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Dying Fetus

In a turn of events that has experts baffled and the internet in shock, it seems that complaining on the internet has actually, for the first time in recorded history, produced physically tangible results.

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…because it’s streaming in it’s entirety right now over at iTunes!!

That’s right, Hail to the King, the sixth full-length album from radio-metal poster children Avenged Sevenfold can be heard in all it’s mainstream-audience pandering glory over at the iTunes store, a full week ahead of it’s official release date.

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I Fucking Love Lich King

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Everybody’s favourite thrash band Lich King have been having a bit of fun with the upcoming release of the new Avenged Sevenfold album over the past month, suggesting that the artwork for it is suspiciously similar to their own 2010 output World Gone Dead. Now, if you’re not familiar with Lich King (you should be), as you’ve probably noticed it’s worth noting that you should take everything they say with a grain of salt and, while laughing at the expense of people who clearly have an extremely hard time discerning sarcasm on the internet is probably mean, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keeled over in laughter at some of the fallout from it all. Thankfully, the band screencapped some of the best ones and even went out of their way to blur out the names, so I don’t feel as bad. Enjoy:

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It’s been nearly 8 or 9 years since I gave an Avenged Sevenfold album a proper listen. At that time, they were transitioning from an underground gem in the metalcore section to a media darling, with a signing to Warner Music and a new approach to their sound. I know that sort of introduction is usually the pre-cursor to a grouchy curmudgeon about to give you a lecture on how ‘it wasn’t like this in my day’ but…. Well, I won’t lie, that’s probably what’s about to happen. Regardless, with hype machine on overdrive concerning the coming of a new Avenged Sevenfold album later this year, I figured I’d give it a go, as the band released a new track by the name of ‘Hail To The King‘ a few days ago.

Now the big hubbub surrounding all this was that the band had suggested that the album would be far more influenced by classic rock than any of their other work, which, for me, made it a far more interesting prospect. I’ve heard all the singles since City Of Evil, if you listen to any slightly mainstream rock/metal radio/TV channel then it’s basically impossible not to, and while they were all semi-interesting rock/metal anthems with catchy choruses and the occasional big riff, it never really did it for me. Too wishy-washy with the heaviness to be interesting metal and too ham-fisted to be catchy rock music. So now, they’ve finally decided which direction to aim for, it should be a lot more convincing, right?

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There was a time when I enjoyed Avenged Sevenfold. City of Evil was my jam in high school, but since then I’ve stopped caring for the band for reasons involving their evolution as a band and my evolution as a metal fan. Nothing against them, I suppose; people need to start somewhere! With that in mind, the band’s new tour with Deftones and Ghost is perfect, as it means I get to leave the show early and save at least an hour getting back home from Cincinnati.

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Ghost

This is pretty strange news. ThePRP — who, keep in mind, is usually right about tour rumors — is reporting rumors that Avenged Sevenfold will embark on a headlining run later this year, and will bring in tow Deftones and Ghost. What?!

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White Arms of Athena pretty much wowed everyone around here last year when they released their debut album Astrodrama. Their blending of influences from Between the Buried and Me and Cynic to Blink-182, it has got to be some of the catchiest prog out there. Despite their signing to Prosthetic Records (home to like-minded bands Animals as Leaders and Last Chance To Reason), White Arms still very much acts in a DIY fashion, having booked their own short run of headlining dates (which were originally supposed to include fellow favorites Picture it in Ruins, who unfortunately had to sit out) across the country that we at Heavy Blog are honored to help sponsor.

Edit: Tom of White Arms says that Arthur Alvarez of Arsonists Get All the Girls and Active Management actually booked this tour.

Apparently keeping us in mind during booking, White Arms of Athena landed about four hours north of the HBIH Kentucky Division in Columbus, OH at the surprisingly spacious and well-equipped Skully’s Music Diner. I know some of you are thinking, “woah, why would you take an eight our drive total to see such a small tour?” Apparently White Arms couldn’t believe it either, with bassist Thomas Sifuentes claiming he was honored we made the trip just to see them. Indeed, the guys are down to Earth and aren’t exactly used to people making leaps and bounds to come out and see them. Don’t underestimate a music nerd’s adoration and lack of responsibility.

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Proving that America is once again behind the times when it comes to heavy music festivals, The PRP is reporting rumors that the next half of bro-tastic energy drink treks is going to be full of leftover nu-metal and radio rock — or as I like to collectively refer to it, buttrock. Here’s the rumor:

Shinedown
Godsmack
Staind
Buckcherry
P.O.D.
Papa Roach

Oh well. It’s not like anyone could have expected this to be any different. I mean, it’s a step down from last year’s headliners Avenged Sevenfold, but not by much. At least we still have Summer Slaughter.

- JR

I normally complain too much about having to make day-long journeys in order to see a decent metal show. I didn’t take into account the few local shows we get in Pikeville, because I seldom actually go to them; I like metal, not country and buttrock. We did, however, get the vaguely metal Buried Alive tour, featuring the all-too stellar lineup of Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead, and Black Veil Brides. I didn’t go to this show either, obviously. Apparently I’d rather spend a day of lost pay on the road with my money tied up in gas and hotel costs than go see this show, where I had passed the line to get in several times that very day. I’m weird like that, I guess. It sounds pretty stupid on paper, but it is what it is.

So, while in my hometown of Pikeville, KY, Avenged Sevenfold had apparently caught some of the stage on fire because someone couldn’t do their job correctly. As the pyrotechnics went off, their banner caught on fire, which forced them to stop the show until it could be put out. Apparently it was during this intermission when the crowd stopped to reflect on the show they had witnessed up to that point and realize that they were in a building where the aforementioned bands had actually performed, and just couldn’t bare to live with themselves any longer. The crowd had soon turned on Avenged Sevenfold, chanting in an amusing collective rural accent, “burn it down!”

M. Shadows pleaded with the crowd, saying, “if we burned it down, you’d go with it!” The crowd then cheers, letting their desires of death by fire being known. An honor killing if there ever was one. I mean, why else would they demand that the stage, and potentially the building, be burned down while they’re still in it? Surely they aren’t just fucking stupid? Right?

- JR

It seems that for every two or three respectable bands that Sumerian Records signs, they sign one terrible one. Now, I’m all for diversity and I enjoy seeing the massive fits of fanboy butthurt that sparked over the signing of Borgore and Bizzy Bone. However, it just strikes me as odd that a label as rooted in prog and tech metal as Sumerian is also home to a rapper, a brostep artist, and scene-friendly bands like Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, and now latest signings Make Me Famous, who were no doubt signed in spite of Metalsucks’ glowing recommendations.

As much as I hate to admit it, I can see the logic in it. Anyone in the same position as Sumerian would do the same. Mainstream success = money. Of course, the mass of Sumerian followers weren’t as keen to the idea and have given an apparently noticeable amount of negative feedback, causing Sumerian Records to make a statement on Facebook.

Two things to all you trolls, goblins and tunnel-visioned orcs: Bands like AA and ISS enable us to spend more money on bands like The Faceless and The HAARP Machine. It’s all part of the record label eco-system. We genuinely love AA and ISS just like we do Veil of Maya and Betraying the Martyrs. The younger, open-minded fans that bands like MMF and AA have end up discovering the more prog/technical metal bands Sumerian has been known for as they get older and everyone wins. Ask Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya yourself when they have toured with bands in that scene before. And before you pass judgement on MMF, wait until October 4th when you hear their first song be released that is officially on Sumerian. When AA and ISS were on Jimmy Kimmel, that was good for the entire family. We understand not everyone will like everything on a record label as big as Sumerian because we do not only sign one type of music. What we can promise though is the bands we sign outside of our “future of metal” roster will go on to be massive. Hate on AA but the band is bigger than every act on Rise Records and is direct support to Avenged Sevenfold, the biggest modern day rock/heavy metal band who came out in the past 10 years. You guys act like we sign 10 scene bands for every one BOO or ATB. It’s the other way around fellas!! Now quit bitching and go support Enfold Darkness! See them on tour with Obscura this fall! -Love, The Sphinx.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. As far as shitty acts go, I couldn’t see Sumerian pulling a Victory and signing anything as bad as Design the Skyline out the gate. The dudes at Sumerian aren’t dumb—it’s not like they’ve ever had The Faceless and I See Stars on the same touring bill. Their in-house booking agency tends to keep bands on their relevant tours and markets them the the appropriate people, so as long as I don’t have to hear or see Make Me Famous, I’m good. Also, I appreciate that Sumerian admits they do it for the money. It’s a no-brainer, really. There’s no shame in putting food on the table, am I right?

Disagree? Still want to complain about how bad Make Me Famous is? Mouth off in the comments. I’m sure they have an album due out soon enough, but I didn’t look into it enough to find out when.

- JR

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