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The earliest years of a band can easily be some of the most interesting in retrospect. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and only a few years, at best, to top it with it the second — this leads to some of the most revealing, raw and albeit less focused music you’ll hear in their entire career. With this in mind, I decided to take a look at some of the earliest work from bands that have carved out their own niche and tried to take a look at how these early sounds connect with their more recent work.

Gojira‘s meteoric rise to becoming one of the most important metal band’s in recent history has been well documented. As you know well, these days the band find themselves occupying prestigious spots at nearly every single important metal festival and Europe as well as joining metal’s forefathers on treks all around the globe. Yet back in 1996, when they first banded together under the more egregious banner of Godzilla, they were a band struggling to breakout of the, then far less respectable, French metal scene with a grooving take on the raw death metal that their idols produced.

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The Safety Fire – Mouth Of Swords

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Mouth of Swords

1. Mouth Of Swords
2. Glass Crush
3. Yellowism
4. Beware The Leopard (Jagwar)
5. Red Hatchet
6. Wise Hands
7. The Ghosts That Wait For Spring
8. I Am Time, The Destroyer
9. Old Souls

[09/03/13]
[InsideOut Music]

Five years back when The Safety Fire first popped up with their debut EP, Sections, their take on progressive metal involved swathes of broken, discordant shouting and harsh instrumentation powered by a rumbling war machine of bass-loaded guitars and drums. As they have developed their style they have wound back the distortion and begun showing off a surprising lightness of touch and wicked sense of melody that is characterized by their evocative arpeggiated stringwork. Now with their new album, Mouth Of Swords, continuing this upward trend they have easily their most accessible work to date.

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fit for an autopsy

And here I was thinking Fit For An Autopsy weren’t even a thing anymore! I guess we all have our blind spots, and I’m discovering them all the time. In fact, not only are the group still kickin, but they’ve got a new album coming out this year as well.

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black crown initiate

Every now and then there’s a new band whose name keeps popping up in various places on social media so often that I’m practically obligated to find out what all the fuss is about. In the past few weeks, I had been hearing more and more about progressive death metal group Black Crown Initiate. They’ve popped up on my Facebook feed a time or two, and a friend of the site even made a recommendation to me personally. I’d always forget, though. This morning, I finally decided to give the group a go.

Good thing I did, because Black Crown Initiate have all the potential to become greats in progressive metal. The group’s new EP Song of the Crippled Bull plays as a single track and pulls from all over the extreme prog spectrum. There are bouts of Opeth in opening track ‘Stench of the Iron Age,’ and the beginning of ‘Ghosts She Sends’ reeks of blackened Gojira, as well as a real Enslaved vibe once the clean vocals kick in during ‘The Mountain Top’. There’s a striking balance between brutality and forward-thinking progression across the EP, and is certainly worth the $3 price tag. Stream Song of the Crippled Bull below.

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Award shows in the metal world, much like lists, are a necessary evil. Nothing quite gets people talking as much as an organisation declaring that something is ‘the best’ in it’s field and, whether it’s civil or not, there’s usually some interesting points raised. So, with that in mind, let’s take a gander at the results of the latest Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, one of the biggest if not the biggest UK metal award show of the year.

First up, congratulations are obviously in order for The Algorithm, winning Best Underground Band — going by their debut Polymorphic Code, released late last year through Basick, they definitely deserve it. Bleed From Within snatched up the award for Best New Band and, while I haven’t got round to checking out their latest Uprising yet, I can get behind that too. Giving Gojira the award for Best Live Band is a no-brainer, on their most recent UK run they blew Ghost off the stage — a band that are widely revered for their live show. Finally, Brian Blessed got the ‘Spirit Of Hammer’ Award. If any of you disagree with that, I don’t even know what is wrong with you.

On the other hand, Black Sabbath‘s 13 winning best album artwork is a little questionable — it’s not bad by any means, but it’s a little straightforward. Also, I have to admit Stone Sour beating out Deftones for Best International Band and Asking Alexandria nixing Kvelertak in Best Breakthrough Band irked me a bit.

You can read the full list after the jump, courtesy of the omniscient PRP:

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gojira vinyl

Prosthetic Records have announced plans to re-release French groove metal mainstays Gojira‘s From Mars To Sirius and The Way Of All Flesh on limited 12″ vinyl this August. After fielding many requests from fans over the years, the label has listened and offered 1000 copies of each record, which are now available for pre-order (for North American customers only) for $25.

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Hey! Listen To HYBRID!

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If you take the massive riffing of progressive death metal masterminds Gojira and tweak it up with the weird brutality of Wormed and a touch of Cynic-influenced jazz fusion, you’ve got on your hands the likes of HYBRID. The group’s new album Angst is out today on Deepsend Records and it comes across as a master’s thesis project on progressive extreme metal. Really, there’s pretty much everything going on here that we like in the genre, from wild experimentation (there’s sitar didgeridoo involved somewhere!) to tastefully done tech-death slapsticks and truly memorable riffs.

Check the album out via Bandcamp below.

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Devin Townsend Project @ TLA_8491902405_l

Praise be to the almighty Devin Townsend. This modern metal god has been the source of much adulation from this very website for years now, and it’s not hard to see why. He’s not only influential, but extremely prolific. He has released five widely diverse records over the last four years that have all gained acclaim from music press on all levels. Not only is his music the center of much praise, but Devin’s lovely and often comedic personality and stage presence makes The Devin Townsend Project a live act not to be missed. On his tour with the mighty Gojira, photographer Maclyn Bean captured the Devin Townsend Project’s set on February 16th at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. View the photos after the jump!

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Hawk Eyes Deserve A Medal

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Hawk Eyes must really, really love music videos as ‘You Deserve A Medal‘ marks the band fifth video in support of their 2012 release IDEAS, all of which you can watch here at their Youtube page. Comprised of stop motion footage of a performance of the track, alongside a cheeky run through of someone’s very extensive vinyl collection — it’s not the most fascinating video of all time, but it’s another medium to get you listening to the band which, if their inclusion on my end of year list didn’t tip you off to, you definitely should be doing.

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Existem – Years of Winter

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Years of Winter

01. Equals
02. Slay the Giant
03. Corruption, Pt. 1: Balance
04. Corruption, Pt. 2: Ruin
05. Years of Winter
06. Solace
07. Natural State
08. Canyons
09. Ocean
10. She Speaks
11. A Message from Earth

[08/14/12]
[Self-Released]

Existem’s Years of Winter flew way under the radar upon its release in late 2012, where it has slowly been headed toward the surface of notice. Fortunately, the inattention paid to the record isn’t a testament to its quality at all. This review serves the sole goal of informing you that this is a record you should care about by a band you should keep an eye on; they’re going places.

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