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Some of you may remember that earlier in the week, we briefly ran a story regarding the recent cancellation of a yet to be announced tour of Australia by The Ocean in January of next year, and the online shit fight that ensued between the band and Robert MacManus, a well known Australian tour promoter.  Following our publication of the story, it was brought to my attention that despite appearances, MacManus was not actually involved with promoting this particular tour, and thus we pulled the story in order to dig a bit deeper into this intriguing drama.

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Japanese instrumental post-rock veterans MONO have apparently been very busy writing new music for all of us to enjoy. They’ve announced not one, but TWO new albums to be released next month, and they’ve put out a song from each to give us an idea of what to expect from the new records. Titled The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness, the two albums feature beautiful cohesive artwork and seem to each show off a different side of the band. Hear the new songs and find out more about the records after the jump:

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In a statement released today, technical death metal act The Schoenberg Automaton have announced that they are relocating as a whole. All the way from Brisbane, Australia, the band will be crossing the vast seas and will find a new home in Vancouver, Canada in early 2015. The band cites a more cost-effective living style for them in North America. Full statement below.

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Good news? Good news! Black Crown Initiate are streaming yet another excellent track from their upcoming debut album, The Wreckage of Stars. ‘Withering Waves’ continues on in true Black Crown Initiate fashion in being ridiculously technical, well structured, and absolutely killer all the way. Check it out after the jump!

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It has been a little while since Dave Brockie, GWAR‘s legendary Oderus Urungus, left this plane of existence. In fact, he likely had one of the most amazing send-offs anyone could ask for. But musicians need to move forward.

Enter Vulvatron, an unlikely addition to the lineup.

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Blood Mantra
I’ve been jamming the new Decapitated album, Blood Mantra, for several weeks now, and spoiler alert: it rules, freaking hard. The polish death metal connoisseurs released the first taste of the Blood Mantra over a month ago, and now the band has released the absolutely ripping title track for your listening pleasure. Listen after the jump.

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Brutal death metal at its very core should be, well, brutal. Without naming names, there are a plethora of bands out there doing brutal as it should be done. Contrarily, there are bands that try to stick slams, tech and gutturals into a pale imitation of the pioneers of this much maligned genre. Acrania have a sore rear end from sitting on the fence exactly halfway between the two. Their first full length Totalitarian Dystopia has so many slam sections and technical guitar passages that they sacrifice the art of the transition by mainly cutting and pasting these riffs and licks wherever they want. Then there’s the production. That is a matter for a different paragraph however.

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devin townsend project euro tour

It is with the most selfish of smirks that I am writing this news. Our beloved maestro of majestic musical extravaganza Devin Townsend is taking his Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid across mainland Europe and the UK. With him are the ever polarizing Periphery and the hands down batshit SHINING. While you fine people residing in the US do get more tours and are spoiled by local acts, us Euros do luck out sometimes and this is definitely one of those occasions. Get the tour dates after the jump. View Full Article »


Earlier this year, A Sense of Gravity released what will undoubtedly turn out to be one of the best albums of 2014 and certainly one of the best debut albums of recent memory. Blending insanely technical prog/death with groovy sections that incorporate metal influences from across the board, Travail is simply a complete album that borders on sheer perfection. The guitars on the album are without a doubt one of the main driving forces and so it’s truly a treat for us to present you with a guitar playthrough of what I consider to be the best track off the album, ‘Stormborn’. Check it out after the jump!

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intervals tab book

This week, Toronto-based progressive metal outfit Intervals announced the release of the official tab book for their first full-length album, A Voice Within through Sheet Happens Publishing. At 177 pages, this book is chock-full with everything you need to learn to play just like Aaron and Lukas, who went the extra mile and even included picking and technique suggestions this time around (a tab book for their EP, In Time, is also available through Sheet Happens!).

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