2019 Albums

Mass' Top 30 Album Covers of 2019

Any music album is doubtless a package in this day and age. It is more than just the music and consists, moreover, of artwork too. Unlike lyrics, which have been companion to music since the dawn of this inimitable human phenomenon, album art provides a rather new form of accompaniment to music and perhaps it is this aspect that gives meaning to a music “album”. We may have never been so dependent on visual cues as we are today; the impact of visuals on the audience is quite inevitable and many artists and producers have used this to their advantage. The listeners, on the other hand, have been aware of this matter as well and have taken it into account and, as a result, kept the cycle going. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Skullcrush – Archaic Towers Of Annihilation 7 (Death Metal)

There are few things in my maladroit passage through life as recognizable, or dare I say addictive, as that sweet swedeath guitar tone. Muffled and thick, the pure encapsulation and distillation of sonic headbangable heft. 2019 certainly offered an abundance of riffs that fit said bill–however, it’s a sound that, when executed with a modicum of technical prowess, seldom gets old. When Skullcrush came out of the December gate a tad unnoticed with Archaic Towers Of Annihilation, a worthy album unfortunately birthed in the months o’ lists, they certainly delivered in the prowess department. In short? Throw on your gym outfit of choice and lace up them sneakers (or joggers, as may apply.) It’s time to get sweaty. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Cruentus – Fake 8.7 (Death/Thrash)

This is just the month of Italy for Noob Heavy, this is like the 4th Italian metal band I’ve covered in the last month and the quality has been superb each time across many genres. This time around I’m covering one of Italy’s veteran bands, Cruentus, who have been making music with various lineups since 1989, which is a year longer than I’ve been alive. Their new album Fake, is their first LP since In Myself in 1996 so a lot of people are excited for this long awaited return. Well, I’m happy to say this is the first thrash album I’ve enjoyed in a long time. […]

2019 Albums

Chilean Death metal: Weight Of Emptiness Release New Video

Welcome to the first news post of many to come, Noob Heavy has been intending to broach the world of news for a while now and what better place to start than a submission from Chile. In 2019 Chilean metal really made its way onto my radar with it’s politically fueled and always interesting music culture so I’m happy to start 2020 by bringing something from South America to south of the equator for all of my friends to see. […]

2019 Albums

Mass' Worst Albums of 2019

A year full of pleasant surprises and grand albums is now past. But not all albums were of impressive quality. In fact, most fell somewhere in the middle of the huge heap of albums. There are, however, some that have hit the bottom and failed to be what they had intended to. The list provided here is of albums released in 2019 which had one of these two conditions: they were inherently weak, in terms of musical and vocal performance (but not production as many bands, especially underground ones or the ones who are active in less privileged countries, may not have access to state-of-the-art recording and mastering equipment) or they were much lower than I had expected and were a personal letdown. […]

2019 Albums

Interview: Golden Core (Norway)

Golden Core are a duo from Oslo, Norway. Their latest album, Fimbultýr, dazzled me earlier in 2019 with their genre defying blend of progressive and stoner metal styles. If you are not familiar then it is a fine entry point into the bands discography and will no doubt provide every kind of metalhead with something interesting and something new. The album appeared on my 2019 End Of Year List and I reviewed the album in more detail earlier in the year, so I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to the interview them. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Novembers Doom – Nephilim Grove 8.3 (Doom Metal)

Nephilim Grove marks the American death doom giants, Novembers Doom’s 30th anniversary. Indeed, an infrequent feat (at least these days) to celebrate. Thirty years of firm, ferocious and fanciful activity, breaking necks as well as breaking hearts. Having been released on November 1st, the album insinuates, all so subtly, the symbolic capacity that it possesses: the quintessence of the band’s career or their next step on their path… or maybe simultaneously both? […]