Category Archive Upcoming Releases

Abbath’s “Winter Bane” Shows He Doesn’t Need Immortal To Kick Ass


I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to go see Immortal back in 2011, a gig that has since stood the test of the time as one of the grimmest and most sickeningly-entertaining 90 minutes of my life. It really sucked to hear that the band couldn’t get over their managerial and financial concerns recently and decided to end things on sour terms, but it was still somewhat relieving that Abbath would continue on by himself. It really stings knowing that Immortal was planning on getting back in the studio within the next year, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what ole Abbath is capable of…

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Obscura Announce New Album And Tease Some Tracks


Finally! Technical/progressive death metal masters Obscura are announcing their fourth album after a five-year-long wait! The band’s 2011 release Omnivium was a delightful masterpiece, but after the departure of the talented Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann to Alkaloid, questions about the band’s sound and future naturally arose. After all, those two were pretty essential to the band’s sound, or so it seemed. Now the band are announcing Akroasis, and they’ve posted a teaser to show that they’re back stronger than ever. Check it out after the jump along with some impressions.

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Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things


The immense follow-up to 2013’s Habitual Levitations, Intronaut‘s The Direction of Last Things is the logical musical progression for the four-man Los Angeles act. Taking the same monumental sound from their last effort and adding a finer, aggressive edge to the mix, The Direction of Last Things towers mightily as a progressive obelisk of furious intensity. Solid songwriting coupled with the massive production of the inimitable Devin Townsend, Intronaut’s latest endeavor exists as quite possibly the band’s finest work to date.

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Help Fund iamthemorning’s Live Album, From the House of Arts


iamthemorning are a progressive act combining neo-classical influences with acoustic and chamber style music. You may remember that we reviewed their album, Belighted, last year. Though not for everyone, iamthemorning certainly have their audience in those who desire grand-sounding music, as if from a vivid dream.

Here’s your chance to be part of something greater, however! iamthemorning are ready to release a live album at the end of November! Titled From the House of Arts, this live session was recorded during the Belighted release concert in Moscow, Russia on October 31st, 2014 (undoubtedly the spookiest day of that year).

To get a taste of what you’re backing, check out the video below!

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Singled Out (8/29 – 9/4): New Music From Fit For An Autopsy, Slayer, TesseracT, Coheed and Cambria, and More!


Singled Out is our weekly column to round-up the singles and new tracks from the past week dropped by bands we cover. Consider this our weekly mix to help keep you all on top of the latest releases from across the metallic and progressive spectrums. Read past entries here, and go on ahead below to get Singled Out!

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Watch Jamie Saint Merat Record Pre-Production Drums For Ulcerate’s Fifth Album

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In the grand scheme of things, there are very few bands wherein the drummer could be seen as the focal point of a band. As far as I’m concerned, Jamie Saint Merat of New Zealand post-death metallers Ulcerate is one of the greatest drummers in the genre despite not being as well known as, say, Danny Walker or Blake Richardson. The string portion of Ulcerate is downright menacing and Lovecraftian in overall sense of murky atmosphere and dread (arguably their defining sound), but Merat’s dynamic, technical depth, and intricacy is what makes Ulcerate such an interesting band to listen to.

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TRACK PREMIERE: Opensight – The Chase


Progressive metal is a genre that has long been a favorite around these parts. Lucky for all of us, this year has treated us to some absolutely stellar music from some great bands, both big and small. However, at times, the genre as a whole can get a bit stale. It really takes something unique to set a prog band apart these days, because listening to any on of them extensively can ultimately be monotonous. Opensight, however, are a different band entirely; having carved their own unique sound, their upcoming EP Ulterior Motives will be one to check out. Today, however, we have something special! It’s an exclusive premiere of “The Chase”, which you can hear after the jump!

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Deafheaven Stream New Single, May Actually Be Kvlt


Hipster black metal kids who name drop Darkthrone rejoice, and basement dwelling black metal elitists beware, as Deafheaven has released a new track. The track is titled “Brought To The Water” and will be the opening track on their newest album, New Bermuda, due out October 2nd. Surprisingly, the track shows the band drawing a bit more on their black metal influence, carrying a significantly darker energy than what was present on much of Sunbather, at least until about the 3 minute mark where they settle back into their groove of shoegaze shimmers amidst the black metal attacks. By 4 minutes in, the track has safely tread back into familiar Deafheaven territory, giving break to a massive, major key, post rock-black metal burst that carries the track through until its end. Also noticeable is that vocalist George Clarke is not mixed incredibly low into the background this time around, and helps to serve as the forefront of the song for most of its run time. Head on over the jump for the stream!

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Frontierer Burn Everything Down On “Bunsen”

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All hail the Internet, for without it we would not have white hot tracks like this to share with you all. A Transatlantic project stretching from sunny Scotland (it’s yo’ boy Matt MacLennan, of course there’s a Scottish element involved) all the way to the plains of Missouri (dunno if Missouri has plains or not, sounds good though), Frontierer play a type of archaic math metal that will split as many heads as it turns. After already releasing an album a few short years ago, this project is gearing up to dish out another brutal full length and you can check out the opening track right now.

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