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rwake xenoglossalgia

Arkansas sludge/doom outfit Rwake became known as one of the genre’s greatest visionaries when they released Rest in 2011. The record was apocalyptic in nature and nearly epic in its depth, and I’ve been patiently waiting for a followup. It’s been a while, and with no signs of life outside of some local shows popping up, it may be even longer before we get some new music from the group. Fortunately, we can be adequately held over as Relapse are officially releasing a remastered version of the band’s original demo Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness for the first time ever.

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HighOnFire

Image courtesy of Tom Couture

Do you like riffs, feedback, meaty drums and more and more and more riffs? Then this news should be hitting its mark: High On Fire are not only going to record a new album this year, they’ll also be doing it with none other than Kurt Ballou. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s going to be loud, fast and sludgy. The band will also be hitting the road in 2015, head on over the jump for the full dates.

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White Arms of Athena

At long last, our friends in White Arms of Athena are poised to release White Arms of Athena, the Kurt Ballou produced follow-up to their celebrated 2011 debut album Astrodrama. We’re pleased to announce the full details of the release, which is sure to be a stand-out record among the current wave of progressive and psychedelic music.

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high-on-fire-tour

High On Fire are gearing up to play some sweet free shows courtesy of the Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour. Not only that, but the band have also announced a handful of dates to take place after the Converse dates!

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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

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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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