Horns Up’s Best of Q1: Corey’s List

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Three months down already, nine to go. I could have sworn I was just wrapping up my “Best of 2014” list last week; it’s been a blitz so far and I really don’t see things calming down anytime soon. It may still be early in the year, but I can’t express enough how impressed I’ve been with the quality of new metal I’ve already heard this year. Veterans have re-emerged with powerful new releases while simultaneously we’ve seen an influx of new artists holding their own in the diverse landscape that of metal. It’s been a hell of a winter. Here are some highlights in no particular order…  Continue reading

Horns Up’s Best of Q1: Manny-O-War’s List

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I trust my colleagues will update you on the likes of black metal, death metal and all the other genres of metal that permeate this scene like the sprawling architecture of Los Angeles. I, on the other hand, want to circle back to something I brought up in my review of Visigoth’s The Revenant King: that 2015 will be the year of power metal; the year that true heavy metal returns in all its cheesy, original glory; the year that age-appropriate music becomes available en masse and à la mode for all of us elder statespeople of metal. How’d that play out? Let’s see: Continue reading

The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 39 (February 13, 2015)

It’s time for Episode 39 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys discuss new albums from Thulcandra, Hæthen and Misthyrming, Dan describes his experience at last week’s Eyehategod show in Brooklyn, Corey laments the winter weather assault that’s been plaguing greater New England–multiple times!

All that and much, much more in Episode 39, so check it out!

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Album Review: Hæthen – “Shaped by Aeolian Winds”


Hæthen‘s debut full-length, Shaped by Aeolian Winds, opens with roughly 45 seconds of ambience. Faint cathedral bells ring in the background as a gale gradually builds and surrounds listeners in its storm. It creates a kind of anxious anticipation for what’s to come, which is more or less exactly what you want from an album more than five years in the making. “Where will they take things musically?” you begin to wonder. “Will this have been worth all the time that went into it?” Fortunately, the album ends up delivering on all the answers you’re looking for and then some. It’s an astonishing statement of intent from the Philadelphia trio. Continue reading

Just the Tip: February 10’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases (and old release) we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!

February 10, 2015

Hæthen – Shaped By Aeolian Winds (Fallen Empire)

Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu (Fallen Empire)

Thulcandra – Ascension Lost (Napalm)

Daemon Pyre – Daemon Pyre (New Justice)



We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 39!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Taake – Stridens Hus (Dark Essence)
  • Call of the Void – Ageless (Relapse)
  • Generichrist – Taste of Death (Horror Pain Gore Death)
  • Heaving Earth – Denouncing the Holy Throne (Lavadome)
  • Hate – Crusade Zero (Napalm)

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