(in which a lapsed metalhead seeks the heaviest metal song ever - recommendations are welcome)
Sink to the Center
Age Eternal (2007)
An intense wave of sonic abuse designed to vaporize the listener? A heavy plodding tempo and one chord repeated over and over again (with a second one tossed in for good measure now and then)? Vocals that sound like a legion of fingernails dragged over a blackboard? That's gotta be early Swans, right?
Not so fast, Gira-breath. It's actually Middian, who released Age Eternal in 2007 and soon were driven out of business by a similarly named combo with a litigious streak. Sink to the Center is very old Swans-like indeed, if you ask me, but with more of metallic edge and screechier vocals.
It's heavy beyond heavy and of course it's way too soon to award it the Heaviest crown. But it will be a strong contender.