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It’s not unusual for metal shows to start at 9:00 if you’re talking 9:00 p.m. but it was 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9th, 2003 when Brian Fair, Jon Donais, Paul Romanko, Matt Bachand, and Jason Bittner aka Shadows Fall emerged onto the second stage at Ozzfest in Marysville, California and proved to me that without a doubt Nu-Metal was dead and the real metal music that I love was back with a vengeance. By that point the Shads had already been demonstrating their brand of metal to audiences in their native Western Massachusetts for eight long years but they were just emerging onto the national stage with the release of the epic album “The Art of Balance.” More details after the jump.

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eternal enemies tour

Last week,  Emmure and The Acacia Strain appeared to have buried the hatchet on their long-standing feud as it was announced that The Acacia Strain would act as direct support for Emmure’s appropriately titled Eternal Enemies Tour, also featuring Stray From The Path, Fit For A King, and Kublai Khan. With the announcement came the promise that the full list of dates would be revealed shortly, but dates have since leaked online. Check out the full itinerary below, courtesy of The PRP.

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The Acacia Strain are one of my favorite bands. Ever since I first heard Continent I’ve been hooked. Their last two albums were still good, but nowhere near as crushing as Continent. However, I think the band may be on to something special after hearing their new single for their upcoming record Coma Witch. Peep the video after the jump.

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Aborted – The Necrotic Manifesto


Eight albums into their career, Aborted are showing no signs of slowing down, despite being plagued with an ever-changing lineup. Sure, they’ve released a few duds, but their entire discography is for the most part universally celebrated, and it could be argued that Aborted are one of the few modern death metal bands who have stayed true to the ideals of the genre whilst evolving along with it. Their 2012 opus Global Flatline was released to critical acclaim, and for good reason; frontman and Aborted ringleader Sven de Caluwe has even said so himself that the album that preceded Global FlatlineStrychnine.213, wasn’t really true to the Aborted sound, and on Global Flatline, Aborted got back in touch with their brutal, gory and groovy roots and created a modern death metal masterpiece. Global Flatline put Aborted back on the death metal map (even though they were never really off it) and proved that they are still an absolute powerhouse, and this rekindled momentum has led to the creation of Aborted’s finest album to date, The Necrotic Manifesto.

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aborted guests

Fans of Aborted, rejoice: the recording sessions for the band’s highly anticipated upcoming album The Necrotic Manifesto are wrapping up, and mixing is about to begin. Not only that, the band announced via Facebook that the album will feature Phlegethon from sci-fi obsessed Spanish brutal death stalwarts WORMED and Vincent Bennett from everyone’s favorite deathcore band, The Acacia Strain.

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There are some news bits that come along and I feel compelled to share, yet have nothing of my own to add. This is one of those posts.

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the acacia strain lyric video

I’ve never really been a big fan of The Acacia Strain, but as far as loud and dumb hardcore/deathcore goes, The Acacia Strain are among the most listenable. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know. The guilt isn’t there, even though songs with nothing but open note chugs come in spades. Vincent is just so damn angry!

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where is our liberty countdown

With the new release from Northlane receiving tons of praise, a new song from Architects and the promise of a new album soon, The Acacia Strain, Terror, and Glass Cloud releasing new albums last year to much acclaim, and the upcoming album from Misery Signals on nearly everyone’s most anticipated albums lists, could these bands be doing a tour together?

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damnes spring fragrantia - divergencesDamned Spring Fragrantia


01. Still Alive
02. A Common Tragedy
03. The Obsidian Fate
04. D.M.Z
05. Pariah
06. Lost Shores
07. Drowned in Cyan
08. Divergences
09. The Refusal Effect
10. Heritage

[Basick Records]

When music comes at you like this, attacking from every angle, it’s often all too easy to phase the individual sounds into a conglomeration and assume that everything you are picking up is identical. This band aren’t all blitzkrieg, nor are they a single-minded, unoriginal, write-off. Sensitivity to multiple sound sources isn’t going to help here – this isn’t music for the faint of heart. However, for those hard-skinned devils willing to apply a little patience and perseverance, sounding out these Italians can offer rich rewards. Listen long enough and you will discover that the key to unlocking Damned Spring Fragrantia, and this may seem odd considering their strength of purpose, is to focus on their subtlety of touch.

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Lamb of God

Lamb Of God are undoubtedly one of the most consistent bands in metal, with each album being an evolution for the band. They’ve never released a bad album, and Resolution, which is a little over a year old, was one of the best records of 2012. But with the recent legal troubles of frontman Randy Blythe over an incident in which a fan passed away due to injuries sustained at a show, the future of the band looked uncertain. Luckily, Randy was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges against him. So what does the band do to celebrate? Pick up where they left off by scheduling 30 new tour dates! The support will be Decapitated and Terror OR just The Acacia Strain depending on which date ends up closest to your hometown, so it’s a pretty good lineup. Also, they have announced something really cool for their fans called the Metal On The Mountain Retreat, which is like a getaway of sorts where the band and fans can interact with all kinds of activities and so forth. You can read the full statement from the band below, and look for a date near you!

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