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hypno5e

You guys remember HYPNO5E, the French art-metal band melding Gojira-like guitar work and cinematic ambiance before that whole djent thing caught on? It’s only been two years since their last effort Acid Mist Tomorrow, which is about right for an album cycle, but it feels much longer! Turns out, they’ve been planning a new release, but they’re in need of some funds to make it happen.

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record store day 2014

Record Store Day is an important holiday around these parts. As my collection grows, I’ve been more willing to participate in the celebration of brick-and-mortar record stores and have traveled for hours to get to a participating store to get exclusive vinyl releases.

Exclaim.ca has posted a list of exclusives for this year’s event, and while the full list should really be marveled, we’ve combed it for stuff we feel like you’ll want to see first, including releases from Between the Buried and Me, Gojira, Mastodon, Opeth, and more. Check out our picks after the jump.

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gojira

As if this post really needed any more words. I could just leave that title and picture up there and most of us would still be ridiculously hype. Regardless, thanks to the keen eyed Greg over at Metal Injection, we’ve now learned through a Facebook update that Gojira are apparently hard at work, writing new material for the follow up to 2012’s L’Elephant Sausage.

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Mastodon gojira kvelerak tour

With Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak showing up on Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range Festival lineup for this summer, it was a no brainer that the groups could very likely be hitting the road together on a larger capacity. Finally, the rumors have been confirmed and a handful of tour dates have been announced.

Via Mastodon’s Facebook:

The tour kicks off April 28th in Seattle and criss-crosses the U.S. before culminating in a performance at the Rock On The Range Festival on May 18th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7th.

Mastodon’s upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:

04/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
05/01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
05/02 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
05/03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
05/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
05/08 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
05/12 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
05/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Though the dates are a bit thin, the tour is definitely stellar. If Rock on the Range weren’t a week before Maryland Deathfest, I’d consider the trip. Unfortunately, I’m gonna have to let this tour pass me by.

In other Mastodon news, the group shared the following update on their album sessions:

Hopefully the album release will coincide with this tour. Could use some of those Mastodon feel-good summer jams. More info on that when we get it.

– JR

Septicflesh

In the three years since the release of their previous album The Great Mass, Septicflesh haven’t exactly been inactive. Season of Mist re-released their entire discography it seems, and the band have been keeping up with worldwide touring, with shows on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise happening now and a Japanese tour coming next month. It still feels like we haven’t seen much of them though, right? Hopefully that changes soon, as the band have just wrapped up the recording of their as of yet untitled new album.

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gojira

I’m going to put it straight out there: Gojira‘s The Link Alive is one of the greatest metal DVDs ever. Seeing that as a kid, just after the release of From Mars To Sirius, around the time Rock Sound had their own TV channel(!) just solidified for me exactly how heavy the racket that Gojira makes really is. Watching Mario Duplantier tear through ‘Embrace The World‘ and ‘Clone‘ like it was absolutely nothing to him was just mindblowing.

Thankfully, history is repeating itself again, albeit this time a little differently. The band have announced the release of new art book, entitled Les Enfants Sauvages (unfortunately not a Metal Gear Solid reference),  that comes with a brand new live DVD, taken from a show last year at the Brixton Academy in London last year. If my memory serves me right, that comes from the tour where they were direct support to Ghost and were completely upstaging them every single night, so the quality is naturally going to be pretty high.

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fun-fun-fun-fest-2013

Every year, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas brings together some of the best acts in rock, hip-hop, comedy, and action sports. With a lineup as diverse as theirs, it’d be pretty impractical for a niche blog to cover everything, but the hardcore and metal presence across the fest’s three days is enough to draw our attention! Photographer Maclyn Bean flew out from Philly to Austin to cover the fest, and you can catch select photos from day two below, featuring 4ARM, Narrows, Sarah Silverman, Defeater, August Burns Red, Gojira, The Locust, and Slayer!

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rivers of nihilRivers of Nihil

The Conscious Seed of Light

01. Terrestria I: Thaw
02. Rain Eater
03. Birth of the Omnisavior
04. Soil & Seed
05. Central Antheneum
06. Mechanical Trees
07. Place of Serpents
08. Human Adaptation
09. A Fertile Altar
10. Airless

[10/15/13]
[Metal Blade Records]

Every so often within the great artistic expression known as extreme metal, a relatively unknown band will surface, seemingly out of nowhere, and completely spin heads around, Exorcist-style. Said band will release a debut album so great, so masterful, so powerfully potent, that it rivals even the most legendary work of some of their peers and influences. In fact, it would be of no surprise to think that this band has had many years of experience to refine and hone their craft, when in actuality, they’ve only been writing music for a grand total of four years. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Rivers of Nihil.

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devil sold his soul time

Devil Sold His Soul‘s previous album Empire Of Light was a real sleeper hit for me, after watching their crushing sets at both Damnation Festival and opening for the Gojira/Ghost combo, their sweeping post-metal meets hardcore blend made so much more sense and impact. And despite parting with long-time vocalist Ed Gibbs, now replaced with Paul Green of The Arusha Accord, the band have returned with an album titled with the often fatal moniker of Time.

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early learning center godzilla

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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