With five of their full length life wreckers back on vinyl for the first time since the original pressings (we suggest you start with the still unconditionally pit worthy Stop At Nothing ), it seemed a good time to give Dying Fetus the band spotlight. The death metal legacy of this group has withstood many tests and only come through stronger. Catch them on tour with Hatebreed in Europe this April if you are both lucky and brave.
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British progressive metal mischief-maker’s Tesseract have decided to stream Odyssey/Scala in its entirety on Youtube.
Odyssey/Scala will be TesseracT’s first foray into releasing full-length live audio/video concert footage. It also sees the return of vocalist Daniel Tompkins.
Instead of the DVD being one full go, a traditional live concert, the band recorded the audio portion (Odyssey) while on the European and Russian legs of the Altered States World Tour.
The video portion (Scala) was filmed at home in London, UK.
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Music keeps a lot of us sane, though Tesseract‘s nerve defying dare-devilry IS often insane. Taken from the live album,’ Odyssey/Scala‘, Century Media, 2015, the performance is a well shot and extremely capable expression of melody, climbing and complex arrangements and a plunge into the unknown. Prog fans can dig it BELOW.Add to My Radar
Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me have premiered an exclusive clip from the “Making of Coma Ecliptic” DVD on Billboard today! In the clip, lead singer Tommy Rogers discusses the concept of the band’s upcoming, highly anticipated, album Coma Ecliptic. Fans can watch the video now HERE!Add to My Radar
I think anytime is a good time for people to do what they want – Henry Wilson
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Henry from House Of Lighting took the time to answer my questions on the band’s supersonic riff ride Lightworker and what they have cooking for later this year and beyond. This band reminds me of the thrill I got from early ROIR Bad Brains/Soulside, Van Halen’s Fair Warning and the stuff released by Wilson’s acclaimed band Floor (though Wilson plays a different instrument in the two bands). It’s all thrown in some kind of multi-dimensional rainbow blender like the Gargantua/black hole space Matthew McConaughey knocks books out of in Interstellar. It might not make you break out Goddess crystals (unless you are me) but the Lightworker name suits these bursts of pure energy and life just as well as seeking some inner peace and calm space through New Age music. Fans on Enya don’t get a lock on good vibes, haha! Check out “More Lights, More Trails” HERE.
The band’s music is sure to thrill fans of punk, technical metal, crazy innovative hard rock or fuzzed out stoner types who can handle really trippy kind of buried harmonies reflecting back at them from the center of some serious riffage. Get on board with this Florida storm of electric vibes now! Everyone should be talking about this band a lot more.
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Growing up in Venezuela, Felix Martin developed his own way of playing guitar: by playing two at the same time. After making two dual neck guitars with independent luthiers and guitar makers, he later went on to graduate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Felix nods players like Stuart Hamm and Steve Vai, but also blends his own percussive and jazz-bass technique with his 14-string guitars. Felix has released two albums with Prosthetic Records, one of which brings to life his live performance. Truly a forward thinking musician, he spent years tediously creating The Human Transcription, in which he has given the human voice note values. He has turned the speeches of several historical figures into compositions based upon these voice to note transcriptions.
Felix and I caught up while he was pout on his first headlining tour of North America. Read more here.
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Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me have released a brand new song from their upcoming highly anticipated, seventh full-length album Coma Ecliptic. Fans can listen to “Memory Palace” now by heading to metalblade.com/btbam. The upcoming album is also now available for pre-order with special bundles and packages offered, including: CD, LP, two pre-order exclusive t-shirts, an exclusive hour long behind the scenes making-of DVD, and a “Coma Ecliptic” limited edition 27″x40″ movie poster. Coma Ecliptic will be officially released worldwide on July 7th, 2015. Grandiose, dynamic, heavy, melodic, technically challenging and more, this album delivers.
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The most esoteric and challenging band in the mainstream’s awareness is Tool and fans have been waiting almost a decade for a follow up to 10,000 Days. Almost as startling as the fact it has been that long already is the news that Tool are finally bearing down on it with increasing speed. I’d hear rumors hear and there but Consequence of Sound is reporting the band has won their drawn out lawsuit with some insurance dbags and are finally able to really buckle down on the next future classic without career draining delays. Get the scoop HERE.
Adam Jones says:
The turning point came when there was a change of venue on the opening day of the trial. “We moved over to a North LA courthouse and we had a brand-new judge, who was fantastic. You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes!” Randy Rhoads (no relation) was a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. “I knew the power of metal, and my appreciation of metal was someday going to be like a guardian angel.”
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Maid Myriad are one of my fave new prog metal bands. Their singer filled in for my fave prog band of last year Wings Denied recently and ever since I have been really enjoying their With Haste On Its Breath full length. Now the Maid Myriad camp have announced the Woven In Haste 2015 tour, which reminds me of playing Dragonlance RGPs back in the day and having to really quickly cast a fireball spell on Bozak draconians before they killed my neutral good mage Bodifus the Red.
Anyway, Maid Myriad are awesome. They really remind me of my friends Three who I grew up with (especially “Be Careful What You Wish For”), just complex arrangements and atmosphere mixed with sort of similar to Joey Eppard vocals and lots of other metal and post hardcore influences as well. Friends I’ve played them for also compare Maid Myriad to Thrice and Coheed & Cambria. I def recommend this tour and record.
Great new song from the Three guys- Woodstock, NY’s progressive rockers known for a wide range of sounds over the years but always focused on musical growth. It has allowed the band to share the stage with everyone from Atreyu to Heart to Coheed over the years. This is my favorite from them in awhile and also I saw on Facebook yesterday vocalist Joey Eppard telling a fan there will be another full length on the horizon at some point!
From the band:
Check out our brand new song “Crazy Eyes” now available for purchase! FYI: We actually recorded the basic track in my garage a while back just to get the idea down. It was the first time Chris Gartdrumm had ever played the song. We liked it so much we decided to use that drum performance for the final version. We only used 3 mics (kick, snare & an overhead) on the kit but wound up with a drum sound I’m proud to say I mixed.
Check it out HERE, perfect for a dreamy winter day of introspection.Add to My Radar
Don’t take your health, friends or family for granted. Ever.
The following is an op ed of sorts which includes personal music scene memories of the last 20 years, memories of my father Tom Vink-Lainas who just passed away from Cancer and struggled with smoking cigs and drinking decades of his life. It also touches on Blake Judd, Coheed And Cambria , Bad Brains, UNITY and why PMA is so important. It is mainly about the Kingston, NY and Woodstock, Ny region music scene I came up in (I’ve sung for like 9 bands since 1993). Hopefully it can help heal some people (myself included).
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Byzantine is prepared to unleash its new album, but getting to this point wasnt without a cost for West Virginias progressive thrash titans. Since coming back with our self-titled album, I went through a personal split and lost two very important band members, discloses Byzantine front-man Chris OJ Ojeda. Its taught me that once in a while, though, you have to lose something to actually gain something. Byzantine reaches this resolution with To Release Is To Resolve, to be released on April 7 via CEN/RED Distribution.
To Release Is To Resolve finds Byzantines ferocious brand of monstrous, groove metal taken to new heights. This can be unmistakably heard on the albums first single, “A Curious Lot”, which received its world premiere atMetal Sucks. “A Curious Lot” is available via all digital platforms but can be streamed now below.
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Aphelion is the furthest point from the sun, and in this case, the sun could represent anything that we aspire towards, dream of, pursue with passion, heart, fire.– Tom P.
Tom Phillips of While Heaven Wept is capable of writing intense and compelling epic metal that is like Farscape for the human soul. Instead of Moya, we are travelling through songs of the human experience, rich metaphor and aquamarine guitar playing that knows few limits.Prog rock can include anything from House Of Lightning’s mind blowing melodic riff and vocal amalgam of Floor meets Rush to something as different as Veil Of Maya’s Marc Okubo tearing through an intricate metal riff to a classic prog rock album like Selling England By The Pound. We celebrate the spiritual questions of a band like Om with our serious hats on but often dismiss high concept prog influenced records as grandiose. For all the ups and downs in my friendship with the Coheed and Cambria guys over the years, I will admit in a second that In Keeping Secrets… was a great album (perhaps still their best). WHH have been carrying the flame for earnest music for a long time.
Their latest Suspended At Aphelion is a very fleshed out, masterful concept album. How did they come to decide on the themes?
“Well, you’ve got to keep in mind that everything we’ve ever done has been out of personal necessity…to heal, to accept, to move on…and SAA is no exception; despite the imagery and metaphors throughout the discography, everything is based upon real people, events, tribulations, and above all, sincere emotions,” says Tom. “WHW is basically my vehicle for coping with both a lifelong depression and the tragedies, frustrations, chaos in my life. A catharsis so as to lead a “relatively normal” existence outside of the band. Every album pertains to different relationships.”
That said, WHH are also never tied to just one genre. Detract from Queensryche’s more experimental albums like Tribe or Dedicated To Chaos all you like, but they still have merit regardless if they were different from the classic heavy metal sound the band has returned to post-Tate’s vocal reign. Likewise, WHH can be brutal, dizzying or trippy within the same album.
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Born Of Osiris were not only good when The New Reign was released. Only a moron would think that. A Higher Place is hella (yeah, I said it) underrated and this band is better than half the fans in their scene can comprehend with their limited musical tastes. The band have shown consistent drive to create meaningful music, regardless of any behind the scenes stuff or trends. A mid 2015 Sumerian release is expected for the next record, though no further details are available at this time. Hoping it will combine the heavier synth presence of TWDA with earlier heavy elements. The band have been working new material for a few years now and I have a good gut feeling that they are due for making the statement fans/believers in this band have known they can achieve. Here’s hoping, dudes.Add to My Radar