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Wolves Stream

Media outlets are growing weirder by the minute. Ten years ago you would have never seen NPR stream a band like Deafheaven, or something of the like. Now, apparently, the New York Times want to get in on all the blacktion (black metal action), because they’re streaming the new Wolves In The Throne Room record, which actually isn’t black metal at all. You can stream it below!

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Impulse

Wolves In The Throne Room have been on the cutting edge of greatness when it comes to their unique style of music. Ever since their debut LP the band has pushed themselves to go beyond the paradigm that is black metal to create some of the most memorable albums in the genre. However, they stirred up quite a storm when it was revealed that the new album would feature no drums or vocals and be super heavy with synths. If one band could pull it off, it’s these guys, and their new single proves that they’ve done very well with this new concept. Imagine Sunn O))) with tremelo picking and super heavy synths. That’s basically the new track, “Initiation At Neudeg Alm”, from their upcoming LP Celestite. Stream it after the jump, and don’t forget to pick up the record when it’s out July 8th!

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anatomy of a habit

If Relapse Records’ signing of shoegaze band Nothing didn’t tip you off that the label was ready for diversification, their signing of supergroup project Anatomy of a Habit will likely turn a few heads. Featuring past and present members of BLOODYMINDED, TortoiseWolves in the Throne Room, Joan of Arc, Indian, and like a hundred other bands, the group’s shoegaze and post-rock steeped doom sound is a far cry from the deathgrind or stoner metal that made Relapse a household name in the community.

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wiitr celestite

By now, you know the score. The new Wolves In The Throne is not a black metal album, instead, they chose to reinterpret their previous work Celestial Lineage as, and I’m cutting all the extraneous wording, a ‘more ambient piece’. Naturally, if you’re a fan of the band, it’s an interesting prospect. Although they were always a metal band, they still managed to create soundscapes more than songs. So, you’ll be glad to know the new track from the band is exactly that — a huge vast world of sound to be explored.

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wolves in the throne room

Three years after their last record Celestial Lineage, Wolves in the Throne Room are not content with abandoning the album entirely to start a new record from scratch. Instead, the post-black metal duo are re-purposing many of the themes and stems from Celestial Lineage to create a companion album in Celestite, due out July 8th through their very own Artemisia Records.

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wolves in the throne room

Those of you wishing the return of seminal black metal act Wolves In The Throne Room to be accompanied by another slew of introspective and atmospheric black metal may be a little disappointed. The band have announced plans to release a new album based on material recorded for 2011′s Celestial Lineage, appropriately titled Celestite. Interestingly, the album will contain no vocals or drums, instead aiming for “heavy crystalline synthesizer journeying, Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation.”

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converge live at BBC

You may have noticed a growing trend of live sessions coming out of BBC’s Maida Vale Studio. Just this year, Tesseract, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Baroness have released music performances from the studio, with hardcore act Converge being the latest band to come out with their session in the form of a limited 7″ EP to be released soon on Deathwish, Inc.

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Vestiges & Panopticon – Split

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Split

01. VII
02. VIII
03. A Letter
04. Eulogy
05. Collapse and Die (Suicide Nation cover)

[05/24/13]
[Replenish Records/The Flenser]

It’s weird to imagine a time when beautiful atmosphere and longing ambiance were thought to be the antithesis of extreme metal. Nowadays, the two aesthetics have long been mastered as complimentary. The post-whatever school of thought being the zeitgeist of the moment, it’s no wonder how black metal has become so affected. Strange, considering that it’s a genre seemingly built on an elitist exclusionary mindset, if stereotypes are to be trusted. Two bands cutting against this grain and bringing black metal out of bleak traditionalism and into oddly bright furtherance are Vestiges and Panopticon, whose split EP is a vibrant testimony for the American atmospheric black metal movement.

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New York-based and Boston-born progressive avant-garde metal giants Kayo Dot are getting ready to release their seventh studio album, Hubardo, to coincide with the ten year anniversary of their first release in 2003, Choirs of the Eye.

Making their way out to Avast Studios in Seattle, Washington, the band will once again team up with producer Randall Dunn (known for his work with SunnO))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Boris, Earth, and others) come April.

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danwietentoe

As you may have noticed, The Omega Experiment‘s fantastic self-titled debut album ended up on a few of our year-end lists. Their powerful blend of prog metal and soaring hooks — sounding like a crossbreed of Styx and Devin Townsend Project — is both thought provoking and incredibly catchy. We acclaimed the record, and we weren’t the only one who took notice of their excellence either; Listenable Records (home to fellow Heavy Blog favorites Gorod, Betraying The Martyrs, and Sybreed) just signed TOE and are re-releasing their debut album in 2013. We asked frontman and songwriter Dan Wieten to give us a recap of his favorite albums from the year, which you can read below!

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