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Canadian tech/prog death up-and-comers Beyond Creation are on the fast track to universal adoration from the metal community — if only more people heard of them! Their debut album The Aura was one of the greatest albums from 2011, and in my opinion, the best death metal album we heard the whole year. Initially self-released, the band quickly got snatched up by Season of Mist for the album’s re-release and an impending sophomore album.

At long last, the first new track from the group has been made available in the form of ‘Elusive Reverence,’ and it’s everything you would have hoped for.

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Sleep - clarity

Sometimes it’s easy to forget or overlook things regardless of how monumentally important they are. Case in point: we’re roughly four days late in covering the first new Sleep song in about a decade, ‘The Clarity.’ Prepare your paraphernalia.

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Black metal has no shortage of one-man bands, but finding a woman in black metal — especially going it solo — can be a task. Relapse Records managed to discover one such act out of Denmark going by the name of Myrkur. The promo materials released so far tout the act as being for fans of Deafheaven, Alcest, and Ulver — tell-tale signs that Myrkur’s breed of black metal will be plenty ethereal and atmospheric, if not slightly experimental. The first bit of music from Myrkur’s self-titled Relapse debut comes in the form of the single ‘Nattens Barn,‘ which can be heard below.

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Darkest Hour
More than a decade into a career spanning seven albums and with more tours under their belts than a Motley Crue groupie, Darkest Hour are still making sure that their blend of melodic death metal and thrash splashed aggression is out there for all to witness. Their forthcoming self titled Sumerian debut has already been teased with a lyric video for ‘Wasteland’ and just this past evening the band have shared more new material. Check out ‘Rapture In Exile’ after the drop! View Full Article »

Code Orange Kids/Twitching Tongues Tour

Code Orange Kids are now grown up and have declared themselves king under the name Code Orange, so the natural next step in their career would be to announce a huge tour, right? Right. Today the band took to Facebook to announce the month long trek across America they will be making with Twitching Tongues, and a slew of other bands as well, including a couple of our favorites,  Nails! They were also kind enough to throw a new track our way, courtesy of Alternative Press. You can stream ‘My World’ over at AltPress’ website. Check out the tour dates below, and make sure to follow the key to find out who you will and will not see at your date.
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let it go

I don’t care what anyone says; Frozen was undoubtedly one of the best films from 2013, and the musical highlight ‘Let It Go’ is a phenomenal song regardless of its oversaturation. You’ve all heard it, and I don’t feel like I need to argue my point.

Since its rise to popularity — it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song —- ‘Let It Go’ surely inspired dozens of hamfisted metal covers. In 2014, metal bands covering pop songs comes across as a thinly-veiled attempt at being edgy or ironic, and it’s not a good look. More often than not I can’t help but feel embarrassment in the genre when people try to shoehorn breakdowns and low growls into tracks such as this. And typically, these bands aren’t legitimate international touring acts, so these covers tend to keep to themselves if you’re actively avoiding them.

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panopticon roads to the north

Louisville, KY based one man band Panopticon has been one of the most creative forces in black metal in recent years, combining the ever-popular atmospheric black metal sound with Americana and Bluegrass. The breakout album Kentucky was a genre-bending masterpiece, breaking up swathes of blasting drums and tremolo-picked riffs with old protest songs from the coal labor union movement in the early 1900′s, complete with traditional folk instruments such as mandolin and banjo. An odd amalgam to be sure, but it was an inspired record that put Panopticon on the map as a band essential to the American black metal scene.

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Do you know that feeling of music being so heavy and aggressive that you can hardly breathe? Your chest constricts and slightly releases with the drums, awaiting the next beat? No? Then you’ve obviously never listened to Bongripper and that’s a mistake on your part. This is doom as no one else plays, performed with complete disregard to your well being or need for progression. And now, these massive beasts of sludge have a new album out. You can stream it in full below.

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chris letchford lightbox

Do you sometimes wish instrumental music had more class, or perhaps wish the music on The Weather Channel wasn’t so boring? Scale The Summit guitarist Chris Letchford‘s upcoming solo album Lightbox is thus far proving to be a beautiful foray into smooth yet exhilaratingly catchy jazz. We’ve covered two previously released tracks — ‘The Star Boys‘ andIn Force — and two more have since been made available for streaming. Check out ‘The Gentleman‘ and ‘Rayless‘ below.

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botanist - VI

Experimental metal band Botanist, the brainchild of the mysterious Otrebor, has made the track ‘Callistemon‘ available for streaming, off their upcoming album VI: Flora, available August 11th through Flenser Records

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