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Devin Townsend Fredrick Morgan

It’s no secret that Morgan Agren is one of the most absurdly talented drummers out there right now, but it may be lesser-known that he just released his debut solo record entitled Batterie Deluxe. While Agren may be known best for his work in the dizzying 1997 album Sol Niger Within by Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects, this new record is closer to the schizophrenic tendencies of electronic acts like Aphex Twin. The whole album is streaming now, so check it out below! View Full Article »

nile tour 2015

Nuclear Blast Records definitely stirred up quite a bit of excitement last week when they announced that 2015 would see new releases from tons of their roster’s heavy-hitters, including Slayer, Meshuggah, Testament, Immolation and Nile. Now with the promise of a new album from the South Carolina-native death metal band, Nile have also just revealed yesterday that they’re planning on touring Europe with Suffocation this fall!

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On January 10th, 2015, progressive metal heavyweights Periphery came to Carrboro, NC to play at Cat’s Cradle in support of their upcoming double-album, Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega. This was the first date of their tour with support from Nothing More, Wovenwar, and Thank You Scientist, and was also the first time the band has begun performing new material like “The Bad Thing,” “The Scourge,” “Alpha,” and more. I got a chance to speak with the three guitarists of the band, Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb and Jake Bowen about the structuring of the album, the politics of picking tours, how album reviews should be done, and much more!

So this is the first night of touring in support of your new album Juggernaut, which I’m really hyped on after hearing it a bunch over the past week. Didn’t the album start off as a story and then the music came with it?

Misha: It’s all kind of together. Juggernaut to us was just the idea to do a concept, and it’s been many things throughout the years. At one point in time it was going to be our first album. “Icarus [Lives!]” was supposed to be on Juggernaut, and there were a bunch of themes going with that initially. It was this hyped thing, but I think we all got in a room after Clear and when we were touring. We were talking about what we envisioned it to be. I think we all were saying we want dark, epic, theatrical, ambient…that kind of stuff, which was a very different vibe from Periphery II. That was more notey and upbeat and playful.

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Sylosis – Dormant Heart

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Every once in a blood moon a band comes along who stands on the shoulders of giants, embracing the traditional metal foundation built by bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica while  infusing a modern and original approach in style, content, and production values. Mastodon comes to mind, whose simpler riffs and classic flair would come off as derivative and boring in the context of any other band. There’s an intangible aura about them that gives their songs and aesthetic a limitless appeal. Gojira and Meshuggah both follow suit in their own way, dripping with an “it” factor; a charisma that cannot be taught. Enter the UK’s Sylosis, a band carving their niche into the annals of metal history with each successive album, slowly and patiently honing their craft with surgical precision. Their latest effort, Dormant Heart picks up right where Monolith left off, albeit with a more dynamic, concise, and exacting vision.

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Clément Belio – Contrast

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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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DefendingSumeriancore

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

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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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