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poll-resultsAll this week we’ve been posting the results of our staff poll of the best releases of 2014. Find out your choices for Album of the Year and an aggregated Top 25 of Reader choices after the jump.

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It looks like the tour announcements for 2015 just keep rolling in, and this time it’s one of the most diverse lineups yet. Indiana’s progressive metal powerhouse The Contortionist are going out on their second headlining run across North America in support of their third LP, Language.

Earlier this year, they were opening for Periphery and continued that tour with Intervals and Polyphia in tow, with their final show in Chicago.

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The United Kingdom sure seems to like their groove-centric metal, because UK Tech Fest is back for its 5th year this coming July! The initial block of bands has just been announced and features one of the most diverse lineups in the festival’s short but solid history. Head on over the jump for the official announcement.

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Welcome, one and all, to the Heavy Blog Is Heavy Album of the Year list! This year, we did something a bit different. Instead of running staff members’ top 25 or top 10 lists, we went all sophisticated and created a composite Top 50 list. We’ll leave the statistical games behind the scenes but suffice it to say that we didn’t just vote on the list and its order. More subtly, this list represents the different rankings staff members gave albums on scale of 1-25. After we’re done running the complete list, we’ll also have a section where you can peep each member’s top 10 and an Outliers list: albums that made individual top 10’s but not the final Top 50.

The albums that you see below, from 50-26, are many of which we might call “wildcards.” Many of these albums either took us by complete surprise or are in genres we don’t normally cover on the website. Rather than restrict our list to just metal releases though, we wanted this list to be a true reflection of the full tastes of our eclectic staff.

I’ll shut up now, OK? Head on over the jump for the full list. 2014 was an amazing year and we thank each and everyone of you for being with us for it. We can’t wait for 2015! Let’s get to it.

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There’s just no stopping The Contortionist lately. They released the critically contentious Language earlier this year, went on tour with Periphery, Intervals, and TOOTHGRINDER, continued that tour as a headlining act with Intervals and Polyphia, and are currently on tour with Protest the Hero and The Safety Fire over in Europe.

All this and they still managed to find time to record a music video for “Primordial Sound” from their 2014 album!

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so-farA week ago we opened up the voting to ask you, our readers to choose the Top 25 albums of 2014. Balloting remains open for another week but we see who is in the lead after the jump.

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In light of recent events (like losing two essential band members), it seems The Faceless have decided to drop off of the their upcoming European tour with Protest the Hero and The Contortionist. While we’re still hearing nothing but crickets from the band’s Facebook page, Protest dropped an official statement Friday confirming what many fans feared was inevitable following the departure of both Alex Rüdinger (drums) and Evan Brewer (bass) near the end of October.

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Wrapping up a lengthy tour with djent juggernauts Periphery, The Contortionist and Intervals only saw it fit to keep the good vibes going. Picking up Polyphia along the way, the bands made their way back across the country, allowing several local acts to be their fourths on many stages. Their final stop? Chicago, Illinois at the Beat Kitchen!

There was even a special surprise during The Contortionist’s set, as former vocalist Jonathan Carpenter joined the band on stage briefly during their encore performance of “Exoplanet” in its entirety.

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adrian warforged ots

As far as progressive metal goes, Warforged and Outrun the Sunlight are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Warforged exists in a realm of anything-goes brutality, throwing together black metal, tech death, and deathcore together to see what sticks in the context of Opeth-ian style songwriting. Meanwhile, Outrun the Sunlight seemingly existed on the promise of delivering post-rock instrumentals inspired by Exoplanet-era The Contortionist, and they’re currently doing that whole thing better than the band themselves — depending on who you ask, of course. Both bands serve their purpose greatly, and much of the staff here are fans of both acts.

Now, both bands share some common ground as Warforged vocalist and keyboardist Adrian Perez has officially joined the ranks of Outrun the Sunlight as the group’s dedicated keyboardist.

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really11-2-header-parttwoRemember how back in school the kids whose last names started M-Z could show up later than the rest of you because it took a while to call the roll that far? That’s kind of how our two-part look at what your Heavy Blog is Heavy Staff is (really) listening to for the first weekend of November works. The stragglers show off their 3×3’s after the break.

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