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Exclusive Interview: THE NAUTILUS

The finest, cerebral, contorted guitar playing I have seen has come from the hands of The Nautilus’ Ross Albrecht.The Nautilus bind the fluid propulsive rhythm of The Black Dahlia Murder and supplement it with Gojira-esque melodies.   Also, add the finest British Columbian weed with overt Canadian thrash influences and you would have the slightest hint of what they sound like.

Having shared the stage with bands like Tesseract, Cloudkicker, The Ocean, Mouth of The Architect, and Intronaut, the band should have not been too surprised to see their debut EP being raved about by MetalSucks via their “Unsigned and Unholy”posts. Ross gives us a briefing on the Vancouver band.

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Exclusive Interview: THE CONTORTIONIST

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Earlier this week (September 16) progressive metal act The Contortionist released their latest album, Language. Their third full-length and follow-up to 2012’s Intrinsic features a new line-up, with original members, Joey (drums) and Robby Baca (guitar), now accompanied by Michael Lessard (vocals), Jordan Eberhardt (bass) and Eric Guenther (keyboards). Along with the personnel change, Language sees the band delve further into experimental and atmospheric territory. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, Joey Baca discussed the new release, the member change and The Contortionist’s progressive sound, as well as the themes behind Language and more. Continue reading

THE CONTORTIONIST Streaming New Album “Language”

the contortionist-languageThe Contortionist released their highly anticipated and highly praised new album Language today and I am so thrilled that the world will finally get to hear this masterpiece. I have watched The Contortionist go from deathcore to one of the leading and most fascinating progressive bands of the day. Language is a phenomenal album that I find myself listening to constantly, so you should do the same. Stream the album below. Go, The Contortionist, go!      Continue reading

REVOCATION Release Making-Of Video For Deathless

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Revocation have released the first episode of the Making-Of special feature for their upcoming Metal Blade Records debut and fifth LP, Deathless. Shot by Naughty Mantis Productions, who recently brought forwards Whitechapel’s crowd-funded documentary, the pro-shot footage features one-on-one interviews with each individual band member on the weight and inner gimmicks of the new record. Personally, I feel the video missed the opportunities for the band’s well known comedic shenanigans but it’s a pretty tight affair. Peep the teaser below and be sure to catch Revocation on one of their upcoming tours (US with Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, Europe with death metal peers Cannibal Corpse and Aeon and Australia with Thy Art Is Murder). Deathless comes out the 14th Of October. Pre-order it on CD and vinyl via Metal Blade here.

MONUMENTS Release Music Video For “Atlas”

monuments-The-AmanuensisMonuments are a band that I found myself fascinated with earlier in the year and I really enjoy the bands latest album. The band has just unveiled their new music video for their song “Atlas,” which happens to be one of my favorites. You can check out the music video after the jump. Radcycle.     Continue reading

THE CONTORTIONIST Streaming New Track “Primordial Sound”

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Progressive metal outfit The Contortionist have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Language, over at Metal Sucks. The song is entitled “Primordial Sound” and it features a lot of ethereal, glossy, jazzy guitar work and an overall atmospheric feel. The song could be likened to the work of Tesseract, Animals as Leaders and Cynic, but with the band’s own spin on it. Head over to Metal Sucks to check it out for yourself.

Language will be released through eOne on September 16th. Check out their video for “Language I: Intuition” after the break as well.

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OPETH Streaming New Album “Pale Communion”

The forthcoming 11th studio album from Opeth, Pale Communion, can now be streamed in its entirety over at Pitchfork. The album will officially be released through Roadrunner Records next Tuesday, August 26th. But I know Opeth fans cannot wait another minute to sink their fangs into progressive rock goodness, so head over to Pitchfork to satiate your cravings.

The band will also be embarking on a co-headlining tour with In Flames this December, with Red Fang to open. Those dates can be found below.

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ANIMALS AS LEADERS And DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Announce Fall North American Tour

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Animals As Leaders and The Devin Townsend Project have announced dates for a shared co-headlining North American Fall tour with direct support from djent/prog up and comers Monuments. Peep the tour dates and details after the jump (courtesy of Metal Injection).  Continue reading

THE CONTORTIONIST Streaming New Track “Language I: Intuition”

CNTRTNST-LNGGThe Contortionist is a band that has slowly grown on me over the last few years and I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the bands new album Language. I think the band has grown out of their deathcore roots and now sit as a phenomenal progressive band and I really dig their tunes. ESPECIALLY THEIR NEW TRACK! That’s right! The Contortionist is streaming a new track titled “Language I: Intuition” and it’s great. You can check out the track after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments.       Continue reading

FALLUJAH Streaming New Track “Levitation”

San Francisco death metal outfit Fallujah have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, The Flesh Prevails, over at AV Club. On the new track, “Levitation”, the band adds a healthy bit of atmospheric qualities to their blistering technical prowess. Vocalist Alex Hoffman comments on the track:

“‘Levitation’ is a track made with the purpose of channeling the most dark and ethereal energies that the album has to offer, swaying away from speed and aggression and into more otherworldly and melancholic themes. This is my personal favorite track on the album and one that we can’t wait to play live.”

Feel free to stream the progressive opus at A.V. Club now.

The Flesh Prevails will be released on July 22nd via Unique Leader and pre-orders can be placed here.The band will also be apart of the forthcoming Summer Slaughter tour alongside Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and more. You can check out those dates after the break.

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LAZER/WULF Streaming New Album “The Beast Of Left And Right”

Lazerwulf_CoverProgressive instrumental trio Lazer/Wulf will be releasing their new album The Beast Of Left And Right next week and the band has put the whole thing up for streaming. So basically, this is one of the most intense and hard-to-classify instrumental bands I’ve ever dealt with and they are beyond spectacular. This album is phenomenal and if you want a killer instrumental record to aid you in your day-to-day, this is it. The Beast Of Left And Right. Peep it out after the jump.     Continue reading

OUTRUN THE SUNLIGHT Streaming New Track “Spirit”

OtS-SpiritOutrun The Sunlight is a band that I have been posting about for a while now and these guys are constantly evolving and improving upon their progressive instrumentation. The band has released a new track from their forthcoming album Terrapin. The track is called “Spirit” and you can check it out below. It’s extremely mellow but it has beautifully crafted heavy sections that do not interrupt the melodic qualities and only add to the overall brilliance. Check it out.     Continue reading

MILK WHITE THROAT Streaming New Track “Nothing Isn’t, Everything Is”

MWT DOB ARTRemember that amazing band Milk White Throat that I interviewed back in April? Well, in that interview we discussed the bands forthcoming, debut full-length album Death Of Beauty, which is due out at the end of the month. If that isn’t awesome enough, the band has released their first track off of the new record! The track is titled “Nothing Isn’t, Everything Is” and it is an experimental, progressive whateveryouwantittobe song and it rules. I love the melody and attention to detail that this song has. You know what? Just check it out for yourself.     Continue reading

SON OF AURELIUS Streaming New Album “Under A Western Sun”

Son-of-Aurelius-Under-a-Western-Sun-620x620I recently got into Son Of Aurelius for the first time and it was just in time, as the band was prepping the release of their new album Under A Western Sun, which was released today. It’s great if you’re wanting something that’s equal parts mellow and heavy and progressive. If you’re on the fence about the band or if you’ve never heard of them (although Lane has posted about them numerous times), check out Under A Western Sky after the jump.       Continue reading

OPETH Debut “Cusp Of Eternity” Video

Opeth have premiered the new animated video for their new track, “Cusp of Eternity”, over at Metal Hammer. The track, which continues the more progressive rock oriented style the band showcased on 2011’s Heritage, is set to animated renditions of the paintings found on their new album’s cover. The song will be featured on their forthcoming 11th studio album, Pale Communion, which will be released through Roadrunner Records on August 26th. You can check out the video at Metal Hammer now.