Hope Drone are a band you may have heard of if you’ve got a taste for all things bleak and atmospheric when it comes to black metal. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia and happily adorning the ‘About’ section of their Facebook page with the phrase ‘No future but nothing’, the bands 2013 self-titled release sent out the message that while quite a few bands had turned their attention to more expansive soundscapes that black metal could offer, few were doing it as well as they were, with four tracks of dank and dark, hopelessness — one of which even ended up on our 2013 compilation.
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The recent return of Dan Tompkins to the vocalist spot of TesseracT was a bit of a mixed blessing for us here at Heavy Blog. We adore Tompkins but were also very fond of Ashe O’Hara and the brilliant work he did on Altered State, the band’s sophomore effort. However, it’s safe to say that these doubts were erased by the few live songs we got to hear a few months ago. Now, the band have announced they will be gathering tracks from their current tour, coupled with a recording of their hometown shown later this year, and compiling them into a live album/DVD. Check out the full release below!
The tenacious grindcore machine that is Napalm Death just keeps on ticking. Earlier today the band announced the release date of their sixteenth studio album, cheekily titled Apex Predator – Easy Meat. The album is set to drop on January 26th in Europe and January 27th in North America via Century Media Records. No songs or videos have been released as of yet. Check out more details after the jump!
Black Breath are among the legion of newer bands whose Entombed and Dismember back patches take up the most space on their jean vests. Southern Lord Recordings has now announced that they will continue to support the band’s creative residency in Sweden with their upcoming third album, slated for an early 2015 release. As they have done with their past two albums, the band have selected Kurt Ballou of Converge (a more or less obligatory choice for bands playing entombedcore) to produce this currently untitled project. No further news has been made available as of right now, so look for more updates during their late-November to mid-December stint in the studio. In the meantime, check out their video for “Home of the Grave” from their most recent release, Sentenced to Life after the jump.
Occult black metal group Ascension are one of the best, but also most underrated acts in the modern European black metal scene. Their previous album Consolamentum was a seething cauldron of esoteric darkness, and one of my favorite releases in the genre in a whileץ The band have just announced that they’ve signed a deal with Season of Mist to release their follow up album, The Dead of the World, on December 24th. The album’s cover art has been designed by another veteran of the scene, Erik Danielsson of the mighty Watain. Check out the full release below!
If you’ve been salivating anxiously to hear the new album from modern metal masters Machine Head like I have, then I have some good news for you. The band has released samples of all the tracks over at their official website, and they all sound great. Check out more info after the jump.
What would you say if I told you drone legend Dylan Carlson of Earth and Kevin Martin did a track together? What if you could listen to it right now? Well, they did, and you can. It’s called Boa, and it’s a monumental, grinding industrial titan that delivers exactly what you’d expect from two musicians this prolific and legendary, while sounding fresh and exciting. Check it out after the jump!
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If you have been paying attention, Heavy Blog Is Heavy and myself in particular have been quite excited about the new Homewrecker record Circle Of Death. With the release date falling on Hallows Eve you can treat yourself early with all nine tracks of this furious album which is streaming after the jump. Don’t waste a moment, no matter how behind you are in your spooky preparations!
While the ambient pop rock mishap that was ‘Drown’ had a redeemable and catchy chorus, the newest track from the British poster children for neck tattoos is, without being too mean, a hulking big piece of excrement. If you have some time to kill and want to question how a band like Bring Me The Horizon can move so drastically from where they came from then check it out after the jump. If you don’t I won’t be offended. View Full Article »
Haunted Shores, otherwise known as Misha Mansoor and Mark Holcomb of Periphery, are apparently working on new material. The frostbitten duo can be seen brutalling-up in a new video posted to Misha’s Facebook page. Check it out after the jump!