Last week might have been a lull in tour announcements, but this week it’s back in full force with two major festival lineup unveils and a pair of tours to match! The largest of this week’s offerings is the second wave of band announcements coming to this year’s Euroblast Festival. Devin Townsend Project, Textures, Car Bomb, sleepmakeswaves and The Algorithm are just a few of the many new additions to the late-year festival in Cologne. Those near Paris will get the chance to see Betraying The Martyrs, Uneven Structure, Sithu Aye, Kadinja and more at April’s Heart Sound Metal Fest. If you want to see Kadinja but can’t make it to Paris, you can catch them touring in support of No Sin Evades His Gaze in April. For those in America, you can enjoy the return of Animals as Leaders across the country (sans Plintervals).
Variety is the motif of this week’s musical offerings, with a slew of instrumental metal, video playthroughs, and even a pair of surprise synthpop tracks. Not ready to rest on the previously released tracks and simply wait for release, Mastodon have come out with a brand new video for the track “Show Yourself” from the ever-approaching Emperor of Sand. Get your aggression out with Loathe‘s “It’s Yours” and The Afterimage‘s “Pursue“. In the instrumental scene, we got the first single off Scale the Summit‘s newly announced album and a video for Animals as Leader‘s “Cognitive Contortions”. ARP and Fit For and Autopsy have graced us with a duo of play-throughs in “Dawn of the Restless” and “Iron Moon“. And for fans of that synth sound, you can enjoy Daniel Tompkins voice in ZETA‘s “Silent Waves“, or check out the new Ulver track “Nemoralia“.
Desolace – Photosynthesis (9/10): “Desolace do not reinvent djent, but Photosynthesis is so well-realized and masterfully delivered that it will be one of the best releases in the genre this year.”
Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets And The Migrant Flora (7.5/10): “[This] is a record that only has good songs on it. While some are a little repetitive, some really stand out in a very positive way with catchy melodies, aggressive attitude, and heavy guitar playing.”
Without Waves – Lunar (7.5/10): “As a whole, Lunar is simply fascinating. When one gets the math-metal stylings of SikTh, the hardcore vibes of Dillinger Escape Plan and the ambient melodic beauty of Tesseract wrapped in a compact 50-minute package, it’s hard to complain.”
DODECAHEDRON – Kwintessens (9/10): “I enjoyed this record a great deal. The signature counter-pulse grooves are instantly recognizable and fantastically executed. It is quite hard to retain such dark atmospheres under such heavy grooves. Yet, through using a variety of elements, the band consistently manages to capture the listener’s interest.”
Minus The Bear – VOIDS (7/10): “Do you need some music to relax to? Do you want to find the perfect music for your roadtrip? Well, then Minus The Bear have the best solution for you! If you’re searching for groundbreaking grooves, heavy guitar riffing and immense growls, you are going in the wrong direction.”
Thundercat – Drunk (9/10): “The musicality on display here (from everyone involved with this project, I might add), is nothing short of overwhelming, with Thundercat of course taking center-stage in this ovation. Both as a composer and as a bassist, he’s constantly growing and evolving, while his quirky persona adds a welcome sense of levity to the mix.”
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This week’s set of exclusive content is not the most dense, but we still have two interesting pieces that you shouldn’t miss out on. First up is a track from a new Greek band, Show Us The Imminent. Titled “Lone”, it offers a catchy song that fans of Tesseract and Periphery may enjoy. We also have a great interview with Marco and Toni from Downfall Of Gaia to round things off.