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Just before the clock struck midnight on October 21st, 2014, both Alex Rüdinger and Evan Brewer of The Faceless announced their departure from the band.  Both departures seem to be on good terms, but with the two of them leaving so close to major tour dates, there is bound to be more than meets the eye.

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tim-reallyCanadians Protest the Hero have been a mainstay in the prog metal scene for more than a decade. What founding guitarist Tim Millar is (really) listening to after the jump.

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Circa Survive Descensus Announcement

Two months ago, progressive rock vets Circa Survive announced that they had signed a deal with Sumerian Records. We are now seeing the fruits of that deal. The band announced that their brand new album Descensus will be released November 24th of this year! Not only that, but we’ll also be getting a brand new single on the 27th of this month as well as the ability to preorder the album. Along with the news came a short teaser of a new, fairly aggressive, song. Make sure to check it out after the jump!

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Short and sweet here. Inside Out Music have unveiled all the names of everyone who participated in Devin Townsend‘s Universal Choir for the upcoming Z2 double record. Our very own Ryan Castrati and Dan Wieten are among the list of participants.

If you’re curious about how good the record is, feel free to read our reviews of Dark Matters and Sky Blue, because an album so huge deserves two reviews.



Multi-instrumentalist Dan Swanö and crew are proud to release details about the first Nightingale album in seven years. Hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade since White Darkness, but it seems that 2014’s Retribution will soon be available for us to listen to in all of its prog stylings.

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Famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, known for disseminating the idea of a gene-centric view of evolution, coining the term “meme” (which we’ve come to know and love on the Internet these days), and being a pretty crazy atheist guy is set to appear on the upcoming Nightwish album for reasons unknown. Though, he is one of Tuomas Holopainen‘s favorite authors, so there’s that.

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anaal nathrakh desideratum

Okay, sure, UK’s blackened grindcore Anaal Nathrakh are guilty of playing the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” game for basically the entire discography. And yes, Scott said as much in his 3/5 review of the group’s new album and Metal Blade debut Desideratum. The act are consistent in tone and substance, but they’re also consistent in quality as well. Desideratum is absolutely what fans of Anaal Nathrakh have come to expect, so take the criticisms lobbied at the album with a grain of salt, because the band haven’t faltered one bit.

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Stolas - Claw Point

Where there is good news, there is sometimes bad news. Luckily, the good news coming from Stolas is really, really good. They have a brand new song called ‘Claw Point’ and it is the best of the three singles released, which is really saying something considering the other two were pretty great. The bad news is that the band has pushed back the release of their Sophomore album Allomaternal to November 7th. I’m sure it will be worth the wait. If you don’t believe me, check out the new track after the jump!

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Progressive and technical death metal act Beyond Creation were lauded by many as being one of the best acts in the genre, even when they were only one album deep into their discography. 2011’s The Aura put the band on the map with one of the best debut albums in recent memory, earning them a spot on Season of Mist’s roster and a much sought-after and quickly sold-out vinyl release from Blood Music. Finally, the act are on the cusp of proving they aren’t victims of the sophomore slump with Earthborn Evolution, which is streaming now via Lambgoat.

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It is with a grave heart that we write Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, founding member of The Mars Volta and keyboard play for Jack White passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack. A representative confirmed the cause of death a few hours after the news struck. We send our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends and hope they know no more sorrow.

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