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Astral Blood – Astral Blood

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Depending on who you ask, America’s black metal scene is wounded but recovering. The young sect of atmospheric and post-black metal acts are flourishing, dividing listeners firmly on either side of the aisle. On one hand, Panopticon‘s latest outings meddled in swathes of bluegrass and Americana, contributing to the furtherance of black metal as a visceral and capable artform. On the other, longtime fans of the genre bemoan the fusion of post-rock and new wave made popular by acts such as Wolves in the Throne Room and Deafheaven as an “unneeded feminization” (their words, not ours) of black metal. It goes without saying, of course, that around these parts, the petulant line drawing and “stay out of my side of the playpen” mentality is frowned upon, as genre fusion and variation are to be celebrated. Nevertheless, there is an urge to see America export more bands that borrow from the Emperor and Gorgoroth schools of thought, and Minneapolis’ Astral Blood have the potential to fill that need while still flirting heavily with the Americanized atmospheric style of black metal.

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Typically, blackgaze and post-rock mix into a crushing, noisy wall a la Deafheaven or Wolves In The Throne Room. However, Sannhet are not your run-of-the-mill blackgaze band. View Full Article »

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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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Every year, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas brings together some of the best acts in rock, hip-hop, comedy, and action sports. With a lineup as diverse as theirs, it’d be pretty impractical for a niche blog to cover everything, but the hardcore and metal presence across the fest’s three days is enough to draw our attention! Photographer Maclyn Bean flew out from Philly to Austin to cover the fest, and you can catch select day three photos below, featuring This Will Destroy You, Iron Reagan, Thundercat, Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, and Flying Lotus!

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Every year, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas brings together some of the best acts in rock, hip-hop, comedy, and action sports. With a lineup as diverse as theirs, it’d be pretty impractical for a niche blog to cover everything, but the hardcore and metal presence across the fest’s three days is enough to draw our attention! Photographer Maclyn Bean flew out from Philly to Austin to cover the fest, and you can catch select day one photos below, featuring Pallbearer, Mineral, Amon Amarth, Run The Jewels, Death From Above 1979, Rotting Out, Nomads, Hotelier, Tombs, and Deafheaven!

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Just over a month ago, frontman George Clarke left Deafheaven fans drooling when he posted a photo of a custom-made Sunbather-inspired blanket to his Instagram account. Quite literally, the blanket was a giant, woven cover of Sunbather, and boy was it blissful. Clarke sparked a great deal of anticipation in his caption which read. “Got a new blanket. Thinking about having a few of these made for winter..” Was his utilization of the tell-tale ellipsis indicative of (excellent) things to come? One could only hope.

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The entirety of the metal genre has been harboring gear- and tech-heads for decades now and is showing no signs of slowing down. The campy instructional DVDs your father grew up on have since given way to gonzo fret-cam playthroughs, auto-playing tablature, gear dissection, and tech obsession. Peeling away the veil and laying bare the means by which our favorite music is made has been a gift given to us by the digital age, but the culture has also fostered an unspoken upsmanship and an over-emphasis on “goes fast” that can be as disenchanting as it is dizzying.

Fortunately, Rolling Stone contributor Matt Sweeney has made great strides in putting artistry, passion, and a casual atmosphere back into otherwise niche and clinical gear and theory talk with his Guitar Power video series. The latest episode features Deafheaven guitarist Kerry McCoy, who breaks down his almost minimalistic sort of approach to composition and showcases his use of effects pedals. While McCoy’s guitar work likely won’t land him on the cover of Guitar World magazine any time soon, his abilities to play simple guitar parts with such nuance is infinitely more fascinating that whatever guitar playthrough our favorite tech death bands have been releasing.

You can watch the video below, which also features a sneak peak at some new Deafheaven material.

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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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Deafheaven - From the Kettle Onto the Coil
San Francisco outfit Deafheaven‘s ravenous appetite for playing live shows apparently has yet to be sated, as they’ve announced yet another North American headlining run. (For context, the last one was just over one month ago.) But who are we to complain?Not to mention that entry to any of the shows on the Converse Rubber Tracks-sponsored five-date run is absolutely free of charge! Tour dates after the jump.

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An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Love Everything You Destroy

As was asserted by HBIH editor-in-chief Jimmy Rowe last November, An Autumn for Crippled Children‘s album Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love was comparable to fellow blackgazers Deafheaven‘s Sunbather in the following way:

Sunbather seemed to be the hit to beat when it comes to romanticized and dreamy black metal this year, and while An Autumn For Crippled Children will likely never be able to achieve that amount of hype, they certainly deserve just as much praise, if not more.

Certainly some high praise given all of the accolades and attention (and yes, backlash) that Sunbather received. Well now that same band has released a followup EP entitled Try Not to Love Everything You Destroy, which you can listen to in its entirety after the jump. View Full Article »

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