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Last updated on September 29, 2016 at 1:36 PM ET
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20 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Following on the heels of GosT's debut album "Behemoth," new album "Non Paradisi" is a loose musical adaptation of John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost," concerning Lucifer's fall from Heaven and ensuing ascent from the Lake of Fire.
The entire darkwave album is now online for streaming in the YouTube player below, provided courtesy of Vice. "Non Paradisi" will be released worldwide on September 30th, 2016 via Blood Music and the full track listing is as follows:
3. Aggrandizement (feat. Bitchcraft)
4. Lake of Fire
5. Supreme (feat. Hayley Stewart)
7. Arise (feat. Kriistal Ann)
9. Unum Infernum
10. I Am Abaddon More...
Danish hardcore trio Halshug's scathing new full-length album "Sort Sind" sees release this Friday via Southern Lord and you can now hear it ahead of its release via the SoundCloud player below.
"Sort Sind" features nine sharp and gritty new tracks that express boundless vehemence. The theme of the release is inspired by the members' experiences growing up in the 1990s and 2000s in neglected parts of Denmark, hoping to in some way contribute to their scene and invoke some energy in those who hear it.
Following a recent performances at Roskilde Festival and more throughout Denmark, as well as the band's first U.S. shows with a brief East Coast tour in August, further live actions from Halshug are impending, including a record release show on October 7th. Currently announced dates include:
10/07/2016 BumZen - København, DK *record release show
11/25/2016 Stubborn Fest - Barcelona, ES More...
Grammy Award-winning band Ghost has earned the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts with the new EP "Popestar." Selling over 21,000 copies, the release is the first EP to reach first place on Top Rock Albums in the chart's history.
"Popestar" also marks the band's second No. 1 release on the Hard Rock Albums chart. This new EP was released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital.
The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm "Square Hammer" and also contains covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. "Popestar" was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth). More...
Metallica will make a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debut tonight performing new song "Moth Into Flame" for the first time on national television. The show airs at 11:35 EST/PST on NBC.
"Moth Into Flame" is the second track to come online from Metallica's forthcoming album "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct," scheduled to be released via the band's Blackened Recordings on November 18th.
Age Of Woe just released a new song from upcoming album "An Ill Wind Blowing," due out October 14th. Check out the video for "Voices of the Unheard" below. You can also still pre-order "An Ill Wind Blowing" at this location. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Voices of the Unheard
2. Bad Blood
3. Kine Weza Kuruf Konkey
4. Heavy Clouds
5. Havens Burn to Cinder
6. Ill Winds
7. Halo of Flies
With the October 7th CD release inching near (plus a local Calgary album launch show on October 1st at Distortion) Illiryian just posted an album preview for "Round 2: Fight!" Listen into clips from every single track via the YouTube video below.
The album was co-produced by the band with Casey Lewis at Echo Base Studios and mastered by Sacha Laskow (Every Hour Kills, ex-Divinity) at Perfect Fifth Studios. Illyrian also recently gave us a hilarious pit story about a fan who made off with some sweaty band clothes....
Formed in 2011 under the name Hellborn Death Engines, the band is resurfacing under the new moniker Illyrian with the recent additions of bassist / vocalist Jeff Perry (Sikarra, ex-Animus Labyrinth) plus British drum sensation Darren May (ex-Deacon Birch) who have both brought new and progressive musical mindsets into the band to join original founding members Scott Onofrychuk (guitars/vocals) and Brandon McNeil (guitar/vocals).
1. Walking In Sunshine (5:41)
2. Round 2: Fight! (4:31)
3. Opulent & Imperial (3:58)
4. Chaotic Neutral (3:28)
5. Zeta Reticulan (4:29)
6. Mindbender (4:25)
7. Five by Five (The Dark Slayer Comes) (4:06)
8. Wings of Freedom (4:47)
9. Technodrone (3:50)
10. Sound of The Serpent Siren (4:47) More...
Noise metal band Hex Volt has unveiled groovy new track "You Are All Our New Best Friends," which is taken from upcoming EP "The Best Hex Volt EP Ever." This tango of ludicrously awesome titles will be released October 7th on CD and digital formats. More...
With only one day remaining until its release, Swedish group Opeth is now streaming all of new album "Sorceress" online. Listen in below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.
The band's 12th studio album arrives tomorrow via Opeth's own imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. You can also still pre-order the album here.
Opeth made landfall in North America this past weekend with a set at Ozzfest in San Bernardino, CA and will continue to journey with a headline tour that kicks off tonight at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA. Full dates are available after the stream. More...
Tomorrow the utterly apocalyptic and maddeningly technical instrumental metal group Invoking The Abstract will release "Aural Kaleidoscopes" via Unique Leader Records.
Don't worry, you don't have to wait till Friday to get absolutely destroyed by this metallic opus, as we're premiering the full release a day early - listen in below!
"Aural Kaleidoscopes" was recorded at The Basement Recording Studios with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit) and can be pre-ordered right here. The full track listing is:
3. Sensory Substitution
4. Aural Kaleidoscopes
5. The Summit
7. Mandatory Metamorphasis
9. Afterglow Eclipse
10. Celestial Born
11. Disharmonic Design More...
At long last, Blood Feast is reborn into the metal underground with the highly anticipated third full-length album, "The Future State Of Wicked," set to be released by longtime fans Hells Headbangers. And today, the band reveals the details, as well as the first track, "INRI," which can be heard in the player below. The album is targeted for an early 2017 release.
Blood Feast fans old and new will not be disappointed by "The Future State of Wicked," as the "holy trinity" of releases from the band’s early days – "Kill For Pleasure" (1987), the "Face Fate" EP (1988) and "Chopping Block Blues" (1990) – inform much of the new album. All the speed, brutality, and twists ‘n’ turns Blood Feast is known for are intact and in your face (nine of the 10 songs being written by original guitarist Adam Tranquilli), yet updated with modern production. Joining Adam are vocalist Chris Natalini and bassist Tom Lorenzo, along with some new blood in Joe Moore (drums) and CJ Scioscia (guitar).
The five-man Blood Feast reunited for an appearance at the NJ March Metal Meltdown in 1999, but further activity was not to be. A second reunion began in 2007, albeit only with original members Tranquilli and Kuzma. Both Lorenzo and Natalini came on board in 2010, just in time for the band’s first appearance at Headbangers Open Air in Germany (they were invited back in 2013). During this stretch, Adam began writing new material, with the band even playing an early version of "INRI" at select shows. More...
Finnish power metal act Dreamtale announced the upcoming new album "Seventhian...Memories of Time" by revealing the release's cover artwork (shown below). The album is expected for release before the end of 2016 and more information is expected soon.
"Seventhian" is the band's seventh full length studio effort and first in three years. The artwork can be viewed here:
Athens, Georgia based melodic metal band Theocracy just released a lyric video for the track "Wishing Well" from the highly anticipated new album "Ghost Ship." Check it out in the player below. The album will be released on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.
"Ghost Ship" will be available on CD, 2LP and digital. The 2LP edition is strictly limited to 1001 copies worldwide. 750 copies comes with black vinyl discs and 251 copies comes with white vinyl discs.
With "Ghost Ship," Theocracy perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of "As the World Bleeds," delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. You like mid-tempo singalong anthems? Try the “Ghost Ship” title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity? “The Wonder of It All” should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go “Around the World and Back.” Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer “Easter” is sure to be a favorite. Each song on "Ghost Ship" stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like Theocracy. More...
Russia's Arkona's debut album "Vozrozhdenie" was originally released in 2004 and firmly entrenched both the band and its mother country squarely on the pagan/folk metal map. Frontwoman Masha's powerful performance, plus Slavic mysticism and varied songwriting, turned the first release (its name means "revival") of a young Arkona into a success story, launching a remarkable career that has spanned 14 years and eight full length studio releases.
To celebrate that landmark release, the band has re-recorded "Vozrozhdenie" to truly revisit their roots! The re-recording of lets those old songs shine with a massive new production and instrumental skills! "Vozrozhdenie" will be released on November 11th.
Today, Arkona has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the newly re-recorded "Pod Mechami," which you can check out streaming in the player below.
The band commented: "Friends, we would like to present you the song 'Pod Mechami' from our re-recorded album 'Vozrozhdenie,' which will be released on November 11th in a super fat digibook with beautiful illustrations of "Pagan artist" Kris Verwimp! It can be ordered right now at this location."
The band also provided insight in to the album and "Pod Mechami" itself:
"Initially the album 'Vozrozhdenie' was planned as an album with 9 songs, from the repertoire of the first line-up of Arkona. Songs 'Pod Mechami,' 'K domu Svaroga,' 'Zov Predkov' were created by Masha in the summer of 2003, when all the other band members had left the band. [The] song 'Pod Mechami' was planned for the common project with the band members of 'Pagan Reign,' but, for some forgotten reasons this cooperation has not worked out. Later this song was moved to the debut album and became a track with guest participation of Alexei Agafonov, the member of the band 'Butterfly Temple.' More...
Denmark's Forever Still released a video clip for the new song "Scars." The track appears on the debut album "Tied Down," which is due out on October 21st via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Tied Down" is a wild journey of an individual struggling with depression and worthlessness, before a spark of hope appears on the horizon - and recovery slowly starts setting in.
The track list is as follows:
2. Once Upon a Nightmare
3. Miss Madness
4. Awake the Fire
5. Breathe In
6. Save Me
7. Your Light
9. Break the Glass
10. Tied Down
11. Scars (Acoustic)
12. Save Me (Acoustic)
13. Miss Madness (Acoustic)
Bonus CD 2 (Limited Edition):
1. Miss Madness
3. Awake The Fire
4. Once Upon A Nightmare (lyric video)
5. Miss Madness (lyric video)
6. Scars (lyric video)
Check out the clip here: More...
Italy's Secret Sphere released a clip from the upcoming DVD/Blue-Ray/Live CD "One Night In Tokyo," which drops on October 14, 2016 via Frontiers Music srl. Check out "The Scars That You Can't See" in the player below.
The track list for the release is:
1. Intro: A Journey Through Time
2. X (audio streaming here)
5. The Fall
6. Lie To Me
7. Wish And Steadiness
9. Under The Flag Of Mary Read
10. The Scars That You Can't See
1. Mr. Sin
2. Leonardo Da Vinci
3. Lady Of Silence
4. Dance With The Devil
5. Lie To Me (Studio Bonus track – Duet with Anette Olzon). More...
Following the departure of vocalist Fabio Lione from Italian power metal pioneers Rhapsody Of Fire, the band issued a statement vowing to continue with a new singer.
The statement reads:
"Dear Fans: We have to announce an important change in the band. After an amazing musical adventure together, Fabio Lione and Rhapsody of Fire have decided to part ways.
"The decision was not easy but we are convinced that it will open up new possibilities and new horizons for both parties.
"The music will go on. Rhapsody Of Fire will continue composing, producing and playing amazing music for their fans.
"To give us time to regroup, we will cancel and postpone the European shows announced for November 2016.
"Finally, we would like to thank Fabio for being part of the Rhapsody Of Fire history and we wish him all the best with his future projects." More...
Brisbane, Australia based groove/death metallers In Death premieres a new song and lyric video for "Malignancy Eradicated", taken from the band's upcoming full-length debut album "The Devil Speaks", which will be out in stores later this year.
Check out now "Malignancy Eradicated" below.
Vigorously honing their craft as a live act since August 2008, according to the band's press release two crucial elements have developed within the band that now form part of the unofficial band ethos: More...
Psychedelic doom/sludge band Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Y Proffwydd Dwyll", which will be out in stores tomorrow Friday, September 30 via New Heavy Sounds.
Check out now "Y Proffwydd Dwyll" in its entirety below.
Says guitarist Paul Michael Davies about the new album: More...
Tech death outfit Wastewalker (ex-Conducting From The Grave, Alterbeast etc.) premieres a new play-through video for "Immortal, I Create", taken from the upcoming new album "Funeral Winds", which will be out in stores November 8th, 2016.
Check out now "Immortal, I Create" below.
Finnish pagan metal band Vorna premieres a new single entitled "Aalloista". Artwork for it was created by Jarno Lahti (KAAMOS Illustration & Design Studio), and it was mixed by Tuomas Kokko (Electric Fox Studios) and mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde (Virtalähde Mastering).
Check out now "Aalloista" below.