What's New

Heavy Headlines 5.0 is finally here! I know it's been a while (I'm just one guy), but I cooked up some awesome new features in that time. Please enjoy and don't hesitate to reach out and send feedback via the "Send Feedback" button in the main menu of the app.

Heavy Headlines 5.0 includes:

- Revamped "My Bands" section of the app that now includes a Blacklist (or should I say Blackened-list?) where you can list bands to prevent nine versions of the same story about them clogging up your feed.
- New "Filter" button at the top of the feed (replaces the "Tickets" button - cause well, you know) that lets you filter stories by category (Reviews, Premieres, Interviews, Videos, Live Performances, and Editorials). Please note that I've done my best to algorithmically categorize stories when no categories are provided by the news sites themselves so it may not be completely accurate just yet.
- New news site: Extreme Underground Metal! Please check out the thoughtful, in-depth metal reviews published here by a dedicated fan of extreme metal.
- Removed defunct news sites
- Small tutorial on first-time app run to remind users that you can swipe to expand stories in the feed to get a nice preview
- Better support for iOS 14
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

App Description

Built BY a metalhead FOR metalheads Heavy Headlines for iPhone, iPad - and now Apple Watch - is the BROOTAL one-stop destination for all of your metal news, new album release, and concert listing needs. To put it another way, I'm a big metal fan and much to my surprise there was just nothing in the app store that did what I was looking for - show me metal news and do it well. So as a professional app developer I took it upon myself to fill that void with the following design goals in mind:

1. Make it simple, slick, and easy to use with a fun interface. It should "just work."
2. Pack it with the innovative features of iOS and Apple devices that I would expect from a great app.
3. Make it metal. Make it fun.

Hopefully I've achieved that and more. Let me know in the reviews.

If you find any bugs or have any suggestions please send me feedback directly from the app. I want to hear from you! Just hit the menu button in the header and select "Send Feedback"

Features:

- Aggregates content from the world's top sources of metal news in one convenient app.

- Innovative "Favorite Bands" feature figures out your favorite metal bands from your music library and then surfaces stories about them to the top of your feed. You can also Blacklist the ones you don't want to get news about.

- Explore new metal releases and top selling albums and then purchase them from iTunes right through the app.

- Concert Tickets! Heavy Headlines automatically finds upcoming shows in your area featuring your Favorite Bands and even lets you purchase tickets for them right through the app.

- Full background fetch integration refreshes your metal news automatically for you in the background so it's ready for you every time you open the app.

- Automatically receive notifications when new stories about your Favorite Bands are detected!

- Have multiple devices? No problem. The app uses iCloud to automatically synch your settings and to keep track of the articles you've already read across all your devices.

- Don't like the default look of the app? Heavy Headlines comes packed with over 20 different themes inspired by iconic metal album covers.

- Sleek fullscreen reading experience. Simply scroll the article you're reading to enter fullscreen mode.

- Lots of other little fun "metal" touches throughout to warm even the blackest of hearts.

Please note: The notifications will only work if you allow Heavy Headlines to refresh content in the background. You can do this by going to iOS Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turning it on for Heavy Headlines.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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Apple Watch Screenshots

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App Changes

  • June 17, 2014 Initial release
  • August 02, 2014 New version 1.1.0
  • October 13, 2014 New version 1.2.0
  • January 06, 2015 New version 2.0.0
  • May 18, 2015 New version 3.0.1
  • June 04, 2015 New version 3.0.2
  • August 14, 2015 New version 3.0.3
  • June 14, 2019 New version 4.3.0
  • September 28, 2019 New version 4.4.0
  • August 06, 2021 New version 5.0.0

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