Maryland is becoming somewhat of a mecca for extreme metal. Not only is Baltimore home to arguably the biggest annual metal festival in the U.S., Maryland Deathfest, but the state of Maryland has also bred some heavyweight metal bands of its own, including most notably Dying Fetus, Misery Index and Periphery. Whereas these bands respectively showcase the death metal, deathgrind and progressive metal Maryland has to offer, Condemn the Infected are seeking to tear out jugular veins and kill puppies with their crushing brand of brutal technical death metal, and it’s only a matter of time before their name appears alongside their fellow Maryland peers as another heavyweight.
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It is with the most selfish of smirks that I am writing this news. Our beloved maestro of majestic musical extravaganza Devin Townsend is taking his Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid across mainland Europe and the UK. With him are the ever polarizing Periphery and the hands down batshit SHINING. While you fine people residing in the US do get more tours and are spoiled by local acts, us Euros do luck out sometimes and this is definitely one of those occasions. Get the tour dates after the jump. View Full Article »
Your entire Heavy Blog is Heavy staff took Labor Day off (even the ones in countries that think Labor Day is for expectant mothers) so it’s a little surprising how much sick content we rolled out for you this week. We’ll share the good shit after the jump.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the massively-successful Xbox game, Halo 2. In honor of this anniversary 343 Industries has revamped Halo 2 along with Halo: Combat Evoloved from the ground up. The two games will be released together in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Misha Mansoor of Periphery was commissioned to write two tracks for the Halo 2 remake. There’s also a preview of one of Misha’s tracks that recently surfaced. Check it out after the jump!
We’ve told you about Mirrelia before, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve had any new music from this Toronto based progressive metal act. Thankfully the band are gearing up to release their new EP titled The Actor on August 10th, and they’ve just revealed the first track in ‘Six Over Seven‘. Still keeping to a style that should appeal to fans of groups such as Periphery or Protest The Hero, the song is rife with catchy and melodic passages, but doesn’t shy away from getting a little heavier from time to time. Check it out:
D’Addario and Planet Waves are joining forces with BANDHAPPY to put on the “Escape from the Studio” tour featuring Periphery, The Contortionist, Intervals, and TOOTHGRINDER. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18.
Ever facing delays and setbacks, Monuments’ debut album Gnosis barely missed the boat for the new wave of progressive groove metal — which guitarist John Browne helped form with Tesseract’s Acle Kahney with under-recognized djent progenitors Fellsilent — just as it began to oversaturate the market. Despite landing a critically favorable debut and a dedicated legion of fans, the group’s troubles weren’t soon over. During the Gnosis album cycle, vocalist Matt Rose left the band with dissent, slamming the door shut on further touring in support of the record. In turn, Browne & Co. didn’t make as much new ground as they should have given their pedigree. Now aided by Chris Barretto (ex-Periphery, Ever Forthright) on vocal duties, the group hopes to make up for lost time with their infectious sophomore album The Amanuensis.
Last week, the LA Times published a beautiful story wherein Cynic‘s Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert openly discuss their sexuality, both publicly coming out as homosexuals for the first time. The online metal community took the news with overwhelming support for Masvidal and Reinert, breaking many stereotypes along the way.
Of course, even in 2014, bigotry still exists in the world, and there will be those few and far between who will say ugly things about Paul and Sean based solely on their sexuality. Last night, May 12th, guitar luthier Vik Kuletski — above center, owner of boutique custom guitar company ViK Guitars — made a poorly veiled jab at Masvidal on Facebook, and the community response points to the likelihood that Vik’s career as an up and coming luthier is more or less done, sealed by the ire of a number of high profile musicians and now former clients.
Volumes are nearing the release of their sophomore full-length record, which is seemingly overdue — outside of a new single last year, we haven’t heard music from the group since 2011 — and have shared a teaser video showcasing samples of new material. The album, titled No Sleep, will evidently take Volumes in a markedly different direction. The teaser focuses heavily on clean vocals and bright melodies, which is something that Volumes have only started hinting at on their debut, Via. Check out the video below to hear for yourself.
Animals as Leaders
The Joy of Motion
03. Air Chrysalis
04. Another Year
05. Physical Education
06. Tooth and Claw
08. The Future That Awaited Me
09. Para Mexer
10. The Woven Web
The third album. This is a crucial time in a band/artists career, where they must assess what is working, what isn’t, and what can be pulled together from the previous works to make something engaging to established fans, but hooking for new listeners as well. Animals as Leaders have reached this juncture, and because of it, have given birth to The Joy of Motion. This record is the heavily-anticipated follow up to 2011’s Weightless, and the band’s first album as part of the Sumerian Records roster.