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Lost in the shitstorm that followed my most recent interview with Between the Buried and Me’s Paul Waggoner earlier this summer, the band’s co-founder and lead guitarist gave us a preview of what to expect from the band’s upcoming DVD of Parallax II: Future Sequence. “We wanted to do something different where it was more stripped down, just us in a room jamming,” Paul told me back in June. “That was sort of what we were going for. So it was just us playing the new record straight through.” Now in a newly released trailer for the release vocalist and keyboardist Tommy Rogers also focuses on the intimacy of this DVD. Check out more details after the jump!

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DragonForce – Maximum Overload

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As a source of viewpoints and analysis of music, our product is often times opinion and, sadly, bias. Bands that have created a name for themselves soon find that name to be a double-edged sword, no matter how much it was coveted during their early careers. A perfect example of this is DragonForce. Who here among our readers doesn’t already have a pre-conceived notion of what to expect here? This band is known for one thing and one thing only: playing over the top, insanely technical and cheesy power metal. But expecting this album to consist of just that would be a dire mistake. Strangely enough, Maximum Overload is a surprisingly solid album which isn’t afraid to switch up the staple DragonForce sound and allow different types of songs to live side by side.

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amia venera landscape

Four long and empty years have passed since Italian metallers Amia Venera Landscape dropped their epic and expansive debut album The Long Procession.  Back then, the band were touted as a blend of post-metal and hardcore, comparable to acts such as The Ocean and Devil Sold His Soul. Simultaneously crushing and soulful, this is a band worth keeping an eye on when they’re not being so incredibly elusive.

Fortunately, the band surprised fans today with an in-studio performance of a brand new track — appropriately titled ‘Weight Bearer’ — from their upcoming new album. The video is fully produced and the song doesn’t sound noticeably “live”, so it’s not too early to say that if this is what the band have been coming up with over the years, it’ll be worth the wait.

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gwar eternal tour 2014

Hats (and helmets) off to GWAR for remaining silly and resilient through tremendous loss. While this past weekend saw an epic viking funeral absolutely appropriate enough for retiring Dave Brockie’s character Oderus Urungus, the group are wasting no time in riding the high spirits into an announcement of a highly extensive three-month trek across North America featuring supporting acts Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks.

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As Blood Runs Black Debut New Song

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So the plot thickens. Last week, we reported on a post from As Blood Runs Black drummer Lech’s Instagram stating that they’re breaking up. A few days ago, the band addressed the rumors on Facebook, saying that they’d be issuing a statement shortly. Well, they just released a new song without any statement — maybe their statement is that they’re not breaking up? Who knows. They didn’t confirm or deny anything. But you can listen to the new song after the jump.

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Trioscapes Release New Video, Prepare For Jazz

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Trioscapes are certainly not an easy act to pin down. While we’re no strangers to fusion or jazz here at Heavy Blog, something about the raw intensity and sheer dedication to their own sound makes this band especially ear-twisting and mind-bending. Regardless, it’s impossibly to deny they have incredible talent. To support their newest release, the trio has released a video for the title track ‘Digital Dream Sequence’. Head on over the jump to check it out!

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Telepathy Set To Tour Across Europe

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A few months ago we clued you in on Telepathy‘s 12 Areas., an instrumental album drawing on post metal influences to create a unique soundscape that sets it apart from the numerous instrumental releases already around. We are now very happy to report that Telepathy will be touring across Europe. Head on over the jump to not only read the full release and dates but also for a small taste of what the band looks and sounds like live!

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Hey! Listen to Verse Vica!

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Do you like your prog metal modern? Are you thrilled by the concept of harsh growls that live side by side with soaring vocals, spliced with technical riffs? If so, look no further than Verse Vica for your next fix. The up and coming band are gearing up towards the release of their debut album, Endeavor, and have released a teaser, including bits and pieces from across the album and let me tell you, it’s quite brilliant. Check it out after the jump!

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Stimpy Lockjaw – Stimpy Lockjaw

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Jazz and fusion are no strangers to the world of metal. From Dream Theater to Cynic to Animals as Leaders and well beyond, jazz music’s emphasis on technicality, compositional depth, and an ongoing exploration of sound and form have meshed easily with many parts of the metal spectrum. What is less common to see are bands that start from a place that is truly entrenched in the world of classic jazz fusion and filtered through the lens of heavier acts and influences. This is the place in which Stimpy Lockjaw exist. Forged from members of another jazzy prog metal entity, Ever Forthright (specifically guitarist Nicholas Llerandi and keyboardist Kevin Theodore), Stimpy Lockjaw seek to double down on the genre-bending, turn-on-a-dime-style technicality and composition and turn it into a massive, earth-destroying fusion juggernaut. And boy what a juggernaut it is.

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Another year, another Mayhem Festival! The Rockstar Energy Drink-sponsored tour hit New Jersey recently and photographer Maclyn Bean was on the scene to bring you shots of some of the biggest names in rock and heavy metal today including Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Darkest Hour, Wretched, and more!

Please enjoy the photos below from August 1st, 2014.

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