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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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adrian warforged ots

As far as progressive metal goes, Warforged and Outrun the Sunlight are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Warforged exists in a realm of anything-goes brutality, throwing together black metal, tech death, and deathcore together to see what sticks in the context of Opeth-ian style songwriting. Meanwhile, Outrun the Sunlight seemingly existed on the promise of delivering post-rock instrumentals inspired by Exoplanet-era The Contortionist, and they’re currently doing that whole thing better than the band themselves — depending on who you ask, of course. Both bands serve their purpose greatly, and much of the staff here are fans of both acts.

Now, both bands share some common ground as Warforged vocalist and keyboardist Adrian Perez has officially joined the ranks of Outrun the Sunlight as the group’s dedicated keyboardist.

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Slipknot are back, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Over the weekend, the second annual Knotfest took place in San Bernadino, Calif., marking the first live performance for Slipknot in over a year, as well as the first with the band’s new line-up. The two-night event was live streamed online, which of course means both nights of Slipknot’s performances are available for your viewing pleasure. Watch both after the jump.

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Leprous - Live

For those of you not in the know, we recently had the pleasure to sponsor the North American tour of one of the blog’s favorite progressive bands, Leprous. The Norwegians just wrapped it a few weeks ago, and unfortunately yours truly was unable to work his pro-shot video magic when they stopped by NYC (thanks, Webster Hall). However, Heavy Blog photographer and all-around handsome dude Nick Budosh was there for their final show in Springfield, VA, and he brought along his GoPro to capture the entire set in all its glory. Hit the jump to bask in it. View Full Article »

cloudkicker live with intronaut

Midway through Cloudkicker‘s first ever legitimate tour (featuring Intronaut as mastermind Ben Sharp’s backing band), word got out that the event would be immortalized by way of a live album. Now, six months later, the release — simply titled Live With Intronaut — has been officially announced and is due out on November 24th through Century Media Records.

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With the release of their celebrated 2008 release Colors Live — wherein the band performed what many still consider to be their magnum opus Colors in its entirety — North Carolina’s progressive metal trendsetters Between the Buried and Me set in place the expectation of a “full experience” when it comes to albums and their impending touring cycles. It is now no longer as acceptable in the metal realm for a record to be a mere collection of songs; an album needs to be a holistic experience with recurring themes, motifs, and emotions. Of course, BTBAM weren’t the first band to take to performing full albums during live shows — prog rock bands have been doing that for decades — but they did reinvigorate a movement of technical showmanship, conceptual songwriting, and consistent live performances that permeated throughout the metal scene.

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Earth at Saint Vitus

Lords of drone and doom Earth are currently in the middle of a US tour in support of their superb latest release Primitive and Deadly, which will very likely wind up in AOTY lists of a bunch of our staff. Fortunately one of those stops was at Brooklyn’s finest, Saint Vitus, which means that Nick Cusworth was on hand to capture it in all of his usual multi-camera glory. Check out the entire set (yes, that’s right!) after the jump. View Full Article »

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