Sleepers Awake – Transcension

You’ll find a lot of people extolling the virtues of ‘hearing an album in full’ in the metal scene, suggesting you don’t get the full experience unless you take it the way it was meant to be heard and there is no genre this is more true for than progressive metal. Case in point: Sleepers Awake latest effort Transcension, which contains 70+ minutes of meandering and complex prog that weaves the tale of The Auger and his ‘struggle with higher forces’. From beginning to end, the entire trek feels connected and fluid and to simply sample parts of it would be to do it a disservice.

Max Lavelle Of The Black Dahlia Murder — The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

The Black Dahlia Murder is one of the best modern death metal bands. Each record is better than the last, and the songs only get bigger and better. Such is the case for the group’s latest effort Everblack, out now on Metal Blade Records. I got to talk to bassist Max Lavelle about all things Black Dahlia, as well as touching on classic rock, really poor bathrooms, and why he chooses not to use a pick.

The Dillinger Escape Plan Cancel European Tour

This past weekend, The Dillinger Escape Plan performed at Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival in Detroit as a four-piece act. Guitarist and sole founding member Ben Weinman sat at the side of the stage looking on, as he has sustained injuries to his hand and wrist. Following the festival…