Review – Dark Phoenix Rising

Source: Metal Temple
URL: http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/h_2/heavydeath-dark.htm

Here we go again with some very good work, the Swedish trio HEAVYDEATH release their creepy and bitter new work, the EP “Dark Phoenix Rising”.

Well, this EP has the same style you hear on their latest album, “Eternal Sleepwalker”: the same heavy and bitter Doom Metal with influences coming from the earlier age of Doom Death Metal (due the presence of nasty vocals and some tunes on guitars). They feature that slow and abrasive sound with sinister and dark tempos. All the songs are very long (except for “Dark Phoenix Rising”, which lasts a little over 4 minutes). But hold your horses, dear ones, because this trio has a strong and bold personality in their work, something that makes their songs really pleasurable for our ears.

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Review – Dark Phoenix Rising

Source: The Obelisk
URL: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2015/12/30/heavydeath-the-unquiet-grave-jupiterian-tape-reviews/

Dark Phoenix Rising is the latest in a long string of outings issued in the last year-plus from Ljungskile-based trio Heavydeath. To wit, their Demo I – Post Mortem in Aeternum Tenebrarum arrived in a series of 100 tapes (on Caligari) in April 2014 and their discography is already past this EP with Demo XII – The Storm. Fair enough. Here working as the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Nicklas Rudolfsson, bassist Johan Bäckman and session drummer Oldfor Suns (the band has since been joined by Daniel Moilanen, also recently added to Katatonia), they lumber and gruel through five tracks of grim-hued sludge, two on side one, three on side two, and while there are flourishes of melody here and there and side two opener “The Ember of the End” finds Rudolfsson basking in some particularly effective epic-metal vocals, the prevailing impression is still of the rawness throughout. Tonally, the guitars set a blackened atmosphere, but Heavydeath aren’t as loyal sonically to any particular substyle as they are to an overarching sense of doom and mournfulness and a general extremity of presentation. To call them death-doom isn’t necessarily wrong, but it hardly tells the whole story. Closing with the title-track, they lock in a formidable riff-led groove and nod boldly at Celtic Frost in the process, but it just so happens that groove is buried six feet deep and covered in moss.

Review – Dark Phoenix Rising

Source: The Burning Beard
URL: http://www.theburningbeard.com/2015/10/from-ebon-flames.html

Heavydeath’s latest offering (as of this review’s writing, at least; give ’em another two months and they’ll probably have another one out) is Dark Phoenix Rising, a ~40-minute pack of five songs done in Heavydeath’s heavy & deathly style. Strong riffs, big recording acoustics, powerful bass presence, and bone-thumping drums are the focus here, though there’s also some sparingly-used deep growls worked in to good effect. Continue reading

Review – Dark Phoenix Rising

Source: Voices From The Dark Side
URL: http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de/Albums-EPs-Demos/H/HEAVYDEATH–9992.html?XTCsid=472e8b308e1275c8aa9906b7fff2d461

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