Tag: Heavy Metal

August 6, 2022

August 5, 2022

Song(s) of the Day: Bloodgood - Crucify / The Messiah

If you’ve been following social media regarding the Christian scene at all over the recent weeks/months, you’ll likely be aware of Michael Bloodgood’s recent health issues, culminating in his death last week. Michael was a co-founder, and obviously namesake, of the legendary and seminal Christian metal band Bloodgood. The band has been active since the 1980s, with their first album coming out in 1986. They stood out from the pack in various ways: the theatrical singing and stage antics of lead vocalist Les Carlsen, the top-notch music and writing of the band, and their no-compromise approach to lyrics and music ministry.… Continued →

July 30, 2022

RIP Michael Bloodgood and Kaleb Luebchow

It is unfortunate news I bring you all today. Our music scene just lost two tremendous musicians and faithful servants. Michael Bloodgood who is the namesake and founding member of a legendary heavy metal band called Bloodgood that had quite a few huge albums release during the 80’s that shared Truth and Faith in a very real way through their songs and music. The band made a return about 10 years ago and released the fabulous, epic Christian Metal album “Dangerously Close” in 2013.… Continued →

July 18, 2022

Becoming The Archetype - The Remnant (New Song)

Becoming The Archetype are on a roll. Not only did they just release a music video for the first single “The Lost Colony” but now they have put out single #2 – “The Remnant” through all digital networks and streaming sites. This absolute beast of a new album is shaping up to not only be the band’s best work but quite possibly one of the best METAL albums of 2022 (disclaimer: it’s possible the word ‘best’ could be outweighed by words like ‘insane’, ‘mind blowing’, ‘smashing’, ‘beast mode’, ‘slapping’, ‘award winning’, ‘critically acclaimed’, or an ‘underrated masterpiece’ and we are not responsible for misrepresenting Becoming The Archetype by undercounting the ferocious nature of said “masterpiece”).… Continued →

June 24, 2022

Becoming The Archetype Return!

One of the best underground metal bands of our new century are back with a vengeance. You’ve heard that right, Becoming The Archetype are back with Jason Wisdom on vocals. The band returns with a new song today called “The Lost Colony” off the forthcoming album titled “Children of The Great Extinction”. How great is that title and that art is pure fire! Listen to the song now on all digital networks and pre-order the album right here.… Continued →

June 13, 2022

Demon Hunter - Freedom is Dead (Official Music Video + Album Announcement)

Happy Monday, Friends! I’m back after a short hiatus and I’m ready to post some news, so let’s get it on (well, not in that way of course)… Everyone’s favorite metal band – Demon Hunter, are back with a brand new song, music video, and have announced their new album – “Exile”. The new song is titled “Freedom is Dead” and brings some of that early heavy sound off their first 3 albums mixed with equal doses of chaos and well, more chaos.… Continued →

May 20, 2022

Song of the Day: Stryper - Calling on You

For some of you, this SOTD will stretch the limits of what “Indie Vision Music” should cover. Glam metal was at the height of the commercialization of rock and roll in the late 80s, thus rendering Stryper’s inclusion here as suspect. But here are a few reasons why they absolutely deserve to be here: 1. They were, and possibly are still, the most important and/or influential Christian rock/metal band of all time. Yes, it’s true. With number one singles, album sales that rivaled their secular peers, and heavy rotation on MTV (when it still stood for “Music Television”), their impact is still felt far and wide.… Continued →

May 11, 2022

Opponent Joins Solid State and Drops New Song + Music Video

A new band by the name of “Opponent” have just joined Solid State Records and dropped their label debut song – “Betrayed” which you can watch the music video for, below. Their sound will please fans of Demon Hunter, Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced, Killswitch Engage, War of Ages. Stream/Download right here. This is an exciting new band, anyone else thrilled for the return to metal? By the way, this appears to be a 3 piece which is goes to show that they’ve got the talent to back up that energy.… Continued →

April 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

Song of the Day: Apostle - The Sword

One of the most beloved and respected bands in the traditional heavy metal scene, Apostle was a slight anomaly in that they never released an album on a record label. Formed in 1983 in Jacksonville, FL, the band released a total of 5 independent full-length albums (not to mention EPs and compilations) all while remaining an unsigned band. Apostle opened for Christian metal stalwarts Whitecross on a national tour, and also had a song featured on East Coast Metal for Regency Records, in 1988, where I first heard the band.… Continued →

February 18, 2022

January 21, 2022

Song of the Day: The Warning - Condemned to Hell

If you’ve been around the Christian punk/metal/hardcore/indie scene for any amount of time, you will likely have heard the name Burrito. Not his real name, of course–the man David Villalpando was a legend in the underground scene. Sadly, the man that many called a friend passed away this week from covid-related illness. For those who didn’t know him, it is difficult to overstate his impact on the scene. From a musical standpoint, while none of his projects ever achieved mainstream success or financial prosperity, they were always on the bleeding edge of innovation.… Continued →

January 14, 2022

Song of the Day: David Zaffiro - Diversity

When Bloodgood’s lead guitarist left the band to go solo, fans of the 80s metal stalwarts weren’t entirely sure what to expect. We probably assumed more heavy metal–at least that’s what I expected. And while there is certainly some hard rock (almost glam metal) at times, The Other Side was much broader in scope. The album showcased Zaffiro’s excellent guitar work, as we’d already become familiar with through three albums with Bloodgood: Bloodgood (1986), Detonation (1987, often hailed as the band’s finest effort), and Rock in a Hard Place (1988).… Continued →

November 17, 2021

Wolves At The Gate Drop Juicy News Nuggets

Wolves At The Gate not only announced their new album, “Eulogies”, which is out March 11th, but also a new Christmas themed song titled “Lowborn”. “Lowborn” is out now on all digital networks and streaming sites. The song is not what you’d expect a “Christmas” song to sound like. No Folk, No Somber Acoustic retelling of classics, this is HEAVY stuff both musically and lyrically! Take a listen to LOWBORN, below. You can pre-order the band’s new full length right here in several different options.… Continued →

November 2, 2021

DIRE Release "Volume II" New Album

DIRE are back with a powerful, heavy, aggressive, and entirely new METAL album titled “Volume II” which just released last week. Check out the track “Reign” below and then head over to your digital network of choice and download/stream these incredible new jams. You can also order physical merch from the band here.… Continued →

October 18, 2021

Testimony of Apocalypse (Feat. Members of Sacrament) - Redemption (Demo)

Testimony of Apocalypse are an insane new metal band featuring members of classic Thrash Metal band, Sacrament. While members of Sacrament await their potential reunion in the future, a couple members got together and have pursued this really great new project called Testimony of Apocalypse, which is actually named after the Sacrament album of the same name. Check out the DEMO of a new track titled “Redemption”, below. The band plan to release their debut full length in the spring of 2022 via a label on the rise, The Charon Collective.… Continued →

October 10, 2021

Theocracy is One of the Strongest Modern Metal Bands Alive

Theocracy I believe are quite possibly one of the strongest modern metal bands alive, fight me! This lesser known but still extremely talented and gut wrenching band, are working on a new album which would be their first in more than 5 years. Check out a couple teasers of guitar riffs and some vocals off upcoming songs, below. These are Facebook embeds so if you don’t have an account, not sure what to say. I searched YouTube but couldn’t find them.… Continued →

September 21, 2021

Skillet - Surviving The Game (Brand New Song and Music Video)

Skillet, have just released their brand new song titled “Surviving The Game” and there is a music video to accompany the track (check it out below). This song continues in that same current Skillet sound tradition and their sound is complimented by high end production as well as musicianship. I really think Jen’s background vocals give this track an extra layer of oomf that further compliments their already classic, rock sound. If you dig the more recent Skillet music, you’re going to absolutely love this.… Continued →

September 20, 2021

September 10, 2021

Song of the Day: Watchmen - Stand Strong

Hey, I get it. 80s metal is a love or hate thing. Many IVM readers are fans primarily of pop-punk and related genres. The thought of dudes in make-up, hairspray and spandex just seems like a bad joke. But for those of us who were there, it comes with a heap of nostalgia, and occasionally some good tunes too! It’s a shame, but Watchmen never quite got the level of attention that some of their peers received (Whitecross, Guardian, Holy Soldier), perhaps because of the brevity of their career.… Continued →

August 14, 2021

War Of Ages - Sleight Of Hand (New Song)

War of Ages just dropped a blistering new song by the name of “Sleight of Hand” which is certainly, dare I say, one of the band’s best? Really diverse track full of the band’s furious energy, unrelenting heaviness, and irreplaceable singing parts. This is really going to be a great new EP (Rhema) that releases on October 29th via Facedown Records. What goes better with Halloween than some heavy metal done War of Ages style, am I right?… Continued →

August 9, 2021

Song of the Day: Awake - Carry Me

Awake is the 2nd reincarnation of the heavy metal band Eternal Decision with an alternative rock band Veehr being the third. I looked for this & another called More Like You for years when I ended up having a conversation with one of the band members. The awesome dude sent me the mp3s of the whole album & I was stoked! A Few years later it appears YouTube has finally gained a couple fan made videos of the song listed here today.… Continued →

August 8, 2021

July 17, 2021

Ocean Dark Release "Hope & Chaos" New Album

I’m incredibly late with this post and I apologize. European Metal kings by way of Finland – Ocean Dark, just dropped their album last month titled “Hope & Chaos”. It’s incredible stuff and brings to mind some of your favorite metal bands that the scene has produced but on an even grander scale. This mostly unknown band has begun making waves and there’s no stopping them. Please check out “Hope & Chaos” by Ocean Dark on your favorite digital network.… Continued →