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The long overdue new record from post-metal act Minsk promises to be one of the more enchanting records of 2015, and our collective anticipation grows as news rolls in. The Crash & The Draw is being spun by label Relapse Records as…

[…a]n instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year, each cascading movement is a crucial sonic passage through dark and light. At once crushing, hallucinatory and at times, spiritually illuminating, tracks ebb and flow with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency. Only furthering the record’s captivating allure, The Crash & The Draw is a thematic continuation of the group’s long-standing attraction to alchemical and esoteric ideologies, with marked nods toward the thought and writings of perennial inspiration, Kahlil Gibran, and the espoused words of Hermes Trismegistus, the fabled author of the Corpus Hermeticum and other sacred texts and serves as a fitting audio soundscapade for those souls devoted to the manifestations of Neurosis, Rwake, Yob, Isis and the like.

Of course, there’s the desire to take the label’s assessment with a grain of salt, but given that the album is produced by Sanford Parker (Wovenhand, Lord Mantis, Indian, etc), the quality of the Relapse ouvre, and some of the new music samples heard in the new album trailer (after the jump), I’m inclined to take it at face value.

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It sure seems like supergroups have been popping up left and right over the past few years, but this one may just be the best pairing yet. With one of the weirdest band names out there right now, The Legend of the Seagullmen is the new project featuring Brent Hinds (guitar and vocals, Mastodon) and Danny Carey (drums, Tool) and will be produced by film director Jimmy Hayward, who Hinds had worked with on the Jonah Hex movie. Check out some new tunes below!

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Dead In The Manger – Cessation

dead in the manger

Atmosphere can make or break any media; from an album, to a video game, to a haunted house, what creates the worth and enjoyment of the experience is its atmosphere. In music, especially metal, atmosphere can be an enormous part of the equation. Masterpieces like Agalloch’s The Mantle and Neurosis’s Times Of Grace are triumphs of the atmospheric qualities that can imbue the genre. And it is this attribute of metal that the newest EP from black-sludge-grindcore band Dead in the Manger, the 26-minute gut punch that is Cessation, uses to its utmost advantage, creating an incredible musical and emotional experience. View Full Article »

I love getting good news and it doesn’t get much better than this: one of the best post metal bands, Minsk, have announced a 2015 release titled The Crash and The Draw. Sporting such influences as Isis and Neurosis, Minsk have this psychedelic air I’ve been really missing. Head on over the jump for the full release post from Relapse Records!

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relapse 25 one

We’ve been excited for months about Relapse Records’ plans for 2015. Late last year, the label announced plans that throughout their 25th year of operation, they will be tapping into their extensive back catalog of records and re-pressing a selection of favorites that have long-since been out of print or are just now seeing vinyl release for the first time ever. The first round of represses have been announced and include influential albums from Human Remains, Pan.Thy.Monium, Amorphis, Incantation.

After the jump, be sure to check out cuts from each album. You may end up making an incredible musical discovery.

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relapse 25 years

CALLED IT. Vinyl nerds shall rejoice further, as Relapse Records have announced plans to expand their recent trend of re-releasing high-profile out-of-print albums from their back catalog of releases. No more scavenging eBay for a reasonably priced copy of Miss Machine!

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mastodon once more round the sun

It would seem that the new Mastodon record Once More Round The Sun is going to be trippy as all hell, because the artwork we’ve seen so far seems to indicate a psychedelic-infused madness. Oakland-based artist Skinner contributed all the frighteningly beautiful artwork to the group’s sixth full-length studio album, due out June 24th through Reprise Records. Album art of the year?

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townes van zandt

File this one under ‘something a little different’, because this is a world away from the standard distortion parade that usually reigns here.

You may have been aware of Songs Of Townes Van Zandt, the 2012 tribute album dedicated to blues/country artist Townes Van Zandt that featured artists such as Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint VitusThe Obsessed), and Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly of Neurosis giving their take on some his classic songs through their Neurot Recordings outfit. Well, the project has returned with Volume II, this time featuring a diverse line up including Mike Scheidt (Yob), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle), John Baizley (Baroness) and Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand).

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temples fest

If you’re in the UK, you’re no stranger to the insane number of great metalfests we have every year, including Bloodstock, Damnation Festival, Hammerfest, Hard Rock Hell and even Download (depending on how kvlt you are). Now a brand new 3 day festival has popped up for those of us in the west country under the name of Temples Festival and features a line up of bands that should have any hardened extreme metal fan excited.

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a storm of light

Time to drown in some vicious sludge riffage with A Storm Of Light and their new album Nations To Flames, ahead of it’s September 17th release through Southern Lord Records, as you can now stream the entire thing courtesy of Noisecreep.

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