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metal shirts

As we all know, merch sales are the lifeblood of the metal world.  As Paul Waggoner of Between the Buried and Me once told me, “it’s all about selling cloth.” Some sick new cloth after the jump.

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abiotic

Jamie King, best known as Between the Buried and Me‘s producer, is a busy man these days.  He was at the helm for the highly-anticipated (in some circles) Language from The Contortionist, his presence was palpable on the latest Scale the Summit record, and this week Florida’s tech-death favorites in Abiotic are working with him on their second album for Metal Blade.  Studio Update after the jump.

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VerseVica
A while ago, we told you to listen to Verse Vica as they near their debut release, Endeavor. We’re here to update you that the little tidbits we heard then are nothing compared to what the band have in store for us with this album. To be honest, this track kind of surprised me in its balance between heavyness and progressive sensibilities. Head on over the jump to see what I’m talking about.

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WeightlessInOrbit
We’ve got out our eyes and ears closely set on Australia, you already know that, and it’s exactly because they pick up such great, relatively nameless bands. Weightless in Orbit have been a thing for a while now, touring around the country with several recognized names. However, we assume that not all of you are able to fly to Australia for small progressive acts (how I wish I could!) and so we’re very happy to announce that the band have released initial material from their upcoming album, Fractures. Head on over the jump to check it out!

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BTBAM_DVD
Lost in the shitstorm that followed my most recent interview with Between the Buried and Me’s Paul Waggoner earlier this summer, the band’s co-founder and lead guitarist gave us a preview of what to expect from the band’s upcoming DVD of Parallax II: Future Sequence. “We wanted to do something different where it was more stripped down, just us in a room jamming,” Paul told me back in June. “That was sort of what we were going for. So it was just us playing the new record straight through.” Now in a newly released trailer for the release vocalist and keyboardist Tommy Rogers also focuses on the intimacy of this DVD. Check out more details after the jump!

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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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hbih-best-of-prog-metalcore

Welcome to the second part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors pick a favorite album to share a personal experience with. For our second round, we have chosen a genre that is somewhat controversial—Progressive Metalcore. It’s controversial in that its boundaries are somewhat unclear and therefore host a slew of different bands under their wings. In addition, the word metalcore itself is enough to set many a mouth foaming.

Harnessing the aggression inherent in metalcore, the progressive end of things seeks to give it a more subtle or varied expression. Taking the normal tools of the trade; breakdowns, harsh vocals and chuggy bass to name a few, the genre further expands on them in many different ways. Sampling, peculiar structures or the introduction of unexpected genres (like jazz for example) seek to modify the basic metalcore formula. The bands on this list excel in fusing the two halves together to create an intriguing, yet still aggressive, whole.

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john abiotic

In my never ending search for the sickest “Great New Metal” bands, I spend a lot of time on social media, mostly Facebook, talking with and cultivating friendships with musicians in local and regional bands across America and around the world.  John Matos of Miami, Florida’s Abiotic was one such artist until I fired up the Interwebs one day to read that John and his band had been signed to Metal Blade.  Pretty fucking impressive.

In the nearly two years since Slagel’s label released the album Symbiosis, Abiotic (say it Ay-BYE-otic, not Ay-BEE-otic as I too often do) has gone through a lot of lineup changes, specifically involving drummers and vocalists.  But as we discussed during their recent tour through Northern California as the band prepares to record with Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit) its second Metal Blade release, John now appears to have the team in place he wants to take on the world.

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meshuggah tour 2014

Meshuggah’s 25th anniversary tour with Between The Buried and Me brought out thousands of prog fans around the country to an otherwise comparatively short run of dates. It’s not hard to imagine how a package like this can succeed, with the tour wrapping up with a sold out show at Best Buy Theater in New York City. Photographer Maclyn Bean attended that final date of the tour, and also captured a BTBAM headline show in Philadelphia at the Theater of the Living Arts two days later. You can catch photos from both gigs after the jump.

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thomas giles

Thomas Giles, the solo project of Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers, is currently in the studio with long-time collaborator Jamie King and former BTBAM drummer Will Goodyear for its sophomore album, Modern Noise.

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