Hi! My name is Reg Rykaczewski and I am the owner/main editor of Heavy Planet. Heavy Planet was actually established in 1999 as the internet was starting to explode and bands started to gain a web presence. I thought that it would be a cool way to start and promote bands through a streamlined website broken down into regions. I asked bands to send in their websites and the response was sparse, so I went on a hiatus for a few years. In 2006, I lost my job at a major music retailer and during my time off I decided to resurrect Heavy Planet as an outlet for people to to hear new Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, etc. bands and get news, reviews, etc. I always had a passion for music and had many friends in bands that struggled to get their music heard. Some of my favorite bands include Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, etc. so I decided to reformat Heavy Planet into a Stoner Rock Blog. My intentions always were to promote independent and local bands and on February 5, 2008. the new Heavy Planet format was born. The one feature that I am the most proud of is the "New Band To Burn One To", in which bands from all around the world send in their music and I feature it on the blog for the world to hear.
Heavy Planet has gained some tremendous writing talent along the way and just eclipsed the 500,000 visitors plateau as well. Going forward, Heavy Planet's main goal is to provide free promotion to independent bands and an outlet to get their music heard. We will also provide reviews, interviews and some other cool features as well, so make sure to add us to your feeds list for the most current posts. Yes, we post something everyday because we are music freaks.
Along with Toby, Seth, Zac, Ken. Lee, Misha and myself we hope we can provide you all the Stoner Rock, Doom, Psychedelic and Sludge that you will possibly need. Peace and Doom On!!! \m/
Special thanks to my wife Melissa for being patient, understanding and helpful. All artwork for Heavy Planet is done by my wife.