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Mastodon gojira kvelerak tour

Mastodon have announced the second leg of their U.S. headlining tour in support of their excellent new album, Once More ‘Round the Sun, which the Heavy Blog Staff decided was one of the best albums of the year so far. The tour will once again feature the mighty Gojira and the fun-as-hell Kvelertak as openers. The tour kicks off in mid-October on Boise, ID and will finish up in Atlanta, GA in early November. Click the jump for dates.

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Currently on the road to promote their upcoming album, Once More ‘Round the Sun, the Atlanta foursome not to be trifled with, Mastodon, take the most eco-friendly (and heaviest) band in the world, Gojira, and the six-piece stranglehold from Norway, Kvelertak on tour with some of the most bone-crushing riffs to take the stage.

Please enjoy a note from our photographer and a slew of photos behind the cut!

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PromoImageBarren Womb

The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken

01. Kill Hicks
02. Will you be God’s art or Satan’s graffiti?
03. Evil prevails
04. Only Rain Man doesn’t change
05. Nábrók
06. Obi-Wan Chernobyl
07. From robot jobs to robot homes
08. Live fast, die.
09. Bong Aqua
10. Zombies never go out of style
11. Assmasters of reality
12. Nexus Diplomis
13. Segway to heaven
[Spartan Records]

Digging into the backstory of Barren Womb, one might be intrigued by the bold statements of their biography. Here, they claim to “blend hardcore punk with elements of black metal, grindcore and country.” Hell’s teeth, that sure sounds like an exciting prospect. Having investigated further it appears that the “elements” are incredibly subtle ones and these Norwegian noiseniks don’t, in fact, sound like Black Breath butchering Lynyrd Skynyrd songs. Happily, their more general description of them being “a nasty swill of noisy punk” is bang on the money.

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Mastodon gojira kvelerak tour

With Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak showing up on Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range Festival lineup for this summer, it was a no brainer that the groups could very likely be hitting the road together on a larger capacity. Finally, the rumors have been confirmed and a handful of tour dates have been announced.

Via Mastodon’s Facebook:

The tour kicks off April 28th in Seattle and criss-crosses the U.S. before culminating in a performance at the Rock On The Range Festival on May 18th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7th.

Mastodon’s upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:

04/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
05/01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
05/02 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
05/03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
05/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
05/08 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
05/12 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
05/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Though the dates are a bit thin, the tour is definitely stellar. If Rock on the Range weren’t a week before Maryland Deathfest, I’d consider the trip. Unfortunately, I’m gonna have to let this tour pass me by.

In other Mastodon news, the group shared the following update on their album sessions:

Hopefully the album release will coincide with this tour. Could use some of those Mastodon feel-good summer jams. More info on that when we get it.

– JR


Full disclosure: I really hate doing these lists. Actually, what I should say is I hate ordering these lists. Throughout the course of the year, these are the albums which have impacted me most, whether it be on an emotional level, intellectual level, or on a just plain enjoyment level. I really can’t say that I think any one of these albums is better than the other, because they’ve each played an equally important role on my impression of music in 2013.

I’ve been doing my best to prepare for this time of year by keeping a running list of albums I’ve enjoyed throughout the year, but unfortunately I can’t put 112 albums on my list. I’ll also admit that the publishing of year end lists on other metal media outlets has forced me to revisit a number of albums over the past few weeks, just to be sure there wasn’t an album I missed or didn’t quite “get”, and has also put an unspoken pressure on me to include albums that other prominent writers have deemed the best of the year. That being said, diversity (or is it variety?) is the spice of life, and one thing I need to realize is that we all as metal journalists have different tastes, and while there may be some overlap with the dreaded year-end lists, it’s not at all required. We are all individuals, our own entities, and one of the many beautiful things about music is the variety of interpretations and impacts it can have on each of us as individuals.

Inevitably, there will be a handful of readers who express their discontent with my list and every other Heavy Blog writers’ list in a threatening manner, and to those people I say: grow up. Make your own damn list, and enjoy it for yourself. I can guarantee you that I won’t agree with everything on your list, but I’m not going to think any less of you because we don’t share the same musical taste. Music is supposed to breed community, not hostility, and we should all just learn to appreciate each others’ individual tastes and have civil conversations about it, and perhaps in the process, experience some of the excitement of discovering a new band that tickles your musical fancy just right.

And thus ends my soapbox on the subject. Now, onto the list!

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john skibeat

2013 has seen large growths in the, quite frankly, already sweaty regions of punk n’ roll, progressive metal and retro blues rock. Naturally, this has made me a very jolly fellow. You might be able to spot a few of the more impressive additions in my all-singing, all-dancing end of year list. Happy xmas to one and all!

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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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I’m not exactly sure what Kvelertak‘s latest music video is about, but what I can tell you is that the visuals are AMAZING — there you go, some David Draiman levels of excitement there for you. Created for one of the shortest tracks from their recently released Roadrunner debut Meir, ‘Evig Vandrar‘s new visual counterpart was directed by Torjus Førre Erfjord, who previously created the video for ‘Blodtørst‘ with the band. Check it out below:

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Award shows in the metal world, much like lists, are a necessary evil. Nothing quite gets people talking as much as an organisation declaring that something is ‘the best’ in it’s field and, whether it’s civil or not, there’s usually some interesting points raised. So, with that in mind, let’s take a gander at the results of the latest Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, one of the biggest if not the biggest UK metal award show of the year.

First up, congratulations are obviously in order for The Algorithm, winning Best Underground Band — going by their debut Polymorphic Code, released late last year through Basick, they definitely deserve it. Bleed From Within snatched up the award for Best New Band and, while I haven’t got round to checking out their latest Uprising yet, I can get behind that too. Giving Gojira the award for Best Live Band is a no-brainer, on their most recent UK run they blew Ghost off the stage — a band that are widely revered for their live show. Finally, Brian Blessed got the ‘Spirit Of Hammer’ Award. If any of you disagree with that, I don’t even know what is wrong with you.

On the other hand, Black Sabbath‘s 13 winning best album artwork is a little questionable — it’s not bad by any means, but it’s a little straightforward. Also, I have to admit Stone Sour beating out Deftones for Best International Band and Asking Alexandria nixing Kvelertak in Best Breakthrough Band irked me a bit.

You can read the full list after the jump, courtesy of the omniscient PRP:

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Kvelertak headlining US tour 2013

When Kvelertak rolls through your town, expect an evening of whiskey-soaked party-ready hardcore to come into tow. The spirit of the mosh is personified in these Norwgian metallers, and you can always count on them to put on a good show. On their most recent American run of dates, they brought Cancer Bats and Black Tusk along for support, and you can catch photos from the April 18th in Philadelphia below courtesy of regularly contributing photographer Maclyn Bean.

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