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Dillinger Tour 2014

The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the most destructive forces in live music, hands down. Largely unpredictable sets could see you and about a hundred others up on stage and/or various band members jumping off of large objects or climbing up to the ceiling. Joining them on their latest North American tour are the moshworthy Trash Talk and Retox, as well as Heavy Blog favorites SHINING.

You can see photos from this tour’s first two stops at Webster Hall and Union Transfer in New York and Philadelphia respectively below. You may notice a slight imbalance; photographer Maclyn Bean was late for the show in New York and missed SHINING’s set, whereas Dillinger’s set in Philly could not be captured due to the lack of a photo pit and the omnipresence of mosh.

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For the first time ever, Heavy Blog is Heavy is bringing you two different sets of photos from two different photographers for two different shows on two different dates for the same tour in one post. Madness! Photographers Kyle Gaddo and Maclyn Bean both had the opportunity to see The Ocean and Scale the Summit on their co-headling tour with Silver Snakes and The Atlas Moth opening. Needless to say, all the bands put on incredible performances and you deserve to have them envisioned in all their glory. Please enjoy!

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Dream Theater are living legends. The group changed the face of metal and influenced a legion of bands in progressive and extreme metal circles whether it be in epic puzzling song structures, technically-minded mathematical drumming, or guitar virtuosity. Nearly thirty years since their inception, the band are still wowing audiences the world over as a celebrated live act. Photographer Maclyn Bean attended their recent stop in Philadelphia at Tower Theater, and you can view the photos below.

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This weekend I took a ten hour round trip to see the very first Cloudkicker live show in Columbus, OH (also featuring Intronaut, who also played double duty in Cloudkicker) and let me tell you, the Cloudkicker hype is very real and it was an unbelievable show. I’m still not entirely sure it even happened, and I have a signed vinyl copy of Beacons — my favorite instrumental record ever — and a limited edition tour poster to prove it.

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I understand that I am one of the fortunate few who will be able to catch the first and potentially only proper Cloudkicker tour, so let me try to set the scene as best as I can in the amount of time I have.

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From the ashes of maudlin of the Well, mysterious avant-garde entity Kayo Dot, led by Toby Driver, released their debut album Choirs of the Eye on John Zorn‘s Tzadik Records in 2003. 2004 marked the first time Kayo Dot would tour, embarking on a small-yet-ambitious set of shows to promote their first piece of work.

Ten years later, Kayo Dot are still at it, now promoting last year’s phenomenal Hubardo with a handful of shows.

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Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, Metallica are still going strong after all these years. Thirty years after Ride the Lightning (can you believe it?), the biggest metal band in the world still manage to premiere something new for us to listen to that is unlike the experimental stylings of their work with the now-departed Lou Reed and certainly a throwback to their more beloved, thrashier days.

In a concert in Bogotá on March 16th, Metallica played ‘Lords of Summer’ for the first time ever.

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Protest the Hero North American Tour spring 2014

With the addition of Mike Semesky on vocals and a super strong album release to show, Intervals have hit the road with several other fantastic artists including country-mates Protest the Hero, who released the critically acclaimed Volition last year, UK’s The Safety Fire (who also shredded into our 2013 favorites), you-could-easily-mistake-them-for-modern-vikings Battlecross, and post-rock excellence Night Verses.

With such an insane tour at hand, it only seemed polite to offer you photos of their performances. Please enjoy these shots from March 8th, 2014 at Mojoe’s of Joliet in Illinois.

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We post a lot of great concert photos here on Heavy Blog from our vastly talented contributors, but it’s rare that we post live concert footage, let alone from one of our own. Consider that changed.

We sent videographer Nicolas Cusworth to The End Records‘s Brooklyn DIY space The Omega Order to film the kickoff of Jersey progressive metal outfit East of the Wall and Chicago thrash trio Diamond Plate‘s “Redacted Pulse Tour.” Joining them were post-black-metal quartet So Hideous, grindcore juggernauts Meek Is Murder, old-school rippers Hammer Fight, and instrumental progressives Dead Empires. An eclectic lineup for sure, but it made for a packed and intimate night of intensely great music. View Full Article »

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Apparently while on tour in the UK last August, Cult of Luna took up camp in BBC Maida Vale to record a three-track studio session. The audio is just now being made available, and it’s a phenomenal performance. The session was debuted on the latest episode of BBC Radio 1′s Rock Show with Daniel P Carter. Unfortunately, you can’t play each track on their own or automatically jump to them. Fortunately, I had nothing else to do and tracked down the playtimes for you.

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Animals as Leaders NA tour 2014

Animals as Leaders are on the verge of releasing their new album The Joy Of Motion, and they’ve already been hitting the road in promotion of the release. Featuring supporting acts After the Burial, Navene-K, and CHON, the tour recently hit New York City’s Irving Plaza, where photographer Maclyn Bean was in attendance. You can catch the photos from the show after the jump.

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