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Thomas Giles – Modern Noise

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Metal musicians from well known and established acts are tasked with the unenviable task of having to constantly justify the purpose of any creative output delivered outside of their legacy act. Frontmen in particular are not only under pressure to deliver a product up to the standard set by their back catalog, but often have to prove themselves as competent musicians and songwriters in their own right. Ignoring the ironic-to-a-fault techno album released under the Giles moniker in 2004, it didn’t take long for Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers to find purpose in music outside of extreme metal in his solo project Thomas Giles.

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With his solo album, Modern Noise, out next week, Thomas Giles (also known as Tommy Giles Rogers of Between the Buried and Me) has premiered yet another track from the upcoming electronic record.

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We’re just over a week out from the release of Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers’ sophomore album under his solo moniker Thomas Giles, so we’re likely to get a full album stream any day now (but probably tomorrow). What better time to unveil a music video for what is arguably the best song on the record?

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Thomas Giles, the solo project of Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers, will see its sophomore album Modern Noise drop late this month. The progressive and experimental rock outing features Rogers’ former bandmate Will Goodyear taking up percussive duties where the previous effort Pulse saw Rogers handling all the instruments himself. The more collaborative nature of Modern Noise — which also features guitar work from BTBAM’s Paul Waggoner on ‘I Appear Disappear’ — is the subject of the album’s first studio video, wherein Goodyear gives an overview of his involvement with Modern Noise and his history with Rogers and BTBAM against footage of drum tracking and bits of new music. Check it out below.

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White Arms of Athena are preparing to release their transformative new self-titled sophomore album next month, which will see the band trading in their Between the Buried and Me inspired sound for something more earthy, a la Torche and Intronaut. The leap, while a bit alarming for fans of their debut album Astrodrama, totally suits the band, and is accentuated by production from Kurt Ballou.The jarring first single Heavy Sleep immediately helped settle expectations for White Arms going forward as brooding and psychedelic, and now another new track, ‘On The Edge‘, further captures that very tone. Check the stream after the jump.

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really11-2-header-parttwoRemember how back in school the kids whose last names started M-Z could show up later than the rest of you because it took a while to call the roll that far? That’s kind of how our two-part look at what your Heavy Blog is Heavy Staff is (really) listening to for the first weekend of November works. The stragglers show off their 3×3’s after the break.

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really11-2-header-partoneIt’s been a great month of a great year for music and those of us privileged to write for Heavy Blog is Heavy have had our players working overtime.  But what have we really been listening to since the start of October?  The first half of our answers after the jump.

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thomas giles modern noise

While Between the Buried and Me are currently hard at work writing their next opus of a rock opera for a 2015 release, frontman Tommy Rogers is gearing up for the release of Modern Noise, the sophomore album from his Thomas Giles solo project. A first glimpse at the album came in the form of the track ‘Mutilated World, and now a second single, ‘I Appear Disappear‘ has emerged online courtesy of Guitar World.

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twir-10-11On This Week in Reviews, we look at three brand new albums and a DVD guaranteed to get attention.  We’ll do the rundown after the jump.

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With the release of their celebrated 2008 release Colors Live — wherein the band performed what many still consider to be their magnum opus Colors in its entirety — North Carolina’s progressive metal trendsetters Between the Buried and Me set in place the expectation of a “full experience” when it comes to albums and their impending touring cycles. It is now no longer as acceptable in the metal realm for a record to be a mere collection of songs; an album needs to be a holistic experience with recurring themes, motifs, and emotions. Of course, BTBAM weren’t the first band to take to performing full albums during live shows — prog rock bands have been doing that for decades — but they did reinvigorate a movement of technical showmanship, conceptual songwriting, and consistent live performances that permeated throughout the metal scene.

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