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minsk
I love getting good news and it doesn’t get much better than this: one of the best post metal bands, Minsk, have announced a 2015 release titled The Crash and The Draw. Sporting such influences as Isis and Neurosis, Minsk have this psychedelic air I’ve been really missing. Head on over the jump for the full release post from Relapse Records!

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sumac

Shame on us for not posting about Sumac earlier, because this band needs to be on your radar. Sumac was started by Aaron Turner of Isis and Old Man Gloom fame along with (insane) Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook of Russian Circles and Botch out of a desire to create really heavy music once more, and if ‘Blight’s End Angel’ is any indication, I’d say they’ve succeeded. Check it out after the jump.

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If These Trees Could Talk Interview

Hey gang! If any of you don’t know who If These Trees Could Talk are, please remove yourself from these premises and go flog yourself to repent. Trees are one of the most original and damn right innovative names in post rock, so with the announcement of a new album, signing to Metal Blade and a re-issue, yours truly had no other choice but to sit down with Zack Kelly, drummer/producer and overall mastermind, and chat a bit about the future. Head on over the jump for more details on the new release, vinyl, and eggs. Yes, eggs.

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Falloch – This Island, Our Funeral

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Black metal from the United Kingdom typically presents an atmospheric approach rooted in (Celtic) folk and post rock/metal. Last year provided a handful of worthy examples of this trend, with Primordial (Ireland), Saor (Scotland) and Winterfylleth (England) all releasing albums that explored the boundaries within this formula. Falloch seem keen on keeping this style alive into the New Year with their sophomore album This Island, Our Funeral, a record most comparable to Saor from the aforementioned bands. Yet, while these Glaswegians once included Saor mastermind Andy Marshall in their ranks, what is presented on This Island, Our Funeral has a distinctly clean approach that bears a black metal tag solely in a thematic sense. The result is a beautifully painted landscape that utilizes an overly pastel palette.

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ISIS_Oceanic
Several member of HBIH’s staff are fans of Boston post metal legends Isis, vinyl and sometimes both. The band will now fulfill the desires of many by teaming up with Ipecac Records to reissue a remaster their classic album Oceanic, which frequently competes with Panopticon as fans’ and critics’ favorite Isis record. Other than a November 4th release date and promises of updated artwork courtesy of guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner, not much else is known about the parameters of the reissue as of right now. Head on over the jump for what information we do have.

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OMG
Very few “supergroups” are equal to the sum of their parts. The anticipation and hype surrounding the individual members coming together more often than not leads to disappointment when, unsurprisingly, not everyone is thrilled with the results. Then there is Old Man Gloom – for many, the only one of these groups who are consistent in producing earth shattering music that somehow takes everything and nothing from each members discography. This year sees the band release The Ape Of God and you can check ‘Predators’, one of the new tracks, after the jump!

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partone

It’s been about a month since we peeked behind the curtains to see what the Heavy Blog staff is (really) listening to. We start our three-part update after the jump.

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mostprizedIt could be a ticket stub, it could be a guitar, it could be a t-shirt or CD or Vinyl, but if you look around you, chances are you have a Most Prized Metal Possession. Some of ours after the jump.

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TheOceanTour

Some of you may remember that earlier in the week, we briefly ran a story regarding the recent cancellation of a yet to be announced tour of Australia by The Ocean in January of next year, and the online shit fight that ensued between the band and Robert MacManus, a well known Australian tour promoter.  Following our publication of the story, it was brought to my attention that despite appearances, MacManus was not actually involved with promoting this particular tour, and thus we pulled the story in order to dig a bit deeper into this intriguing drama.

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raum
It’s no secret that I am a fan of things that go slow, deep and somber. This year is already turning out to be a fantastic one for these kind of sounds, what with Thou releasing their masterpiece, Heathen. However, I can never quite get enough of the emotional peaks and lows that post metal and doom supply. Therefore, I was quite happy to discover Raum Kingdom. These Irish boys certainly deliver on the promise created by their rune covered, blackened album cover. Get a taste for yourself, right after the jump.

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