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You know what I miss? Deathcore that’s heavy yet technical, without any gimmicks or being stupidly over the top. Well, here we have Hybrid Sheep, who seem to scratch that itch rather well. Hailing from France, the band was formed in 2008 and they’re finally releasing their full length in December. If their first single is any indication, it will definitely contain riffs that will make you inadvertently bob your head. Check out the music video for ‘Liar’s Promises’ (which we are premiering exclusively right now!) after the jump.

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New HAKEN Single and Contest


Prog aficionados, HAKEN, have just released their single Crystallised from their upcoming album, Restoration.  The single was released in conjunction with a new contest.  If you want to participate all you need to do is enter you email address and answer two questions about Mike Portnoy’s guest appearance on the track.  HAKEN says that he winner will receive, “a signed vinyl of ‘Restoration’, a T-Shirt, a poster and maybe some other stuff too; perhaps even a tangerine, or a hot dog… or somethin’ else… we’re not too sure yet.”  The contest closes on Thursday, October 23rd at 9pm GMT so act quickly! Read the rest of this story »

destrage are you kidding me

Italian progressive metal outfit Destrage have had a stellar (if extremely busy) 2014 so far, having released the highly acclaimed Are You Kidding Me? No. back in March and then following that up with some absolutely relentless European touring. Surprisingly, however, it turns out in between everything the band has been up to, they’ve still found time to start work on an upcoming tab book for the new record with Sheet Happens Publishing! More after the jump.

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decibel magazine tour 2015

The Decibel Magazine Tour is fast becoming one of the most anticipated and highest quality annual treks, given their knack for picking up “legendary” status acts as headliners. The previous three iterations featured the likes of Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, and Carcass, all incredibly influential acts that helped spawn and/or popularize a subgenre of death metal.

2015’s iteration is no different, and will capitalize on the recently successful return of melodic death metal progenitors At The Gates with support from Converge and Vallenfyre! Get dates below.

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Just before the clock struck midnight on October 21st, 2014, both Alex Rüdinger and Evan Brewer of The Faceless announced their departure from the band.  Both departures seem to be on good terms, but with the two of them leaving so close to major tour dates, there is bound to be more than meets the eye.

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Bloodshot Dawn – Demons


Every once in a while there’s a band that comes out of nowhere and completely blows one away. Bloodshot Dawn did that with their self-titled 2012 debut, coming to a scene where melodic death metal was more or less dead, and they put a very strong statement of “No it’s not dead, everyone else is just doing it wrong” out there, with emphasis on the “death metal” part of “melodic death metal”. The self-titled album was excellent, but where can the band go from there? Turns out that they still have a lot of room to develop. Their follow-up album, titled Demons, was crowdfunded and released completely independently yet again, and it goes to show that the genre still has a lot more to offer.

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Watch Leprous’ Full Set From HBIH-Sponsored Tour

Leprous - Live

For those of you not in the know, we recently had the pleasure to sponsor the North American tour of one of the blog’s favorite progressive bands, Leprous. The Norwegians just wrapped it a few weeks ago, and unfortunately yours truly was unable to work his pro-shot video magic when they stopped by NYC (thanks, Webster Hall). However, Heavy Blog photographer and all-around handsome dude Nick Budosh was there for their final show in Springfield, VA, and he brought along his GoPro to capture the entire set in all its glory. Hit the jump to bask in it. Read the rest of this story »

Pianos Become the Teeth - Keep You

It’s no secret that many of us here have been salivating in anticipation over Baltimore post-hardcore Pianos Become the Teeth‘s upcoming release Keep You. Well if you’re anything like us, you are about to hop up and down in excitement over the news of a full stream of said album. Get pumped, prepare for feels, and find the stream after the jump! Read the rest of this story »

With no further aplomb, Homewrecker have released yet another thrash hit from their upcoming A389 Recodings effort Circle Of Death and this one also refuses to take shit from anyone. The last we saw of the Cleveland d-beat collective we were having our jimmies rustled by the ferocious title track of the new LP and now, with ‘Punish The Ignorance’, you should join us in getting knocked down by another right hook delivery with plenty of snap, plenty of balls and more mosh potential than a hardcore kid going off his meds. More after the hop. Read the rest of this story »

After endless teasers in the form of new singles from their upcoming album, Slipknot have finally deigned to release their full album, .5: The Gray Chapter, for complete streaming. However, there’s no playlist over at the Roadrunner Record Soundcloud, for some reason, but the good folks over at Lambgoat (seriously, we love these guys) have compiled the whole thing into one post.  Check it out after the jump and some thoughts. See you there.

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