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When they’re not writing their typically super pissed-off amalgam of hardcore and grind, Full of Hell can be found dabbling in harsh noise. Given their forrays into that strange world of off-putting ambiance and a strong knack for making a racket, it comes as no surprise that they would eventually cross paths with Merzbow, an oft-collaborative and elusive artist that deals almost exclusively in noise compositions.

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The time draws near. At War With Reality, the first At The Gates album in nearly twenty years, is soon upon us. As you may know by now, the album was recently finished and has a release date of October 27th this year, but what you DIDN’T know is the album artwork (pictured above) and the following details about the album, courtesy of vocalist Tomas Lindberg, guitarist and lead songwriter Anders Björler, and cover artist Costin Chioreanu.

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Soundwave Festival Announces Final Lineup

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We’ve been going on and on about the merits and products of the Australian scene over here at Heavy Blog and with good reason. It appears the international metal community is slowly waking up to the fact, these past few years. Nothing points more in that direction that the growth and recognition that has characterized Soundwave Festival in the past few years. As the festival announces its final lineup for 2015, the recognition and magnitude of names on the bill drives the point home. Head on over the jump for the full list!

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Trash Talk Release Video For “The Great Escape”

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Spoiler alert: it’s weird. Trash Talk are a band known for their take-no-prisoner attitude. The hardcore trio are used to unleashing chaos in all of their shows, whether in organized venues or simply retrofitted, industrial spaces. If you’re looking for a taste of what the band can accomplish live, check out this video we grabbed of them a while ago in Omaha. After that, head on over the jump for the insanity that is their new video.

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Lost in the shitstorm that followed my most recent interview with Between the Buried and Me’s Paul Waggoner earlier this summer, the band’s co-founder and lead guitarist gave us a preview of what to expect from the band’s upcoming DVD of Parallax II: Future Sequence. “We wanted to do something different where it was more stripped down, just us in a room jamming,” Paul told me back in June. “That was sort of what we were going for. So it was just us playing the new record straight through.” Now in a newly released trailer for the release vocalist and keyboardist Tommy Rogers also focuses on the intimacy of this DVD. Check out more details after the jump!

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DragonForce – Maximum Overload

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As a source of viewpoints and analysis of music, our product is often times opinion and, sadly, bias. Bands that have created a name for themselves soon find that name to be a double-edged sword, no matter how much it was coveted during their early careers. A perfect example of this is DragonForce. Who here among our readers doesn’t already have a pre-conceived notion of what to expect here? This band is known for one thing and one thing only: playing over the top, insanely technical and cheesy power metal. But expecting this album to consist of just that would be a dire mistake. Strangely enough, Maximum Overload is a surprisingly solid album which isn’t afraid to switch up the staple DragonForce sound and allow different types of songs to live side by side.

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Four long and empty years have passed since Italian metallers Amia Venera Landscape dropped their epic and expansive debut album The Long Procession.  Back then, the band were touted as a blend of post-metal and hardcore, comparable to acts such as The Ocean and Devil Sold His Soul. Simultaneously crushing and soulful, this is a band worth keeping an eye on when they’re not being so incredibly elusive.

Fortunately, the band surprised fans today with an in-studio performance of a brand new track — appropriately titled ‘Weight Bearer’ — from their upcoming new album. The video is fully produced and the song doesn’t sound noticeably “live”, so it’s not too early to say that if this is what the band have been coming up with over the years, it’ll be worth the wait.

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Hats (and helmets) off to GWAR for remaining silly and resilient through tremendous loss. While this past weekend saw an epic viking funeral absolutely appropriate enough for retiring Dave Brockie’s character Oderus Urungus, the group are wasting no time in riding the high spirits into an announcement of a highly extensive three-month trek across North America featuring supporting acts Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks.

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As Blood Runs Black Debut New Song

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So the plot thickens. Last week, we reported on a post from As Blood Runs Black drummer Lech’s Instagram stating that they’re breaking up. A few days ago, the band addressed the rumors on Facebook, saying that they’d be issuing a statement shortly. Well, they just released a new song without any statement — maybe their statement is that they’re not breaking up? Who knows. They didn’t confirm or deny anything. But you can listen to the new song after the jump.

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Trioscapes Release New Video, Prepare For Jazz

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Trioscapes are certainly not an easy act to pin down. While we’re no strangers to fusion or jazz here at Heavy Blog, something about the raw intensity and sheer dedication to their own sound makes this band especially ear-twisting and mind-bending. Regardless, it’s impossibly to deny they have incredible talent. To support their newest release, the trio has released a video for the title track ‘Digital Dream Sequence’. Head on over the jump to check it out!

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