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black crown initiate

One of our favorite unsigned acts is no longer unsigned! Pennsylvanian progressive metal outfit Black Crown Initiate have signed a record deal with eOne Music — home to Heavy Blog favorites The Contortionist, Fit For An Autopsy, High on Fire, and more — for worldwide release.

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lord dying in studio

Lord Dying, a band who should have been on my radar last year when they first released the stoned out and groovy Summon The Faithless, aren’t wasting any time. Less than a year after releasing their debut on Relapse Records, they’ve already prepared a follow-up, and have entered the studio with Toxic Holocaust main man Joel Grind in Portland’s Audioseige Studios. Today marks their ninth day in the studio (they’ve been with Joel since May 5th), and as you can see from the above image, they’re just about done with tracking.

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Anti Ritual – Anti Ritual

anti ritual

Not to be confused with Anti-Mortem, like this reviewer might or might not have done, Anti Ritual‘s four experienced members all have deep roots in the Copenhagen hardcore scene. As Marco Malcorps, lead singer and lyricist pointed out in a recent interview, the quartet are so-named because “the acts of playing music and screaming out lyrics serve at times almost as a cathartic ritual – to get it all out, you know.” In fact, he’s quite clear here about the reasons for forming the band. “I worry about what kind of world we are leaving for our kids, and if we will leave any world at all.” Naturally, this mindset moulds their focus with Malcorps explaining their lyrics are “a harsh critique of mainstream society and the feeling of being in opposition to it.” Their aim, then, is to empower and arm the populace to give them “a way to cope with these feelings so as to not sink into total fucking apathy.”

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high on fire slave the hive still

If you’re into High On Fire, then by now you’ve probably heard ‘Slave The Hive, the track that’s been making the rounds lately. As far as I can tell, it’s not really tied to any larger official release but it makes more than enough racket as a stand alone piece and probably for that reason the band have decided to put together a video for it. It sure is… something:

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Pelican – Forever Becoming

pelican forever becomingPelican

Forever Becoming

01. Terminal
02. Deny The Absolute
03. The Tundra
04. Immutable Dusk
05. Threnody
06. The Cliff
07. Vestiges
08. Perpetual Dawn

[10/15/13]
[Southern Lord Records]

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks” – Warren Buffett.

It’s certainly a nifty quote that seems to sum up how instrumental post-rockers Pelican have handled the loss of guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec. Rather than lament his undoubted songwriting talent, they have decided to sink their teeth into a whole new sphere of attack and, aided by the faultless integration of Dallas Thomas and his love for the big, brassy riff, they have dragged their sound out of the doldrums and into the kind of powerful groove-mongering that ignited fellow Chicagoans Russian Circles‘ career.

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High on Fire Hive

Praise be to our automobile manufacturing overlords at Scion A/V, for they’re hosting yet another free metal release! That’s it, I’m totally buying a Scion.

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doomriders grand blood

While we all sit trying to find new ways of killing time between Converge releases we are at least being treated with a new spin from Nate Newtons’ Doomriders, the newest release under Jacob Bannons’ Deathwish Inc. banner. Grand Blood is currently streaming over at Pitchfork and while not quite the whole way through yet I am happy to report that anyone who enjoyed the aural battering that was 2009s Darkness Come Alive should definitely appreciate this newest effort.

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phantom glue a war of light conesPhantom Glue

A War Of Light Cones

01. Perils
02. Captain Keith Pierce
03. Neurolizard
04. Bow in the Dust
05. Biocult
06. Arboreal
07. Test Pattern

[07/16/13]
[Black Market Activities]

Kurt Ballou gets around. When he’s not blazing a trail with Converge, he’s hunkered down in his own studio at God City, working the sound-desk for various noise-making machines who’ve all requested his producing expertise. This is where he could be found during the months of April and August 2011, twiddling the knobs for Boston, MA’s Phantom Glue. The result of those sessions has taken two whole years to see the light of day, but now Black Market Activities have stepped in to save A War Of Light Cones from staying buried from view.

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 Anciients

I’ve been keeping an eye on Anciients for a while, checking out tracks here and there, but I don’t think much could have prepared me for the vicious face-stomp of their Season Of Mist debut Heart Of Oak. Early Baroness and Intronaut collides here with more riff heavy bands like The Sword or even High On Fire, all conglomerating to a sound whose sole purpose is to dredge up the sludgiest riffs possible and clean them up to sharpen them even more.

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damientheomen

T’is that beautiful time of year again. A season of good will, understanding and compassion towards your fellow man — a time for giving, loving and appreciating. The cold may have rolled in and the trees may have shed their once vibrant foliage, but the world finds solace in the love and company of others.  It’s a time to reflect on the memories of the year and plan ahead for the next.

But most of all it’s a time to listen brutal fucking metal and drink a fuck tonne of Advocaat, because 2012 was full of great releases and now’s your chance to catch on releases you may have missed or may have never even heard of. My first draft of this list was composed of 30 albums, which then shot up to 37 when I realised that I had forgotten to include EPs. Everything from new bands that came out of nowhere to blow my mind (We Are Knuckle DraggerBloodshot DawnOddlandExotic Animal Petting Zoo etc) to the old guard continuing their brilliant legacy (GojiraAbortedNapalm DeathDeftones etc) all unfortunately fell by the wayside in the ruthless culling exercise that produced this list. And I regret cutting every single one of them, but alas, if I was talk about every album this year that was great, I’d probably lose your attention pretty quickly. Who am I kidding? You’ve most likely already skipped on to the list and you’re not even reading this bit. I could write anything I want here and no one would notice. Anything at all.

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