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dodheimsgard

Avant garde black metal legends Dodheimsgard (also known as DHG) will be releasing their first album in eight years this March and it’s promising to be plenty weird. The band’s psychedelic take on black metal has paved the way for many oddities in underground music, and the band seems to have every intention on continuing their work in the furtherance of the experimental.

Following last week’s announcement detailing A Umbra Omega, the group have shared a two-minute clip from the 15-minute ‘Aphelion Void’, and while it’s difficult to judge a 68 minute record on such a short clip, what we’re hearing dials back on the industrial influences. Give the sample a stream after the jump.

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dephosphorus haapoja split

Dephosphorus are avant-garde black metallers hailing from Greece, and their last album received its fair share of plays on my end. We’re fans of the band’s work, specifically because their music is psychedelic and visceral, in a way that can only be described as controlled chaos. After the release of their most recent LP, 2013’s Ravenous Solemnity, the band are getting prepared to release a split with Haapoja, a band with its own specific style of chaos that combines hardcore-style vocals with black metal, making for quite the combination.

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Encircle_LostChronicles

Do you ever get the feeling like there’s just so much music and so much you want to do and write about but you just can’t because there’s not enough time but the world is amazing (I’ve been listening to too much And So I Watch You From Afar)? Well, sometimes good things slip through the cracks and that’s a damn shame. However, there’s always time to fix that and here we are now because the new Encircle album is not just good, it’s downright amazing.

Spearheaded by the multi-talented Anthony DiGiacomo, this one man project is much more than that. With guest spots by Hayato Imanishi (Cyclamen), Tre Watson (Carthage) and Jak Noble (Returning We Hear the Larks), this album gives you some of the best voices in modern metal today. All of this is coupled by the amazing instrumentation orchestrated by DiGiacomo and spans so many genres…you know what, just head on over the jump for your first listen.

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a forest of stars

A Forest Of Stars are one of the most talented black/folk/progressive/whatever-you-want-to-call-them bands out there. Their last album A Shadowplay For Yesterdays received praise across the board, and much of our staff agreed that it was definitely an album you’d not want to miss. Now the band are gearing up to release a new album, and are streaming their new song ‘Drawing Down The Rain’ to get us hyped for it. Check it out after the jump!

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sumac

Shame on us for not posting about Sumac earlier, because this band needs to be on your radar. Sumac was started by Aaron Turner of Isis and Old Man Gloom fame along with (insane) Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook of Russian Circles and Botch out of a desire to create really heavy music once more, and if ‘Blight’s End Angel’ is any indication, I’d say they’ve succeeded. Check it out after the jump.

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torche-2015-tour

Has it already been three years since Florida’s Torche released their last album, Harmonicraft? Man, time sure flies. The band has been working on their upcoming fourth LP with their bassist Jonathan Nuñez producing and Converge’s Kurt Ballou on mixing duties. They’ve also been slowly leaking out new songs to help get the buzz (and fuzz) out about the new record, and Rolling Stone has just premiered their third single released, entitled “Loose Men.” Check it out below!

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If These Trees Could Talk re-issue streams

Last week, I sat down to chat with Zack Kelly, producer/drummer at If These Trees Could Talk. We chatted about the upcoming album, how the unique post rock style of the band came to be and about the upcoming re-issues of their two previous releases, Red Forest and Above The Earth, Below The Sky. I also made sure to tell you that it’s a crime not to know this band intimately and I still stand behind that. Now, you have a chance to get acquainted with both releases, as we have an exclusive stream of both of them to coincide with their release today. Head on over the jump for the links!

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Devin Townsend Fredrick Morgan

It’s no secret that Morgan Agren is one of the most absurdly talented drummers out there right now, but it may be lesser-known that he just released his debut solo record entitled Batterie Deluxe. While Agren may be known best for his work in the dizzying 1997 album Sol Niger Within by Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects, this new record is closer to the schizophrenic tendencies of electronic acts like Aphex Twin. The whole album is streaming now, so check it out below! View Full Article »

Murdock_Basick

Time flies. It was just over a year ago that I last got to talk about Murdock, one of my favourite upstart bands around and peddlers of a frantic mix of stop-start riffs and on-a-dime time changes (wonderfully described as ‘spazz-mongers’ in the press release), and oddly enough it was to tell let you guys know that the band had found a home at Destroy Everything, a newly founded sister label of Basick Records. Well, time passed and apparently circumstances changed as the label has just announced the band now find themselves nestled alongside the main body of the Basick Records family for the release of their debut album Dead Lung.

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Primitive Man home

If 2015 didn’t quite get off to the start you were hoping for, Colorado’s own Primitive Man have announced the release of a brand new four track EP, Home Is Where The Hatred Is. Fans of the band should be salivating at the prospect of what will be a perfect post Christmas stocking filler. Get more information and the first taste of new music from this release after the jump. View Full Article »

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