Tag: Heavy Metal

December 30, 2022

Song of the Day: Haven - The Calling

Haven was a heavy metal/power metal band from New Jersey active in the late 80s and early 90s. The band released two stellar full-length albums for R.E.X. and a third independent release that moved away from heavy metal into hard rock and alternative territory. Fans were often divided on Haven, particularly over the vocals. They were kind of a love ’em or hate ’em thing. Personally, I really enjoyed the unique style. There were enough similarities to Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Mike Lee (Barren Cross), or Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) to draw comparisons, and yet there was a roughness to the high-pitched vocals that made them stand out.… Continued →

December 25, 2022

Indie Vision Music Most Wanted Band Reunions of 2023

Merry Christmas, Friends! I’m going to type up some thoughts on bands that should most definitely reunite in 2023 to 1) Play an anniversary set, 2) Re-Release a classic album on either vinyl, tape, or cd with bonus features (and band commentary) and 3) Throw some new and/or unreleased tracks at us that we most definitely need to hear. Thoughts and ideas can be found below…. Oh, and Tim Taber if you’re reading this, I hope you’ll consider the words below and incorporate them into future plans with Transparent Productions here in Orange County and Southern California in general.… Continued →

November 29, 2022

With Blood Comes Cleansing, Return?

I’m telling you, 2023 is going to be an EPIC year for band reunions, I just know it. The next band to announce a return is WITH BLOOD COMES CLEANSING. They have launched an Instagram account under @wbccofficial and are teasing some live shows in 2023. They also have pressed their classic album “Golgotha” on Vinyl in honor of its 15th anniversary and well, it sold out in under 5 minutes!! Wow! Make sure to follow them on Instagram or other social media if you can find the accounts and search up on whether they re-press more copies.… Continued →

November 27, 2022

Symphony in Peril Return With "Authored Confusion"

“Heavy” is tossed around casually these days and often times in contradicting nature. When not used correctly in reference to music that will pummel the flesh right off your skull, you will need turn your head and stand in the corner shamed and alone. That sounds drastic, ouch! A band that has kind of been forgotten in the years following their break up called Symphony in Peril are back and better than ever, but make sure you insert “heavy” into the description. The song is titled “Authored Confusion” and can be streamed below and purchased on Bandcamp here.… Continued →

November 18, 2022

Song of the Day: The Awful Truth - Ghost of Heaven

The Awful Truth–the best band that (almost) never was! In the late 80s I was huge into King’s X and what would soon become known as the “Houston sound.” It was part progressive metal, part groove, part rock, and lots of harmonies thrown in. I’d started hearing about this new band (at the time) called The Awful Truth, who had recorded their debut album for mainstream Metal Blade Records, and sadly broke up before it even came out. In fact, by the time the album was released, two thirds of The Awful Truth had formed a new band with two other members, the now-legendary Galactic Cowboys, increasing that groovy-metallic Houston Sound to yet another band.… Continued →

November 4, 2022

Song of the Day: Recon - In My Dreams

Recon was a Christian metal band active in the late 80s and early 90s. They were one of the earliest true “power metal” bands in the Christian scene. They played a traditional form of heavy metal that was augmented and supplemented by progressive tendencies and tempos that sometimes approached speed metal. The band released a pair of cassette demos, first in 1989 and then 1990, and also had a song featured on the most excellent California Metal II compilation where I first heard the band. Vocalist Vett Roberts sang in a high-pitched operatic style not too unlike Jimmy Brown (Deliverance) or Geoff Tate (Queensryche), or possibly even a more musical version of King Diamond (Merciful Fate).… Continued →

October 19, 2022

Precious Death Return and Working on New Album

I always enjoyed the music from Precious Death. Their albums “Southpaw” and “If You Must” are just plain great classics, groove metal mixed with a little hardcore. They were unique, bold, and not afraid to share their thoughts and feelings through the music they created. Unashamed about who they were and what they believed. There was one last album in 1996 before they went on hiatus. Now they are back, over 25 years later. According to their Facebook page, they’ve been working on a new album and as of this January, the writing had begun.… Continued →

September 19, 2022

Symphony in Peril Announce New Song and Lineup

Symphony in Peril are indeed back as a band. They just got done playing a festival over the weekend and are about ready to release a brand new song, as yet untitled. The band have announced their lineup which can be seen in the instagram embed below. The picture attached to this post is their new one. Who is excited for more pummeling metalcore action from this group? You can follow the band at instagram here @symphonyinperilContinued →

September 10, 2022

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Return With "Burn The Witches"

It’s so good to see and hear from Dallas Taylor on this new song, “Burn The Witches”. Once again, Dallas returns to his rightful place, fronting one of the finest metal/rock bands around – Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Many wondered if he’d ever recover from his tragic accident but here he is bursting out from the studio and soon from the stage at Furnace Fest in a few weeks. Check out the new song and music video for “Burn The Witches”, below.… Continued →

September 5, 2022

Nordic Mission to Re-Release Living Sacrifice "Nonexistent" on Vinyl

Nordic Mission will be re-releasing the 1992 Living Sacrifice album “Nonexistent” for the first time on Vinyl. The now 30 year old album (wow!) will be totally remixed from the original 2 inch master tapes by producer Jeremiah Scott. It will be available on both Vinyl and CD. Once pre-order info is revealed, we will share it here. Nordic Mission is very proud to announce that for the first time ever, the fantastic Living Sacrifice sophomore album “Nonexistent” will be available on LP & CD. Not only is it remastered, but totally REMIXED from the original 2 inch master tapes by Producer Jeremiah ScottContinued →

August 20, 2022

The Passing of Ted Kirkpatrick (Tourniquet) 1960-2022

It is with a heavy heart and coming seemingly from a never ending stream of bad news of late, that we report the passing of Ted Kirkpatrick who has become the face and man behind the legendary metal band – Tourniquet. Ted Kirkpatrick was a founding member of the long running band, drummer, songwriter, animal rights supporter, thinker, seeker, and a man of God. Ted passed from IPF, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis which is a rare and terminal lung disease. While it is certainly tragic especially amongst news of several other recent Christian musician deaths, we know that Ted has gone home to be with the Lord where he is jamming with Michael Bloodgood, Keith Green, Rich Mullins, Gene Eugene, Larry Norman, Kaleb Luebchow, and so many others gone too soon.… Continued →

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. Michael suffered a hemorrhagic stroke back in February and subsequent brain bleed that followed.… 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. You can also listen to the song below.… 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. This is the song you’ve wanted to hear from the band and see them perform for years.… 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 →