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Stolas To Embark On Nationwide Tour This Summer

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Stolas were a band that took me completely by surprise last year with their second album Allomaternal, which absolutely astonished me in the best way. They combined many of the elements I enjoyed from math-rock and indie rock music and then managed to mix it with some really well done prog and pop influences. If you don’t believe me, just read the review here, because Ryan describes it pretty well. If you’re already a fan of the band, you’re in luck! Stolas has announced a summer headlining tour with Artifex Pereo and Eidola, another band whose latest album we’ve been quite fond of around here of late [review], and they’re likely coming to a city near you! Peep the dates after the jump.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/16/15

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For those who missed our last installment, we post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.

As is typical of these updates, there are a number of inclusions of new releases that have received the HBIH stamp of approval via positive reviews. And So I Watch You From Afar‘s HeirsEidola‘s DegeneraterraFaith No More‘s Sol InvictusArcturus‘ ArcturianLeprous‘ The Congregation and Veil of Maya‘s Matriarch are all albums considered to be some of the strongest releases from 2015 thus far. Additionally, editors Nick and Eden have been spinning the forthcoming Jaga Jazzist album Starfire, and have been in sonic euphoria because of over the course of this past week. Expect a review in the next few weeks from Nick explaining the genius of both JJ and Starfire. Finally, there are a couple inclusions of the classic Refused album The Shape of Punk to Come, which should serve as a reminder that the Swedish post-hardcore giants are preparing to release Freedom, their first album in almost two decades. Read about the album’s details and preview the lead single “Elektra” here.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you!

Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Eidola – Degeneraterra

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There’s no feeling like sitting down at a restaurant, ordering a plate of nachos, and when you receive said nachos, seeing that the plate in front of you is a colossal heaping of chips, cheese, beef, and other such nacho toppings. It’s a mixture of delight at the sheer amount of delicious food you have available to consume and nervousness because, well, how the hell are you going to eat all this? It’s the same with some albums. Some bands put forth records that are simply huge. The ambition of an album in this vein is usually off the walls, and whether or not the band succeeds is entirely dependent on the strength of the content within.

More of a bad thing does not make it any better (unless you’re Homer Simpson with a coupon to Doughie’s). One is not going to enjoy a large album where the contents of it are less than desirable, in the same way that having a huge helping of crappy nachos is a total bummer. The new album from progressive rock/post-hardcore fusion band Eidola, named Degeneraterra, is a pile of delicious, delicious nachos. From the wonderful intro to the final swells of the closer, every bit of this album is a bite into a world of delicious, varied, spiced flavors.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 3/1/15

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During his time as weekend editor here, one of the consistently most popular features Brian Shields would run was the What We’re Really Listening To column, which would ask either Heavy Blog staff or musicians to share the music they’ve been jamming the most recently. We’ve decided that it was too fun an idea to not continue, so we’re picking up where he left off. It should come as no surprise that we at HBIH are constantly listening to music, and as an effort to recommend as many quality tunes as possible, here is a glimpse into what has been dominating our playlists for the past week.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net.

Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Circa Survive Tour To Feature Balance & Composure and CHON

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Circa Survive have a busy year coming up. The release of their Sumerian debut Descensus is going to require extensive touring. One of the things the band has always been known for is their amazing live shows, which many people at this site have been priviliged enough to see. Now we have news that the band are embarking on a new tour with Balance & Composure, as well as CHON, in tow. Read the full list of dates below!

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Title Fight Release Video For ‘Chlorine’ & Announce New Album

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The excellent Title Fight have announced that their brand new album, Hyperview, will be released February 3rd, 2015. It will be distributed through Anti Records, who signed the band in July of this year. With the announcement of the album came a video for it’s first single, ‘Chlorine’. Let’s just say that you might not want to take a boat trip any time soon after watching it. With that in mind, take a dive right in after the jump!

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Hey! Listen to Memory Map!

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Do you like Circa Survive, Closure in Moscow, and other upbeat, energetic bands who aren’t afraid to flaunt some pop-rock influences? Do you like quirky art-rock like TV on the Radio? If you answered yes, Memory Map may be for you. Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, Memory Map, in their own words, consists of four equal parts: Matthew Tobey, Michael Hart Dixon, Joshua Morrow, Michael Gregory Bridavsky. Featuring three guitars, (one acting as a bass), a three-piece drum kit and everyone on vocals, the band weave guitar driven pop-rock songs with subtle depth and considerable hooks. Head on over the jump for more analysis and your first listen!

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Circa Survive Release Trippy Visual For New Song, ‘Only The Sun’

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Last week, Circa Survive gave us the opening track from their brand new album Descensus, entitled ‘Schema’, as well as a video to go along with it. It looks as if they are doing the same for us this week with a rather interesting visual for their new song, ‘Only the Sun’. If you can stand the heat, be sure to take a listen to the track after the jump.

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