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Clément Belio – Contrast


Open minds/personal pronouns alert. Confession time: I’ve been trying to review this album for months. If you’ve been following the blog this year, you know that I have a pretty good turn around rate for reviews. However, this one has just haunted me in the best kind of way. What is Contrast by Clément Belio? It is a practice in imitation as inspiration. It is the essence of eclecticism. It is bewildering, delighting, decentralized and insane. By the composer’s own words, it is a patchwork of everything he loves in music, thrown into the melting pot of his brain. And so, I’ve waited for months for this to coalesce into a review. This is my feeble attempt at finally jotting it down.

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In 2009, my life changed irrevocably as me and three other good friends headed for Hellfest and then Graspop. It was my initiation into the international metal community and my first time in a large, European festival. The sheer number of bands I discovered that year is astronomical: Clutch, Electric Wizard, The Black Dahlia Murder and Down to name a few. I also so some bigger names perform live and had a thoroughly good time. Hellfest has a great location, great facilities and an all around endearing attitude. There have been some voices over the past few years claiming that the festival has since multiplied and has lost a lot of its charm. I don’t know about that. I do know about lineups. Head on over the jump to witness the majesty for yourself.

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really11-2-header-parttwoRemember how back in school the kids whose last names started M-Z could show up later than the rest of you because it took a while to call the roll that far? That’s kind of how our two-part look at what your Heavy Blog is Heavy Staff is (really) listening to for the first weekend of November works. The stragglers show off their 3×3’s after the break.

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really11-2-header-partoneIt’s been a great month of a great year for music and those of us privileged to write for Heavy Blog is Heavy have had our players working overtime.  But what have we really been listening to since the start of October?  The first half of our answers after the jump.

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Welcome back readers! This is the sixth AND LAST part of William France’s sojourn in the wildlands of Australia (right? The entire place is just wildlands, right?), on tour with After the Burial and Born of Osiris! That’s right, the journey ends here! We hope you’ve enjoyed your time with William. This was a seriously fun thing to publish and we all hope we can do it again in the very near future!

If you haven’t yet, check out the first, secondthirdfourth and fifth parts! If you have, hold on to your socks because things are going to get a bit bumpy. Head on over the jump for your sixth taste of this rollercoaster. And remember, for the last time for now: DEFEND SUMERIANCORE.

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Decapitated – Blood Mantra


The story of Polish extreme metal stalwarts Decapitated is not an easy one to swallow, but it’s one that makes this excellent band’s legacy all the more powerful and ultimately, proves that some of the best music is created out of strife and tragedy. With a near-perfect back catalogue that includes death metal classics such as Winds of CreationNihility and Organic Hallucinosis, Decapitated took a huge blow in November 2007 when a horrible auto accident killed the band’s original drummer extraordinaire and founding member, Witold “Vitek” Kiełtyka, and put the band’s vocalist at the time, Adrian “Covan” Kowanek, in a coma that he still remains in to this day. Founding guitarist and band mastermind Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka understandably put the band on hold soon after this tragedy occurred, and the future of Decapitated became uncertain. However, in 2011, Vogg assembled a new fireteam of death metal musicians, and Decapitated burst back onto the scene, revitalized and raring to destroy, and released the excellent Carnival Is Forever to critical acclaim. This album not only proved that Decapitated was still a force to be reckoned with, but it also stands as a proud example of the resilience of the human spirit. Now, three years later, this resilience carries on in the form of Blood Mantra, a very different album for Decapitated, but one that sees the band evolving naturally and reaching yet another creative high.

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Meshuggah fans were offered their first glimpse into the band’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release, The Ophidian Trek, yesterday, when Drummer Magazine premiered the live performance video for ‘Do Not Look Down’. The Ophidian Trek, as well as a remastered version of the band’s 2004 album I, come as a celebration of the band’s twenty-fifth anniversary, and will be available in North America on September 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video after the jump!

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He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit


Some feared it would never happen, but it has: He Is Legend has returned. Back in September of 2009, the band went on what they called an “indefinite hiatus”, a strange move considering just two months earlier, the band released the totally different, but absolutely, positively brilliant It Hates You, an album which has since become treasured by both internet metal nerds and famous metal musicians alike, including Robb Flynn of Machine Head. It Hates You was an album that was nearly impossible to categorize; it was something of a cross between Deftones and Alice In Chains with southern-tinged Meshuggah elements and psychedelic stoner-sludge metal sensibilities thrown in here and there, and even these descriptions don’t even come close to doing it justice. It Hates You was a beast of an album all it’s own; it was a total departure from it’s southern metal predecessor, Suck Out The Poison, and complete one-eighty from He Is Legend’s first full-length album I Am Hollywood, which showed their humble beginnings as something closer to a metalcore or post-hardcore band.

Now, five years later, equipped with a new drummer and a refreshed vigor, He Is Legend have stampeded back onto the scene with Heavy Fruit, an album that’s every bit as different, and every bit as fantastic, as everything they’ve ever released.

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The Misanthrope – Supersession


With the proliferation of music via the Internet, it’s doubtful that the classification of genres as firm barriers between styles of music has no more place. It would behoove all of us to accept a more elastic view of what was ultimately always meant to be nothing more than a tool. Many bands are working towards the dissolution of these supposedly well-defined abstractions, some with more success than others. The Misanthrope appears to almost be an experiment in how directly one can attack these bulkheads in music and still maintain an elegance often reserved for more stable works. Make no mistake however; this is not experimentation for the sake of experimentation. Lord knows we have enough of that and it rarely sounds good. Instead, Supersession is the unique and convoluted vision of one man and his attempt to translate it into record form.

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That’s right ladies and gentlemen, your dreams are no longer safe. The nightmarish and monstrous I, one of the most disturbing albums I know, is being reissued to continue celebrations of Meshuggah’s 25 year anniversary. Not only that, but the track will be remastered and the issued will include two live tracks and a previously unreleased studio track from 2003. Check out the full release after the jump!

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