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The Safety Fire - Mouth of Swords

UK’s up and coming progressive masterminds The Safety Fire announced their upcoming sophomore album, titled Mouth of Swords, just last week. Now they revealed the snazzy album artwork (above) and released a new song titled ‘Red Hatchet’! Just as you’d expect, the song is amazing — it’s a supercharged version of all that made Grind the Ocean so good. Check out the song and the track listing after the jump.

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Leprous – Coal

Leprous - CoalLeprous

Coal

01. Foe
02. Chronic
03. The Cloak
04. The Valley
05. Salt
06. Echo
07. Contaminate Me

[05/20/13]
[InsideOut]

Considering Leprous‘s previous album Bilateral is considered by many to be a masterpiece of progressive metal; Norway’s Leprous had a tall order in front of themselves. Coming up with a followup to such a critically acclaimed and beloved album is no doubt a daunting task. Despite that, after two long years of waiting, Leprous have conjured the successor to Bilateral, and it’s called Coal. Usually, when bands release an album after their magnum opus, the result is either a “version 2.0″ of the previous album, or it’s a return back to the normal style of the band. Leprous have taken a bold turn instead, and they have reinvented themselves. Coal is clearly a Leprous album, carrying all their trademark touches, but it’s also very fresh and unique.

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Riverside

Shrine of New Generation Slaves

01. New Generation Slaves
02. The Depth of Self-Delusion
03. Celebrity Touch
04. We Got Used To Us
05. Feel Like Falling
06. Deprived (Intrievably Lost Imagination)
07. Escalator Shrine
08. Coda

[01/21/13]
[InsideOut Music]

Over the past few years the progressive rock and metal scene has been witness to a large number of bands creating albums that see them “returning to the roots” of progressive metal; cultivating albums that harken back to sounds of old. The sixties and seventies were indeed great times for rock music, and those decades carried with them some of the most influential music in rock history. But with so many bands trying to emulate those sounds, and so many of them falling flat on their faces,  it can feel a bit frustrating to see a favorite band throwing aside their aggressive qualities and adopting sounds from the past. With Shrine of New Generation Slaves, Riverside show us all the right way to blend retro-style prog rock into the context of modern progressive music.

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Despite touring heavily in support of their last two albums, Pain of Salvation has not seen American shores in quite some time. Rumor has it Pain of Salvation frontman Daniel Gildenlöw did not approve of the political direction that the United States was going in, and went on a boycott of the U.S. front. Whether that’s true or not is speculation, but it seems likely as Gildenlöwhas always been a very socially conscious person, which is evident in practically all of his music with Pain of Salvation, and if you’ve been paying attention to the U.S. for the past half-decade… Well, best not to get into that.

However, it seems like the band (which is currently composed of all new members, with the exception of Daniel, following a run of line-up changes last fall) has resolved their internal issues with America, and with that comes the announcement of a small run of North American headline dates for Pain of Salvation. Of course none of these shows are anywhere near me, so it looks like I’m going to have to hold out to see my favorite prog metal band some other time.

The tour was announced in tandem with the announcement that the band would be releasing their latest album, a live in studio acoustic record tentatively titled Clean, through InsideOut records. As the album is acoustic, and the tour is in support of said album, it’s probably a good bet that the band won’t be performing many “metal” songs on this trek. Either way, Gildenlöw has been performing acoustically for years, and if you search around on the internet you can find some pretty high quality recordings of these shows. From what I’ve seen, they are just as entertaining and emotional as one would hope.

Kingcrow and Imminent Sonic Destruction will be offering support. Here are the dates.

05.01.2013 – EMPIRE -West Springfield, VA
05.02.2013 – HOUSE OF ROCK – White Marsh, MD
05.04.2013- ROSFEST (Pain of Salvation only) – Gettysburg, PA
05.05.2013 – THE MARLIN ROOM at WEBSTER HALL – New York, NY
05.07.2013 – LE CERCLE – Quebec City, QC
05.08.2013 – FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES – Montreal, QC
05.09.2013 – THE MOD CLUB – Toronto, ON
05.10.2013 – REGGIE’S – Chicago, IL
05.11.2013 – STATION 4 – Minneapolis, MN

(Additional Dates Coming Soon)

- EC

Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

Devin Townsend Project

Epicloud

01. Effervescent!
02. True North
03. Lucky Animals
04. Liberation
05. Where We Belong
06. Save Our Now
07. Kingdom
08. Divine
09. Grace
10. More!
11. Lessons
12. Hold On
13. Angel

[09/18/12]
[InsideOut Music]

Devin Townsend has returned with the fifth album under his current solo moniker; the Devin Townsend Project. Over the past three years Devy has expanded into a wide array of musical soundscapes, pushing his repertoire into unexplored territories, as well as expanding on the styles and sounds that have made him a hit. While it will be startling for some, Epicloud should not be taken as an indication of where Townsend is going in his career. It is just another passing whim of his; a bombastic and catchy record, filled to the brim with some of the best pop metal you will ever find.

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Okay, shit. Today is just getting better and better. We’ve already alerted you to the new Ihsahn track featuring Devin Townsend‘s stunning guest vocals, but man oh man this is big news. You can now stream the first glimpse of the live mega-boxset release of all four Devin Townsend Project albums, By A Thread – Live In London. The stream comes from MetalInjection, and it showcases Dev and crew performing the hauntingly bombastic song, ‘Gato‘, from the 2009 album, Ki.

I really don’t know what else to tell you other than it looks, and sounds fantastic. I’ve never been a fan of live DVDs or audio tracks, but I fucking want this! To everyone who was there in London last November, I envy the hell out of you.

Anyway, you can pre-order this monolith now. By A Thread is out June 19th through HevyDevy Records, and InsideOut Music. Enjoy!

- EC

Last week we directed your attention to a pretty nifty sampler from Candlelight Records which featured the world premier of the track “The Paranoid” from Ihsahn‘s upcoming solo release, Eremita. Now it seems other labels are ponying up and offering their own samplers, one of which is my favorite label, InsideOut Music. This short sampler features eight tracks from a wide selection of bands, but the overall emphasis of this download is progressive metal. There is a lot of really great bands on this, several of which have received tons of praise from us here at HBIH — Arjen Lucassen, The Safety Fire, Leprous — but there’s also some lesser known bands that you may not be all that familiar with, and their tracks are pretty great too!

To top this thing off the final track is a live rendition of the song “Addicted”, taken from Devin Townsend‘s upcoming live boxset release, By A Thread. Without giving too much away, or saying anything all too surprising, the song is amazing. Addicted is one of the best releases from Townsend, and it’s an album that really transitions well into the live format.

You can download the sampler here. You just have to give your email address and click a link to verify that you’re not a part of the Borg collective, but other than that the download process is much more fluid than that of Candlelight’s. Props to InsideOut and their great lineup.

- EC

British prog metalcore powerhouse The Safety Fire‘s debut album Grind The Ocean is finally available in North America! To celebrate, InsideOut Music hooked us up with the full album stream! Grind the Ocean is without a doubt one of the year’s highlights, calling to mind bands like Architects and Periphery while maintaining and building a wholly unique sound. It’s been out in Europe since February, but if you haven’t heard it yet, you no longer have an excuse! Stream Grind the Ocean below:

 

If you’re liking what you hear and would like a copy, listen up! We’re also giving away FIVE copies of this record, complete with signed posters! To enter, send an email with the subject “The Safety Fire Giveaway” along with your name and address to mail(at)heavyblogisheavy(dot)com. We’ll give you until next Tuesday at midnight to enter! Entries will be picked at random, so good luck!

Winners have already been selected. Thanks to everyone who entered!

The Safety Fire are currently on tour in the US with Protest the Hero, Periphery, Jeff Loomis, and Today I Caught The Plague. To catch up with them on their remaining dates, visit them on Facebook. Be sure to check back for our review later today!

- JR

Welcome to another issue of DEVWATCH! The always busy and very prolific Devin Townsend is hard at work on a plethora of new releases, and it’s oh so incredibly spoiling. I mean, how many bands put out five releases in four years and have them all be incredible? The dude is something special.

In addition to those releases, he’s now adding a new live DVD box set title By A Thread to his discography. Here’s the scoop:

Live DVD box set news! Yes, that’s right, yet another pretty box set will see the light of day soon… You may remember that we’ve recorded last year’s sold out shows in London where the DTP performed each of their albums in full (and then some) and we can now announce that the release has been dubbed ‘By A Thread – Live in London 2011′ and will be out June 18th in Europe and June 19th in North America. Four DVD discs will hold the each of the concerts including a shitload of extras and five CD’s will have all the audio with a separate CD for just the encores that were played. More details on exact content and where to pre-order this beauty will be announced soon.

So excited! Chris got to watch Deconstruction being performed, and swears to its glory. We won’t have to live vicariously through his words or lame bootleg YouTube videos anymore, because you’ll soon get to see it from the comfort of your own home. Good Guy Devin, right there.

Mark it down. By A Thread will be out by June 19th on Century Media/InsideOut Music.

- JR

Seriously, The Safety Fire are making me so excited. Part of me thinks they purposely delayed their forthcoming debut just to build suspense for the damn thing, and if that is the case it’s definitely working.

Any who, with all the amount of time we’re being forced to wait through, the band seems to want to ease the stress we’re all feeling, so in order to  do that they’ve released another song from their debut. The song is called “Circassian Beauties”  and oh boy, it’s a doozy. It’s probably my favorite from them at this point. You can stream it below, and if you haven’t done so check out the official video for their song Huge Hammers”.

The Safety Fire’s debut, Grind The Ocean, will be released April 10th (NA)  and April 9th(UK) via Inside Out Music. It’s going to be great. Oh and for those unaware, the band will be acting as support for the upcoming Protest the Hero North American tour with Periphery and Jeff Loomis. Dates after the jump. Go check them out!

- EC

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