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Wintersun Live

Wintersun take their Time to release albums, this is known. Time I was supposed to release years earlier than it did, and Time II was supposed to release within the same year as Time I. It’s been more than two years, and Time II is nowhere to be seen. We had heard a live version of a song from Time II earlier, but now we’ve heard another new one! It’s called “Forest”, and it’s about, well, forests, I guess. Check it out after the jump, because it’s pretty cool.

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Algorithm Will Smiths

French electronic wizard Rémi Gallego (The Algorithm, to you and I) played to a huge crowd at last years Euroblast Festival where, to the benefit of those not in attendance, some fancy cameras caught his performance of ‘will_smith’. The end result is potentially one of the funniest and creepiest performance videos this writer has ever seen. See what I mean after the jump! View Full Article »

distorted harmony
Band photo by Ofir Abe

It’s been almost a year since I’ve started writing for Heavy Blog and in that time, I’ve brought you a few tastes of my local scene here in Israel. It’s not the largest scene or one that’s enjoyed widespread recognition, but it has its strengths: sporting a host of young bands, there are many live shows and the word is starting to spread abroad as well. Riding on the success enjoyed by Orphaned Land, the most successful metal band to come out of Israel, many smaller groups have toured the Europe route.

One of the least well traveled bands however are also one of the best. They are Distorted Harmony and their brand of modern metal infused with progressive touches is addictive to say the least. We’ve covered their album but I felt like they could benefit from a closer resolution. And so, I present to you a joint feature: I got the chance to talk to Yoav Efron, the man behind the keys, and Guy Landau, the wizard at the guitar AND to see the band live. What follows is a review of that live show, where the band played both their albums back to back, interspersed with our interview. Head on over the jump!

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Temples Fest 2015 banner

Not content with putting on one of the most exciting lineups of underground metal ever seen in the UK, Temples Festival have now sneaked out some fresh information regarding one of the most prestigious names in their line up, as well as named the third night headliner, news worthy in its own right. One of the most established names in grind will also now be playing two completely different sets on different days. Curious who we’re talking about? Get the big reveal after the jump.

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sylosis session

British thrashers Sylosis have just released their fourth album, Dormant Heart, today! The CD will also come with a bonus DVD featuring in-studio performances of new tracks, one of which has just been added to Nuclear Blast Records’ YouTube page! Check out the video below.

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babymetal desu

I’m sure we all know who Babymetal are at this point. Well, they’ve put out a rather lengthy teaser for their upcoming single “Road of Resistance” featuring Dragonforce guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman, and they’ve announced  live DVD and teased an upcoming world tour. Check it all out after the jump.

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Photo: Thuja Knox

Anciients and their uncompromising mix of early Baroness style riffs and Opeth reminiscent meanderings are still a hugely fond memory of 2013. But it’s 2014 now and we’re staring directly down the barrel of 2015, so it’s fair to assume that their ridiculously great debut Heart Of Oak is buried somewhere deep in the recesses of your music collection by now, presumably piled upon by the unholy amount of great releases produced this year. However, the band have decided to lavish us with an early Christmas present in the form of the audio from their first European show at Roadburn 2014 and it’s a striking reminder as to why this unassuming four-piece from Vancouver, Canada have produced easily one of the best records of the last few years and that even stands tall amongst the brilliant releases of this year.

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The United Kingdom sure seems to like their groove-centric metal, because UK Tech Fest is back for its 5th year this coming July! The initial block of bands has just been announced and features one of the most diverse lineups in the festival’s short but solid history. Head on over the jump for the official announcement.

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For a more casual fan of the band, the last few times we’ve featured Opeth we have seen them drop eyebrow raising tour announcements and release a great but not special record. This bit of news is pretty cool though as the Swedish prog overlords are set to play a one off, two-set show at the London Palladium to celebrate two separate anniversaries. More details after the jump. Where else? View Full Article »

abigail williams 2014

Abigail Williams are shifting styles across the black metal spectrum almost as fast as they swap out members, and it’s typically always for the better. The band blossomed into atmospheric black metal in the realm of Wolves in the Throne Room for 2012’s Becoming, which was one of my personal favorites from that year. Now the band are on the move once again with a new lineup and a new sonic direction, and while they’re putting finishing touches on the highly anticipated record, they’ve decided to tie fans over with early versions of two brand new songs that are now streaming with our friends at No Clean Singing.

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