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Farewell, 2014: A Special Message To Our Readers

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We’ve written an awful lot of long, text-laden posts this week, but now that we are officially at the end of our 2014 output, we wanted to switch things up and speak to you through a different medium. Watch our message to you, dear readers, after the jump. Read the rest of this story »

Hype Blog Is Hype: Get Ready For 2015!

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We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.

Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.
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Anciients Stream Audio From Roadburn 2014 Show

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Photo: Thuja Knox

Anciients and their uncompromising mix of early Baroness style riffs and Opeth reminiscent meanderings are still a hugely fond memory of 2013. But it’s 2014 now and we’re staring directly down the barrel of 2015, so it’s fair to assume that their ridiculously great debut Heart Of Oak is buried somewhere deep in the recesses of your music collection by now, presumably piled upon by the unholy amount of great releases produced this year. However, the band have decided to lavish us with an early Christmas present in the form of the audio from their first European show at Roadburn 2014 and it’s a striking reminder as to why this unassuming four-piece from Vancouver, Canada have produced easily one of the best records of the last few years and that even stands tall amongst the brilliant releases of this year.

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Leprous are preparing for a massive 2015 after releasing a brilliant album in 2013 and participating in their first headlining tour in North America just last year [photos, video]. The Norwegian progressive band have already been confirmed for a handful of festivals and are putting the finishing touches on the currently unnamed album, which is due out in May of next year via InsideOutMusic.

The festivals the band will showcase their talent include Barcelona’s BeProgMyFriend Festival, Cologne’s Euroblast, and Progpower Europe in Baarlo.

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Hope you don’t mind that we keep talking about vinyl records because many of us here at Heavy Blog are huge nerds and will keep buying overpriced and antiquated media and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Karnivool, Australia’s most important modern musical export, will be releasing all three of their studio albums on standard black vinyl in 2015. Around these parts, Sound Awake (above center) is one of our favorite albums of all time, so it will be nice to finally have it in our collections.

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East of the Wall - Cryptodira FRONT COVER

New York prog/post-metal act Cryptodira are teaming up with tech hounds East of the Wall for a new split EP, and we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to present a brand new cut from the record! Cryptodira’s new track ‘Speaking The Ocean’ can be heard after the jump.

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Xibalba Warm Up With ‘Invierno’

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In case you missed the pun in the title, ‘Invierno’, the name of the new Xibalba aural onslaught, means winter in Spanish. Not only is the track name in Spanish, it’s also freaking excellent. After releasing their brutal split with Suburban Scum this year, we’ve been expecting the upcoming 2015 release to destroy. Judging by this track, it will. Head on over the jump for the stream!

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rwake xenoglossalgia

Arkansas sludge/doom outfit Rwake became known as one of the genre’s greatest visionaries when they released Rest in 2011. The record was apocalyptic in nature and nearly epic in its depth, and I’ve been patiently waiting for a followup. It’s been a while, and with no signs of life outside of some local shows popping up, it may be even longer before we get some new music from the group. Fortunately, we can be adequately held over as Relapse are officially releasing a remastered version of the band’s original demo Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness for the first time ever.

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poll-resultsAll this week we’ve been posting the results of our staff poll of the best releases of 2014. Find out your choices for Album of the Year and an aggregated Top 25 of Reader choices after the jump.

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Keep of Kalessin - Epistemology

Norwegian Progressive Black Metal (or “Epic Extreme Metal” if you ask them) band Keep of Kalessin were holding an album artwork contest for their upcoming album Epistemology, and they’ve finally declared the winner, along with details of the album including a teaser. Also, remember the time when they lost their vocalist in the Amazonian jungle? Yeah. Well, the teaser makes me think they’re doing totally fine.

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