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Devin Townsend Project - Rejoice

Today is an excellent day. Why, you ask? Why it’s because we have new music from the Devin Townsend Project to share with all of you! It was premiered through Kerrang! and it’s fantastic. What else did you expect? This time, it’s from Sky Blue, the first disc of Z2. You can check out our 5/5 review for Sky Blue here. Before you do that, though, check out the brand new song, ‘Rejoice’, after the jump!

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One of the great things about metal is that the musicians are accessible to their fans but still not everyone can go backstage.  That’s why we’re here, Heavy Blog Backstage with Fallujah,  Archspire, the Zenith Passage and another top tech death band after the break.

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Way back last year, we informed you that Minnesotans The Crinn were gearing up for the release of new material. It’s taken a while, but the band has finally delivered on the premise, breaking the four year-long hiatus since their full-length debut. In fact, all of a sudden we’re getting a new album announcement and a new song! Their follow-up to the most excellent Dreaming Saturn will be titled Shadowbreather, and while a release date hasn’t been given yet, the band did unveil the sweet cover art shown above. What’s more important is that ‘Silent Betrayer’, the first offering from the album, is a clear indication that we’re in for a serious treat. You can check it out right after the jump!

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Bring Me The Horizon ‘Drown’ In New Video

Bring Me The Horizon teased their new video for ‘Drown’ last week and thankfully, for teenage girls and die hard fans of the band, they didn’t wait long before releasing it. Now, like most of the bands we feature here, there are polarising opinions about this lot around the metaphorical Heavy Blog staff table. The band have come a long way from the Count Your Blessings days and while Sempiternal contained some good tracks, the direction the band have taken is, questionable at best, but that can wait. Check the new video after the jump. Read the rest of this story »

The Acacia Strain – Coma Witch


The Acacia Strain are lauded as one of the bands that lead the way in terms of the most brutal and heavy Deathcore on the market. Their signature sound is recognizable across all their releases, and the band has put out consistently good music since their inception. However, their last two records received somewhat lukewarm receptions in regards to how similar they sounded, and having to follow up to their opus, Continent, is a tough challenge. Nevertheless, the band has shown over their 12 years in existence that they can still make brutal music while also putting out one of their most experimental works to date.

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ERRA - Dreamcatcher

Last year was a very good year for Erra, especially around these parts. Augment made its way into several of our writers year end lists, mine included, with their take on metalcore – one with layers of lavish instrumentation, melody and some catchy as hell tunes. News from the bands Facebook teased at something big happening and, for anyone with half a brain and Sumerian Records on Instagram, it was quite apparent what was coming. More information and new music after the jump. Read the rest of this story »

job for a cowboy sun eater

When I first heard the initial single from Job For A Cowboy‘s upcoming album Sun Eater, I was, quite simply put, blown away. I mean, I’ve always mildly enjoyed their stuff, but suddenly they put out a really nuanced progressive death metal song that’s comparable to the top tier material in that genre? That’s got to be an accident, right? Well, they’ve released a second single, and it’s clear that there is no accident. They’re actually making an amazing progressive death metal album. Check out the stream right after the jump!

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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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