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He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit

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Some feared it would never happen, but it has: He Is Legend has returned. Back in September of 2009, the band went on what they called an “indefinite hiatus”, a strange move considering just two months earlier, the band released the totally different, but absolutely, positively brilliant It Hates You, an album which has since become treasured by both internet metal nerds and famous metal musicians alike, including Robb Flynn of Machine Head. It Hates You was an album that was nearly impossible to categorize; it was something of a cross between Deftones and Alice In Chains with southern-tinged Meshuggah elements and psychedelic stoner-sludge metal sensibilities thrown in here and there, and even these descriptions don’t even come close to doing it justice. It Hates You was a beast of an album all it’s own; it was a total departure from it’s southern metal predecessor, Suck Out The Poison, and complete one-eighty from He Is Legend’s first full-length album I Am Hollywood, which showed their humble beginnings as something closer to a metalcore or post-hardcore band.

Now, five years later, equipped with a new drummer and a refreshed vigor, He Is Legend have stampeded back onto the scene with Heavy Fruit, an album that’s every bit as different, and every bit as fantastic, as everything they’ve ever released.

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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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