A while ago, Damien told you to go listen to Set and Setting. I was a reader back then and I, like the loyal fan that I am, followed suit. What engulfed my ears on that day was one of the reasons I became a regular reader of Heavy Blog. Equanimity, the previous release by post-metal fanatics Set and Setting, is a masterpiece. I would not be exaggerating then when I say that I am literally at the edge of my seat for their next release. Now, we can finally get a taste of what we can expect. Head on over the jump and check it out!
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French progressive metal band Uneven Structure released one of my favorite albums of all time in 2011. Februus is a back to front masterpiece, taking the Meshuggah-lead djent movement and pushing it into the ethereal with cinematic soundscapes and an overall sense of wonder and passion. To me, the record is perfect, which is why three years feels like an eternity when it comes to waiting on a follow-up. The guys in Uneven Structure understand this, and they’ve been kind enough to hand us a scrap of new music in the form of a guitar playthrough of a 20-second segment of a new song, ‘The Scent.’
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.
Within the Ruins have had a bumpy ride. From the heights of their first iterations to the disappointment from Elite, they have certainly had to shoulder their fair share of criticism. However, they have also enjoyed the undying loyalty of many fans. As the band looks towards a new release, will they be able to recapture some of the power and authenticity that garnered them their original success? That remains to be seen but the first part to an answer can now be found online, as the band are streaming their new album in full over at AP. Check it out!
It’s only been two days since the last little taste we got of Darkest Hour‘s upcoming release and the band have already released yet another single. The last track, ‘Rapture in Exile’, was a pit-inducing ditty, exemplifying the band’s disposition towards their trademark blend of death metal and thrash. However, this new track is something else all together, so even if you think you know what to expect, I would recommend heading over after the jump and giving it a proper listen.
Don’t worry, I won’t go raving about Australia again (oops). Hadal Maw are a little known death/groove outfit that have been slowly picking up momentum towards the release of their first full album, Senium. I could list Gojira, Goreguts and a slew of other bands as influences, or you can simply head on over after the jump and listen to the two tracks these monsters have out so far. See you there.
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.
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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It’s been two weeks since The Contortionist released their teaser for their upcoming album, Language, and speculation has been running high. With the addition of Michael Lessard, what direction will the band take for the new album? Will they hark back to the brutality and power of Exoplanet or rather continue the softer approach of Intrinsic? Lessard is more than capable of doing both and so the question remained up in the air. Up until now. You can now stream the first track from the upcoming album, titled “Intuition.” Head over after the jump and so right now.
Instrumental music, right? It seems as if there’s no end to this varied and intriguing genre, where a few years ago albums were sparse and hard to find. However, have you heard of such an endeavor fronted by a drummer? To be certain, there are a few progressive acts driven from the drum position, but this is a bit more than that. Seven Year Storm is the brainchild of Sean Lang, a renowned and established tutor and teacher of drums. He’s now looking to bring his music to the crowds and for that purpose, has turned to Indiegogo. Check out his video after the jump.