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We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.

Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.
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Let’s keep it brief, okay folks? This is the second part of our Top 50, Album of the Year list. At the end, you’ll find our Top 10, while tomorrow we’ll have individual staff members’ top 10 lists and our Outliers section: albums that were placed on individual top 10’s but didn’t make the Top 50 list.

The albums you’ll find here were ones that had broad consensus among our large group of staff writers and editors as truly excellent representations of the worlds of metal and other heavy music this year. No doubt you’ll find things to quibble with, but we’re proud of this list and the entries therein.

If you haven’t yet, check out Part I of this list, listing numbers 50 to 26. Alright, OK, no more words. Let’s get to it!

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nemhf 2015

The hype train for the 2015 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival has just left the station and is approaching full speed as the first wave of bands on the fest’s billing have been announced. Between the Buried and Me and Testament will be headlining Friday and Saturday respectively, with Sunday’s headliner pending announcement this Thursday, December 11th.

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favorite-videosYears after the demise of Headbangers Ball metal bands continue to put out music videos, most destined for a spot on YouTube and maybe some niche cable TV channel. Compare your favorite Heavy Music Video to ours after the jump.

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two-weeksOnce again two weeks have passed since we last did a round-up of reviews on Heavy Blog. The new music you might have missed our takes on after the jump.

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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 modern noise drum tracking

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 self titled

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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