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Bloodshot Dawn – Demons

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Every once in a while there’s a band that comes out of nowhere and completely blows one away. Bloodshot Dawn did that with their self-titled 2012 debut, coming to a scene where melodic death metal was more or less dead, and they put a very strong statement of “No it’s not dead, everyone else is just doing it wrong” out there, with emphasis on the “death metal” part of “melodic death metal”. The self-titled album was excellent, but where can the band go from there? Turns out that they still have a lot of room to develop. Their follow-up album, titled Demons, was crowdfunded and released completely independently yet again, and it goes to show that the genre still has a lot more to offer.

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Interloper_cmyk_final_2Sometimes ideas that begin in high school don’t come to fruition until years later. Find out how that’s true for some current members of Rings of Saturn and Aenimus after the jump.

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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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Earlier this year, we told you that the excellent UK-based melodic death/ thrash metal band Bloodshot Dawn were launching a Kickstarter campaign to help find the recording and release of their highly anticipated sophomore album. Well, they reached their goal in a mere four days, and have since been hard at work recording what is sure to be a beast of an album. After a period of relative silence, the band has finally released details and a release date for the upcoming effort, which they revealed will be called Demons. Check out more details after the jump!

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Wintersun studio

Jari Mäenpää’s Wintersun has been somewhat of an elusive band over the years, with the long awaited Time albums attaining almost Necrophagist levels of infamy. But then late in 2012, Time I, the first half of the monolithic collection finally saw the light of day — and it was damn good. But give a metal fan an inch and he’ll take a mile, so the question everyone was asking was ‘when does Time II follow?’

Then we waited, and it was pushed back and then we waited some more. And now Jari Mäenpää has taken to his Facebook page to explain the situation:

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I hadn’t heard of Bloodshot Dawn until just a few weeks ago, which was a grave, grave mistake. I am now obsessed with these guys and their amazing take on melodic death/ thrash metal. Our very own Noyan gave their debut album a perfect score, and even went as far as saying, “If anyone can bring melodeath back, these guys have a good chance of doing so. In essence, Bloodshot Dawn are the heroes that Gothenburg needs.” I couldn’t agree more with Noyan’s sentiments, and the band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of their highly anticipated follow-up album.

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devil sold his soul time

Devil Sold His Soul‘s previous album Empire Of Light was a real sleeper hit for me, after watching their crushing sets at both Damnation Festival and opening for the Gojira/Ghost combo, their sweeping post-metal meets hardcore blend made so much more sense and impact. And despite parting with long-time vocalist Ed Gibbs, now replaced with Paul Green of The Arusha Accord, the band have returned with an album titled with the often fatal moniker of Time.

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Few tours make as much sense as the pairing of Wintersun and Fleshgod Apocalypse, two bands from Nuclear Blast Records pushing the boundaries of extreme metal and fully exploring the potential for epic symphonic music. They’re on the second half of their North American tour with support from Virginian death metal mainstays Arsis, and you can view photos from the tour’s stop in Irving Plaza, NYC via Maclyn Bean Photography below.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse are preparing for their upcoming tour with Wintersun, Arsis, and Starkill in support of their new album Labyrinth, and they’re getting the hype train rolling with some really cool news. During the recording sessions of Agony and Labyrinth, the group enlisted soprano Veronica Bordacchini to supply a female touch to the group’s operatic music. Since her presence is even greater on Labyrinth, the group decided that they will bring Bordacchini along on future tours!

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emperor

Reunions have been a hot commodity in metal over the last few years, and I’m sure many of us have a wishlist of bands we hope would come back and make sweet music together again. One band in particular that you might find on many lists is influential black metal group Emperor. Judging by past responses from frontman Ihsahn, you’d think it was a fat chance before we ever got to see the group together again. Today however, the organizers of the infamous German fest Wacken Open Air wherein they announced that a newly reunited Emperor would be headlining the 2014 show.

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