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destrage are you kidding me

Italian progressive metal outfit Destrage have had a stellar (if extremely busy) 2014 so far, having released the highly acclaimed Are You Kidding Me? No. back in March and then following that up with some absolutely relentless European touring. Surprisingly, however, it turns out in between everything the band has been up to, they’ve still found time to start work on an upcoming tab book for the new record with Sheet Happens Publishing! More after the jump.

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tim-reallyCanadians Protest the Hero have been a mainstay in the prog metal scene for more than a decade. What founding guitarist Tim Millar is (really) listening to after the jump.

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partthreeWe wrap up our look at what your Heavy Blog is Heavy staff is (really) listening to after the break.

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parttwoIn the first part of our “What We’re (Really) Listening to, you learned the Heavy Blog staff likes everything from Repulsion to A Great Big Pile of Leaves. What do our next set of Heavy Bloggers (really) listen to? The answer after the jump.

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partone

It’s been about a month since we peeked behind the curtains to see what the Heavy Blog staff is (really) listening to. We start our three-part update after the jump.

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greghamptontitleWe say it all the time, the Scrobbler doesn’t lie. So what will we find Greg Hampton of up and coming Tech Death band The Zenith Passage is (really) listening to after the jump?

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twir-915One record overshadows all others when it comes to this week’s new releases but it was hardly the only album we reviewed in the middle week of September. This Week in Reviews after the jump.

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The Contortionist – Language

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The Contortionist are one of many bands in the progressive metal realm that just refuses to stand still. Once a band admired for their intelligent and atmospheric twist on the brutal groove of the deathcore sound that would otherwise beg for ignorant hate-mosh, they’ve since reached for the clouds and shifted towards more psychedelics a la Cynic. Intrinsic was pretty far-removed from the groundbreaking debut Exoplanet. The breakdowns that occupied so much playtime were largely eschewed in favor of post-rock and prog leanings; low-end technical riffing was traded in for jazzy chords and guitar virtuosity. Many of the instrumental sections across Intrinsic brought to mind a modernized interpretation of progressive rock bands like Rush, and it all worked in context as a separate entity apart from the band’s celebrated debut as an unavoidable stylistic evolution. Exoplanet and Intrinsic both embodied the idea of space in completely different ways. Following in step, Language continues the evolutionary journey through the stratosphere in favor of high-concept, cinematic prog.

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abiotic

Jamie King, best known as Between the Buried and Me‘s producer, is a busy man these days.  He was at the helm for the highly-anticipated (in some circles) Language from The Contortionist, his presence was palpable on the latest Scale the Summit record, and this week Florida’s tech-death favorites in Abiotic are working with him on their second album for Metal Blade.  Studio Update after the jump.

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week--in-review
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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