Source: Doomed & Stoned
Formed just two years ago in 2013, the Swedish trio consists of former members of death metal act Runemagick, namely Nicklas Rudolfsson (guitars and vocals), Daniel Moilanen (drums), and Johan Bäckman (bass). HeavyDeath came together with just one objective: to play “no frills,” “heavy death,” riff-laden doom metal. Pick the opening moments on any of these seven songs and you’ll see the band definitely lives up to its name. This band is heavy as death.
Having already teased us with 10 amazing demos, HeavyDeath has now emerged with their first full-length. Eternal Sleepwalker (2015) was recorded last summer, but just recently released through Svart Records in early March. I have been keeping up with these guys for quite some time now and it is exciting to finally take this record out for a spin. There is never enough death-doom in the world (at least in my world!)
Source: The Sludgelord
If there’s anything more menacing than the sight of a longboat full of bloodthirsty Swedish Vikings, it’s the sound of three bloodthirsty Swedish death metallers. We’re currently experiencing an era in extreme music where the almighty riff is taking a backseat to dense, sonic atmosphere, and that is never more apparent than in the fresh Death Metal being peddled from all four corners of the globe. Where coherency and orthodoxy fail to push certain boundaries and can no longer hold the attention of fans and musicians endlessly searching for a stronger dose, the realm of ambiance and atmosphere is as deserving of further experimentation as anything. The Swedish Death Metal bands of old knew this long ago, and the tradition is being carried on by the aptly named Heavydeath.
Source: Eternal Terror
This Swedish trio accurately portray their style based on their band name alone. “Eternal Sleepwalker” is a 7 song, 52 minute record featuring slow doom with strong death nuances. Guitarist Nicklas Rudolfsson has a dual hypnotic clean voice and equally ripping growl, often intertwining both aspects from line to line (check out “Eat the Sun”). Bassist Johan Bäckman leads the show, his massive low end distortion carrying the aural load and driving the riffs for “Ascending” and the almost 7 minute title track into evil emotional outpourings for torment.
Source: Hellride Music (Chris Barnes)
As the reviews of Demo IV: Forebear Avenger and Demo VIII: Futility and Death will unveil to you, reader, I’m a BIG Heavydeath fan. Featuring guitarist Nicklas Rudolfsson, thunderbroom player Johan Bäckman and drummer Daniel Moilanen, all of the late, great Runemagick, Heavydeath is the perfect distillation of knuckledragging doom-smothered tempos, riffs and conjurations of wicked feedback coupled with Goetic mysticism. While I’ve often been a critic on the gross overuse of the latter in heavy music (Doom Metal especially), it just fits right in here, like Chronozon in the abyss.
Eternal Sleepwalker puts some of the best of Heavydeath’s demo material (also released by the band in a series of very cool cassette packages and digital releases) into one package. For the fan of the slow and the heavy… the kinda of heavy that knocks you clean into stupid… this is your Holy Grail. Think Hellhammer crossed with barbiturates and Runemagick. Guitars are tuned to Z, bass and drums are set to “destroy”. Vocals are Spartan in these epic-length songs, but when they kick in they’re either cleanly sung in sort of a Gregorian chant manner and then contrasted in demonic rasps, growls and Tom G. Warrior grunts, often colliding within the same song. The major selling point of Eternal Sleepwalker however, are the epic-length, trance-inducing songs. Never have monolithic riffs and orchestrated squalls of feedback sounded so at home with each other. It’s like an alchemic kismet of frequencies.
I can’t recommend Eternal Sleepwalker enough. Heavydeath is among the top of my current favorite crop of new bands. Usually I can’t be arsed to check out what’s happening on a band’s BandCamp or Facebook page, but I’ll put on the brakes for Heavydeath every day of the week. Mighty stuff here.