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Mastodon-new-album
Either by some sort of mistake or act of ballsiness, someone at 98.9 The Rock has leaked a track off of the hotly anticipated new Mastodon album Once More Round the Sun. The song is called ‘High Road,’ and after only one listen I’m already digging it more than the bulk of tracks off of The Hunter. Comments from the band about returning to a “vintage” Mastodon sound are ringing true here. Listen to it right now below before it inevitably gets yanked. There is autoplay, so be warned.
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Swans - To Be Kind

Perhaps it’s because it took so long for me to fully digest all of the insane beauty and perfect chaos that was The Seer, but it does not feel like it’s already been two years since Swans released their last album. Michael Gira’s experimental post-punk madhouse are about to unleash yet another monstrous record though, the almost certainly ironically-titled To Be Kind, so prepare your cranial cavity appropriately.

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Septicflesh Order of Dracul

After four long years since the release of their last effort The Great Mass, Septicflesh are finally on the verge of releasing their ninth studio album, Titan. Recorded once again with a hand from The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir contributing to the score, these Greek symphonic death metallers are promising yet another addition to their discography of epic-sounding brutality.

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thantifaxath

More and more bands are pulling from the atonal chaos set in motion by bands like Portal and Deathspell Omega, and I couldn’t be happier. If it’s dark, noisey, and technical, we’re all about it. Thantifaxath are a band cut from the same cloth as the aforementioned progenitors, right down to the anonymous mystique the three-piece carries. From under their robes, this group weaves a unique spin on the atmospheric black metal trend, building off genre cliches and turning them on their head in a fashion not dissimilar to last year’s Altar of Plagues swansong Teethed Glory and Injury. Thantifaxath’s new album Sacred White Noise is now streaming, and it’s an early contender as one of the best releases from 2014.

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aborted the necrotic manifesto

I’ve heard The Necrotic Manifesto, the new album from Belgian death metal gore-mongers Aborted in its entirety, and take my word for it: it slays. If the first single they released from the album wasn’t proof enough that you should be salivating uncontrollably for this album, then maybe this will change your mind: Terrorizer has premiered a brand new lyric video for another new track, entitled ‘Coffin Upon Coffin’. Head over there to listen if you’d like, or you can listen here after the jump.

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wovenhand - refractory obdurate

Trading in meditative and experimental bluesy folk for fuzzy post-punk is a bit of a stark exchange to see in a band, but it’s one that makes some sense given that it’s been hinted at for years. Wovenhand‘s new album Refractory Obdurate promises to be an electrified bombastic rock record packed with hazy atmospheres and upbeat punk rhythms.

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deftones

I can hardly believe it. Yesterday, April 13th, was the one-year anniversary of the passing of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who spent years in a coma following a devastating automobile collision in 2008. At that time, the band had just wrapped up sessions for an album called Eros, which the band had shelved since then. In memory of Cheng, frontman Chino Moreno uploaded a previously unheard of track from Eros titled ‘Smile‘ to his YouTube page, and you can stream it below.

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black monolith

Did you know that Deafheaven frontman George Clarke founded a record label called All Black Recording Company? It’s true! The label’s debut release even keeps it in the family with Black Monolith, a one man atmospheric black metal and crust punk project founded by regular Deafheaven touring guitarist Gary Bettencourt. His debut album Passenger is available for streaming, and so far, it’s getting a bit of acclaim from across the web!

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boris noise

Eccentric Japanese rockers Boris are both prolific and incredibly diverse. When they’re not collaborating with Sunn O))) and Merzbow while trailblazing drone and doom metal, they can be seen crafting artsy pop music. Such is the life of a Japanese rock band.

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 antemasque

Well that didn’t last very long. After what was a kind of an awkward end to the psychedelic voyage that was The Mars Volta, various sources found Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López at odds with each other. So it’s surprising to see them together again so soon, this time in Antemasque, alongside previous Mars Volta drummer David Elitch (also at work with Killer Be Killed) and Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea.

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