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Perturbator Uncanny Valley
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Perturbator going on first North American tour (dates & LP stream)

France's Perturbator (aka James Kent) has been at it for a few years but picked up more buzz than ever (in the US at least) last year thanks to The Uncanny Valley. Like S U R V I V E, it pulls from '80 synthwave and horror soundtracks, and has some crossover in the metal world...

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Jacob Bannon’s Wear Your Wounds releasing debut album, making live debut

Wear Your Wounds (also ft. members of The Red Chord, Trap Them, and Cave In) will make their live debut at Roadburn, which also just added My Dying Bride, Wolves in the Throne Room, Ash Borer, Emma Ruth Rundle, Sumac, and more.

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Roadburn 2017
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Roadburn announce John Baizley-curated 2017 lineup (Coven and Warning return ++ Baroness, Pillorian, more)

Curated by Baroness's John Baizley, the fest has a couple big surprises. One is a reunion from late-'60s occult-rock greats Coven. Another is that Patrick Walker (who focuses on 40 Watt Sun these days) will be reuniting Warning to play their classic 2006 album Watching from a Distance in full for the first time ever...

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Converge playing Blood Moon
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Blood Moon Rising: The Story Behind Converge’s Ensemble Experiment

A profile on Converge's recent 'Blood Moon' live show, which had an expanded lineup including Chelsea Wolfe, her bandmate Ben Chisholm, frequent Converge collaborator (and Cave In/Mutoid Man frontman) Stephen Brodsky, and Neurosis' Steve Von Till, and hit lots of deep cuts.

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Klone
All photos by Tim Bugbee
Klone All photos by Tim Bugbee
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Roadburn 2016 Day 4 review & pics (Blind Idiot God, Neurosis, Ecstatic Vision, more)

Neurosis have always held strong to the notion that their newest album is their best album. This hasn't always been true, of course; their career has gone through minor dips and peaks like anyone else's. But seeing them live you understand why they're so steadfast in this belief. While the quality of their songs has not always trended upwards, their newer material sounds significantly better live. The lows are lower, the textures denser, the samples pop more...

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Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth in concert
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth / All photos by Tim Bugbee
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Roadburn 2016 Day 3 review & pics (Neurosis, Converge, Tau Cross, Amenra & more)

...Sometimes you don't want to answer big questions like that. Sometimes you just want to listen to rock music, loudly and in person. Despite disparaging the concept of a rock show twice in these recaps, it's important to remember that we're all here ostensibly because we enjoy guitars being played through amps over drums. Tau Cross reinforce the notion that good metal bands tend to be good rock bands...

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The Skull
All photos by Tim Bugbee
The Skull All photos by Tim Bugbee
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Roadburn 2016 Day 2 review & pics (Diamanda Galas, GISM, With the Dead, Ulfsmessa, more)

Its hard to imagine a better locale for people watching than a metal festival. Any single metal show is sure to packed full of weirdos, but festivals have the added benefit of bringing together a wide array of different types of weirdos. Every variety of metalhead that you can imagine is on display on Roadburn's main avenue: Crust punks covered in patches, retro thrashers with high top Reeboks, old heads with comically long grey beards, goths in intricate lace dresses, recovering hardcore kids who dress like low budget hypebeasts (that'd be me), and short hairs in tight jeans that would fit right in at Chicago's Empty Bottle if they weren't speaking fluent Dutch. My personal favorite absurd fashion choice was the guy wearing a Game Of Thrones t-shirt with a leather trench coat draped over his shoulders like a cape...

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Converge in concert
All photos by Tim Bugbee
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Roadburn 2016 day 1 review & pics (Cult of Luna, Converge, Paradise Lost & more)

House music, albums in full, and rattling churches in Tilburg

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Roadburn 2016 Line-up Announced

Roadburn completes lineup, including Buried At Sea, Inverloch, Jucifer and more

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The Heavy Lowdown: Slayer, Iron Maiden, Blake Judd, YOB, Roadburn 2015 lineup, Opeth, weekend shows & more

The above pic was posted on Slayer's Instagram earlier in the week. Does it herald, as many expect, a new Slayer album in 2015? Is it the genesis of their pivotal post-Hanneman/Lombardo/Rubin album...

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