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What Jay of Johnny Wore Black is (Really) Listening To

Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and Jay aka Johnny Wore Black

Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and Jay aka Johnny Wore Black

You’ve just convinced one of the best known bassists in metal to collaborate with you on your new record. So what are you (really) listening to? The answers after the jump.

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farewell-pick-yours2014 has been an astounding year for metal releases. Choose your top 25 of this year after the break.

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two-weeksThe Thanksgiving holidays are upon us and all the mirth has put us a week behind on our review of our reviews. The Last Two Weeks in Reviews after the jump.

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Thomas Giles – Modern Noise

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Metal musicians from well known and established acts are tasked with the unenviable task of having to constantly justify the purpose of any creative output delivered outside of their legacy act. Frontmen in particular are not only under pressure to deliver a product up to the standard set by their back catalog, but often have to prove themselves as competent musicians and songwriters in their own right. Ignoring the ironic-to-a-fault techno album released under the Giles moniker in 2004, it didn’t take long for Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers to find purpose in music outside of extreme metal in his solo project Thomas Giles.

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relapse 25 years

CALLED IT. Vinyl nerds shall rejoice further, as Relapse Records have announced plans to expand their recent trend of re-releasing high-profile out-of-print albums from their back catalog of releases. No more scavenging eBay for a reasonably priced copy of Miss Machine!

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Circa Survive Descensus Announcement

We’ve been waiting for this for a while: progressive torch-bearers Circa Survive are finally back with Descensus, their brand new album. The good guys over at Alternative Press broke the news today but you can also head on over the jump and get that stream for yourself. What are you waiting for?

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Letlive. Letloose. A Preview Of New Material

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letlive. are arguably one of the most interesting bands of the last few years, so naturally they understand that their fanbase is rabid and anxiously awaiting new material from them, even if it is only just a small taste. Teh benevolent band have decided to let us silently observe and absorb a small piece of their new album through a video posted to their Facebook. You can check out that video after the jump.

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Northlane 2014

After months of waiting, we finally have both the identity of Northlane‘s new vocalist and his debut song with the band, entitled ‘Rot’. The man behind the mic is named Marcus Ridge and he does a more than competent job on this new track. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Check out ‘Rot’ after the jump.

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Clément Belio – Contrast

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Open minds/personal pronouns alert. Confession time: I’ve been trying to review this album for months. If you’ve been following the blog this year, you know that I have a pretty good turn around rate for reviews. However, this one has just haunted me in the best kind of way. What is Contrast by Clément Belio? It is a practice in imitation as inspiration. It is the essence of eclecticism. It is bewildering, delighting, decentralized and insane. By the composer’s own words, it is a patchwork of everything he loves in music, thrown into the melting pot of his brain. And so, I’ve waited for months for this to coalesce into a review. This is my feeble attempt at finally jotting it down.

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Triptykon_SuffocatingVideo

There’s no denying that 2014 has been an absolutely fantastic year for metal. The year-end list mania is about to begin, and one album that’s bound to sit high up on plenty of lists is Triptykon‘s Melana Chasmata, which we raved about earlier this year. The band has released a video for the album’s opening track, “Tree of Suffocating Souls”, and it’s great. Take a peek after the jump.

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