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Within the Ruins – Phenomena

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It was only a year ago that Within the Ruins released their junior album Elite, which was by far their most divisive work yet. Fans either loved the cut up riffing and b0unce that the album brought to the table, or they thought that the band could have focused more on the technical writing that brought them to prominence in the first place, courtesy of Invade. Now, we have Phenomena, which could very well be the cross between the gimmick/effect driven sound of Elite and the driving technical flare of Invade.

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Xerath Give Us A Peak Into The Making Of III

The UK’s finest symphonic metal export Xerath have just unleashed a short documentary on their YouTube channel, detailing the recording process of their third effort for Candlelight Records, Xerath III. This is the third video in the campaign for the album; the first being the announcement of new guitarist Conor McGouran and the second being a teaser announcing the release date of Xerath III, to be released September 15 in Europe and September 16 in the US. Check it out after the jump!

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The whole idea of a record review is that an educated listener takes an unbiased listen to a new piece of music and provides his or her fair assessment of it.  So let’s not call this a record review but rather a commentary.  My Heavy Blog is Heavy colleague and editor Jimmy Rowe did a “real” review of “The Flesh Prevails” which you can find here

That’s because anyone familiar with me and my long relationship with Fallujah knows that I am hardly unbiased.  I have been privileged over the last several years to get to know all of these gentlemen personally.  My name is in the liner notes of both “The Harvest Wombs” and the new album “The Flesh Prevails.”  I say this not to pat myself on the back but rather to acknowledge what you’re probably thinking, “What the hell did you expect Shields to say about this record other than it’s great?”

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Image credit: Caught in the Carousel

Puscifer and Primus drummer Tim Alexander suffered a heart attack last week and had to have surgery in order to rectify the problem.

We’re happy to announce that Tim has had a successful surgery and is on his way to recovery!

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SubRosa Tour
We will never again miss a release by SubRosa. The band’s intense fusion of sludge, stoner and violins has pierced many a heart within our staff, marking their 2013 More Constant Than the Gods as one of the best releases of that year. To hear that they have teamed up with blog-favorites The Atlas Moth and the enigmatic Boris then is a joy to the heart, and if you look closely you might find some of our staff in one of these shows. Buy them a beer, if you can. Anyway, the band  has recently uploaded a hand drawn poster for the tour, made by their violinist Sarah Pendleton. Check it out after the jump!

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Hey! Listen to Eidola!

Do you sometimes wish that The Mars Volta hadn’t gone completely off the deep end? Do you find you crave that heady mix of blues, rock and metal? Is Stolas‘s Living Creatures worn out from replays? Look no further than Eidola for your math rock with a tinge of the blues, swing with a few screams thrown in or just general aural insanity. Mixing all these elements, the band’s The Great Glass Elephant is a demanding listen, but one which rewards the avid listener. You can listen to the whole thing right here after the jump!

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Sleep - clarity

Sometimes it’s easy to forget or overlook things regardless of how monumentally important they are. Case in point: we’re roughly four days late in covering the first new Sleep song in about a decade, ‘The Clarity.’ Prepare your paraphernalia.

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Within the Ruins Phenomena Preview
Within the Ruins have had a bumpy ride. From the heights of their first iterations to the disappointment from Elite, they have certainly had to shoulder their fair share of criticism. However, they have also enjoyed the undying loyalty of many fans. As the band looks towards a new release, will they be able to recapture some of the power and authenticity that garnered them their original success? That remains to be seen but the first part to an answer can now be found online, as the band are streaming their new album in full over at AP. Check it out!

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Post-hardcore/loud-everything (that’s a genre now) band Baby Godzilla, are really something. Something which should be cranked up to 11 and blasted in the direction of anyone not moshing hard enough. All jokes aside, their music is quite good, blending hardcore sensibilities with intense groove. The band have just released a clip for their single ‘The Great Grindcore Swindle’. I could describe the video or you can just head over after the jump and check it out.

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Primus/Pusicfer Drummer Tim Alexander Heads For Surgery

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Bad news folks. Legendary Primus drummer Tim Alexander has suffered a heart attack late last week and should be heading onto the operating table today or tomorrow. Our thoughts go out to him and his family and we hope for his speedy recovery. It certainly takes huge heart to drum on the side of Les Claypool or Maynard and we hope it can carry him through this.

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