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Tasmanian technical death metal veterans Psycroptic are about to drop their self-titled album early next year and have decided to get the ball rolling now with a brand new music video! While it may be just a performance video at its core, the film quality helps recapture some of the low-budget videos that American death metal bands were releasing in the early-to-mid 90s. Check it out after the jump!

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Psycroptic - Echoes to Come

When Psycroptic announced that they had inked a deal with Prosthetic Records to release their new album in the spring, they also gave us a snippet of a new single that they said would be released November 4th. We no longer have to keep replaying that short snippet, as we have the full track below! It was debuted during a Reddit AMA with the bands drummer, Dave Haley, which is definitely worth the read. While you’re reading, check out the brand new track, ‘Echoes to Come’ after the jump!

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Psycroptic 2014

Legendary Australian tech-death outfit Psycroptic have announced that they have inked a brand new deal with Prosthetic Records. Not only that, but they also announced that their new album will be released in spring 2015. You won’t have to wait that long for new material, though. The band also announced they would be digitally releasing a brand new single, titled ‘Echoes to Come’, November 4th! They also gave us a small taste of the new song, which you can check out after the jump.

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Due to work circumstances, I haven’t really been able to write a lot for HBIH in the second half of the year, but music is what kept me going through the long, tiring days at work the entire year. Without further ado, I present you the 15 albums, 3 EPs and 1 video that really became a part of my daily routine and made my life much more colorful. I really enjoyed listening to these over and over and I feel like they’ve become a part of me. That’s what matters with music, right? Also, I put a link/embed to listen to my favorite track from each album, so you can enjoy them like I did!

Without further ado, bring on my arbitrarily ordered list of enjoyable albums from this year that you should take seriously!

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Man did 2013 pass quickly or what? It feels like it was just last week that I was composing this same list for my albums of 2012. Speaking of which, this year sure does kick last year’s ass all kinds of ways when it comes to the music. In fact, in my experience they were complete polar opposites – 2012 delivered lots of good albums, but few truly great ones, whereas in 2013 I found myself digging way less music quantitatively, but almost everything I did end up liking was just amazing.

Well, scratch that, there probably was just as much good stuff released but I simply didn’t have the time for it. I completely missed a lot of albums that I have a sneaky suspicion would be up my alley (Scale the Summit, Exivious, Havok, Doomriders  etc.), and I definitely have a ton that I enjoyed but still haven’t spent much time with. So yeah, let’s begin with those, and then get to the juicy part.

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Tasmania is one of the best spawning grounds for metal, this is a fact and I can prove it. Precisely 100% of the metal bands I’ve heard from this tiny island state of Australia have been great — in true infowars style, I’ll gloss over the fact that I’ve only heard two bands from there, but still, the statistics speak for themselves. Mephistopheles are the latest purveyors of brutality from this little piece of the globe and are the latest project to see light of day featuring legendary Psycroptic/Spawn Of Possession vocalist Matthew ‘Chalky’ Chalk.

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Bloodline Festival

Acting in charity to raise money for Autism Queensland, a selection of some of the finest metal that Australia has to offer united at Bloodline Festival this month, featuring headliners Psycroptic and Ne Obliviscaris. Resident Aussie photographer William France attended the show to document the evening, and came back with photos from the sets of the fest’s headliners as well as The Schoenberg Automaton, Lynchmada, As Silence Breaks, and Down Royale. Check out the photos below!

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Pestilence - Obsideo

90’s death metal legends Pestilence have not been laying low since their 2011 album Doctrine, which garnered mixed reviews. Despite the critical setback, the band has been touring the world since their much welcomed reformation in 2008, now on the cusp of entering the studio to record third post-disbandment record Obsideo, which will see release later this year on Candlelight Records!

I must have been asleep at the wheel for the past year, but looking over the press release for this new signing and album announcement, I missed last year’s several lineup change that finally landed the band with new drummer Dave Haley of Psycroptic and bassist George Maier. The band are no strangers to rapid and frequent lineup changes, so it’s easy to see why no big fuss was made over their fourth member change in a year’s time. Hopefully this lineup remains consistent; it’s hard to write a quality album when you can’t hold down a consistent rhythm section.

Speaking on the album, the band offered:

“PESTILENCE is very excited to announce that they have signed a recording deal with Candlelight Records. We feel that our new material is very special and innovative and that it needs the back up of a solid company like Candlelight to get it out there to the metal world. PESTILENCE is chuffed to have Dave Haley in the lineup. Dave is one of the five best extreme drummers in the world, and his talent brings PESTILENCE to new levels that couldn’t be reached otherwise. George Maier is a young and talented bass player that will turn some heads. Both guys are really down to earth and real easy going. Of course, Patrick Uterwijk is my most respectable and long-going friend and musician.”

Expect Obsideo out later this year on Candlelight Records.

– JR



Let’s celebrate with champagne

Because it’s that time of the year again

When everyone gives each other gifts

And makes end of the year lists

2012 was a great year

Many albums I did revere

But only a few I must choose

Now before more rhymes I abuse

Let’s get to the favorite albums

So take this list into your cerebellums

(Yes, I know that the cerebellum doesn’t do that, shut up!)

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I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but 2012 was fucking phenomenal. It had everything a music fan could ask for in terms of new releases, and then some. Personally, this year saw me furthering my tastes into more progressive and extreme stuff (with a heavy dose of jazz on the sides), and I think I couldn’t have chosen a better time to pick up on these styles, as genres like death metal and prog enjoyed a fantastic collective output.  My list reflects this to a great extent, as pretty much half of the bands found below can be dubbed as death metal in one of its many forms, and even more exhibit progressive elements to at least some extent. Anyway, since most of you are here for the goods, I won’t keep you waiting.

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