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Hey! Listen to Kettlespider!

It’s come to the point where even my promise to not talk about the Australian metal scene in the post itself is overused. That’s how much good music we’ve had in the recent months from there and more is on the way. Meanwhile, let’s put our Aussie goggles on and focus in on Kettlespider. With their debut release behind them way back in 2012, the band are looking towards of their promising career. Why promising you ask? Instead of referring you to the solid debut that is Avadante, and leaving you to puzzle out its interesting concept before you truly dig into the band, let me refer you to a video they’ve just released next week. Perhaps drawing inspiration from the famous TesseracT live studio sessions, the young gents have entered Black Pearl Studios to give us a live rendition of one of their tracks, “Evolution”. Head on over the jump to hear it in full!

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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.

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piano disappearing ink

Piano, one of the many brilliant acts fronted by (former former) Tesseract vocalist Daniel Tompkins, are finally back from obscurity! Melding uplifting and haunting melodies with progressive musicianship, the Japan-based act are readying their new album Salvage Architecture.  The group have prepared a lyric video for the album’s first single ‘Disappearing Ink,’ which we are proud to present after the jump!

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This is it guys. Final five. These are still un-ranked inside the list but every single one of these albums received a wide consensus in our staff group. These are the albums we’ve listened to the most in the past six months and we’d like to share them with you. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far, even if we didn’t agree on every point. We appreciate every single one of you (no tears!) and hope to see you on the other side of this incredible year. Thanks for joining us!

Without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily arranged list of awesome albums from 2014 so far. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.

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TesseracT Sonisphere 2014

It has been a very short time since we found out that Ashe O’Hara parted ways with TesseracT, and that the band had regained Dan Tompkins. Now, we have live footage of the band playing a prime cut off  their debut album, One. If you think your heart won’t explode from excitement upon viewing the video, check it out after the jump.

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Tesseract - One

The most important news always seems to pop up just as I’m about to do something else, so forgive me if this is short and sweet, but Tesseract have once again had a switch-up in the vocalist department — parting ways with Ashe O’Hara and regrouping with the vocalist of One, Dan Tompkins. The statement posted on their Facebook page reads:

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Monuments – The Amanuensis


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.

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The question of crowd funding music is one that is not going to go away. On the contrary, as more and more platforms enable this sort of transaction we’re probably going to see an increasing number of bands turning towards this source. However, small bands looking to get jump started by their fan base is one thing while established names, often signed to labels, are another. This issue becomes relevant once more, as Skyharbor, best known for their frontman Dan Tompkins (ex-TesseracT) announced today that they will be seeking crowd funding for their upcoming, sophomore album.

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The Odious Go On Hiatus

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The dreaded “H” word has claimed many a band. What starts out as an innocent break from music turns into something indefinite, and often permanent. What’s worse, is that it often strikes when you least expect it. Independent psychedelic prog band The Odious appeared to be doing better than ever, scoring bigger gigs including local support for Tesseract, Intronaut, and Cloudkicker in Oregon a year and a half after their celebrated full-length debut Joint Ventures was released. Unfortunately, the band will soon be going dark for the foreseeable future.

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Alright, listen up. Apparently there’s some mass confusion about acoustic versions among artists, why you do them, and, more importantly, why you’re doing them badly. So badly, in fact, that you’re straight up ruining your own song, both in acoustic and in demeaning the original version by proxy. You need to stop, because you’re an idiot.

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