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August Burns Red are a super talented band, but their last two albums just didn’t cut the mustard for me. After hearing the masterpiece that was Constellations, I knew it would be very difficult to top it, and the band have had shimmers of hope, but have still not surpassed it. However, I’m always happy when the band releases new music, because even if the album isn’t as good, it’s still some very solid metalcore. Now the band are back, and with a super heavy song, which should please everyone. Check it after the jump!

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Veil of Maya - Teleute Video

The new Veil of Maya album Matriarch is a mere month away, but instead of being forced to wait to hear more cuts from the new record, they saw fit to give us some another taste of their updated sound. The new song, called ‘Teleute’, features a solo from ex-Born of Osiris and current Chelesea Grin guitarist Jason Richardson. Make sure to check it out after the jump.

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Author & Punisher tour

One of the most unique acts in modern music, Author & Punisher‘s brand of industrial doom is noteworthy not only for project mastermind Tristan Shone’s unique compositions (see our review of his last album Women & Children),  but for the fact that Shone creates his music on manipulated machinery of his own design. Anyone who has not experienced Author & Punisher now has the perfect opportunity to do so, as the project’s fourth album – Melk En Honing – will be released through Housecore Records on June 30th. Head past the jump to read Shone’s thoughts on the record and see dates for his upcoming North American tour:

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Thy Art Is Murder

Earlier this month we told you that brand new Thy Art Is Murder was on the way via their next album, Holy War. The band decided over the weekend it was time to reveal the album art and tracklist for the record. You can check both of them out after the jump.

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Intronaut

We previously reported that prog-metal masters Intronaut are about to begin recording their highly anticipated fifth studio album, and now that time is upon us. The band will be entering the studio tomorrow following a performance opening for Meshuggah tonight in Anaheim at the House of Blues, during which they’ll be playing brand new jams. They’ve also released production details about their forthcoming album, which includes some rather exciting news. Check out more info after the jump!

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Napolean - Stargazer

For fans of UK progressive hardcore act, Napoleon, the wait for new material has been arduous. Amidst line-up changes and a demanding touring schedule, it seemed unlikely that their anticipated debut release could be expected to drop any time soon. Following an announcement late last week, however, the future seems promising – and not so distant! More details after the jump.

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Symphony X

The long-awaited and heavily chronicled news from Symphony X is finally here. The masters of power-prog, around since the late 90’s, are delivering a new album later this year, and the time has come for several announcements relating to the album to be made. View Full Article »

faceless bass

Things definitely felt up in the air a few months ago when literally every single member but founder Michael Keene left The Faceless. How could it not be? While the band has always been known for its frequent roster changes, there’s never been a complete band change inbetween albums like this. Keene & Co. announced in February that Justin McKinney of The Zenith Passage would be the band’s second guitarist, and now it looks like the boys have a new bassist as well. Or is it an old bassist? Head over the jump to find out more.

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Ozzy
It’s been just a few weeks since we last wrote about Black Sabbath and how they’d be playing their farewell show in Tokyo later this year but we may have spoken too soon. Instead, it was revealed that Ozzfest Japan would be headlined by Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. This has clearly come as a big shock to a lot of fans and have left a lot of questions to be answered. Did the band cancel because of guitarist Tony Iommi’s health? Is there going to be a rescheduled farewell show? Is Black Sabbath even breaking up now? Head over the jump to find out more.

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Hark_Video
Over the haze that was the amazing 2014, several albums might have gotten lost. That’s a damn shame, since some of them are downright excellent. HARK‘s Crystalline might be one of them. Releasing somewhere in the middle of that fantastic year, its breed of sludge, groove and power is one that I for one wouldn’t like to forget. And so, the band are helping me out by releasing a killer video for the opening track, ‘Palendromeda’. Head on over the jump to refresh your memory as to how good these guys really are.

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