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What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening to – 3/21/15

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For those who missed our last installment, we will now be regularly posting what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that doesn’t 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.

Anyone who doesn’t live under a proverbial rock knows that the biggest release in all music this week goes to the early release of Kendrick Lamar‘s hugely-anticipated follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and unsurprisingly, K Dot found his way onto many of our lists this week. Also of note (and in an entirely different quadrant of the musical spectrum) this week was the release of Alkaloid‘s debut album The Malkuth Grimoire (read our review here if you haven’t already), which also landed in several of our staff’s lists.

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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The Agonist Greet You At ‘The Gates Of Horn And Ivory’ In New Video


Not to sound like a nitpicker, but the new video from The Agonist has no gates of either horn, ivory, or a combination of the two. In fact, some might even say there are a complete lack of gates all together. Unless you want to include the rare appearance of a door, which can certainly be considered a “gate” of sorts.

Regardless, The Agonist are bringing you a brand new music video of “At the Gates of Horn and Ivory,” from the upcoming album Eye of Providence. This new record will feature new vocalist Vicky Psarakis, having replaced Alissa White-Gluz last year when the former The Agonist frontwoman left to join Arch Enemy to replace Angela Gossow who would be taking a managerial role with the band. Phew.

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New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Announces Second Wave of Bands

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To be completely honest, the current lineup for the seventeenth installment of the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is fairly disappointing. Other than a stellar set of headliners on Saturday, most of the other bands are either relatively unknown or not particularly interesting, with Sunday having an especially weak lineup. A decent chunk of new bands were added to the bill yesterday and more or less continued these sentiments, with the exception of one excellent act. Head over the jump for the new additions and a complete, updated lineup:

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Hype Blog Is Hype: Get Ready For 2015!


We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.

Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.

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Arch Enemy – War Eternal


Arch Enemy‘s main axeman Michael Amott is a man that doesn’t shy away from change. Life has thrown a lot of curve balls his way, yet he continues to push forward. After exiting the seminal British group Carcass and forming Arch Enemy, he’s had his line-up change a few times. Yet few would argue that any member has had a bigger impact than Angela Gossow. Angela joined the band in 2000 and made her vocal debut on 2001’s Wages of Sin, continuing to lead the band alongside Amott for fourteen years. Then, a few weeks before the release of the band’s tenth studio album War Eternal, Gossow announced that she will be stepping down as the band’s voice and moving into band management.

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Arch Enemy Premiere New Song ‘As The Pages Burn’ In Lyric Video


With Angela Gossow recently handing over the mantle to former The Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, many fans have been eagerly anticipating the revival of Arch Enemy with their new vocalist. Today, Loudwire was proud to premiere the first single from the upcoming album, War Eternal, titled ‘As The Pages Burn’ with a lyric video.

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Vicky Psarakis Steps Up To Replace Alissa White-Gluz As The Vocalist For The Agonist


So, we’re all a bit in shock about the Arch Enemy news, what, with Angela Gossow stepping down and Alissa White-Gluz taking her place.

“What about The Agonist?” you may ask. Worry not! Viky Psarakis is more than capable and has officially signed on to be the vocalist for the Canadian metalcore act.

If you’re for any reason in doubt, watch the videos below and feel all your fears melt away.

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Cradle of Filth Cancel North American Headlining Tour


Oh what new hell is this? Just a week before a rather large run of North American dates, it seems like Cradle of Filth‘s impending headlining tour has just lost their headliner. The problem seems to be the usual suspect for bands trying to get over to the states, visa issues. I’ve never had to deal with that myself, so while I don’t really know the intricacies involved with receiving a visa, but since Cradle of Filth have been doing this for a few decades now, it seems rather silly that they wouldn’t have planned ahead for this. It happens fairly often in the world of touring musicians, and it just seems like an issue that you would want to plan ahead for.

That aside, Cradle of Filth has issued a statement apologising for the cancellation. I was really hoping to see this tour, because hey, I like Cradle of Filth from time to time, even if their recent output hasn’t been the strongest. Oh well, there’s really not much more to say about this. It sucks for everyone involved, and I hope The Faceless, Decapitated, and The Agonist can pull something together and salvage what they can from this now defunct tour. You can read the band’s statement after the jump.

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