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Not a week after prolific hardcore label A389 Recordings dropped a behemoth of a mixtape on our undeserving heads, Deathwish Inc. are at it now with a summer sampler of their own! The brainchild of Tre Watson and the most revered front man of Heavy Blog favorites Converge, Deathwish has been putting out exemplary hardcore and avant-garde releases for more than a decade now. You can’t throw an extended range guitar at our year end lists without hitting a Deathwish album! This 20 track sampler is full of label favorites and a few that you might have missed if you haven’t been paying attention. Well, pay attention. Read the rest of this story »

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The Faceless, a band that changes members more than most people change their underwear, has enlisted a new rhythm guitar player.  Nico Santora of Suicidal Tendencies is now on the road with The Faceless on The Summer Slaughter Tour as the replacement for previous rhythm guitarist, Wes Hauch who retired from the band back in February of this year.  Don’t let his position in Suicidal Tendencies fool you, Nico is more than capable of handling the tech death riffs of The Faceless.  His YouTube features many videos showcasing his death metal and overall guitar skills.  It is not certain whether Nico will remain in the band as a full-time member after the tour as he is not officially listed on The Faceless’s Facebook profile. Check it out and some other goodies after the jump!

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Primus are the one of those bands that I play for people who say they “listen to everything man, you know?”. It takes a truly open musical mind to enjoy Pork Soda for example, my personal favorite. I’ve always relied on them for my dose of weird and it seems as if the stock is about to be refilled: the band are reuniting under their original lineup and will be released an album dedicated to nothing else than the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory musical. Yeah. Head on over the jump to confirm what you already know: this is weird and awesome.

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Metalcore mainstays August Burns Red have released a new music video for their emotional yet rockin’ jam, ‘Beauty in Tragedy’ which appears on last year’s excellent Rescue and Restore. The video was filmed on their last UK tour and features awesome live footage of the band doing what they do best. Watch the video after the jump.

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Falconer – Black Moon Rising


Here at Heavy Blog, we strive to branch out to as many genres as we can. It’s no secret that metal holds tightly to its classifications and boundaries but we feel that if you have ears, you can listen to pretty much everything. As long as it’s good that is. Sadly, one can definitely speak of life phases when addressing genres and no where is that more apparent than in Power Metal. The genre enjoyed two golden periods: one in the late 80′s and early 90′s, and another in the early 00′s. Sure, good power metal albums are still being released but the volume and quality of these has been steadily decreasing. No greater example of such a decline can be found than the death of famous and critical names in the life of the genre. Falconer‘s latest release, Black Moon Rising, is a sure-fire proof, a final nail in the coffin, of the death of one of the greatest names in the genre.

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With a new record out this fall and a series of concerts two years ago that “raised the bar for concert production,” the massive Machine Head are once again going on tour to suppor their new endeavor. In tow, they will take heavy metal gang Battlecross, our favorite Finns from high school Children of Bodom, and lady-led Epica.

Tour dates below!

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2014 is a very important year. A lot of albums we loved turned ten this year. A lot of bands are turning ten. Intronaut are doing a ten-year anniversary tour, of course, and Minus the Bear are also hitting the road to perform for us.

Select dates will be provided by O’Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions. Look below for all the dates and support!

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With absolutely no signs of letting up, Intronaut are once again going on the road to celebrate ten years together after recently wrapping up a tour with TesseracT and Cloudkicker (where they kinda were Cloudkicker, but not the point).

On for this tour are Anciients, and it looks like the focus will be the west coast. Dates below!

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Black Crown Initiate have announced that they will release their eOne Music debut album this September. Wreckage of the Stars will be out on September 30th and was recorded at Atrium Audio with producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, Rivers Of Nihil).

Full press release below.

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monuments The Amanuensis

Not about to let their momentum slip with the fabulous album The Amanuensis (our review here), Monuments have just announced they will be adding MORE tour dates after their session with Glass Cloud, ERRA, and Scale the Summit is up.

Monuments will embark on another leg with Polyphia, Villains, and Lionfight in September. Dates behind the cut!

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