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We’re changing things up this week on the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast. We’ve heard your “I thought this was supposed to be underground!” cries loud and clear, which is why we’ve decided to shut up about Slipknot. For now.
Instead, we’re inviting all unsigned metal and hard rock bands to submit songs to firstname.lastname@example.org, which we’ll feature as intro and outro music. A brief plug will accompany the tunes, so help us keep things underground by helping us help you expose yourself. Not in THAT way.
This week features two songs, “Disconnect” and “Moving Forward,” from Lynchburg, Virginia rockers SingleSide. The tracks appear on the group’s full-length album “Moving Forward” (reviewed here). SingleSide is currently at work on a new album.
Also, if you live in or near South Florida, or have friends there, don’t forget to throw in for our upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. The first is for The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence) on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name matching your ID to the email address above, with one (or both) of the headlining acts in the subject heading.
Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) uses Fear Factory’s recent signing to Nuclear Blast as an opportunity to reflect on the past, bygone greatness of Roadrunner Records, once the standard bearer in all things metal, now a corporate husk of its former glorious self.
[CORRECTION: Mike mistakenly cites Machine Head as still being signed to Roadrunner. They, too, are now in fact signed to Nuclear Blast. He does not regret the error, because the truth only bolsters his point. Stay tuned to hear his full thoughts.]
Finally, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reacts to recent, admittedly vague, statements by Behemoth leader Adam “Nergal” Darski regarding the future of his band, and has some fun speculating on what might happen down the line.
Century Media Records has signed Ohio-based hardcore/metal band, Enabler. The label had this to say:
"Led by front man, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, Enabler stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today.
"The band's sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley's FC Records in 2010.
"Two full length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including the critically acclaimed 2012 break-through album, All Hail the Void, on Southern Lord Records.
"In 2014, the band released their 2nd full length LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, on Creator Destructor/Earsplit Compound. The album title is based off of the John Carpenter movie Cigarette Burns. Recording was done in December of 2013 by engineer Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, and it was mastered by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day at Austin Enterprise.
"The amazing artwork was finished by Chris Smith at Gray Aria design. The album was performed by Lohrber on guitar and vocals, Amanda Daniels playing bass and providing backing vocals, and Ringworm touring member Ryan Steigerwald on drums." More...
After announcing the confirmation of Svartidaudi, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna’s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik continue to hand pick bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the Roadburn Festival.
Still riding waves of acclaim for new EP “Days of The Fallen Sun,” Brooklyn's Junius is excited to announce it's participation in 2015's Roadburn Festival during the Houses of the Holistic event.
Bjørnson commented on the announcement: “One of the highlights of the preparatory curator phase was the moment when I realized we could invite Junius. I got their new EP and man, this band just keeps getting better. We toured with them in the U.S. back in 2011. I really dug their albums before the tour, but seeing them live the first night was immense! I got seriously (!) into them after between one and two seconds of the first song. That’s where I still am. If you don’t know this band, do yourself a favor and check them out. Heavy, groovy and dreamy music!”
Junius guitarist Michael Repasch-Nieves added, “Meeting and touring with Enslaved in 2011 was a highlight of our recent years on the road. We were so honored to be invited by Ivar to perform at this special 20th edition of Roadburn and are very excited to reunite with our brothers from the North!” More...
The Godfathers of Norwegian hard rock will soon release a musical biography via Indie Recordings. The label comments:
"The long awaited 30 years anniversary concert with TNT and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra is finally set for release!
"Every TNT fan can now recapture the celebration of that magical, and most memorable night which took place in Trondheim June 2nd 2012. Alongside the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, TNT delivered a show filled with dynamics, power and authenticity such a memorable occasion truly deserved.
"The band performed songs spanning across their 30-year long career; from the mighty heavy metal hymn 'Seven Seas' to hard rock smash hits like '10.000 Lovers' and 'Intuition,' leaving no fans attending craving for more.
"The line-up of the evening consisted of founding members Ronni Le Tekro and Diesel Dahl alongside later recruits Victor Borge and Tony Mills. But to complete the anniversary we were presented guest performances by artists like Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Hank von Helvete (Turbonegro) and Dag Ingebrigtsen. Not to mention a most heartfelt reunion with the singer known to have recorded TNT's greatest hits, Tony Harnell.
"Throughout this amazing show one get a taste of what has been, what is, but also what might be. The release contain a great concert performance that truly is a celebration to three decades of TNT. A historical document that is a 'must-have' for any fan of heavy music. More...
Swiss doomy black metal group Rorcal is proud to share with fans a brand new song entitled “IX,” taken from the upcoming split 12” with Portugal’s Process Of Guilt.
The split will be released on October 10th via Bleak Recordings in conjunction with Cal of Ror / Lost Pilgrim Records / Labyrinth Productions/ Nooirax Producciones / Chaosphere Records / GPS Productions.
Listen to “IX” below, courtesy of Metal Injection. In conjunction with the release, both bands will embark on a small tour throughout Spain and Portugal set to commence on October 15th.
15/10 Évora (pt) - SHE* / Avignon (fr) - Théâtre des Italiens**
16/10 Madrid (sp) - La Boite
17/10 Porto (pt) - Hard Club
18/10 Lisboa (pt) - Musicbox
19/10 Malaga (sp) - Velvet Club
20/10 Barcelona (sp)- Rocksound
* Only with Process Of Guilt / ** Only with Rorcal More...
Rage has been forced to cancel the scheduled concert in Nürnberg (Germany), during the "30 Years of Rage" Anniversary Tour, due to the health issues of drummer André Hilgers. Victor Smolski comments:
"Sorry to all our fans for those circumstances. The new date for this show will be December 15th. All the tickets stay valid, and everyone who wants to return his tickets will get his money back. Luckily André is going to feel better again and we will be able to continue the tour next week as expected."
The dates on the tour are as follows:
23.09.2014 BE Vosselaar - Biebob
24.09.2014 D Bochum - Zeche
01.10.2014 HU Budapest - A 38
02.10.2014 AT Wörgl - Komma
03.10.2014 D Steinheim - Stadthalle
04.10.2014 D Burgrieden - Riffelhof
05.10.2014 D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
06.10.2014 D Hamburg - Markthalle
07.10.2014 D Bremen - Aladin
08.10.2014 D Köln - Essigfabrik
10.10.2014 D Speyer - Halle 101
11.10.2014 CZ Zlín - Masters Of Rock Café
12.10.2014 SK Bratislava - Randal Club
13.10.2014 D Augsburg - Spectrum
04.11.2014 BY Minsk - Re:Public
15.12.2014 D Nürnberg - Hirsch
10.01.2015 BGR Sofia - Mixtape 5 More...
Today, pagan black metal band Stryvigor streams the entirety of debut album, "Forgotten by Ages," out now worldwide on Svarga Music. Give it a listen below, courtesy of Zero Tolerance magazine.
Inspired by the group's native Ukrainian landscape - the windswept Carpathians, wintry woods, and especially the mountain river from which the trio take their name - Stryvigor creates endlessly surging and spiraling epics of mystical, atmospheric black metal. The track listing is as follows:
1. In the Icy Embrace of North
2. Mysteries of Darkness
3. Wherever the Stars...
4. Wings of Sorrow
5. Memory of Ages
6. By Paths of Universe
7. To Heroes
8. Forgotten by Ages More...
Greek death metal band Soulskinner's new album "Crypts Of Ancient Wisdom" features artwork created by Mark Riddick, which is today revealed along with the full track listing and an exclusive advance track titled "Deadland Pt. 1." The album will see official release on October 15th via Xtreem Music.
02. The Captive Trojan Maiden
03. Life a Bane
04. The Price of War
05. Our Greatest Curse
06. The Furies' Hymn
07. Deadland pt.1
08. Deadland pt.2
09. Thou Shalt Die
10. Death at Last
11. Why Shrink From Death
12. Outro More...
California pagan metal act Helsott released a new music video for the track "Agamemnon." The song appears on the upcoming release "Woven." The album's release date has been delayed and the new date has yet to be revealed, but it is targeted for this fall.
The track listing for "Woven" is as follows:
3. Axe, Shield and Battlefield
4. Painless Journey of Death
5. Cessation (Vandals Divide Pt. II)
6. The Sacking of Lindisfarne
7. Now His Fate
8. Eight Drunken Celts
Bonus Tracks: "Folkvangr" EP Re-mixed and Re-mastered
10. Vandals Divide
11. Honour Thy Valkyrie
Check out "Agamemnon" here: More...
After previously releasing the song "Time Machine" online for streaming, Australia's War Rages Within has now teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a track off the band's impending "Vitriol" EP.
Hear the online debut of "Ignite" in the player below, and be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments!
"Vitriol" is officially due out September 26th, 2014 and you can pre-order the beast of an EP over at Bandcamp here.
This coming release was recorded at Studio Yap Yap and mixed by Simon Cohen. The full track listing is as follows:
3. Cycle Ov Fear
4. Time Machine
5. Against All Odds More...
Canadian metal legends Anvil released a new music video for the track "Eat Your Words." The song appears on the latest studio release "Hope In Hell," which was issued back in May of 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer Records (see review here).
Check out the video here:
Germany sludge act Downfall of Gaia announced the new release "Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay," the band's third full length studio release. The album drops on November 11th (North America), November 7th (G/A/S) and November 10th (Rest of Europe) via Metal Blade Records.
Founded in 2008 and having undergone several changes on drums, the quartet is now comprised of Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar and vocals), Peter Wolff (guitar and vocals), Anton Lisovoj (bass and vocals) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are respectively located in Berlin, Hamburg and even New York City.
Although the group's roots lie within the Crust Punk scene, they are by now associated with a sound that rather corresponds to the impact of an avalanche made from black earth, rock and dirty sludge while their lyrics poetically describe the dark side of being.
In 2014, the band entered '79 Sound Studio in Cologne and started working on new material. The results were mixed at renowned Atomic Garden Studio in the San Francisco Bay Area and mastered in Portland, Oregon, at notorious Audiosiege Studio. Finally, the new masterpiece is completed and ready to ravage eager listeners. Once again, the band has developed a concept. The album addresses probably mankind's most powerful enemy: time, which passes without mercy. Therefore, Downfall of Gaia refrain from any calm moments, let alone pauses, but go full throttle straight away on this new album called "Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay."
The track listing for the new album is:
1. Darkness Inflames These Sapphire Eyes
2. Carved into Shadows
3. Ascending the Throne
4. Of Stillness and Solitude
5. To Carry Myself to the Grave
6. Whispers of Aeon
7. Excavated More...
German hard rock act Jaded Heart released a music video for the new track "Schizophrenic." The song is the opening track of the upcoming new release "Fight the System," which is set to drop via Fastball Music on September 26th.
The track list for the album is:
2. Control (Feat. Rick Altzi) (see music video here)
3. Not In A Million Years
4. I Lost My Faith
6. Never Free
7. Till Death Do Us Part
8. Terror In Me
11. In The Shadows
12. Polizisten (Bonus Track) (Digipak Edition)
13. Flee and Run (Bonus Track (Digipak Edition)
Check out "Schizophrenic" here: More...
British metal act Soldierfield will release the debut full length release "Catharsis." The album is the follow up to the debut EP release "Bury the Ones We Love." The album is set for release on November 17th via Metalbox Recordings.
Again produced by Steve Wray (Livewire Music Productions), the album features 10 tracks that showcase the band’s sophisticated song writing talent from the slab heavy ‘The Only War’ to the reflective and truly beautiful title track ‘Catharsis’, the album is sheer quality.
Vocalist Leigh Oates commented: "I’m very proud of this album, we’ve really pushed ourselves with the song writing and have really tried to capture the vibe we have live, we didn’t overthink it, we just pushed ourselves put this beast together!"
More information on the album, including a teaser clip is expected soon. More...
Italian extreme progressive act Adimiron announced that the upcoming fourth studio release will be entitled "Timelapse." The album is set to be released on November 4th via Scarlet Records.
This new "dark and sinister effort" combines all the elements that made Adimiron’s sound so distinctive: rhythmic spasms and asymmetric textures embedded in a progressive and dramatic scenario. Focusing on the concept of synthesis, "Timelapse" reveals fascinating and obscure musical landscapes, with no boundaries of any kind.
The cover artwork (shown below) was made by American contemporary visual artist Lindsey Wakefield, who commented: "Our identity is made up of our experiences and emotions that are often described through the words we give them. My painting for this new Adimiron chapter are there to try to capture the vague visual identity of those feelings and make the unidentifiable to identifiable."
A preview clip for the release can be viewed/heard below. More...
Italian hard rock act Planethard released a music video for the new track "Play Harder." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Now," which is set to drop on October 14th via Scarlet Records.
Known for their powerful melodic rock sound and fierce stage presence, Planethard are ready to unleash a new, exciting chapter in their career. Having acquired a unique vocal talent and frontman in the person of new singer Davide Merletto, Planethard have pushed their musical limits in multiple directions, still keeping faith to their roots. "Now" displays a renovated sound made of heavy guitars, a solid rhythm section and addictive vocal lines, tightened together by the most powerful and modern production they have ever benefited from.
The 12 new songs (13 in the Digipack version of the album) sound fresh and regenerating, having been inspired by their authors’ souls and spirituality and handled with deep attention to every little detail. ‘Now’ was produced by Matteo Magni and co-produced by the band’s own guitarist Marco D’andrea.
Check out "Play Harder" here:
Dutch progressive rock act Knight Area will release the new album "Hyperdrive" on October 14th via Lasers Edge in North America. The album marks a new era for the band, which had previously released four studio albums and toured Europe and USA extensively. In 2012, the band welcomed guitarist Mark Bogert as well as legendary bassist Peter Vink (Q65, Finch, Ayreon) into the fold.
With the newcomers onboard, Knight Area introduced heavier elements for a fuller sound into the repertoire. All the classic symphonic rock traits of previous releases are clearly evident, but the songs on "Hyperdrive" are described as "more immediate and concise."
The band invited noted prog guitarist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) to participate as a special guest on one track. Joost van den Broek, who is known for his production work with Epica, Mayan, and After Forever, mixed the album. Rounding out the package is artwork by Gustavo Sazes (shown below).
The track listing is as follows:
1. Afraid of the Dark
2. The Lost World
4. This Day
5. Crimson Skies
6. Avenue of Broken Dreams
7. Living in Confusion
8. Stepping Out
9. Running Away
10. Songs From the Past
11. Hypnotized More...
German speed metal act Warrant, who released the cult classic debut album "The Enforcer" in 1985, announced the sophomore full length release "Metal Bridge" will be released this Halloween (October 31st) worldwide via Pure Steel Records, nearly 30 years later.
Not to be confused with the American glam metal act, Warrant, plays an early Germanic style of power and speed. The band's latest single, "All the Kings Horses" (and b-side "Come and Get It"), which were written as a special edition for the 2011 installment of the world famous Wacken Festival, will appear on the release.
"Metal Bridge" is generally characterized by a "happier, more positive vibe" than in the days of "The Enforcer." Original members Jörg Juraschek (bass/vocals) and Thomas Rosemann (drums) remain along with guitarist Dirk Preylowski (ex-Downstroke), who joined in 2011.
The track list for "Metal Bridge" is:
3. Come And Get It
4. You Keep Me In Hell
5. Blood In The Sky
6. Face The Death
7. All The Kings Horses
9. Helium Head
10. Don't Get Mad Get Even
11. Eat Me Alive
13. Ordeal Of Death (2014 Re-Recording)
14. The Enforcer (2014 Re-Recording)
15. Labyrinth Of The Lost More...
The fact that Friday’s ProgPower events went off without a hitch despite numerous technical issues that the audience generally wasn’t aware of and bands weren’t very delayed from their assigned time slots was a real credit to the ProgPower crew. Unfortunately, Saturday would bring its share of more obvious challenges. Waking up on Saturday had Friday’s attendees feeling as if they’d just collectively experienced the same dream for the entire day before. For some, that dream had lasted until dawn clawed its way overhead. As difficult as it was to believe, the festival was already half over. A full writeup on day one’s shows can be read here.
Saturday’s shows were to kick off with two of Norway’s more progressive bands - the young upstarts in Withem and the veterans of Divided Multitude. Divided Multitude’s drummer wasn’t available to come to America due to postal delays in getting him his visa, which forced the band to cut down their set and bring in the talents of two experts playing off the cuff: Withem’s Frank Røe and Pagan’s Mind’s Stian Kristoffersen. Following them would be Germany’s Voodoo Circle, whose vocalist would cause instant pregnancy among several of the female -- and male -- fans in the audience. Germany’s MasterPlan would round out the last of the power metal for the festival in huge fashion afterward, followed by a passionate full album performance by Sweden’s Pain of Salvation. Jon Oliva’s Pain would close out the festival with rare fire and what will surely be noted as one of the strongest performances of Oliva’s second half of his musical career - Savatage’s “Streets” performed in its entirety.
First, however, as is the tradition at ProgPower each year, gold badge holders were treated to a special additional set of music -- this time, by Seventh Wonder, performing non-Mercy Falls songs exclusively bright and early. More...