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Common Dead Streaming Full Albums Online

Technical thrash/groove outfit Common Dead has posted two of the band's albums in full online via YouTube. Listeners can also use the annotations feature to shuffle around songs in any order.

"Diatribe" and "Allegorize" (reviewed here), from 2012 and 2013 respectively, are two of the most recent albums and were solo efforts from band founder Andrew Laurenson.

Both albums can be found below and are up for purchase at major online stores. For more info, check out the Common Dead website.

Common Dead has been on hiatus since the summer while Laurenson is composing soundtrack material under his real name. More...

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Common Dead Going On Hiatus

Technical thrash/groove metal outfit Common Dead has announced a prolonged break in activity, citing focus on new creative endeavors. Band founder and sole official member Andrew Laurenson issued the following statement:

"After three albums, one EP, and over half a dozen videos to its repertoire, Common Dead is on extended hiatus. The energy fueling the project is morphing into a new sound, still heavy and uncompromising, but doesn't fit as Common Dead. This doesn't mean Common Dead is finished, as fitting ideas remain for the distant future. Please keep seeding the music, watch for what's next, and thank you all for your encouragement."

Common Dead's most recent effort, "Allegorize" (reviewed here), was released at online stores via independent distribution in early 2013. You can find more details at the band's website here. More...

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Common Dead Releases New Music Video

One-man metal act Common Dead has released "Modern Obsolete," the debut music video supporting the latest offering, "Allegorize," and the project's 7th official video in total. Check out the clip below.

The song's instrumentation and vocals are the lone work of Common Dead's Andrew Laurenson, and so was the video's overall production and animation segments. This is the second time the band founder has tackled all facets of a music video alone, the first being "Critical Mass" which hails from the 2012 album "Diatribe."

The 9-track effort "Allegorize" was released via online stores today. According to a press release, "the album draws from technical death and post-thrash styles similar to Lamb of God, Gojira, and Machine Head, while evolving towards new vocal tones and song structuring for Common Dead." More...

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Common Dead Streaming New Songs

Technical groove outfit Common Dead is set to release "Allegorize" this coming March 12th via major online outlets, which is the band's third full-length effort.

Leading up to the release, several new tracks have been released on the band's Facebook profile and official website.

"'Outer Harbor' is a slower and quite different track from Common Dead," comments the band, "a song about retreating to a personal realm no one else can reach." Also streaming are "Modern Obsolete" (for which a music video is nearing release) and "Worldview." More...

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Common Dead Reveals "Allegorize" Release

Common Dead is set to release "Allegorize" this coming March 12th, 2013 via independent distribution. An exercise in true independence in metal, the one-man effort will be available at online stores with nine tracks of tech-death-groove metal influence, taking cues from metal titans such as Gojira, Machine Head, and Pantera.

"Worldview" is now streaming as the first complete song released from the new album, while an upcoming video for another song is currently in production.

The band founder comments: "'Worldview' takes a look at the daily objectives of people across all classes, from a top-down view, at the common motions that define us. Hunger, competition, pleasure, violence, business. Then I tried to write something that described all this back to me, and it turned out a cynical narrative. "

An early album preview for "Allegorize" was also released in January, which can be found in video form on the band's website here. More...

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Common Dead Posts New Album Teaser

Deathrash/groove metal outfit Common Dead recently finished principal recording on the band's next album, "Allegorize." The 9-track effort is set for a spring 2013 release, although no exact release date has been announced yet.

The new album cover premieres alongside a lengthy "Album Showcase" video in which listeners can hear the songs and quickly skip around them in any order by using the YouTube Annotations feature. Check out the video below.

"Allegorize" follows last year's rawly produced "Diatribe" (reviewed here) and expands on the technical yet groove-based style which had been influenced by metal alum such as Gojira, Machine Head, Lamb of God, Fear Factory, and Pantera. For more, visit the band's Facebook profile or check out the previously posted music video for "Inveigh" here. More...

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Common Dead Recording New Album

Common Dead has started recording new material just months after the release of the rawly produced "Diatribe" (reviewed here) in early 2012.

The preemptive return to the studio is the result of an absence of touring as of late, as sole member Andrew Laurenson is currently dedicated to assembling a full group for live performances, having left behind the one-man-live element of Common Dead's early days.

"When people go to a metal show, they want the instruments on display. The instruments are live on my albums, so they should be live in person, and do justice to the music," explained the band founder. "Until I can provide that, with a set of musicians, and take the band other places, I'm putting the PA thing behind me. It was fine for bars and basement gigs, but you shoot for anything higher, it just looks novelty."

On the recording side, the material is coming along more fluidly. While keeping true to its thrashy backdrop, the new vocals of Common Dead will reportedly "offer a progression in pitches and harmony with a balance for the ruggedness on Diatribe."

Andrew adds: "Two songs into the next album and I'm already excited as hell for their release. More than anything before. The vocals are starting to catch with variety, that hit closer to Anselmo and Flynn and Cavalera, my influences. I keep pushing the limits and each time I'm thinking, 'damnit, I wish I was doing it this way when I started'. There will be a modern influence on this album, in terms of more abstract lyrics, and more of a classic approach to the bar structure."

No release date is confirmed at this time for Common Dead's third full-length effort. Stay tuned to the band's official website and Facebook page for updates.

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Watch Common Dead's New Music Video

Premiering first on MetalUnderground.com, U.S. metal outfit Common Dead is now streaming "Inveigh," the band's third music video supporting the album "Diatribe" (reviewed here), and sixth music video in total.

Not unlike previous videos from Common Dead, "Inveigh" was directed and edited by the sole instrumentalist behind the album, Andrew Laurenson, with aiding camerawork and equipment provided by Valérie Delorme and JP McGurrin.

The band founder comments: "'Inveigh' is a track about the anonymous drive or passion that keeps you alive, which can be different for each person. Choosing to live, even when there's no clear reason to do so. For some, the ability to create something that will exist in this realm, even after they are gone, may be all they need to strive on."

Originally the solo endeavor of Laurenson (who performed all instruments across the band's first three releases), Common Dead has committed to a roster expansion since the last album, with the aim of including an ensemble for upcoming efforts. Reviewers often label Common Dead as having a thrash/death backdrop with sporadic forays into tech and post-metal territory, adopting a broad range of themes including vengeance, civil disobedience, and metaphysics.

For more info, visit the band's website or 'Like' the Facebook profile here for updates. More...

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Common Dead Recruits New Drummer

Tech-death/groove metal outfit Common Dead is slowly but surely morphing from solo effort to full ensemble. Originally the lone wolf project of guitarist and vocalist Andrew Laurenson (who performed all instruments on the band's earliest three albums), Common Dead now includes the talents of drummer Bruno Allemand. Allemand is a former collaborator with ex-Cryptopsy's Alex Auburn and spent many years in the Montreal-based Black Sabbath tribute group, War Pigs.

The band is in the process of inducting additional members and honing material for shows, which should include tracks from Common Dead's solo era alongside new material from the group yet to be recorded.

In addition to this development, a new site has launched for the band, featuring lyric sheets, audio, music videos, merch links, and more to come. Visit this location to check it out.

Common Dead released its flagship effort "Diatribe" (reviewed here) in February 2012, the last solo work before the induction of new members.

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Common Dead Video Interview Available

Thrash/death/groove metal entity Common Dead has released a first video interview on YouTube, which can be viewed below.

The five-minute feature includes a sit-down chat with the band's reclusive founder and explores the intentions behind its music videos, decisions on album art, subtle references, and persevering in the absence of a live band.

Common Dead also recently released a cover of Fear Factory's "Flashpoint," which can be viewed here.

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Common Dead Premieres New Fear Factory Cover

Metalunderground.com is premiering the one-man cover for the Fear Factory song "Flashpoint," recorded by deathrash/groove outfit Common Dead. The track originally hails from the 1995 album "Demanufacture." All instrumentation and mixing for the cover was the solo effort of Common Dead's founder, Andrew Laurenson, including the recreation of sound bytes meant to mirror samples in the original. Check out the cover below.

Comments Laurenson: "This was a favorite song of mine that tends to get overlooked by some. It starts heavy, reaches up for melody, then crashes down heavy again. A short and sweet punch to the face that also hadn't been covered to death. This raw mix was made around sessions for the 'Diatribe' album as an homage to the masters of futurist metal."

Common Dead released its flagship effort "Diatribe" (reviewed here) in early 2012 after relocating to Montreal, Canada from the United States. The effort received warm reviews from press, including 3/5 from Metal Underground and 4/5 from Brutalism. Following the release, plans were announced to expand the official roster of Common Dead and induct new members for upcoming efforts.

"Common Dead was never exclusively a solo project, and that was something I voiced early on through websites and interviews" explains Laurenson. "Each time I would find myself playing all the instruments, it was just a matter of circumstances I was facing at the time and wanting to get something done in spite of it all. I'm looking to burn that cycle. I'm glad I got those solo works in the books, I'm proud of that era, but now I'm interested in starting a new era, and having more of a team."

Submissions from possible bandmates in the Montreal region are welcome at commondead@gmail.com. For more info and updates, join the band's Facebook page.

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Common Dead Releases "Wound" Video

Deathrash/groove outfit Common Dead has released a music video for the song "Wound," taken from the new album, "Diatribe" (reviewed here). As an animated piece, the video contains rotoscoped performance footage and features stop-motion segments contributed by Montreal artist, Jean-Philippe McGurrin.

Common Dead comments: "This is one of the more accessible songs from 'Diatribe', relating thoughts that stem from successive loss. The surreal animation portrays separation and struggle to mirror the song's message, while the 'shadow people' effect was chosen in homage to stories that have spread about such entities."

"Wound" follows the song "Critical Mass" as the second music video from the album "Diatribe." For more info and updates on Common Dead, join the band's official Facebook site. More...

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Common Dead Streaming New Song

Common Dead will release the death/thrash/groove inspired "Diatribe" album in digital and physical formats on February 21st, 2012. In anticipation of the rapidly approaching release, Bravewords.com is now streaming the album's opening track. Head over here and click the "Knuckle Tracks" audio player to listen to "Inveigh."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Inveigh
2. Critical Mass
3. Delegates
4. Recollect
5. True Noir
6. Sinister Veil
7. Wound
8. The Hearing
9. No Saint
10. Dusk To Dawn

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Common Dead Posts "The Epiphany" Lyric Clip

Common Dead has released a flashback lyric video for the song "The Epiphany," originally released in 2011 on the "Interim Flesh" EP. Common Dead commented:

"The Epiphany bounced around college radio and became a fan and critic favorite since its release one year ago on the 'Interim Flesh' EP. A music video was intended but never happened before the following 'Diatribe' album kicked off, so this new lyric video at least accompanies the song (better late than never)."

Common Dead's "Diatribe" is set for a February 21st, 2012 release date.

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Common Dead Streaming "Recollect" Track

Common Dead will release the death/thrash/groove inspired "Diatribe" in digital and physical formats on February 21st, 2012. Amazon Marketplace, Amazon MP3, iTunes, and LoudTrax are some of the main outlets that will carry the 10-track album.

A new song called "Recollect" has been posted for streaming at Metal Buzz, for which a music video is planned. Common Dead comments: "This track stems from an obsession I've tried to overcome regarding the passing of time. It grew more and more absurd to the point where I wasn't even 'in the now'. I would be somewhere and sometime else, fixated on theories about wavelengths, energy, and perception."

Check out the song "Recollect" through Metal Buzz here, or find more information on Common Dead via Facebook. The previously posted "Critical Mass" video is also available at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Inveigh
2. Critical Mass
3. Delegates
4. Recollect
5. True Noir
6. Sinister Veil
7. Wound
8. The Hearing
9. No Saint
10. Dusk To Dawn

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Common Dead Posts "Critical Mass" Clip

Common Dead has posted a music video clip online for the song "Critical Mass," which can be found below. The band also commented:

"This song comes off the upcoming 3rd release from Common Dead, titled 'Diatribe,' and is the 4th music video for Common Dead. The name 'Critical Mass' is a play on nuclear terminology, in this case referring to a mass of people being critics. The song is retaliation for any one person who feels overtly criticized at a moment in their life."

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Common Dead Posts "Diatribe" Teaser

Common Dead has posted a video clip online containing pre-mastered clips of songs off the upcoming "Diatribe" album. Common Dead's Andrew Laurenson comments: "This is the album where Common Dead really comes into its own. There had been some experimenting on previous albums, but this is my most consistent work. The writing is stronger, more opinionated. I've refined the screams, detailed the drums, and my main focus as a guitarist has grown substantially."

An exact release date for "Diatribe" has not yet been announced. "Diatribe" was recorded in Montreal, Canada and follows 2011's "Interim Flesh EP" and 2009's self-titled debut.

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