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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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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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Just having wrapped up a US tour and a little escapade to Japan, fine djentlemen Periphery recently hit the road with The Contortionist (who have recently release their latest in Language), Intervals (who released A Voice Within earlier this year), and the relatively unknown TOOTHGRINDER.

We’ve got the glorious photos to show you from their performance at the end of September, so check ‘em out below!

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mark-holcomb-really-titleThe members of Periphery are just back from of Japan. So while he was travelling what was guitarist Mark Holcomb (really) listening to? The answer after the break.

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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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