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The Gentle Storm – The Diary

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One of the hardest things about reviewing albums is coming across one by an idol. This is the case here, as Arjen Anthony Lucassen is one of the biggest names in many of our childhoods, spearheading the progressive metal movement of the early to mid 00’s. The Human Equation is still one of the best albums ever made and alongside his other brilliant albums, it’s hard to lash out at him for getting dim in the heart as his career continues. Sadly enough, this is exactly the case and The Gentle Storm‘s first album, The Diary, fully owes its failure to the “Ayreon Signature” being forced upon it.

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Having just released the spectacular In Times [review, stream], Enslaved are just wrapping up a tour in support of the record with the mighty YOB and incredibly psychedelic Ecstatic Vision.

Grab these photos of the stop in Chicago at Thalia Hall, where the party man himself Andrew W.K. performed earlier this year.

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Glass Ocean - II

Australian progressive rock outfit Glass Ocean have announced their sophomore EP, II, as well as a short run of tour dates in the land down under. You can check those tour dates and watch the music video for the song ‘Ghost’ off of the upcoming EP after the jump.

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According to System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, the band apparently have already written some new songs. There’s a good chance they’ll be heading back into the studio to record a new album to follow both Mesmerize and Hypnotize, both of which came out ten years ago in 2005.

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Weedeater Put Out Smokin’ New Track

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Purveyors of southern stoner sludge, Weedeater, are back at it again with a new track, ‘Cain Enabler,’ from their upcoming record, Goliathan. Weedeater’s been around for a while, and they’ve been silent on the sonic front since their 2012 LP, And Justice For Y’all. Now, ready to embark on a new tour across the US, they’ve released a new single to titillate the ears and excite anyone coming to see them live. Read the rest of this story »

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Despite dropping a successful sophomore solo record last year and writing/recording his band’s hotly anticipated seventh full-length record Coma Ecliptic, Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers (doing business these days as Thomas Giles) managed to find time in the past year to score an indie film.

Dutch Book, directed by James Repici, is the story of a Florida teenager who launches a scheme to pay off his father’s gambling debts. Rogers provides the film with a sonic backdrop of pulsing soundscapes and driving electronics, surely drawing influence from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross‘ forray into film scores. While the film has began making rounds in the film festival circuit, Rogers dropped the Dutch Book original score via Bandcamp, and you can stream it in its entirety after the jump.

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We’re calling it now: expect to see a lot of Minsk come December when they start to appear on year-end best-of lists, as their long-awaited return, The Crash and The Draw, is everything you’d be craving for out of doom and post-metal in 2015; stoned-out riffs, progressive flair for the experimental, and production from Sanford Parker — who, by the way, is a former member who had enough grace to return to the helm. It’s a phenomenal record in form and fashion, to be sure.

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Barren Earth – On Lonely Towers

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Supergroups in the metal world have one thing in common and that is hype. If there is one thing a new supergroup can generate in spades weeks and even months before the music sees the light. its hype. The online machinery of publicity can plant the seed of expectation and keep on watering it until the fruit is ready. The gamble here though is that no one knows if the fruit will be fresh or rotten. High expectations can be a double edged sword and if an album doesn’t match up to the build-up, the collapse will most likely be inevitable and irreversible. Finland’s Barren Earth is one of the most exciting supergroups on the metal scene right now and they have successfully lived up to the billing by delivering consistently solid efforts; their third album On Lonely Towers being their latest installment.

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Gyre Premiere ‘I Release’ From Upcoming EP

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Even in their infancy, New York-based progressive metalcore five piece Gyre have been extremely prolific. Since their inception in 2011, the band have released three EPs. Now, with the addition of their newest member, vocalist Ying Chee, the band are gearing up to release a fourth, entitled Moirai, available May 12. Luckily, you don’t have to wait until then to hear what this band is all about. Check out “I Release”, which premiered this past Monday, after the jump!

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A Swarm of the Sun: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

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Earlier this year, I had the chance to experience one of my favorite experiences: listening to an album that came un-recommended and having my mind blown. A Swarm of the Sun’s The Rifts played for the first time and my mind rebounded, swept away in the sadness, musical talent and excellent song-writing on it. Blending post rock and post metal, drawing on intricate themes and simply sounding excellent, the album drew my interest and curiosity with every listen. And so, when I was offered the opportunity to interview Erik Nilsson and Jakob Berglund, the duo behind this album, I was delighted. Below you’ll find my interview with them, focusing not only on the themes and concepts of the album but also on making music in general and their source of inspiration. Head on after the jump!

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