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dillinger happiness is a smile

As a vinyl collector and a massive fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, I was pretty bummed that the group’s new single ‘Happiness Is A Smile’ was going to be released exclusively on vinyl through the band’s merch table during their latest run of dates with Trash Talk, Retox, and SHINING. The tour was coming nowhere close to home, so I just assumed it wasn’t meant to be.

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Dillinger Tour 2014

The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the most destructive forces in live music, hands down. Largely unpredictable sets could see you and about a hundred others up on stage and/or various band members jumping off of large objects or climbing up to the ceiling. Joining them on their latest North American tour are the moshworthy Trash Talk and Retox, as well as Heavy Blog favorites SHINING.

You can see photos from this tour’s first two stops at Webster Hall and Union Transfer in New York and Philadelphia respectively below. You may notice a slight imbalance; photographer Maclyn Bean was late for the show in New York and missed SHINING’s set, whereas Dillinger’s set in Philly could not be captured due to the lack of a photo pit and the omnipresence of mosh.

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Killer-Be-Killed-First-Photo

Yes, Killer Be Killed, that’s the supergroup featuring current and ex-members of The Dillinger Escape PlanSoulflyMastodon and The Mars Volta. Naturally the hype train was in full swing when the first details of this project began to emerge, but, more often than not, supergroups tend to add up to something much different than simply the sum of their parts. So, what exactly does the music say about Killer Be Killed?

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Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.

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Are You Kidding Me? No.

01. Destroy Create Transform Sublimate
02. Purania
03. My Green Neighbour
04. Hosts, Rifles & Coke
05. G.O.D.
06. Where the Things Have No Colour
07. Waterpark Bachelorette
08. Before, After and All Around
09. – (Obedience)
10. Are You Kidding Me? No.

[03/04/14]
[Metal Blade]

It’s hard to describe the Italian insanity that is Destrage. While they have elements of Sikth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and alternative rock in their music, they have a very consistent sound somehow. They gained fame with their sophomore album The King Is Fat’N’Old in 2010 and now they’re faced with the critical moment in their career, can they follow it up with something equally good, if not better? Well, they’ve succeeded, Are You Kidding Me? No. is even crazier and catchier than their previous work. Am I kidding you? No.

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Issues – Issues

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Issues

01. Sad Ghost
02. Mad At Myself
03. Life of a Nine
04. The Langdon House
05. Late
06. Old Dena
07. Stingray Affliction
08. Never Lose Your Flames
09. Personality Cult
10. Tears on the Runway, Pt. 2
11. The Settlement
12. Disappear (Remember When)

[02/18/14]
[Rise Records]

The union of metal and pop music is a polarizing thought, but it is certainly not a new development. Modern metal acts such as Scar Symmetry utilize simple song structures and highly accessible melodies for a more subtle blend, but there acts that are more straightforward in their intentions. Devin Townsend Project‘s albums Addicted! and Epicloud were both praised for the smart and seamless amalgam of pop and heavy metal, even after publicly citing Nickelback as a key influence. The Dillinger Escape Plan have even dabbled in overt pop-worship for years as well.

We’ve seen proof that the style can be pulled off with finesse, should the best aspects of both genres are utilized; there’s nothing inherently wrong with using downtuned guitars to write catchy and heartfelt music with soaring vocal hooks, so long as you do it with some intelligence and creativity. Issues is one such band that openly embraces the “pop metal” tag, but ultimately fails at creating a fun or interesting listening experience on their self-titled debut.

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thy art soundwave

Big news happened in Australia over the weekend that will likely do no favors in public perception of extreme metal. In Brisbane’s Soundwave festival tour stop, deathcore act Thy Art Is Murder kicked off festivities by requesting that fans take on the security staff and jump up on the stage.

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DEP-Tera-Melos-Vattnet-Viskar

We already know full and well that The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s upcoming tour with Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining is going to be an insanely destructive force. The dates are painfully short, but fortunately once that leg of Dillinger’s headlining tour comes to a close, they’re continuing onward with another set of supporting acts in Tera Melos and Vattnet Viskar.

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Dillinger Tour 2014

If this isn’t the most destructive tour you’ll see this year, I don’t even want to think about what might one-up it: The Dillinger Escape Plan are embarking on a North American headlining trek with support from Trash Talk, Retox, and one of our favorite avant garde artists SHINING!

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alkahest

Here we are at the end of our fifth year at Heavy Blog. I remember at one point in high school (circa 2005-2006), I listened to Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my Valentine and thought death metal was unmelodic noisey garbage that tried way too hard to be offensive. I even wrote a rant about the matter on my MySpace blog, which served as a precursor for Heavy Blog. Embarrassing, I know. So why talk about it now?

I feel like if you look back on every year-end list I’ve done for this site (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), you can see an evolution take place from metalcore kid just getting his feet wet in the online metal community to someone who I feel is more well-rounded and respective of all genres. You won’t just be catching prog and djent, I assure you. This list has more diversity, and likely includes the heaviest albums of any list I’ve done before. This blog has some depth in that regard, as you can chart the taste of our writers as they change over the years. I like to think that’s pretty neat, and it allows for this site to grow and change with the genre we all associate with so closely. Thankfully, music taste is fluid, and I’m glad that there’s more and more music available every year for us to enjoy.

2013 was an insane year. I graduated college, landed my first job from of my major, and started living on my own. With so much going on, you may have noticed a bit of a dip in content once summer rolled around. That wasn’t a coincidence. Even with a 8-4 job, I still try to keep Heavy Blog afloat, though I’ve considered stepping down or closing our doors on more than one occasion as the stress got a little hard to handle. Who knows what 2014 will hold, but I do know that 2013 was unforgettable. I can’t believe it’s almost over.

So without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily numbered list of awesome albums from 2013. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.

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damientheomen

2013, what a year. Seriously. As of writing this introduction, it’s the 10th of December and I’m staring down the barrel of a list of around thirty releases that I still have yet check out and by all accounts could probably destroy the order of this list but, oh well, c’est la vie. Maybe some day I’ll catch up, but it won’t be any time soon.

Once again, this year I made everything extremely hard for myself by only picking ten records in an effort to counter the fact I enjoyed such a huge selection of metal. This list represents ten records that, when I pick up my iPod to put something on before heading out the door, are the tried and true selections that I tend to opt for — it’s an odd measure, but one that for me tends to pick out the records that I truly love and have listened to enough to know inside out. So, check them out, or don’t, it’s up to you — I just hope you guys had as much of a good year as I did.

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