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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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baroness early learning

The earliest years of a band can easily be some of the most interesting in retrospect. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and only a few years, at best, to top it with it the second — this leads to some of the most revealing, raw and albeit less focused music you’ll hear in their entire career. With this in mind, I decided to take a look at some of the earliest work from bands that have carved out their own niche and tried to take a look at how these early sounds connect with their more recent work.

 

Baroness are somewhat standalone these days. Yellow & Green saw the band take their usually more vicious approach to proggy sludge metal and make it more introspective and subdued with huge infectious choruses and more standard song structures being a feature throughout both discs. And while they have their ties to the Savannah sludge scene, one listen to ‘March To The Sea‘ or ‘Sea Lungs‘ will convince you that no one does it quite like they do.

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author and punisher

Anyone who reads Heavy Blog regularly enough knows our love of extreme avant-garde music. The blending of metal with far-out influences allows for the creation of some powerful art, and one up and coming artist that has really captured our attention is Tristan Shone and his project Author & Punisher. I first became aware of his unique act after playing a direct support set for A Life Once Lost in a small convention center in my hometown. Upon entering the room, instead of the usual setup — guitars, drums, mic, what have you — a collection of odd machines and electronics sat on stage. It became immediately clear that Author & Punisher was no ordinary metal act; Tristan Shone is a true example of a one-man band, recreating his complex drone-influenced industrial compositions with an array of homemade machines. I was so impressed with his act that I approached him after the show for an interview, and we talked for a good twenty minutes about his setup and his new album Women & Children, among other things. Read our conversation below.

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Intronaut - Habitual LevitationsIntronaut

Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)

01. Killing Birds With Stones
02. The Welding
03. Steps
04. Sore Sight For Eyes
05. Milk Leg
06. Harmonomicon
07. Eventual
08. Blood From A Stone
09. The Way Down

[03/19/13]
[Century Media Records]

Intronaut are one of the most interesting progressive metal/post-metal bands out there. Best described as a mix of all the right aspects of Neurosis and Isis, these four dudes wowed everyone back in 2010 with Valley Of Smoke, and ever since then have hopped on countless big-name tours, with the most recent being a Meshuggah/Animals As Leaders tour, which was basically prog heaven. But when a band has such a stellar album, it makes the amount of pressure put on the band rise tremendously. Would they be able to top their best work? Would they succeed or would they fail? After may listens to their newest album, Habitual levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) the answer is simple: they have surpassed everything they have ever done.

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He Whose Ox Is Gored

It seems that with the disbanding of Isis that post-metal, especially in the underground, has been on the rise. Every day there are new bands coming out of the woodwork to make a name for themselves and to unleash their music on the world. In a sea of bands it’s very hard to standout, that is until you meet He Whose Ox Is Gored. The band, hailing from Seattle, are self-described by member Brian McClelland as “a full on doomgaze band now [evolved from atmospheric post-hardcore]”. In my eyes, they’re a post-metal/doom metal band that mix elements from The Sword, Isis, and Neurosis to make a super awesome sound rich with walls of textures and layers upon layers of great songwriting. Their albums are all “pay what you want” and you can get them on their Bandcamp.

In regards to their upcoming album, Brian also had this to say: “We’re in the writing process right now. As soon as that’s finished we head into Red Room Studios with Robert Cheek behind the board. Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pelican, Botch, Planes Mistaken For Stars) is signed in to mix, so were pretty stoked about that.” Right now they’re in talks with a few different labels, so an official release date is pending, but we will have the news as soon as it is released.

So go download their stuff and follow them on Facebook!

 

-SS

drkilljoy

2012 has been a phenomenal year in music. Huge bands came out with some of the best music I’ve heard my entire life. Bands were coming out with such amazing stuff; it felt like they actually believed this to be the last year for humanity and had to come out with the best music they’ve ever created. This year was the year of many things; post-rock, progressive metal, comebacks, djent etc. but to me this was mainly the year of death-metal. With stellar releases by industry veterans like Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Cryptopsy and Dying Fetus, as well as newer bands like Cattle Decapitation, Pathology and Dyscarnate, I have never heard this much death-metal at once. I used to shun the genre, but this year, I converted. I came over to the dark-side (partly because they had cookie… monster. Lelelelelel. No? Okay, no more horrible puns). It was also this year that I started listening to some new genres, mainly grind and slam. I knew they existed but I didn’t see the thrill in them till recently. Boy, was I wrong. So let this year be the “Year of Resolution” on my new found sense of taste.

Reflecting back on 2012, it’s difficult not to think about some of the downright horrible news that came out this year. With the closing down of Hydra Head Records, Laurent Schroeder-Lebec leaving Pelican and the shocking death of Mitch Lucker vocalist of Suicide Silence, it had its ups and downs but I guess that’s just life’s way of reminding us that we have to take the good with the bad. Here’s to trying to keep positive for the next year.

This year is also the year I started writing for HBIH and my opinion on music started to mean something. I had been a reader of this blog for 3 years until I was approached by Alkahest to write for HBIH. Having been a jobless Indian living in New Delhi, I instantly accepted the offer and now I can pose as an online music hipster and look down on other people’s music taste with unabashed glee. Thanks again, Jimmy!

Unlike many of my co-workers here at HBIH, I opted to have my list consist only of 10 albums. I’m old-school that way. Yes, they were many albums I wanted to add to my list but I’m going to stick to the tried and tested way of the Top 10. So without any further ado, here are my Top 10 Albums Of 2012.

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