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French progressive metal band Uneven Structure released one of my favorite albums of all time in 2011. Februus is a back to front masterpiece, taking the Meshuggah-lead djent movement and pushing it into the ethereal with cinematic soundscapes and an overall sense of wonder and passion. To me, the record is perfect, which is why three years feels like an eternity when it comes to waiting on a follow-up. The guys in Uneven Structure understand this, and they’ve been kind enough to hand us a scrap of new music in the form of a guitar playthrough of a 20-second segment of a new song, ‘The Scent.’

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Canadian tech/prog death up-and-comers Beyond Creation are on the fast track to universal adoration from the metal community — if only more people heard of them! Their debut album The Aura was one of the greatest albums from 2011, and in my opinion, the best death metal album we heard the whole year. Initially self-released, the band quickly got snatched up by Season of Mist for the album’s re-release and an impending sophomore album.

At long last, the first new track from the group has been made available in the form of ‘Elusive Reverence,’ and it’s everything you would have hoped for.

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Xerath
The UK’s finest symphonic metal export Xerath have just unleashed a short documentary on their YouTube channel, detailing the recording process of their third effort for Candlelight Records, Xerath III. This is the third video in the campaign for the album; the first being the announcement of new guitarist Conor McGouran and the second being a teaser announcing the release date of Xerath III, to be released September 15 in Europe and September 16 in the US. Check it out after the jump!

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Puscifer and Primus drummer Tim Alexander suffered a heart attack last week and had to have surgery in order to rectify the problem.

We’re happy to announce that Tim has had a successful surgery and is on his way to recovery!

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SubRosa Tour
We will never again miss a release by SubRosa. The band’s intense fusion of sludge, stoner and violins has pierced many a heart within our staff, marking their 2013 More Constant Than the Gods as one of the best releases of that year. To hear that they have teamed up with blog-favorites The Atlas Moth and the enigmatic Boris then is a joy to the heart, and if you look closely you might find some of our staff in one of these shows. Buy them a beer, if you can. Anyway, the band  has recently uploaded a hand drawn poster for the tour, made by their violinist Sarah Pendleton. Check it out after the jump!

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget or overlook things regardless of how monumentally important they are. Case in point: we’re roughly four days late in covering the first new Sleep song in about a decade, ‘The Clarity.’ Prepare your paraphernalia.

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Within the Ruins Phenomena Preview
Within the Ruins have had a bumpy ride. From the heights of their first iterations to the disappointment from Elite, they have certainly had to shoulder their fair share of criticism. However, they have also enjoyed the undying loyalty of many fans. As the band looks towards a new release, will they be able to recapture some of the power and authenticity that garnered them their original success? That remains to be seen but the first part to an answer can now be found online, as the band are streaming their new album in full over at AP. Check it out!

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Post-hardcore/loud-everything (that’s a genre now) band Baby Godzilla, are really something. Something which should be cranked up to 11 and blasted in the direction of anyone not moshing hard enough. All jokes aside, their music is quite good, blending hardcore sensibilities with intense groove. The band have just released a clip for their single ‘The Great Grindcore Swindle’. I could describe the video or you can just head over after the jump and check it out.

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Bad news folks. Legendary Primus drummer Tim Alexander has suffered a heart attack late last week and should be heading onto the operating table today or tomorrow. Our thoughts go out to him and his family and we hope for his speedy recovery. It certainly takes huge heart to drum on the side of Les Claypool or Maynard and we hope it can carry him through this.

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Bassist Hal Patino will not be making the rounds (again) with King Diamond on the upcoming tour. This marks the second time that Patino has been fired from the band, the first time being in 1990.

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