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PHOTOS: In Flames, Periphery—May 6th, 2015 @ The Emporium, Patchogue, NY

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On May 6, 2015, Periphery, All That Remains [not pictured], and In Flames rolled through Long Island on their current US tour. By now, you’re probably used to Periphery headlining/being direct support/third to last on the bill, so having them open a tour is a bit odd, almost like a flashback to 2008 or so when they first started touring and hadn’t become the djent juggernauts they are today. But no matter where on the bill they’re placed, their performance is nothing short of amazing.

Next up was All That Remains, probably the largest metal act out of Springfield, MA. They’ve got some fanbase, because after their set, there was nothing but sweat and spilled beer, and everyone just went outside to get some air.

Finally, In Flames, the quintessential melodic death metal band from Sweden took the stage. In Flames are probably one of the happiest live bands on Earth, smiling at every possible moment the camera was pointed at them. Excellent performers to boot and crowd interactions next to none, In Flames are, to this day, a force to be reckoned with. Grab the photos of Periphery and In Flames below!

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Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Guide To The 2015 Festival Season!

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If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.

We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!

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Veil Of Maya – Matriarch

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We are in an era of radical change in areas that range from the social, the political and the area most relevant to this particular piece of writing, the musical. We are seeing well-established bands starting to make music that is well outside of their previous comfort zone as well as their fan’s comfort zones. However, there are those who, instead of throwing everything out of the window and starting from the bottom, are simply interested in adding new layers and expanding upon established ideas or improving in areas that were lacking in one way or another.

For these bands, it’s about adding new shades to accent the older colors. The change does not always have to be radical to be appreciated, but for some bands, it seems that even the smallest of alterations in sound is earth-shattering for listeners in both negative and positive ways. One such band is Veil of Maya, who decided that adding clean vocals to their notoriously heavy sound was something that had to happen for the band to move forward. In this moving forward, they have produced their fifth album, Matriarch. Did their decision help or hinder the progress they have attained four records into their career? The answer to this question lies beyond a simple “yes” or “no.”

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 5/3/15

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For those who missed our last installment, we post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.

Numerous inclusions have received the Heavy Blog stamp of approval in one form or another. The Raven Autarchy‘s The Obscene DeliveranceKatatonia’s Sanctitude and The Crinn‘s Shadowbreather all received glowing reviews, and our pseudo-review of the excellent new collaboration between Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never were the way she was – saw editor Nick Cusworth gushing over his current album of the year. This coming week, expect reviews for And So I Watch From Afar‘s Heirs and Leprous‘ The Congregation, both of which appear in this update and are current Heavy Blog favorites for 2015.  In the meantime, stream Heirs here and read our interview with Leprous frontman Einar Solberg here.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you!

Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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Periphery Release A Damn Good Thing With “The Bad Thing”

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While we were gone over the weekend, it looks like Periphery is back with their second music video in support of their incredible double album, Juggernaut. Their last video for “Alpha” was probably their most ambitious to date, featuring both amazing visual effects and quite a tripped-out storyline. Is the band going back for more of that to help tie the grandiose story of the album together? Find out after the jump!

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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 3/1/15

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During his time as weekend editor here, one of the consistently most popular features Brian Shields would run was the What We’re Really Listening To column, which would ask either Heavy Blog staff or musicians to share the music they’ve been jamming the most recently. We’ve decided that it was too fun an idea to not continue, so we’re picking up where he left off. It should come as no surprise that we at HBIH are constantly listening to music, and as an effort to recommend as many quality tunes as possible, here is a glimpse into what has been dominating our playlists for the past week.

For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net.

Head past the jump to see which records have been receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:

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PHOTOS: Periphery, Nothing More, Wovenwar, Thank You Scientist—February 3rd, 2015 @ House of Blues, Chicago, IL & February 13th, 2015 @ The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD

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Periphery, as their new albums so blatantly display [review], are absolute juggernauts on the modern metal scene. The fine djentlemen wrapped up a tour last September with The Contortionist, Intervals, and TOOTHGRINDER, but once again hit the road these last few weeks with Wovenwar, made up of former As I Lay Dying members, the spectacular alt-metal Nothing More, and bombastic brass-powered Thank You Scientist. Photographers Nick Budosh and Kyle Gaddo have photos from both the Chicago and Silver Springs stops of the tour!

Don’t forget to catch Periphery on tour again with In Flames and All That Remains in the spring!

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Hey! Listen to Koralis!

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Glasgow — home of Tennent’s Lager, the River Clyde, Celtic Football Club, and more importantly, Koralis. Drawing in sonic elements from bands like Erra, Periphery, and The Safety Fire, this 5 piece tech metal act brews a sound that is equal parts melodic, groovy, and technical.  Their debut EP, Surviving the Ideal, is a valiant effort to differentiate themselves from the rest of the tech metal world.

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In Flames Going On Tour Again In Spring, Taking All That Remains And Periphery

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Most days I’m not even sure what’s real. Is this cereal that I’m eating any more or less real than the keys I’m hitting to create these words that you’re reading? It’s strange to know that everything you have ever read in the English language is comprised of a measly 26 characters.

It’s not so strange that Sweden’s own In Flames are going on tour in the US. What is strange is that All That Remains and Periphery of all bands are direct support. All That Remains kinda makes sense, sure, but Periphery seems like a really strange choice. What is even happening?

Tour dates below.

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Distorted Harmony Take To The Stage And The Hotseat

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It’s been almost a year since I’ve started writing for Heavy Blog and in that time, I’ve brought you a few tastes of my local scene here in Israel. It’s not the largest scene or one that’s enjoyed widespread recognition, but it has its strengths: sporting a host of young bands, there are many live shows and the word is starting to spread abroad as well. Riding on the success enjoyed by Orphaned Land, the most successful metal band to come out of Israel, many smaller groups have toured the Europe route.

One of the least well traveled bands however are also one of the best. They are Distorted Harmony and their brand of modern metal infused with progressive touches is addictive to say the least. We’ve covered their album but I felt like they could benefit from a closer resolution. And so, I present to you a joint feature: I got the chance to talk to Yoav Efron, the man behind the keys, and Guy Landau, the wizard at the guitar AND to see the band live. What follows is a review of that live show, where the band played both their albums back to back, interspersed with our interview. Head on over the jump!

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