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Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Guide To The 2015 Festival Season!

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If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.

We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!

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Leprous – The Congregation

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Careers. We use that word liberally when addressing a band’s back-catalog or their future prospects. And why shouldn’t we? The progress of a band definitely bears both the intention and the longevity of careers as well as the slow accumulation of skill and momentum. However, there’s a key difference in how we relate to the work of a band and a career: not every moment in a career is expected to be earth shattering, a leap of genius or extraordinary performance. But albums are always weighed against the band at their utmost best, expected to exceed, innovate and elevate the band’s earlier work.

Should we not then assign the same outlook we do to careers to music as well? Enter Leprous. With two incredibly innovative, skilled and magisterial masterpieces under their belt, the band turn their eyes to a fifth album. What do we expect from this release? Are we once again anticipating the amazing shift from Bilateral to Coal, a shift that produced one of the most emotional and intense albums around? If we were, we are disappointed. But if we take into account that not every single point in a band’s career needs to be seminal, we will discover an evocative, compelling album that further establishes Leprous as one of the powers-that-be in progressive metal today.

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/3/15

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For those who missed our last installment, we post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.

Numerous inclusions have received the Heavy Blog stamp of approval in one form or another. The Raven Autarchy‘s The Obscene DeliveranceKatatonia’s Sanctitude and The Crinn‘s Shadowbreather all received glowing reviews, and our pseudo-review of the excellent new collaboration between Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never were the way she was – saw editor Nick Cusworth gushing over his current album of the year. This coming week, expect reviews for And So I Watch From Afar‘s Heirs and Leprous‘ The Congregation, both of which appear in this update and are current Heavy Blog favorites for 2015.  In the meantime, stream Heirs here and read our interview with Leprous frontman Einar Solberg here.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you!

Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Abbath Announces New Band…Abbath

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Let’s talk about Immortal for a second. One of the most well-known black metal bands because of the consistently-excellent quality of their output, Immortal has been kickin’ since the early 90s and was steadily releasing new music for some time (their last record, All Shall Fall, came out in 2009), until they announced their breakup earlier this year. But, despite this, Abbath, founding member of Immortal, and the band’s guitarist, vocalist, and writer, has stayed on peoples’ minds, for one simple reason: he’s just too damn good at what he does. There’s no way he’s going to disappear from the black metal scene.

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Einar Solberg of Leprous: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview

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While they may have made a name for themselves being Ihsahn’s backing band for a number of years, Norway’s Leprous are quickly becoming one of the most important groups in progressive rock/metal in recent memory. Their upcoming release, The Congregation, is going to be released on May 25th and is both a masterful amalgamation of their previous work and a step in an almost simpler direction. The album may not be out quite yet, but you can check out a sample of The Congregation at the bottom of the interview with the band’s new music video for “The Price.” I had a chance to speak with Leprous’ frontman, Einar Solberg, about the stresses and inspirations for the new record, balancing the band and a full-time job, keeping this simpler in the music, and much more!

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 4/18/15

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For those who missed our last installment, we post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.

A number of albums in our rotations this week have recently received rave reviews from our staff, including Murdock, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Dance Gavin Dance, Native Construct, Chaos Divine, Royal Thunder,  ChonAlkaloid and Minsk. All of these simply provide further evidence for 2015’s unbelievable level of musical quality, so take a moment to read our reviews and spin some of our favorite albums of the year thus far. Keep on the lookout for upcoming reviews of other playlist inclusions SighTribulation and Leprous.

Among our repeat inclusions are Cherry Bomb – the latest offering from Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator – as well as two  albums from the artist that will be featured in our popular new “For Fans Of” segment. Also present is the self-titled Monobody record that we highlighted recently and which you should absolutely check out if you have not already.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you!

Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Leprous Let You See What They’ve Been Working On In The Studio

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Norway’s Leprous are just about to release their amazing fourth LP, The Congregation, next month! Rest assured, every single one of us here at Heavy Blog who have heard it are incredibly excited about it and will probably put it on many of our year-end lists. While the band has only put out one song so far, you can check out many clips from new material below!

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Pay ‘The Price’ With This New Leprous Video From The Congregation

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Leprous have their new album coming out in May. And June. May 25th in Europe and June 2nd in North America, to be exact, via InsideOut Music. The Congregation is already shaping up to be one of the most praised records of 2015, likely to make many year-end lists all over the net.

In your first listenable offering from the progressive masters, please partake in the official music video for “The Price,” the first track on the soon-to-be-released album.

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