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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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Lists! What unruly, yet wholly necessary beasts. On the one hand, they offer a great opportunity to get a bearing on the amazing year 2014 has been so far. Just so you get an idea of exactly how awesome it’s been, the master list for these final 25 included over 100 albums. On the other hand, lists always have an arbitrary nature to them: why 25? Should they be ranked, un-ranked, color-coded, digitized or sent via smoke signal? However, we here at Heavy Blog is Heavy feel that most contentions can be resolved with just a pinch of salt: this is our list, derived from the entirety of our contributors and then voted upon. Yay, democracy!

So, please use this list as more of a guide than a definitive rule book for what’s cool and what’s not. If even one reader walks away from these posts with an extra album or band in tow, we’ll consider our mission accomplished. These posts will air all across the upcoming week, in installments of five at a time. The posts are unranked, although the final five was reserved for albums that enjoyed overwhelming consensus among our staff. You can also find a short list of albums that didn’t quite make the list but are still well worth a listen at the beginning of each post.

So without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily arranged list of awesome albums from 2014 so far. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.

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EmmureTwo and a half years ago, Ex-Between the Buried and Me/Bury Your Dead drummer joined the ranks of Emmure. Today, his departure was revealed through a post on LambgoatAll Shall Perish‘s drummer Adam Pierce is currently filling in for their Mayhem Fest dates, and the split between Castillo and the band appears to be an amicable one. Will we now witness a shift in the iconic style of Emmure? That hardly seems the case, as they have stuck with their relentless style through all previous changes.

You can check out our review of the bands latest offering Eternal Enemies here.


Between the Buried and Me

Following a recent interview, posted here, with Between The Buried And Me guitarist Paul Waggoner, it turns out a few people were a little worried at the prospect of the band preferring to avoid some of their older material at live shows. I’m honestly not sure why this blew up so much, because it’s pretty common for bands these days that are still deep within the regular ‘touring and releasing new music’ cycle to keep things fresh by focusing mainly on their newer material. But it seems it was enough for the band to make a statement on their Facebook page, reading:

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paul waggoner by nick budosh

Photo by Nick Budosh.

Audiences have never been larger or more receptive to the variety and power of progressive death metal and if you had to name the bands that were responsible for that, Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me would have to be close to the top of that list.  Prog metal fans are getting a double dose of those bands with the current tour that has just kicked off in California.  Great New Metal’s Brian Shields sat down with BTBAM lead guitarist and co-founder Paul Waggoner after the second show on the tour in San Francisco to talk about the band’s past, its present, and its future.

As I sit with Paul Waggoner post-show in BTBAM’s cavernous green room downstairs at San Francisco’s Regency Center after enjoying some vegan cinnamon rolls, I note that the performance the band just finished is more diverse that their recent headlining tour playing Parallax II: The Future Sequence from beginning to end.

“Yeah, nothing pre-Colors,” Paul nods his head. “We’re doing a couple of songs off of Colors, I guess one off of Great Misdirect, and a couple of new ones as well.  2007-era BTBAM is the oldest we go but we’re trying to mix it up.

No “Naked by the Computer”, I kid him.

“You will probably never hear anything off of the self-titled, unless something weird happens, you’ll probably never hear that old stuff (live).”

Some of us love that old stuff, I insist.

“Yeah it has a special place in my heart as well but the reality is that most of our fans came on board with Colors or maybe Alaska so we have to cater to that, unfortunately.  We would like to play some old stuff but the fact of the matter is that most people have never heard it, don’t care, and don’t know what it is.”

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Trioscapes - Photo By Reid Haithcock

It’s old news at this point that Trioscapes are preparing their sophomore album, but now we’ve been given a brief preview of what we can expect from the jazz fusion outfit featuring Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs. The group have uploaded a minute-long clip showcasing some of their new material, and you can view it below.

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btbam may june tour 2014

If you’re one of the many that thought Meshuggah‘s upcoming anniversary tour was much too short, then, well… there’s not much I can do for you there. However, support act Between the Buried and Me are filling out their tour dates during the season to include headlining dates with Trioscapes. Get dates below.

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Hey! Listen To Aronious!


Sometimes it’s important to just go to Bandcamp and have a look around. In case you weren’t familiar, the site’s handy Discover feature allows users to browse trending music in various genres, from new releases to what’s selling the best at the moment. This week, I noticed a name on the Top Selling charts that I’ve never heard of before in Aronious after being drawn in by the album art for their debut EP, Truth in Perception.

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trioscapes tour 2014

Trioscapes, the jazz fusion project featuring Between the Buried and Me‘s Dan Briggs, has just announced a May tour in support of their yet to be titled upcoming sophomore album. The trek takes the group through the Southeast and Midwest, and it wouldn’t be a shock if we got to hear some new jams. Get the dates below.

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