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raijuThe success of Ghost B.C. has shown there’s a metal audience for music that isn’t particularly heavy if it’s surrounded by dark words and themes. A California prog band that embraces darkness in happy music that you might want to check out after the break.

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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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We here at Heavy Blog Is Heavy have done our damned best at keeping you in the loop regarding Black Crown Initiate and their much anticipated eOne record The Wreckage Of Stars. My maestro of a colleague in Noyan was even kind enough to share his pretty thoughts and words with you in his review it last month. Now you can ignore whatever we have said previously and make up your own damn mind regarding this (incredible) metal release. Full stream after the jump folks! View Full Article »

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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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