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I can hardly believe it. Yesterday, April 13th, was the one-year anniversary of the passing of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who spent years in a coma following a devastating automobile collision in 2008. At that time, the band had just wrapped up sessions for an album called Eros, which the band had shelved since then. In memory of Cheng, frontman Chino Moreno uploaded a previously unheard of track from Eros titled ‘Smile‘ to his YouTube page, and you can stream it below.

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Mire – Inward/Outward

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Inward/Outward

01. Complex
02. Tyrannicide
03. Limitless (pt. 1)
04. Limitless (pt. 2)
05. Convolution
06. Beast and the Machine
07. Catalan Atlas
08. Mantra Cymatic
09. Open Circle
10. Upheaval

[03/18/14]
[Self-released]

Sticky, sodden, stinking and sinking — Mire is not the most pleasant or imaginative of words to use to name your band and yet where once there was none, now we have two fighting to disentangle themselves; waving to grab our attention. Although their two worlds may not be a million miles apart, Mire (or MIRE if you’re that way inclined) and their debut album Inward/Outward are most definitely not to be confused with the UK’s aspirational post-metallists The Mire or their co-incidentally timed release Glass Cathedrals: see Jimmy Rowe’s review. Rather, this version hail from Montreal in Canada and play aspirational, hook-laden rock with expansive passages of progressive experimentation.

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lesser key

If you aren’t aware of Lesser Key, then you need to make sure you fix this as soon as possible. Featuring former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour, the band sounds like a killer mix of Tool, Deftones, and Karnivool — that whole cool proggy side of rock music we know you like so much. Their debut self-titled EP is due out next month and we’ve already heard the single upon their signing to Sumerian, but now we’ve got an extended teaser of the EP through samples of each track. Hear it below.

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Just a few days prior to making the journey to Australia to play at the Soundwave festival, deathcore heavyweights Whitechapel were forced to cancel their trip after the unfortunate passing of an immediate family member, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the band at this sad and difficult time.

However, with their latest album nearly ready for release and a crowd funded DVD in the works, 2014 is set to be a big year for the band, about which and more I recently caught up with guitarist Alex Wade for a chat.

G’day Alex, this is Geoff from Heavy Blog Is Heavy.  How are you doing?

Hey I’m good man.  How are you?

Not too bad.  Thanks for taking my call today.

No problem at all.

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Junius – Days of the Fallen Sun

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Days of the Fallen Sun

01. (Meditations)
02. The Time of Perfect Virtue
03. (Shamanic Rituals)
04. A Day Dark with Night
05. (The Purge)
06. Battle In the Sky
07. (Nothingness)
08. Forgiving the Cleansing Meteor

[02/18/14]
[Prosthetic Records]

There is usually an inverse relation between energy and longevity. Some bands burn bright and turn to a crisp in the process and end up rehashing their original releases. Some bands need time to take off, preferring a long culmination of style that might be hard to keep track with. The rare bands, those we’ll take with us into the rest of our lives, are those that can produce intense emotion and keep their pace at the same time. Junius are quickly turning out to be of the latter, rarer breed. Their fifth EP, alongside two full albums, is nothing short of a near perfect creation. It knows when to be harsh, when to be epic, and when to be still.

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junius days of the fallen sun

I’ve always had a flirting enjoyment with shoegazing alt rock group Junius, but I never quite committed to fandom. Not entirely sure why that is, because the sort of melancholic atmosphere that this Bostonian group are dealing with works remarkably well on a playlist that includes the likes of Isis, Deftones, Alcest, — pretty much everything and anything post-whatever related. Certainly an enjoyable band, but they never really stuck around for me for very long. Hopefully their new EP Days of the Fallen Sun will change that.

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john skibeat

2013 has seen large growths in the, quite frankly, already sweaty regions of punk n’ roll, progressive metal and retro blues rock. Naturally, this has made me a very jolly fellow. You might be able to spot a few of the more impressive additions in my all-singing, all-dancing end of year list. Happy xmas to one and all!

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deftones video

As part of the generation that grew up glued to various editions of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, I’m predisposed to associate the combination of skateboarding and music with a good time. I’d been listening to Deftones for years through the guise of Head Up‘ and it’s inclusion on THPS3 without even realising — but it’s only recently that I really fell in love with the band, especially through their last couple of albums; Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan. Lo and behold, the circle goes round and the band’s latest video for ‘Romantic Dreams‘ is a pretty serene skateboarding showcase, featuring Jason Park and directed by Brett Novak:

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 crosses

Sumeri∆n Records h∆ve picked up †††, re∆d ∆s Crosses, ∆n ‘electronic rock’ group fe∆†uring Chino Moreno of Def†ones f∆me, Sh∆un Lopez of F∆r ∆nd Scott Chuck, who goes by the n∆me Chuck Doom. I†’s ∆ f∆r cry from Chino’s norm∆l s†omping grounds, but much like his work in pos†-rock/me†∆l supergroup P∆lms, the weigh† of †he music is carried his sign∆†ure croon. The projec† h∆s ∆lre∆dy produced †wo EPs and †his new coll∆bor∆†ion sugges†s †h∆† †he group ∆re looking ∆† ∆ new rele∆se l∆†er in the win†er of †his year — check ou† the †e∆ser below:

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