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One of the great things about metal is that the musicians are accessible to their fans but still not everyone can go backstage.  That’s why we’re here, Heavy Blog Backstage with Fallujah,  Archspire, the Zenith Passage and another top tech death band after the break.

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scott-mbAfter years of DIY touring and lots of word of mouth, 2014 is a breakout year for Fallujah with a spot on Summer Slaughter and a well-recieved new CD. Guitarist Scott Carstairs hops on Skype to talk about writing, touring, and the band’s success after the jump.

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greghamptontitleWe say it all the time, the Scrobbler doesn’t lie. So what will we find Greg Hampton of up and coming Tech Death band The Zenith Passage is (really) listening to after the jump?

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Post-death metal may seem like an overzealous need to categorize, but with bands like Ulcerate and Fallujah turning the usually full-on frontal assault of death metal into more atmospheric territories, it’s not that unbelievable a label. You may have heard the name of this Italian group bandied about following the waves made by their self-titled release last year and their particular brand of expansive and introspective death metal, but it’s time to step in and see what the hubbub is about with ‘Il Diluvio‘, the first track available for your listening pleasure from their upcoming new album Derivae.

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It appears all members of The Faceless touring team are okay after the band’s bus hit a moose while touring in Canada. Merch guy Aaron Von Hamburger instagrammed a photo of the damage with the caption “”We hit a fucking moose. What a shitty night.” Check out the image and more details below the jump.

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The whole idea of a record review is that an educated listener takes an unbiased listen to a new piece of music and provides his or her fair assessment of it.  So let’s not call this a record review but rather a commentary.  My Heavy Blog is Heavy colleague and editor Jimmy Rowe did a “real” review of “The Flesh Prevails” which you can find here

That’s because anyone familiar with me and my long relationship with Fallujah knows that I am hardly unbiased.  I have been privileged over the last several years to get to know all of these gentlemen personally.  My name is in the liner notes of both “The Harvest Wombs” and the new album “The Flesh Prevails.”  I say this not to pat myself on the back but rather to acknowledge what you’re probably thinking, “What the hell did you expect Shields to say about this record other than it’s great?”

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Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails

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On paper, the brick-wall brutality and chaotic technique of death metal is the antithesis of chilled out ambiance and lush atmospheres. That hasn’t stopped bands from trying to shoehorn the two disparate tones together over the years to varying degrees of success. The idea is becoming easier to execute these days, with modern groups like Ulcerate and Fallujah making like-minded yet differing approaches in letting soundscapes steep between the blistering drums and hulking vocal style of death metal. As opposed to Ulcerate’s more organic use of dynamic shifts to create ominous atmosphere during creeping phases of introspection, Fallujah’s speed rarely ever falters, with huge effects-laden guitar melodies and ambient pads working directly with the mechanically driving forces — something the group has finally mastered with their sophomore album The Flesh Prevails.

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Fallujah band 2014

Atmospheric death metal titan Fallujah took to the internet to premiere a brand new track through A.V. Club, entitled ‘Levitation’. It also features the lovely Roniit Alkayam, who you can check out here. If it doesn’t knock you off your feet, I’ll be surprised. Check out the track after the jump.

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summer slaughter canada

Our neighbors to the North were rightfully sore over the lack of Canadian dates for this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. The annual trek typically lands at least a few Canadian dates, but unfortunately some scheduling conflicts and border issues evidently lead to the trek’s organizers to book a “spin-off” tour of sorts for 2014 with an altered lineup and even greater reach into secondary markets in not just the land of hockey and apologies, but with special appearances in the Northwest US as well!

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Rivers Of Nihil have taken the metal world by storm with their debut full-length The Conscious Seed Of Light, which came out last year. They have ascended the ranks, going from a relatively underground band to being known as the next great thing in death metal music. I caught up with Brody Uttley at their Fort Lauderdale stop on their tour with Whitechapel, Devildriver, Carnifex, Revocation, and Fit For An Autopsy, to chat about getting naked, the new album, and why St. Louis is horrible for touring bands.

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