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Heavy Blog Week in Review

We’re still clearing the room from the wild party we threw this week at Heavy Blog is Heavy World Headquarters to mark our 9,000th Facebook Like. It’s pretty astounding that 9,000 of you motherfuckers like us and of course we like each and every one of you 9,000 times over. More numbers after the break.

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the contortionist language video

With the release of The Contortionist‘s highly anticipated new album Language fast approaching, the group have shared a beautiful new music video for the leading single, ‘Language I: Intuition.’ Presented by Alt Press, you can watch the video after the jump.

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The Contortionist LanguageWith the release date of their new record growing ever closer, you had to figure that The Contortionist would be showing off some studio footage from the recording sessions of Language. We now have that footage (revealed through Gear Gods) which contains recording of guitar and bass parts as well as observation of already completed tracks. If you want to hear a couple new sounds, check out the video after the jump.

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Welcome to the second part in our ongoing series of Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s “Best Of” selections where we explore a genre of music and each of our dedicated authors pick a favorite album to share a personal experience with. For our second round, we have chosen a genre that is somewhat controversial—Progressive Metalcore. It’s controversial in that its boundaries are somewhat unclear and therefore host a slew of different bands under their wings. In addition, the word metalcore itself is enough to set many a mouth foaming.

Harnessing the aggression inherent in metalcore, the progressive end of things seeks to give it a more subtle or varied expression. Taking the normal tools of the trade; breakdowns, harsh vocals and chuggy bass to name a few, the genre further expands on them in many different ways. Sampling, peculiar structures or the introduction of unexpected genres (like jazz for example) seek to modify the basic metalcore formula. The bands on this list excel in fusing the two halves together to create an intriguing, yet still aggressive, whole.

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john abiotic

In my never ending search for the sickest “Great New Metal” bands, I spend a lot of time on social media, mostly Facebook, talking with and cultivating friendships with musicians in local and regional bands across America and around the world.  John Matos of Miami, Florida’s Abiotic was one such artist until I fired up the Interwebs one day to read that John and his band had been signed to Metal Blade.  Pretty fucking impressive.

In the nearly two years since Slagel’s label released the album Symbiosis, Abiotic (say it Ay-BYE-otic, not Ay-BEE-otic as I too often do) has gone through a lot of lineup changes, specifically involving drummers and vocalists.  But as we discussed during their recent tour through Northern California as the band prepares to record with Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit) its second Metal Blade release, John now appears to have the team in place he wants to take on the world.

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D’Addario and Planet Waves are joining forces with BANDHAPPY to put on the “Escape from the Studio” tour featuring Periphery, The Contortionist, Intervals, and TOOTHGRINDER. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18.

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Language
It’s been two weeks since The Contortionist  released their teaser for their upcoming album, Language, and speculation has been running high. With the addition of  Michael Lessard, what direction will the band take for the new album? Will they hark back to the brutality and power of Exoplanet or rather continue the softer approach of Intrinsic? Lessard is more than capable of doing both and so the question remained up in the air. Up until now. You can now stream the first track from the upcoming album, titled “Intuition.” Head over after the jump and so right now.

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Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails

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On paper, the brick-wall brutality and chaotic technique of death metal is the antithesis of chilled out ambiance and lush atmospheres. That hasn’t stopped bands from trying to shoehorn the two disparate tones together over the years to varying degrees of success. The idea is becoming easier to execute these days, with modern groups like Ulcerate and Fallujah making like-minded yet differing approaches in letting soundscapes steep between the blistering drums and hulking vocal style of death metal. As opposed to Ulcerate’s more organic use of dynamic shifts to create ominous atmosphere during creeping phases of introspection, Fallujah’s speed rarely ever falters, with huge effects-laden guitar melodies and ambient pads working directly with the mechanically driving forces — something the group has finally mastered with their sophomore album The Flesh Prevails.

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Stimpy
The current juncture between progressive sounds and metal is a joy to the ears. Numerous bands, like The Contortionist, to name one of the more high exposure shifts of the last few years, have been exploring softer, more harmony oriented sounds in conjuncture with their metal. Yesterday, Outrun the Sunlight added on more iteration to this delightful trend by released a single off their upcoming release, Terrapin. That single is ‘Spirit’, and you can listen to it in full right below.

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The Contortionist Language

The Contortionist recently announced that their new album Language will be released on September 16th of this year. Speculations as to the style of the upcoming release are running rampant, including the vocal style and overall direction the band will choose. Will it echo back to the heavier beginnings of Exoplanet or continue the more progressively oriented trend of Intrinsic? In the midst of all of this, we have now been given a brief taste of the album, which you can view after the jump.

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