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TToL Yield To Despair

We’ve been telling you for a while that you should be listening to the post-jazz-drone-metal melting pot that is Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving. With the release of their sophomore album Yield To Despair coming April 17, now is the perfect time to hop on board if you haven’t already. As huge fans of the band, we’re honored to have the opportunity to debut a new track from the album, the first since the release of the Downbeat EP in November. Check out the song below, entitled ‘The Albanian Sleepover – Part 1’!

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Leprous‘ new album is fast approaching. Confirmed for a May 25th/June 2nd EU/NA release date, the 11-track would-be progressive view of darkness and madness (much like Leprous’ previous work) is sure to titillate even the most hardened and biased.

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Our favorite unstoppable music machine, Devin Townsend, released not one, not two, but three albums last year [Sky Blue, Dark Matters, Casualties of Cool], went on tour with Monuments and Animals as Leaders [photos, stream], appeared on a debut album by Morgan Agren, and found time to do play-through videos for us all.

What could possibly be in store for him now?

Well, he’s writing a symphony.

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Glass Ocean - II

Australian progressive rock outfit Glass Ocean have announced their sophomore EP, II, as well as a short run of tour dates in the land down under. You can check those tour dates and watch the music video for the song ‘Ghost’ off of the upcoming EP after the jump.

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According to System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, the band apparently have already written some new songs. There’s a good chance they’ll be heading back into the studio to record a new album to follow both Mesmerize and Hypnotize, both of which came out ten years ago in 2005.

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weedeater goliathan

Purveyors of southern stoner sludge, Weedeater, are back at it again with a new track, ‘Cain Enabler,’ from their upcoming record, Goliathan. Weedeater’s been around for a while, and they’ve been silent on the sonic front since their 2012 LP, And Justice For Y’all. Now, ready to embark on a new tour across the US, they’ve released a new single to titillate the ears and excite anyone coming to see them live. View Full Article »

dutch book

Despite dropping a successful sophomore solo record last year and writing/recording his band’s hotly anticipated seventh full-length record Coma Ecliptic, Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers (doing business these days as Thomas Giles) managed to find time in the past year to score an indie film.

Dutch Book, directed by James Repici, is the story of a Florida teenager who launches a scheme to pay off his father’s gambling debts. Rogers provides the film with a sonic backdrop of pulsing soundscapes and driving electronics, surely drawing influence from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross‘ forray into film scores. While the film has began making rounds in the film festival circuit, Rogers dropped the Dutch Book original score via Bandcamp, and you can stream it in its entirety after the jump.

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We’re calling it now: expect to see a lot of Minsk come December when they start to appear on year-end best-of lists, as their long-awaited return, The Crash and The Draw, is everything you’d be craving for out of doom and post-metal in 2015; stoned-out riffs, progressive flair for the experimental, and production from Sanford Parker — who, by the way, is a former member who had enough grace to return to the helm. It’s a phenomenal record in form and fashion, to be sure.

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Scott Clendenin, former bassist of Death, passed away yesterday at the age of 47. He joined the band in 1996, performed on the band’s final album, The Sound of Perseverance, which came out in 1998 and also came back to play bass with Death To All when they toured in 2012 and 2013 to remember Chuck Schuldiner’s legacy. Details are scarce right now as to why Scott unexpectedly left us, but Death’s official Facebook page informed us yesterday that “Scott had some health challenges in the last few years but was optimistic about his prospects.”


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In comparison to their output over the past decade, godfathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath have certainly been more than active over the past three years. Although the original lineup has yet to be fully put back together, the group released their most consistent album in ages, 13, in 2013 and went on a world tour thereafter. Since then, there have been plenty of news articles about guitarist and riff-godfather Tony Iommi’s battles with cancer and plenty of speculation as to whether or not the band would be able to continue for much longer. Sabbath has decided that their last show ever will be on November 22nd this year at Ozzfest in Tokyo, Japan. Head on over the jump for more details.

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