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Good news, everyone! Up and coming progressive metal giants Gods of Eden (whom we posted about just yesterday) have confirmed via Facebook that they will be working with legendary producer/mixer/recording engineer/god among us Jens Bogren!

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katatonia tour 2013

This prog metal dream tour was too good to pass up. Melancholic rockers Katatonia recently hit up North America for a run of headlining dates featuring Cult of Luna, Intronaut, and Tesseract. The trek hit the Theater Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA on its third stop, and resident photographer Maclyn Bean was able to attend and capture the show. Check out the photo galleries below.

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katatonia dethroned

Recently, melancholic rockers Katatonia successfully crowdfunded a new album, Dethroned & Uncrowned, a re-imagining of last year’s Dead End Kings. The band sought to rework the songs across Dead End Kings to make them more atmospheric and stripped down, with emphasis on ambiance and acoustic instruments. On paper, this idea seemed wonderful, as the band’s sound could easily make the leap towards somber minimalism. In exhibition though… it works so much better than I thought.

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Tesseract North America dates

Following the announcement of the unfortunately short run of dates from prog wonder tour lineup Cult of Luna, Katatonia, and Intronaut, Tesseract have announced that they will continue their North American trek with a headlining tour once their support run comes to a close. The group, who released their acclaimed sophomore album Altered State earlier this year, will tour the US and Canada with support from Scale the Summit and Anciients. Check out the tour dates below:

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Yesterday, we spread the word that Katatonia, Cult of Luna, Intronaut, and Tesseract were teaming up for North American prog trek. Now, the first round of dates have been made available, and they are as follows:

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uncrowned-and-vertikal

Another well-billed tour dedicated to prog is coming our way this fall, as Katatonia, Cult of Luna, Intronaut, and Tesseract are gearing up for a North American tour, dubbed Uncrowned and Vertikal. I’ve heard a thing or two about Cult of Luna and Tesseract finally coming back to North America this year, but The PRP has confirmed the leaked tour lineup, with one date confirmed so far.

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katatonia

This is probably old news to those of you who supplement your Heavy Blog browsing with another site, but it’s better to be late than never mention something this cool at all. Earlier this week, Swedish melancholic rock group Katatonia launched a crowd-sourcing project to release a semi-acoustic and stripped-down version of Dead End Kings titled Dethroned and Uncrowned. Just three days later, the band have reached their goal and then some with 82 days to go. This release is definitely happening.

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black-sabbath-13Black Sabbath

13

01. End Of The Beginning
02. God Is Dead?
03. Loner
04. Zeitgeist
05. Age Of Reason
06. Live Forever
07. Damaged Soul
08. Dear Father

[06/11/13]
[Vertigo/Universal]

DISCLAIMER: This track by track review was written as a one time run through listen of the new album at the exclusive listening event in L.A.. This is not definitive nor refined. A more cohesive review of the album will be released when it is available.

Now that we have that out of the way, let us explore this sensational piece of heavy metal history. 13 is the first new Black Sabbath  album since 1995′s Forbidden, the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s Never Say Die!, and the first with Geezer Butler since 1994′s Cross Purposes. In the current age where comebacks have been a growing trend, few others have me more excited than the return of Black Sabbath with Ozzy on vocals (though it’s sad that Bill Ward will not be on the album, who was replaced by Rage Against The Machine/ex-Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk). With so much controversy and disagreements conflicting their highly publicized reunion that was shown last year, things were put off to a point where it seemed like things might never work out. Thankfully, they did.

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lethean

Katatonia‘s 2012 offering Dead End Kings was a fantastic album that graced many of our year end lists here at Heavy Blog, as well as many others around the metal community. It’s the type of dark, brooding atmospheric metal that fans of Katatonia have come to expect. And while the release was nearly six months ago, the band have just unveiled a video for the track ‘Lethean’ off of Dead End Kings. It’s available through the Swedish site Rocknytt.com, right here

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deadstation-five-important

Hey everybody, it’s Shjon Thomas and Ryan Mattheu from The Deadstation!  We’re a dystopian progressive metal band based out of Boston, MA.   The awesome guys at Heavy Blog have given us the opportunity to write another article on whatever we wanted…  so we put on our thinking caps and tried our hardest to narrow down the infinite possibilities to ONE idea.

We decided to list five bands that are, in our humble opinion, the FIVE MOST IMPORTANT bands in metal right now.  These bands are the ones who are shaping metal music of the future, by kicking major ass in the present.

We have to reiterate though that this is just our opinion, and that we are not stating it as fact in any way!  Everybody will have their own opinion on this subject, and they are all just as valid as ours.

In fact, why don’t you post YOUR list in the comment section below!  We love to hear about what bands people are digging these days.

If you’re interested in checking out The Deadstation, you can download our free EP “Episode 01” here.  It was mastered by the one and only Jens Bogren (Devin Townsend, Opeth, Katatonia)!

So anyways… here we go!

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