Poland’s Fire is no stranger to the black metal scene, having played in multiple bands over the years. Elgibbor, taking the Hebrew name for “Almighty God,” is Fire’s long running brainchild. Fifteen years into the band’s history, The Path of Suffering also features Thundermorr and Armath Sargon, which add greatly to the band dynamic. This disc unleashes a predominantly raw black metal sound with minimalist tendencies, although it could be argued that the keyboards give it an ambient bent. The fierce drumming and cymbal bashing is best when full speed, as in “Embrace Life (or Death)” or “Restore.” Guitars have a fuzzed out tone and serve mostly in rhythm capacity, occasionally taking the lead, as in “Blessed Are You, O Lord.” Keys set the dark tone, and the snarling/screeching vocals are low in the mix. Lyrics are 100 percent Christ-centric in this limited, unblack release.
When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.Full Feature More from Guardian
With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.Full Feature More from Imperial Triumphant
Death metal is no longer strictly a one-kind-of-sound genre but a cloud under which many elements have formed. We have assembled five must-hear death metal acts you should be listening to now, each distinctly set apart from another in form, yet still brethren in the death metal community.Full Feature More from In-Conquered
At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.Full Feature More from Atreyu