees’ has the heaviness this band is known for – hence their name! Continue reading

Review – Dark Phoenix Rising

Source: Doomed to Darkness Zine

Sweden’s Heavydeath have returned with a new recording that continues the mixture of doom and death metal of previous releases and this is a review of their 2015 album “Phoenix Rising” which was released by Caligari Records.

A very distorted yet heavy bass guitar sound starts off the album along with some drum beats which also leads up to more of a doom metal direction which also uses a decent amount of melodies and when vocals are utilized they are in more of a death metal growling direction and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length. Continue reading

Review – DEMO X / VIII (tape)

Source: Ride with the devil

HEAVYDEATH just keep on coming with the cassette releases of their demos, and this latest one from Caligari Records slaps together their 10th and 8th sessions for about half an hour of dirge-driven doom. On Side A, you’ll be treated to the duo of “Towards the Lonely End” and “The Silent One”, which starts off with enough bassy feedback to raise the hairs on your arms, and storms forward from there into crunchy chords and unclean growls. The environment called up by their style seems like they could have kicked in a crypt’s door to set up their studio, with enough frosty belligerence to earn their black leather stripes. With wonderfully filthy sounds and aggression, it stomps all over ideas of how limited a demo can be with its attacks.
Over on Side B, the band offers a pairing of “Futility & Death” alongside “The Bad One”, continuing their focused charnel-house sounds while turning up the funereal influence. Dark intonations join the swampy strings to conjure up demonically-charged power, letting the inexorable doom steady their vicious impulses into a well-primed assault. Again, this being only their demos, it’s exciting to imagine just how strong their first full album (Eternal Sleepwalker, which comes out tomorrow!) will prove to be. Copies of the cassette are limited to 150, so if you want to get some abrasive and deathly doom metal from these fast-rising stars, it’s time to get moving.
~ Gabriel

Review – They Had No Names

Source: Doomed to Darkness

HeavyDeath have returned with a new recording that continues theirs old school mixture of doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2014 cassette “They had No Names” which was released by Caligari Records.

A very dark and distorted drone starts off the album before going into a melodic riff which leads up to a very heavy doom metal direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile death metal growls are added into the music and at times the vocals also bring in a small amount of screams.

Most of the tracks on the recording are very long and epic in length and when solos and leads are added into the music they bring in even more of a dark and melodic sound and on a couple of the tracks melodic clean signing is brought into the music and they also give the recording a stoner metal vibe when they are utilized while the man focus remains on a very heavy doom/death metal direction.

HeavyDeath continue their old school mixture of doom and death metal on the recording while also updating their sound a bit and bringing in a touch of stoner metal, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.

In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from HeavyDeath and if you are a fan of doom and death metal, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE “They Had No Names” and “Phase Collapse”. 8 out of 10.