Ash Avildsen of Sumerian Records fame held an “Ask me Anything”-type ordeal on his Twitter last night. Aside from the questions that predictably alternated between asking what Ash’s favorite band is and if he’d listen to someone’s predictable djent band, I managed to catch one that wasn’t garbage; new Born of Osiris. So between now and June 21st of 2013, and assuming Cthulu doesn’t rise from the depths and consume this plane of existence on that fine December day, we’ll get some new jams.
The Discovery was easily one of the best albums to come out in 2011, and the little pre-production teasers that drummer Cameron Losch and guitarist Lee McKinney posted in April only make me believe that this is going to be even better. Lee’s trailers sound like they retain all of the keyboard-backed heaviness that was showcased on The Discovery, but Cameron’s riffing blatantly hearkens back to The New Reign. I can’t even begin to put into words how excited that makes me. The massive stride they took between The Discovery and A Higher Place is astounding and forces one to think that their writing could take them anywhere with the next release. Anyway, keep an eye out for the big news sometime in the near future!
Oh, and quick fun fact for y’all before I’m out; Ash said he doesn’t rule out a reunion of his old band Reflux. That really, really needs to happen.
The HAARP Machine‘s debut record is finally on the way.
A low-key way to hear about a release, but it’s still great news. I can already hear the cries of “that’s shopped. I can see the pixels,” so I’ve taken the liberty of linking you to the brief-but-fruitful conversation. Don’t ever say I don’t do anything nice for you, because that was a labor of love. I’m just as excited now as I was the first time I heard “The Escapist Notion“ all those years ago… or was it months? I can’t remember. What I do know is that my wallet is fully prepared for the impending pre-orders.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Sumerian Facebook Page for more information!
UPDATE: The HAARP Machine has since confirmed that the album is complete and is due out this fall.
Progressive/technical deathcore pioneers Veil of Maya are preparing to release a new album called Eclipse soon, and I caught up with them at a show to ask them a few questions. I was able to talk to singer Brandon and guitarist Marc, and we chatted a bit about stuff, including their new album and the band’s writing process.
Hi, this is Noyan from Heavy Blog Is Heavy. So, you guys have a new album coming up…
Brandon Butler: Yeah, it’s called Eclipse, it comes out February 28th.
What can you tell us about the new album? [Marc walks in] Is it like a continuation of your sound, or something different, or maybe going back?
Marc Okubo: I would say it definitely sounds like us, but we’ve gotten better. Our playing’s improved, I like the production on it a lot. We added more elements like more synths and… it’s like more over the top sounding.
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The Faceless mastermind Michael Keene has been working super hard on the new album, writing and recording at a steady pace. Unfortunately though, the album’s progress has just been put on hold these last couple of weeks, as he somehow cut his hand open pretty bad, requiring 17 stitches. Woah!
After looking back through Michael Keene’s twitter account, apparently it happened a few weeks ago when he tripped over a table with glass in his hand. That’s not nearly good enough, so I’m going to assume it was something comical, like drunkenly whipping around guitar strings while making alieny sounds. Guitar strings can be sharp, you know—especially in the presence of alcohol, which was probably in the glass that he was allegedly holding! Good, eh?!
Seriously though, as always, we’ll keep you informed when more word on the new album gets out. Get well soon, Michael!