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poll-resultsAll this week we’ve been posting the results of our staff poll of the best releases of 2014. Find out your choices for Album of the Year and an aggregated Top 25 of Reader choices after the jump.

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Norwegian Progressive Black Metal (or “Epic Extreme Metal” if you ask them) band Keep of Kalessin were holding an album artwork contest for their upcoming album Epistemology, and they’ve finally declared the winner, along with details of the album including a teaser. Also, remember the time when they lost their vocalist in the Amazonian jungle? Yeah. Well, the teaser makes me think they’re doing totally fine.

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Every year, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas brings together some of the best acts in rock, hip-hop, comedy, and action sports. With a lineup as diverse as theirs, it’d be pretty impractical for a niche blog to cover everything, but the hardcore and metal presence across the fest’s three days is enough to draw our attention! Photographer Maclyn Bean flew out from Philly to Austin to cover the fest, and you can catch select day three photos below, featuring This Will Destroy You, Iron Reagan, Thundercat, Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, and Flying Lotus!

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Converge Set To Burn Europe During DW Fest


Converge is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is their career in full swing but they always take to the road with some of the most devastating and excellent bands out there. 2015 is going to be no different, apparently. The band have already been confirmed for Temples Festival, but will apparently take that show as a launch point for what they’re calling “DW Fest Europe”. Not only that, but they will bring Trap Them, Young and In The Way and Harm’s Way with them. Check out the full release below, including full dates.

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Nothing I’m going to write here will shock you; Allegaeon have been producing ridiculous video clips and have been ridiculous by nature for a long time now. And we love it. Now, the technical death metal band have released another one of their crazy reels and you can view it right after the jump. Get over there and don’t forget to bring a towel, so you don’t get wet.

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This second home of mine that you’ll frequent on a regular basis gave me my first Slice (of) The Cake way back when The Man With No Face reared its pretty head. At the time I was veering sharply from deathcore and anything I deemed similar to it. This changed after repeat listens of the international “bedroom” bands first foray into recorded music. A couple of years (and another solid record) later and I get to announce, on the very same blog that opened my eyes to these guys, that the band have announced the release of their grandest work to date. Get more details after the hop.

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Instrumental post-metal outfit from the suburbs of Chicago, reporting in! Pelican are still at it promoting their 2013 titan Forever Becoming with a brand new music video for “Deny the Absolute.”

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Hello once again! We’ve already written a whole lot about albums from this year that we loved, but as you could probably tell from our individual staff top 10 lists, there were a whole slew of albums that individuals in the group adored but were unable to crack our aggregate top 50. We all try to listen to as much music as humanly possible throughout the year, but we are also humans with jobs and lives and families, and there are times that some of us just flat-out miss out on some great stuff. So that’s what the below entries are about. Consider these a few of our personal “honorable mentions.” And if there are any albums from our lists or here that you still think we missed out on, feel free to share them in the comments.

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Welcome back! We just gave you our official staff Top 50 list, but we’re dedicating today to breaking things down and giving you a peek at some of the picks from our individual staff members. In this post you’ll find lists of the top 10 albums from every staff writer and editor who participated in our internal poll this month. As you’ll see, even though our aggregated list appears to make some pretty large preferential statements in itself, when broken down to individuals there’s an even wider array of tastes and opinions on display.

In just a bit you’ll get to read about some of the albums listed here in our “Outliers” post. But for now, enjoy your lists upon lists!

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It looks like the tour announcements for 2015 just keep rolling in, and this time it’s one of the most diverse lineups yet. Indiana’s progressive metal powerhouse The Contortionist are going out on their second headlining run across North America in support of their third LP, Language.

Earlier this year, they were opening for Periphery and continued that tour with Intervals and Polyphia in tow, with their final show in Chicago.

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