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White Arms of Athena

Heavy Blog favorites White Arms of Athena have at long last wrapped up new album recording sessions with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge) at God City Studios! It’s been a difficult three year wait since their debut album Astrodrama, which effectively combined the modern prog sensibilities of Between the Buried and Me with Cynic‘s kaleidoscopic touch and Blink-182‘s mastery of hooks. Believe it or not, the sound works, and the band promises a stylistic evolution along with Ballou’s celebrated production.

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Image: The Obelisk

Relapse Records is happy to announce that Valkyrie, featuring Jake Adams and Pete Adams of Baroness and Samhain, will be on their label alongside acts like Tombs and Iron Reagan.

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Black Tusk
You probably already have a pretty good idea of what to expect here, right upon reading the name Black Tusk. The band has been relentless in its dedication to their particular sound, an even dirtier, swampier version of Kylesa or Baroness. This new release is no different, featuring two songs that ooze, scream and secrete dirty sludge. And you know what? That’s really not a bad thing. Head over to MetalSucks, who are streaming the new release, to drench yourself in this particular iteration of the Black Tusk rampage.

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Floor – Oblation


We’d like things to always progress in a timely manner. Tracking careers of steady bands is simply easier and there is much to be gained by a slowly developing discography. But sometimes, the most random and often obscure careers can lead to a blossoming creation and productive power. Floor can claim dubious ownership of such a career. Created in the early 90′s, Floor released numerous short tastes of pop rock goodness, only to die and metamorphose into one of the most infectious bands out there, Torche. Following a successful reunion four years ago, Floor now return with Oblation, convinced that they still have what to give the world in terms of sludge, pop and sticky dreams.

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Telepathy – 12 Areas


Instrumental music is a rising voice in the modern metal scene. There were always ensembles that created such music but with recent releases like Animals as Leaders and Conquering Dystopia, 2014 is already set to be a great year for instrumental metal. Into the broil we can now add Telepathy with their intelligent and emotionally taxing 12 Areas. Telepathy bring a unique sound to the instrumental arena: instead of focusing on technically extravagant passages, they turn instead to overbearing, post-metal sensibilities. 12 Areas is a dark and somber creation, channeling influences from Isis and other post-metal ilk.

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townes van zandt

File this one under ‘something a little different’, because this is a world away from the standard distortion parade that usually reigns here.

You may have been aware of Songs Of Townes Van Zandt, the 2012 tribute album dedicated to blues/country artist Townes Van Zandt that featured artists such as Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint VitusThe Obsessed), and Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly of Neurosis giving their take on some his classic songs through their Neurot Recordings outfit. Well, the project has returned with Volume II, this time featuring a diverse line up including Mike Scheidt (Yob), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle), John Baizley (Baroness) and Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand).

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floor oblation

The amount of legendary bands coming back from the dead recently is quite staggering. Last year, we got rather excellent comeback albums from GorgutsCarcass, and Extol, and later this year, At the Gates is set to release a new album. In addition to these, there is yet another lesser known, albeit equally important band set to release their first album in 11 years. Stoner metal trio Floor may not be immediately familiar to followers of heavy music, but they helped to pave the way for the onslaught of stoner/sludge bands that have popped up in recent years, including Baroness, Kylesa, and Red Fang. Most importantly, thunder-pop connoisseurs Torche were formed from the remnants of Floor, with frontman Steve Brooks performing vocals and guitars in both bands, giving them remarkable sonic similarities. In other words, if you like Torche, you’re going to love Floor.

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john skibeat

2013 has seen large growths in the, quite frankly, already sweaty regions of punk n’ roll, progressive metal and retro blues rock. Naturally, this has made me a very jolly fellow. You might be able to spot a few of the more impressive additions in my all-singing, all-dancing end of year list. Happy xmas to one and all!

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converge live at BBC

You may have noticed a growing trend of live sessions coming out of BBC’s Maida Vale Studio. Just this year, Tesseract, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Baroness have released music performances from the studio, with hardcore act Converge being the latest band to come out with their session in the form of a limited 7″ EP to be released soon on Deathwish, Inc.

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So here I am, minding my own business, trying to find the Baroness interview that was recently on BBC Radio… When I notice the most recent post from the band is the picture above and simply says ‘God City’.

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