Released last October, Vekora’s debut self-titled album has been bringing in ears, and today the band is offering up their song, “Alleviation,” for listening. The band — featuring Kurt Schmidt, Alexandra Wendt, Jesse Sprinkle and Brian Moore (left-to-right in that picture) — might ring some bells for long-time listeners; Sprinkle was a member of early Demon Hunter, Poor Old Lu and Dead Poetic. Related: The band’s fictitious holiday is tomorrow, and, in celebration, is offering their full-length album to everyone for only five bucks all day. (Side note: Sprinkle was also in Pacifico for a time, who just debuted their latest puppet-based music video with HM.)

In the mean time, enjoy the music and happy National Vekora Day.


Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

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.


Photo by Alex Krauss

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Trapped in Limbo

Black metal may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of Portugal, but GAEREA is here to change that. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt sat down with GAEREA to discuss the band’s music, their mysterious name and image, and how office work can be art.


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Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

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.


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