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As is the expectation when a new Slipknot album comes along, the band has revealed the new masks they will be wearing during the .5: The Gray Chapter album cycle. They first appeared in the music video for “The Devil In I”, and now the band has launched a website slowly revealing each of the individual members’ masks. Check out more info after the jump.

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Swans_Filth
The seemingly immortal Michael Gira and his post-punk experimentalist world-destroyers Swans have already done the seemingly impossible in releasing their second post-reunion 2 hour-long opus in the phenomenal To Be Kind (listen to single ‘Oxygen’ if you have no idea what we’re talking about). But lest you forget for one second just how impressive all of this is, Swans want to also remind you that they’ve been doing this blowing minds thing for 30 goddamn years and you should probably just shut your fucking mouth, okay?

Via the band’s Facebook page they have announced that Gira’s label Young God Records will be re-issuing a re-mastered vinyl of their seminal 1983 debut Filth. The vinyl package will also include a 2-sided poster featuring the album artwork and some other stuff. Gira had this to say about the LP. Read the rest of this story »

Meshuggah_Live
Meshuggah fans were offered their first glimpse into the band’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release, The Ophidian Trek, yesterday, when Drummer Magazine premiered the live performance video for ‘Do Not Look Down’. The Ophidian Trek, as well as a remastered version of the band’s 2004 album I, come as a celebration of the band’s twenty-fifth anniversary, and will be available in North America on September 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video after the jump!

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schizoid lloyd

Here at Heavy Blog, there are few things we love more than avant garde music. There are also few record labels (read: no record labels) that we love more than Finland-based Blood Music. Therefore, it follows that recent Blood Music signees Schizoid Lloyd — who are marketed as a psychotic blend of Mr. Bungle, Queen, and Leprous — would be an act fit for our obsession. After being given an early listen of a new track from the group’s full-length debut The Last Note In God’s Magnum Opus, the logic checks out. Schizoid Lloyd are an act that you mustn’t do without.

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Dream_Live
Look, say what you will about Dream Theater but they remain one of my favorite all time bands. Sure, their latest albums don’t really hold a candle to some of the masterpieces of the past and I still yearn for the proggier days of yesteryear but it doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about new material from the band. And what better way to get me excited than a beautifully mixed live recording, complete with choir and orchestra? That’s exactly what the band released last night, in the form of ‘Strange Deja Vu’ taken from their upcoming Breaking the Fourth Wall (Live at the Boston Opera House). Get over the jump to hear it!

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Primus
So, a few weeks ago we told you that Primus will be releasing a new album, based on the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory musical. How can this not be weird? I don’t know but we don’t have to wonder for too long because the band have now released another track from the album, ‘Golden Ticket’. Head on over the jump to listen to it.

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Eastwood – Language of Stars

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Post-metal often comes across as being rather comfortable in the niche it’s carved out – not particularly screaming for attention or breaking its back trying to be innovative, but rather expanding outwards at its own gradual pace. Similarly, Russian outfit Eastwood know exactly what they’re going for with Language of Stars, with a sense of almost leisurely comfort holding together the album’s five tracks. It’s not at all revolutionary, or something you likely haven’t ever heard before, but it’s not at all bad at what it does either, making for a pleasantly enjoyable listen.

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TheHellTitle
SINCE THEIR INCEPTION, UK’S ENIGMATIC THE HELL HAVE DEFENDED HARDCORE AND CAPSLOCK ALIKE, UNAPOLOGETICALLY SLINGING IGNORANT HATEMOSH AND SKEWERING THE ENTIRETY OF METAL CULTURE ALONG THE WAY. IN A SCENE THAT OFTEN TAKES ITSELF TOO SERIOUSLY, THE HELL’S CELEBRATED LIVE SHOW SEES THE UNIT PERFORMING IN BANDANNAS AND SUNGLASSES WHILE CHUGGING TWO-STRINGED GUITARS AND SCREAMING ABOUT DICKS. INFAMOUS THE HELL FRONTMAN “NAILS” TOOK THE TIME TO CHAT WITH RESIDENT MEME AND PHOTO EXPERT MACLYN BEAN ABOUT CAPSLOCK, DICKS, AND OTHER VERY IMPORTANT THINGS IN WHAT MAY VERY WELL BE THE BEST THING THIS WEBSITE HAS EVER DONE. READ THE ENTIRETY OF THEIR CHAT BELOW.

HEY MAN, WHAT’S UP?

HEY. I’M JUST SITTING AROUND SWEATING. YOU?

I’M ALSO SWEATING. IT’S HOT AS FUCK.

OKAY I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

OK, THE ANSWER IS YES. THE NEW SLIPKNOT BASSIST AND DRUMMER ARE  BOTH FORMER MEMBERS OF THE HELL.

OKAY THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT

FIRST QUESTION: WHY CAPS LOCK?

DAVID DRAIMAN IS OUR DAD AND THIS IS HOW WE WERE BROUGHT UP TO TYPE. ALSO OUR MUM IS COURTNEY LOVE, SO THAT’S WHY WE WEAR BANDANAS

REGARDING THE BANDANNAS, HAVE YOU GUYS CONSIDERED CHANGING THE COLOR OF YOUR BANDANNAS EVERY ALBUM TO GIVE SLIPKNOT A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY?

YES, WE BRIEFLY CONSIDERED THAT, BUT CHANGING EVERY ALBUM IS BORING. WE JUST CHANGE WHEN WE FEEL LIKE IT. WE RECENTLY MOVED TO GOLD BANDANAS AND THEY’RE GOOD BUT QUITE RESTRICTING AND DIFFICULT TO BREATHE THROUGH.

LOL OKAY

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Panzerballett Drummer Joins Obscura

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When German progressive death metal act Obscura parted ways with Hannes Grossmann, it was a massive bummer. Grossmann is widely considered to be one of the best drummers in metal, and his songwriting and technical presence in Obscura will be greatly missed. The core of Obscura has always been frontman and guitarist Steffen Kummerer though, and the band’s continued legacy is ultimately up to finding a musician who can not only adeptly perform Grossmann’s material, but one that can write at that caliber as well. Fortunately, Obscura seems to have found their new skinsman in Panzerballett‘s Sebastian Lanser.

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Shit Brian Shields Should Hear for Sept 8-14

ShitBSI’m a very fortunate man. I am privileged to have many successful, talented, and creative friends, many of who have terrific if very different tastes in metal. Some samples of that after the jump.

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